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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
10 Mar. 2011 Hedge funds positive for 8th month +1.17 (est) through February (+1.36%) - Eurekahedge [more]
Opalesque Industry UPdates - Hedge funds were up for the eighth consecutive month in February as managers took advantage of buoyant market sentiment appetite and rallying underlying markets. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.17%1 through February, with the year-to-date return at 1.36%. The M
09 Mar. 2011 Fund specialists set Privium to provide support to wave of new funds starting up this year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited (formerly known as Asia Alternative Asset Partners Limited) started its activities in London. Internationally experienced industry veterans Paul Smith, Clayton Heijman and Nick Paris have started a new business venture to support the
09 Mar. 2011 FX specialist Hathersage Capital makes DBs top 5 list with +21.33% 2010 gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Deutsche Bank’s FXSelect currency manager returns for 2010, Hathersage Capital Management LLC, a Connecticut-based absolute return currency specialist, is among the top five performers of 56 manager programs which were investable as of the end of December, 2
09 Mar. 2011 Hedge fund inflows continued in February - returns led by commodity strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned an average of 1.45% in February and the rate of net investor inflows was again strong Below are early estimates* for February hedge fund performance and asset flows. A full report will be available later in the month. February Highlights:
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