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12 Jan. 2015 Dutch pension PFZW drops hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: €156bn Dutch pension PFZW is the second Dutch pension fund to divest its holdings in hedge funds according to
09 Jan. 2015 Mariner Investment group closes $502m and launches CLO business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Investment Group, the global alternative asset manager, has announced the closing of a $502 million collateralized loan obligation (CLO). This is the first such transaction by Mariner’s newly created CLO business. This past November Mariner hired the 13-member c
09 Jan. 2015 Four Velite Capital executives launch natural gas hedge fund [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Four executives at Houson-based Velite Capital, including a portfolio manager and three analysts, have bolted the firm to launch their own natural gas hedge fund that will rival their old firm, said
09 Jan. 2015 CTAs, activist and technology hedge funds lead gainers in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: CTAs, technology and shareholder activist strategies led hedge fund gainers in 2014 as the industry posted a modest 0.31% returns in December and ended the year with 3.57% positive performance, according to data provider
09 Jan. 2015 Moves in asset prices during 2014 have created trading opportunities for 2015 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: A couple of Swiss fund of funds managers give their outlook for investment opportunities in 2015; one sees opportunities for fundamental, event driven and energy sector strategies; the other sees opportunities in possible conditions of high volatility and low
08 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds must use stable and validated technologies to continue attracting institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds must use stable and validated technologies to continue attracting institutional investors in the light of the decision by the influential California Public Employees’ Retirement System of Calpers to pull out its entire $4bn hedge fund portfolio in Septem
08 Jan. 2015 Guggenheim Partners lays off eight senior employees as hedge fund falters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The 220bn global investment and advisory financial services firm Guggenheim Partners has laid off eight senior employees last month after its $660m hedge fund unit Guggenheim Global Trading (GGT) failed to mee
08 Jan. 2015 Bob Treue's Barnegat hedge fund closes 2014 up 16.3% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s hedge fund, The Barnegat Fund, had a great run in 2014 as it finished the year with a strong 16.3% returns (-1% in December) and with $695m in assets under management (AuM). Since its inception in 2001,
07 Jan. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.08% in December, 1.41% for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Indices UCITS alternative funds end the year on a mixed note. After good results in November (up 0.89%), most strategies returned weak performances in December with -0.08% on average. As a result the UAI Global concludes the year with a performance of
07 Jan. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.75% in December (-0.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets concluded 2014 with mixed performance in December, as Oil plunged to extend sharp declines of the previous month. Energy commodities posted sharp declines, led by both Oil and Natural Gas; Aluminum and Coffee also declined across other commodities. Globa
07 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Aurelius Capital denies taking part in lawsuit against Petrobas [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt hedge fund Aurelius Capital has denied an accusation by Argentina’s Economy Minister Axel Kicillof that the fund is taking part in a lawsuit against Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras, according to the
07 Jan. 2015 S&P500 longs at one year high - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: S&P500 longs are at their largest in more than a year according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The diversified hedge fund index was down 0.4% for the year through Decemeber 30, while the S&P500 was up 12.6% on a price r
07 Jan. 2015 GCM Grosvenor partners with emerging manager Hollis Park [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Hollis Park Partners LP, a global structured products investment management firm, has started a strategic partnership with GCM Grosvenor, a large global alterna
07 Jan. 2015 Tommy Gilbert's former girlfriend says he was 'damaged’ by his father [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tommy Gilbert, the lone suspect in the killing of Thomas Gilbert Sr., on Jan. 3 in a posh New York apartment, has been "damaged" by his father and had endured a "lifetime of pain," said his former girlfriend, Anna Rothschild. Rothschild, who dated the 30-year-ol
07 Jan. 2015 Sandler Capital sees rebound of cyclicals in 2015, healthcare and technology to grow (Part 2) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cyclicals are expected to rebound in 2015 while sectors such as healthcare, parts of consumer, and technology will experience robust earnings growth, predicted Andrew Sandler, senior Managing Director at Sandler Ca
06 Jan. 2015 Only half of AIFMs aware of Annex IV reporting requirements and January 30 deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the first reporting deadline for many managers of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) fast approaches, with reports to be submitted by 30 January 2015 under the AIFMD, firms may turn to outsourcing to meet their obligations. A survey conducted by the Finan
06 Jan. 2015 Consensus amongst hedge fund managers may lead to investment shocks in 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aksia presents its annual hedge fund manager survey, providing candid opinions of leading institutional-caliber managers across hedge fund strategies. We appreciate all those who participated and are encouraged b
06 Jan. 2015 The Parker FX Index is up 0.68% in November (+3.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.68% return for the month of November. Thirty-one of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported November results, of which twenty-two reported positive results and n
06 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds enter 2015 on a strong note (Part 1) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund closed the last two weeks of December on a strong performance and entered 2015 with high hopes that the industry could continue the rally. In its Weekly Brief, Lyxor Asset Management said CTAs were again the
06 Jan. 2015 UK pension sues investment consultant for $72 million over botched currency hedge [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UK’s British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, one of the largest pension funds in the UK, is suing global consulting firm Towers Watson over its alleged "negligent investment consulting advice" in relation to a currency hedge. In a report,
06 Jan. 2015 Oil at $40, Putin to resign, hackers shut down banks: Byron Wien’s ten surprises for 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Byron R. Wien, vice chairman at investment and advisory firm Blackstone Advisory Partners, predicted ten major surprises for 2015 that investors would
05 Jan. 2015 Agecroft Partners’ Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2015 [more]
Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than two thousand institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations. Because the hedge fund industry is very dynamic and constantly changing, it is important for firms to antic
05 Jan. 2015 DW Partners assumes management of hedge funds from Brevan Howard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DW Partners, LP today announced that it has assumed the role of manager for two hedge funds totaling more than $5 billion in assets, effective January 1, 2015. The Funds were previously managed by Brevan Howard Capital Management, with DW (formerly DW Investment Manageme
05 Jan. 2015 Blackfield Capital’s future bleak as founder remains missing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Almost three months since the mysterious disappearance of its 29-year-old founder, Kim Karapetyan, the future of Blackfield Capital CJSC, once one of Moscow’s hottest hedge funds, remains bleak. According to
05 Jan. 2015 Activist hedge funds rule 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund managers were the most successful investors in Wall Street in 2014 led by Bill Ackman’s aggressive bid to take over of Botox-maker Allergan, said the
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