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01 Oct. 2012 Global hedge fund assets increase despite lacklustre returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from HedgeFund Intelligence finds that global hedge fund assets increased by 4% in the firs
01 Oct. 2012 France and Germany try to revive EU-wide financial transaction tax [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva – France and Germany are aiming to revive a financial transaction tax (FTT) within the European Union, reported AF
01 Oct. 2012 EDHEC-Risk paper finds that hedge fund alpha is a form of fair reward [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new paper from the Newedge research chair on advanced modelling for alternative investments
28 Sep. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index inched up 0.5% in August (4.1% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update —Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for August 2012 as well as asset flows through July. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly
28 Sep. 2012 Financial software provider SS&C acquires fund administrator Gravity Financial [more]
Opalesque industry Update – SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced it has acquired Gravity Financial, a Northeast-based full-service fund administrator. The transaction, which adds 40 fund services custom
28 Sep. 2012 Parker FX Index down 0.58% in August (-1.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.58% return for the month of August. Forty-five of the fifty programs in the Index reported August results, of which fifteen reported positive results and thirty incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.25% in A
28 Sep. 2012 Europe’s biggest insurer turns away from Euro sovereign bonds - report [more]
From Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva, and Florian Guldner, Opalesque Munich – Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer and one of its biggest investors, wants to invest Eur1.65bn ($2.1bn) but is changing its strategy. CEO Michael Diekmann is not interested in Euro sovereign bonds anymore, he tells
28 Sep. 2012 Lazard A.M., Winton Capital open office, Templeton, Carmignac increase head-count in Zurich [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva - According to Swiss daily Le Temps, U.S. asset manager Lazard Asset Management opened an office in Zurich last week to better serve its investors. Lazard counts 3,000 institutional investor
27 Sep. 2012 SEB Dynamic Manager Alpha fund in new UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern European banking group SEB today announces that its Dynamic Manager Alpha fund is now accessible to retail investors via its new UCITS format. Launched in 2005 as a managed account, the strategy has a seven year track record, returning consistent positiv
27 Sep. 2012 Blackstone announces successful IPO of GSO Strategic Credit Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GSO / Blackstone, part of the credit platform of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, today announced the successful pricing of the initial public offering of Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund (the “Fund”). The Fund’s prima
27 Sep. 2012 Dechert reports on developments in ASEAN UCITS-type fund passport [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Angelyn Lim of Dechert’s Hong Kong office has written a thorough report on developments in establishing a funds passport for ASEAN funds. She writes: "Members of the Associat
26 Sep. 2012 AIMA announces new global governing council [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has announced the formation of a new AIMA Council, its Board of Directors. The new non-Executive Chairman was named by AIMA last week as the former US Securities
26 Sep. 2012 Lazard launches Opportunities Fund following the closure of Matrix UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the recent closure of Matrix UCITS fund platform, the assets of the Matrix Lazard Opportunities Fund have been merged into the newly created Lazard Opportunities Fund, which was launched yesterday. This is a sub-fund of Lazard Global Investment Funds plc, an Iri
26 Sep. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Index comments on August hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.84% in August 2012 (4.52% YTD). A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of August. Some key findings from the report include:  Hedge funds, as meas
26 Sep. 2012 100 Women in Hedge Funds announces 100WHF/CAIA scholarship recipients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (PAAMCO), and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation today announced the 10 recipients of the second annual 100WHF/CAIA Scholarships. The scholarship pro
26 Sep. 2012 Big Asia-focused hedge fund managers are growing larger [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Big Asia-focused hedge funds are getting bigger as large institutional investors prefer to invest in large hedge funds, according to Albourne Partners Asia head Richard Johnston at a recent conference in Hong Kong. In a report by
26 Sep. 2012 The majority of institutional investors believes alternatives are essential in their portfolios [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Natixis Global Asset Management survey of global institutional investors released today showed that alternative investments are featuring
26 Sep. 2012 Japanese pensions double their investment in hedge funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new report from Cerulli Associates finds that over the last five years, Japanese institutional investors have acquired new risk appetites while maintaining their core conservative appro
25 Sep. 2012 Lyxor's Fortune SG joint venture and Winton Capital Asia launch first CTA in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortune SG Fund Management Co., Ltd (“Fortune SG”), Lyxor Asset Management (“Lyxor”) joint venture in China, and Winton Capital Asia, the Hong Kong subsidiary of the world’s largest CTA fund, launched the first CTA in China. This mandate mainly targets sophisticated inves
25 Sep. 2012 Asian-focused hedge funds fail to match economic growth [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - Asia's economic success story has failed to provide Asia-focused hedge funds with alpha, said a Bloomberg report citing data from S
25 Sep. 2012 Central bank actions send investors to equities [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data from EPFR shows that investors have come off the sidelines and are returning heavily to equities following recent central bank actions. EPFR Global-tracked Equity Funds posted their biggest combined weekly inflow in over four years as flows into Global, Em
25 Sep. 2012 Mixed signals from Europe with Greece attracting investor interest but Germany reporting fifth month of decline [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Some support for the results of the BofA Merrill Lynch fund manager survey last week, reported in Opalesque, that found that fund manag
24 Sep. 2012 Japan’s Teachers to allocate to hedge funds, REITs [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The 529,800-member strong Japan's Teachers Mutual Aid Co-operative Society, which manages an estimated $8.4bn in assets said it would allocate as much as 60bn yen ($719m) to hedge funds as early as this month, various media reported. Toru Higuchi, general
21 Sep. 2012 ALTSO to hold its ninth annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest in NYC on Oct. 11 and first annual Chicago Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest on Oct. 25 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Ninth Annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest – New York City, the annual fundraiser for children’s charity A Leg To Stand On, is taking place on Thursday, October 11 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. Hedge fund managers and hedge fund related industry professionals will pe
21 Sep. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.76% in September, up from 3.34% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for September 2012 measured 3.76%, up from 3.34% in August. "Forward redemptions slightly increased in September which is typical as we approach quarter-end but redemption notices still remained at moder
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