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24 Feb. 2012 Four hedge fund traders indicted in Black Diamond Capital Solutions Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Four mid-West-based hedge fund traders were indicted by a federal grand jury for charges that they created a $40m ponzi scheme according to a
23 Feb. 2012 Abacus Group recognized as top 100 managed service provider [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Abacus Group LLC (“Abacus”), the market leader in hosted technology services for hedge funds, today announced that it has been named to Nine Lives Media’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 100 managed ser
23 Feb. 2012 Hedge funds drown in high water marks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently said that more than two thirds of hedge funds are below their high water marks. This means most of them are not getting their 20% fee on performance. Almost all hedge fund performance fees include a
23 Feb. 2012 AISIN pension fund’s manager shares six specific criteria for hedge fund investment [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - The variety of hedge fund strategies may be sufficient to meet the needs of specific of investors, but it might also obscure what pension funds desire from hedge fund investments said, Takeshi Ito, Senior Portfolio Manager for the AISIN Employees' Pension Fun
23 Feb. 2012 CFTC fines D.E. Shaw for over speculation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced yesterday the filing and simultaneous settlement of charges against D.E. Shaw &
22 Feb. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up +1.06% (est) in mid-February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Equity markets continued to build on January gains through mid-February, as investors focused on optimism with regard to both the US economy and European sovereign debt crisis. The US Dollar fell slightly against the major currencies, while Energy commodities rose,
22 Feb. 2012 Asia to see boom in family offices [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The rising number in Asian rich will help push a boom in the number of family offices in the region, a new study by UBS and Campden has revealed. Family offices are private companies that manage investment and trust for high-net worth families with over $100
22 Feb. 2012 Canadian hedge funds up 0.65% in January on broader equity markets rally [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rally of the broader equity markets in January helped push Canadian hedge funds to start the year on a positive note as the Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Perfo
22 Feb. 2012 Given the right tools, hedge funds can evaluate broker effectiveness [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Client engagement manager at MIK Fund Solutions, Jay Rooney has posed the question 'how can hedge fund managers evaluate the effectiveness of their brokers?’ Rooney observes that traditional asset managers and hedge funds find themselves increasingly beset by
21 Feb. 2012 ASM Capital announces plans to purchase MF Global customer claims [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: ASM Capital, one of the largest domestic purchasers of bankruptcy claims, recently announced its intent to purchase investor claims in the MF Global Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation. “It is estimated that at least $1.2 billion of investor cas
21 Feb. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund performance for January, asset flows through December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for January 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through December 2011. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-wei
21 Feb. 2012 U.S. Bancorp Fund Services launches exchange traded fund multiple series trust, ETF Series Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (USBFS) today announced the launch of its first exchange traded fund (ETF) multiple series trust (MST) and a partnership with Exchange Trade Concepts (ETC). This newest trust, called ETF Series Solutions (ESS), extends the benefits of a share
21 Feb. 2012 Update: GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.14% in February, up from 1.85% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2012 measured 3.14%, up from 1.85% in January. “Seasonally adjusted, February continues the recent trend of very low redemption levels,”
21 Feb. 2012 Eaton Vance expands fund management operations in Singapore [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Boston-based asset manager Eaton Vance has revealed its expansion plans in Asia after the Singaporean government granted its request to conduct fund management in the city-state. Eaton Vance was given the licens
21 Feb. 2012 Lipper research shows ETFs generally, and emerging market ETFs particularly, were centre of attention for the start of 2012 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest fund flow research from Lipper shows that for the third month in a row, investors have been net purchasers of fund assets, bringing $8.6bn into the sector. Tom Ro
20 Feb. 2012 Palmer Square signs investment deal with LNG Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Palmer Square Capital Management, along with Montage Investments and Atlantic Asset Management, today announced a partnership with LNG Capital, a long/short European credit firm based in London that focuses on European corporate credit investments. In addition to securing
20 Feb. 2012 Creo Capital joins Vulpes Group [more]
Vulpes is pleased to confirm the addition of Creo Capital and the appointment of Paul Cuthbert-­Brown as a Partner in Vulpes Investment Management. Creo Capital is an alternative investment fund company now focused on German real estate and providing investors with the opportunity for significant re
20 Feb. 2012 All EDHEC hedge fund strategy indices up in January except for short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In January, the S&P 500 gained 4.48%, almost erasing the losses incurred since June 2011, while the implied stock market volatility continued to decrease, with the VIX returning to 19.4%, close to last year’s initial level. Equity-focused strategies, having increased
20 Feb. 2012 Texas Teacher pension fund buys $250m stake in hedge fund Bridgewater Associates [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The $100bn Texas Teacher Retirement System and Bridgewater Associates have reached an agreement allowing the Texas pension system to acquire a minimum stake worth $250m in the world’s largest hedge fund run by Ray Dalio, various media reports said.
17 Feb. 2012 Hedgebay saw accelerated trading volume in hedge fund secondary market in Q4-2011, surpassing 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A steady rise in transaction frequency characterized the last quarter of 2011, a year that Hedgebay believes could be seen as significant in the history of the secondary market. The recent volume has seen 2011 trading levels surpass those of 2010, and alongside improving
17 Feb. 2012 Lyster Watson Credit Fixed Income Index up +1.89% in January [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 are not re
17 Feb. 2012 France, Belgium, Spain lift short selling bans, Spanish listed financial shares tumble [more]
Bailey Mccann, Opalesque New York: Spain has just joined France and Belgium in lifting the short selling bans enacted in 2011, when the national regulatory authorities in France,
17 Feb. 2012 IOSCO consults on revised CIS Valuation Principles [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London. The technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has produced a Consultation Report, entitled Principles for the Valuation of Collective Inves
16 Feb. 2012 FrontFour Capital Partners LP lists on AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: AlphaMetrix LLC, founder and operator of the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace (AGM), the leading secure online marketplace for private investments, today announced that FrontFour Capital has listed FrontFour Capital Partners LP as a transparent fund on AGM. As a tr
16 Feb. 2012 Muzinich plans international expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Muzinich & Co., a specialist manager in the global corporate credit markets, today announced a major expansion of its US business with the hiring of two seasoned professionals in its New York office. Mike McEachern has been hired as a senior investment office

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