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18 Sep. 2014 CalPERS names Ted Eliopoulos chief investment officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) announced that Ted Eliopoulos has been selected as CalPERS Chief
18 Sep. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 1.28% in August (+4.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.28% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 4.44% in 2014. “The S&P 500 gained four percent in August, propell
18 Sep. 2014 SEC charges former hedge fund manager for misappropriating management fees [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday charged a former hedge fund manager accused of fraudulently taking excess management fees from the accounts of fund clients and using their money to remodel his multi-million dollar home and buy a $1
17 Sep. 2014 Emerging hedge fund managers lead industry gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Emerging hedge fund managers have led industry performance over the past year, as equity markets have extended gains, investor risk tolerance has escalated and total hedge
17 Sep. 2014 Scotland’s independent vote to downgrade sovereign risk rating to BBB [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A 'yes’ vote to Scotland’s independence could translate to a BBB sovereign risk rating as there will be clear policy uncertainties for Scotland that would be detrimental to its sovereign rating, according to Director of Sovereign Risk Analysis Jan Randolph of
17 Sep. 2014 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
17 Sep. 2014 SEC charges 19 investment firms and one trader for breach of Rule 105 [more]
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
16 Sep. 2014 CTAs post highest monthly return since April 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin’s latest performance benchmarks, CTA hedge funds have had their strongest monthly performance in over three years, posting returns not seen since April 2011. This performance has taken the benchmark to its highest August year-to-date figure since Aug
16 Sep. 2014 CalPERS divests entire hedge fund program [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalPERS, the largest pension system in the US, announced today that it will divest its entire $4 billion hedge fund program. The pension said the program was too expensive and too complex to effectively move the needle for an already large portfolio. The staff r
15 Sep. 2014 Ada Investments announces strategic investment by XL Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ada Investment Management LP, a research-driven investment manager offering alternative equities-based investment programs to institutional investors, today announced that an affiliate of XL Group plc, a global insurance and reinsurance company, has acquired a minority st
15 Sep. 2014 Investors looking at other sources for hedge fund-like returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors who are always on the lookout for higher gains are looking at alternative sources of income, particularly exchange-traded fund industry that generates hedge fund-like returns, according to
15 Sep. 2014 Hong Kong Jockey Club raises alternative investments, hedge funds by 34% since last year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s largest taxpayer and lone horse-racing operator Hong Kong Jockey Club has raised its investments in alternatives by 34% since last year to $1.6bn (HK$12.7bn) from $1.3bn (HK$9.5bn). In a rep
15 Sep. 2014 Hedge funds, investment firms are offering Puerto Rico recovery assistance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 28 hedge funds and other investment firms are offering unofficial assistance to Puerto Rico, including public relations and even money to the beleaguered government that is faced with high unemployment and concerns from municipal bond investors. In a re
12 Sep. 2014 XL Group buys minority stake in next generation trading platform Ada Investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ada Investment Management LP, a research-driven investment manager offering alternative equities-based investment programs to institutional investors, today announced that an affiliate of XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), a global insurance and reinsurance company, has acquired a m
12 Sep. 2014 Alpha Strategic buys stake in Premium Point Investments [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Alpha Strategic plc, a affiliate of
11 Sep. 2014 CogentHedge shuts down [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Originally developed and launched in 2001 as an in-house research facility for Cogent Alternative Strategies Inc., a third party marketer of hedge funds and other highly specialized alternative strategies for major institutional investors worldwide, CogentHedge became a t
11 Sep. 2014 Feds investigating four hedge funds in Height Securities insider trading case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal investigators are looking into four hedge funds, including SAC Capital Advisors (now called Point72 Asset Management LP), Viking Global Investors LP, Visium Asset Management LLC and Citadel LLC, to determine whether they violated securities rules by trading
11 Sep. 2014 eVestment: hedge fund performance picks up in August [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds returned an average of 1.4% in August, putting the industry up 4.0% YTD, on pace to return just greater than 6% in 2014, well behind the 10.3% generated in 2013, according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. However, reduced
11 Sep. 2014 CFTC makes it easier for hedge funds to advertise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Under the JOBS Act, hedge funds have been allowed to advertise to the public - at least in theory. One of the problems with the regulatory relief at the time the JOBS Act was passed was that it only applied to the SEC. The CFTC which also regulates certain asp
11 Sep. 2014 The UCITS V depository requirements in many ways mirror AIFMD but go beyond in some respects [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: UCITS V, which enters into force on 17 September, will amend the current UCITS regime to tackle apparent discrepancies across the European Union. Those discrepancies touch on the duties and liability of depositaries, remuneration policy and sanctions. They be
10 Sep. 2014 CTAs bounce back to post positive performance in August, Newedge CTA Index up 3.89% (+3.97% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announces the August performance data for its CTA performance indices. Following a tough month for returns in July, all managed futures indices calculated by Newedge reported positive perfor
10 Sep. 2014 Long-term UCITS register largest quarterly inflows in Q2 2014 since Q1 2006, jumping to EUR 152 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), has released its latest statistical release containing the investment fund industry results for the second quarter of 2014. The main highlights for Q2 2014 include: Long-term UCITS, i.e. UC
10 Sep. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.9% in August (YTD +1.7%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - It had to get worse before it got better. >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up+0.9% in August 2014 (YTD +1.7%). 8 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of August in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+5.8%), the Lyxor CTA Short Ter
10 Sep. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index rebounds in August gaining 1.36% (4.22%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds rebounded strongly in August 2014 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.36% while the MSCI World Index gained 2.48%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 4.22%, falling slightly behind underlying markets as the MSCI World Index returned 5.96% over
10 Sep. 2014 Hedge funds redeem scant $40 Million in July and outperform S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed a scant $40 million in July, the first monthly outflow of the year, after taking in $5.1 billion (0.2% of assets) in June. “While hedge fund flows were essentially
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