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05 Jul. 2011 UCITS hedge funds down for year after tough June, commodities lone bright spot at +2.08% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - June happened to be a difficult month for most financial markets and hedge fund strategies. The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -1.00%, bringing its year to date performance to -0.83% while the Fund of Funds Index is also down -1.35% reaching -1.52% since the begin
05 Jul. 2011 SEB True Market Neutral Fund first Nordic fund of hedge funds with S&P AA rating [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – S&P, which rated SEB’s fund of hedge fund offering, the True Market Neutral Fund a AA, says that the Nordic Financial Services Group “deserves credit for its highly disciplined application of the proce
05 Jul. 2011 Merchant Capital launches Russian equity long/short fund [more]
Merchant Capital Ltd, the asset management division of Merchant House Group Plc, has announced the launch of the Russian Phoenix UCITS Fund on its independent UCITS umbrella platform. The fund officially launched on 2nd June 2011 with $40 million of assets under management. The Russian Phoenix
04 Jul. 2011 China’s private fund sector beset with severe losses and liquidations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The once all powerful private funds sector of China is showing signs of crumbling. A study by Shanghai-based data provider Suntime Corporation
01 Jul. 2011 100 Women in Hedge Funds and PAAMCO Award 10 scholarships for CAIA designation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (PAAMCO), and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Foundation today announced the 10 recipients that comprise the inaugural class of 100 Women in Hedge Funds/CAIA Scholars.
01 Jul. 2011 Frontier markets no riskier than emerging markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The latest publication from the Research Foundation of CFA Institute, Frontier Market Equity Investing: Finding the Winners of the Future, argues that the risk of investing in frontier markets is no greater than the risk in many markets that are considered to be emerging.
30 Jun. 2011 BlackRock expects more hedge funds to launch ETFs with exposure to underlying funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – BlackRock expects ETFs and ETPs to grow assets to over $2tln by 2012 and to continue to grow by 20%-30% a year for the next few years. After 18 years of existence in the US, the industry is experiencing a rapid cycle of growth as investors’ value liquid products post fin
30 Jun. 2011 Technological evolution needed as multi-prime model continues to gain momentum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The falling of Lehman Brothers served to cement the growing multi prime brokerage trend within the hedge fund industry. Hedge funds that found themselves unable to access their own money drove home the importance of infrastructural risk management, and the multi prime mo
30 Jun. 2011 SEC recovers $229.4m from Ponzi schemer Francisco Illarramendi [more]
Opalesque industry update – On Tuesday, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. securities watchdog, revealed it had recovered some $229.4m from an offshore fund held by Francisco Illarramendi and his firm Highview Point Partners LLC, which managed three hedge funds,
29 Jun. 2011 Key Investor Information Document (KID) also coming soon to Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss Funds Association SFA welcomes the introduction of the KID in Switzerland, following the Federal Council’s decision to give this the go-ahead at its meeting today. Under the EU’s UCITS IV Directive, all Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transfer
29 Jun. 2011 Newedge Prime Brokerage Origination & Structuring hires five managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update –Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announces the joining of several new additions to its Prime Brokerage Origination & Structuring team in New York and Hong Kong. Below please find background information on each new hire and the detai
29 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund service provider GlobeOp sees 17% increase in assets in 2011 (to $174bn) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GlobeOp Financial Services S.A., a leading independent provider of business process outsourcing, financial technology services and analytics to the hedge fund industry and other targeted sectors of the financial services industry, today issued a pre-close trading update r
29 Jun. 2011 With new regulatory deadline in 2012 hedge funds should focus now on internal culture of compliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge fund legal and regulatory support providers are expressing their approval of the SEC deadline extension given to hedge fund managers required to register with the regulatory agency. “We believe that the SEC’s decision to delay the registration deadline was due
29 Jun. 2011 Mid-sized hedge funds in Asia with $250m in assets appeal to pension and sovereign wealth funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Mid-sized hedge funds in Asia with an average of $250m to $700m in assets under management, a minimum of three-year track record, and institutional-quality infrastructures, are the top choice of pensions and sovereign wealth funds for allocations, according to the latest
29 Jun. 2011 BlackRock's new Sovereign Debt Index ranks Norway, Sweden and Switzerland most economically sound nations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Sovereign debt risk is one of the biggest macro themes of 2011, and global asset management firm BlackRock announced on Tuesday the launch of the
28 Jun. 2011 Parker FX Index reports -2.07% for May (-1.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Upate - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -2.07% return for the month of May. Sixty programs in the Index reported May results, of which nine reported positive results, fifty incurred losses, and one was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.87% in May. The medi
28 Jun. 2011 HSBC still believes in hedge funds especially macro, equity L/S, distressed strategies and increases Asia exposure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HSBC Private Bank is maintaining its highest conviction overweight in hedge funds in the belief that the active and flexible investment approach employed by hedge funds is well suited to the current volatile market conditions. In the latest HSBC Private Bank Qua
28 Jun. 2011 StormHarbour announces Asuka DBJ stake [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StormHarbour Partners LP, the independent global markets and financial advisory firm, announces today that Asuka DBJ Partners Co. Ltd, a private investment firm that is a joint venture between Development Bank of Japan and Asuka Asset Management, has acquired an 8% equity
28 Jun. 2011 Global managed assets reach US$53 trillion at year-end 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global AUM are back to where they were in 2007, with total AUM reaching US$53 trillion at the end of 2010. While it took less than 6 months to wipe out some US$10 trillion in AUM in 2008-2009, it has taken the better part of two years to put that back. Cerulli beli
27 Jun. 2011 Palaedino Asset Management Advisory Board member Cedric Tille nominated at the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Geneva based Asset Management firm Palaedino Asset Management today announced that Mr. Cedric Tille, who is currently member of Palaedino Asset Management Advisory Board, has been nominated at the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank during the 103nd Ordinary Ge
27 Jun. 2011 Sun Mountain Capital takes equity stake in ETP firm (exchange traded products) Teucrium Trading LLC [more]
Opalesque Industry Update � Teucrium Trading LLC, which has entered the ETP space with next-generation single-commodity ETPs announced on Monday that venture capital and private equity firm Sun Mountain had made an investment into the Santa Fe firm.
27 Jun. 2011 Kinetic Partners Expands New York Hedge Fund Insolvency Practice Expansion Due to Continued Increase in Distressed Hedge Fund Redemption Demand [more]
Kinetic Partners, a professional services firm to the asset management community, announced that it has appointed three new professionals to its distressed hedge fund practice. “We’re fortunate to have brought aboard these individuals who have the level of experience in both the restructur
27 Jun. 2011 Skyline Capital Management launching UCITS version of global long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update � London-based, Skyline Capital Management is launching a UCITs version of their global long/short equities strategy that focuses on emerging markets opportunities. The Skyline UCITS Fund will be available on
24 Jun. 2011 Hedge fund Och Ziff announces Barry Griswell and Georganne Proctor appointed as new independent directors as two others leave [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC announced that on June 22, 2011 its Board of Directors appointed J. Barry Griswell and Georganne C. Proctor as independent directors of the Company, effective immediately, and that Jeffrey R. Leeds and William C. Cobb have stepped dow
24 Jun. 2011 Greenwich investable indices superior to benchmarks in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Results were mixed among strategies for the Greenwich Investable Indices in May as markets came off their highs for the year. The monthly redemption Composite Index shed 0.95% while the quarterly exit Index lost 0.99%. Long-Short Credit was the best performing index dur

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