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29 Feb. 2012 Regulators, FBI crack down in an effort to curb 'widespread' insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Securities regulators in the United States along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are cracking down on insider trading. In a report released Tue
28 Feb. 2012 Liberty Securities announces the sale of 20% of its equity interest to Sturgeon Holdings [more]
Liberty Securities LLC, the second largest securities firm in Georgia, announced today that its majority shareholder, Liberty Capital LLC, has sold a 20% equity interest in Liberty Securities to Sturgeon Holdings Limited. Sturgeon’s wholl
28 Feb. 2012 Survey finds cost of health insurance for hedge fund managers rising at slower rate [more]
The cost of providing health care insurance to the hedge fund community is rising at a slower rate for the first time in years, according to SKCG Group’s Annual Hedge Fund Health Insurance Survey. According to SKCG’s analysis, insurance carriers raised
28 Feb. 2012 Fortress reports fourth quarter and year end 2011 financial results [more]
Fortress Investment Group LLC reported its fourth quarter and year end 2011 financial results. Fortress declared a fourth quarter 2
28 Feb. 2012 New Release of Paladyne Portfolio Master 8.0 – reaches 200 clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Paladyne Systems, Inc., a Broadridge Company (NYSE:BR) and leading provider of next generation investment management solutions, today announced a new release of Paladyne Portfolio Master™, its combined order management and portfolio management solution. Paladyne Portfolio
28 Feb. 2012 Europe – headache and hope for hedge fund managers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London - SEB’s Northern European Financial Group reports that all major hedge fund strategies showed negative results in 2011, with Equity Hedge performing the absolute worst with a downturn of 19.1%
28 Feb. 2012 Bloomberg launches major global product evolution [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After spending one year and $100m in research and product development, Bloomberg Professional Services, a global real-time financial information provider, has launched a new version of the Bloomberg terminal called
28 Feb. 2012 Dundee Leeds completes SSAE-16 audit of controls and operations [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investments solutions provider Dundee Leeds has announced the completion of its annual review of the firm’s control system under the new SSAE-16 examination, completed by global audit firm Pricewaterhouse
27 Feb. 2012 Alternative funds hit their highest level in over four years as investors search for pockets of value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPFR Global's latest survey found that the third week of February saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average flirt with the 13,000 point level, Greece move closer to securing the bailout needed to avoid a hard def
27 Feb. 2012 Survey finds that seed investors support start-up hedge funds over established hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Globally, 78 leading investors who provide capital to hedge fund managers upon launch (Day One) or within the first 12 months of a fund’s existence (Early Stage) allocated $12.4 billion to Day One/Early Stage managers from 2009-2011, with an average ticket size of $16 mil
27 Feb. 2012 John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes Join KPMG’s Alternative Investments Practice [more]
In a clear response to marketplace demand and growth opportunities in alternative investments, KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, continues to expand its alternative funds team and today named industry figures John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes to key posts. Budzyna, an internationally r
27 Feb. 2012 Japanese hedge fund group AIJ suspected of losing $2.3bn of client funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Sources from Japanese financial regulator Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission on Monday said that the missing $2.3bn (183.2bn yen) of client pension funds, which had been managed by hedge and other asset managers, AIJ Investment Advisors Co, may have b
27 Feb. 2012 Deacons given licence for retail sale of two RQFII funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission recently granted one of the island’s oldest and largest independent law firms, Deacons, a licence to offer for retail sale of two RQFII funds. The SFC g
27 Feb. 2012 Preqin: Private real estate fund raising remains low [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private real estate fundraising improved slightly in the second half of 2011 but still remains significantly below 2007 levels according to new research from glo
24 Feb. 2012 HFRI Emerging Markets Index leads hedge fund industry with +4.4% return in January, top gains from Russia, Latin America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging Markets hedge funds led broad-based performance gains across the global hedge fund industry to start 2012, with the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gaining +4.4 percent for the month of January, as reported by HFR today with the most recent release of the Eme
24 Feb. 2012 Four hedge fund traders indicted in Black Diamond Capital Solutions Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Four mid-West-based hedge fund traders were indicted by a federal grand jury for charges that they created a $40m ponzi scheme according to a
23 Feb. 2012 Abacus Group recognized as top 100 managed service provider [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Abacus Group LLC (“Abacus”), the market leader in hosted technology services for hedge funds, today announced that it has been named to Nine Lives Media’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 100 managed ser
23 Feb. 2012 Hedge funds drown in high water marks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently said that more than two thirds of hedge funds are below their high water marks. This means most of them are not getting their 20% fee on performance. Almost all hedge fund performance fees include a
23 Feb. 2012 AISIN pension fund’s manager shares six specific criteria for hedge fund investment [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - The variety of hedge fund strategies may be sufficient to meet the needs of specific of investors, but it might also obscure what pension funds desire from hedge fund investments said, Takeshi Ito, Senior Portfolio Manager for the AISIN Employees' Pension Fun
23 Feb. 2012 CFTC fines D.E. Shaw for over speculation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced yesterday the filing and simultaneous settlement of charges against D.E. Shaw &
22 Feb. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up +1.06% (est) in mid-February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Equity markets continued to build on January gains through mid-February, as investors focused on optimism with regard to both the US economy and European sovereign debt crisis. The US Dollar fell slightly against the major currencies, while Energy commodities rose,
22 Feb. 2012 Asia to see boom in family offices [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The rising number in Asian rich will help push a boom in the number of family offices in the region, a new study by UBS and Campden has revealed. Family offices are private companies that manage investment and trust for high-net worth families with over $100
22 Feb. 2012 Canadian hedge funds up 0.65% in January on broader equity markets rally [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rally of the broader equity markets in January helped push Canadian hedge funds to start the year on a positive note as the Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Perfo
22 Feb. 2012 Given the right tools, hedge funds can evaluate broker effectiveness [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Client engagement manager at MIK Fund Solutions, Jay Rooney has posed the question 'how can hedge fund managers evaluate the effectiveness of their brokers?’ Rooney observes that traditional asset managers and hedge funds find themselves increasingly beset by
21 Feb. 2012 ASM Capital announces plans to purchase MF Global customer claims [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: ASM Capital, one of the largest domestic purchasers of bankruptcy claims, recently announced its intent to purchase investor claims in the MF Global Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation. “It is estimated that at least $1.2 billion of investor cas
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  1. Institutions – Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives, CalPERS' real estate consultant cautions the pension fund's investment committee, Why Sunsuper likes hedge funds[more]

    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

  2. Private equity follows hedge funds into reinsurance for long-term capital[more]

    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

  3. North America – New York City’s next hot neighborhoods targeted with property funds[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

  4. Investing – George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse, Warren Buffett's Berkshire reveals Charter stake, cuts DirecTV, Hedge funds lusting to cash out of MGM, Top hedge fund managers are buying Ally Financial, Hedge funds dumped 5m Herbalife shares in Q2, Paulson & Co hedge fund ups Puerto Rico real estate bet, Netflix Inc., Citigroup Inc, Google Inc are top new picks in Tiger Management’s 13F[more]

    George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse From Newsmax.com: Billionaire investor George Soros has increased his financial bet that U.S. stocks will collapse to more than $2 billion. The legendary hedge fund manager has been raising his negative bet on the Standard & Poor's 500 Inde

  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added