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08 Mar. 2011 First clients for Charter Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Charter Group which teamed up with Brian Taitz in September 2010 to launch a hedge fund administration firm, Charter Group Fund Administration Ltd has secured its first few clients. The firm is based in London and focuses primarily on alternative funds managed by boutique
08 Mar. 2011 Gramercy opens Hong Kong and Singapore offices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy, an institutional asset management firm dedicated to investing in emerging markets, has announced they have opened offices in Hong Kong and Singapore during the first quarter of 2011. The firm also announced two senior executive appointments to build out their As
08 Mar. 2011 Kinetic Partners celebrates five years with new hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kinetic Partners is celebrating five successful years since the opening of its Grand Cayman office with two new hires to strengthen their insolvency and forensic services practice. These new appointments will further enhance and develop Kinetic Partners’ proven capabilit
08 Mar. 2011 Man awarded BVK managed account mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man has been awarded a managed account mandate for initially EUR 1.2 billion by Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), Germany’s largest public pension fund with more than EUR 50 billion in assets. Under the agreement, BVK will start allocating funds over the course of 20
08 Mar. 2011 IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index +0.45% in February, 0.07% 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 chara
07 Mar. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 1.21% in February, 1.68% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted broad-based gains for February despite the spreading of civil unrest in the Middle East and North African countries; oil prices rose for the month to over $100 a barrel on concerns about supply disruption. Hedge funds posted gains for th
07 Mar. 2011 Stuart Hendel named Head of Global Prime Brokerage at Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that Stuart Hendel will join the company as managing director and head of Global Prime Brokerage. In this role, Hendel will be responsible for leading the continued expansion of the company’s prime brokerage businesses on a global b
07 Mar. 2011 Hedge funds advance +1.39% (est) in February, (+2.08% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +1.39% in February (+2.08% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +3.20% (+5.53% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.81% (+5.61% YTD), and t
07 Mar. 2011 Hedge funds bearish on US equities and 10-year treasury note - TrimTabs/BarclayHedge survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers have turned bearish on U.S. equities, according to the TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers for February. About 40% of the 89 hedge fund managers the firms surveyed in the past week are bearish on the S&P 500, up sharply from 26% in Jan
07 Mar. 2011 Blackstone tops rankings as global fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The big players in funds of hedge funds gained approximately $29bn in assets in 2010 despite outflows in the first half of the year - Firms with more than $1 billion in assets ended the year with a combined amount of $625 billion - $226 billion is in the hand
07 Mar. 2011 AIMA warns of economic impact of EU naked CDS ban [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EU policymakers should consider the economic impact of potential restrictions on credit default swaps in sovereign debt. That’s according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association. The warning comes ahead of
06 Mar. 2011 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains 0.73% in February, 1.30% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted broad-based gains for February despite the spreading of civil unrest in the Middle East and North African countries; oil prices rose for the month to over $100 a barrel on concerns about supply disruption. The U.S. Dollar declined against the
04 Mar. 2011 Hedge funds care raises $2m at 13th annual New York benefit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds Care, an international non-profit organization which raises funds and awareness within the hedge fund industry for programs that work to prevent and treat child abuse, today announced that hedge fund industry participants donated nearly $2 million at the chari
04 Mar. 2011 Mizuho Corporate Bank to acquire 95% stake in Eurekahedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. (“MHCB”) entered into a stock purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) with the shareholders of Eurekahedge Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based company providing hedge fund research and data services (“Eurekahedge”). Pursuant to the Agreement, MHCB will a
03 Mar. 2011 UCITS HFS Index gains +0.40% in February 2011 due to strong start [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After the loss taken in January the UCITS HFS Index reported positive numbers again for February 2011. This was due to a very strong start into the month, as after the first week of trading the broad index was up +0.75% already. Things slowed down after that with most sub
03 Mar. 2011 New hedge fund launches accelerate in 2010 as liquidations and incentive fees decline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches continued at a steady pace through the end of 2010, as new fund offerings outpaced fund liquidations for the first time since 2007, according to data released today by HFR Hedge Fund Research, Inc., the leading global provider of information and an
03 Mar. 2011 US and Euro bond markets to offer safe haven status again if emerging market unrest persists - RWC Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Stuart Frost, Co-Head of the Fixed Income, Rate & Currency Team at RWC Partners comments on the impact of recent events in North Africa on bond markets globally: “Further unrest in emerging markets will inevitably see further flights of capital into America
03 Mar. 2011 Apply for scholarships through the CAIA Foundation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new way to build knowledge and talent in alternative investments: Introducing the CAIA Foundation. The CAIA Association reached another milestone with the creation of the new CAIA Foundation. As a charitable organization, the CAIA Foundation will enable individuals,
02 Mar. 2011 Billion dollar hedge funds hold $1.3tln of industry assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Although the hedge fund industry endured some setbacks in 2010, including a handful of high-profile shutdowns and a government insider trading investigation, the industry continues to rebuild its asset base. As of January 1, 2011, American hedge funds managed a
02 Mar. 2011 Guggenheim Partners launches prop trading platform in pursuit of aggressive growth story [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Guggenheim Partners, a global diversified financial services firm, announced the launch of Guggenheim Global Trading LLC (GGT) which will invest capital on behalf of the firm, its shareholders, its affiliates and a small group of institutional investors. GGT will be based
01 Mar. 2011 Fortress earnings almost triple, firm tops 4q estimates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) today reported its year end and fourth quarter 2010 results. HIGHLIGHTS Assets under managementof $44.6 billion as of December 31, 2010, up 42% from $31.5 billion as of December 31, 2009. Pre-tax distributable e
01 Mar. 2011 100WHF offers CAIA scholarships [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – 100WHF announced in February that we will offer 10 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst ("CAIA") scholarships each year for the next five years through our newly formed 100 Women in Hedge Funds Institute ("the Institute"). These scholarships will
01 Mar. 2011 Lasair receives recognition as woman-owned enterprise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Lasair Capital LLC ("Lasair"), an institutional alternative asset management firm, is pleased to announce that it recently received both national and state certifications as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise from the Women's Business Enterprise National C
01 Mar. 2011 Global pension assets up 8% in 2010 with 7.6% real return on UK pension funds [more]
Global pension assets up estimated 8% to $31.1 trillion in 2010 UK defined benefit schemes see record £201bn deficit in 2009 turned into surplus in 2010 7.6% real return on UK pension funds in 2010 but only 1.7% average over decade Derisking strategies widely adopted by defined b
01 Mar. 2011 Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices climb in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Composite Investable Index gained 0.60% in January to begin 2011 on a positive note. Equity markets gave little pause in January and moved to fresh highs in the U.S and Europe. Most hedge funds captured the upside move in equities and fixed income – 7 of 9
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