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10 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds see fifth month of inflows with $13.0bn (0.8% of assets) boosting base in November 2010, investors show healthier risk appetite [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrimTabs Investment Research and BarclayHedge reported that the hedge fund industry posted an estimated inflow of $13.0 billion (0.8% of assets) in November 2010, the fifth straight inflow as well as the heaviest since February 2010. “The year ahead looks bright
10 Jan. 2011 UCITS HFS Index gains +0.60% in December, finishes 2010 with +5.05% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index reported a positive performance for the sixth month in a row and returned +0.60% in December. The broad index started slightly positive into the month with a first week return of +0.17%. Although the second week of trading saw the index drop by a fract
10 Jan. 2011 Finisterre Capital hires Guillaume Ménabé as junior portfolio manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Guillaume Ménabé has joined Finisterre Capital as junior portfolio manager on the Finisterre Global Opportunity Fund. He will be running a portion of the Foreign Exchange and Commodities portfolio as well as providing additional support to the existing team.
10 Jan. 2011 Commodity bull run set for another five years or more, Dighton Capital Management says [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The bull run in commodities is set to continue for at least another five years, offering long-only investors better growth potential than any other asset class, according to Dighton Capital Management, one of the world’s leading managed futures fund managers.
09 Jan. 2011 Hedge funds return 11.46% in 2010, investors add $86bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned an average of 11.46% with nearly a third the volatility of equity markets in 2010 while investors added an estimated $86 billion. Below are early estimates* for December and full year 2010 hedge fund performance and asset flows. A full re
07 Jan. 2011 Global financial markets ended 2010 with a positive tone - HFRI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets ended 2010 with a positive tone, with strength across global equity, commodity and credit markets throughout the month of December. Fixed income yields rose despite continued subdued inflationary pressures, measures of manufacturing and employmen
07 Jan. 2011 Global hedge fund performance for 2010 at 8.08% (est) - Hedge Fund Intelligence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund performance lagged the equity markets last year despite most strategies earning substantial profits in December. The HedgeFund Intelligence Global Composite Index, which tracks nearly 4,000 single-manager hedge funds, produced a median gain of 8.08% in 2010 aga
07 Jan. 2011 Diva Synergy Fund gains over 27% in 2010; Bernheim, Dreyfus anticipates further strong year for M&A (and for the Fund) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Paris-based M&A investment manager, Bernheim, Dreyfus, has announced continuing strong performance for its flagship Diva Synergy Enhanced Fund through 2010. In the 12 month period, the Fund’s dollar class gained +27.35% net and the euro class +27.91%. The s
07 Jan. 2011 Harmonic Capital Value Program up 24% in 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harmonic Capital Partners, a successful hedge fund manager trading long/short macro strategies, recorded its highest annual return in 2010. The Harmonic Capital Value Program* was up 24% in 2010, after recording 2% in 2009 and 17% in 2008. Harmonic invests i
07 Jan. 2011 Parker FX Index down 0.39% in November, +1.66%.YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.39% return for the month of November. Sixtynine programs in the index reported November results, of which twenty-six reported positive results, forty-two incurred losses and one was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -
06 Jan. 2011 Morgan Stanley and Algebris launch UCITS III fund with long/short equity strategy focused on global financial services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced the launch of a new fund under its Ucits Irish umbrella, FundLogic Alternatives. The new fund will be managed by Algebris Investments LLP and will offer access to a long/short equity strategy focused on the global financial ser
06 Jan. 2011 FrontPoint-SJC Direct Lending Fund closes with commitments exceeding $1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FrontPoint Partners LLC (“FrontPoint” or “FPP”) today announced the final close for the FrontPoint-SJC Direct Lending Fund, L.P. (“FSJC” or the “Fund”) with total commitments of more than $1 billion. The Fund’s strategy focuses on providing privately negotiated senior sec
