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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
07 Jun. 2011 Fortress liquid hedge funds down in May, estimated returns for macro fund are -2.46% (-1.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Few hedge funds are putting up positive estimated returns for May 2011. Exchange traded hedge fund firm Fortress Investment Group today filed their May returns with the SEC revealing the firm’s macro fund (both onshore and offshore) dropped -2.46% during the month and is
06 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund industry posts heavy inflow in april (+$17.5m), assets hit highest level since October 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry pulled in a heavy $17.5 billion (1.0% of assets) in April 2011, the fourth straight inflow, report TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge. Industry assets increased to $1.8 trillion, the highest level since October 2008. “Flows are doubt
06 Jun. 2011 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. launching new Ucits M&A Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bernheim Dreyfus, the Paris-based investment manager, launched last week a mergers and acquisitions fund regulated under UCITS III rules to meet increased investor demands for more liquid and transparent investments in this sector of market activity. The Diva Sy
06 Jun. 2011 Agecroft Partners see institutional investors finally allocating to CTAs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners is seeing widespread demand from institutional investors for Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), which is a dramatic change from the historical reluctance of many institutional investors and their consultants to allocate to this strategy. Over the past 10
06 Jun. 2011 One in three "Generation Y" users utilizes social networking sites for managing investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The popularity of social networking sites is changing the way people invest their money with the new networking trend altering the investment playing field. According to a report by
06 Jun. 2011 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index down 0.90% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted mostly negative performance in May, signaling a challenging month for hedge funds according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted: "The
03 Jun. 2011 Emerging Markets the darling of hedge fund industry as managers send them record $121bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have reached a new record in assets allocated to the new darling markets of the financial world: emerging markets. With over $121bn surging into these financial markets from hedge funds alone, managers have surpassed the previous $117bn record that was set i
03 Jun. 2011 SEB confirms favourable scenario for hedge funds as asset class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEB, the Northern European financial group, today provided an outlook on the hedge fund industry. Highlights include: The market is opening up for more corporate mergers and acquisitions and they are likely to continue increasing, which wil
03 Jun. 2011 New York leads the pack in hedge fund hiring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The top five cities for hedge funds according to hiring mandates and research done by HF Observer are:
02 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund firm Och Ziff reports reports flat returns in May for flagship fund, Asia fund down 1.71% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based institutional alternative asset manager and hedge fund firm Och Ziff has reported that its Master Fund is flat for the month of May, (+4.12% YTD). Two of the firm’s other funds were slightly
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 202 fund managers with $556bn of assets under management said that while the European Central Bank (ECB) has eased its monetary policy that sent sentiments towards Europe to pick up, the Fed is expected to hike its rate in the spring of 2015. Investor

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  5. Institutions - Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move Advisers weigh in on CalPERS’ decision, Gina Raimondo sees no reason to follow California’s lead, exit hedge funds, Danish pension funds step up 'alternative investments'[more]

    Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move From WSJ.com: Financial advisers who use hedge funds in their clients' portfolios say they aren't rethinking that approach after a huge California pension fund announced plans to exit the hedge-fund market. The decision by the Cali