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24 Jun. 2014 Systematic hedge funds top risk-adjusted performance ranks - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from Preqin shows that although discretionary funds tend to outperform systematic funds when markets are rising, systematic funds can provide benefits in terms of lower volatility and higher risk-adjusted returns. As such, systematic funds are generally per
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.87% in May ( 0.21% YTD), Agricultural Traders achieve 2.45% return [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.87% in May 2014 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 0.21% in 2014. “An easing of macro concerns coupled with the European Central Bank’s efforts to head off deflation helped fuel rallies in eq
24 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund crude positions reach all time highs - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research shows th
24 Jun. 2014 SEC charges hedge fund advisory firm in investor scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged West Palm Beach, Fla.-based hedge fund advisory firm Weston Capital Asset Management LLC and its founder and president Albert Hallac with misuse of investor proceeds. According
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Adds 1.16% in May (+2.35% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained 1.16% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.35% after five months. "An easing of Ukrainian turmoil fears, central bank signals of continuing easy money policies, and renewed M&A activ
23 Jun. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up 1.6% in May (+2.9% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for May 2014 as well as estimated asset flows for April 2014. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of n
23 Jun. 2014 Swiss Private Bank UBP: Growth 'stronger than you think' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global economic performance has been weaker than expected; nevertheless, financial markets were relatively unfazed by these developments, as central banks’ policies remain highly accommodative. “After having seen weak growth in the first quarter, we’re staying positive on
20 Jun. 2014 BAE Systems thwarts cyberattack on large hedge fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cybersecurity specialists BAE Systems have thwarted what CNBC is calling a 'large sophisticated cyberattack’ on a hedge fund. BAE declined to release the name of the hedge fund. The security specialist
20 Jun. 2014 Alden Global Capital makes two new hires [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alden Global an opportunistic, event-driven hedge fund managing $2bn in assets has made two new hires - Marc Mendelson and Ben Belfer. Both men will come on as Managing Directors in the Investor Relations Team. Prior to joining Alden, Mendelson was Head of t
19 Jun. 2014 SYZ & Co launches flexible European corporate credit strategy, OYSTER Flexible Credit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Swiss banking group SYZ & CO has launched OYSTER Flexible Credit, a new sub-fund of its Luxembourg Sicav OYSTER. The fund aims absolute performance through a credit strategy combining European corporate bonds w
19 Jun. 2014 Laurence Fink notes shift in U.S. regulator’s focus to product regulation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market regulators in the U.S. are shifting their focus and are adopting BlackRock Inc.’s strategy to concentrate on products rather than on asset managers, claimed Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of the world’s biggest money manager. He was quoted by
19 Jun. 2014 MassPRIM to move some of $5.6bn hedge fund portfolios into managed accounts [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $59bn Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (MassPRIM) wants to move some of its $5.6bn hedge funds portfolios into separately managed accounts as it also studies its option whether to invest in other strategies that mimic hedge fund returns
18 Jun. 2014 Global financial markets extend gains through mid-June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global financial markets extended their gains through mid-June even as oil prices spiked while the U.S. economy continued to improve despite increased geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, according to data provider
18 Jun. 2014 CAIA and DeAWM partner to bring a 'new era of alternative investing’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) has partnered with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) to bring a new era of alternative investing by offering the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate program to its client covera
17 Jun. 2014 Fund Alignment Rights levels playing field between investors and hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Fund Alignment Rights issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has leveled the playing field between investors and hedge fund managers, particularly in terms of incentive compensation, said business solutions provider
17 Jun. 2014 Deutsche Bank survey reveals investor due diligence has tightened hedge fund operational controls [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds that refuse to provide adequate transparency is often the sole reason for an investor veto according to new information from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank’s Global Prime Finance group’s third annual Operational Due Diligence Survey, polled investors g
17 Jun. 2014 Financial reforms have little impact on corporate's use of interest-rate derivatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates found new regulations introduced through various financial reforms since the 2008 global financial crisis are having little to no impact on corporate use of, and dealer selection fo
17 Jun. 2014 J. Christopher Giancarlo appointed CFTC Commissioner [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: J. Christopher Giancarlo will step in to fill one of the empty spots on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Commission has had three open spots since early this year. Mr. Giancarlo assumed his responsibilities today. Mr. Giancarlo joins t
16 Jun. 2014 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in May; (+1.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.13% for the month of May. Press Release Credit Suisse
16 Jun. 2014 Paul Saferstein to launch hedge fund in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Paul Saferstein is planning to launch a hedge fund in the fourth quarter of this year to be called Saferidge Capital Partners after Asian Century Quest Capital LLC wi
16 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund Pine River soft closes multi-strategy fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Minnesota-based Pine River Capital Management, the $15bn hedge fund firm founded by Brian Taylor, is soft closes its $4.5bn multi-strategy Pine River Fund as it shuns new money because of "challenging envi
12 Jun. 2014 Infovest21: 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors’ data provider Infovest21 said that 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds - the biggest change they have made over the past year. Infovest21's Annual Survey of Funds of Funds s
12 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds posted 4-month high inflow in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry posted a four-month high inflow in June as investors poured more money into the sector, data provider SS&C Technologies said. "Subscr
12 Jun. 2014 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co.’s Carmel Global Opportunities up 11.2% one year since launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based asset manager Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. said that its Carmel Global Opportunities managed account generated +11.2% net return with a volatility of 2.3% thus achieving an exceptional Sharpe Ratio of 5 one
11 Jun. 2014 Silk Invest launches fund for African Footballers ahead of World Cup [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Silk Invest and Kolo Touré announce that Silk Invest will launch an African Opportunties for Footballers Fund in collaboration with Kolo Toure. The fund will be the first fund of its kind that will provide African footballers with a wealth management solution that

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  2. Investing - Hedge funds favor equity long/short, Strategic bond managers hedge against further high yield sell-off[more]

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  5. Other Voices: CALPERS dilemma should be a warning to hedge funds wanting institutional investors[more]

    From Ian Hamilton, founder of IDS Group. A quick comment on the CALPERS’ disinvestment from the hedge fund market and the jitters it is causing. Pension Funds should not be sheep and follow CALPERS’ decision as the issues that CALPERS has with hedge fund investments are in many ways unique t