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03 Feb. 2011 The Blackstone Group reports fourth quarter and full year 2010 results [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Blackstone Group reported its 2010 results. Economic Net Income (“ENI”) was $1.4 billion for the full year 2010, an increase of $714.5 million compared to ENI for the full year 2009, more than double that of the prior year. The increase in ENI was driven principally
03 Feb. 2011 Capital flows into Asian hedge funds continue as inflation fears build [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge funds attracted $500 million in net new capital in 4Q 2010, with investors favoring strategies offering protection against what many see as an accelerating inflation trend across the region, according to Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (HFR), the leading provider of
02 Feb. 2011 Hedge funds post positive performance in January - Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Returns for the LAB Liquid Indices suggest that hedge funds experienced positive performance in January according to Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta
02 Feb. 2011 Highgate Investment Management LLP selects Quintillion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quintillion fund administration is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to provide administration services to the Investment Fund managed by Highgate Investment Management LLP, the Highgate Absolute Return Fund which launched in September 2010. Andrew
02 Feb. 2011 Och Ziff sees assets grow by $800m, Europe Master Fund gains +2.35% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York based hedge fund firm Och Ziff Capital Management started 2011 notching solid gains, with the firm’s Europe Master Fund leading at +2.35%. Other performance included: OZ Master Fund +1.62% OZ Asia Master Fund +1.09% OZ Global Specia
02 Feb. 2011 Eurozone debt crisis remains top concern of investment professionals - Barings [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurozone debt crisis is considered by investment professionals to be the most significant threat to investment growth over the next six months, with over two thirds (68%) citing it as one of the biggest Global macro-economic investment challenges, according to the Bar
01 Feb. 2011 Absolute Return Partners launches UCITS III fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Absolute Return Partners LLP announces the launch of The Global Equity Alpha Fund, a sub fund of the Dublin domiciled Nemesis Fund PLC. The Global Equity Alpha Fund is a UCITS III compliant hedged equity fund offering weekly liquidity and based on the StockR8 in
01 Feb. 2011 BNY Mellon's Pershing unit invests in HedgeMark with rights to acquire firm over time [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, and HedgeMark International, LLC announced today that Pershing has made a non-controlling investment in HedgeMark and obtained rights to acquire HedgeMark over time. HedgeMark offers the first comprehensive, end-to-end hedge fund m
01 Feb. 2011 New American hedge funds attract $17.4bn in 2010, up 17% from inflows to new funds in 2009 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The environment for hedge fund launches improved markedly in 2010 after a dismal 2009. At least 59 new funds with more than $50 million in assets under management were launched last year, garnering $17.4 billion, according to the latest survey of hedge fund start-ups in A
01 Feb. 2011 Oliver Wyman study: EU proposal for public disclosure of short positions would be ineffective [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An EU proposal for the public disclosure of the net short positions of individual managers risks distorting financial markets and is not effective in meeting the needs of companies wishing to raise capital, investors seeking efficient risk management or regulators address
01 Feb. 2011 Etops study highlights Zurich and surrounding region as leading location for the international hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An analysis conducted by Etops AG, a provider of operational services to hedge funds and asset managers, highlights the Zurich region as the leading location in Switzerland as a base for asset managers and international hedge funds. The study shows that Zurich has a clear
01 Feb. 2011 UBP recruits experienced MENA equities team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) announced today that it has recruited a highly-rated Middle East & North Africa (MENA) equities investment team to provide its clients with on-the-ground access to the return potential of the region's stock markets. Lead portfolio manage
31 Jan. 2011 Parker FX Index up +0.45% for the month of December, top performer up +9.80% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.45% return for the month of December. Sixty-two programs in the Index reported December results, of which thirty-five reported positive results and 27 incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.18% in December. The
31 Jan. 2011 Barai Capital caught in insider trading scandal, fund was just starting to actively raise capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Two-year-old firm, Barai Capital was just starting to move to actively boost the $100m in assets the firm had from seeder Protégé Partners and other early investors, when involvement in the recent insider trading scandal unraveled the business. Reports by n
31 Jan. 2011 Lapkin named president and coo of Hedgemark Institutional Consultants [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Co-Founder and former President and COO of Measurisk, LLC will have responsibility for the selection, due diligence and monitoring of funds on the HedgeMark platform. (“HedgeMark”) announced today that Andrew S. Lapkin has been named President and Chief Operat
31 Jan. 2011 Hedge fund managers' confidence in US equities falter slightly, but they remain bullish overall - Barclays TrimTabs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are upbeat on U.S. equities but less bullish than a month ago, according to the TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers for January. About 37% of the 91 hedge fund managers the firms surveyed in the past week are bullish on the S&P 500, do
31 Jan. 2011 Hedge fund Finisterre Capital appoints in-house general counsel [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With its business expanding rapidly, emerging markets debt specialist Finisterre Capital has appointed Ursula Newman as in-house General Counsel, to replace the firm’s external legal counsel. Ursula joined Finisterre from Altima Partners LLP, where she worked a
31 Jan. 2011 Hedgebay: Secondary market sees widespread balance sheet clean up as investors prepare for 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Legacy assets remain on market despite sell-off The secondary market witnessed one of, if the not the broadest selling effort by investors in the secondary space in the decade since the market was established. A high volume of trading across the spectrum of strategie
31 Jan. 2011 Future Capital Partners launches EIS and VCT based on renewable energy investment sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Future Capital Partners (“FCP”), the £6 billion alternative investment boutique, has launched two funds – an EIS and a VCT – to capitalise on both the high growth potential of the renewable energy investment sector and the firm’s expert knowledge of clean energy investmen
31 Jan. 2011 FRM’s managed futures fund Sigma delivers 18% in 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Comment from Marc Fisher, Managing Director, Financial Risk Management (FRM) FRM’s Managed Futures fund, FRM Sigma, returned approximately 18% in 2010, maintaining its position as one of the industry’s top-performing CTA funds. Sigma’s performance was generated th
31 Jan. 2011 Barclays Capital Survey: Hedge fund industry increasingly optimistic about 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Barclays Capital survey shows bullish expectations for returns and allocations, increased hiring, new product launches and relatively steady leverage Barclays Capital announced the results of surveys conducted at the firm’s inaugural Hedge Fund Symposium hosted
28 Jan. 2011 AIMA: Global hedge fund industry is not 'un-regulated' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry is not ‘un-regulated’ or lightly-regulated. Hedge fund managers are already rigorously regulated in all the main jurisdictions in which they operate, and significant new regulation is being introduced internationally. That’s acc
27 Jan. 2011 Stenham Asset Management inflows top $600m in 2010, total AuM $3.5bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Stenham Asset Management, the multi-award winning investment management firm, announced that inflows into its funds during 2010 had exceeded US$ 600 million. Stenham continues to see organic asset growth and has enjoyed inflows of around US$ 600 million in each
27 Jan. 2011 UBP's AuM at CHF65bn (end-2010) compared to CHF75bn a year ago due to negative exchange-rate effects, net profits of CHF216m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée achieves net profits of CHF 216 million as it implements its new Private Banking and Asset Management strategies 􀂄 Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) achieves net profits of CHF 216 million (USD 230 million) for the 201
27 Jan. 2011 Double dip fears and sovereign debt crisis still impact investors - Distressed Debt Market Survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ongoing macroeconomic and sovereign-related issues still have a lot of room to run in 2011, according to the sixth annual North American Distressed Debt Market Outlook Survey released today by Debtwire, Bingham McCutchen LLP and Macquarie Capital. While equity ma
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