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26 Sep. 2011 AIMA expresses concerns over ESMA's AIFMD 'third country' proposals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has expressed concerns over how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) would apply to non-EU managers and funds under proposals by a task force of the European
26 Sep. 2011 Greenwich indices experience marginal fall in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices withstood the worst decline in equity markets thus far in 2011 with modest declines in August. The monthly and quarterly redemption Composite Indices fell by 2.32% for the month, less than half the decline of the S&P 500 To
26 Sep. 2011 Launch of Amati Systematic Trend Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Amati Global Investors announced the launch of its new managed futures fund, the Amati Systematic Trend Fund (“The Fund”), which is a SICAV fund administered and regulated in Malta (non-UCITS). The Fund was established by two former traders from BP's Internation
23 Sep. 2011 Parker FX Index down -1.28% in August, (-3.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.28% return for the month of August. Fifty-eight programs in the Index reported August results, of which eighteen reported positive results, thirty-nine incurred losses and one reported flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was dow
22 Sep. 2011 CalPERS seeds global macro hedge fund Breton Hill Capital with $100m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has invested $100 million in seed money with Breton Hill Capital, a Toronto-based global macro hedge fund with investments in equities, commodity and financial futures, and currencies. The investment, part o
22 Sep. 2011 42% of Japanese institutional investors plan to increase their allocations to hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 42% of Japanese institutional investors plan to increase their allocations to hedge funds in the near term according to a new investor survey by HFC Advisory. HFC Advisory, a Tokyo-based consulting and research firm, interviewed a wide range of Japanese invest
21 Sep. 2011 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator shows that investors' trust remains with hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for September 2011 measured 3.11%, up from 2.71% in August. “September 2011 was the lowest September since the Index began,” said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services. “In fact, monthly redempt
21 Sep. 2011 IMS Group welcomes AIMA’s reminder to ESMA that investors will pay the costs of AIFMD implementation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, recently responded to a consultation by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) should be implemente
21 Sep. 2011 Barclay CTA index gains 0.16% (est.) in August (-0.51% YTD) as volatility provides profitable opportunities [more]
Opalesque Industy Update – Managed futures gained 0.16% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index remains down 0.51%. “Increasing volatility across global markets provided profitable opportunities for most of the major sectors,” says Sol Waksma
21 Sep. 2011 William Beverley joins Iveagh as Head of Macroeconomic Research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Iveagh Private Investment House (“Iveagh”), the Guinness family office and asset management boutique, announces the appointment of William Beverley to the Iveagh investment team. William will take overall responsibility for Iveagh's macroeconomic and qu
21 Sep. 2011 Hedge funds to grow while focusing on regulatory compliance and new reporting requirements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new report from Aite Group analyzes areas impacting the global hedge fund market, from regulation to execution of operations, and discusses hedge fund product offerings and client concentration. Based on a Q3 2011 Aite Group survey of 21 fund managers, the report also m
20 Sep. 2011 Asset management firm The Cambridge Strategy selected as launch manager on CitiFX Access platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Cambridge Strategy, a boutique asset management firm offering active currency alpha, emerging markets macro, emerging markets equity and currency overlay programmes, announced that it has been selected as a launch manager on the recently launched CitiFX Access platfor
20 Sep. 2011 All EDHEC hedge fund indices down in August except for Short Selling and Global CTA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In August, the deterioration in the stock markets continued and accelerated. The S&P 500 index (-5.43%) suffered its most severe losses since May 2010, bringing its YTD performance (-1.77%) well below par. The increasing nervousness of investors resulted in another surge
19 Sep. 2011 83% of hedge funds report losses in August, Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 3.42% (-2.50% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Most hedge fund strategies experienced widespread and significant losses in August, contributing to a 3.42% fall in the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year-to-date, the Index is down 2.50%. “In what has been the worst month since Lehman’s fai
19 Sep. 2011 Man Group appoints David Mercurio as Head of Asia Equity while Pierre Lagrange becomes Chairman of Man Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc (“Man”) is strengthening its investment management presence in Asia with the appointment of David Mercurio as Head of Asia Equity and co-Head of Global Equity Strategies reporting to Pierre Lagrange. David, who has 17 years of investment experienc
19 Sep. 2011 Cube Capital appoints legal head and FoFs portfolio manager as partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Cube Capital has appointed two new partners, Janene Waudby and Scott Gibb. The $1.2 billion global alternatives firm was established in 2003 and, with the new appointments, now has six partners. Janene Waudby joined Cube in 2006 as General C
19 Sep. 2011 Matrix hires ex-Gartmore manager Rebecca Ledlie to head product and marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Matrix Asset Management has appointed Rebecca Ledlie as Head of Product and Marketing to spearhead the division’s ambitious growth strategy. Rebecca has an 18 year track record in the financial services industry and joins from Gartmore where she was Head of Product.
19 Sep. 2011 Abu Dhabi Investment Authority expands exposure in alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), an investment institution owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi which runs one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with assets estima
16 Sep. 2011 Lyster Watson Hedge Fund Strategy indices suffered losses accross the board in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Reports from just over 1/3 of hedge funds in Lyster Watson's universe show that hedge funds suffered large losses across the board in August. Declines in equity strategies, while only about half of their long-only counterparts, exceeded 4% in all geographic regi
16 Sep. 2011 Correction: Stephen Roussin is new CEO of absolute return manager Campbell & Co. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell & Company announced on September 14, 2011, that its current President, Stephen Roussin, had been appointed Chief Executive Officer effective October 1st. Roussin, an investment industry veteran, had joined Campbell in June. Please ignore the headline in Opal
16 Sep. 2011 Ex-U.S. Navy SEAL launches Maerisland Capital and maiden long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mr. Mark Beder announces the formation of Maerisland Capital, LLC (“Maerisland”) and the Maerisland-Trident Fund. Maerisland, the combination of three words: Maris- Latin for Sea; Aeris- Latin for Air; and Land, is a play on Mr. Beder’s background as a U.S. Navy SEAL.
16 Sep. 2011 Aquila Capital launches UCITS-compliant CTA fund that offers daily liquidity, Dr. Harry Kat new Quant Team’s Head of Research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Aquila Capital launched a new, UCITS compliant CTA fund to the UK market today. The AC Spectrum Fund is a liquid futures fund and is one of the first of its kind to offer daily rather than weekly liquidity. It is a fully systematic trend follower that targets a
16 Sep. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned -2.41% in August (-1.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of August 2011 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of -2.41 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to -1.45 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
16 Sep. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index outperforms global equities by more than five percentage points in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds generated negative performance in August, falling 2.30% for the month versus a loss of 7.69% for the Dow Jones Global Index. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index fell 2.30% in Aug
15 Sep. 2011 AIMA responds to ESMA’s AIFMD consultation paper [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has responded to a consultation by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on how the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) should be implemented.
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