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23 Nov. 2012 China relaxes hurdles for foreign boutique managers and expands permitted offshore investments for insurers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On 22 October 2012, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) issued the long-awaited Implementation Measures to the Provisional Measures for the Overseas Investment with Insurance Funds (Implementation Measures). The Implementation Measures introduce two
23 Nov. 2012 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank completes acquisition of Daiwa Global Asset Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On November 21st Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited (“SMTB”) completed the acquisition of the Global Asset Services Division from Daiwa Securities Group. The Global Asset Services Division comprises Daiwa’s Fund Administration/UCITS Management Company, Custodian, Trustee
22 Nov. 2012 ESMA rules that UCITS may not invest in unregulated hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a further indication of policy orientation at European level that is seeking to limit the instruments that UCITS funds may invest in, on 20 November 2012, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") published a formal opinion on its interpr
22 Nov. 2012 Study: Can ESG deliver Alpha? (I) Most hedge funds have not yet seized the responsible investment opportunity but this will change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Research piece authored by D. Michael Adams, Partner, Autumn Capital Partners, an investment consultancy firm based in London. Investors are increasingly seeking strategies that deliv
22 Nov. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends October down 0.19% on asset weighted basis (-4.32% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2012 down 0.19% on an asset weighted basis (-4.32% YTD) and up 0.12% on an equal weighted basis (-2.35% YTD). Description The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehe
22 Nov. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declines -0.14% through mid-November (2.01% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted sharp declines through mid-November, 2012, as investors discounted the results of the US Presidential election, the uncertainty surrounding the renewal of US tax incentives and continued uncertainty regarding the European banking and sovereign
21 Nov. 2012 GAIA launches Farming 20 Index and Tracker Certificate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: GAIA, in partnership with EFG International Finance, is launching the first investment vehicle of its kind focusing uniquely on listed farming companies around the globe. Investment into the worlds food producers is not only opportunistic given low current valuations of t
21 Nov. 2012 Marc Hotimsky becomes CQS Chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CQS announced the appointment of Marc Hotimsky as chairman. As a senior member of the management team, he will assist in furthering CQS’ institutionalisation. Commenting on Mr. Hotimsky’s appointment, Michael Hintze, C
21 Nov. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November measured 5.19%, up from 3.19% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2012 measured 5.19%, up from 3.19% in October. "In line with seasonal expectations, we had higher forward redemption requests in November due to investor rebalancing," said Bill Stone, Chairman and
21 Nov. 2012 AIMA, Deutsche publish new Roadmap to Hedge Funds for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, and Deutsche Bank today announced the launch of a new edition of the educational guide for institutional investors in hedge funds - the Roadmap to Hedge Funds.
21 Nov. 2012 Hedge fund industry three-month growth streak halted - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds three month growth streak hit the wall in October as asset outflows eclipsed growth according to new data from eVestment. Total estimated hedge fund assets under management declined by $29.5bn in October, the largest drop since September 2011. Flows for
21 Nov. 2012 Asia Pacific investors dominate Australian fund scene [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new report from the Financial Services Council and The Trust Company offers a unique insight into funds flowing into Australia, particularly after tax policy changes, introduced in response to the 2009 Johnson Rep
20 Nov. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down 1.74% in October (-1.36% YTD); 70% of managers end month with a loss [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.74% in October according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index now has a negative return for the year with an overall loss of 1.36%. “October was a difficult month for most CTAs with roughly 70 percent of managers rec
20 Nov. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge fund index down 0.18% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds, as measured by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, finished October down 0.18%, with 5 out of 10 strategies in positive territory; In total, the
20 Nov. 2012 Hedge funds find room to maneuver - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds are taking fewer extreme positions according to new data from Bank of Americ
20 Nov. 2012 SEC charges alleged investment adviser with investor fraud, after spending seed capital on drugs and gambling [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today charged Stephen A. Colangelo, Jr., a purported investment adviser in New York with defrauding investors who he convinced to invest in his start-up businesses while in reality he was spending their money on illegal
19 Nov. 2012 Walkers appoints Ingrid Pierce as Global Managing Partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Walkers has announced that Ingrid Pierce has been appointed as Global Managing Partner of the firm. Before joining Walkers in 2002, Ingrid enjoyed a successful career as a barrister in London. She was made a partner of the firm in 2007. Also the Head of Walkers'
19 Nov. 2012 Edhec: performance of hedge fund strategies exposed to equity-related risk factors remained positive in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In October 2012, stocks experienced a setback (S&P 500: -1.85%), with implied volatility increasing slightly (VIX: 18.6%). High-grade bonds were nearly flat (Lehman Global: -0.17%, Lehman US: -0.06%), risky credit remained strong (credit-spread index: 1.00%) extending
19 Nov. 2012 bfinance Pension Fund Asset Allocation Survey: cautiously optimistic investors set to embrace smarter thinking and more risk in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Clear long term trends of further diversification across asset classes; increase in allocation to emerging market assets, infrastructure, alternatives and smart indices identified by leading institutional investors bfinance, an independently owned consu
19 Nov. 2012 Norway pension fund returns 4.7% in Q3, Apple best performer [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global returned 4.7%, or NOK167bn (Eur22.6bn; US$28.9bn) in the third quarter (Q3) of 2012 as global stock markets rallied. The fund returned 14.5% in the last 12 months and 6.5% in the last three years. According to a fund
16 Nov. 2012 IFG Trust and Corporate Group to acquire Fund administrator Moore Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IFG Trust and Corporate Group announces its acquisition of Jersey-based Moore Group, setting the tone for future growth and investment. This is the first acquisition since the group’s MBO in July this year when it separated from IFG Group PL
16 Nov. 2012 Morgan Creek Capital Management expands investment team in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Anand Prasanna will be joining Morgan Creek in December of 2012 as a Director on the global investment team; he will be based in the firm's Shanghai office. As part of Morgan Creek's Asia team, Mr. Prasanna will be covering firm's activities in private investme
16 Nov. 2012 Brazilian asset managers bullish on domestic fund industry [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Brazilian asset managers are working to attract twice as many investors onshore as offshore into the domestic fund industry according to a recent survey at the annual DMS Offshore Investment Funds Summit in São Paulo, Brazil. Of the 33 asset managers surveyed, 75%
15 Nov. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.32% in October (+6.09% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 0.32% in October, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 6.09% year to date. “News flows continued to drive the markets in October,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “Equity
15 Nov. 2012 RBC Hedge 250 Index down -0.15% in October (+4.32% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of October 2012 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -0.15 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 4.32 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of nex
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