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03 Feb. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Index up +1.34% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.34% in January 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 performanc
03 Feb. 2012 GLG: Even at $100bn, Facebook looks under-valued [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Even if Facebook’s valuation may be higher than Google’s, it does not mean it is expensive, according to some, as the site’s revenue should rise with better paid advertising. Facebook Inc., which filed for IPO on February 1st, may command a valuation
03 Feb. 2012 Blackstone posts 12% decline in economic net income, 25% increase in total AuM [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: US-based private equity firm Blackstone Group LP posted a 12% decline in fourth-quarter earnings yesterday. The firm cited declines in investment income and fees across most bus
02 Feb. 2012 ML Capital to launch Global Macro UCITS fund and Systematic Emerging Market UCITS fund on the MontLake Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital has announced that it will be launching two new funds this quarter, the Goldwinds Global Macro UCITS Fund and the RP Systematic Emerging Market UCITS Fund. As one of fastest growing UCITS platforms in the Alternative UCITS Industry, the new launches will furth
02 Feb. 2012 Inès de Dinechin to replace Laurent Seyer as Lyxor A.M. CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking announces the appointment of Inès de Dinechin as Chief Executive Officer of Lyxor Asset Management. She replaces Laurent Seyer who will leave Societe Generale group to pursue other opportunities. This appointment
02 Feb. 2012 Hong Kong-based asset manager EIP launches seven ETF products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Enhanced Investment Products Limited (EIP), a Hong Kong based asset management firm, today confirms the launch of seven new ETF products, authorised* by the Securities and Futures Commission at the beginning of January 2012. Under the brand name XIE Shares, these ETFs wil
02 Feb. 2012 Falcone fires back at Senator Grassley’s allegations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: LightSquared and Harbinger are fighting back against insinuations from Senator Chuck Grassley that one of their associates was attempting to bribe him. Both LightSquared and Harbinger Capital Partners LLC are claiming that the Senator is trying to create
01 Feb. 2012 Jefferies Agrees to Acquire Hoare Govett from the Royal Bank of Scotland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Jefferies announced today that it has agreed to acquire Hoare Govett and employ certain other professionals from The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. With a history of serving clients for over 100 years, Hoare Govett is one of the UK’s most prominent corporate
01 Feb. 2012 100WHF Institute Announces Second Year of CAIA Scholarship Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: 100 Women in Hedge Funds is has announced the second year of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds / CAIA Scholars program. The scholarship program, administered by the CAIA Foundation, was established in 2011 in collaboration with the 100WHF Institute and is underwritten by PAAMCO
01 Feb. 2012 Citi Awarded Mandate from Veritable LP to Provide Hedge Fund Middle Office and Administration Services for $2.2 Billion in Assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Citi today announced that Veritable, L.P. has awarded it a mandate to provide a comprehensive suite of hedge fund services including middle office, fund accounting, and investor services. Veritable, L.P. is among the largest independently owned Registered Investment Adviso
01 Feb. 2012 FAIA Launches Meeting of the Americas [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Last year, Opalesque reported on the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FAIA) and it
01 Feb. 2012 Hedge Fund Administrator Viteos Expands Operations in Asia Pacific [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund administrator and operations service provider Viteos Fund Services announced plans to establish its presence in the Asia Pacific region as part of its latest strategic push. In a statement
01 Feb. 2012 More Greenlight Capital Insider Trading Fallout, Additional Fines from UK FSA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Laven Partners, a UK-based consultancy reported in a regulatory alert that Alexander Edward Ten-Holder a trader and compliance officer at Greenlight Capital, a US-based hedge fund, was fined and banned by
31 Jan. 2012 Brazil’s BBM Investimentos Selects SunGard's Asset Arena for Automated Fund Accounting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: BBM Investimentos (BBM), an asset management firm located in Rio de Janeiro, has chosen SunGard’s Asset Arena Investment Accounting solution to help it automate its fund accounting process. BBM is the first customer for SunGard’s Asset Arena in Brazil. Asset Arena provide
31 Jan. 2012 Stratton Street Launch offshore Renminbi (CNH) and Swiss franc Currency Classes to the Renminbi Bond Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Stratton Street Capital LLP has announced the addition of two further currency classes to its Renminbi Bond Fund: the offshore Renminbi (CNH) and the Swiss Franc reflecting broad investor demand for this strongly performing investment vehicle. Through 2011, the R
31 Jan. 2012 CAIS Opens Sydney Office to Meet Growing Demand For Alternative Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: CAIS, a New York-based financial technology company providing an independent, alternative investment platform to the global wealth management industry, announced today that it is opening an office in Sydney, Australia to better meet client needs and address the growing dem
31 Jan. 2012 Centaur’s Galileo Sports Betting Hedge Fund Collapses [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Centaur, a London-based investment company launched the Galileo fund in 2010, a fund based on hedging sports. However, according to the Huffington Post, the fund collapsed on Monday. The fund was based on an idea in a 2004 blog post by investor and publ
31 Jan. 2012 ESMA Proposes New Rules on ETFs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is proposing new rules for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) according to a position paper released
30 Jan. 2012 Solvency II could be a Unique Opportunity for Hedge Fund Strategies: Lyxor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - There is growing empirical evidence that the complexity of financial markets makes it increasingly challenging for institutional investors to manage their asset/liability profiles efficiently. Changes in the regulatory framework and in accounting rules make this even tric
30 Jan. 2012 Massive Growth in Trade Automation, Hedge Funds to Hugely Outpace Traditional Buyside Firms: Automated Trader [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Automated Trader, the world's leading journal of automated and algorithmic trading, has just published its Algorithmic Trading Survey Report. Based upon 515 responses from investment banks, hedge funds, traditional asset managers, market makers and proprietary trading
30 Jan. 2012 Cerulli Projects U.S. Retirement Market to Reach $22tln by 2016, IRAs to Comprise 33%

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Opalesque Industry Update - Total asset levels in the U.S. retirement market have grown 9.6% from 2009 to 2010, totaling $15.8 trillion as of end of year 2010. Cerulli estimates total retirement markets to grow modestly (around 1%) to $16 trillion in 2011 with continuing market recovery, and will

30 Jan. 2012 Alex Vaskevitch and Zenith High Yield Bond Fund Move to Serone Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Serone Capital Management announces the appointment of Alex Vaskevitch as a Partner and the addition of the Zenith High Yield Bond Fund onto its platform. Alex will be primarily responsible for managing the firm’s liquid investments, building up the high yield research a
30 Jan. 2012 Laven Partners and GFIA Form Joint Venture to Deliver Broader Due Diligence Coverage in Asia [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Opalesque Industry Update – Global consultancy firm Laven Partners and Singapore-based hedge fund data provider GFIA have completed a joint venture agreeme
30 Jan. 2012 Gottex’s Funds of Hedge Funds Did Well in 2011, but AuM Down 10% Since Last Quarter [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As the global uncertainties that started in the summer of 2011 continued in the last quarter of the year, Gottex’s fourth quarter (Q4) results ended up being - unsurprisingly - tepid. Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd, a Swiss-listed independent glob
27 Jan. 2012 Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices; All Strategies Down YTD Except for Arbitrage and Long/Short Credit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices produced mixed results in December, another volatile month for equity prices. The monthly and quarterly redemption Composite Indices fell by 0.46% and 0.27%, respectively, for the month. The Managed Futures Index was the be
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