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29 May. 2012 Global Perpectives finds AIFMD will cause the death of the traditional hedge fund [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Shane Brett, managing director of Global Perspectives has written about the arrival of AIFMD in a
29 May. 2012 Brevan Howard may not like Geneva after all [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Since the UK declared it would increase the tax rates for personal income above GBP150,000 per year from 40% to 50%, starting in April 2010, several hedge fu
29 May. 2012 Tax concerns see hedge funds fleeing India [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds and several foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have packed up their bags and left India on concerns over the proposed tax rules that India plans to implement that could impact on their investments. According to a report by
28 May. 2012 EDHEC paper claims regulators and decision-makers organised the crisis of 2008 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Writing in the latest issue of the EDHEC-Risk Institute’s newsletter, Noël Amenc, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School and Director, EDHEC-Risk Institute asks:
28 May. 2012 SEC halts fraudulent investment scheme by New York-based fund manager [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted a fraudulent investment scheme being run by Jason J. Konior and his two firms. The SEC alleges that since at least November 2011, the two firms raised approximately $11 million by selling investors limited par
25 May. 2012 SEC charges Northern California fund manager in $60 million scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: John A. Geringer a Northern California fund manager was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with running a $60 million investment fund like a Ponzi scheme and defrauding investors by touting imaginary trading profits instead of reporting the act
24 May. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW index up 0.2% in April (3.3% YTD), hedge funds leak $655m in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for April as well as estimated asset flows through March 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of n
24 May. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished April with only 4 out of 10 strategies in positive territory [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 0.04% in April, though it is still showing +4% year to date. A new report from
23 May. 2012 Commonfund names Brett Lane as Managing Director, hedge fund group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for institutional investors, today announced the appointment of Brett Lane as Managing Director, reporting to A. Nicholas (Nick) De Monico, CEO, Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group. “Brett is an integral addition to C
23 May. 2012 Hedge fund seeding platform IMQubator launches capital introduction network [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IMQubator, Europe’s biggest seeding platform, has launched its innovative Capital Introduction Network. The IMQ Capital Introduction Network is a platform with its members connecting potential investors to the IMQubator funds through independent ‘agents’ – third
23 May. 2012 BNP Paribas: Hong Kong leads development of Asian hedge fund industry [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Leading the evolution of Asia’s hedge fund industry are Chinese fund managers who use Hong Kong as their hedge funds base, according to Philippe Ricard, head of asset and fund services at BNP Paribas Securities Services. Ricard told
23 May. 2012 SEC, CFTC rules on dealers, major participants, and eligible contract participants will impact private investment funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In April, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), published rules that define several activities and market participants including - swaps, swap dealers, major participants and eligible contract participa
22 May. 2012 Hedge fund manager Harmonic Capital strengthens team with appointment of partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harmonic Capital Partners, an established quantitative hedge fund manager offering macro and currency programs to institutional investors, announces the appointment of Per Ivarsson as Partner. Mr Ivarsson, who joined Harmonic in 2007, will work alongside the oth
22 May. 2012 Investment advisor Horizon Cash Management hires Michael Markowitz as CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Updates - Horizon Cash Management LLC, an investment advisor specializing in active cash management for the alternative investments industry, today has announced the appointment of Michael Markowitz as Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Markowitz, who also holds the titles of execu
22 May. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.31% in May, up from 2.00% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May 2012 measured 3.31%, up from 2.00% in April. “As we near the half-way mark, forward redemption requests remain lower on a month-to-month basis,” said Tony Glickman, global head of client solutions, GlobeOp Fina
22 May. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down -0.10% in April (-0.62% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures slipped 0.10% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.62% year-to-date. “Although commodity prices dropped in April as measured by a decline of 0.75 percent in the Reuters/CRB Index, several secto
22 May. 2012 Asian mutual and hedge funds unite against Fatca [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – At least six investment industry associations in Asia have bonded together to put up a united stand against the implementation of the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) to be implemented by the U.S. The group are up in arms against the far-r
22 May. 2012 Macro hedge funds still reducing beta [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macro funds are still reducing beta as they did last week. They held the NASDAQ 100 steady, added to their shorts in USD, while selling the S&P 500, commodities and 10-year Treasuries. In addition, they reduced small cap preference - according to
21 May. 2012 Former Societe Generale senior commodities executives exiting to launch Belaco Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Belaco Capital, a multi-commodity discretionary hedge fund that will be managed from Paris. Dr. Frédéric Lasserre is well-known for building and heading the SG commodity research & strategy team which constantly ranked in top 3 by the industry. For the past 15 years, he h
21 May. 2012 Finles’ Dutch Hedge Fund Index has tough April, down 1.12% (+2.29% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dutch Hedge Fund Index ended April 2012 -1.12% lower. More than the DB (-0,24%) and Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices (-0,02%) for the month but positive for the year (+2.29% Ytd). April’s performance is a result of the weighting to Long/ Short Equity managers within the I
21 May. 2012 All EDHEC hedge fund strategies negative in April except for short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April, the stock markets (-0.65%) ended a strong four-month upward trend and registered their first setback of 2012. Simultaneously, after six months of a spectacular fall from 43% in September 2011 to 15.5% in March, implied volatility (17.2%) rose marginally, up 1.7%
21 May. 2012 Man Group to acquire FRM, combined multi-manager business will manage $19bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Man Group is to acquire Financial Risk Management Holdings Ltd (FRM), a global hedge fund investment specialist. The acquisition should be complet
21 May. 2012 AIMA and KPMG survey finds institutional investment in hedge funds spurs increased operational infrastructure [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The second half of the AIMA and KPMG hedge fund study, first reported in
18 May. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.44% in April, remains up 5.05% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds lost 0.44% in April 2012, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 5.05% year-to-date. “Equity markets in the US, Europe, and Japan tr
18 May. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down 1.22% in mid-May (+2.01% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equities continued and extended declines through mid-May, with investors focused on weak US employment data, resurgence of Euro sovereign debt risks and trading losses at a major US financial institution. Most equity sectors posted declines, with Energy, Commodity,
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