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09 Mar. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gains 2.18% in February (4.7% YTD), lead by long/short equity funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) advanced for the second month in 2012, driven by strong equity markets. The GGHFI gained 2.18% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (+4.32%), MSCI World Equity (+4.66%), a
09 Mar. 2012 CFTC adopts new rules on cleared swaps collateral segregation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has adopted a new slate of final rules concerning collateral segregation for cleared swaps. Futures commission merchants (FCMs) and deriva
09 Mar. 2012 BlackRock and JP Morgan pay penalty for fictitious sales in ten year spreads [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) yesterday charged subsidiaries of BlackRock and JP Morgan for executing unlawful pre-arranged trades. BlackRock Instituti
08 Mar. 2012 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advances 1.72% in February (4.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +1.72% in February (+4.07% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +4.06% (+8.60% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.53% (+6.02% YTD), and the NA
08 Mar. 2012 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 2.06% in February (4.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.06% in February as optimism about European debt and strengthening global economy fueled rallies in the underlying markets. The MSCI World Index gained 4.55% as high risk appetite continued for the second month running. All regions
08 Mar. 2012 Alternative and absolute return products are on the rise again, approaching 7.5% of global fund assets: Strategic Insight [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The fund management industry is moving towards investment solutions and bridges, according to the second volume of Strategic Insight’s State of the Industry report, which provides a global review of 20
08 Mar. 2012 Florida state investment portfolio to double investment in alternatives [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - By unanimous vote today, the Florida state Senate passed a bill that will allow up to 20% of the state's investment portfolio to be allocated to alternative investments. The move doubles the allocation which currently sits at 10%. The investments are managed b
08 Mar. 2012 Celent study finds that wealth management in Europe becomes a priority for many financial services organisations as traditional banking activities become less profitable [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Celent’s report The European Wealth Management Market: Strategies and Technology in 2012 finds that wealth managers are re-evaluating their offerings to their cli
08 Mar. 2012 60% of Greek bond holders agree to debt swap deal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that 60% of Greek bond holders have agreed to participate in the nation's de
07 Mar. 2012 Hedge funds post best start to year since 2000 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update- Hedge funds posted their strongest start to a calendar year since 2000, with significant contributions from strategy areas which underperformed in 2011, according to data released today by HFR, the leading provider of data, indices and analysis of the global hedge fund ind
07 Mar. 2012 Newedge announces three senior appointments to prime clearing services (PCS) team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, announced today three senior appointments in the Alternative Investment Solutions (AIS) division of its Prime Clearing Services team. Marc Lorin has been named Deputy Head of AIS Origination and Structuri
07 Mar. 2012 Public Trust Advisors go live on newly launched Linedata Admin Edge administrator platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Linedata (NYSE Euronext: LIN), the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced that start-up investment advisor Public Trust Advisors LLC has gone live in only six weeks from signing, with the recently announced L
07 Mar. 2012 Direct Firms are well-positioned for managed account distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:The discount channel, also known as the direct channel, accounts for 7.1% of the overall managed accounts industry, or $169 billion in assets in 4Q 2011. While still only a small portion of the managed account industry, the direct channel has been steadily gaining industry
07 Mar. 2012 Nikko Asset Management’s McCarthy to retire, successor Beazley to continue growth strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd today announced that Timothy F. McCarthy, Chairman and CEO of Nikko Asset Management, has decided to retire at the end of this fiscal year. Effective April 1st Charles Beazley will take over as Chairman and CEO as part of the firm’s long ag
07 Mar. 2012 Alternative and niche asset managers to drive 2012 global M&A: Cerulli [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As global managers seek to supplement existing capabilities, 2012 M&A activity will center on managers of alternative strategies. Increasingly, managers are looking for niche sales opportunities and this means it is likely that merger
07 Mar. 2012 A third of surveyed insurers say they will increase allocation to alternatives in the wake of Solvency II [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As European insurers are scrambling ahead of the implementation of Solvency II, a new EU directive, BlackRock commissioned a report on the effect of Solvency II on asset allocation and investment strategy, which was written by the Economist Intelligence Unit
07 Mar. 2012 Financier R. Allen Stanford convicted in $7b swindle, may face life in prison [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, was convicted Tuesday on 13 counts of fraud for an extensive Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years. According to the charges he took investors for $7b during that time. Stanford was found guilty on a variety of fraud charges,
07 Mar. 2012 Yang and Liang join forces to launch macro hedge fund in Asia [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - Former Huatai Asset Management CIO Yang Yang and veteran derivatives trader Yiming Liang have joined the bandwagon of Asian hedge funds with the launch of Greater China-focused macro hedge fund Goldstream Absolute Return Fund,
06 Mar. 2012 VIX futures open interest hits new record: over 280,000 contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) today announced that open interest in CBOE Volatility Index (VIX index) futures reached new all-time highs on Monday, March 5 and Thursday, March 1. On March 5, open interest hit 282,314 contracts, exceeding a 256,870-contract record on Mar
06 Mar. 2012 Great Lakes Fund Solutions, Inc. is acquired and re-branded Marcal Systems Corporation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Great Lakes Fund Solutions, Inc. (GLFSI or the Company) today announces its new name and management following the sale of Marcal Systems Corporation to Mark Lancaster, the Company’s new President. Marc Veeneman, the co-founder and former President of the Comp
06 Mar. 2012 U.S. Bancorp Fund Services partners with TS Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (USBFS) announces an investment in TS Capital, LLC (TSC). This equity ownership allows USBFS to leverage TSC’s active distribution services. TSC is a third party marketing organization specializing in strategic consulting, product originatio
06 Mar. 2012 Morningstar launches alternative investments centre [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar Inc, a provider of independent investment research, has launched a new alternative investments center as part of several enhancements to MorningstarAdvisor.com, a free website that provides financial advisors with practice management information, investment tr
06 Mar. 2012 Advent supports carrhae capital in growth ambitions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVS), a leading provider of software and services for the global investment management industry, today announced that Carrhae Capital LLP has gone live on Advent’s hedge fund solution to support growth and maximize efficiency and transparency
06 Mar. 2012 Future Capital Partners rolls out third renewable energy EIS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Future Capital Partners, the £6 billion alternative investment boutique, has launched another EIS fund that will capitalise on the firm’s successful green energy investment strategy. The new fund is the third of FCP’s renewable energy EISs, following the success of Elara
06 Mar. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index Global is up +0.87% in February, +2.25% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In February, the UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.87% while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is up 0.99%. The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.87% in February, continuing its good run since the beginning of the year (up 1.37% in January). Th

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