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19 Sep. 2011 Cube Capital appoints legal head and FoFs portfolio manager as partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Cube Capital has appointed two new partners, Janene Waudby and Scott Gibb. The $1.2 billion global alternatives firm was established in 2003 and, with the new appointments, now has six partners. Janene Waudby joined Cube in 2006 as General C
19 Sep. 2011 Matrix hires ex-Gartmore manager Rebecca Ledlie to head product and marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Matrix Asset Management has appointed Rebecca Ledlie as Head of Product and Marketing to spearhead the division’s ambitious growth strategy. Rebecca has an 18 year track record in the financial services industry and joins from Gartmore where she was Head of Product.
19 Sep. 2011 Abu Dhabi Investment Authority expands exposure in alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), an investment institution owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi which runs one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with assets estima
16 Sep. 2011 Lyster Watson Hedge Fund Strategy indices suffered losses accross the board in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Reports from just over 1/3 of hedge funds in Lyster Watson's universe show that hedge funds suffered large losses across the board in August. Declines in equity strategies, while only about half of their long-only counterparts, exceeded 4% in all geographic regi
16 Sep. 2011 Correction: Stephen Roussin is new CEO of absolute return manager Campbell & Co. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell & Company announced on September 14, 2011, that its current President, Stephen Roussin, had been appointed Chief Executive Officer effective October 1st. Roussin, an investment industry veteran, had joined Campbell in June. Please ignore the headline in Opal
16 Sep. 2011 Ex-U.S. Navy SEAL launches Maerisland Capital and maiden long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mr. Mark Beder announces the formation of Maerisland Capital, LLC (“Maerisland”) and the Maerisland-Trident Fund. Maerisland, the combination of three words: Maris- Latin for Sea; Aeris- Latin for Air; and Land, is a play on Mr. Beder’s background as a U.S. Navy SEAL.
16 Sep. 2011 Aquila Capital launches UCITS-compliant CTA fund that offers daily liquidity, Dr. Harry Kat new Quant Team’s Head of Research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Aquila Capital launched a new, UCITS compliant CTA fund to the UK market today. The AC Spectrum Fund is a liquid futures fund and is one of the first of its kind to offer daily rather than weekly liquidity. It is a fully systematic trend follower that targets a
16 Sep. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned -2.41% in August (-1.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of August 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of -2.41 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -1.45 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
16 Sep. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index outperforms global equities by more than five percentage points in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds generated negative performance in August, falling 2.30% for the month versus a loss of 7.69% for the Dow Jones Global Index. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index fell 2.30% in Aug
15 Sep. 2011 AIMA responds to ESMA’s AIFMD consultation paper [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has responded to a consultation by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) should be implemented.
14 Sep. 2011 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index loses 2.19% in August (-3.80% YTD) in a globally challenged environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Global Hedge Fund index, an investable index based on Lyxor’s hedge fund platform which tracks the overall hedge fund universe, was down 2.19% in August. Year to date performance is down 3.8%. Recession fears, whether driven by downbeat macroeconomic data or
14 Sep. 2011 Repeat of 2008 convertible bonds sell-off unlikely says RWC Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - David Basile, fund manager of the RWC Global Convertibles Fund, which lost 3% so far this year against stumbling equity markets, believes that although the environment is now very uncertain, there will not be a repeat of the sell-off in convertible bonds seen in 2008 – wh
14 Sep. 2011 Preqin: Investors simply want more liquidity in their hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Here is a hint for those hedge funds struggling to find investors. According to the latest Preqin study, three-quarters of investors are seeking more liquidity in their hedge fund invest
14 Sep. 2011 578 hedge funds launched in H1-2011, assets reach record level of $2.04tln as fees decline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund launches outpace liquidations as industry assets reach record level Average incentive fees continue to decline; Fund performance dispersion rises, reversing recent trend New hedge fund launches in the second
14 Sep. 2011 Broker-dealer MF Global to realign priorities, reduce staff [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, is rearranging its global Equities business and focusing on areas where it is at its strongest, namely commodities, financial services, consumer and global policy research. Consequently
14 Sep. 2011 APS partners with Martin Currie to form China A share and Greater China active equity management business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - APS Asset Management Pte Ltd (APS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Currie to form a long term strategic partnership and become the world's leading independent China A share and Greater China active equity management business. The completion should
14 Sep. 2011 Swiss fund of hedge funds ALTIN decides not to become an open-end collective investment vehicle after all [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company, will not propose to shareholders a possible transformation into an open-end collective investment vehicle. The current closed-ended fund structure of ALTIN means that the share capital is f
14 Sep. 2011 Institutional investors believe equity risk models are key component of portfolio construction [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI survey debunks popular myths about equity risk models MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today the results of a survey on best practices in risk modeling and portfolio construction, wh
14 Sep. 2011 Newedge CTA Index down -1.44% in August ( -2.27% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices. The Newedge CTA Index's top performers for the month of August included: Boronia Capital (Diversified
13 Sep. 2011 Hedge funds are an important tool for institutional investors says new research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dr. Everett M. Ehrlich has published a white paper entitled ‘The Changing Role of Hedge Funds in the Global Economy’ which highlights the emerging role of hedge funds as an investment tool for institutional investors such as public pensions, university endowments, and cha
12 Sep. 2011 Citi appointed by Diamond Hill to provide global custody, fund services and securities lending [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Citi today announced that it has been appointed by Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. to provide a range of investor support services for the firm’s fund assets totalling $4 billion. “We selected Citi because they offer a rare combination of global perspective a
12 Sep. 2011 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declines –3.36% in August (-1.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined –3.36% in August (-1.80% YTD), while the S&P 500 declined -5.68% (-3.08% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell -4.36% (+0.31% YTD), and the NASDAQ C
09 Sep. 2011 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down 2.4% in August (-1.5% YTD) but continues to outperform world equity markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) ended the month mostly lower in August, but continued to outperform world equity markets. The GGHFI declined 2.4% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (-5.43%), MSCI W
09 Sep. 2011 Is a Financial Transactions Tax unavoidable? LIFE conference at UNESCO Paris, Sept. 14 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The LIFE Organization is partnering with UNITAID, UNESCO and a group of European NGOs (Oxfam France, CARE France, AIDES, Coordination SUD, Coalition Plus, Stamp Out Poverty & UBUNTU) for a conference supporting a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) to be held Wednesday, Sept
09 Sep. 2011 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell -2.3% in August (-1.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their largest monthly declines since May 2010 in August, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declining by -2.3 percent, according to data released today by HFR. With the August losses, year-to-date performance for the broad based composite index
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