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05 May. 2011 Peregrine’s South African hedge funds return 2.09% (before fees) in April, 4.70% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Warren Chapman at South African prime broker Peregrine Securities, South African hedge funds returned on average 2.09% in April 2011 (asset weighted, before fees) and 4.70% YTD, L/S equity hedge funds 2.38
05 May. 2011 New York new appointments for Newedge [more]
Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, announced two senior appointments based in its New York office. John Fay has been named Global Head of the firm’s FICC Business Line (Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities). John has been Acting Head of FICC since October 2010
05 May. 2011 Hedge fund group Man appoints ex-GLG CEO Emmanuel Roman as executive director, Matthew Lester as non-executive director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On 5 May 2011, Man Group plc, announces the appointment of Emmanuel Roman, Chief Operating Officer, as an executive director and Matthew Lester as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Emmanuel Roman joined Man as Chief Operating Officer in October 2010 fo
05 May. 2011 HFRX Japan Index gains 0.51% in Q1-11 despite Nikkei plunge and Yen volatility, while inflows in Asia hedge funds increased by $4.6bn to $88.1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update � Asian-focused hedge funds posted steady gains in the first quarter of 2011, a volatile quarter for Asian financial markets dominated a continuum of dramatic developments, including economic, financial, environmental, social and secular. Capital invested in the Asian hed
05 May. 2011 HSBC Alternative Investments expands flagship Fund of Hedge Funds by launching first offshore Renminbi share class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HSBC Alternative Investments Ltd today announced the expansion of its flagship HSBC GH Fund of Hedge Funds to clients holding CNH deposits. The HSBC GH Fund was launched in 1996. This new share class will be the first CNH fund of hedge funds offering, demonstrating
05 May. 2011 Algorithmics survey finds hedge funds will need to bow to demands of asset owners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds will need to bow to the demands of their asset owners according the findings of a recent survey of hedge fund risk managers by Algorithmics, the leading provider of enterprise risk solutions. Asked to name the key market challenges currently facing hedge funds
05 May. 2011 New Singapore fund manager Vulpes Investment Management seeded with $200m of proprietary capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Vulpes Investment Management has been launched by Stephen Diggle, formerly one of the two cofounders of Artradis Fund Management. Vulpes, an alternative investments group, will cover multiple asset classes and offers products ranging from a new volatility fund to a global
04 May. 2011 Ardon Capital teams with Pulse to launch Asia Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Pulse Capital Partners, LLC (“Pulse”), which identifies and partners with next generation hedge fund managers to institutionalize and accelerate their growth, announced a partnership with Hong Kong-based asset manager Ardon Capital Management Ltd. (“Ardon”) to launch an
04 May. 2011 UCITS Alternative Index Global returned +0.53% (est) in April, 0.67% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index series is the industry's leading benchmark for the UCITS hedge funds universe. The series of indices track the performance of both global and strategy specific UCITS hedge funds. Index rules and statistics are accessible on the UCITS Al
04 May. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index up +1.44% (est) in April, +2.62% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.44% in April Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, “After a downturn mid-month, the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index rebounded to finish up 1.44% in April. Managed
04 May. 2011 Palmer Square seeds long/short hedge fund manager Millstreet with $25m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Palmer Square Capital Management, in partnership with Atlantic Asset Management and Montage Investments, today announced that the Palmer Square Emerging Manager Fund, LP has provided $25 million of capital for a seed investment with Millstreet Capital Management LLC, a lo
03 May. 2011 ConvergEx enhances NorthPoint Platform for Mutual Funds using alternative strategies [more]
ConvergEx Group, a leading technology company, announced that its NorthPoint prime services and technologies business has enhanced its offering for traditional mutual funds that are looking to employ alternative investments, including trading in shorts, options and futures as part of their overall s
03 May. 2011 Advanced Capital invests into Pan Asian distressed asset specialist [more]
Advanced Capital, the leading European alternative investment specialist, headed up by innovative financier Robert Tomei, and award winning European hedge fund incubator, IMQubator, has announced a 50million joint seed investment into the new mCapital European & Asian Special Situations Fund.
