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30 Mar. 2012 Legg Mason A.M. among the many who bet on emerging market debt this year [more]
By Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emerging market debt is certainly showing a certain glitter in the investment world at the moment. Since the beginning of the year, institutions have publicised their preference for this asset class. Many are also leaving aside European debt, as th
30 Mar. 2012 Prequin launches private equity index [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In a much-changed global economic environment, measuring the performance of private equity relative to other investment classes is more important than ever. Preqin has created the first ever private equity index covering the entire industry – the Preqin Privat
30 Mar. 2012 Bonds are struggling in difficult investment climate says Blackrock Institute [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Blackrock’s Investment team from its Investment Institute has updated its January report to comment on the record lows in bond yields. They as
29 Mar. 2012 AIMA Singapore responds to MAS consultation on proposed OTC derivatives reforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA Singapore has submitted a response to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on the proposed regulation of OTC derivatives. The MAS had earlier released a consultation paper in February 2012 asking for public feedback on its proposed rules around the clea
29 Mar. 2012 Australian regulators examine ETF regulation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has published a report on exchange traded funds (ETFs) which outlines how this growing industry is regulated in Australia and the impact of proposed international principles to address concerns by oversea
29 Mar. 2012 Managed futures role in the institutional portfolio [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Commonfund has released a new whitepaper entitled Understanding the Managed Futures Strategy and its Role in an Insti
29 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund star Jean-Francois Tardif comes out of retirement to launch fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In 2009, Jean-François Tardif retired from Sprott Asset Management as one of the top hedge fund managers in the industry. Since then, he has been living a quieter life in Canada. Now, he is coming out of retirement and has been hired by Toronto-based First Ass
28 Mar. 2012 IOSCO consults on principles of liquidity risk management for Collective Investment Schemes [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO)’s Technical Committee has published a consultation report entitled Princi
27 Mar. 2012 Man Group launches managed accounts system to give investors greater portfolio transparency [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc. (‘Man’), the alternative investment manager, has launched Clarus, an online portal for investors in managed accounts to obtain greater transparency in their underlying investments. The financial crisis and subsequent shocks in markets have emphasised the ne
27 Mar. 2012 Parker FX Index up +0.19% in February (+0.96% YTD), top performer up +8.99% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.19% return for the month of February. Fiftytwo programs in the Index reported February results, of which twenty-six reported positive results, twenty-three incurred losses and three managers were flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the In
27 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund of funds industry is all about niches, says Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Upate - The hedge fund of funds marketplace has experienced net redemptions four years in a row. This trend is expected to continue in 2012; however, Agecroft Partners has observed that some hedge fund of funds have thrived during this time period by focusing on a specific niche i
27 Mar. 2012 Return to operational profitability for Gottex in 2011 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Results released by Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), for the year ended 31 December 2011 show that the firm returned to operational profitability in 2011 with an operating profit of $0.7m. Got
27 Mar. 2012 Leverage still falling annually - BofA Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Leverage, as measured by NYSE Margin Debt, declined by 6.7% year-on-year (YOY) to $289.4bn in February according to a new BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
27 Mar. 2012 GlobeOp releases results of Form PF test filings [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: GlobeOp a global fund services firm has released the results of its test filings of form PF, a new regulatory filing required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The first
26 Mar. 2012 New Dow Jones Credit Suisse hedge fund index commentary offers insight into February hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.61% in February. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of February. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as measured b
26 Mar. 2012 Greenwich investable indices climb for second month in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices gained across nearly all strategies in February, led by strong results from Long-Short Equity managers. The monthly and quarterly redemption Composite Indices gained 0.79% and 0.86%, respectively, for the month. The Long-Short
26 Mar. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund performance for February, asset flows for January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for February 2012 as well as estimated asset flows for January. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearl
26 Mar. 2012 Record outflow from long term government bond funds while investors continue to add risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The third week of March saw many global equity markets lose momentum as investors consolidated recent gains, revisited assumptions about further easing measures by the US Federal Reserve and looked ahead to the first quarter earnings season. Overall flows into EPFR Global-
26 Mar. 2012 Survey finds that the alternatives industry needs more women [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Executive search consultants, Odgers Berndtson, has researched the role of women in hedge funds, working with
26 Mar. 2012 Luxembourg issues new rules on special investment funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Earlier this month, the Luxembourg Parliament amended its rules for specialized investment funds (SIFs). The rules provide additional guidance to a law passed in February 2007 in order to bring the country in line with requirements in the Alternative Investment Fun
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

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  5. Other Voices: CALPERS dilemma should be a warning to hedge funds wanting institutional investors[more]

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