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16 Dec. 2014 Midway market neutral hedge fund gains 10.59% YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Midway market neutral hedge fund gains 10.59% YTD The Midway Market Neutral Fund, managed by New York based fixed income hedge fund manager The Midway Group returned an estimated 0.33% in November. The fun
16 Dec. 2014 Court denies request by hedge funds Magnolia Road and Marblegate Asset to reduce EDMC debt [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A request by hedge fund firms Magnolia Road Capital and Marblegate Asset Management for a preliminary injunction against a deal that will wipe out a majority of Education Management Corp.'s (EDMC) debt was denied by a federal judge on Monday. In his rulin
16 Dec. 2014 Exposures on risk assets, credit positions hurt hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund strategies were hurt last week by their long exposures on risk assets, especially credit positions. High yield has been negatively impacted by the deterioration in risk sentiment and by oil prices, in part related to the weighting of energy debt in the U.
16 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds go long gold - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have pushed their gold long positions to a three month high, according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The diversified hedge fund index was down 1.3% for the week till Dec 10, while S&P500 was down 2.3% on a
15 Dec. 2014 Old Park’s Maestro fund posts strong gains in November, up +21.63% YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London-based Old Park Capital weathered the volatile 2014 as its Maestro strategy fund reported strong performance and ended November up +21.63% year-to-date (+0.96% during the month). The str
15 Dec. 2014 Swiss economy expected to slow down in 2015 - Credit Suisse [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Swiss economy showed signs of stagnation this year. This may continue in the next year. According to Credit Suisse, a large investment bank, the growth of the Swiss GDP is set to slow down in 2015 from 1.8% to 1.6% mainly because the domestic econom
15 Dec. 2014 Connecticut’s tax hike fails to raise income despite being home to 300 hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The decision by Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s first Democratic governor in two decades, to hike taxes in 2011 with the aim of raising income has failed to stabilize the state’s economy despite being home to at least 300 hedge fund firms. Indeed, three years since
12 Dec. 2014 Drop in oil prices drives CTAs and hedge fund performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The weakening demand for oil, increasing U.S. production and the OPEC decision to maintain quotas triggered another plunge of oil prices, down almost 40% since mid-June. The sell-off was particularly severe last week and also impacted hedge funds, according to th
11 Dec. 2014 Majority of Lyxor indices end November in positive territory led by CTAs that thrive on reflation and crude oil trends [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.3% in November 2014 (YTD +0.1%). 8 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+7.8%), the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+5.9%), the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+3.0%) and the Ly
11 Dec. 2014 UCITS HFS Index continues erratic performance, up 0.81% in November 2014 (1.72% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After having reported a minor loss of -0.29% in October, the UCITS HFS Index picked up its performance again in November and reports gains of 0.81%. The broad index started off negatively with a loss of -0.13% in week one. Things changed quickly in the second week with ga
11 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund launches slow as assets, global equities reach record levels [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches slowed to conclude the volatile third quarter as total hedge fund industry capital posted a narrow gain to rise to a new record of $2.82 trillion. N
11 Dec. 2014 Eurex to launch interest rate swap future with innovative product design [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Markets Exchange Group Limited (GMEX), a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (GMEX Group), and the international derivatives market Eurex today announced the signing of a license agreement. Eurex will license GMEX’s Euro-denom
11 Dec. 2014 US equity buyback bonanza may deliver short term gains at the expense of longer term pain [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: US share buybacks and dividend payments climbed to a record level in the first quarter of 2014, reported the FT in June, especially among members
10 Dec. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.46% in November (4.66% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - · Hedge funds rebounded from the prior two months’ losses with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.46% in November 2014 while the MSCI World Index up 2.34%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 4.66%, falling behind underlying markets as the MSCI W
10 Dec. 2014 Changing environment for seeders and start-up managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - As demand for seed investment outstrips supply, the seeding market has become highly fragmented. Many of the well-known seeders only seed a handful of deals each year. Whi
10 Dec. 2014 90% of surveyed European institutional investors use risk-based approach in asset allocation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Koris International conducted the 2014 European Institutional Risk-Based Investing Survey, to provide a global picture on the use and comprehension of investment risk practices by European institutional investors.

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10 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds rebound in November - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund performance bounced back slightly in November ending two straight months of declines according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. Aggregate hedge fund performance was positive 1.08% in November, year-to-date aggregate returns of
09 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds get $250 million in October and underperform S&P 500 - BarclayHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $250 million (0.01% of assets) in October, recovering from outflows of $6.8 billion (0.2% of assets) in September. “Hedge fund inflows have slowed dramatically in t
09 Dec. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended November up +1.76% (+4.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended November up +1.76%. Global equity markets were positive in November with the MSCI World Index up +1.84% and the S&P 500 index up +2.69%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were up +0.71%.
09 Dec. 2014 CTAs exit drawdown, setting new high watermarks in November 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, the prime services division of Societe Generale and a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announces the November performance data for its CTA performance indices. Managed futures enjoyed a stellar November, with all of the New
09 Dec. 2014 Boston Company launches two new institutional strategies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Boston Company Asset Management, a boutique of BNY Mellon, has launched two new strategies aimed at institutional investors. One vehicle will be an energy infrastructure strategy that utilizes master limited partnerships and the other will be an event-driven
08 Dec. 2014 AllianzGI establishes alternatives group as assets more than double in 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allianz Global Investors today announced the launch of a new Alternative Investments pillar within its global investment platform. For the first time, AllianzGI’s diverse mix of alternative investment strategies, some of which have track-records stretching back nearly a d
08 Dec. 2014 Hedge Fund Manager Compensation Survey: CEO tops compensation survey at $3M, CIO at $2.2M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just-released "13th Annual Compensation Survey for Hedge Fund Managers with Assets Over $1 Billion," Infovest21 found that the Chief Executive Officer is the highest paid position at $3 million. The Chief Investment Officer received the second top
08 Dec. 2014 Commonfund names new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, the leading investment manager for not for profit investors, has named J.P. Morgan executive Catherine M. Keating as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Company announced today. Ms. Keating brings two decades of senior investment management experience at J.P.
08 Dec. 2014 HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) Index up 0.74% in November (+2.64% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macro hedge funds and, more specifically, CTA strategies employing quantitative, trend-following strategies, posted strong gains in November as oil prices plummeted and the US Dollar extended gains against other currencies, as reported by HFR, the established global lead
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