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29 Mar. 2012 AIMA Singapore responds to MAS consultation on proposed OTC derivatives reforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA Singapore has submitted a response to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on the proposed regulation of OTC derivatives. The MAS had earlier released a consultation paper in February 2012 asking for public feedback on its proposed rules around the clea
29 Mar. 2012 Australian regulators examine ETF regulation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has published a report on exchange traded funds (ETFs) which outlines how this growing industry is regulated in Australia and the impact of proposed international principles to address concerns by oversea
29 Mar. 2012 Managed futures role in the institutional portfolio [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Commonfund has released a new whitepaper entitled Understanding the Managed Futures Strategy and its Role in an Insti
29 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund star Jean-Francois Tardif comes out of retirement to launch fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In 2009, Jean-François Tardif retired from Sprott Asset Management as one of the top hedge fund managers in the industry. Since then, he has been living a quieter life in Canada. Now, he is coming out of retirement and has been hired by Toronto-based First Ass
28 Mar. 2012 IOSCO consults on principles of liquidity risk management for Collective Investment Schemes [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO)’s Technical Committee has published a consultation report entitled Princi
27 Mar. 2012 Man Group launches managed accounts system to give investors greater portfolio transparency [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc. (‘Man’), the alternative investment manager, has launched Clarus, an online portal for investors in managed accounts to obtain greater transparency in their underlying investments. The financial crisis and subsequent shocks in markets have emphasised the ne
27 Mar. 2012 Parker FX Index up +0.19% in February (+0.96% YTD), top performer up +8.99% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.19% return for the month of February. Fiftytwo programs in the Index reported February results, of which twenty-six reported positive results, twenty-three incurred losses and three managers were flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the In
27 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund of funds industry is all about niches, says Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Upate - The hedge fund of funds marketplace has experienced net redemptions four years in a row. This trend is expected to continue in 2012; however, Agecroft Partners has observed that some hedge fund of funds have thrived during this time period by focusing on a specific niche i
27 Mar. 2012 Return to operational profitability for Gottex in 2011 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Results released by Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), for the year ended 31 December 2011 show that the firm returned to operational profitability in 2011 with an operating profit of $0.7m. Got
27 Mar. 2012 Leverage still falling annually - BofA Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Leverage, as measured by NYSE Margin Debt, declined by 6.7% year-on-year (YOY) to $289.4bn in February according to a new BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
27 Mar. 2012 GlobeOp releases results of Form PF test filings [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: GlobeOp a global fund services firm has released the results of its test filings of form PF, a new regulatory filing required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The first
26 Mar. 2012 New Dow Jones Credit Suisse hedge fund index commentary offers insight into February hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.61% in February. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of February. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as measured b
26 Mar. 2012 Greenwich investable indices climb for second month in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices gained across nearly all strategies in February, led by strong results from Long-Short Equity managers. The monthly and quarterly redemption Composite Indices gained 0.79% and 0.86%, respectively, for the month. The Long-Short
26 Mar. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund performance for February, asset flows for January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for February 2012 as well as estimated asset flows for January. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearl
26 Mar. 2012 Record outflow from long term government bond funds while investors continue to add risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The third week of March saw many global equity markets lose momentum as investors consolidated recent gains, revisited assumptions about further easing measures by the US Federal Reserve and looked ahead to the first quarter earnings season. Overall flows into EPFR Global-
26 Mar. 2012 Survey finds that the alternatives industry needs more women [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Executive search consultants, Odgers Berndtson, has researched the role of women in hedge funds, working with
26 Mar. 2012 Luxembourg issues new rules on special investment funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Earlier this month, the Luxembourg Parliament amended its rules for specialized investment funds (SIFs). The rules provide additional guidance to a law passed in February 2007 in order to bring the country in line with requirements in the Alternative Investment Fun
26 Mar. 2012 Lyxor reports hedge funds showing continued recovery in February [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index has added 0.7% of performance in February, bringing the year to date return to 2%, illustrating what Lyxor calls 'a strong come-back from Hedge Fund strategies in a "risk on" environment’.
23 Mar. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.72% in February (2.03% YTD), as hedge funds strategies make a strong come-back in a 'risk on' environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index now gains 2% year-to-date (+0.7% in February), illustrating a strong come-back from Hedge Fund strategies in a “risk on” environment. 11 Hedge Fund strategies out of 16 posted a positive return in February and 9 were above +1%, lead by L/S Equit
23 Mar. 2012 Dutch Hedge Fund Index returned 1.08% for February (4.56% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dutch Hedge Fund Index returned 1.08% for February (vs. the DB and Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices 1.27% and 0.72% respectively). The Index is up 4.56% Ytd through February 2012 vs. 3.08% for the DB and 2.03% for the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index respectively.
23 Mar. 2012 Citco reports rapid evolution in the hedge fund arena [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: William Keunen, Global Director of fund administrators Citco Fund Services reports that he is seeing a revitalised hedge fun
22 Mar. 2012 IOSCO publishes updated systemic risk data requirements for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published an updated list of categories of data for the global collection of hedge fund information which it believes will assist in assessing possible systemic risks arising f
22 Mar. 2012 Seeding Platforms: bifurcated market, institutional interest, new players, asset raising and dry powder [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In its just-released special research report, "Start-Ups, Seeders and Strategic Stakes," Infovest21 delves into the trends underway in the seeding community as well as the outlook for 2012. In discussions with more than 25 seeders and acceleration platfor
22 Mar. 2012 EIS and VCT schemes sabotaged by EC negotiations accountancy firm claims [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Chilton Taylor, head of capital markets at accountancy firm Baker Tilly believes that any company which has received assurance that it qualifies for investment under the EIS or by VCTs which was given prior to 5 April 2012 should check that assurance still applies
22 Mar. 2012 French long-only manager Aliénor wants to try its hand at alternatives [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Aliénor Capital, an independent fund manager based in Bordeaux and regulated by the AMF, the French financial watchdog, has decided to venture in the world of hedge funds. It current
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  1. Events – AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum, Sept. 16, Sydney[more]

    AIMA Australia invite you to join us at our annual Hedge Fund Forum on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum is a non-profit hedge fund conference organised by the industry for the industry, featuring quality Australian and internation

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Success in hedge fund marketing not linked to performance, but investor appetite[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Success in marketing a fund is not linked to the performance, but to investor appetite, to the way you can market the fund, and to how much time you can spend to raise assets, said Antoine Rolland, the CEO of incubator and seeding firm

  3. Hedge fund manager Winton Capital making headway with long-only strategy[more]

    From PIonline.com: North American investors are helping Winton Capital Management Ltd. make progress — albeit slowly — toward its founder's goal of becoming a $100 billion company. The firm's ticket to quadrupling its assets under management is unlikely to be one of its scientifically designed manag

  4. Opalesque Radio: Now is a good time to buy protection cheaply in the options market[more]

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  5. Winton’s low-cost equities fund tops $1bn for first time[more]

    From FT.com: Winton, the London-based hedge fund, has increased the assets in its low-cost equities fund to more than $1bn for the first time in a sign that traditional stock managers may come under increasing pressure from computer-driven rivals. Winton, which manages about $25bn in total ass