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18 Aug. 2011 GlobeOp starts hedge fund service that supports requirements of first SEC deadline for private fund (Form PF) reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – With the first SEC deadline for private fund (Form PF) reporting currently less than six months away for many large hedge funds and managed account platforms, GlobeOp Financial Services has launched a reporting service to specifically support the requirements. “Many
18 Aug. 2011 PerTrac adds HedgeNews Africa database to its analytics platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - African Fund of Funds Composite may provide an oasis in a volatile market landscape say PerTrac and HedgeNews Africa as they announce new partnership With Addition Of HedgeNews Africa Database, PerTrac Continues As The World’s Most
18 Aug. 2011 Raylor Investments and Xplor Capital merge to support growing demand for dynamic global asset allocation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Raylor Investments LLC, a pioneer in managing strategic equity portfolios of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) announces a merger with its strategic partner Xplor Capital Management LLC, a global asset manager focused on dynamic risk allocation. The asset management business
17 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds tapping outsourcing trend to set up operations in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Overseas hedge funds looking to set up operations in Asia are taking advantage of the emerging outsourcing trend to save on expenses. The latest firm to embrace the latest fad is BTIG Hong Kong Limited, an affiliate of BTIG, LLC, a US-based financial services firm specia
16 Aug. 2011 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.32% in July (-0.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Managed futures gained 1.32% in July according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Barclay CTA Index is down 0.67%. “A counter-intuitive bond market rally that flew in the face of rating downgrade concerns may have puzzled many tr
16 Aug. 2011 UK FSA’s ban of Michiel Visser shows that investors should look at all components of hedge fund firms, not just track records [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Peter Moore, head of regulation at The IMS Group, comments on how the FSA’s significant fine and banning for life of hedge fund manager Michiel Visser highlights the age-old need for independence between key functions at firms of all sizes "The news that
16 Aug. 2011 Market volatility is stabilising after last week's high, hedge funds limit losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Volatility has been high this year, and especially last week – thanks partly to panic following Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S.’s credit rating and concerns about European economies. But stocks are starting to stabilise again. VIX’ value went from almost 16
16 Aug. 2011 Castlestone’s Angus Murray expects gold and emerging economies will continue to outperform equity and bond markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Castlestone Mangement Inc. CEO Angus Murray is betting that real assets such as gold and other precious metals as well as opportunities in the so-called N11 (Next 11) emerging economies,
16 Aug. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned +0.29%in July (+0.93%YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of July 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 0.29 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 0.93 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month.
16 Aug. 2011 CAIA Association appoints Robert De Rito, APG Asset Management US, to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, sponsor of the CAIA designation, the benchmark for alternative investment education worldwide, today announced the appointment of Robert De Rito, Head of Financial Risk Management at APG Asset Management US,
15 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds hold their ground in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite major declines in the equity markets, hedge funds as a whole held their ground in July, with a 0.01% loss in the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index is up 1.06%. “Declines across equity markets in Europe and the US
15 Aug. 2011 Brutal week for fund flows conjures memories of 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An imperfect storm of downgrades, rumors, lackluster macroeconomic data and the ongoing Eurozone debt crisis transformed a retreat by investors into something approaching a stampede during the week ending August 10. Redemptions from most EPFR Global-tracked fund groups so
12 Aug. 2011 AIMA warns short selling bans exacerbate volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has responded to the temporary short selling bans introduced by France, Italy, Belgium and Spain. AIMA CEO Andrew Baker said: “We do not think these bans will help th
12 Aug. 2011 EDHEC-Risk Institute denounces short selling bans [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EDHEC-Risk Institute condemns the August 11 decisions by the financial market authorities in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to impose or extend short-selling bans in the wake of renewed market volatility. These hasty decisions are not only devoid of theoretic
11 Aug. 2011 Dr Doom thinks everybody in the world has become a Keynesian [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – On Tuesday, Marc Faber (aka Dr Doom), publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, told Bloomberg, when discussing the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to keep the interest rates down through 2013, that the Fed had been right in not announcing QE3 “so they can watch the rea
10 Aug. 2011 CME Group volume reached all-time high on August 9 [more]
CME Group, the global derivatives marketplace, reached a record high in single-day volume with 25,734,651 contracts traded across all asset classes on Tuesday, August 9, surpassing the previous record of 25,282,704 contracts on May 6, 2010. Additionally, record volumes were reached in gold
09 Aug. 2011 Hedge fund investors ramp up mid year redemptions and for first month inflows don't keep pace [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Mid-year investor redemptions at hedge funds saw an increase in July, just as hedge funds started to show gains in 2011. HFN reports that with hedge fund managers returning an average of 0.82% in July, investors decided for the first time in over a year that they would b
09 Aug. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.7% in July (+1.2% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) posted mixed results among strategies but generally finished the month with gains. The GGHFI advanced 0.67% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-2.03%), MSCI World E
08 Aug. 2011 Massachusetts hedge fund managers will need a written promise to use expert networks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Massachusetts Secretary of State Galvin has once again honed his laser-like focus onto hedge funds and introduced a new rule that will require hedge funds using expert networks to secure written certification that experts are not passing on inside information.
08 Aug. 2011 CME Group announces new heads for Equity and Interest Rate businesses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the following additions to its product leadership team: Michael Kilgallen, Managing Director, Equity Products Kilgallen, 39, will be responsible for advancing the growth strat
08 Aug. 2011 Legg Mason’s Chairman blasts Standard & Poor’s for US downgrade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Legg Mason Capital Management’s CIO Bill Miller lent his voice to those sharply criticizing Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US credit at the end of last week. In a statement released by the firm early on Monday, Miller says: “At best, S&P showed a stunn
05 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds post 0.76% gain in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity markets extended declines in July as investors exhibited concern with regard to both the extension of the U.S. debt limit and continuing concerns about European sovereign debt risk. US fixed income yields fell and gold posted record gains, while the US dollar trade
05 Aug. 2011 In July hedge funds were broadly positive, but equity funds were slightly down even ahead of early August turmoil [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Here’s the latest hedge fund performance data from HedgeFund Intelligence, which publishes AR, EuroHedge, AsiaHedge, InvestHedge and Absolute UCITS: July was a broadly positive month for hedge funds, with the Global Composite Index rising 0.48%. • Equi
05 Aug. 2011 UCITS HFS Index starts positive into second half of 2011, up +0.27% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a difficult first half of the year the UCITS HFS Index reverses its negative trend in July 2011 and reports a monthly performance of +0.27%. July started off very positively with gains of +0.62% in the first week of trading, being the only positive weekly return of
04 Aug. 2011 Rubicon takes legal aim at hedge fund launch by former Co-CIO Attias [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – In early July Tim Attias, former co-chief investment officer of Rubicon Fund Management, announced he would launch Sata Partners along with Catheri
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