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10 Sep. 2013 EU UCITS and alternative investment funds can benefit from withholding tax exemption in France [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The French tax authorities recently rethought their withholding tax process. A withholding tax is a tax levied on income (interest and dividends) from securities owned by
10 Sep. 2013 Australian regulator says hedge funds do not pose systemic risk to financial system [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Australian hedge funds do not currently pose a systemic risk to the local financial system, an ASIC repor
10 Sep. 2013 Spartan’s Heap Fund rebrands as LSQ Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Toronto, Canada-based alternative investment firm Spartan Fund Management Inc. reported yesterday that the Heaps Fund, a quantitative long/short equity fund that is
10 Sep. 2013 Zenith's global long/short hedge fund list outperforms MSCI World Index [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Global long/short funds rated approved or above by Australia’s Zenith Investment Partners returned an average of 36.6% compared to the MSCI World index return of 32.8% for 12 months to 30 June 2
10 Sep. 2013 Syrian conflict drags hedge funds earning in August, HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index -0.73% (3.87% YTD) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The ongoing civil war in Syria and the uncertain military action by the U.S. and its allies, the weakness in emerging market equities and currencies, expectations of a US QE tapering and a decline in the US equity markets dragged hedge funds' earnings in Aug
09 Sep. 2013 First week in September saw hedge funds underperforming [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest Hedge
09 Sep. 2013 Zadig launches UCITS absolute return fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The independent asset management company, Zadig Gestion (Luxembourg) S.A. has launched a new Luxembourg-based UCITS fund on 4 September 2013 called the Active Risk Parity Fund. It is a new sub-fund within Zadig’s already s
09 Sep. 2013 Ex-JP Morgan Chase director named a partner at Finisterre Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Darren Walker has been named a partner at Finisterre Capital, the $1.6bln long/short emerging market total return specialist. Mr Walker was previously Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase, where he managed an emerging markets portfolio with an emphasis on sover
09 Sep. 2013 World's largest 300 pension funds grew by almost 10% in 2012 to $14tln (up from $12.7tln in 2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total assets of the world’s largest 300 pension funds grew by almost 10% in 2012 (compared to around 2% in 2011) to reach a new high of US$14.0 trillion (up from US$12.7 trillion in 2011), according to Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson research.
09 Sep. 2013 Hedge funds outperform equity markets led by commodities, credit - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down in August, but outperformed most global equity markets as long/short equity strategies posted their largest outperformance of the S&P 500 total return since October 2010 when the index fell over 4%. On an annualized basis the industry
09 Sep. 2013 Lyxor reports just three out of 13 hedge fund strategies end August in positive territory [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lyxor reports that just three of their 13 strategies ended the month of August in positive territory, led by the L/S Credit Arbitrage (+0.51%), the Convertible Bonds Arbitrage Index (+0.26%) and the Event Dr
09 Sep. 2013 Investors are forcing hedge fund managers to abandon '2 and 20’ fee model [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Dissatisfied investors are forcing many hedge fund managers to rethink and even completely abandon the traditional '2 and 20’ fee model, according to The Wall Street J
09 Sep. 2013 Korean hedge fund industry to expand to $2.8bn by 2016 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: South Korean hedge funds are expected to grow to at least $2.8bn (three trillion won) by 2016 in tandem with the global growth of the industry, reported
09 Sep. 2013 FRM predicts a period where good data could be bad for markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest "Early View" from FRM, Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, finds that investors are heading into interesting times as the Federal Reserve starts to instig
09 Sep. 2013 G20 leaders commit to exchange of tax information, implementation of financial regulation [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Some the topics discussed during the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) summit in Saint Petersburg on September 5-6 included exchange of tax information, financial regulation, shadow banking, fair trade, and unemployment -
06 Sep. 2013 Australian hedge fund news: Bennelong expands, ASIC cooperates with EU, Thorney seeks Wentworth, Liptak heads new advisory firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: So what is happening in down under’s hedge fund industry? According to Triple A Partners’ latest newsletter,
05 Sep. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.75% (est.) in August, (+3.49% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights Initial estimates indicate the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund declined a modest -0.75% in August. Hedge funds minimized their losses and markedly outperformed equity markets during the month, as indicated by the S&P 500 (-2.90%), MSC
05 Sep. 2013 529 savings plan assets reach all-time highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total 529 savings plan assets were an estimated $183.5 billion as of 2Q13, reflecting a 1.8% increase from 1Q13 assets of $180.3 billion and a 16.6% increase from 2Q12 assets of $157.4 billion. In contrast to other products, long-term mutual fund and ETF assets (excluding
05 Sep. 2013 Indos implements FundApps Rapptr system for AIFMD monitoring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial, the independent Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) depositary business, has announced it plans to use the FundApps Rapptr system to perform oversight over a hedge fund’s compliance w
05 Sep. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index -0.20% in August, +0.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted a decline for the month but outperformed the broader hedge fund industry, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -0.20% in August 2013. • HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a modest decline of -0.04
05 Sep. 2013 IndexIQ’s IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index down 0.94% in August, -0.80% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for August 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the p
05 Sep. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) index down 1.01% in August (+2.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 1.01% in August 2013 according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the perform
05 Sep. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.86% in August (+3.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets declined in August as Emerging Market equities and currencies extended prior month declines, and investors positioned for volatility associated with reduction of stimulus by the US Federal Reser
05 Sep. 2013 GAM's commentary finds that August's light volumes saw asset prices drift down [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GAM’s latest hedge funds’ Insight finds that asset prices drifted lower on seasonally light volumes during August. The firm writes that equities and bonds sold off, with the MSCI World
05 Sep. 2013 Court puts SAC Capital civil suit on hold as hedge fund firm eyes family office route [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York on Wednesday granted the request to put on hold the forfeiture case against troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors while the trial over insider trading is ongoing, various media reported. According to
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