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27 Apr. 2012 Audley Capital’s first external hedge fund achieves 14% in six months [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Audley Capital seeded its first external hedge fund last September with the launch of the Audley Japan Opportunities Fund, managed by Christopher Rigg. Since launch in
27 Apr. 2012 Galleon Group insider trading probe grows, investigators eye Goldman managing director [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: US prosecutors and regulators are deepening their investigation into whether employees at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. were involved with the high profile Galleon Group insider trading ring. Matthew Korenberg, is a San Francisco-based managing director for Goldman, an
26 Apr. 2012 Pan Reliance Capital Advisors to launch weekly dealing alternative fund of funds in UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In response to investor demand, Pan Reliance Capital Advisors is preparing to launch a multi- strategy Fund of Funds pursuing alternative investment strategies under the guidelines of UCITS (Undertakings for 1 Collective Investment in Transferable Securities). The new por
26 Apr. 2012 Rothstein Kass: Separate accounts and seeding are becoming significantly important in the hedge fund world [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Rothstein Kass’ sixth annual survey of the hedge fund industry, one issue that is striking is that separate accounts and funds of one (aka managed accounts) are gaining ground and now nearly equal the number of offshore products. Furtherm
26 Apr. 2012 IRS proposes regulations on FATCA withholding and reporting [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The IRS has released new proposed regulations for several sections of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the international tax collection legislation
26 Apr. 2012 Attorney, wall street trader, and middleman settle SEC charges in $32m insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Matthew H. Kluger, Garrett D. Bauer, and Kenneth T. Robinson have settled insider trading charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by agreeing to give up their ill-gotten gains plus interest. The amounts to be paid are approximately $31.6m for Baue
26 Apr. 2012 Citi to provide hedge fund middle office services to Spartus Capital [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Global investment bank Citi has won the contract from investment management firm Spartus Capital Management LP to provide them with hedge fund middle office services. Spartus, a new divergent volatilit
25 Apr. 2012 Parker FX Index down -1.19% in March, -0.23% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.19% return for the month of March, 2012. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.51%% in March (-0.10% YTD). Fifty-one programs in the Index reported March results, of which fourteen reported positive results, thi
25 Apr. 2012 Riskdata estimates the price of the new Greek-Bond portfolio to be Eur211 for each Eur1000 of initial face value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors' and Risk Managers' Perspective: Riskdata estimates the price of the new Greek-Bond portfolio to be 211€ for each 1000€ of initial face value. The New Greek Bond Portfolio Duration is calculated close to 10 years, regardless of the original bond matur
25 Apr. 2012 DJ Credit Suisse hedge fund index finishes Q1 up 4.04%; industry saw outflows of $1.33bn in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.05% in March 2012. (Earlier estimated numbers here: Source<
25 Apr. 2012 Altin finds returns in rebound of 'risky assets’ [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Altin, the Swiss alternative investment company listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, has reported on market conditions over the first quarter of 2012. The firm reports that the first quarter of 2012 was an opportunity for a strong rebound of "risky" ass
25 Apr. 2012 Hedge fund manager Robert Williamson found dead [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Robert Williamson Jr. the nephew of investment manager Julian Robertson was found dead in the water near Figure Eight Island, a gated development in North Carolina. Williamson was managing director and portfolio manager of hedged US equities strategy at Connecticu
24 Apr. 2012 University of Oxford partners with Man Group and OneMarketData to create new data lab for financial research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The University of Oxford today announced it is establishing new facilities to help researchers deepen their understanding of financial systems. The Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance (OMI) virtual ‘data lab’ will be powered by OneTick, a single solution for comp
24 Apr. 2012 GlobeOp's forward hedge fund redemption indicator shows April notifications lowest on record [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for April 2012 measured 2.00%, down from 3.23% in March. “April’s forward redemptions dropped to two percent, the second lowest month on record and
24 Apr. 2012 Axiom Fund waives management fees - a first for the alternative UCITS sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Axiom Fund announced a major change in the fee structure of the Axiom UCITS Alternative Investable Index Fund (“the Axiom Fund”). The Axiom Fund has waived its management fees, becoming the first fund of funds in the alternative UCITS space to charge performance fees only
24 Apr. 2012 European law firm Dillon Eustace to establish office in Cayman Islands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An Irish law firm has opened an office in the Cayman Islands. The new office, opened by Dillon Eustace in response to increased client demand for Cayman services, will mark the first European Union legal firm to establish a fully-serviced practice on the islands.
24 Apr. 2012 SEB's first quarter results show marginally increased net profit for 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEB's first quarter of 2012 shows an operating profit of SEK 3.7bn ($0.5bn)."Our relationship banking model has generated a robust first quarter and profit before credit loss provisions increased by 2 per cent. The number of customers increased in all segments an
24 Apr. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index shed -0.21% in March (+4.4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) shed 0.21% compared to global equity returns of +3.29% for the S&P 500 Total Return index and +1.02% for the MSCI World Equity index. Hedge fund managers were given the chance to highlight their abilities in March, as
24 Apr. 2012 Aima and KPMG study finds hedge funds have outperformed traditional markets over the past 17 years [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new study The Value of the Hedge Fund Industry to Investors, Markets and the Broader Economy has found that hedge funds significantly outperfor
24 Apr. 2012 Hedge funds add value to balanced portfolios but investment process and strategies are important [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – In SEB Group’s latest report titled, "Hedge funds – avoiding a simplistic approach," the Nordic bank which describes itself as a relationship bank, has concluded that hedge funds add value to ba
24 Apr. 2012 Funds move out of the dollar - BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Currency positions remain sizable and volatility is expected to remain high according to a new
24 Apr. 2012 SEC charges former CalPERS CEO and friend with falsifying letters in $20m placement agent fee scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the former CEO of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), Federico R. Buenrostro and his friend Alfred J.R. Villalobos with scheming to defraud an investment firm into paying $20 m
23 Apr. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund returns of 3.3% for first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, a provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for March and for the first quarter as well as estimated asset flows through February 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted com
23 Apr. 2012 Agecroft: JOBS ACT will revolutionize hedge fund marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The new JOBS Act, recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, is designed to make it easier for small businesses to raise capital and create new jobs in the current economy. An indirect beneficiary of this legislation is the hedge fund industry, as it will
23 Apr. 2012 Asian hedge fund managers are ignoring the impact of Fatca [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The majority of hedge fund managers in Asia are not clearly digesting the full impact of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) and are ignoring its consequences, particularly to their operations, according to
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