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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
30 Mar. 2012 Auspice Capital licenses commodity and managed futures indices for distribution in mutual fund format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. (Auspice), a leading alternative investment manager has recently entered into partnerships with two leading North American fund providers, which have both licensed the Auspice eBetaTM Enhanced Indices to use in new mandates. • Ausp
30 Mar. 2012 AR magazine reveals 25 top-earning hedge fund managers of 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The global economy may still be in recovery mode, but the hedge fund industry’s top 25 managers are doing just fine. They took home a combined $14.4 billion in 2011, according to AR magazine’s annual Rich List survey of the world’s top-earning hedge fund managers. The ave
30 Mar. 2012 Parker Global and Lockbox to launch joint managed futures product [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Parker Global Strategies, LLC (PGS) and Lockbox Asset Management (Lockbox) have joined forces to create a new managed futures index and related products and funds for institutional and high net worth investors. The venture draws on the unique skills of each team. PGS,
30 Mar. 2012 Legg Mason A.M. among the many who bet on emerging market debt this year [more]
By Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emerging market debt is certainly showing a certain glitter in the investment world at the moment. Since the beginning of the year, institutions have publicised their preference for this asset class. Many are also leaving aside European debt, as th
30 Mar. 2012 Prequin launches private equity index [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In a much-changed global economic environment, measuring the performance of private equity relative to other investment classes is more important than ever. Preqin has created the first ever private equity index covering the entire industry – the Preqin Privat
30 Mar. 2012 Bonds are struggling in difficult investment climate says Blackrock Institute [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Blackrock’s Investment team from its Investment Institute has updated its January report to comment on the record lows in bond yields. They as
29 Mar. 2012 AIMA Singapore responds to MAS consultation on proposed OTC derivatives reforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA Singapore has submitted a response to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on the proposed regulation of OTC derivatives. The MAS had earlier released a consultation paper in February 2012 asking for public feedback on its proposed rules around the clea
29 Mar. 2012 Australian regulators examine ETF regulation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has published a report on exchange traded funds (ETFs) which outlines how this growing industry is regulated in Australia and the impact of proposed international principles to address concerns by oversea
29 Mar. 2012 Managed futures role in the institutional portfolio [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Commonfund has released a new whitepaper entitled Understanding the Managed Futures Strategy and its Role in an Insti
29 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund star Jean-Francois Tardif comes out of retirement to launch fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In 2009, Jean-François Tardif retired from Sprott Asset Management as one of the top hedge fund managers in the industry. Since then, he has been living a quieter life in Canada. Now, he is coming out of retirement and has been hired by Toronto-based First Ass
28 Mar. 2012 IOSCO consults on principles of liquidity risk management for Collective Investment Schemes [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO)’s Technical Committee has published a consultation report entitled Princi
27 Mar. 2012 Man Group launches managed accounts system to give investors greater portfolio transparency [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc. (‘Man’), the alternative investment manager, has launched Clarus, an online portal for investors in managed accounts to obtain greater transparency in their underlying investments. The financial crisis and subsequent shocks in markets have emphasised the ne
27 Mar. 2012 Parker FX Index up +0.19% in February (+0.96% YTD), top performer up +8.99% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.19% return for the month of February. Fiftytwo programs in the Index reported February results, of which twenty-six reported positive results, twenty-three incurred losses and three managers were flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the In
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