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09 May. 2012 Law firm Dechert warns that the new German/Luxembourg tax treaty may impact on investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Dechert reports that on the 23rd April 2012, Germany and Luxembourg signed a new Double Tax Treaty designed to replace the previous treaty dating back to 1958. The firm warns that the new Treaty may impact on many US, UK and other non-German investors as Luxembour
09 May. 2012 Singapore seeks to strengthen rules for fund management industry [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seeking to strengthen its fund management industry through the implementation more internal control of the current and future players, reported Laven Partners
08 May. 2012 Eurekahedge finds smaller hedge funds lagged larger in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund returns were flat to slightly negative in April as most regions and strategies witnessed marginal movements during the month. As managers provided downturn protection amid declining markets globally, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.07% and the MSCI
08 May. 2012 Commonfund appoints Stephen J Wagenbach director of consultant relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, an investment manager for institutional investors, has announced the appointment of Stephen J. Wagenbach, Director of Consultant Relations. He will cover the Midwest region. Mr. Wagenbach will be based in Wilton, CT and report to Managing Director and Group
08 May. 2012 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index shows decline for April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, has announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -0.38% in April (+4.02% YTD), while the S&P 500 fell -0.75% (+11.16% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +0.01% (+8.16% YTD), and the NASDA
08 May. 2012 Gramercy hires Latin American expert Gustavo Ferraro [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy, a dedicated emerging markets investment manager, today announced the appointment of Gustavo Ferraro to the new position of Managing Director and Head of Latin American Markets. Ferraro previously served as a Managing Director with Barclays Capital where he was c
08 May. 2012 Eze Castle Integration opens Hong Kong office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a provider of strategic IT services, technology solutions and strategic consulting to hedge funds, has announced the opening of its Hong Kong office. Eze Castle’s expansion to Hong Kong builds on its success in Singapore and allows the compa
08 May. 2012 Winton Capital's Bill Miller joins Drury Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bill Miller, former Head of European Sales for leading hedge fund Winton Capital has joined Princeton based CTA Drury Capital as Head of Global Sales with responsibility to push further the Drury Capital brand in North America, Europe and the Far East. Drury Capital wa
08 May. 2012 Man Group names Dr. Douglas Greenig as new AHL CRO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc, the global alternative investment manager, announced an addition to the management team at AHL, its industry-leading quantitative managed futures manager. Dr. Douglas Greenig will become AHL’s Chief Risk Officer and a member of the AHL Manageme
08 May. 2012 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declines -0.36% in April (+4.42% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted a narrow decline to begin 2Q12, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declining by -0.36 percent in April, according to data released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.), the leading provider of data, indices and analysis of the global hedge
08 May. 2012 Lipper research highlights difficulties in picking outperforming actively managed funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A report from Lipper by Ed Moisson, head of UK and Cross-Border Research, examining how successful actively managed mutual funds in Europe have been in out-performing indices over the past twenty years, finds that typically 40% of equity funds out-perform their be
08 May. 2012 Two reports find that opportunities and challenges lie ahead for alternative funds industry [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Professional services firm, Towers Watson, has published two reports on the hedge fund industry in recent weeks. The first, Hedge Fund Investing – Opportunities and Chal
08 May. 2012 The Auditors Oversight Law 2011 comes into force on the Cayman Islands [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Cayman Islands’ law firm Appleby has published an update on The Auditors Oversight Law 2011 which was passed by the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands in September 2011 and came into force on 1 May 2012, by Governor’s Order. Appleby partner Sherice Arm
08 May. 2012 Study reveals that current practices in fund governance are falling short of ideal [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A study published earlier this year examined the data on Cayman domiciled funds to get an indication of governance practices and found that 31% of funds do not have any external directors.
08 May. 2012 Hedge funds cut equity exposure across strategies - BofA Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market Neutral funds sold market exposure to 1% net short from 6% net long. This is the first time they went net short since February. Equity Long/Short also sold market exposure to 21% from 28% net long according to a
07 May. 2012 World Bank's IFC invests $55m in commodities house Armajaro Trading [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Armajaro Trading, a London-based soft commodity trading house and supply chain manager, received a $55m investment from International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund. IFC will receive a return of 7.5% ab
04 May. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index Global down -0.47% in April (1.27% YTD); most single strategy indices negative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -0.47% in April 2012 bringing its year to date performance to 1.27%, while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is down -0.75% bringing its yearly performance to -0.39%. It is the second consecutive negative month for the UA
04 May. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index falls 0.25% in April (+4.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index fell 0.25% (est.) in April 2012 (+4.17% YTD). Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights  Long-Short Credit funds lead all strategies, gaining 0.90%  Long-Short Equity managers decline 0.75% on average, lagging other str
04 May. 2012 Benefits of actively managed portfolios to remain important as the bull market narrows, says Lyxor Research [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: During the first quarter, risky assets’ bounce off last October lows has been remarkable, according to new research from Lyxor Asset Management. The firm cites the European debt deal and a stronger US economy as catalysts for increasing investor confidence. Take
04 May. 2012 Och-Ziff earnings down slightly this quarter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Quarterly profits were down slightly for New York-based Och-Ziff in Q1. The company is a publicly traded hedge fund and private equity firm. According to the earnings report taxes cut into the company's overall profit but assets continued to grow. The company
03 May. 2012 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.33% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.33% in April as most of the index component strategies reported negative results for April. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which seek to enab
03 May. 2012 New French seeding platform Emergence makes first investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The newly launched EMERGENCE seeding platform, created in early 2012 with the backing of seven major French institutional investors, and managed by internationally recognized seeder NewAlpha Asset Management, announces its first seeding partnership with Eiffel Investment
03 May. 2012 Direct Access to acquire Discovery Capital Management and its funds of managed accounts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based Direct Access Group, LLC (Direct Access), a diversified institutional financial services enterprise, announced that it will acquire Discovery Capital Management, LLC (Discovery) (New York). The acquisition is the first transaction following the appointment
03 May. 2012 Arnold closes down Centaurus energy hedge fund after 10 years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: John D. Arnold, who founded energy-trading hedge fund firm Centaurus Advisors, LLC in 2002 with $8m, is retiring and closing down his fund. Arnold, 38, said in a letter to investors that he plann
03 May. 2012 HFRX: Hedge funds report lukewarm performance in April [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds posted small positive gains in April 2012 as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.12% during the month (and +3.27% YTD) with contributions from macro and relative value strategies. Indeed, the HFRX Macro/CTA Index was up 0.43% (but still dow

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