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21 Dec. 2011 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declines -0.59% in first half of December (around -9% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity markets posted declines through the first half of December as investors lowered expectations for growth into 2012 in Asia and US, while lack of clarity on resolution of the European sovereign debt and currency crisis also, once again, contributed to declines.
20 Dec. 2011 Assets invested in Swiss funds rose to CHF623bn in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In November 2011, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics stood at around CHF 623 billion, an increase of about CHF 4.5 billion month-on-month. Following the outflows in the previous two months, funds attracted new money totaling near
20 Dec. 2011 EDHEC hedge fund strategy indices: Short Selling the best performer in November with +1.32% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In November, after the spectacular rebound of October, the stock market calmed down as the S&P 500 index (-0.22%) displayed a nearly stable but slightly negative performance, associated with another reduction (-7.2%) in implicit volatility (27.8%). The fixed
20 Dec. 2011 Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Index finishes November up 0.27% (-2.09% YTD) on asset weighted basis, down 0.50% (-8.27% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index finished November 2011 up 0.27% on an asset weighted basis and down 0.50% on an equal weighted basis. The Index outperformed broader equities and global hedge fund peers on both asset and equal weighted bases.
20 Dec. 2011 EDHEC study: Structured equity investment strategies for long-term Asian investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Insurance companies and pension funds have traditionally played an important role as providers of long-term risk capital and, in a world of deleveraging credit institutions, are crucially needed to finance economic development. However, recent and forthcoming ch
19 Dec. 2011 Emerging hedge fund managers expect to post double-digit returns in 2012 says GAIM USA survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Emerging managers expect their hedge funds to achieve gains of 10% or more in 2012, according to the GAIM USA Survey of Emerging Hedge Fund Managers. The survey of 90 emerging managers (defined as having $250 million or less in assets under management) found that 61% o
19 Dec. 2011 2% more asset management deals so far in 2011 compared to last year, increasing number of mid-market deals expected in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Freeman & Co., a leading independent advisor to the financial services industry, released the 23rd edition of its asset management industry overview covering transaction activity and the effects of market volatility and regulatory reform on the asset management sector
19 Dec. 2011 Survey confirms European investment managers are revising offerings and fees to remain competitive [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Europe’s intermediary distributors of investment funds — as well as their clients — can expect roll outs of new products and potentially lower fees as investment managers fight to attract and retain assets in a challenging global investment market. The results of the
19 Dec. 2011 Lyster Watson Credit Fixed Income Index up +0.10% in November (+2.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - November was another poor month for hedge funds. With fewer than 1/3 of all funds reporting their November results by the middle of December, only Volatility Arbitrage, a poor performer for most of the year, appears to have posted a solid gain. Long/Short EM Equity plum
16 Dec. 2011 Systemic Alpha to launch a multi-strat CTA in January [more]
Systematic Alpha Management (SAM), a New York based CTA, will launch the Systematic Alpha Multi-Strategy Futures Fund (SAMSFF) in January 2012, a new fund that aims to achieve consistent positive returns with low volatility and low correlation to all other asset classes, including CTAs or managed fu
16 Dec. 2011 Managed futures hold ground in November, Barclay CTA Index up 0.11% (-3.09%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Following a 1.50% drop in October, managed futures gained 0.11% in November according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index remains down 3.09%. “In spite of a gut-wrenching reversal from risk-off to risk-on in the last three d
16 Dec. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned -0.27% in November (-2.51%YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of November 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of -0.27 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -2.51 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next m
15 Dec. 2011 AlphaMetrix teams up with Decision Analytics to launch unique next generation UCITS fund family [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: AlphaMetrix LLC, founder and operator of the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace, a U.S. leading edge technology based hedge fund platform, has entered into a strategic partnership with Decision Analytics Advisory Partners AG, the Swiss-based founder and operator of the Next Ge
15 Dec. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index -0.79% in November, -2.31% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the "Broad Index") finished November down 0.79%.
