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20 Apr. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 1.5% in Q1; less hurdles, more dispersion for hedge funds that quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - During the first quarter of 2012, the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is up 1.5% (-0.5% in March), characterized by increased dispersion among Hedge Fund strategies in March: +0.6% for Lyxor Merger Arbitrage Index vs -0.35% for Lyxor Special Situations Index within Event-Dr
20 Apr. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index -0.33% MTD in April (+2.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity and commodity markets declined for the first half of April, as volatility spiked on renewed European sovereign debt concerns and weak US employment data. Spanish bond yields rose above six percent, while US yields fell across the curve, credit widened and the doll
19 Apr. 2012 Scipion Capital opens commodities trade finance fund to US investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Scipion Capital (“Scipion”), the Africa investment specialist, has opened its Commodity Trade Finance (CTF) Fund to US investors for the first time, as the first step in a concerted effort to expand its investor base in the US. In particular, the firm will be targeting US
19 Apr. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends March -4.06% (-3.77% YTD) on an asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended March 2012 down 4.06% (-3.77% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 2.06% (-0.26% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. Broader market equity indices advanced in the US while they retreated in Canada. Gains in the US continu
19 Apr. 2012 HFR: Total hedge fund assets increased to $2.13tln in Q1-2012 due to $16bn in allocations and 5% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Total investor capital allocated to hedge funds in Q1 2012 exceeded $16 billion, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.), the global leader in the indexation, analysis and aggregation of the global
19 Apr. 2012 Och-Ziff to release 2012 Q1 results on May 2 [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – One of the world’s largest institutional alternative asset management firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, is to release its Q1 results and dividends on May 2 prior to the opening of the New York Stock
19 Apr. 2012 BlackRock Q1 earnings positive, despite investor caution [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, released its quarterly earnings report today. Net income increased to $572m, or $3.14 per share, from $568m, or $2.89 per share, in the same quarter a year before. Overall revenue declined $33m or 1%, to $2.2bn. Revenue
18 Apr. 2012 Fairhills Group rounds out management team, continues strategy expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Fairhills Group announced today that it has hired Mr. Steven DiNunzio, CFA as Principal and Chief Financial Officer. Fairhills Group is a New York-based alternative asset management firm originally founded as the family office of Mr. Edward Bronson, a veteran principal in
18 Apr. 2012 Citi awarded mandate to provide hedge fund middle and back office services for Guggenheim Investment Advisory [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Citi has been awarded a mandate from Guggenheim Investment Advisory, a division of Guggenheim Partners, to provide a complete suite of services including middle office, fund administration and custody for Guggenheim’s hedge fund investment platform. “We are p
18 Apr. 2012 UK-based $350m managed currency hedge fund C-View in international asset raising push [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: C-View, the UK-based discretionary currency trading hedge fund manager, today announced that it has selected alternative assets marketing firm MCAM Group to raise capital for the C-View Currency Managed Account Program (CMAP) and for the C-View Emerging, Developing and M
18 Apr. 2012 EDHEC hedge fund indices underperformed the stock market in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March, the stock markets continued to rise for the fourth consecutive month. The S&P 500 gained 3.29%, registering a 12.59% progression since the beginning of 2012. Equity implied volatility dropped sharply, settling at a level (VIX: 15.5%) near to a one year low.
18 Apr. 2012 Newedge CTA Index down 1.88% in March (-0.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices.
18 Apr. 2012 BofA Merrill Lynch fund manager survey finds fresh EU concerns prompt move to 'risk off' [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors have scaled back both risk-taking and their expectations for global growth after concerns about European Union (EU) economies resurfaced, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Survey of Fund Managers for April. Investors are returning to cash, with a net 6
18 Apr. 2012 Clifford Chance reports that Dutch court action has clarified 'prudent person’ rule [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In a Client Briefing, law firm Clifford Chance reports that the Court of Rotterdam recently nullified a binding instruction
17 Apr. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down 1.21% in March (-0.23% YTD); two-thirds of CTAs report losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.21% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.23% after the first three months of 2012. “Losses for March were widespread, as 66 percent of reporting managers ended the month in the loss column,” sa
17 Apr. 2012 Eurekahedge report finds hedge funds enjoying best quarter in two and a half years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The April edition of the Eurekahedge Report finds that: Long/short equity, multi-strategy and relative value funds witnessed their best quarter in two and a half year
17 Apr. 2012 AIMA finds substantial differences between EC draft AIFMD and ESMA advice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published detailed analysis of the European Commission’s draft implementing rules for the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) which shows substanti
17 Apr. 2012 EDHEC-Risk survey reveals that “transparency, information and governance” tops the list of concerns for European fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than 160 high-level European fund management industry professionals were surveyed by EDHEC-Risk as part of the “Risk and Regulation in the European
17 Apr. 2012 HFRX Absolute Return Index down -0.45% in March (+0.58% YTD) [more]
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17 Apr. 2012 Hedge funds reducing risk - BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research [more]
Bailey McCann,Opalesque New York: Macro hedge funds are reducing their risk according to the latest research from BofA Merrill Lynch hedge funds analyst, Mary Ann Bartels. Macros are aggressively selling S&P 500, NASDAQ 100, 10-year Treasuries and commodities, while partially covering USD, accordi
17 Apr. 2012 Securities lending, repo, money markets to face shadow banking regulations [more]
Bailey McCann,Opalesque New York: As part of the effort by all central banks to more closely monitor systemic risk, a variety of regulations have been put forth in the years since the 2008 financial crisis. In the US, the Dodd-Frank Act serves as the platform, in the UK the Financial Services Autho
17 Apr. 2012 Commodities lag stock markets over the past six months [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Switzerland-based commodities-focused asset management firm Tiberius Asset Management reports that over the past six months, the commodities space has underperformed the U.S. stock markets by a
16 Apr. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.19% in March hedge funds up 5.69% in first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 0.19% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “The US equity market extended its unbroken rally to four months in March, while European and Asian stock markets were mostly weaker,” says Sol Waksman, founder and
16 Apr. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.05% in March (+4.40% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. February, March and YTD 2012 performance numbers are listed below: The following funds are no longe
16 Apr. 2012 Global hedge fund assets rose to $2.059tln in 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets in global hedge funds edged up slightly during 2011, despite the strong headwinds in global markets and the negative performance delivered on average from funds in the industry last year, according to the latest research from HedgeFund Intelligence. Assets in h

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