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11 Aug. 2014 Investments in hedge funds, alternatives push public pensions’ investment gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Public pensions in the U.S., including state and local government pensions posted the highest investment gains since 2011 as the stock markets improves, according to consulting firm Wilshire Associates Inc. In a
11 Aug. 2014 SEC charges Julian Brown with aiding hedge fund manager Nikolai Battoo commit fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Bahamas-based brokerage firm Alliance Investment Management Limited (AIM) and its president Julian R. Brown for
08 Aug. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -0.62% in July (+2.47% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets and Macro: Multi-Strategy hedge funds posted gains in July as equity and credit markets pulled back from record highs into month end, Argentina defaulted on its outstanding bonds, the Federal Reserve continued to taper stimulus measures and commodities re
08 Aug. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index Down -0.33% in July (+2.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month of July down -0.33%. Equity markets were down in July with the MSCI Wor
08 Aug. 2014 Aggregate hedge fund performance negative in July for the fourth consecutive month [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: July was a volatile month for financial markets. Escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East weighed on investor preference for risk assets and aggregate hedge fund performance was negative 0.35%, the industry's fourth down month o
07 Aug. 2014 Ledbury launches maiden equity and special sits hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Ledbury, an emerging hedge fund shop launched by Michael Alsalem, started trading last month. Ledbury Capital Partners LLP is a London-based investment man
06 Aug. 2014 Big banks’ cut back on research means opportunity for hedge funds, but more bureaucracy can be difficult for new managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Big investment banks have been cutting back on their risky trading operations in the last five years. They are also, in Europe, cutting back on stock research -
05 Aug. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global was down -0.33% in July (+0.61% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return funds are slightly down in July with the UAI Global index losing 0.33%. The worst performances are found among the commodity and equity focused funds that got affected by the
05 Aug. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.88% in July (+0.87% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets declined for the month of July as the US Federal Reserve Bank continued to taper stimulus measures, with equities pulling back from intra-month record levels into month end as commodities posted steep losses, credit spreads widened and Argentina d
05 Aug. 2014 Asian institutional investment assets grow 13% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets held by Asian institutions (excluding Japan) grew 13% from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, according to new research from Greenwich Associates. Total assets have grown to more than $10 trillion among t
05 Aug. 2014 Partnership structure for hedge funds trips up IRS auditors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) shows that the partnership structure of hedge funds and private equity firms is tripping up IRS auditors. The report notes that partnerships typically have fewer IRS audits, and when they are audited the
05 Aug. 2014 Memphis pension eyes hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The City of Memphis pension system is considering a restructure of its equities and bonds portfolio in order to make commitments to alternatives, according to meeting documents released this week. If approved, the new investment strategy would include investmen
01 Aug. 2014 Parker FX Index reports -1.00% in June (-1.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.00% return for the month of June. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported June results, of which nine reported positive results, twenty-four incurred losses, and one remained flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the In
01 Aug. 2014 Investors in Russia may lose a lot [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Russia is making the headlines almost daily, and these are especially tied to the crash of MH17, Ukraine, and new economic sanctions. New sanctions On Tuesday 29th July, the European Union announced its intention to start trade and economic
01 Aug. 2014 ConvergeEx: Investors underestimate volatility potential [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investment professionals say that investors are too complacent about the potential rise in volatility that could hit financial markets in the coming months according to new research from ConvergeEx Group. 71% of survey respondents expect volatility to climb from
01 Aug. 2014 Many CTAs have become more short-volatility in the last five years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quantitative easing has reduced and then suppressed volatility for the last five years. So analysts at R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management recently examined if there had been a tendency for CTAs and hedge funds to adjust their styles to become more 'shor
31 Jul. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.1% in June (+3.7% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for June 2014 as well as estimated asset flows for May 2014. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of near
31 Jul. 2014 Catalyst Funds launches four new funds, including one that follows activists’ lead [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, has added four new mutual funds to its product line. The new funds include: Catalyst Activist Investor Fund (AIXAX), Catalyst Insider Income Fund (IIXAX), Catalyst Absolute Total Return Fund (ATRAX), and Catalyst
31 Jul. 2014 Around the world’s tax-havens in two minutes [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Bradley Hackford, a London-based relocation firm, ranked the ten countries "where it is interesting to establish a physical and tax residence" in a
30 Jul. 2014 The 10 least taxed countries in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bradley Hackford firm publishes its 2014 rankings of the 5 main countries where it is interesting to establish a physical and tax residence. These countries impose neutral or low tax rates on individuals. The rankings are established based on 5 criteria:
29 Jul. 2014 Hedge funds long S&P500; silver longs stretched [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are net long the S&P 500 after nine weeks, according to the latest he
29 Jul. 2014 Irish Central Bank to lift ban on hedge fund lending [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Central Bank of Ireland has issued a consultation paper
28 Jul. 2014 SEC warns investors on social media and stocks in investor alert [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a new investor alert cautioning investors on stock rumors spreading through social media. The regulator says that players wishing to manipulate the market for a particular equity can spread rumors and even post m
25 Jul. 2014 Saemor Capital fund returns 9.3% in H1, complies with AIFMD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Quantitative investment management specialist Saemor Capital B.V., reported that its Saemor Capital Europe Alpha Fund returned 9.3% in the first half of 2014 (+6.5% in June), the highest in the equity market neutral a
25 Jul. 2014 World outlook and risks: Asset manager sees vulnerability in developed countries, IMF lowers forecast [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Vulnerable to shocks Syz & Co, a Swiss bank and asset manager, has just issued its own economic outlook, defining three major risks weigh
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson is reported to be retuning some of his investors' money as a number of his hedge funds continue to suffer setbacks, reports

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  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Northern Trust builds on blockchain-backed private equity solution[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity clients at Northern Trust can now carry out audits of private equity lifecycle events directly from the blockchain. Northern Trust, working with PwC and other audit firms in Guernsey, has added this feature to its existing solution set for private