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28 Mar. 2011 Helvetic Fund Administration Ltd acquires Capita Financial Administrators (Gibraltar) Ltd [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Helvetic Fund Administration Ltd, Gibraltar’s longest established fund administration company, (the Company or Helvetic) announces that it has completed the migration of the NAV’s (Net Asset Value) with the acquisition of Capita Financial Administrators (Gibraltar) Ltd (o
25 Mar. 2011 Man Group appoints Citi as global shareholder services partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc (“Man”) has finalised the terms of an agreement with Citi Global Transaction Services’ Securities and Fund Services division (“Citi”) to become Man’s global shareholder services partner. Under the terms of the agreement Citi will perform global shareholder a
25 Mar. 2011 Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Index up 0.99% in February, 1.58% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Composite Investable Index built on its success in January with its second month of gains in 2011. The monthly redemption Composite Index advanced by 99 basis points while the quarterly exit Index gained 1.09%. All Greenwich Investable Indices mov
24 Mar. 2011 Gottex’s flagship market neutral strategy regains high watermark, total assets $8.49bn as at end-Feb, up 3% from end-2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), a leading independent global alternative asset management group, announces its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2010. Highlights: • Outperformance of indices in 2010 continuing in first two months of 2
23 Mar. 2011 CAIA Association Appoints Caroline Bault to develop and execute global expansion strategy Sebastien Lacroix and Joanne Murphy hired to target growth in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, professionalism, and ethics in the field of alternative investments, today announced it has hired Caroline Bault as the CAIA Association's Man
23 Mar. 2011 NEWALPHA Asset Management announces initial closing of fourth hedge fund seeding vehicle [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha 4 Genesis has completed its first closing of $150 million raised from French and Swiss institutional investors. NewAlpha Asset Management is considering a final closing in late July 2011 with an asset target of $250 million. The fund aims to invest in hedge fu
21 Mar. 2011 Lyster Watson Indices perform positive across almost all strategies in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Initial estimates of hedge fund performance for February show strong positive performance across almost all strategies. Strong equity markets combined with stable interest rates to produce significant positive returns in both equity and debt-focused strategies. North Am
21 Mar. 2011 LGT Capital Partners wins award for Managed Futures program, UCITS fund surpasses $100m mark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has won the "Managed Futures Award" in the eighth annual InvestHedge Fund of Hedge Funds Awards, held recently in New York. LGT Capital Partners' Crown Managed Futures program was singled out, from a gr
21 Mar. 2011 Listed hedge fund group Man makes $1m donation to relief efforts in Japan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man has made an immediate USD 1 million commitment via its Charitable Trust to relief efforts in Japan. In a response coordinated with its Tokyo office, Man will focus this charitable donation on children impacted by the crisis and has pledged USD 900,000 to Save the C
21 Mar. 2011 Most Edhec indices positive in February, best performer CTA (1.72%, 1.1%YTD), worst Short Selling (-3.22%, -4%YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In February, the stock market continued its positive trend. In a favourable context of decreasing implied volatility (18.4%), the S&P 500 Index (+3.43%) recorded a sixth consecutive month of profits and a remarkable cumulative return of 27.73% over the past half year.
18 Mar. 2011 Hedge Fund Association names Edward Foreman of Price Waterhouse Coopers Director of midwest chapter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (the HFA) today announced that it has appointed Edward Foreman, a Tax Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, as Director of its Midwest Chapter. The Midwest Chapter’s new leadership will be introduced on March 22nd at the HFA Symposium on Gove
18 Mar. 2011 Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund index returns 2.83% in February (1.18% YTD) on asset weighted basis, 1.29% (1.53% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index finished February 2011 up 2.83% (1.18% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up 1.29% (1.53% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The Index underperformed broader equities in February, but performed in line with global he
17 Mar. 2011 Barclay CTA Index up 0.96% (est.) in February (-0.13% YTD), Diversified Traders gain 1.56% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Managed futures gained 0.96% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “Geopolitical upheaval in the Middle East, rising commodity prices, and an on-going rally in equity markets were the main drivers of CTA returns in February,” s
17 Mar. 2011 EDHEC Institute launches EDHEC-Risk Indices & Benchmarks, which aims to be leading beta designer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the creation of a spin-off, EDHEC-Risk Indices & Benchmarks, which aims to be one of the leading beta designers for the investment industry. EDHEC-Risk Indices & Benchmarks will be based in London, New York, Nice and Singapore an
