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14 Jun. 2011 Future Capital Partners hires Robert Jolliffe ahead of launch of ‘new breed’ of income fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Future Capital Partners (www.futurecapitalpartners.com) is shifting full gear for the launch of its “new breed” of income fund to be called Sanctuary Fund, with the hiring of Robert Jolliffe as senior invest
14 Jun. 2011 Best gains in five years cannot help Forex hedge funds in 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Forex hedge funds strategies posted strong performance in April as the HFN FX Index rose +2.36% during the month (+1.76% YTD) compared to +3.07% YTD for equity hedge fund strategies, +3.59% for fixed income strategies and +2.78% for the broad hedge fund industry. Anal
14 Jun. 2011 Guggenheim prop trade unit announces seven hires, still on the hunt for trade teams [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Just three months after Guggenheim Partners launched a proprietary trading desk unit named Guggenheim Global Trading LLC (GGT), the company announced that it was aggressively hir
13 Jun. 2011 Hedge funds retreat 1.13% in May (+1.87% YTD), emerging markets index falls -4.08% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gave back 1.13% in May according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index remains up 1.87%. “After eight months of steady gains, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index fell back in May,” says Sol Waksman, founder and presiden
13 Jun. 2011 Newedge CTA Index down -4.56% in May (-2.47% YTD) as all strategies struggle [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, has posted May 2011 performance for its hedge fund indices.
13 Jun. 2011 Deutsche Bank launches suite of international currency-hedged exchange traded funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deutsche Bank announces the launch of five new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) linked to currency-hedged MSCI International indexes. These ETFs are designed to provide investors direct exposure to international equity markets and aim to protect against fluctuations in value
10 Jun. 2011 GlobeOp reports hedge fund flows positive 1.36% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, fund administrator GlobeOp Financial Services announced that hedge fund flows, as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index, were positive 1.36% in June. "Investors remain committed to hedge funds despite volatility in many markets,” said Hans Hufschm
10 Jun. 2011 New hedge fund to help Muslims save for pilgrimage starts in Kazakhstan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The first Shariah-compliant hedge fund was launched Thursday aimed at assisting Muslims to save fund for their trip to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the annual Islamic pilgrimage, various media reported. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia based Amanah AmanahRaya Capital Group Sdn Bhd,
10 Jun. 2011 CTA fund of funds FRM Sigma gains momentum as assets approach $1 billion [more]
FRM Sigma, the CTA fund of funds managed by Financial Risk Management (FRM), continues to build momentum as one of the leading and most compelling ways for investors to access CTA returns. The fund has been gaining increasing traction with investors, with assets doubling in the last twelve
09 Jun. 2011 CAIA Association reaches 5,000 members worldwide as CAIA Charter conferred upon BlackRock Associate Hans Valer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association announced that its global membership of CAIA designees has reached 5,000, highlighting the exceptional growth and recognition of the designation within the finance industry. Currently, 48 percent of the assoc
09 Jun. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index loses ground in May -1.20% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds showed pockets of strength in May, but overall lost ground reports the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”). The GGHFI shed 1.20% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-1.13%), MSCI World Equity (-2.45%), and FTSE 100 (-0.89%)
09 Jun. 2011 UCITS HFS Index loses -0.26% in May 2011, (0.68% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index reported a loss of -0.26% in May, a continuation of its rocky theme for this year. After a loss of -0.21% in the first week of trading the broad UCITS HFS Index pulled back +0.12% in week two, but these small gains were nullified in week three with a
09 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund Passport Capital betting $230m on MENA region [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – John Burbank, the Founder of San Francisco-based hedge fund firm Passport Capital LLC is betting an estimated $231m or about 11% of the assets of his company’s $2.1bn flagship fund Global Strategy, into
09 Jun. 2011 Eisman leaving FrontPoint after his hedge fund is closed [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Steve Eisman, who ran the biggest hedge fund at FrontPoint Partners, is leaving after the ailing hedge fund firm announced the closure of most of its portfolios, including a fund run by Eisman, various med
09 Jun. 2011 Woori Absolute Partners and NewAlpha to launch hedge fund seeding fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Singapore-based alternative investment manager Woori Absolute Partners today announced its strategic partnership with NewAlpha Asset Management, the European based global hedge fund incubation specialist. WAP and NewAlpha will launch an Asia based investment vehicle which
08 Jun. 2011 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund index down 1.15% (est.) in May (+1.61% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Singapore-based data centre Eurekahedge reported today what other indices have been reporting this last week: its main hedge fund index lost 1.15% (est.) in May, following 10 positive months. However, says Eurekahedge, managers in all regions outperformed th
08 Jun. 2011 Lyxor hedge fund index up 0.30% YTD despite negative May (-1.80%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As most other general hedge fund indices, the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index lost in May 2011 (-1.80%). But it is still - slightly - up YTD (0.30%). May, says Lyxor, was volatile and generally a bad month for all hedge fund strategies. The worst monthly performers were CTAs (-4.1
08 Jun. 2011 Merchant Capital expands platform with launch of 5 new funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Merchant Capital Limited, the financial services division of Merchant House Group plc, is set to launch five new funds on its Dublin-domiciled, UCITS III umbrella structure. Five investment managers from around the world, all specialising in alternative investing, have ch
08 Jun. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell -1.28% in May (+1.92% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global commodity and equity markets suffered negative losses in May, effectively reversing the gains posted in previous months. The US dollar strengthened against most major currencies, while US yields fell and the yield curve steepened. M&A activity proceeded despite cre
07 Jun. 2011 Advisers to fund of funds must deliver audited financial statements to investors by June 30, 2011 [more]
In a client advisory from Sadis Goldberg, the firm advised clients that in order to avoid becoming subject to additional requirements under SEC Rule 206(4)-2 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "Custody Rule"),
07 Jun. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index -1.71% (est) in May, (+0.47% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Indices continue to report monthly estimates for the difficult month of May with the down Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index losing -1.71% in May. For hedge funds, alpha remained elusive amidst a difficult trading environment Oliver Schupp, President of
07 Jun. 2011 Opalesque Industry Update: Ben Sansoucy joins Castle Hall Alternatives [more]
Ben Sansoucy, CA, has joined the senior management team of Castle Hall Alternatives. Ben was previously Senior Manager of Operational Due Diligence at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”), where he led the operational due diligence process overseeing external portfolio fund investment
07 Jun. 2011 Opalesque Industry Update: De Putron Fund Management appoints Christian Roos as Portfolio Manager [more]
From Europe Real Estate: Fund manager De Putron Fund Management Limited has announced that Christian Roos has joined the investment management team as a specialist Portfolio Manager investing in European real estate securities. Roos joins from Thames River Capital where he had managed the Longsto
07 Jun. 2011 Opalesque Industry Update: Professor Zhiwu Chen joins alternative assets firm Permal [more]
Permal Group, one of the oldest and largest alternative asset management firms in the world, has today announced the appointment of Professor Zhiwu Chen, Professor of Finance at Yale University, as Chief Adviser. This is a consultancy role, working closely with Permal’s Investment Committee, which i
07 Jun. 2011 Parker FX Index up +2.04% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +2.04% return for the month of April. Sixty-three programs in the Index reported April results, of which fifty reported positive results and thirteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.85% in April. The med
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added