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19 Dec. 2013 Fed tapers, and the band plays on [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:In a much-watched vote the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) agreed to start cutting back on its bond buying program. The Federal Reserve will cut its monthly purchases to $75bn, down $10bn from previous months. In a statement the Fed said that it would conti
19 Dec. 2013 eVestment: equity flows push hedge fund assets to 5-year high [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Investor flows into hedge funds were positive for a fifth consecutive month, according to the latest data from eVestment. New allocations of $15.3bn brought industry assets to a five-year high of $2.84tn and trail their pre-financial crisis peak by just over 3%.
19 Dec. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.0% in November (+8.2% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for November 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through October. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted c
19 Dec. 2013 Former SAC manager Michael Steinberg found guilty of insider trading [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:A federal jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found that one of the former portfolio managers at SAC Capital Advisors, Michael Steinberg, guilty on five counts of security fraud and conspiracy after less than two days of deliberations, various media reported. Accord
18 Dec. 2013 Paul Lucek succeeds Mark Rosenberg as CEO of SSARIS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SSARIS Advisors, LLC, an affiliate of State Street Global Advisors - the investment management division of State Street Corporation, has appointed Paul Lucek as CEO, effective January 1, 2014. Paul succeeds Mark Rosenberg, who will relinquish his role as CEO at the end of
18 Dec. 2013 Opus Fund Services hires three [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opus Fund Services has today announced the hiring of 3 senior employees to join its global management team. Keenan Press joins as Senior Vice President from Dundee Leeds where he was Vice President, Head of Investor Relations. Jake Strohman joins as Vice Preside
18 Dec. 2013 UCITS hedge funds down 1.06% to mid December, up 2.64% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFRU's figures show UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted declines, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -1.06% through mid-December. HFRU
18 Dec. 2013 Global hedge funds down 0.48% to mid December, 5.61% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFR's performance notes for mid December report that global financial markets posted declines, as investors discounted mixed data on consumer spending and moderate expectations for economic growth in early 2
18 Dec. 2013 SEC enforcement actions top $3.4 billion in 2013 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a new report showing the totality of its enforcement efforts over the year. The final figure of fines collected for enforcement actions is an historic $3.4bn, bolstered by large individual settlements lik
18 Dec. 2013 Survey finds Japanese and European equities to dominate 2014 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The latest fund manager survey from BofA Merrill Lynch finds sentiment positive for 2014, with invest
17 Dec. 2013 New book details route to profit from volatile credit market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new book by Putri Pascualy, Senior Credit Strategist and Portfolio Manager for Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO), reveals how investors can generate attractive returns in an increasi
17 Dec. 2013 Towers Watson partners with Korea’s Government Employees Pension Service as alternative assets advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson, the global professional services company, and Korea’s Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which Towers Watson will assist GEPS in review
17 Dec. 2013 Asian hedge fund managers expect an increase in bonuses going forward [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A survey from Heidrick & Struggles the international recruitment firm, found that more Asian hedge fund managers expect an increase in bonuses going forward. Reported in
17 Dec. 2013 U.S. Treasury finds hedge funds less risky [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:A new study by the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research said that the hedge fund industry is not as risky as traditionally perceived. In its September study titled,
17 Dec. 2013 Global GDP to rise 3.5% in 2014 but Europe faces deflationary risks [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:BNY Mellon’s Boston-based fixed income specialist Standish said that global gross domestic product (GDP) could accelerate from 3.0% in 2013 to 3.5% in 2014 but warns that inflation remains uncomfortably low in developed market countries. In its
17 Dec. 2013 Barclays reviews the case of out of favour converts [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The Strategic Consulting Team at Barclays Capital Solutions Group has researched the convertible (convert) hedge fund landscape in their latest paper. "Despite the relatively small AUM base of HF strategi
16 Dec. 2013 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Finished up 1.31% in November (+8.43% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.31% for the month of November. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. October, November and YTD 2013 performance numbers are listed below and are avail
16 Dec. 2013 Hedge funds gain +1.19% in November (+11.18% YTD)- Hennessee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +1.19% in November (+11.18% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +2.80% (+26.62% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +3.48% (+22.76% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index jumped +3
16 Dec. 2013 Vistra acquires HVK Family Office Services in the Netherlands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Vistra, the fast growing corporate services Group, today announced the acquisition of HVK Family Office Services part of the consultancy firm HVK in the Netherlands. With this acquisition, Vistra strengthens its recently launched Family Office Services Division.
16 Dec. 2013 Harcourt launches actively-managed premium strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, the alternative boutique of Vontobel Asset Management, launches the Pure Premium Strategy to offer liquid alternatives in UCITS wrapper to further meet investor demand for transparent and cost-efficient al
16 Dec. 2013 Hedge fund launches decline to lowest level in 3 years in Q3, liquidations rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches declined to the lowest level in nearly three years in the third quarter, while the number of hedge fund liquidations rose to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2012, according the latest HFR Market Microstructure
16 Dec. 2013 Gottex Fund Management and EIM Group to merge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex) and EIM Group (EIM), two leading alternative investment managers, announce today they have reached agreement
16 Dec. 2013 Investors start withdrawals ahead of Fed’s December meeting [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Investors have started to pull out their investments ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve meeting on 17th and 18th December, which will discuss whether to wind down its quantitative easing program (or QE3), according to EPFR, a
16 Dec. 2013 Two Sigma and Hamilton Insurance buy SAC Capital’s Reinsurance unit [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Two Sigma and Hamilton Reinsurance Group have formed a partnership to acquire SAC Capital’s reinsurance unit, clearing the way for the Steven Cohen’s once $15bn hedge fund to convert into a family office, various media reported. According to the
14 Dec. 2013 ABN AMRO Clearing launches competition for 6 alternative investment funds to pitch at Amsterdam Investors Forum 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 6 alternative funds are again being offered the chance to pitch to more than 200 institutional investors, funds of funds and high net worth individuals at the third Amsterdam Investors Forum (AIF), organised by ABN AMRO Clearing on 12 February 2014. ‘The AIF Fact
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