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09 Sep. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down 2.4% in August (-1.5% YTD) but continues to outperform world equity markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) ended the month mostly lower in August, but continued to outperform world equity markets. The GGHFI declined 2.4% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-5.43%), MSCI W
09 Sep. 2011 Is a Financial Transactions Tax unavoidable? LIFE conference at UNESCO Paris, Sept. 14 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The LIFE Organization is partnering with UNITAID, UNESCO and a group of European NGOs (Oxfam France, CARE France, AIDES, Coordination SUD, Coalition Plus, Stamp Out Poverty & UBUNTU) for a conference supporting a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) to be held Wednesday, Sept
09 Sep. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell -2.3% in August (-1.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their largest monthly declines since May 2010 in August, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declining by -2.3 percent, according to data released today by HFR. With the August losses, year-to-date performance for the broad based composite index
08 Sep. 2011 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 1.95% (est.) in August (-1.31% YTD) but outperformed MSCI World Index by 5.30% [more]
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.95% (1) in August. Even so, this loss marked a month where managers delivered significant outperformance and downturn protection in a highly volatile environment, as witnessed by the MSCI World Index falling 7.25% (2) as market sentiment turned bearish acr
08 Sep. 2011 60% of European asset managers considering launching low-cost active funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Costs may be rising, but the barriers that allowed managers to command high fees are gradually being eroded. While changes are likely to be protracted with little homogeneity across countries and asset classes, a shake-up seems unavoidable. According to Cerulli’s latest p
08 Sep. 2011 Cedric Kohler joins Fundana to design customized hedge fund portfolios [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – One way to go around the regular fund of hedge funds (FoHFs) model is to create customized mandates. Swiss firm Fundana is starting out in this direction, and has hired a veteran to head this new project. The veteran in question is Cédric Kohler, former head of hedge
07 Sep. 2011 IQ Hedge Global Macro Beta Index up +3.98 % in August (+9.08 % 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. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance chara
06 Sep. 2011 Wells Fargo to acquire fund administration provider LaCrosse Global Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo & Company announced an agreement to acquire LaCrosse Global Fund Services (LaCrosse), an independently managed hedge fund administration and middle-office service provider, from Cargill, pending regulatory approval in several jurisdictions. The Structured
06 Sep. 2011 Hedge fund managers turn very bearish on U.S. Equities, according to survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers have turned very bearish on U.S. equities, according to BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. Bearish sentiment on the S&P 500 among hedge fund managers soared to 42% in August, the largest reading in a year, from 27% in July. Bullish sentim
06 Sep. 2011 UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -1.81% in August ( -2.55% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a dreadful month on the markets, the UCITS Alternative Index Global is down in August (-1.81%) bringing its year to date performance to -2.55%. The Fund of Funds Index is down -2.14% reaching -3.27% this year. Except for the Commodities Index, all strategies are
06 Sep. 2011 Asian hedge funds suffer in ‘gloomy’ August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Asian hedge funds may be experiencing rapid growth over the past several months, with some insiders in the region outpacing their Western counterparts, but the positive outlook on Asian hedge funds was not enough to spare the region’s industry from the disastrous month of
05 Sep. 2011 BH Credit Catalysts posts healthy 4.2% gain in NAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The second half of 2011 is underway and any hopes for reduced market turbulence in the summer months have been forcefully rejected by recent events. Serious macro events have occurred thick and fast through the year: just as April was seeing markets recover from Japan’s d
05 Sep. 2011 Economic adviser believes London is still top financial centre [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The City of London is still the top financial centre for now believes Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group, who discusses the economic importance of and the challenges to the City of London in a new paper. Her major conclusions are: The Cit
05 Sep. 2011 Swiss Investment Managers debuts Europe's first director's dealings fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 'Swiss Investment Managers' (SIM) will launch the "Directors Dealings Fund" (DDF) in September, the first hedge fund in Europe and US investing solely in the reported share dealings of company directors and senior corporate executives in their own firms.
02 Sep. 2011 Hedge funds have rough August, Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Index -3.36% last month [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in August according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which
01 Sep. 2011 Swedish CTA manager starts marketing new UCITS multi-strategy fund [more]
RPM Risk & Portfolio Management AB, has received approval from the Financial Supervisory Authority, CSSF, in Luxembourg to start marketing its UCITS compliant multi-strategy fund “RPM Directional”. The fund (a sub-fund of RPM FCP, a UCITS compliant Luxembourg FCP) will be launched together with A
01 Sep. 2011 Parker FX Index down -0.03% in July, top performer up +8.80% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.03% return for the month of July. Fifty-seven programs in the Index reported July results, of which thirty reported positive results, twenty-six incurred losses and one reported flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.40
01 Sep. 2011 Stefan Nilsson launches hedge fund advisory firm in Tokyo [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge fund wizard Stefan Nilsson launched a hedge fund advisory and research business in Tokyo on Wednesday, AsianInvestor reported
31 Aug. 2011 Cayman defends its reputation as a 'perfectly transparent jurisdiction' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This week’s article in the left wing UK newspaper, the Independent, headed “There is no moral case for tax havens,” repeats the hoary old clichés and, predictably, mentions the building in the Cayman Islands “that is home to 12,000 corporations.” Strangely, the writ
31 Aug. 2011 Swiss fund of hedge funds ALTIN flat in H1 [more]
ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company, has today published its half year results as at 30 June, 2011. ALTIN AG is down 0.57% YTD (as at July 28th, 2011), compared to the HFRI FoF Composite index at +0.09% and the MSCI World Hedge Index at -1.34%. Thanks to the active management
30 Aug. 2011 Invictus tells hedge funds it expects major decrease in Tier 1 capital for most banks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – US Financials have struggled throughout 2011 as the end of quantitative easing came into sight, and economic growth has stalled. For hedge funds this represents possible exposure problems not only through investments, but also through possible counterparty risk with part
30 Aug. 2011 $1.1bn Carlyle Fund invests into alternative asset manager Avalon Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Houston-based, $4bn wealth advisor Avalon Advisors announced on Tuesday that it had received a significant investment from private equity firm Carlyle Partners. The investment comes from Carlyle Global Financial Serv
29 Aug. 2011 GAIM survey: Hedge fund managers predict global macro strategies will outperform in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers predict global macro strategies will deliver the best returns in 2012 and they continue to see Brazil, China and India as the most rewarding regions for investing, according to a GAIM survey of 185 members of the hedge fund industry. Asked reasons that
26 Aug. 2011 Grand Court of Cayman finds Weavering Macro hedge fund directors guilty of willful negligence or default [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has, for the first time in the context of a failed investment fund, found two directors guilty of willful neglect or default in the discharge of their duties, international law firm Ogier informed Opalesque today. The proceedings,
26 Aug. 2011 Emerging market hedge funds navigate volatility though performance is flat, assets at record high ($123bn) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds focused on EM currencies and sovereign debt lead industry; EM Hedge fund assets notch new record despite cautious sentiment, tepid inflows Total capital invested in Emerging Market-focused hedge funds increased by $1.4 billion during the second
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