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26 May. 2014 European 'smart beta’ allocations to reach $500.2bn within five years - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: 'Smart beta’ is another buzzword to hit the asset management industry over the past decades. Industry experts predicted allocations into European smart beta could reach $500.2bn (GBP 297bn) within the next five years from its current size of $131.4bn (GBP 78bn), sai
26 May. 2014 Hedge fund Toscafund buys 10% stake in Hoist Finance worth $37.1m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London-based hedge fund manager Toscafund Asset Management bought a 10% stake in Stockholm-based debt purchaser and collector firm Hoist Finance, worth $37.1m (GBP 30m). A
23 May. 2014 ESMA begins work on MiFID reforms [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched the consultation process for the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR). The regulator says this is the first step in the proces
23 May. 2014 APEC releases Asia regions funds passport consultation paper [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The governments of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Korea, Philippines and Thailand have recently released a public consultatio
23 May. 2014 Foundations and Endowments move into global equity and long duration fixed income [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Foundations and Endowments are rotating into global equity and longer duration fixed income in response to current market conditions and the expectation that the low yield environment will persist, according to the latest data from eVestment. Investor Trends Rep
22 May. 2014 Preqin's hedge fund indexes average -0.15% in April, +1.13% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has had another month of negative returns after the worst start to the year since 2008. This marks the third month of the year so far where the industry has failed to add gains, posting -0.15% returns on average through April 2014 following r
22 May. 2014 GLG appoints Barrat co-manager of Undervalued Assets Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GLG Partners LP, the Financial Conduct Authority authorised and regulated investment manager and part of Man Group plc, has appointed Jack Barrat as co-manager of the GLG Undervalued Assets Fund. Barrat, previously assistant portfolio manager of the £10
22 May. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.15% in April (-0.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.15% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.60% in 2014. “A mid-month trend change in global equity markets kept managers on either side of the market cautious,” says Sol Waksman, founder
22 May. 2014 Newedge Trend Indicator up 3.50% in April, (-6.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced the April performance for its suite of hedge fund indices. Commodity funds, as represented by the Newedge Commodity Trading Index (CTI), performed well in April, finishing the mo
21 May. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Slides 0.24% in April (+1.14% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.24% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.14% in 2014. “Intra-month volatility in global equity markets proved troublesome for equity long/short funds as the MSCI World Index dropped th
20 May. 2014 Hedge funds, money managers cut bullish bets on gold as price edged up to $1,300 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets on gold futures and options even as the price of the yellow metal reaches the psychologically important $1,300 per ounce, according to the latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Acc
20 May. 2014 CFTC releases critical guidance for commodity pool operators [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is out with new important guidance for commodity pool operators (CPOs). This guidance comes from numerou
20 May. 2014 Hedge funds take 30-year longs to a three year high [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are taking their long positions on 30-yrs to a three year high according to the latest
19 May. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.04% mid-May (+0.42% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets traded in a narrow range through mid-May, as implied volatility fell on subsiding geopolitical tension, though uncertainty remained high. Equity markets posted gains across most regions and sectors, recovering May declines, though small cap exposu
16 May. 2014 Uncertainty in Ukraine, fear of high equity valuations in the U.S. underpin commodity prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Continued uncertainty in Ukraine and the fear of high equity valuations in the United States contributed to a general underpinning of commodity prices, and a divergence in global equity market performance, Toronto-based alternative investment firm
15 May. 2014 HFR launches institutional UCITS funds in the EU [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The HFR Asset Management announced the launch of its Advent Global Opportunity Strategy under the HFR Umbrella UCITS Fund plc on April 1st. The fund is domiciled in Ireland and is regulated by the Central Bank
15 May. 2014 Man Group’s FRM says hedge funds suffer losses in April as managers were caught on the wrong side [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds suffered their second successive negative month in April as many managers were caught on the wrong side of the market movement, said Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds FRM. FRM is a top global i
15 May. 2014 LJM hedge fund says current volatility does not reflect potential threats [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $312m LJM Partners said there are strong support and resistance factors in the market, but the current volatility levels do not accurately reflect the potential threats. In her monthly report to in
15 May. 2014 Launch of European Long-Term Investment Funds may be delayed beyond 2015 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In June 2013, the European Union’s Commission proposed a harmonized pan-European regime for
14 May. 2014 Hedge funds reduce S&P500 exposure to a net short [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After a few weeks of going long the S&P500, hedge funds have cut their exposures to a net short, but technicals suggest remaining bullish, according to the most recent data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. The Diversified Investible Hedge Fund
13 May. 2014 CalPERS launches search for Chief Investment Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) seeks an experienced investment professional for the role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) to lead and manage its 400-plus person Investment Office, which invests CalPERS $285 billion in assets across a
13 May. 2014 SEC welcomes guilty verdict against the Wylys [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission – Division of Enforcement on Monday welcomed the guilty verdict against the Wyly brothers for engaging in a $550m civil fraud. Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC Division of Enforcement
13 May. 2014 ETF flows dramatically shift beneath market’s calm surface [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: David Santschi, Chief Executive Officer of TrimTabs said flows of electronic traded funds (ETFs) shifted dramatically beneath the market’s calm surface as he also noted massive rotation out of growth and
12 May. 2014 Northern Lights buys stake in Buick Capital, which will be renamed Northern Lights Alternative Advisors, LLP [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Northern Lights Capital Group, LLC, a provider of strategic capital and resources to boutique asset management fi
12 May. 2014 Investor flows into hedge funds cross US$50bn mark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their second consecutive month of negative returns in April with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.15% as global markets continued to falter amid a sluggish start to the year. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 0.78%, slightly ahead of th
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