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24 Oct. 2011 ML Capital says UCITS investors seek CTA strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its latest survey on the growing market for Alternative UCITS, ML Capital observed a dramatic increase in demand for CTA’S, which is at an all-time high, with 57% of respondents committed to the sector. ML Capital surveyed a diverse range of active Alternativ
24 Oct. 2011 Future Capital Partners launches second renewable energy EIS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the recent close of its renewable energy EIS fund Elara I, Future Capital Partners, the £6 billion alternative investment boutique, has launched a new EIS fund that will give investors another chance to capitalise on the firm’s green energy strategy. The new
24 Oct. 2011 Hedge fund seeder IMQubator says existing investment management model broken, seeks Eur100m for IMQ Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jeroen Tielman, CEO and Founder of IMQubator (“IMQ”), says that the existing investment management model is broken, and is determined to take complaints from hedge fund investors in the wake of the crisis to heart, by demanding the structure and governance of the funds IM
24 Oct. 2011 Two UK fund managers are to set up operations in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Two UK-based fund management firms are joining the fray and setting up operations in Asia to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the region, it was reported. According to reports from AsianInvestor.net,
24 Oct. 2011 Stonehenge Capital’s Forward Curve Realignment (FCR)hedge fund debuts strong returns one month after launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Florida-based asset management firm, Stonehenge Capital Management’s new direction neutral strategy Forward Curve Realignment (FCR) hedge fund debuted with a strong return one month after it was launched on September 1 this year. FCR returned 0.3 percent in its first
21 Oct. 2011 Scotia Capital Canadian hedge fund index finishes Sept. -1.22% (-1.82% YTD) on asset weighted basis, -3.81% (-8.86% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index finished September 2011 down 1.22% on an asset weighted basis and down 3.81% on an equal weighted basis. The Index outperformed broader equities on both asset and equal weighted bases, and outperformed global hedge
21 Oct. 2011 Forward hedge fund redemptions continue to be low on a historic basis says GlobeOp [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for October 2011 measured 2.51%, down from 3.11% in September. “Forward hedge fund redemptions continue to be low on a historic basis,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. “Although s
21 Oct. 2011 IOSCO issues recommendations for lessening risks posed by high frequency, algorithmic trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has published its Final Report on Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on Market Integrity and Efficiency (
20 Oct. 2011 Swiss hedge fund Heieck Siebrecht Capital Advisors hires Analyst and Head of Investor Relations [more]
"We are very happy that Jelena and Aria are joining the team”, says Stefan Heieck, Founding Partner of HSCA AG. “As Head of Investor Relations, Jelena will be in charge of our communications with current and new investors and is an excellent fit to enhance one part of our company. Aria has prev
20 Oct. 2011 The Cambridge Strategy selected as a launch manager on the Morgan Stanley FX Gateway Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Cambridge Strategy, a leading boutique asset management firm offering active currency alpha, emerging markets macro, emerging markets equity and currency overlay programmes, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a launch manager on the recently launched
20 Oct. 2011 Wealth manager ARIA selects SEI Global Wealth Services for further growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEI has announced that it has been selected as a strategic partner to ARIA Capital Management to support their discretionary investment management services through its Global Wealth Services solution. ARIA is a fast-growing, boutique private client investment m
20 Oct. 2011 Blackstone reports third quarter 2011 results [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Economic Net Income was a loss of $342 million for the third quarter of 2011, down from net income of $339 million for the third quarter of 2010. Economic Net Income was $929 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, up 3% from 2010. Distributable Ear
20 Oct. 2011 Managed futures hold their ground in 2011; Barclay CTA Index gains 0.35% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.35% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index is down just 0.41%. "Operation Twist in the US, sovereign debt uncertainty in Europe, and potential slowing in China all con
19 Oct. 2011 Exceptions to Volcker Rule’s general prohibition on proprietary trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Volcker Rule on proprietary trading will have sweeping repercussions for the financial system, as banks will be banned from proprietary trading and from owning, sponsoring or having certain relationships with hedge funds and other private funds, subject to a number of
19 Oct. 2011 CME comments on CFTC’s rule making on position limits [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, today released the following statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)'s rule making on position limits: "CME Group commends the Commission and staff of the C
19 Oct. 2011 Hedge fund industry posts 4th worst performance quarter in history, reducing assets to $1.97tln says HFR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds posted the fourth worst quarterly performance in industry history in 3Q11, as a combination of uncertainty regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and weakening economic data contributed to volatility across equity, credit, commodities and currencies. The
19 Oct. 2011 Neptune to launch long/short UCITS fund which will use basket swaps at a global sector level [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The new fund allows Neptune to express its high conviction sector views more strongly than ever UK-based Neptune Investment Management ('Neptune') today confirms the launch of the Neptune Global Long/Short Sector Fund on 1st November 2011. Neptune
19 Oct. 2011 Singapore orders hedge fund 3 Degrees to shut down on claims of fraud [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Tuesday, Singapore’s Monetary Authority (MAS) ordered 3 Degrees Asset Management Pte, a private independent asset management firm based on the island state, to shut down its operations on allegations tha
19 Oct. 2011 Assets invested in Swiss funds rise to CHF615bn in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As of the end of September 2011, the total volume of assets in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Lipper stood at CHF 614.7 billion, with Swiss funds for institutional investors accounting for some CHF 221.2 billion of this f
19 Oct. 2011 AlphaMetrix launches online community for investors and hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – AlphaMetrix, a Chicago-based alternative investments services provider, has launched the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace (AGM). The AGM online community still beta-tested and should be available to qualified investors and hedge fund by the end of November, the firm sai
19 Oct. 2011 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 3.92% in September (-6.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Most hedge fund strategies had losses in September, evidenced by a 3.92% drop in the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has lost 7.45% in the 3rd quarter and is now down 6.53% in 2011. “For the second straight month we’re seeing the lar
18 Oct. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index falls- 3.20% in September (-3.20% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) fell for a second straight month, finishing down 3.20% in September versus a monthly loss of 9.88% for the Dow Jones Global Index. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, &
18 Oct. 2011 Lyster Watson Credit Fixed Income Index down -1.03% in September (+1.62% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds demonstrated their directional sensitivity to beta once again in September, as all strategies except Volatility Arbitrage posted losses. Equity strategies in particular posted losses about half as large as their long-only corollaries. With fewer t
17 Oct. 2011 First State Investments completes new emerging markets debt team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First State Investments has today announced the appointment of three investment specialists to its recently established Emerging Markets Debt team. Jan-Markus May and Manuel Cañas join First State as Senior Portfolio Managers and Philip Fielding has been appointed
14 Oct. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index down 1.81% (est.) in September (-3.23% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of September 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index (R) had a net return of -1.81 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -3.23 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of n
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