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08 Aug. 2011 CME Group announces new heads for Equity and Interest Rate businesses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the following additions to its product leadership team: Michael Kilgallen, Managing Director, Equity Products Kilgallen, 39, will be responsible for advancing the growth strat
08 Aug. 2011 Legg Mason’s Chairman blasts Standard & Poor’s for US downgrade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Legg Mason Capital Management’s CIO Bill Miller lent his voice to those sharply criticizing Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US credit at the end of last week. In a statement released by the firm early on Monday, Miller says: “At best, S&P showed a stunn
05 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds post 0.76% gain in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity markets extended declines in July as investors exhibited concern with regard to both the extension of the U.S. debt limit and continuing concerns about European sovereign debt risk. US fixed income yields fell and gold posted record gains, while the US dollar trade
05 Aug. 2011 In July hedge funds were broadly positive, but equity funds were slightly down even ahead of early August turmoil [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Here’s the latest hedge fund performance data from HedgeFund Intelligence, which publishes AR, EuroHedge, AsiaHedge, InvestHedge and Absolute UCITS: July was a broadly positive month for hedge funds, with the Global Composite Index rising 0.48%. • Equi
05 Aug. 2011 UCITS HFS Index starts positive into second half of 2011, up +0.27% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a difficult first half of the year the UCITS HFS Index reverses its negative trend in July 2011 and reports a monthly performance of +0.27%. July started off very positively with gains of +0.62% in the first week of trading, being the only positive weekly return of
04 Aug. 2011 Rubicon takes legal aim at hedge fund launch by former Co-CIO Attias [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – In early July Tim Attias, former co-chief investment officer of Rubicon Fund Management, announced he would launch Sata Partners along with Catheri
04 Aug. 2011 To source Asian hedge fund managers and grow assets Mesirow Financial announces Hong Kong office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mesirow Financial announced that it plans to open a Hong Kong office in the fourth quarter of 2011. Mesirow Financial Hong Kong Limited will be a subsidiary of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc., and will be initially staffed with senior investment professionals and client
04 Aug. 2011 IQ Hedge Global Macro Beta Index up +2.70% in July (+4.90% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance char
03 Aug. 2011 Hedge fund veterans launch Singapore-based emerging markets platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Simon Hopkins, who founded Fortune Asset Management and then sold that firm to Close Brothers in 2006, has launched Singapore-based Milltrust International Group, an emerging markets investment platform focused on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The firm is on the
03 Aug. 2011 Research firm Woodbine Associates ads equity analyst Michael Kurzrok from hedge fund Caxton Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Woodbine Associates announced the addition of Michael Kurzrok, who will join the firm as a Director and work as an equity market analyst. According to a relase by the firm, he will produce researc
03 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds up 0.20% (est) in July as most strategies struggle to make gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.20% in July led by gains in the Managed Futures sector. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, “The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.20% for the m
03 Aug. 2011 Fund administrator GlobeOp reaches new AuA high of $170bn, an increase of 42% in past 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, independent fund administrator, GlobeOp announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2011. GlobeOp made strong progress in the first half of this year, reaching a new AuA high of $170 billion – an increase of 42% in the past 12 months. Its re
03 Aug. 2011 MF Global’s $300m bond offering stirs controversy with Corzine clause [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions,
03 Aug. 2011 UBP gains CH105m in profits in H1-2011, but assets still down as Swiss Franc continues ascent [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss private bank and asset manager Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) recently publicized profits of CHF105.4m ($125.2m) for the first half of 2011 (H1-2011) – compared to CHF103.3m in H1-2010.
03 Aug. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) Index down 0.95% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in July 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 to r
02 Aug. 2011 Derivatives marketplace CME's volume averaged 12.7 million contracts per day in July 2011, up 17% from July 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 37% increase in July interest rate volume - Double-digit monthly year-over-year growth in interest rates, agricultural commodities and metals volumes CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced July volume averaged
02 Aug. 2011 Jana Partners, pension fund push for changes at McGraw-Hill [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based hedge fund firm Jana Partners LLC, together with Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund are pushing for a corporate overhaul at McGraw-Hill, the educational books publisher and owner of Standard & Poor’s. This very push could eventually lead to the break up of
02 Aug. 2011 NYSE Euronext rushes Asian expansion with acquisition of Metabit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NYSE Euronext, a cross-border exchange group, announced on Tuesday that it had finalized a deal to acquire Metabit, a Tokyo-based provider of market access pro
01 Aug. 2011 Hedge funds embracing cloud computing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration has seen an increase in the number of hedge funds embracing cloud computing, reporting that 130 customers are now
01 Aug. 2011 Freestone Capital anchors new healthcare long/short equity hedge fund launch YYC Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Topwater Capital Partners, which runs a managed account platform, announced on Monday that Seattle-based Freestone Capital Management, had awarded an a
01 Aug. 2011 Concept Capital Markets acquires hedge fund broker dealer Alaris Trading Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Concept Capital Markets, LLC (“Concept”) and Alaris Trading Partners, LLC (“Alaris”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Alaris by Concept. The terms of the transaction, which is pending approval by the Financi
01 Aug. 2011 Hedge fund Lansdowne dumps entire $850m stake in Goldman Sachs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Europe’s biggest hedge fund, Lansdowne Partners, has confirmed its decision to sell its entire $850m stake in American investment bank Goldman Sachs. The move raises question about the prospect of the global banking sector, various media reports say. According t
01 Aug. 2011 Parker FX Index down -1.12% in June, (-2.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.12% return for the month of June. Fifty-nine programs in the Index reported June results, of which fifteen reported positive results and forty-four incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.47% in June. The medi
29 Jul. 2011 MF Global reports first fiscal quarter 2012 earnings [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011. First Quarter Highlights Net revenue growth of nine percent for the quarter. T
28 Jul. 2011 Ascent Private Capital Management nabs former CalPERS PM Kurt Silberstein to build alternative investments group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update Ultra high net worth individuals represent a significant asset pool and newly formed Ascent Private Capital Management intends to offer their investor clients top tier sourcing of these and other alternatives managers, that much is evident with their Thursday announcement t

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