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26 Aug. 2015 The buyside still processes swaps manually [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A recent survey released by SimCorp, a leading provider of investment management solutions and services for the global financial services industry, has revealed that 44% of buy-side asset managers are relying on mostly or completely manual processes for managing complex s
25 Aug. 2015 Teams overtake advisors for top broker-dealer relationship - Pershing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - To remain competitive in today's financial advice industry, broker-dealers must recalibrate their relationships with their advisors, according to a whitepaper released today by Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company. The report, Why Teams Are the Client of the Future
25 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds show resilience amidst turmoil [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have been displaying elevated resiliency and seem well positioned relative to traditional assets, said Lyxor Asset Management in its
25 Aug. 2015 JTC acquires Kleinwort Benson’s fund administration business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: JTC has completed the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson’s fund administration business, boosting assets under administration (AuA) to $56 billion. Kleinwort Benson is based in the Channel Islands, South Africa. The transaction, which relates to the whole of K
24 Aug. 2015 Unprecedented M&A levels driving technological advancement of alternative fund admin industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ken McCarney, CEO of MUFG Fund Services, comments on SS&C’s acquisition of Citigroup’s Alternative Investor Services business: “We are seeing unprecedented levels of M&A activity among alternative fund administrators of all sizes. As administrators merge and gro
24 Aug. 2015 Hedge Fund Industry's AUM is $3.133tn in July - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment has released its July 2015 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, which shows that total hedge fund assets increased 0.35% in July 2015, bringing the industry’s total assets under management to $3.133 trillion. Investors added $64.3 billion into hedge fund
21 Aug. 2015 Catalyst Funds launches Auctos Multi-Strategy Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced the launch of the Catalyst/Auctos Multi-Strategy Fund (ACXIX). The fund, which was started in 2007 and originally structured as a hedge fund managed by Auctos Capital Management, LLC, is Catalyst’
21 Aug. 2015 Fort Rock Asset Management launches liquid strategies business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gemini Hedge Fund Services, has partnered with Fort Rock Asset Management to launch the investment manager’s new business in managed futures, CTAs and currency managers. “Fort Rock Asset Management utilizes its experience in managed futures and currency strategi
21 Aug. 2015 Emerging market funds feel the heat as China slides [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging market funds are taking a significant hit as fears that China's devaluation of the renminbi, which slid over 3% versus the US dollar between August 11 and August 14, is evidence of greater than feared weakness in the world's second largest econo
20 Aug. 2015 79% of institutional investors globally invest in at least one alternative asset class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Research for Preqin’s latest Investor Outlook has found that four out of five institutional investors invest in at least one alternative asset class. Private equity, hedge funds and real estate are the most targeted alternative asset classes, with over half of investors h
20 Aug. 2015 Eurekahedge: Hedge fund assets up by $106 billion in first seven months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to August's Eurekahedge report: Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$106.0 billion in the first seven months of 2015, driven by strong investor inflows totalling US$54.1 billion and roughly US$52 billion
20 Aug. 2015 CTA Challenge participants in final stretch of 2015 competition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CTA Challenge, a year-long competition for commodity trading advisors (CTA) organized by Dallas-based Coquest Inc., is hitting the home stretch of 2015, and at this point the winner is too close to call. Several different trading programs, judged by a combination of r
20 Aug. 2015 Five managers face Madoff-related criminal trial in October in Geneva [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Bernie Madoff, the 78-year-old New York fund manager, is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence in the U.S. after pleading guilty in 2009 to running a $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme. Geneva, home of many wealth advisors and fund managers who had invest
19 Aug. 2015 Morgan Stanley to launch new UCITS fund that offers exposure to IPM Systematic Macro Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley has launched a new fund, the IPM Systematic Macro UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The Fund provides exposure to IPM’s Systematic Macro strategy, which is based on IPM’s proprietary investment models that provide unique insights in
19 Aug. 2015 Caymans confident of being granted AIFMD passport [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Cayman Islands is confident that the pan-European marketing ‘passport’ will be extended to alternative investment funds (AIFs) set up in the jurisdiction, according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association
19 Aug. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.33% in July, up 2.1% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended July 2015 down -0.33% driven by poor performance in Long/Short Equity Strategies and Event Driven Strategies. Global equity markets were up with the MSCI World index up +1.73%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregat
19 Aug. 2015 BAML: Fund managers lower economic expectations on China woes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Global investors have shifted their attention from Greece to China amid continued concern of a Chinese recession, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for August. Respondents are scaling back their expectations for economic growth. A Chine
19 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds make big plays in healthcare [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are on a healthcare buying spree according to the latest Hedge Fund Tracker from S&P Capital IQ. The move into healthcare follows a shift out of IT stocks, according to the report. Healthcare drove the bulk of hedge fund buying for the second str
18 Aug. 2015 SS&C acquires Citi’s Alternative Investor Services Business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the acquisition of Citigroup's Alternative Investor Services business, which includes Hedge Fund Services and Private Equi
18 Aug. 2015 Managed futures gain in July on financial market unrest [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The unrest in the financial market benefited managed futures traders as the Barclay CTA Index gained 0.87% in July (+0.48% YTD), data compiled by BarclayHedge said. "A rally in the value of the US Dollar spa
17 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds reduce Alibaba and Baidu shares in 2Q [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reduced their positions in Chinese tech companies that are listed in the U.S., including Alibaba and Baidu, in the second quarter of this year, reported
14 Aug. 2015 Opalesque Roundtable: Right-sizing compliance is key to a long-term hedge fund business [more]
The implementation of AIFMD across the Eurozone hasn't been without its speed bumps. Rules have been unclear, and hard to follow for small managers and in some cases it took the technology a while to catch up. Things are starting to get easier though, according to delegates at the inaugural Opa
14 Aug. 2015 Chinese hedge funds post steep decline in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing predominantly in China suffered steep losses in July, as the HFRI China Index declined -7.7% and the Shanghai Composite Index collapsed, falling over -14% in the month, including a single-day decline of -8.5%, data provider Hedge Fund Research
14 Aug. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Drops 0.28% in July (+3.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds lost 0.28% in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.05% year to date. "July was a difficult month for hedge fund managers. The first half was dominated by Grexit fears and the equity sell-off in China
13 Aug. 2015 Antarctica Asset Management gets AIFM license, launches SICAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Antarctica Asset Management (UK) LLP announced that the firm has been authorized by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act as a full scope alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) of a new investment vehicle set up and approved as SICAV by the Luxembourg
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

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