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10 Oct. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declines -2.8%in September (-4.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds ended the volatile 3Q11 with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posting a decline of -2.8 percent for the month of September, bringing losses for the quarter to -5.5 percent. The quarterly performance decline was the fourth worst in industry history, trail
06 Oct. 2011 HFN report on European focused hedge funds finds they have lagged the aggregate industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment HFN has published a new report on hedge funds focused on developed European markets. The European sovereign crisis has had a major impact on global financial markets in the last twelve months and this report is a look at the relative performance of hedge fu
06 Oct. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index fell 4.23% in September (-7.84% YTD) as market uncertainty negatively affected all strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index saw less than half of the declines seen in broad equity indexes in September. Nevertheless, uncertain market conditions negatively affected all strategies. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LL
06 Oct. 2011 Kames Capital strengthens institutional team with appointment of Jonathan Taylor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kames Capital has appointed Jonathan Taylor to the new role of Business Development and Consultant Relations Manager, within the institutional sales team. At Kames Capital, Jonathan’s responsibilities will include engaging with the consultant and pension fund communi
06 Oct. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index down -3.41% in September (-4.36% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Alternative Beta Strategies team today released Hedge Fund Investing: How to Optimize Your Portfolio. The report examines how hedge fund replication can be used to help mitigate risks that are inherent with hedge fund investing. Dr. Jordan Drachman, H
05 Oct. 2011 Operational risk in managed accounts threatens profitability and reputations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Most asset managers and sponsors will attest that the managed accounts industry is quite sound from both an investment-risk and a regulatory standpoint (especially if a fiduciary standard does come to be enforced). However, operational risk is a concern, and threatens to
05 Oct. 2011 BNY Mellon: Custodian banks will ‘fill the void’ in delivering prime custody to hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging models in U.S. and Europe are leading hedge funds into new relationships with prime brokers and custodian banks to safeguard assets In a new opinion piece, BNY Mellon CEO of Alternative and Broker-Dealer Services Brian Ruane argue
05 Oct. 2011 Ineichen Research & Management introduces risk management research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Economic variables are falling and risk measures are rising. This is a time to be cautious or hedged rather than courageous and unhedged. Ineichen Research & Management Ltd. (“IR&M”) has just launched a new research product line wit
04 Oct. 2011 Tactical Wealth Advisors appoints Michael Wahle [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tactical Wealth Advisors announced it has appointed Michael Wahle to Principal, and Head of Institutional Investing. Dan Venegoni, Chief Executive Officer of the alternative investment and wealth management consultant, announced the appointment. Tactical Wealth Advisors w
04 Oct. 2011 SEI survey finds private equity managers struggle to keep up with increasing investor transparency demands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - While nearly everyone in the private equity space agrees that there has been an increased focus on portfolio transparency and client reporting over the past few years, investors remain dissatisfied with the information they receive from managers, according to a global sur
04 Oct. 2011 GLG Ore Hill raises $200 million for institutional client's credit mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GLG Ore Hill LLC, a credit-focused, event-driven hedge fund and structured product manager based in New York, announced that it has raised $200 million for a large institutional client’s credit mandate. As of September 1, 2011, GLG Ore Hill has $1.7 billion in funds under
03 Oct. 2011 Daiwa retains its Statement of Auditing Standards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Daiwa Securities Global Asset Services, the fund servicing arm of the Daiwa Securities Group has retained its Statement of Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 Type II report from its independent auditors, KPMG, in respect of Daiwa Europe Fund Managers Ireland Limited, its Fund Ad
03 Oct. 2011 Luxembourg Investment Solutions partners with Butterfield Fulcrum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Butterfield Fulcrum, a leading top five independent fund services provider, and Luxembourg Investment Solutions S.A. (LIS), a regulated (UCITS-licensed) management company, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to provide a complete suite of management company and
03 Oct. 2011 AQR launches $100,000 annual competition for Applied Finance Papers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AQR Capital Management, a $40-billion asset management firm with a particular focus on alternatives, today announced a new award for applied academic papers in finance: The AQR Insight Award. This $100,000 annual competition seeks to identify the current academic finance
03 Oct. 2011 American hedge funds show healthy increase in assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - American hedge funds reported a healthy increase in assets in this year's first half and now manage a combined $1.399 trillion. That's $102 billion, or nearly 8%, more than they managed at the beginning of the year, according to the latest Billion Dollar C
03 Oct. 2011 Jefferies starts its 50th year of serving clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jefferies, the global investment banking firm, starts its 50th year of serving clients. Incorporated on October 2, 1962, today Jefferies is a global leader in providing insight, expertise and execution to investors, companies and governments. Richard B. Handler, Jef
03 Oct. 2011 Morgan Stanley launches FX Gateway [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley has announced the launch of FX Gateway, a new multi-manager platform aimed at providing institutional investors access to select currency managers. In turn, the platform seeks to provide currency managers with a more diversified investor base. With Morga
29 Sep. 2011 Absolute return UCITS funds assets reach $116bn, 58 new funds in H1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - • Assets under management in absolute return UCITS reach $116 billion (30 June 2011) • $3 billion raised from 58 new fund launches in the first half of 2011 • London remains the dominant centre for absolute return UCITS Global assets in absolute
29 Sep. 2011 Pan Reliance appointed investment manager of Turnstone European fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to a letter to investors on September 28th, Pan Reliance Capital Advisors, a New York-based fund of funds manager, has been appointed the investment manager of the Turnstone European Fund, a dedicated European long/short equity fund of hedge funds, as of Octobe
29 Sep. 2011 Lyxor A.M. and Old Mutual launch first single hedge fund manager on UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management is proud to partner with Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK), a specialist investment firm with US$ 7.5 billion of assets under management, to launch the first single hedge fund manager on its UCITS Lyxor Dimension Platform. The Lyxor/Old Mutual Global S
28 Sep. 2011 New asset-weighted Mizuho-Eurekahedge suite to be one of the largest collections of hedge fund indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eurekahedge, a market leading alternative fund data provider, announced today that they are to launch a suite of new asset weighted indices, under the name ’Mizuho-Eurekahedge Index’. This ground breaking suite of indices follow a rigid methodology that will enable in
27 Sep. 2011 Boutique investment manager Cedrus Investments launches Canada Equity Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cedrus Investments, a global boutique investment management firm specializing in wealth management, asset management and financial advisory services, has added the Cedrus Canada Equity Fund SP to its product portfolio. Designed for sophisticated and institutional
27 Sep. 2011 F&F Systematic Trading Fund issues new share class with reduced fees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The F&F Systematic Trading Fund, a managed futures fund, today announced the launch of an “accelerator capital” share class with reduced fees of 1% management and 10% of performance. Investors will also soon be able to access the managed futures strategy through a l
27 Sep. 2011 Asian hedge fund industry contracts 5% in 1H 2011 to total assets of $145bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AsiaHedge Asset Survey for 1H2011 shows that the Asian hedge fund industry shrank slightly in the first half of the year to total assets of $145 billion, as compared to $152 billion at the end of 2010. This reflects a 5% decline in the industry assets and a reversal o
26 Sep. 2011 AIMA expresses concerns over ESMA's AIFMD 'third country' proposals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has expressed concerns over how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) would apply to non-EU managers and funds under proposals by a task force of the European

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