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19 Mar. 2014 Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services acquires Meridian Fund Services Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, a global asset administrator, announces the acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group, a fund administrator with $14bn of assets under administration (AuA). Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUF
19 Mar. 2014 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.03% in February (+1.32% YTD); volatile currency markets challenge traders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 1.03% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.39% in 2014. “A late-month rally in commodity prices and the continued uptrend in US Treasuries contributed to a profitable month for most CTA
19 Mar. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index decline -0.48% through mid-march (+0.86%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets posted declines through mid-March, as geopolitical uncertainty associated with the Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula increased, while weak economic data on Chinese growth also raised investor concerns. Global equity markets declined through mid-March, wi
19 Mar. 2014 Fortress to transform $13m bitcoin into a hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Fortress Investment Group (FIG) announced plans to transform its $13m stash of bitcoin into a $150m hedge fund that aims to target investors that support the digital currency. FIG was the first Wall Street firm to invest in bitcoin. According to
18 Mar. 2014 Hedge funds post net returns of 1.72%; (1.42% YTD) - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Using data taken from Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds added gains of 1.72% in February which takes the industry benchmark to 1.42% for the year to date. Despite gains of over 2% for some hedge fund strategies, hedge funds lagged wider equity markets and indices,
18 Mar. 2014 Hedge funds lose $1.95bn lawsuit against Porsche [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some 23 hedge funds, including Viking Global Equities LP, Glenhill Capital LP and David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital, lost in their $1.95bn lawsuit against Porsche Automobil Holding SE which they accused of lying during its failed bid to take over Volkswagen AG in 2
18 Mar. 2014 After a run up, hedge funds reduce S&P500 exposure to a net short [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Following a big run up in recent weeks, hedge funds have cut their long exposures to the S&P500 back down to a net short, according to the latest
17 Mar. 2014 Maples Fund Services expands regulatory reporting service for AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider and a division of MaplesFS has extended its regulatory reporting service to incorporate Annex IV reporting for AIFMD. The new offering will provide an interactive solution for clients to streamline
17 Mar. 2014 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +2.46% in February (+2.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +2.46% in February (+2.18% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +4.31% (+0.60% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose +3.97% (-1.54% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index jumped +4.98% (+3
17 Mar. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 2.00% in February; Up +1.59% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 2.00% in February, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.59% year to date. “Improving investor sentiment fueled by robust M&A activity and strong corporate earnings helped most global equity
17 Mar. 2014 Dubai eyes regulatory reform to attract domiciled funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Dubai is planning to relax its regulatory regime to attract more funds, including hedge funds and private equities, to move into the financial center to domicile, various media reported. The move will create a new class of funds in the
14 Mar. 2014 Niederhoffer’s CTAs up in January as short-term trends provide best opportunities [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Roy Niederhoffer, founder of R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, a registered CTA in New York, a short term trading strategy like his firm’s can do very well on both the long and short sides in equities during a volatile period. But it is not
14 Mar. 2014 SEC files charges against North Street Capital for Winnebago share fraud [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday filed settled fraud charges in Connecticut against Alexander H.G. Mascioli and his "alter-ego, purported hedge fund, North Street Capital, LP (NSC)." Mascioli and NSC, the SEC alleges, made a fraudule
14 Mar. 2014 SAC affiliated analyst gets charged with insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Today the SEC filed a compliant against Ronald N. Dennis a former analyst at an affiliate of hedge fund advisory firm S.A.C. Capital Advisors for insider trading nonpublic
14 Mar. 2014 Lyxor stress tests hedge funds with seven scenarios, finds them very resilient overall to adverse market conditions [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: IN their first edition of "Alternative Insight", a research newsletter, Lyxor Asset Management’s managed
13 Mar. 2014 Investment associations CAIA and IMCA launch Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In response to the global growth of alternative investment products now available in multiple wrappers, including liquid alternative mutual funds, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association and the Investment Management Consultants Association® (I
13 Mar. 2014 TAGES Capital Expands into Germany and Austria through Strategic Partnership with Gauly Dittrich van de Weyer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TAGES Capital, a fast-growing provider of alternative multi-manager investment solutions with over $3bn of assets under management and Frankfurt-based Gauly Dittrich van de Weyer Asset Management today annou
13 Mar. 2014 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds get $4.4bn in January and handily outperform S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds started the year on a positive note, taking in
13 Mar. 2014 Herbalife, Pfizer halted on legal news [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bill Ackman may finally be vindicated in his high profile Herbalife bet. Shares of the stock were halted today prior to an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it will be investigating the company. Ackman made a high profile bet against Herba
13 Mar. 2014 Cayman releases advisory on responsible officer role on FATCA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Cayman Islands Government has released a new advisory note relating to the responsible officer role an
12 Mar. 2014 Hedge fund LJM Partners’ funds generate positive returns through February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: LJM Partners’ funds, the LJM Moderately Aggressive (Cayman Islands) and LJM Preservation and Growth Fund (European onshore) maintained positive growths through February despite another bout of intense upwa
11 Mar. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.83%, recovers from early-2014 losses (1.49% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 1.83% in February 2014, according to Eurekahedge, recovering from their losses in the start of the year as the MSCI World Index posted gains of 3.87% during the month. Key takeaways for the month of February 2014: · H
11 Mar. 2014 Credit Suisse 6th Annual Hedge Fund Investor Survey finds optimism on the topics of asset growth and performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Credit Suisse releases its sixth annual Hedge Fund Investor Survey, entitled “Onwards and Upwards”, in which over 500 respondents participated, representing $1.16 trillion of hedge fund investments, were analysed on a number of topics including: • Growth and
11 Mar. 2014 Hedge fund industry raises nearly $2m to prevent and treat child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children (HFC), one of the most globally recognized charities backed by the hedge fund industry whose proceeds support non-profits focused on preventing and treating child abuse, raised nearl
11 Mar. 2014 Hedge funds back at net long S&P500 after buying spree [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are once again net long the S&P500 following buying spree, according to the latest
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