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23 May. 2012 BNP Paribas: Hong Kong leads development of Asian hedge fund industry [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Leading the evolution of Asia’s hedge fund industry are Chinese fund managers who use Hong Kong as their hedge funds base, according to Philippe Ricard, head of asset and fund services at BNP Paribas Securities Services. Ricard told
23 May. 2012 SEC, CFTC rules on dealers, major participants, and eligible contract participants will impact private investment funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), published rules that define several activities and market participants including - swaps, swap dealers, major participants and eligible contract participa
22 May. 2012 Hedge fund manager Harmonic Capital strengthens team with appointment of partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harmonic Capital Partners, an established quantitative hedge fund manager offering macro and currency programs to institutional investors, announces the appointment of Per Ivarsson as Partner. Mr Ivarsson, who joined Harmonic in 2007, will work alongside the oth
22 May. 2012 Investment advisor Horizon Cash Management hires Michael Markowitz as CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Updates - Horizon Cash Management LLC, an investment advisor specializing in active cash management for the alternative investments industry, today has announced the appointment of Michael Markowitz as Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Markowitz, who also holds the titles of execu
22 May. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.31% in May, up from 2.00% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May 2012 measured 3.31%, up from 2.00% in April. “As we near the half-way mark, forward redemption requests remain lower on a month-to-month basis,” said Tony Glickman, global head of client solutions, GlobeOp Fina
22 May. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down -0.10% in April (-0.62% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures slipped 0.10% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.62% year-to-date. “Although commodity prices dropped in April as measured by a decline of 0.75 percent in the Reuters/CRB Index, several secto
22 May. 2012 Asian mutual and hedge funds unite against Fatca [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – At least six investment industry associations in Asia have bonded together to put up a united stand against the implementation of the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) to be implemented by the U.S. The group are up in arms against the far-r
22 May. 2012 Macro hedge funds still reducing beta [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macro funds are still reducing beta as they did last week. They held the NASDAQ 100 steady, added to their shorts in USD, while selling the S&P 500, commodities and 10-year Treasuries. In addition, they reduced small cap preference - according to
21 May. 2012 Former Societe Generale senior commodities executives exiting to launch Belaco Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Belaco Capital, a multi-commodity discretionary hedge fund that will be managed from Paris. Dr. Frédéric Lasserre is well-known for building and heading the SG commodity research & strategy team which constantly ranked in top 3 by the industry. For the past 15 years, he h
21 May. 2012 Finles’ Dutch Hedge Fund Index has tough April, down 1.12% (+2.29% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dutch Hedge Fund Index ended April 2012 -1.12% lower. More than the DB (-0,24%) and Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices (-0,02%) for the month but positive for the year (+2.29% Ytd). April’s performance is a result of the weighting to Long/ Short Equity managers within the I
21 May. 2012 All EDHEC hedge fund strategies negative in April except for short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April, the stock markets (-0.65%) ended a strong four-month upward trend and registered their first setback of 2012. Simultaneously, after six months of a spectacular fall from 43% in September 2011 to 15.5% in March, implied volatility (17.2%) rose marginally, up 1.7%
21 May. 2012 Man Group to acquire FRM, combined multi-manager business will manage $19bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Man Group is to acquire Financial Risk Management Holdings Ltd (FRM), a global hedge fund investment specialist. The acquisition should be complet
21 May. 2012 AIMA and KPMG survey finds institutional investment in hedge funds spurs increased operational infrastructure [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The second half of the AIMA and KPMG hedge fund study, first reported in
18 May. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.44% in April, remains up 5.05% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds lost 0.44% in April 2012, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 5.05% year-to-date. “Equity markets in the US, Europe, and Japan tr
18 May. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down 1.22% in mid-May (+2.01% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equities continued and extended declines through mid-May, with investors focused on weak US employment data, resurgence of Euro sovereign debt risks and trading losses at a major US financial institution. Most equity sectors posted declines, with Energy, Commodity,
18 May. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.46% in April (+4.0% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers produced mixed results in April but lost ground on average as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index fell 0.46% in the month. Long-Short Credit, Fixed Income Arbitrage, and Event Driven strategies were the best performers during the month. The GGHFI’s l
18 May. 2012 SEC charges fund manager Mark Spangler with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today charged Seattle-based fund manager Mark Spangler with defrauding clients by secretly investing their money in two risky start-up companies he co-founded. According to the regulator, Spangler, a former chairman of t
17 May. 2012 Other Voices: The JOBS Act and its impact on foreign private issuers [more]
This article was authored by Alex Bafi, Partner, and Dinesh Banani, Senior Associate at Herbert Smith, an international law firm. On 5 April 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act&q
17 May. 2012 Investor trends from Q1 extend into April [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In Q1, the majority of large funds experienced inflows, while the majority of medium and smaller funds experienced net redemptions according to new data from eVestment Alliance, a global investment advisory firm. Hedge fund performance was mixed In April with av
16 May. 2012 AIMA Canada publishes new AIMA Canada handbook [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: AIMA Canada, the Canada National Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association, the global hedge fund industry association, today released the AIMA Canada Handbook 2012 covering all aspects of the Canadian hedge fund industry. The 106-page Handbook wa
16 May. 2012 Chicago Board of Options Exchange and China Financial Futures Exchange sign a memorandum of understanding [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) announced today that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which establishes an open channel of communication and lays the foundation for future collaborative efforts betw
16 May. 2012 Agecroft Partners hires hedge fund veteran [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners, a global hedge fund consulting and third party marketing firm, has hired hedge fund veteran Cara Fleckenstein as a Managing Director. Cara brings considerable institutional hedge fund experience to Agecroft Partners. Her experience includes mar
16 May. 2012 Harcourt Investment Consulting appoints new head of alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, a subsidiary of Vontobel Asset Management, has appointed Jan Viebig and Georg Wessling to further expand and strengthen its expertise in alternative investments. Jan Viebig takes up the position of Head of Alternative Investments. Georg Wessling will act as Dep
16 May. 2012 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.24% (est.) in April (+3.60% YTD), funds attracted US$10.4bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This month's Eurekahedge Report reports on a somewhat flat month for the industry. Negative returns in April affected most regional hedge funds as market sentiment became more risk-averse leading to declines across global markets. After a short
16 May. 2012 Swiss fund of hedge funds manager Gottex to acquire Hong Kong-based alternative asset manager Penjing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), a leading independent global alternative asset management group with USD 7.6 billion in fee-earning assets, announces that it has reached agreement on the acquisitio
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