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12 Jun. 2015 Mario Draghi denies ECB giving privileged information to hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has denied accusations that one of ECB’s board members gave market-sensitive information hours before they were made public to select hedge fund managers and bankers,
11 Jun. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up +1.2% in May (+3.93% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.2% in May. 10 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index, the Lyxor LS Equity Long Bias Index, and the Lyxor Global Macro Index (all up +1.9%). >>
11 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds up 0.35% in May, YTD returns to +3.36% - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aggregate hedge fund performance rose 0.35% in May, adding to an overall positive YTD figure of +3.36% according to eVestment. Equity exposure supported hedge fund returns throughout May, but systematic strategies were adrift as major trends slowed and shifted.
11 Jun. 2015 Trium launches investor-friendly multi-strategy hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Trium Capital, a London-based a specialist alternative asset manager, launched and seeded a new Multi-Strate
11 Jun. 2015 New Jersey hedge fund manager charged for swindling investors out of $5m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against 58-year-old hedge fund manager Nicholas Lattanzio of Montclair, New Jersey, for allegedly misappropr
11 Jun. 2015 South African hedge funds will not be taxed by converting to CISCA before end-September [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As previously reported on Opalesque, the South African Ministry of Finance declared hedge funds collective investment schemes under the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (CISCA) as from 1st April, 2015. All existing South African hedge funds now have
11 Jun. 2015 Salient acquires Forward Management [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque: Texas-based Salient Partners has acquired Forward Management, in a deal that will create a $27 billion diversified asset management firm. The combined entity will still do business under the Salient banner, and will provide a range of liquid and real asset solutions to
10 Jun. 2015 NY hedge fund veteran Kevin Heller joins James Alpha Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kevin Heller, a NY based veteran in alternative investments, has joined James Alpha Management, a diversified asset management firm specializing in identifying, seeding, and growing alternative investments for institutional and individual investors. James Alpha has recent
10 Jun. 2015 Protégé Partners’ Michael Weinberg sees Asia as 'sweet spot’ for U.S. investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Protege Partners’ chief investment strategist Michael Weinberg said that Asia is fast becoming a "sweet spot" for U.S. investors, as U.S. stocks are expected to lose some steam, reported
10 Jun. 2015 UN pension fund is contemplating more investments in alternatives [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last week, the United Nations (UN) issued an EOI (request for expression of interest), saying the Investment Management Division of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund was "seeking quali
10 Jun. 2015 John Paulson’s hedge funds post strong gains in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson posted strong gains last month as the his Paulson Advantage fund jumped 3.5% in May (+8% YTD) and the Paulson Partners merger strategy gained 2.7% (+9.3% YTD),
09 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds add $950 million in April after shedding $750 million in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $950 million (0.04% of assets) in April, reversing March’s outflow of $750 million (0.03% of assets). “Investors have been showing less interest in hedge funds even
09 Jun. 2015 Katia Coudray appointed CEO of SYZ Asset Management and Head of OYSTER Funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ has appointed Katia Coudray as CEO of SYZ Asset Management, the institutional asset management division of the SYZ Group, which manages the OYSTER Funds range amongst other mandates. As CEO, she will also be a member of the Group's Executiv
09 Jun. 2015 Eurekahedge: Hedge funds up 0.43% in May (+4.37% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds registered their fifth consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.43%[1] in May while the MSCI World Index[2] gained 0.81% during the month. With US Q1 growth numbers revised downwards into negative t
09 Jun. 2015 Seeding firm James Alpha to back long/short credit hedge fund Coherence Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fixed income manager Coherence Capital Partners and James Alpha Management, a diversified asset management firm specializing in identifying, seeding, and growing alternative investments for institutional and individual investors, have entered into a strategic partnership
09 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds report mixed gains on higher rates and stronger euro [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds navigated in a volatile environment last week as bond yields spiked across the board and a stronger euro detracted performance. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ended the week down -0.4% as at end June 2 (+3.6% YTD), according to
09 Jun. 2015 Investcorp plans to rebuild hedge fund business [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bahrain-based money manager Investcorp Bank BSC said it plans to rebuild its hedge fund and push its real estate business in Europe. The announcement came as Investcorp founder Nemir Kirdar is set to step down fro
09 Jun. 2015 Hedge fund Elliott asks South Korean court to stop Samsung’s 'unlawful’ merger deal [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $26bn American hedge fund Elliott Associates on Tuesday file an injunction before a South Korean court to stop the planned takeover deal between Samsung companies to enable Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee to shift leadership in the company to his only son, Jay-yong
09 Jun. 2015 CalPERs rolls back even more of its investment portfolio [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The California Public Employee's Retirement System is scaling back even more of its investment portfolio relationships. According to a story first rep
08 Jun. 2015 Principal protected note linked Liquid UCITS Alternative Funds to pay 2x excess return over LIBOR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sky Fund LLC, a regulated US asset management firm, has entered into an index advisory agreement with a European ‘A’ Rated bank by S&P and Fitch Ratings. Sky Fund is the Index Advisor and the bank is the Index Sponsor of a new actively-managed index of liquid alternative
08 Jun. 2015 Andy Murray teams up with equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tennis champion Andy Murray has announced that he has entered a long-term partnership arrangement with Seedrs, the London-based equity crowdfunding platform. The arrangement will see Andy joining the Seedrs Advisory Board to provide advice to the firm with re
08 Jun. 2015 SEC crackdown on alleged collusion does not concern activist hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge funds have downplayed the reported investigation being led by the Securities and Exchange Commission on alleged collusion amongst activist hedge fund investors without disclosing their alliances. According to
08 Jun. 2015 Equity hedge strategies led hedge fund gains in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Equity hedge strategies led hedge funds gains in May, with significant contributions from technology, healthcare and fundamental value exposures, said Hedge Fund Research
05 Jun. 2015 Laven Partners and ComplianceAsia partner to provide global compliance services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners, the global consultancy and compliance group to the fund management industry, and ComplianceAsia, the leading compliance provider in the Asia-Pacific region, have entered into a co-operation arrangement to provide a comprehensive compliance and consultin
05 Jun. 2015 Elliot hedge fund’s increase stake in Samsung C&T complicates merger plan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The announcement of U.S. hedge fund Elliot Management to increase its stakes in Samsung Group’s construction and trading unit, Samsung C&T Corp., will complicate the planned merger with Cheil Industries Inc., and the planned smooth transition of leadership, said
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

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    From Inside Pacific Investment Management Co., the bond behemoth that lost two chief investment officers last year and saw almost $500 billion of client money leave, a hidden profit engine is easing some of the pain. For more than a decade, Newport Beach, California-based Pimco has qu

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    From The Deloitte/ArtTactic Art and Finance Report 2014 (the "Art and Finance Report") noted that the "global art investment fund market was estimated to be worth at least $1.26 billion in the first half of 2014." This seems almost inconsequential when juxtaposed with the $54 billion of

  5. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with