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04 Aug. 2011 To source Asian hedge fund managers and grow assets Mesirow Financial announces Hong Kong office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mesirow Financial announced that it plans to open a Hong Kong office in the fourth quarter of 2011. Mesirow Financial Hong Kong Limited will be a subsidiary of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., and will be initially staffed with senior investment professionals and client
04 Aug. 2011 IQ Hedge Global Macro Beta Index up +2.70% in July (+4.90% 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 char
03 Aug. 2011 Hedge fund veterans launch Singapore-based emerging markets platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Simon Hopkins, who founded Fortune Asset Management and then sold that firm to Close Brothers in 2006, has launched Singapore-based Milltrust International Group, an emerging markets investment platform focused on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The firm is on the
03 Aug. 2011 Research firm Woodbine Associates ads equity analyst Michael Kurzrok from hedge fund Caxton Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Woodbine Associates announced the addition of Michael Kurzrok, who will join the firm as a Director and work as an equity market analyst. According to a relase by the firm, he will produce researc
03 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds up 0.20% (est) in July as most strategies struggle to make gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.20% in July led by gains in the Managed Futures sector. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, “The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.20% for the m
03 Aug. 2011 Fund administrator GlobeOp reaches new AuA high of $170bn, an increase of 42% in past 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, independent fund administrator, GlobeOp announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011. GlobeOp made strong progress in the first half of this year, reaching a new AuA high of $170 billion – an increase of 42% in the past 12 months. Its re
03 Aug. 2011 MF Global’s $300m bond offering stirs controversy with Corzine clause [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions,
03 Aug. 2011 UBP gains CH105m in profits in H1-2011, but assets still down as Swiss Franc continues ascent [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss private bank and asset manager Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) recently publicized profits of CHF105.4m ($125.2m) for the first half of 2011 (H1-2011) – compared to CHF103.3m in H1-2010.
03 Aug. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Index down 0.95% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in July 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 aims to r
02 Aug. 2011 Derivatives marketplace CME's volume averaged 12.7 million contracts per day in July 2011, up 17% from July 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 37% increase in July interest rate volume - Double-digit monthly year-over-year growth in interest rates, agricultural commodities and metals volumes CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced July volume averaged
02 Aug. 2011 Jana Partners, pension fund push for changes at McGraw-Hill [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based hedge fund firm Jana Partners LLC, together with Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund are pushing for a corporate overhaul at McGraw-Hill, the educational books publisher and owner of Standard & Poor’s. This very push could eventually lead to the break up of
02 Aug. 2011 NYSE Euronext rushes Asian expansion with acquisition of Metabit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NYSE Euronext, a cross-border exchange group, announced on Tuesday that it had finalized a deal to acquire Metabit, a Tokyo-based provider of market access pro
01 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds embracing cloud computing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration has seen an increase in the number of hedge funds embracing cloud computing, reporting that 130 customers are now
01 Aug. 2011 Freestone Capital anchors new healthcare long/short equity hedge fund launch YYC Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Topwater Capital Partners, which runs a managed account platform, announced on Monday that Seattle-based Freestone Capital Management, had awarded an a
01 Aug. 2011 Concept Capital Markets acquires hedge fund broker dealer Alaris Trading Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Concept Capital Markets, LLC (“Concept”) and Alaris Trading Partners, LLC (“Alaris”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Alaris by Concept. The terms of the transaction, which is pending approval by the Financi
01 Aug. 2011 Hedge fund Lansdowne dumps entire $850m stake in Goldman Sachs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Europe’s biggest hedge fund, Lansdowne Partners, has confirmed its decision to sell its entire $850m stake in American investment bank Goldman Sachs. The move raises question about the prospect of the global banking sector, various media reports say. According t
01 Aug. 2011 Parker FX Index down -1.12% in June, (-2.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.12% return for the month of June. Fifty-nine programs in the Index reported June results, of which fifteen reported positive results and forty-four incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.47% in June. The medi
29 Jul. 2011 MF Global reports first fiscal quarter 2012 earnings [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011. First Quarter Highlights Net revenue growth of nine percent for the quarter. T
28 Jul. 2011 Ascent Private Capital Management nabs former CalPERS PM Kurt Silberstein to build alternative investments group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update Ultra high net worth individuals represent a significant asset pool and newly formed Ascent Private Capital Management intends to offer their investor clients top tier sourcing of these and other alternatives managers, that much is evident with their Thursday announcement t
28 Jul. 2011 Infovest21 Survey: 56% of hedge fund managers expect other managers to follow Soros approach [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just-released manager sentiment indicator, Infovest21 found that 56% of managers surveyed expect more hedge fund managers will return client assets and run a family office, following George Soros' lead. A number of managers said it made sense wit
26 Jul. 2011 HedgePole launches independent UCITS Alternative Indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HedgePole AG, an independent service provider for hedge funds price collection and middle office services, announces the launch of two UCITS indices which focus on individual hedge fund strategies. The first two indices cover the Global Macro and Managed Futures/CTAs stra
26 Jul. 2011 Daniel Loeb took a swipe at Obama as his hedge funds slip [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, founder of the $7.1bn Third Point LLC, has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama, accusing him of “fiddling away” time and “stirring up class warfare,” over his alleged obsession in the
25 Jul. 2011 Izzy Englander may sell minority stake in Millennium to private equity firm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Israel Englander may be planning to sell a minority stake in Millennium Management, and the Wall Street Journal reported that talks for a 20% share of the firm are currently estimated at a value of $300m to $500m. The firm, which is up more than 6% according to inve
25 Jul. 2011 Deutsche Bank shakeup: Fitschen and Jain to serve as Co Chairman of the Board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After 10 years at the helm, Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee (GEC), will retire from the Board effective at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting 2012; - Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain, both members of the Ma
25 Jul. 2011 Kinetic Partners announces Mike Seery joins corporate recovery and restructuring advisory practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kinetic Partners, a global professional services firm to the asset management, investment banking and brokerage community, today announced that it has added Mike Seery to the firm’s
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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