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05 Dec. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index down 0.95% in November (-7.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index was down 0.95% in November as a majority of component strategies declined. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides the benefit of daily published index values which enable investors to track
05 Dec. 2011 J.P. Morgan expands prime custody service to hedge fund clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Less than a week after signifying that its banking division would cancel its hedge fund accounts, J.P. Morgan Chase has announced it is planning to expand its prime custody service to hedge fund clients of its European Prime Brokerage business using a fully integrated plat
05 Dec. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index down -0.39% in November (-0.97% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 0.39% in November according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the perform
02 Dec. 2011 PwC’s 2011 global economic crime survey shows 13% rise in fraud since last year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Accountancy and auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has seen a 13% rise in fraud since its last survey and organisations see more fraud ahead. In today's technology driven environment, cybercrime is emerging as a serious threat to organisations. Below are so
01 Dec. 2011 SunGard's PCA identifies factors that are typically responsible for driving commodities price variance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Building a Multi-Asset Class Risk Model: The Commodities Example − Correlation is the Key In a poll conducted last year by Barclays Capital, nearly two thirds of institutional investors indicated a desire to increase their exposure to commodities throug
30 Nov. 2011 42% of hedge fund managers see potential for default or restructure by Italy and Spain in Aksia global survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A survey of the world’s leading hedge funds published today by independent hedge fund research and advisory firm Aksia, reveals 42% of hedge fund managers see potential for a default or restructure by Italy and Spain. Conducted over recent weeks, the survey of 125 inst
30 Nov. 2011 SEI lists what managers face when launching alternative investment strategies in regulated mutual fund or UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEI released their latest paper entitled Regulated Alternative Funds: The New Conventional, which evaluates the opportunities and challenges managers face when launching and distributing alternative investment strategies in a registered mutual fund or UCITS format.
30 Nov. 2011 Parker FX Index down -1.33% for the month of October, top performer up +4.36% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.33% return for the month of October. Fiftyfour programs in the Index reported October results, of which eighteen reported positive results and thirty-six incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.57% in October.
29 Nov. 2011 SunGard launches Asset Arena Manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SunGard has launched Asset Arena Manager, an integrated investment management solution that provides front-to-middle office support to buy-side investment management firms. An integrated component of the Asset Arena suite that supports the entire trade lifecycle for asse
28 Nov. 2011 An alternative form of investing in the theatre is launched with The Theatre Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Theatre Fund, a new alternative to the traditional theatre investment model, will launch in November 2011. Advised by Act Productions Limited, an established leading theatre producer, The Theatre Fund will give individual investors the opportunity to participate in t
28 Nov. 2011 Hong Kong approves Carl Huttenlocher’s hedge fund license [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission on Sunday approved the license of Carl Huttenlocher, former Asia head of JPMorgan Chase & Co's Highbridge Capital, to operate a hedge fund. According to a
25 Nov. 2011 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Geneva gala raises CHF380,000 for charity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds ("100WHF") held its 10th Anniversary Geneva Gala last night at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, raising CHF 380,000 for Coeurs Pour Tous (Hearts For All) Operation Vietnam Project. The evening, attended by 220 members and leaders acros
23 Nov. 2011 Custom House named best Malta fund administrator for second time in ICFA Awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Custom House Global Fund Services (CHGFS), a leading independent administrator specializing in alternative investment funds, was last night named ‘Fund Administrator of the Year: Malta’ at the 2011 International Custody & Fund Administration (ICFA) magazine awards in Lond
22 Nov. 2011 MF Global liquidation presents unprecedented test of US bankruptcy regime for dually registered brokers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The collapse of MF Global is proving significant for reasons other than its being one of the ten largest bankruptcies in U.S. history, according to attorneys at Teigland-Hunt LLP. In a client alert (attached) the law firm says liquidation of MF Global will require the u
22 Nov. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up +1.73% in October (-1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index posted its largest monthly gain since April and finished up 1.73% in October. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of October. Some key findings from the report include:
21 Nov. 2011 SunGard launches Asset Arena Manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SunGard has launched Asset Arena Manager, an investment management solution that provides front-to-middle office support to buy-side investment management firms. An integrated component of the Asset Arena suite that supports the entire trade lifecycle for asset managers,
21 Nov. 2011 Latest EU report on Funds Directive is positive for Jersey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance says it is encouraged by the contents of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) report on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) which was published last week and contains its final recommendations to the European Commissio
21 Nov. 2011 GlobeOp forward hedge fund redemption indicator up to 3.44% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2011 measured 3.44%, up from 2.51% in October. “We expect fund redemption requests to increase as year-end approaches,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. “January is typicall
18 Nov. 2011 All Edhec hedge fund strategy indices up in October expect for CTA and short-selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In October, after plummeting for five months, the equity market displayed astonishing versatility, with the S&P 500 index registering a positive double-digit return (+10.93%), its best monthly performance over the past twenty years, supported by a strong fall (-13%) in im
17 Nov. 2011 Advisors' discretionary business to increase from 59% in 2011 to 71% of their assets by 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli anticipates the percentage of advisors' discretionary business will increase from 59% in 2011 to 71% by 2013. Cerulli attributes the jump to advisors' interest in building their role as discretionary portfolio managers. However, for many advisors, packaged
17 Nov. 2011 Hedge funds ignore social media finds MHP 2011 Survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a survey of 77 hedge fund managers globally, each with at least US$ 1.0 bn in assets under management, the MHP Survey 2011 has found that hedge fund managers are ignoring social media. 8% are still without a corporate website, let alone a Twitter feed or a Facebook wal
17 Nov. 2011 Newedge CTA Index down -3.72% in October (-5.09% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices. The Newedge CTA Index, which is equally weighted, calculates the daily rate of return for a pool of the largest CTAs tha
17 Nov. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returns +1.29% in October (-2.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of October 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 1.29 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -2.22 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
17 Nov. 2011 Lyster Watson Credit Fixed Income Index up +1.58% in October (+2.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyster Watson Hedge Fund Strategy Indices are a series of non-investable benchmarks designed to be representative composites of randomly generated portfolios of hedge fund strategy peers, factoring in both volatility and return. The performance of these indices
16 Nov. 2011 Managed futures stumble in October; Barclay CTA Index slides 1.50% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After four straight months of gains, managed futures lost 1.50% in October according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index is down 2.30%. "A revival of animal spirits sparked by an improving economic picture and the
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