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06 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund industry posts heavy inflow in april (+$17.5m), assets hit highest level since October 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry pulled in a heavy $17.5 billion (1.0% of assets) in April 2011, the fourth straight inflow, report TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge. Industry assets increased to $1.8 trillion, the highest level since October 2008. “Flows are doubt
06 Jun. 2011 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. launching new Ucits M&A Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bernheim Dreyfus, the Paris-based investment manager, launched last week a mergers and acquisitions fund regulated under UCITS III rules to meet increased investor demands for more liquid and transparent investments in this sector of market activity. The Diva Sy
06 Jun. 2011 Agecroft Partners see institutional investors finally allocating to CTAs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners is seeing widespread demand from institutional investors for Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), which is a dramatic change from the historical reluctance of many institutional investors and their consultants to allocate to this strategy. Over the past 10
06 Jun. 2011 One in three "Generation Y" users utilizes social networking sites for managing investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The popularity of social networking sites is changing the way people invest their money with the new networking trend altering the investment playing field. According to a report by
06 Jun. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index down 0.90% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted mostly negative performance in May, signaling a challenging month for hedge funds according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted: "The
03 Jun. 2011 Emerging Markets the darling of hedge fund industry as managers send them record $121bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have reached a new record in assets allocated to the new darling markets of the financial world: emerging markets. With over $121bn surging into these financial markets from hedge funds alone, managers have surpassed the previous $117bn record that was set i
03 Jun. 2011 SEB confirms favourable scenario for hedge funds as asset class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEB, the Northern European financial group, today provided an outlook on the hedge fund industry. Highlights include: The market is opening up for more corporate mergers and acquisitions and they are likely to continue increasing, which wil
03 Jun. 2011 New York leads the pack in hedge fund hiring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The top five cities for hedge funds according to hiring mandates and research done by HF Observer are:
02 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund firm Och Ziff reports reports flat returns in May for flagship fund, Asia fund down 1.71% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based institutional alternative asset manager and hedge fund firm Och Ziff has reported that its Master Fund is flat for the month of May, (+4.12% YTD). Two of the firm’s other funds were slightly
02 Jun. 2011 BlackRock announces closure of Absolute Return Strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The world’s largest asset manager BlackRock has announced plans to wind down its closed-ended Absolute Return Strategies fund of hedge funds over the widening discount of its Net Asset V
01 Jun. 2011 NewAlpha Asset Management seeds New York-based credit hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha Asset Management, the Paris-based global hedge fund incubation specialist, is pleased to announce its 16th strate- gic investment with PAMLI Capital Management LLC (“PAMLI”), a New York-based hedge fund management firm focused on global credit investments with as
31 May. 2011 CalPERS 'strongly endorses' AIMA hedge fund relationship guide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has strongly endorsed a new guide by the Investor Steering Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, to promote better alignment of interests betw
31 May. 2011 Hedge fund SAC under scrutiny as news breaks of the first investigation-driven redemption [more]
From Kirsten Bischoff, Opalesque New York: The reality is a multi-billion dollar mega fund such as Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital is going to see a certain level of inflows and outflows during the course of any given year, so news of a single redemption would not normally hit the wires with the speed
31 May. 2011 Hedge fund governance a crucial issue, says pension fund USS in new AIMA guide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pension fund contributes opening chapter in new guide from AIMA’s Investor Steering Committee The £32bn Universities Superannuation Scheme has contributed the opening chapter to a guide to investor preferences published today by the Investor Steering Committee of th
31 May. 2011 Hedge fund association AIMA publishes new guide for institutional investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has published a guide for investors and managers, written by members of AIMA’s Investor Steering Committee (ISC), that reflects preferences and priorities for institutional inves
31 May. 2011 BlackRock’s Fink calls for restructuring of Europe’s banking system, warns crisis can extend beyond Greece [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Laurence D. Fink, Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock Inc., a provider of investment, advisory and risk management solutions with $3.65tln in assets under management, has warned that the current f
30 May. 2011 Hedge fund service provider Custom House Group wins award [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Custom House Global Fund Services yesterday won a prestigious award at the annual HFM 2011 European Hedge Fund Services Awards, which were held in London recently. Custom House won in the category "Best Administrator Over $30bn - Client Service" coming top of
30 May. 2011 West freezes billions of dollars from Libya’s sovereign wealth funds, 7% of which placed in alternative funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rebels have been fighting the 41-year-long regime of the Libyan government of Muammar Qaddafi (or Gaddafi) for three months, and NATO countries became involved – to protect civilian lives and also to protect Gadhafi’s enemies from his forces (according to Statfor) – for t
30 May. 2011 Canadian shop Integrated Managed Futures now has more than $50m in assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Integrated Managed Futures Corp. (“IMFC” – www.imfc.ca) now has over $50 million in assets under management. This represents a significant milestone for IMFC, which launched its IMFC Global program in February of 2007. “We would like to thank everyone who has helpe
30 May. 2011 EU Council adopts hedge fund rules [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Council of the European Union adopted the Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) Directive on Friday 27th May, according to
30 May. 2011 Peru, Chile, Columbia stock markets merge to create Andean stock exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The stock markets of Chile, Columbia and Peru officially merge on Monday to capitalize on demand for “emerging” Latin America. The move also effectively creates the second largest bourse in the region, various media reports said. But more significantly, the alliance o
30 May. 2011 Ignis Argonaut European Alpha Fund launches Euro unit class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new Euro unit class has been launched for the top-performing €416m Ignis Argonaut European Alpha Fund, managed by Barry Norris. The fund, which has outperformed its benchmark by 35.3%* since launch in May 2005, provides a dynamic approach to alpha generation, inves
26 May. 2011 Greenwich Investable Indices positive across all hedge fund strategies in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Results were positive across all strategies for the Greenwich Investable Indices in April, driven by strong equity markets. The monthly redemption Composite Index advanced by 1.28% while the quarterly exit Index gained 1.30%. Directional strategies were the best perform
26 May. 2011 Hedge fund group Man now manages around 3% more than end-2010 ($71bn), continues expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group’s financial year ending 31st March 2011 presented statutory profit before tax from continuing operations of $324m - compared $541m a year ago. Funds under management (FuM) stood at $69.1bn (compared to $68.6bn at the end of 2010 and $39.4bn a year ag
26 May. 2011 Hedge fund manager Chanos says it’s time to short solar and wind energies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Celebrated short-seller James Chanos, founder of Kynokos Associates, is taking aim at the “greenies” or clean energy companies. Of particular interest to him are solar and wind energies which he said are ripe for shorting. Arriving at the annual Sohn Conference
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