16 Mar. 2011 Public pension plan investing in hedge funds jumps 50% - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin research shows that the number of public pension systems investing in hedge funds has increased significantly over the past four years. There are now 295 public pension plans worldwide known to be allocating to hedge funds, up from 196 in 2007. The mean allocat
16 Mar. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned 1.23% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of February 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 1.23 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 1.94 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
16 Mar. 2011 Hedge fund veterans launch Pulse Capital Partners, targeting institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pulse Capital Partners LLC (“Pulse”) launched to identify and partner with next generation hedge fund managers to institutionalize and accelerate their growth, and to provide customized hedge fund solutions to institutional investors. Both businesses are anchored on a ma
16 Mar. 2011 Palmer Square Capital Management appoints Angie Knighton Long as CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Palmer Square Capital Management today announced the appointment of Angie Knighton Long, CFA, as the firm’s chief investment officer. A member of the advisor’s Investment Committee, Long has key responsibilities for all investment-related activities, with a particular foc
14 Mar. 2011 Hedge funds post inflow of $2.9bn in January, month six of inflows - TrimTabls/BarclayHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge report that the hedge fund industry posted an estimated inflow of $2.9 billion (0.2% of assets) in January 2011, the sixth straight inflow. “This inflow is very bullish for the industry because January typically delivers a
14 Mar. 2011 PVE Capital announces new hires for risk management, sales and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PVE Capital, a London based hedge fund manager, announced the hire of two senior professionals as the firm continues to grow its institutional platform. Stevan Simic joins as Risk Manager. Previously he was with Concordia Advisors in a similar capacity, and, befo
14 Mar. 2011 Citco Fund Services opens Shanghai office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Fund Services Division of the Citco Group of Companies (“CFS”) announced the official opening of its new Shanghai office. The office already has 80 staff and will project the expansion of CFS’s middle and back office administration services in the greater China region
13 Mar. 2011 Newedge CTA Index up 1.13% in February, -0.32% 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.
11 Mar. 2011 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 1.10% in February, +1.35% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Global Hedge Fund Index, an investable index based on Lyxor’s hedge funds platform which tracks the overall hedge fund universe, was up 1.1% in February. The first three-quarters of February was generally quiet and developed equity markets steadily gained.
11 Mar. 2011 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.18% in February; Hedge funds are up six months in a row [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.18% in February according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.65% year-to-date. “In the face of Mideast political turmoil and rising commodity prices, the rally in developed market equity prices exten
10 Mar. 2011 Commodity markets continue to offer investors value in February - Credit Suisse Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commodity markets continued to increase in February despite mixed global macroeconomic conditions. Prices were supported by inflationary concerns and strong emerging markets demand amidst tight inventory levels for raw materials. Nelson Louie, Global Head of Co
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial reporters often tout new funds and investments as uncorrelated investments, but few can say they are uncorrelated to everything but weather. Enter Blue Sky Alternative's water fund which invests in the permanent rights to Australia's water. Sev

  2. Regulatory – Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades, Alternative funds to get SEC test for leverage, liquidity[more]

    Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades From Thelawyer.com: A recent Wall Street Journal article — ‘Activist investors often leak their plans to a favoured few’ — focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analy

  3. …And Finally – This week's least competent criminal is Austrian[more]

    From ABCnews.go.com: A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation. Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Sp

  4. Investing – Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures, Marcato Capital Management makes new bet on Dillard’s[more]

    Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures From Law360.com: Hedge funds have joined the rush to real estate deals and development in recent months to close the financing gap left by tightening bank standards, but attorneys say many aren't prepared for the disclo

  5. Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media[more]

    The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, and by hedge funds to enhance