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12 Jul. 2011 CalPERS to launch new investment vehicle for local emerging managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has announced plans to launch a new investment vehicle that will focus on domestic emerging managers aimed at pension fund’s private equity program. Réal Desrochers
11 Jul. 2011 Investors balk at hedge funds’ losses in June and redemptions rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – While net inflows continued into May (according to TrimTabs Barclayhedge – see previous coverage here: Source), HFN is reporting that invest
11 Jul. 2011 Hedge funds grab over $8bn in asset inflows in May, commodities heavily favored by investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Despite finding themselves mostly flat in performance this year, hedge funds took in $8.1bn in May, bringing YTD inflows to $75bn. However, the volatile markets of 2011 have still taken their toll and total industry assets remain unchanged at $1.79tln reports TrimTabs In
11 Jul. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down 1.30% in June, +0.40% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) navigated volatile markets to finish the month with a slight loss. The GGHFI shed 1.32% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-1.67%), MSCI World Equity (-1.73%), and
11 Jul. 2011 Hedge fund Finisterre Capital appoints new economist from Credit Suisse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Finisterre Capital, the long/short emerging market total return specialist, has appointed Ivailo Vesselinov as an Economist. He will report to Christopher Watson, Head of Research at Finisterre Capital. Ivailo was previously at Credit Suisse in London, where he
11 Jul. 2011 CME launches yuan foreign exchange futures contracts [more]
The leading derivatives exchange, CME Group, has announced the launch of a new foreign exchange futures contract using the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi. In a statement, CME said the move was prompted by the growing demand for yuan-denominated produc
08 Jul. 2011 Amida Capital Management hires Renata Cirne as Chief Marketing Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Amida Capital Management II, LLC, a New York based investment manager, has hired Renata Cirne to assume the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Cirne will report to David Rich, Amida’s Founder and Chief Investment Officer. “Renata’s solid business deve
08 Jul. 2011 SecondMarket to expand further into private company markets over next 6 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – SecondMarket has grown 125% in the first half of 2011, and the firm expects to open yet another swath of companies to investors during the second half of the year. Hedge funds and other firms have been
07 Jul. 2011 Fortress Investment Group June return filings highlight the pain of global macro hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Listed hedge fund firm Fortress Investment Group (FIG), reported June performance on Thursday, providing a good example of the struggle that hedge funds experienced last month. The three funds reporting estimated returns for June (two of which have an onshore and offshor
07 Jul. 2011 Inside and outside the CFTC concerns are raised over new swaps regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update –Futures Industry Association (FIA) President John Damgara released a statement following the CFTC approval of extensive changes in rules prohibiting fraud and manipulation in futures, swaps and cash commodity markets, and the FIA is clearly unsatisfied with the new regulat
07 Jul. 2011 Harbinger's LightSquared announces new public outreach initiative and the political clout behind it [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone may not be thrilled with one politician for alluding to him as a serial violator of securities laws, (Source), but that does
07 Jul. 2011 All IndexIQ hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes are down in June but most are up YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics o
07 Jul. 2011 No hedge fund is ‘systemically important' says AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The global hedge fund association, AIMA, announced today that no hedge fund manager based or operating in the US or elsewhere currently poses a risk to financial stability. Its announcement comes as the Financial Stability Oversight Council is expected to clarify the crite
07 Jul. 2011 Man Group’s funds under management confirmed at $71bn in Q2-2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group’s funds under management went from $69.1bn in Q1-2011 to $71bn in Q2, representing a rise of around 2.8% (compared to $68.6bn at the end of 2010; $38.5bn in Q2-2010; and $
07 Jul. 2011 EverTrend Asset launches macro managed futures fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – EverTrend Asset has announced the launch of macro managed futures fund everTrend Global which is designed to provide investors with global exposure to a broad range of asset classes. Robert Robbins, President and Portfolio Manager of everTrend Global commented: “I’m p
06 Jul. 2011 Eurozone worries drag down hedge funds in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A second month of negative hedge fund performance is being partially attributed to the anxiety over European sovereign debt worries. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index in June fell -1.95 and Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co says "Hea
05 Jul. 2011 Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices was down -0.58% for June, event driven hit hardest at -1.43% [more]
The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in June 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
05 Jul. 2011 Hedge fund managers are bearish on US Treasuries, many expect another recession [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The outlook shared by many hedge fund managers is not particularly promising, according to a new report by TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge. The firms, which interviewed 87 hedge fund managers, found that 38% are bearish on the S&P 500, a significantly highe
05 Jul. 2011 Och Ziff Asia and Special Investments funds positive in June, Europe Master Fund takes a -2.24% hit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based, publicly traded hedge fund firm Och Ziff reported its June performance on Tuesday reflecting tough month for financials that was June 2011. In addition to reporting performance, the firm also estimated that as of July 1 its AUM stands at $29.3bn, a $700m
05 Jul. 2011 MF Global keeps adding to management team, David Simons now global head of operations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today announced David Simons has joined the firm as global head of Operations, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Simons will oversee the management and strategic
05 Jul. 2011 UCITS hedge funds down for year after tough June, commodities lone bright spot at +2.08% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - June happened to be a difficult month for most financial markets and hedge fund strategies. The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -1.00%, bringing its year to date performance to -0.83% while the Fund of Funds Index is also down -1.35% reaching -1.52% since the begin
05 Jul. 2011 SEB True Market Neutral Fund first Nordic fund of hedge funds with S&P AA rating [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – S&P, which rated SEB’s fund of hedge fund offering, the True Market Neutral Fund a AA, says that the Nordic Financial Services Group “deserves credit for its highly disciplined application of the proce
05 Jul. 2011 Merchant Capital launches Russian equity long/short fund [more]
Merchant Capital Ltd, the asset management division of Merchant House Group Plc, has announced the launch of the Russian Phoenix UCITS Fund on its independent UCITS umbrella platform. The fund officially launched on 2nd June 2011 with $40 million of assets under management. The Russian Phoenix
04 Jul. 2011 China’s private fund sector beset with severe losses and liquidations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The once all powerful private funds sector of China is showing signs of crumbling. A study by Shanghai-based data provider Suntime Corporation
01 Jul. 2011 100 Women in Hedge Funds and PAAMCO Award 10 scholarships for CAIA designation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (PAAMCO), and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation today announced the 10 recipients that comprise the inaugural class of 100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars.
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