05 Jan. 2011 Matrix New Europe Fund increases exposure to Turkey, marks 4 year anniversary with 52.8% outperformance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Matrix Group marks the four year anniversary of the Matrix New Europe Fund, managed by David Thornton, as the Fund increases its exposure to Turkey. David Thornton, Manager of the Matrix New Europe Fund, comments on his recent increase in exposure to Turkey:
05 Jan. 2011 Stock and Bond Fund Flows exceed $900 billion in 2010, mostly around risk aversion and income needs - Strategic Insight 2010 Review & 2011 Outlook [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 2010 net flows to stock and bond funds amounted to over $900 billion worldwide, according to Strategic Insight’s 2010 Global Asset Management Review/2011 Outlook, mostly around risk aversion and income needs, and a business focus back-to-basics. Among the best sellin
05 Jan. 2011 Listed hedge fund firm Och Ziff's Asia and Global funds end 2010 up double digits [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Publicly traded hedge fund firm Och Ziff Capital Management Group (OZM) returned above average performance in 2010, with all four funds notching gains ahead of industry-wide year end results (
05 Jan. 2011 Blackstone's Byron Wien announces the ten surprises for 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Byron R. Wien, Vice Chairman, Blackstone Advisory Partners, today issued his list of The Ten Surprises for 2011. This is the 26th year Byron has given his predictions of a number of economic, financial market and political Surprises for the coming year. Byron defines a “S
29 Dec. 2010 2010 MSCI Indices reveal Europe significantly underperformed the USA, and emerging and frontier markets show strongest recoveries [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, including indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics and corporate governance services, today published the year-to-date performance of its MSCI indices, revealing a moderate recovery o
28 Dec. 2010 Hedge fund managers extremely bullish on US equities, betting aggressively on economic recovery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers have turned extremely upbeat on U.S. equities, according to the TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers for December. About 46% of the 92 hedge fund managers the firms surveyed in the past week are bullish on the S&P 500, while only 19
24 Dec. 2010 US Federal Court dismisses case against Epsilon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A U.S. Federal Court has dismissed a civil lawsuit pending  in Seattle against Epsilon Global Active Value Fund II, Ltd.  The case was terminated 
24 Dec. 2010 Goldman Sachs Petershill Fund to acquire passive minority interest in macro manager Mount Lucas [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Goldman Sachs Petershill Fund ("Petershill") will acquire a passive minority interest in Mount Lucas. By partnering with Petershill in this way, we gain access to increased resources, while preserving our complete autonomy. As the press release below
23 Dec. 2010 Volatile trading on hedge fund market likely to extend in 2011 - Hedgebay [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedgebay’s secondary market index shows further fluctuations Prices on the hedge fund secondary market remain volatile, according to the latest data from Hedgebay. A lack of price stability has been the recurring theme of 2010, evidenced once again when the av
23 Dec. 2010 Fortress Investment Group announces Thomas Chan Soo Kang as President of Fortress Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) announced that Thomas Chan-Soo Kangwill join the firm as President, Fortress Asia. Mr. Kang will become a member of Fortress's management committee and will have responsibility for business development, capital formatio
22 Dec. 2010 AIS introduces web portal for hedge fund document management and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIS Fund Administration announced the release of AIS IR Manager, a secure document management and investor relations Web portal designed expressly for the firm’s hedge fund clients. AIS Fund Administration provides outsourced middle and back office support and fund admi
21 Dec. 2010 Greenwich Composite Investable Index shed 0.58% in November (+1.28% YTD) [more]
0palesque Industry Update – The Greenwich Composite Investable Index shed 0.58% in November, a month defined by volatile trading in equities and fixed income. Two of nine Greenwich Investable Indices moved higher on the month, with most strategies exhibiting slight losses. The Greenwich
21 Dec. 2010 November was first down month of 2010 for hedge funds, managed futures losses driven by mid month trend reversals - 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 November hedge fund performance. Some key findings from the report include: November marked the Index’s first negative month of performance since June. Many mana
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