15 Dec. 2011 CFTC on MF Global’s missing funds: we don't really know where all the money went [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – As the heads of MF Global testified on Capital Hill yesterday for the third time, speculations still abound as to what happened to the missing customer funds and who knows what about their whereabouts. And apparently, the CFTC - which may have had a role in MF Global'
15 Dec. 2011 FRM partners with Brazilian alternatives firm Itajubá, launches only Brazilian mutual fund that invests in offshore hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial Risk Management (FRM), a global hedge fund investment specialist, has established a strategic partnership with Itajubá International, a Brazilian alternatives specialist, to provide institutional investors in Brazil with access to global best of breed hed
14 Dec. 2011 Cayman named most favoured domicile in global Hedge Fund Survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: "It is welcome yet unsurprising news that the Cayman Islands was named the most favoured domicile in the recent Hedge Funds Review's Service Provider Rankings," said Richard Coles, Chairman of Cayman Finance. "The survey underscores Cayman's ongoing
14 Dec. 2011 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index records a negative performance of -0.44% in November 2011 (-6.26% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.44% in November. Year-to-date performance* as of November 2011 is down -6.26%. The top performing strategies over the month were Lyxor L/S Equity Market Neutral Index (+0.77%), Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+0.66%) and Lyxor CT
13 Dec. 2011 Hedge funds continue downward trend, Barclay Hedge Fund Index slides 1.04% in November (-4.70% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 1.04% in November, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 4.70% in 2011. "The S&P 500 gained 0.10 percent during the month, concealing stomach-churning intra-month volatility,"says Sol Waksman,
13 Dec. 2011 PerTrac publishes guide to using investment statistics [more]
PerTrac, the world’s leading provider of fund investment analytics, has published the latest version of its Investment Statistics: A Reference Guide. This comprehensive guide provides investors best practices for measuring performance and analyzing risk using investment statistics. Many qu
13 Dec. 2011 NorthPoint and CurAlea partner to bring to market RiskSuite, an automated yet fully-customizable, integrated risk solution for hedge funds [more]
NorthPoint, a leading technology consulting and systems integration firm for the buy-side, has partnered with CurAlea Associates LLC ("CurAlea"), a leading hedge fund risk advisory firm, to offer RiskSuite, an automated yet fully-customizable, integrated risk solution for hedge funds.
13 Dec. 2011 Morgan Stanley and Claritas Investimentos launch UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley announced the launch of a new fund under its Irish UCITS umbrella, FundLogic Alternatives Plc. The MS Claritas Long Short Market Neutral UCITS Fund (“Fund”) will be managed by Claritas Administração de Recursos Ltda. (“Claritas”) which currently has approxi
12 Dec. 2011 Hedge fund redemptions more than triple in october; assets fall for third consecutive month [more]
BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund redemptions in October were $9 billion, more than triple September's $2.59 billion outflow. Industry assets decreased to $1.66 trillion in October from $1.73 trillion in September, the third straight monthly decline.
09 Dec. 2011 Number of new hedge fund launches decreased, liquidations rose and dispersion expanded in Q3 says HFR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of new hedge funds launches declined, while the number of liquidations rose in the volatile 3Q11, as Macro considerations surrounding the European sovereign debt crisis continued to drive financial markets and the resolution of the crisis remained unclear.
09 Dec. 2011 Asian investors put faith in emerging hedge fund managers while Western investors shy away says Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Proportion of Asia-based investors willing to commit to emerging manager hedge funds has increased by 11 percentage points in the past year. While European and North American investors are shying away from investing in emerging manager hedge funds, Asian investors
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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started a push to enhance the enforcement of Rule 105 of Regulation M last year to uncover hedge funds and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it duri

  2. Fund managers, bullish on Europe, anticipate monetary policy separation of Fed and ECB[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 202 fund managers with $556bn of assets under management said that while the European Central Bank (ECB) has eased its monetary policy that sent sentiments towards Europe to pick up, the Fed is expected to hike its rate in the spring of 2015. Investor

  3. Institutions - North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds, UK pension fund criticizes hedge fund fees[more]

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  5. Institutions - Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move Advisers weigh in on CalPERS’ decision, Gina Raimondo sees no reason to follow California’s lead, exit hedge funds, Danish pension funds step up 'alternative investments'[more]

    Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move From WSJ.com: Financial advisers who use hedge funds in their clients' portfolios say they aren't rethinking that approach after a huge California pension fund announced plans to exit the hedge-fund market. The decision by the Cali