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24 Jul. 2015 Australian long/short global equity fund returns 10.7% YTD from longs in Japan, U.S. banks and healthcare [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Morphic Global Opportunities Fund, a long/short global equity hedge fund, returned 10.77% in H1 2015, outperforming its benchmark (MSCI All Countries World Total Return Net Index in A$) by 1.46% net of fees. It has annualized 26.6% (net) since its August
24 Jul. 2015 ESMA delays recommendation on non-EU passporting; consults on UCITS remuneration guidelines [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) was due to provide its initial recommendation to the European Commission, Council and Parliament, as to which jurisdictions should be considered for a Passport under the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund M
23 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess leaves Perella Weinberg [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess is leaving Perella Weinberg Partners to concentrate on investments in private markets. Arbess founded the Xerion funds in late 2002, and sold the business to Perella Weinberg in 2007, then stayed on as a partner after Xerion was
23 Jul. 2015 Bridgewater turns bearish on China [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The world’s biggest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and one of the most vocal of China’s potential is now turning its back against the world’s second largest economy as it joins a growing list of high-profile investors who are challenging China’s potentials.
22 Jul. 2015 Industry veterans launch commodity investment firm Argon Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Ex-Graham Capital commodity veteran, Marcos Bueno, and former Barclays’ Global Head of Fixed Income Structuring, Aurelia Lamorre-Cargill, announced the launch of Argon Capi
22 Jul. 2015 Maples Fund Services opens San Francisco office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, an independent global fund services provider and division of MaplesFS, has announced the opening of its office in San Francisco, its first on the West Coast. Maples said this expansion further solidifies the firm’s North American presence and bolster
22 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund AuM have increased by $93 billion in first six months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for June 2015, from the July 2015 Eurekahedge Report: Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$93 billion in the first six months of 2015, with roughly US$52 billion coming from performance driven gains and US$
22 Jul. 2015 Two more executives leave Saba Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Two more key executives of the $1.5 billion Saba Capital Management are leaving the company, people with knowledge of the matter told
22 Jul. 2015 Hong Kong fund management business hits record high in 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) shows that the fund management business in Hong Kong hit new highs in 2014. The combined fund management business in Hong Kong sustained another year-on-year increase to reach a record high of $17,68
21 Jul. 2015 Preqin: Only 15% of US hedge fund managers are now AIFMD compliant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s latest survey of global hedge fund managers reveals that most UK- and Europe-based hedge fund managers are AIFMD-compliant. By contrast, there has been slow uptake among firms beyond the EU’s borders; a quarter of hedge fund managers based across Asia and Rest of
21 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds rally on improved risk appetite in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The sharp improvement in risk appetite in Europe has benefitted the global macro managers who maintained their long European equities stance during the turmoil. The Lyxor Global Macro Index was up 1% (+4.3% YTD) as of end July 14. The rebound came following the
21 Jul. 2015 Deutsche Bank's Global Prime Finance pegs economic growth at +3.8% by 2016 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deutsche Bank's Global Prime Finance group is out with its monthly coverage of hedge fund trends. In a research note, analysts say that the worst part of the US economy's rough year is behind it, and despite slowdowns elsewhere in the world, global econo
20 Jul. 2015 Total global hedge fund industry capital rise to $2.97 trillion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total global hedge fund industry capital rose to the 11th consecutive quarterly record level in 2Q15, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released by HFR®, the established global leader in indexation, analysis and researc
20 Jul. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.43% through mid-July (+1.71% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility accelerated through mid-July, with uncertainty across assets driven by extreme volatility in Chinese equities as well as fluid political & economic turmoil in Europe regarding the proposed bailout & referendum in Greece. Global e
20 Jul. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.60% through mid-July (+4.32% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility accelerated through mid-July, with uncertainty across assets driven by extreme volatility in Chinese equities as well as fluid political & economic turmoil in Europe regarding the proposed bailout & referendum in Greece. Global equity ma
20 Jul. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -1.46% in June, +2.44% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended June 2015 down -1.46% driven by poor performance in both equity and bond markets. Global equity markets were down with the MSCI EAFE index down -2.98% and the S&P500 down -1.94%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggreg
20 Jul. 2015 Investors are better off investing in small hedge funds in times of crisis [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A paper released this month finds that there is a strong, negative relationship between hedge fund performance and size. Andrew Clare, Dirk Nitzsche and Ni
20 Jul. 2015 Korea’s National Pension Service is looking to invest $869m in offshore hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) said on Sunday it plans to invest 1 trillion won ($869 million) in overseas hedge funds in a bid to diversify its portfolio amidst the backdrop of declining rates and a waning economy. An NPS spokesman was quoted by t
20 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Raging Capital outperforms S&P in first half of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Princeton, New Jersey-based hedge fund firm Raging Capital Management outperformed the market in the first half of 2015; the Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd, which focuseson small to mid-cap public equities, gaine
17 Jul. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.71% in June (+0.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.71% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.05% year to date. “Trend reversals in equities, energy, and the US Dollar resulted in losses for 72 percent of the funds that have repo
17 Jul. 2015 IRS likely to challenge basket contracts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The IRS issued two notices late last week that suggest the Service is likely to start challenging basket contract transactions, and assessing penalties. According to the IRS, basket options contracts and basket contracts could be used as schemes for tax avoidanc
17 Jul. 2015 Investors in key Asian fund markets have varying priorities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study from BNY Mellon and Oxford Metrica has found that investor attitudes in four key Asian countries have major differences as well as similarities that should be kept in mind by investment firms seeking to penetrate these markets. The study,
16 Jul. 2015 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark down 0.75% in June (4.5% YTD), ending positive five-month streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has posted average returns of -0.75% for June 2015, the first month this year of negative performance. Despite this, the benchmark has still returned 4.50% year-to-date. Single-manager hedge funds were not the only fund structures which
16 Jul. 2015 Macro strategies lead hedge fund decline in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Macro strategies led the decline in hedge fund performance in June 2015, says BarclayHedge, a data provider, as the Global Macro Index dropped 2.24% that month (+1.13% YTD). The
16 Jul. 2015 Systematic macro manager QCM launches UCITS on Montlake platform with 0% management fee for early-bird investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quality Capital Management (QCM), a UK-based global systematic macro investment manager, has launched its Alpha Financials Programme on the MontLake UCITS platform, an independent platform for UCITS funds. Founded in 1995,
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  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November