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22 Jun. 2012 US endowments investing more in private equity [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: US endowments are stepping up their investments in private equity according to a new report from global research firm Preqin. Of the endowments included in the report, 94% pl
21 Jun. 2012 Investors cut Europe exposure in May - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New may data released from research firm eVestment Alliance shows that investors sharply cut their European exposures. Investors redeemed an estimated $9.3bn from funds located in Europe in May and $9.1bn from funds investing primarily in Europe. Funds located in E
20 Jun. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index was down 0.5% (est.) in May, but still up 2.7% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for May 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through April 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composit
20 Jun. 2012 Barclay CTA Index gains +2.64% in May (+1.33% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 2.64% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.92% year-to-date. “The risk-off trade which started to gain momentum in April moved into high gear in May, allowing CTAs that were properly positioned to
20 Jun. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posts a decline of -0.54% in mid-June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Extending many of the trends from May, global financial markets traded in a volatile range through mid-June, responding to weak US employment data, new and continuing concerns about European financial institution stability and in anticipation of the results of political e
20 Jun. 2012 Larch Lane Advisors seeking women-owned hedge funds for database [more]
Larch Lane Advisors is seeking women-owned, highly experienced hedge funds for the firm's global database, according to 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a global industry association. There is no minimum standard as it r
19 Jun. 2012 New report uncovers notable differences between views of Asian institutional investors and those of rest of the world [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global ARC (Global Absolute Return Congress) together with Preqin, the world’s leading research firm covering the alternative investment sector, produced a report entitled "Preqin/Global ARC Study of Asian Institutional Hedge Fund Investments." Using in-de
19 Jun. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends May -0.41% (-7.03% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended May 2012 down 0.41% (-7.03% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 2.21% (-4.29% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. Full set of performance tables:
19 Jun. 2012 EDHEC-Risk Institute warns against ‘speculative’ regulatory proposals for commodities markets in Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a robust critique of a recent paper by the public interest group Finance Watch ( “Investing Not Betting: Making Financial Markets Serve Society,” April 201
19 Jun. 2012 Lyxor partners with Koris to offer investment solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management (Lyxor) and Koris International launch a commercial and marketing partnership to design investment solutions for distribution across continental Europe based off the funds available on the Lyxor Managed Account Platform. The partnership will last at
19 Jun. 2012 Most EDHEC hedge fund indices failed to escape market turmoil in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a rather quiet month of April, markets in May experienced the first significant shock in the year 2012, and switched back to a stress regime reminiscent of September 2011, in the context of the persistent euro-zone turmoil. Stocks suffered a huge setback (S&P 500: -
19 Jun. 2012 High octane Chenavari continues to perform despite difficult month [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: May results for the range of funds from Chenavari Investment Managers showed a net performance of 1.11% in May for the European ABS Strategy, bringing the year to date figure to 10.56%. The annualized return of the European ABS strategy (Toro Capital IA - A Share
19 Jun. 2012 Diversification research introduces new explosive index [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: New research from Ineichen Research and Management AG examines diversity and introduces the Financial Explosivity Index. In a lengthy report entitled Diversification? W
19 Jun. 2012 Australian M&A: Tyndall AM completes integration of Causeway [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Richard Lourey, Head of Real Assets at Tyndall Investment Management Limited, a multi-specialist investment manager of Australian investment funds based in Melbourne, announced today that the integration of Caus
18 Jun. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index drops 2.98% in May (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 2.98% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 1.77% in 2012. “Falling equity prices worldwide weighed heavily on hedge fund performance in May,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of Barcla
18 Jun. 2012 GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index reports 0.43% gross performance for May (+4.15% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2012 measured 0.43%. Current month flash estimate 0.43%* Year-to-date (YTD) performance 4.15%* Last 12 month (LTM) performance 2.25%* Live to date (LTD) performance 65.31%
15 Jun. 2012 RBC Hedge 250 Index down 1% (est.) in May (+2.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of May 2012 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -1.00 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 2.34 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month.
15 Jun. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 1.33% in May (+2.61 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished down 1.33% for the month of May. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. May, April and YTD 2012 performance numbers are listed below and are availa
15 Jun. 2012 HFR: Hedge fund launches, liquidations accelerated in Q1 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New hedge fund launches in 1Q12 increased to a level not reached since 2007 as hedge fund capital rose to a record level of $2.13 trillion, according to the latest Market Microstructure Industry Report, released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.),
15 Jun. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund index down 0.55% in May (+0.96% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Upate - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is in positive territory at the end of May 2012 in spite of a slightly negative performance of -0.55% during that month (+0.96% in 2012). 5 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by Lyxor CTA Short Term (
15 Jun. 2012 Newedge CTA Index up 2.97% in May (+2.48% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices.
15 Jun. 2012 KPMG and AxiomSL form alliance to assist investment advisers faced with new regulatory requirements including Form PF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, and a leader in the Financial Services sector, has formed an alliance with Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc. (AxiomSL), a global provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, to address new regulatory requireme
15 Jun. 2012 Eastern Caribbean Court dismisses Fairfield's BVI appeals [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: There is an important new ruling emerging from offshore courts as part of the sweeping Bernie Madoff fraud case. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has dismissed Fairfield Sentry Limited's appeals and upheld two previous judgments of the BVI Commercial Cou
15 Jun. 2012 Law firm advises on likely impact for fund managers of a country leaving the Eurozone [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Partners at law firm Dechert have addressed the issue of how a Eurozone event such as the exit of a country from the Eurozone would affect investment managers. As the news grows increasingly gloomy on the likely continuation of the Eurozone in its current state, D
14 Jun. 2012 Hedge fund flows as measured by GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.60% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.60% in June. "Solid net flows into hedge funds continued in June," said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive o
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