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08 Jul. 2013 Melanion Capital launches first hedge fund focused on dividend futures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Melanion Capital, Paris has received authorization from the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers to become the first alternative manager to specialize in investment in dividend futures. Led by Jad Comair, f
08 Jul. 2013 South African proposed regulatory change hits hedge funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Writing in South Africa’s IOL, Bruce Cameron explains that more tax
08 Jul. 2013 Towers Watson annual survey reveals total assets at $5tln, and top 100 alternative managers manage $3tln [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Towers Watson’s annual Global Alternatives Survey reveals total global alternative assets under management exceed $5tln
08 Jul. 2013 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index posted a 1.63% loss in June, up 1.85% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lyxor reports that all Lyxor Indices ended the month of June in negative territory, with the worst index performers the CTA Long Term (−2.64%), the Lyxor Long/Short Equity Market Neutral Index (−2.4
08 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund Perry Capital sues Feds over Fannie Mae bailout [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: A group of investors led by hedge fund Perry Capital sued the Federal government for allegedly seizing all profits from the bailed-out mortgage finance companies and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saying the move destroyed investors’ holdings, various media reported.
08 Jul. 2013 Germany changes investment rules in anticipation of AIFMD regime [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Germany’s market regulator BaFin has issued changes to its private placement rules for marketing alternative investment funds in anticipation of the full implementation of the Alternative
08 Jul. 2013 New white paper examines key requirements for measuring counterparty risk [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The measurement and management of counterparty risk is a rapidly evolving area. A range of new regulatory requirements is changing the way in which institutions view risk. This affects not only risk quantification but the whole commercial model of an instituti
05 Jul. 2013 BlueCrest’ systematic trend following hedge fund loses almost 17% in six weeks - Reuters [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The BlueTrend fund, one of BlueCrest Capital Management’s systematic trend-following hedge funds, has recently had one of its worst ever peak-to-trough losses, writes Laurence Fletcher of
05 Jul. 2013 Swiss fund of funds Gottex completes acquisition of UK-based multi-asset manager Frontier [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Gottex Fund Management Holdings, an independent global alternative asset management group,
05 Jul. 2013 Australian hedge fund news: Future Fund lowers alternatives allocation, superfund CEOs don’t like new Strong Super reforms [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: So what is happening in down under’s hedge fund industry? According to Triple A Partners’ latest newsletter, Australian Hedge, authored by Damien Hatfi
04 Jul. 2013 Egypt's stock market views the unrest as good news [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Egyptian EGX 30 Price Return Index, which in the last month dropped by 14% and started rising again on 25th June, lost just 0.3% on July 3rd after gaining around 4.2% on July 2nd.
04 Jul. 2013 FRM predicts hedge fund managers will remain well-hedged and low on performance over coming months [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Man Group’s $15.5bn fund of hedge funds’ business FRM’s latest Early View finds that markets over June
04 Jul. 2013 Prosecutors seek 15 years for AIJ Investment Advisors Co. president [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Prosecutors are seeking 15 years in prison for Kazuhiko Asakawa, the president AIJ Investment Advisors Co. For defrauding some 17 pension funds of ¥24.8bn. Mr. Asakawa admitted to a cover up in March 2012 according to
03 Jul. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index drops -1.15% in June (+3.54 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update- The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month down -1.15% based on preliminary estimates, outperforming global equity and credit markets as measured by the S&P 500 (-1.34%), MSCI World Index (-2.61%), and Barclays Aggregate Bond Index (-1.55%). Despi
03 Jul. 2013 Diapason launches commodity investment platform Virtuoso [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Diapason Commodities Management, one of the largest independent commodity investment managers globally, has introduced its new Smart Beta commodity investment product - Virtuoso - which is
03 Jul. 2013 ESMA publishes research on the sale of complex products to retail financial consumers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a research report on Retailisation in the EU, which examines the growth in the sale of complex financial products to retail financial consumers in the European Union (EU). ESMA’s research focused
03 Jul. 2013 UCITS compliant hedge funds down 2.33% in June, up 0.35% year to date says HFRU [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted declines, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -2.33% in June. HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index declined -1.57% in June, with d
03 Jul. 2013 Despite fed denials, fiscal policy may be nearing an inflection point [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Letters out today from two funds indicate that fiscal policy, at least in the US may be at an inflection point despite recent denials from the Federal Reserve. The newest GAM Insight letter, highlights the rapid Jun
03 Jul. 2013 More investment banks to offer 'hedge funds for the masses’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After Goldman Sachs’ successful launch of a "hedge fund for the masses" in May that allowed retail investors to allocate as low as $1000 into the once exclusive hedge funds space, more investment banks are reported to be in
03 Jul. 2013 A 39% drop and fourth year of decline finds the fund business in Jersey struggling [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Statistics Unit of Jersey, has released the 2012 Survey of Financial Institutions report which covers
02 Jul. 2013 HFR Indices down across the board for June (-1.33%), still positive year-to-date (+3.16% ) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Global financial market volatility persisted throughout June as investors positioned for a reduction of stimulus efforts and bond purchases by the US Federal Reserve. US Treasury bonds posted sharp declines as yields rose sharply for the 2nd consecutive month, with 10 year
02 Jul. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index loses 1.37% in June, gaining 0.94% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In June, the UCITS Alternative Index Global loses -1.37% as most strategies suffer from the broad market correction. Its year to date performance stands now at 0.94%. The funds of funds perform slightly worst
02 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund flash returns down 2.10% after rapid June sell off [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are down 2.10% after June's big sell off underperforming the S&P 500's price return of down 1.69%, according to
02 Jul. 2013 Freeman & Co: 32% more asset management M&A transactions so far this year [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: This time last year, problems with European economies overshadowed much of the progress made in the global rehabilitation of the financial industry, states Freeman & Co., a boutique M&A advisory firm base
02 Jul. 2013 Feds uphold 10 year sentence of Zvi Goffer [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the 10 year conviction of stock trader Zvi Goffer nicknamed "Octopussy" because of the numerous access he had to various sources of inside information, it was learned. In a report by the
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