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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
26 Jan. 2011 Bloomberg announces hedge fund turnkey as small managers see increased investor scrutiny of infrastructures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bloomberg Trading Solutions executives today announced the launch of Bloomberg Hedge Fund Tool Box (HBOX), a complete platform that meets the growing number and needs of hedge funds. Bloomberg also revealed the results of a hedge fund survey that showed regulations are p
26 Jan. 2011 Asset Management Finance invests in credit-focused asset manager Brigade Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asset Management Finance LLC (“AMF”) announced today that it has made a passive minority investment in Brigade Capital Management, LLC (“Brigade”), a New York based manager of credit strategies. Brigade is an SEC-registered investment advisor whose products include
26 Jan. 2011 Greenwich Composite Investable Index gained 1.88% in December (3.20% YTD), managed futures hedge funds lead the way [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Composite Investable Index gained 1.88% in December to close 2010 with one of its best months of the year. Equity markets sustained a global rally in December driven by positive economic reports and strong seasonal trends. All of the Greenwich Investable I
26 Jan. 2011 Gottex shows positive Q4 performance, assets growth to $8bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), a leading independent global alternative asset management group, announces its pre-close trading statement for the year ended 31 December 2010. Highlights: • Further positive performance in fourth quarter of
25 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds have recuperated from 2008 hangover - Morningstar [more]
Morningstar Reports Hedge Fund Performance for December and Full Year, Asset Flows Through November Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a provider of independent investment research, reported preliminary hedge fund performance for December and for the year ending Dec.31
25 Jan. 2011 Directional hedge fund strategies were out-performers in 2010 - Hennessee Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, found in a brief study that directional hedge fund strategies were the primary drivers of portfolio performance in 2010, most notably event driven, distressed and emerging markets (ranking one, two and three, respec
25 Jan. 2011 Aspect Capital launches UCITS III version of flagship managed futures fund [more]
Aspect Capital announces the launch of Aspect Diversified Trends Fund Aspect Capital Limited (“Aspect”), a London-based systematic investment manager, has announced the launch of the Aspect Diversified Trends Fund, a UCITS III compliant version of its flagship Aspect Diversified Programme.
25 Jan. 2011 Trafalgar Capital Advisors adds Sterling share class for Global Credit Master Fund [more]
Opalesque industry updates - Specialist finance and advisory firm Trafalgar Capital Advisors will launch a hedged Sterling share class. The new Sterling share class will be launched in conjunction with its strategic partner Peter Neal Pensions LLP for UK- and Sterling-based investors subsc
25 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds unprepared for serious cyber attack [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With details trickling in about how the sophisticated Stuxnet computer worm derailed years of work on Iran’s nuclear program, many seasoned observers are left to wonder what might happen if such a powerful weapon were ever turned against the nearly $2 trillion hedge fund
24 Jan. 2011 How active portfolio management can maximize opportunities in Africa [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Over the past decade, an increasing number of investors have discovered the potential of investing in the smaller and less developed “frontier markets,” many of which have been developing rapidly into excellent growth opportunities. Although many of the greatest investmen
24 Jan. 2011 Performance for managed futures in December came from trend followers - Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (“the Index”) monthly commentary offers insight into December hedge fund performance. Some key findings from the report include: The Index posted its second best monthly performance of the year in December, up 2.90
24 Jan. 2011 Sanford Grossman donates minority stake in hedge fund QFS to University of Chicago [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - QFS Asset Management, L.P. and Dr. Sanford J. Grossman are pleased to announce that Dr. Grossman has donated a minority stake in QFS to his alma mater, the University of Chicago. Dr. Grossman received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., all in Economics, from the University of Chi
24 Jan. 2011 Castle AI sees attractive environment for active hedge fund managers in 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Comment from Thomas Weber, Chief Investment Officer Hedge Funds, LGT Capital Partners and lead portfolio manager of Castle Alternative Invest (Castle AI): 2011 presents an attractive environment for active hedge fund managers Castle
24 Jan. 2011 REYL & CIE hires Pierre-Olivier Pourcelot to lead global asset management sales and marketing activities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - REYL & CIE, the Wealth and Asset Management Group with approximately CHF 4 billion of assets under management, announces the development of its institutional asset management division with the appointment of Pierre-Olivier Pourcelot as Global Head of Sales & Marke
24 Jan. 2011 EDHEC-Risk Institute calls for greater attention to non-financial risks in the European fund management industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study conducted by EDHEC-Risk Institute as part of the “Risk and Regulation in the European Fund Management Industry” research chair in partnership with CACEIS, entitled “The European Fund Management Industry Needs a Better Grasp of Non-Financial Risks,”<
21 Jan. 2011 CalPERS sees double-digit gains in 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) said today that it earned a 12.5 percent net return on investments for the 2010 calendar year. The solid net returns mark the second straight calendar year of double-digit gains for the nation’s larges
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