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19 Jan. 2011 Morgan Stanley and Indus launch UCITS III long/short equity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) announced the launch of a new fund under its Ucits Irish umbrella, FundLogic Alternatives. The new fund will be managed by Indus Capital Partners LLC and will offer access to a long/short equity strategy focused on the Asia Pacific region. Thi
19 Jan. 2011 Eurekahedge: Global hedge fund industry grew by $34.1bn in December to reach total of $1.67tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highlights from this month’s Eurekahedge report are as follows: - Hedge funds posted double-digit growth in 2010, up 10.93%, and outperformed underlying markets by 3.10% - The global hedge fund industry grew by US$34.1 billion in December - total a
19 Jan. 2011 HFR: Hedge funds end 2010 with record quarterly asset increase of $149bn (total industry assets $1.917tn) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - - Hedge funds end 2010 with record quarterly asset increase of $149bn - Investors favour Macro and Arbitrage funds and industry nears pre-crisis asset level; - Increasing risk tolerance and falling volatility influence investor allocations The hedg
19 Jan. 2011 Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Index finished December 2010 up 2.23% (20.16% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index finished December 2010 up 2.23% (YTD 20.16%) on an asset weighted basis and up 2.20% (YTD 14.78%) on an equal weighted basis. The Index underperformed broader equities and global hedge fund indices in December, but
19 Jan. 2011 Baring Global Agriculture Fund celebrates 2nd year, expects elevated prices for soft commodities to remain [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jonathan Blake, manager of the Baring Global Agriculture Fund, believes the current environment of elevated prices for soft commodities offers some very attractive investment opportunities within the agriculture asset class for 2011.
19 Jan. 2011 Cayman funds “exodus” is a load of blarney [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A report published in The Financial Times on January 16 once again perpetuates the myth that The Cayman Islands is suffering at the hands of Ireland regarding the re-domiciling of funds. The story, quoting the Irish Funds Industry Association, claims the hedg
19 Jan. 2011 SEI study: hedge fund managers must focus on risk management to capitalize on renewed investor commitment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors are bolstering their commitment to hedge funds, but expect greater transparency and solid risk management infrastructures from managers, according to an annual global study released today by SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) in collaboration with Greenwich Associ
18 Jan. 2011 FBI announces arrest of James Brandolino after Falcon Capital Partners fraud [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Late on Tuesday the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) announced the arrest of James Brandolino, of Falcon Capital Partners for defrauding a small group of high net wo
18 Jan. 2011 Institutional investors increase usage of alternatives, showing preference to alternative mutual funds over hedge funds - Morningstar survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc. a provider of independent investment research, and Barron's, the financial magazine published by Dow Jones & Company, released highlights of their third-annual national survey examining the perception and usage of alternative investments amon
18 Jan. 2011 Edhec-Risk Alternative Indexes show commodities hedge funds ahead in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global CTA strategies achieved a return of 4.53% over December 2010, ending the year with a year to date return of 10.0% according to the Edhec-Risk Indexes. According to the institute, this was its best score since May 2008 as commodities managed a fourth consecutive mon
18 Jan. 2011 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index confirmed at +2.90% in December and +10.95% for 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Final performance for the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index ("Broad Index") is confirmed up 2.90% in December and up 10.95% YTD. Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co., LLC, said, "The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge
17 Jan. 2011 AIMA calls for flexibility and diversity in the AIFM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA, the Alternative Investment Management Association, has called for the implemented form of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) to be flexible, proportionate and based on the principles of openness and transparency. In a consultation r
17 Jan. 2011 Antartica Asset Management launches European domiciled global macro fund of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Antarctica Asset Management, an alternatives investment advisor has announced the launch on January 1st 2011, of the Antarctica Global Macro Fund Plc (AGMF), the latest addition to its range of fund of hedge funds. Conceived to target present imbalances between global ec
17 Jan. 2011 Lyxor Global Hedge Fund Index up 2.3% in December (+5.8% in 2010) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Global Hedge Fund Index, an investable index based on Lyxor’s hedge funds platform which tracks the overall hedge fund universe, was up 5.8% in 2010. The index gained 2.3% in December. Alternative investments had persistent themes from which to benefit
17 Jan. 2011 RWC Partners to launch cash +6% fund for Allwright and Frost in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RWC Partners today announced that the launch of Peter Allwright and Stuart Frost's UCITS III RWC Enhanced ARC (Absolute Rate and Currency) Fund has been bought forward to February 2011. Initially planned to launch at the end of the first quarter, client demand has
17 Jan. 2011 Co-founder and president of Measurisk Andrew Lapkin leaving firm this week [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opalesque has learned that Measurisk co-founder and current president Andrew Lapkin has informed colleagues that he feels it is time for him to leave the firm and what he describes as an “unbelievable journey”. Founded in 1999, the firm was sold to Bear Stear
14 Jan. 2011 RBC Hedge 250 Index returns +2.25% in December (+6.42% YTD 2010) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets reported that for the month of December 2010 the RBC Hedge 250 Index had a net return of 2.25 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 6.42 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month. Th
14 Jan. 2011 Newedge CTA Index posts 3.35% in December (+9.28% YTD 2010) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices.
12 Jan. 2011 Barclay CTA Index up +2.85% in December, +6.26% YTD 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 2.85% in December according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index was up 6.26% for the year. “As investor psychology fluctuated between risk-on and risk-off during 2010, the major market sectors – equities, bonds, cur
12 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds close December at 2010 highs - Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index +10.67% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds, as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”), advanced for their 6th straight month in December to close 2010 at their highs for the year. All major Greenwich Hedge Fund strategy groups finished the year higher, with Event-Driven, Direction
12 Jan. 2011 Pacific Investments to set up a new absolute return fund management business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -Pacific Investments, the London-based private investment vehicle of Sir John Beckwith, announced that it is establishing a new absolute return fund management business. Rod Barker, formerly a partner at International Standard Asset Management with Stanley Fink, is joining
12 Jan. 2011 Hedge Fund Association launches new chapter in Cayman Islands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (the HFA) today announced that it will be opening its newest chapter in the Cayman Islands in response to intense demand by Cayman-based hedge fund industry participants. This newest step in the HFA’s international expansion comes on the heels
11 Jan. 2011 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 2.88% in December; up 10.86% in 2010, most hedge funds recoup 2008 losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 2.88% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 10.86% in 2010. “After two years of strong gains, close to 64 percent of the hedge funds that report data to us have now recovered from losses in
11 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds' health insurance premiums rise while coverage gets watered down - SKCG Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A survey by SKCG Group, an independent U.S. insurance broker with a worldwide hedge fund practice, shows that the hedge fund industry is paying higher health insurance premiums but getting less for the money. Premiums for hedge funds increased between 6% and 18% in 2010
10 Jan. 2011 Portfolio manager Melody Bryant joins CL Kempner to ramp up long/short equity fund platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - C.L. Kempner Asset Management announced today that Melody Bryant has joined the firm as a principal to work alongside founder and managing partner Carl Kempner to ramp up the firm’s long/short equity hedge fund platform. Together, Mr. Kempner and Ms. Bryant plan
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