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16 May. 2011 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 1.32% in April (3.24% YTD), Healthcare & Biotechnology index best performer with +3.45% (6.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds gained 1.32% in April according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date the Index is up 3.24%. “Higher prices for equities and bonds in April provided an accommodating environment for most hedge fund strategies,” says Sol W
16 May. 2011 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.80% (est) in April. Estimated new assets into the space totaled $9 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index rose 1.80% in April, with nine out of ten sectors posting positive performance for the month. Managed Futures was the best performing sector for the month,
16 May. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned 0.94%in April (+2.62% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of April 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 0.94 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 2.62 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month.
13 May. 2011 Newedge CTA Index up 3.57% in April, +2.19% 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:
12 May. 2011 Jury finds Galleon founder Rajaratnam guilty, ex billionaire to face up to 25 years imprisonment [more]
RajaratnamOpalesque Industry Update - After 12 days of deliberation and more than two months of a grueling and sometime
12 May. 2011 Hermitage CEO William Browder summoned for questioning in Moscow by investigator implicated in Magnitsky murder [more]
Russian Interior Ministry investigator Oleg Silchenko, who was responsible for the false arrest, torture and murder in custody of Hermitage Fund’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, has issued a summons to question the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, William Browder, in Moscow. The summons came b
11 May. 2011 Singapore hedge fund manager Blue Rice partners with Paris-based incubation specialist NewAlpha [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blue Rice Investment Management (BRIM) is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with NewAlpha Asset Management, the Paris-based global hedge fund incubation specialist with an investment into the BRIM Asian Credit Fund as of 1st May 2011. Launched in Decembe
11 May. 2011 MKP Capital Management announces launch of London office and new hires in NYC [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – $4.5bn MKP Capital Management is looking to expand its global reach through Europe and the Middle East by opening a London office. The firm announced on Wednesday that Karim Nsouli, Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager has already relocated to the city along with other tea
11 May. 2011 Investors poured money into hedge funds in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned an average of 2.05% in April 2011 and the rate of net investor inflows was again above the 2010 average. Below are early estimates for April hedge fund performance and asset flows. A full report will be available later in the month. A
11 May. 2011 Old Mutual Asset Management hires new CFO and expands in development and distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM), the U.S.-based global asset management business of Old Mutual plc, today announced a series of organizational changes and executive appointments designed to align the company’s executive structure with its strategic objectives. These mo
11 May. 2011 Lyxor Global Hedge Fund index was up +1.4% in April 2011, lifting year to date gains to 2.1% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Global Hedge Fund index, an investable index based on Lyxor’s hedge fund platform which tracks the overall hedge fund universe, was up +1.4% in April, lifting year to date gains to 2.1%. Macroeconomic data were reasonably supportive in April, but the key po
10 May. 2011 SEB platform hosts Vertex Evolution UCITS fund [more]
Ramplin Capital, acting as independent director to the SEB Prime Solutions UCITS platform, would like to announce that Vertex Capital Management Ltd, the London-based investment advisory firm, has launched a new UCITS fund via SEB Prime Solutions. This is the fourth launch on SEB’s UCITS pl
10 May. 2011 Bloomberg Tradebook launches independent research initiatives [more]
Raymond M. Tierney IIIBloomberg Tradebook, a leading global agency broker, today announced innovations in research
10 May. 2011 Opalesque Industry Update: Bonds.com reveals senior management structure [more]
Bonds.com, Inc. (Bonds.com) is a new model for the trading of fixed income instruments in small size. The management team is working to anticipate industry developments and is working to provide innovative approaches to the trading of fixed income securities. To date these approaches have resulted i
10 May. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gains 1.69% in April, led by managed futures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds, as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”), gained across all major strategies in April. The GGHFI gained 1.69% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return +2.96%, MSCI World Equity +4.02%, and FTSE 100 +2.73% equity
09 May. 2011 UCITS HFS hedge fund index gains +0.26% in April, -0.42% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index continues its up and down performance in 2011 and reports gains of +0.26% in April. After a positive start into the month with first week gains of +0.36%, the trend was reversed in week two as the UCITS HFS Index reported a loss of -0.42%. The third we
09 May. 2011 Arrow rebrands with UK target in its sight [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - To strengthen their goal of offering leading investment products globally, Canadian asset management veteran, Arrow Hedge Partners, is expanding its presence in the UK through new firm, Generation Asset Management (G2AM). The move coincides with a full corporate
09 May. 2011 Dunn Capital to launch a Ucits III on the MontLake Platform [more]
ML Capital has announced that DUNN Capital, one of the world’s leading commodity trading advisors with a current AUM of over $1B, will soon launch the DUNN WMA UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform. WMA (World Monetary and Agriculture) DUNN’s flagship long-term trend-following program, has expe
09 May. 2011 Mary Goodman joins James Caird Asset Management [more]
Mary Goodman joined James Caird Asset Management (U.S.) LP in May 2011 as a Managing Director. Based in Washington DC, Mary provides strategic counsel on the global macroeconomic outlook and on monetary, fiscal, financial regulatory and other policy risks as part of the firm’s deliberation on inv
09 May. 2011 Richard O'Toole joins board of Montello [more]
London based real estate bridging financier Montello Bridging Finance (“Montello”) has announced the appointment of former Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Richard O’Toole, to its board of directors. Mr O’Toole brings with him many years of experience in the areas of regulation, international trade
09 May. 2011 Hedge funds advance +1.36% in April - Hennessee [more]
Charles GradanteOpalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to direct hedge fund investors,
09 May. 2011 Generation Asset Management (G2AM) launches in London with promises of transparency on fees and investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update- Manuel Carrelet and Sixten Eriksson have announced the launch of Generation Asset Management with offices in London, Geneva, and Guernsey. Prior to launching the firm Carrelet was formerly at Atlas Capital Private Wea
09 May. 2011 Hedge funds post $15.7bn inflows in March with investor favor moving toward emerging markets and fixed income [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted an inflow of $15.7 billion (0.9% of assets) in March 2011, report BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. The inflow marks the third straight as well as the seventh in eight months. Industry assets rose to $1.8 trillion, the highest l
07 May. 2011 HFR composite hedge fund index up 1.86% (est.) in April (3.59% YTD) with positive contributions across all strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After posting modest losses during the first half of April, US equity markets ended the month with positive performance. Commodities posted gains concentrated in precious metals while the US Dollar declined sharply. US treasury yields fell on analysts’ negative outlook fo
06 May. 2011 Hennessee: Hedge funds generate gains (index +1.3% in April, +3.80% YTD) as equity market rally continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to direct hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +1.3% in April (+3.80% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +2.9% (+8.4% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +3.98% (+10.65% YTD), and
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