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26 Mar. 2012 Lyxor reports hedge funds showing continued recovery in February [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index has added 0.7% of performance in February, bringing the year to date return to 2%, illustrating what Lyxor calls 'a strong come-back from Hedge Fund strategies in a "risk on" environment’.
23 Mar. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.72% in February (2.03% YTD), as hedge funds strategies make a strong come-back in a 'risk on' environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index now gains 2% year-to-date (+0.7% in February), illustrating a strong come-back from Hedge Fund strategies in a “risk on” environment. 11 Hedge Fund strategies out of 16 posted a positive return in February and 9 were above +1%, lead by L/S Equit
23 Mar. 2012 Dutch Hedge Fund Index returned 1.08% for February (4.56% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dutch Hedge Fund Index returned 1.08% for February (vs. the DB and Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices 1.27% and 0.72% respectively). The Index is up 4.56% Ytd through February 2012 vs. 3.08% for the DB and 2.03% for the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index respectively.
23 Mar. 2012 Citco reports rapid evolution in the hedge fund arena [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: William Keunen, Global Director of fund administrators Citco Fund Services reports that he is seeing a revitalised hedge fun
22 Mar. 2012 IOSCO publishes updated systemic risk data requirements for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published an updated list of categories of data for the global collection of hedge fund information which it believes will assist in assessing possible systemic risks arising f
22 Mar. 2012 Seeding Platforms: bifurcated market, institutional interest, new players, asset raising and dry powder [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In its just-released special research report, "Start-Ups, Seeders and Strategic Stakes," Infovest21 delves into the trends underway in the seeding community as well as the outlook for 2012. In discussions with more than 25 seeders and acceleration platfor
22 Mar. 2012 EIS and VCT schemes sabotaged by EC negotiations accountancy firm claims [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Chilton Taylor, head of capital markets at accountancy firm Baker Tilly believes that any company which has received assurance that it qualifies for investment under the EIS or by VCTs which was given prior to 5 April 2012 should check that assurance still applies
22 Mar. 2012 French long-only manager Aliénor wants to try its hand at alternatives [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Aliénor Capital, an independent fund manager based in Bordeaux and regulated by the AMF, the French financial watchdog, has decided to venture in the world of hedge funds. It current
22 Mar. 2012 Gougenheim postpones hedge fund launch after skiing accident [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Philippe Gougenheim, who left is position as Managing Director and Head of Hedge Funds at Unigestion, Geneva, in December, had to postpone the launch o
21 Mar. 2012 Even as millionaire households climb to 8.6 million in 2011, 83% of wealthy investors say achieving american dream is getting hard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, not including primary residence (NIPR), continues to rebound along with the stock markets, rising by 200,000 to 8.6 million in 2011, according to the Affluent Market Insights 2012 report by Spectrem Gro
21 Mar. 2012 Ernst & Young LLP add four seniors professionals to further expand its growing west coast asset management practice [more]
Opalesque Industy Update: With growing customer demands for tax services and a volatile market, Ernst & Young LLP announced today that new senior professionals have joined the firm to expand the West Coast sector of its Asset Management tax practice. “Michael Doolan, Mark Gutierrez,
21 Mar. 2012 Most Edhec-Risk hedge fund strategies markedly benefit from market conditions in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markets in February mostly confirmed trends initiated last month. Equity markets nearly reproduced January’s performance (S&P 500: 4.32%) with implied volatility diminishing slightly and settling at a moderate level (VIX: 18.4%). Fixed income markets showed a more con
21 Mar. 2012 Hedgeanalytics and ZHAW publish first Total Risk Rating for fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the endeavour to make the Hedge Fund Industry more transparent and accessible, Hedgeanalytics Ltd. and the ZHAW have developed the Total Risk Rating. This is the first public rating for fund of hedge funds which allows an on-going assessment of the overall risk of a fu
21 Mar. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measured 3.23% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2012 measured 3.23%, up from 3.14% in February. “As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2012, forward redemption requests remain lower on a month-to-month basis compared to the first quarter of last year
21 Mar. 2012 Hedge funds off to a strong start in 2012 - Eurekahedge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: 2012 is looking positive for hedge funds according to a new report from global research firm, Eurekahedge. According to data in the report, capital allocations to hedge f
21 Mar. 2012 Investors are more bullish this month, says BofA Merrill Lynch survey [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The majority of investors are increasingly bullish about prospects for global growth this year while few expect more rounds of quantitative easing (QE) by central banks, according to the
21 Mar. 2012 Preparing for the unthinkable: Dechert advises on risk planning in the event of a eurozone exit [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A legal update from Dechert’s Financial Services Group, The Eurozone Crisis: Risk Planning for Asset Managers, aims to advise asset managers in the c
20 Mar. 2012 Barclay CTA Index Adds 0.95% in February; managed futures gain momentum in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures gained 0.95% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.10% year-to-date. “Rising prices for global equities and commodities coupled with falling bond prices and U.S. dollar weakness provided adequa
20 Mar. 2012 Linedata and NYSE Technologies announce strategic alliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Linedata,  the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced that it will integrate ioinet™, the liquidity discovery tool of NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, into its tra
20 Mar. 2012 eVestment & Casey Quirk 2012 survey: alternatives, emerging markets debt & real estate will be this year's search leaders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Private equity, hedge funds and real estate will drive a combined 20% of all manager search activity in the U.S., and one-fourth of all new or expanded investment mandates this year, according to the 2012 Consultant Search Forecast conducted by eVestment Alliance, a globa
20 Mar. 2012 Survey finds Chinese and Eurozone centres languish whilst offshore centres recover [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Z/Yen Group published the eleventh Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 11) covering 77 financial centres. The big changes from GFCI 10 in September 2011 are: The past trend of large rises in the rati
20 Mar. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.22% in mid-March (+3.39% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - US fixed income yields rose sharply through the first half of March with rising longer dated bond yields leading a curve steepening on improving US economic data and increasing investor risk tolerance. Global equity markets continued to build on 2012 gains, with leadershi
20 Mar. 2012 GFIA finds the Asian hedge fund industry changed by the global financial crisis [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GFIA, the specialist alternatives research firm, focussed on Asia, Latin America and frontier emerging markets, has published a review of the hedge fund industry in Asia. The firm has been researching the industry
20 Mar. 2012 CFTC data shows significant speculative activity across asset classes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are making big moves in commodities this month according to a new report from BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, released today. According to work from hedge fund analyst Mary Ann Bartels, BofA Merrill Lynch and data from the Commodities Futures Tradin
19 Mar. 2012 SAIL Advisors strengthens its US presence with new appointment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SAIL Advisors, one of Asia’s leading global fund of hedge fund managers, has reinforced its fast-growing team in New York with the addition of an industry veteran to help drive its expansion in the US market. Mr. Jason Filiberti has been appointed Senior Vice Pr
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