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07 Jul. 2011 Inside and outside the CFTC concerns are raised over new swaps regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update –Futures Industry Association (FIA) President John Damgara released a statement following the CFTC approval of extensive changes in rules prohibiting fraud and manipulation in futures, swaps and cash commodity markets, and the FIA is clearly unsatisfied with the new regulat
07 Jul. 2011 Harbinger's LightSquared announces new public outreach initiative and the political clout behind it [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone may not be thrilled with one politician for alluding to him as a serial violator of securities laws, (Source), but that does
07 Jul. 2011 All IndexIQ hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes are down in June but most are up YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics o
07 Jul. 2011 No hedge fund is ‘systemically important' says AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The global hedge fund association, AIMA, announced today that no hedge fund manager based or operating in the US or elsewhere currently poses a risk to financial stability. Its announcement comes as the Financial Stability Oversight Council is expected to clarify the crite
07 Jul. 2011 Man Group’s funds under management confirmed at $71bn in Q2-2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group’s funds under management went from $69.1bn in Q1-2011 to $71bn in Q2, representing a rise of around 2.8% (compared to $68.6bn at the end of 2010; $38.5bn in Q2-2010; and $
07 Jul. 2011 EverTrend Asset launches macro managed futures fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – EverTrend Asset has announced the launch of macro managed futures fund everTrend Global which is designed to provide investors with global exposure to a broad range of asset classes. Robert Robbins, President and Portfolio Manager of everTrend Global commented: “I’m p
06 Jul. 2011 Eurozone worries drag down hedge funds in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A second month of negative hedge fund performance is being partially attributed to the anxiety over European sovereign debt worries. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index in June fell -1.95 and Oliver Schupp, President of Credit Suisse Index Co says "Hea
05 Jul. 2011 Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices was down -0.58% for June, event driven hit hardest at -1.43% [more]
The Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices posted negative performance in June according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted: "The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index ("CSLAB"), which aims
05 Jul. 2011 Hedge fund managers are bearish on US Treasuries, many expect another recession [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The outlook shared by many hedge fund managers is not particularly promising, according to a new report by TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge. The firms, which interviewed 87 hedge fund managers, found that 38% are bearish on the S&P 500, a significantly highe
05 Jul. 2011 Och Ziff Asia and Special Investments funds positive in June, Europe Master Fund takes a -2.24% hit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based, publicly traded hedge fund firm Och Ziff reported its June performance on Tuesday reflecting tough month for financials that was June 2011. In addition to reporting performance, the firm also estimated that as of July 1 its AUM stands at $29.3bn, a $700m
05 Jul. 2011 MF Global keeps adding to management team, David Simons now global head of operations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today announced David Simons has joined the firm as global head of Operations, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Simons will oversee the management and strategic
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
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