03 May. 2011 Nexar Capital Group acquires Ermitage Group [more]
Nexar Capital Group SCA (Nexars), a global alternative investment manager, today announced the acquisition of Ermitage Limited (Ermitage), one of Europes pioneering alternative asset management organizations, from Caledonia Investments plc. Founded in 1975, Ermitage has successfully served i
03 May. 2011 Specialist hedge fund manager Harmonic Capital strengthens its team [more]
Harmonic Capital Partners, a specialist hedge fund manager which manages around $700 million of assets employing relative value and technical trading strategies on a systematic basis to offer macro and currency funds to institutional investors, announces the appointment of Romael Karam as Partner an
03 May. 2011 Hedge fund administrator AIS hires Anthony Perugini as Chief Technology Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIS Fund Administration (AIS), a leading hedge fund administrator providing full middle and back office support to hedge fund managers today announced it has hired Anthony J. Perugini as Chief Technology Officer, a new position. Mr. Perugini brings more than twenty years
03 May. 2011 Largest hedge funds buy more, pay less for protection against SEC and investor lawsuit costs [more]
Large hedge funds with over $10 billion in assets under management (AUM) typically purchase $40 million or more in professional liability insurance coverage, nearly 200% more than medium funds between $1 billion and $3 billion in AUM according to a benchmark study by SKCG Group, the risk management
03 May. 2011 Parker FX Index down 0.06% in March, top performer up 4.69% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.06% return for the month of March. Sixty-six programs in the Index reported March results, of which thirty-two reported positive results, thirty-three incurred losses, and one program was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was
02 May. 2011 Hedge funds take gains off silver surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds took gains in silver, “noticeably selling off” the metal during last week, reports Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The bank expects silver to consolidate in the near term, as it hovers around its all time high, and should not fall below $30. Long term, the ba
02 May. 2011 400 Capital Management announces Todd Leih as newest Partner and Portfolio Management team member [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Todd Leih has joined 400 Capital Management as a partner and senior member of the portfolio management team. Todd joined the Firm from Jane Street where he was a senior portfolio manager for distressed fixed income structured finance strategies. Prior to Jane Street,
02 May. 2011 Traditional hedge fund disaster recovery model is obsolete [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The earthquakes and nuclear disaster in Japan coupled with the unrest in the Middle East have caused hedge fund managers to take a closer look at their disaster recovery (DR) programs. According to Alphaserve Technologies, the IT provider to some of the world’s largest he
29 Apr. 2011 Endowments and foundations increasingly allocate to hedge funds - Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Large Endowments and Foundations were early adopters of hedge funds in their portfolios with many allocating approximately 50% of their asset allocation. However, in the two years following the financial markets meltdown, these same investors stayed primarily on the sidel
28 Apr. 2011 Alternative investment company Altin achieves return of 12.47% over 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: At the end of its annual general meeting held yesterday, ALTIN AG (SIX: ALT, LSE: AIA), the Swiss alternative investment company, commented on its final results for 2010. In a generally gloomy financial environment, ALTIN achieved a very positive investment performance in
27 Apr. 2011 CalPERS announces additional $400m for emerging managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CalPERS Manager Development Program II (MDP II) announced on Wednesday that it has committed $400m to three emerging managers. The pension fund has allocated $150m each in return for equity stakes and hopes that such investments will help nuture “potential diverse m
27 Apr. 2011 CME Group announces new volume records in silver futures and silver options open interest as metal approaches $50 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Tuesday, derivatives marketplace the CME Group announced that April 25th (Monday), had seen record volumes in the market's COMEX Silver futures as well as in open interest of Silver options. A statement from the firm detailed that, "trading of Silver fut
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