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09 Apr. 2012 Energy hedge fund BlueGold liquidates entire portfolio [more]
Opalesque Team: BlueGold Capital Management LLP, the $1bn energy hedge fund co-founded by Pierre Andurand and Dennis Crema, is liquidating after losing 34% last year, according to various media reports. The London-based fund house, which invested mostly in energy derivatives, wrote to inve
06 Apr. 2012 Opalesque Exclusive: Due diligence consulting firm calls for more checks on private equity funds, not just hedge funds [more]
By Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Jason Scharfman runs an operational due diligence consulting firm called Corgentum Consulting , LLC, out of Jersey City, NJ. The firm performs reviews of funds, including hedge funds and private equity
06 Apr. 2012 Hedge Fund Association endorses JOBS Act: “an action whose time has come” [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Hedge Fund Association, an international organization that represents hedge funds, service providers and investors, praised President Barak Obama for signing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and provisions in it that will allow hedge funds to advertise r
05 Apr. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund index up 0.04% in March (4.63% YTD), long-short credit managers lead [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights  Long-Short Credit funds lead all strategies, gaining 1.06%  Long-Short Equity funds also advance, netting 0.55%  Futures and Macro funds lag other strategies, falling 1.64% and 1.00%, respectively
05 Apr. 2012 Mena FM issues annual list of 50 top-performing fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mena FM’s third annual Power 50 has been released, identifying the top-performing individuals across the Middle East and North African fund industry. Nominations were collected by surveys of the magazine’s readership and interviews with key fi
05 Apr. 2012 Several regulators are enquiring Credit Suisse ETN’s sudden plunge [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: FINRA, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Massachusetts’s regulator are investigating Credit Suisse, the global private and investment bank headquartered in Zurich
05 Apr. 2012 Cynthia Keveney moves from Grant Thornton to KPMG [more]
By Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Cynthia Keveney recently accepted a position at KPMG as their Alternative Investment Marketing Leader in New York, and will market KPMG's Alternative Investment practice to hedge f
04 Apr. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.82% in March (+2.75% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.82% in March as most of the index component strategies reported negative results for March 2012.
04 Apr. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posts narrow decline of -0.02% in March (+3.40% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets produced mixed performance for March, as strength in US economic data and optimism with regard to resolution of European sovereign debt crisis were offset by mixed performance in Asian and Emerging market equities, rising yields and commodity weakness. U
04 Apr. 2012 JOBS Act passes both houses, ends prohibition on general solicitation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Both houses of Congress have passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), a new piece of legislation which will eliminate the prohibition of general
04 Apr. 2012 Equity real estate fundraising declines in Q1 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Twenty-six closed-end private real estate funds reached their final close in the first quarter of this year raising an aggregate of $9.5bn, a significant decline compared to the $15.8bn raised by 39 funds in the fourth quarter of last year according to
03 Apr. 2012 S&P Capital IQ acquires QuantHouse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: S&P Capital IQ, a business line of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) offering global multi-asset class data solutions, market research and portfolio risk analytics to global investors, today announced it has acquired QuantHouse, an independent global provider of ma
03 Apr. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index down 0.83% in March, +2.21% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 0.83% in March 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 aims to reflect the p
03 Apr. 2012 Permal hires Woodbine’s Cordsen [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Permal Group has today announced that it has hired Richard Cordsen as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Investment Advisory. Mr Cordsen starts on 2 April 2012 and reports to Omar Kodmani, President of Permal Group. Mr Cordsen was previously
03 Apr. 2012 AIS Fund Administration hires Tim Jones for the UK sales team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIS Fund Administration, a leader in outsourced middle and back office support and fund administration to the hedge fund community, announced it has hired Tim Jones as Sen
03 Apr. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.49% in March (+1.75% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -0.49% in March bringing its YTD to 1.75%, while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is down -0.80% bringing its YTD to 0.36%. As opposed to the first two months of the year where all strategies posted gains, only one strat
03 Apr. 2012 New EDHEC-Risk survey reveals the investment management opinions of sovereign wealth funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new survey entitled “What Asset-Liability Strategy for Sovereign Wealth Funds?” produced as part of a research chair supported by Deutsche Bank, Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) respondents have underlined the need for a change in investment practices to take into account
03 Apr. 2012 Hedge fund performance up for the quarter - BofA Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The investable hedge fund composite index was up 2.39% quarter-to-date as of March 28, underperforming the S&P 500 which was up 11.76% for the first quarter of 2012, according to new research from BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. In a
02 Apr. 2012 Alternatives firm Spring Mountain Capital launches high yield and distressed group with new hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Spring Mountain Capital, LP (SMC), an investment management firm that focuses on alternative asset investing, today announced the establishment of its High Yield and Distressed Municipal Strategies Group, and the hiring of high yield and distressed municipal bonds special
02 Apr. 2012 WEF report says long-term investing can be severely distorted by inaccurate, short-term focus [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Inaccurate measurement of investment values, returns, risks and liabilities can create substantial distortions to long-term investment strategies and drive long-term investors to adopt a short-term orientation, according to the Measurement, Governance and Long-term Invest
02 Apr. 2012 AIMA expresses concern about new EC AIFMD implementation text [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund trade association, has expressed concern about the European Commission’s new draft text for the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund
02 Apr. 2012 Henderson Global Investors launches all asset fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Henderson Global Investors (North America) Inc. has launched the Henderson All Asset Fund. The Fund seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with lower volatility through flexible asset allocation across a wide range of asset classes around the world. &q
02 Apr. 2012 Hedge fund industry irate at new rules from European commission [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry is loudly attacking a new draft of "supplementing rules," to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) being circulated by the European Commission. The 110-page draft takes a much hard stance on alternative investments,
02 Apr. 2012 Merger between Clariden Leu and Credit Suisse is done [more]
By Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In November 2011, Credit Suisse Group AG announced its intent to integrate its subsidiary Clariden Leu, a Swiss private bank, fully into Credit Suisse.
02 Apr. 2012 Cerulli study finds competition for asset managers fierce in RIA channel [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Cerulli's annual Registered Investment Advisor-focused research study has found that there is increased competitiveness in the RIA channel as assets are significa
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