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23 Nov. 2011 Custom House named best Malta fund administrator for second time in ICFA Awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Custom House Global Fund Services (CHGFS), a leading independent administrator specializing in alternative investment funds, was last night named ‘Fund Administrator of the Year: Malta’ at the 2011 International Custody & Fund Administration (ICFA) magazine awards in Lond
22 Nov. 2011 MF Global liquidation presents unprecedented test of US bankruptcy regime for dually registered brokers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The collapse of MF Global is proving significant for reasons other than its being one of the ten largest bankruptcies in U.S. history, according to attorneys at Teigland-Hunt LLP. In a client alert (attached) the law firm says liquidation of MF Global will require the u
22 Nov. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up +1.73% in October (-1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index posted its largest monthly gain since April and finished up 1.73% in October. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of October. Some key findings from the report include:
21 Nov. 2011 SunGard launches Asset Arena Manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SunGard has launched Asset Arena Manager, an investment management solution that provides front-to-middle office support to buy-side investment management firms. An integrated component of the Asset Arena suite that supports the entire trade lifecycle for asset managers,
21 Nov. 2011 Latest EU report on Funds Directive is positive for Jersey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance says it is encouraged by the contents of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) report on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) which was published last week and contains its final recommendations to the European Commissio
21 Nov. 2011 GlobeOp forward hedge fund redemption indicator up to 3.44% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2011 measured 3.44%, up from 2.51% in October. “We expect fund redemption requests to increase as year-end approaches,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. “January is typicall
18 Nov. 2011 All Edhec hedge fund strategy indices up in October expect for CTA and short-selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In October, after plummeting for five months, the equity market displayed astonishing versatility, with the S&P 500 index registering a positive double-digit return (+10.93%), its best monthly performance over the past twenty years, supported by a strong fall (-13%) in im
17 Nov. 2011 Advisors' discretionary business to increase from 59% in 2011 to 71% of their assets by 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli anticipates the percentage of advisors' discretionary business will increase from 59% in 2011 to 71% by 2013. Cerulli attributes the jump to advisors' interest in building their role as discretionary portfolio managers. However, for many advisors, packaged
17 Nov. 2011 Hedge funds ignore social media finds MHP 2011 Survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a survey of 77 hedge fund managers globally, each with at least US$ 1.0 bn in assets under management, the MHP Survey 2011 has found that hedge fund managers are ignoring social media. 8% are still without a corporate website, let alone a Twitter feed or a Facebook wal
17 Nov. 2011 Newedge CTA Index down -3.72% in October (-5.09% 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, which is equally weighted, calculates the daily rate of return for a pool of the largest CTAs tha
17 Nov. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returns +1.29% in October (-2.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of October 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 1.29 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -2.22 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
17 Nov. 2011 Lyster Watson Credit Fixed Income Index up +1.58% in October (+2.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyster Watson Hedge Fund Strategy Indices are a series of non-investable benchmarks designed to be representative composites of randomly generated portfolios of hedge fund strategy peers, factoring in both volatility and return. The performance of these indices
16 Nov. 2011 Managed futures stumble in October; Barclay CTA Index slides 1.50% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After four straight months of gains, managed futures lost 1.50% in October according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index is down 2.30%. "A revival of animal spirits sparked by an improving economic picture and the
16 Nov. 2011 SYZ & CO launches a Global High Yield Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ & CO has announced today the launch of OYSTER Global High Yield, a new sub-fund investing in high yield fixed income investments. OYSTER Global High Yield is managed by Seix Investment Advisors, a high yield manager based in the US with an
16 Nov. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Indx up +1.73% in October (-1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) rebounded from September losses to start the fourth quarter up 1.73%. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index was up 1
14 Nov. 2011 PIMCO launches UCITS credit fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has launched the PIMCO GIS Credit Absolute Return Fund for investors seeking a global, diversified strategy that is focused on absolute return and not constrained by a benchmark. The PIMCO GIS Credit Absolute Return Fund
14 Nov. 2011 Cerulli survey shows that Asian institutions increasingly outsource their assets to external managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Research firm Cerulli Associates predicts that by the end of 2011, US$1.07 trillion of Asian institutional assets will be accessible to external managers. This figure shows that 11.4% of the Asia ex-Japan region’s total investable assets will be going to external managers
11 Nov. 2011 80% of investors are considering investing with new hedge fund managers over next 12 months says Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Managers Set for Windfall Only 20% of hedge fund investors plan to focus solely on maintaining existing relationships with managers over the next 12 months. Hedge fund managers will be able to access new capital sour
11 Nov. 2011 EFAMA report shows European fund managers retain 42% of total expense ratio [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today shareholders have access to mutual fund expense information via point of sale documents, prospectuses, fund company websites and external data providers. While these sources allow fund shareholders to determine the total expense ratio (TER), deconstructing that rati
10 Nov. 2011 Hedge fund flows advanced 2.05% in November, consistent with this year’s average says GlobeOp [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 2.05% in November. “Subscriptions this month are consistent with this year’s average, while the positive net flow primarily reflects low redemptions for November,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief ex
10 Nov. 2011 SEI poll: fund managers remain optimistic in spite of economic uncertainty [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Uncertain Economic and Regulatory Environments are Increasing Concerns About Future Business Growth A majority of investment managers (57 percent) are optimistic about their firm’s prospects over the next three years, according to a poll released today by SE
10 Nov. 2011 SYZ A.M. starts managed accounts platform in cooperation with UBS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – SYZ Asset Management, the institutional asset management of the Swiss banking group SYZ & CO, is supplementing its alternative management offering with a managed accounts platform (segregated funds), which is now available in addition to its existing tailored alternat
10 Nov. 2011 Latest report from IAM favours macro, trend followers and CTA hedge fund strategies [more]
The Chief Executive Officer of one of the oldest specialist independent fund of hedge funds, International Assest Management, has published a new report on what it favours for the fourth quarter of 2011. Morten Spenner is focussing on Long/Short Equity, Credit, Macro, Event Driven, Fixed Income
10 Nov. 2011 HFN Hedge Fund Aggregate Index up +2.31% in October (-3.61% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Below are early estimates1 for October hedge fund performance and asset flows. A full report will be available later in the month. October Highlights: The HFN Hedge Fund Aggregate Index was +2.31% in October 2011 and -3.61% on a year
09 Nov. 2011 100WHF Geneva Gala on 24 Nov. will feature pop and TV stars, auction, raffle, champagne dining [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Geneva event this year will be a very special one for a number of reasons: Our chosen charity, Coeurs Pour Tous, is saving the lives of children in developing countries. It undertakes heart operations and provides equipment and tra
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