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12 Jul. 2011 Preqin forecasts investments into hedge funds could reach up to $195bn in next 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin, a data provider for the alternative assets industry, investments into hedge funds could reach up to $195bn in the next 12 months. The firm’s latest hedge fund investor study shows
12 Jul. 2011 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index lost 1.20% in June (+1.45% YTD), funds ‘whipsawed’ by markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -1.20% in June (+1.45% YTD), while the S&P 500 declined -1.83% (+5.01% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -1.24% (+7.23% YTD), and the NASDAQ
12 Jul. 2011 British activist hedge fund Laxey rejects financing plan for Swissmetal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swissmetal is in trouble. It recorded its third negative year in 2010; it is seriously considering mass layoffs; several managerial heads have rolled already; and one of the factories is planned to be dismantled.Reuters
12 Jul. 2011 Steve Schoener joins Eze Castle Integration as VP of Client Technology [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, Inc., a provider of IT services, technology and consulting to hedge funds and investment firms, announced it has appointed former hedge fund IT head Steve Schoener as vice president of client technology. Schoener will drive technology growth and in
12 Jul. 2011 Fund of hedge funds manager Liongate increases US presence, hires Director of Investment Research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Liongate Capital Management (Liongate) the global fund of hedge funds manager, today announced the appointment of Richard ‘Rick’ Teisch as US Director of Investment Research. He will be based in Liongate’s US office in the Carnegie Hall Towers in midtown Manhattan, and wi
12 Jul. 2011 Philippe Cousteau Jr. and AdvisorShares develop first multi-manager ETF with absolute return and sustainable investment mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundation to address pressing social and environmental issues Social entrepreneur and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau Jr. and AdvisorShares Investments, a sponsor of actively managed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), today announced a partnership to develo
12 Jul. 2011 Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index were negative 0.2% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - "July flows again reflected quarterly re-allocations by investors. Outflows slightly exceeded inflows for the month, while total outflows have been remarkably similar on the last four quarterly dates,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial S
12 Jul. 2011 F&C appoints Inalytics to analyse fund manager skill [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Inalytics, the firm that identifies investment skill, has been appointed by global asset manager, F&C Investments (F&C), to provide analysis relating to the skill levels across internal and external fund managers. Inalytics will provide analytical services in support
12 Jul. 2011 CalPERS to launch new investment vehicle for local emerging managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has announced plans to launch a new investment vehicle that will focus on domestic emerging managers aimed at pension fund’s private equity program. Réal Desrochers
11 Jul. 2011 Investors balk at hedge funds’ losses in June and redemptions rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – While net inflows continued into May (according to TrimTabs Barclayhedge – see previous coverage here: Source), HFN is reporting that invest
11 Jul. 2011 Hedge funds grab over $8bn in asset inflows in May, commodities heavily favored by investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Despite finding themselves mostly flat in performance this year, hedge funds took in $8.1bn in May, bringing YTD inflows to $75bn. However, the volatile markets of 2011 have still taken their toll and total industry assets remain unchanged at $1.79tln reports TrimTabs In
11 Jul. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down 1.30% in June, +0.40% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) navigated volatile markets to finish the month with a slight loss. The GGHFI shed 1.32% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-1.67%), MSCI World Equity (-1.73%), and
11 Jul. 2011 Hedge fund Finisterre Capital appoints new economist from Credit Suisse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Finisterre Capital, the long/short emerging market total return specialist, has appointed Ivailo Vesselinov as an Economist. He will report to Christopher Watson, Head of Research at Finisterre Capital. Ivailo was previously at Credit Suisse in London, where he
11 Jul. 2011 CME launches yuan foreign exchange futures contracts [more]
The leading derivatives exchange, CME Group, has announced the launch of a new foreign exchange futures contract using the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi. In a statement, CME said the move was prompted by the growing demand for yuan-denominated produc
08 Jul. 2011 Amida Capital Management hires Renata Cirne as Chief Marketing Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Amida Capital Management II, LLC, a New York based investment manager, has hired Renata Cirne to assume the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Cirne will report to David Rich, Amida’s Founder and Chief Investment Officer. “Renata’s solid business deve
08 Jul. 2011 SecondMarket to expand further into private company markets over next 6 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – SecondMarket has grown 125% in the first half of 2011, and the firm expects to open yet another swath of companies to investors during the second half of the year. Hedge funds and other firms have been
07 Jul. 2011 Fortress Investment Group June return filings highlight the pain of global macro hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Listed hedge fund firm Fortress Investment Group (FIG), reported June performance on Thursday, providing a good example of the struggle that hedge funds experienced last month. The three funds reporting estimated returns for June (two of which have an onshore and offshor
07 Jul. 2011 Inside and outside the CFTC concerns are raised over new swaps regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update –Futures Industry Association (FIA) President John Damgara released a statement following the CFTC approval of extensive changes in rules prohibiting fraud and manipulation in futures, swaps and cash commodity markets, and the FIA is clearly unsatisfied with the new regulat
07 Jul. 2011 Harbinger's LightSquared announces new public outreach initiative and the political clout behind it [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone may not be thrilled with one politician for alluding to him as a serial violator of securities laws, (Source), but that does
07 Jul. 2011 All IndexIQ hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes are down in June but most are up YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics o
07 Jul. 2011 No hedge fund is ‘systemically important' says AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The global hedge fund association, AIMA, announced today that no hedge fund manager based or operating in the US or elsewhere currently poses a risk to financial stability. Its announcement comes as the Financial Stability Oversight Council is expected to clarify the crite
07 Jul. 2011 Man Group’s funds under management confirmed at $71bn in Q2-2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group’s funds under management went from $69.1bn in Q1-2011 to $71bn in Q2, representing a rise of around 2.8% (compared to $68.6bn at the end of 2010; $38.5bn in Q2-2010; and $
07 Jul. 2011 EverTrend Asset launches macro managed futures fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – EverTrend Asset has announced the launch of macro managed futures fund everTrend Global which is designed to provide investors with global exposure to a broad range of asset classes. Robert Robbins, President and Portfolio Manager of everTrend Global commented: “I’m p
06 Jul. 2011 Eurozone worries drag down hedge funds in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A second month of negative hedge fund performance is being partially attributed to the anxiety over European sovereign debt worries. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index in June fell -1.95 and Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co says "Hea
05 Jul. 2011 Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices was down -0.58% for June, event driven hit hardest at -1.43% [more]
The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in June 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
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