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14 Sep. 2011 578 hedge funds launched in H1-2011, assets reach record level of $2.04tln as fees decline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund launches outpace liquidations as industry assets reach record level Average incentive fees continue to decline; Fund performance dispersion rises, reversing recent trend New hedge fund launches in the second
14 Sep. 2011 Broker-dealer MF Global to realign priorities, reduce staff [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, is rearranging its global Equities business and focusing on areas where it is at its strongest, namely commodities, financial services, consumer and global policy research. Consequently
14 Sep. 2011 APS partners with Martin Currie to form China A share and Greater China active equity management business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - APS Asset Management Pte Ltd (APS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Currie to form a long term strategic partnership and become the world's leading independent China A share and Greater China active equity management business. The completion should
14 Sep. 2011 Swiss fund of hedge funds ALTIN decides not to become an open-end collective investment vehicle after all [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company, will not propose to shareholders a possible transformation into an open-end collective investment vehicle. The current closed-ended fund structure of ALTIN means that the share capital is f
14 Sep. 2011 Institutional investors believe equity risk models are key component of portfolio construction [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI survey debunks popular myths about equity risk models MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today the results of a survey on best practices in risk modeling and portfolio construction, wh
14 Sep. 2011 Newedge CTA Index down -1.44% in August ( -2.27% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices. The Newedge CTA Index's top performers for the month of August included: Boronia Capital (Diversified
13 Sep. 2011 Hedge funds are an important tool for institutional investors says new research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich has published a white paper entitled ‘The Changing Role of Hedge Funds in the Global Economy’ which highlights the emerging role of hedge funds as an investment tool for institutional investors such as public pensions, university endowments, and cha
12 Sep. 2011 Citi appointed by Diamond Hill to provide global custody, fund services and securities lending [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Citi today announced that it has been appointed by Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. to provide a range of investor support services for the firm’s fund assets totalling $4 billion. “We selected Citi because they offer a rare combination of global perspective a
12 Sep. 2011 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declines –3.36% in August (-1.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined –3.36% in August (-1.80% YTD), while the S&P 500 declined -5.68% (-3.08% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -4.36% (+0.31% YTD), and the NASDAQ C
09 Sep. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down 2.4% in August (-1.5% YTD) but continues to outperform world equity markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) ended the month mostly lower in August, but continued to outperform world equity markets. The GGHFI declined 2.4% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-5.43%), MSCI W
09 Sep. 2011 Is a Financial Transactions Tax unavoidable? LIFE conference at UNESCO Paris, Sept. 14 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The LIFE Organization is partnering with UNITAID, UNESCO and a group of European NGOs (Oxfam France, CARE France, AIDES, Coordination SUD, Coalition Plus, Stamp Out Poverty & UBUNTU) for a conference supporting a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) to be held Wednesday, Sept
09 Sep. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell -2.3% in August (-1.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their largest monthly declines since May 2010 in August, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declining by -2.3 percent, according to data released today by HFR. With the August losses, year-to-date performance for the broad based composite index
08 Sep. 2011 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 1.95% (est.) in August (-1.31% YTD) but outperformed MSCI World Index by 5.30% [more]
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.95% (1) in August. Even so, this loss marked a month where managers delivered significant outperformance and downturn protection in a highly volatile environment, as witnessed by the MSCI World Index falling 7.25% (2) as market sentiment turned bearish acr
08 Sep. 2011 60% of European asset managers considering launching low-cost active funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Costs may be rising, but the barriers that allowed managers to command high fees are gradually being eroded. While changes are likely to be protracted with little homogeneity across countries and asset classes, a shake-up seems unavoidable. According to Cerulli’s latest p
08 Sep. 2011 Cedric Kohler joins Fundana to design customized hedge fund portfolios [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – One way to go around the regular fund of hedge funds (FoHFs) model is to create customized mandates. Swiss firm Fundana is starting out in this direction, and has hired a veteran to head this new project. The veteran in question is Cédric Kohler, former head of hedge
07 Sep. 2011 IQ Hedge Global Macro Beta Index up +3.98 % in August (+9.08 % YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance chara
06 Sep. 2011 Wells Fargo to acquire fund administration provider LaCrosse Global Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo & Company announced an agreement to acquire LaCrosse Global Fund Services (LaCrosse), an independently managed hedge fund administration and middle-office service provider, from Cargill, pending regulatory approval in several jurisdictions. The Structured
06 Sep. 2011 Hedge fund managers turn very bearish on U.S. Equities, according to survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers have turned very bearish on U.S. equities, according to BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. Bearish sentiment on the S&P 500 among hedge fund managers soared to 42% in August, the largest reading in a year, from 27% in July. Bullish sentim
06 Sep. 2011 UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -1.81% in August ( -2.55% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a dreadful month on the markets, the UCITS Alternative Index Global is down in August (-1.81%) bringing its year to date performance to -2.55%. The Fund of Funds Index is down -2.14% reaching -3.27% this year. Except for the Commodities Index, all strategies are
06 Sep. 2011 Asian hedge funds suffer in ‘gloomy’ August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Asian hedge funds may be experiencing rapid growth over the past several months, with some insiders in the region outpacing their Western counterparts, but the positive outlook on Asian hedge funds was not enough to spare the region’s industry from the disastrous month of
05 Sep. 2011 BH Credit Catalysts posts healthy 4.2% gain in NAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The second half of 2011 is underway and any hopes for reduced market turbulence in the summer months have been forcefully rejected by recent events. Serious macro events have occurred thick and fast through the year: just as April was seeing markets recover from Japan’s d
05 Sep. 2011 Economic adviser believes London is still top financial centre [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The City of London is still the top financial centre for now believes Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group, who discusses the economic importance of and the challenges to the City of London in a new paper. Her major conclusions are: The Cit
05 Sep. 2011 Swiss Investment Managers debuts Europe's first director's dealings fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 'Swiss Investment Managers' (SIM) will launch the "Directors Dealings Fund" (DDF) in September, the first hedge fund in Europe and US investing solely in the reported share dealings of company directors and senior corporate executives in their own firms.
02 Sep. 2011 Hedge funds have rough August, Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Index -3.36% last month [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in August 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
01 Sep. 2011 Swedish CTA manager starts marketing new UCITS multi-strategy fund [more]
RPM Risk & Portfolio Management AB, has received approval from the Financial Supervisory Authority, CSSF, in Luxembourg to start marketing its UCITS compliant multi-strategy fund “RPM Directional”. The fund (a sub-fund of RPM FCP, a UCITS compliant Luxembourg FCP) will be launched together with A
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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

  2. Private equity follows hedge funds into reinsurance for long-term capital[more]

    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

  3. North America – New York City’s next hot neighborhoods targeted with property funds[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

  4. Investing – George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse, Warren Buffett's Berkshire reveals Charter stake, cuts DirecTV, Hedge funds lusting to cash out of MGM, Top hedge fund managers are buying Ally Financial, Hedge funds dumped 5m Herbalife shares in Q2, Paulson & Co hedge fund ups Puerto Rico real estate bet, Netflix Inc., Citigroup Inc, Google Inc are top new picks in Tiger Management’s 13F[more]

    George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse From Newsmax.com: Billionaire investor George Soros has increased his financial bet that U.S. stocks will collapse to more than $2 billion. The legendary hedge fund manager has been raising his negative bet on the Standard & Poor's 500 Inde

  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added