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13 Mar. 2012 Cerulli survey finds that Asian institutions are moving back to hedge funds and other alternatives [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest Cerulli Associates’ report, entitled "Asian Institutions Allocate to More Risky Mandates as Asset Levels and Confidence Rise", finds that Asian institutions are making
13 Mar. 2012 Survey finds hedge fund administrators’ assets fell 1.5% in second half of 2011 [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The total single manager hedge fund assets under administration fell -1.5% during the second half of 2011, according to the latest eVestment|HFN’s
13 Mar. 2012 Uncertainty surrounds future of financial services industry, ISITC survey says [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC) has conducted a new survey of in
13 Mar. 2012 Magnum BGM Select Opportunities Fund up 9.48% in February, 14.47% year to date [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Bahamas-based Magnum BGM Select Opportunities Fund reported a strong performance in February with +9.48% gains to bring its year-to-date
13 Mar. 2012 SEC continues probe of CBOE, top exec resigns [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - Senior compliance executive at CBOE Holdings Inc., Patrick Fay has resigned during an ongoing investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into how the options market operator was supervising traders. According to
12 Mar. 2012 Kinetic Partners expands into Luxembourg with acquisition of AB Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Today, Kinetic Partners, the global professional services firm to the asset management, banking and broking industry, announces its acquisition of AB Fund Services, the Luxembourg-based fund advisory firm. AB Fund Services advises on regulatory and compliance re
12 Mar. 2012 Finadium research: Corporate bonds and equities as high quality assets for collateral management and bank balance sheets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The possibility has emerged that banks could use corporate bonds and equities for a broad swath of their high-quality liquid assets under Basel III. This would be an enlargement of a paradigm shift in the nature of risk in financial markets. Currently, Basel III requires
12 Mar. 2012 Custom House Fund Services choses Nirvana Solutions for risk management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Custom House Fund Services today announced that it has chosen Nirvana Solutions to provide risk reporting and risk analysis solutions to its hedge fund clients. Compliance, increased investor demand for risk measurement, transparency and daily valuation are driving the ne
12 Mar. 2012 eVestment|HFN releases its Q4 2011 hedge fund administrator survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: eVestment|HFN today announced the release of its Q4 2011 Administrator Survey, sponsored by Advent Software. The survey includes 68 administrators with a combined $5.331 trillion in alternative assets under administration (AuA). Administrators were asked to provide AuA sep
12 Mar. 2012 B of A Merrill Lynch: global diversified hedge fund index average up 1.53% in February (3.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mary Ann Bartels, head of US Technical Analysis at Bank of America Merrill Lynch reports that the
12 Mar. 2012 GlobeOp Capital Movement Index shows hedge fund inflows of 2.10% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 2.10% in March. “Another month of healthy inflows continues the recent trend,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. The GlobeOp Capital Mov
12 Mar. 2012 FTSE licenses Old Mutual Global Index Trackers to use alternatively weighted indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FTSE Group announces the licensing of the globally established FTSE RAFI Index Series and the recently launched FTSE EDHEC-Risk Efficient Index Series, to Old Mutual Global Index Trackers. Th
12 Mar. 2012 Prequin: hedge funds finding capital with Asia-Pacific based investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are finding a wealth of new capital raising opportunities with investors based in the Asia-Pacific region, according to new research from global da
12 Mar. 2012 Survey shows hedge fund managers have strong commitment to family, healthy living and philanthropic lifestyle [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia - In a move that illustrates how much more thorough investors are becoming in their due diligence process, a new survey of investment managers that has just been done shows that the latter have generally strong commitment towards family and living a healthy, well-ro
09 Mar. 2012 HFI Global Composite Index up 1.55% in February (3.21%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds are now on two-month winning streak. The HedgeFund Intelligence Global Composite Index rose 1.55% in February (3.21% YTD). Once again, equity ma
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
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