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16 Jul. 2012 Swiss fund of funds house Gottex to hold EGM to approve share buyback [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited, a leading independent global alternative asset management group, announces its plans to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on 8 August 2012 for the purpose of considering a proposed share buyback which was recently approve
16 Jul. 2012 Gougenheim’s macro hedge fund ready to launch in September [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As Opalesque reported in December 2011, Unigestion’s Head of Hedge Funds Philippe Gougenheim left the Geneva-based company to start his own Swiss sin
16 Jul. 2012 New paper from EDHEC-Risk proposes new method for assessing hedge fund performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new paper, produced as part of the Newedge research chair at the EDHEC-Risk Institute on "Advanced Modelling for Alternative Investments", examines the performance of hedge funds through a non-linear risk adjustment of returns.
13 Jul. 2012 RBC Hedge Index down 0.35% in June (+1.89% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of June 2012 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -0.35 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 1.89 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next m
13 Jul. 2012 New joint venture Rotella Molinero launches, starts MultiQuant Futures Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Rotella Molinero LLC, a joint venture formed by Rotella Capital Management Inc. and Molinero Capital Management LLP.  Rotella Molinero LLC is born of a long standing relationship between its founders, Robert Rotella and Rafael Molinero, and their respective teams.&nbs
13 Jul. 2012 GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index returns 0.03% in June (4.19% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The gross return of the GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2012 measured 0.03%. • Current month, flash estimate 0.03%* • Year-to-date (YTD) performance 4.19%* • Last 12 month (LTM) performance 3.60%* • Live to date (LTD)
13 Jul. 2012 AIMA supports JOBS Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has expressed support for the elimination of the ban on general solicitation and advertising by hedge fund managers in the US, but has said that only accredited
13 Jul. 2012 Lyxor’s hedge fund indices show impact of difficult June on performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Despite a difficult month for many hedge fund strategies, The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index still reported positive returns for the year at the end of June. June itself showed a slightly negative performance of -0.47% duri
11 Jul. 2012 First effects of Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) are about one year away [more]
By: Emily Yiolitis & Aki Corsoni-Husain: Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, known colloquially as the “Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive” or the “AIFMD”, will overhaul the pan-European regulatory regime applicable to the managers of hedge funds, real estat
11 Jul. 2012 EzeCastle looks at which investment firms use clouds and how in new survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - How many of your investment firm peers are utilizing cloud services? Are they relying on public or private clouds? Do they have any concerns about cloud computing? EzeCaslte recently conducted a survey to answer these questions and more. The survey, Clou
11 Jul. 2012 Autumn Capital surveys on the importance of CTA cash management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Between March and June 2012, Autumn Capital Partners, a consultancy house based in London, conducted a survey of more than 70 CTA managers, investors and service providers in relation to cash management practices and processes across the industry. This paper provides a
11 Jul. 2012 Aria Partners responds to "hostile opportunists" on Christopher & Banks board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Aria Partners, which owns 4% of Christopher & Banks Corp. shares, has responded to the board of directors regarding its refusal to negotiate with Aria about its offer of $1.75 a share, as well as its decision to adopt a poison pill to impede a possible takeover of the
11 Jul. 2012 Sustainable Capital to launch Shariah compliant agro forestry and sustainable resources fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sustainable Capital S.A., Luxembourg, today announced the imminent launch of a new agro forestry and sustainable resources investment fund “The Sustainable Resources Fund” (The Fund). The initial offering period commences on 23rd July 2012. The Agro Forestry sect
11 Jul. 2012 GlobeOp Capital Movement Index shows net flows decline 1.17% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index were negative 1.17% in July 2012. "July flows again reflected quarterly re-allocations by investors. While outflows exceeded inflows for the month, the outflow is very much in line with prior qua
11 Jul. 2012 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down -0.19% in June (+1.33% in YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds witnessed a flat to slightly negative performance in June amid reversals in market trends. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.19%1 during the month, bringing its June year-to-date performance to 1.33%. In comparison the MSCI World Index was up 3.65%.&
11 Jul. 2012 Hedge funds up in the first half, still lag S&P [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were up 1.26% in the first half of this year but still trail th S&P 500 according to a
11 Jul. 2012 Survey finds asset managers expect alternatives to increase AUM 50% or more over coming three years [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Cerulli's latest research shows that asset managers are focused on alternative investments, and their annual coverage of this topic quantifies the extent to which they expect their
10 Jul. 2012 Aquiline Capital Partners takes majority stake in BI-SAM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: – Aquiline Capital Partners LLC (“Aquiline”), a New York-based private equity firm investing in financial services, today announced that it has become the majority shareholder of BI-SAM Technologies (“BI-SAM”), the leading provider of data management, performance, ® at
10 Jul. 2012 Hedge fund performance improves slightly, inflows $852m in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in a lackluster $852 million (0.05% of assets) in May, but that was an improvement over April’s net outflows of $3.2 billion. Based on data from 3,001 funds, the May TrimTabs/Ba
10 Jul. 2012 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.06% in June (+2.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.06% in June (+2.10% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +3.96% (+8.66% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced +3.93% (+5.42% YTD), and the NASD
10 Jul. 2012 Hedge funds end Q2 positively, investors remain focused on macro environment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: New data from eVestment/HFN shows that despite broad based uncertainty throughout the first half of the year and the early part of June, hedge funds were able to end the quarter on a positiv
10 Jul. 2012 AIMA stresses social and economic value of hedge funds bilingually [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Continuing in their drive to extoll the virtues of hedge funds, The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published a German-language educational paper about the social and economic value provided by
10 Jul. 2012 SEC approves new derivatives rules, more to follow [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved new rules and guidance for derivatives. The rules are the next step in regulation of the over-the-counter derivatives market in the US, and outline specific definitions for terms such as swaps and security-
09 Jul. 2012 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 0.5% in June (+1.7% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds posted a narrow gain to conclude the first half of the year, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posting a gain of +0.05 percent for the month of June, according to data released today by HFR, the global leader in the indexation and analysis of the hedg
09 Jul. 2012 SunGard and Advent Software launch new workflow for Wrap/Separately Managed Accounts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SunGard and Advent Software, Inc., leading providers of software and services for the global financial services and investment management industry, have introduced an integrated trading solution that helps “wrap” managers conduct business with sponsors directly via the Sun
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