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04 Jun. 2015 Balter Liquid launches discretionary global macro fund for the wider audience [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Balter Liquid Alternatives (BLA), a subsidiary of Balter Capital Management, has launched the Balter Discretionary Global Macro Fund.
04 Jun. 2015 Brighton SPC taken over by CIMA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Belvedere Management Group fund vehicle Brighton SPC has been taken over by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority following a forensic examination, according to a notice from the regulator. Brighton SPC represents the offshore arm of a larger Ponzi scheme run o
03 Jun. 2015 AIMA updates due diligence questionnaire for selecting a fund of hedge funds manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published an updated edition of its due diligence questionnaire (DDQ) for pension funds and other investors to use when selecting a fund of hedge funds manager.
03 Jun. 2015 Investment marketing and consultancy Quadsight Partners launches [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quadsight Partners has announced the formal launch of its business – a marketing, communications and public relations firm formed to provide investment managers, wealth advisors and service providers with executable solutions to grow assets and drive revenue. Quadsight is
03 Jun. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains +0.26% (+2.55% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds posted mixed returns in May as the financial markets traded on wide ranges, according to Hedge Fund Research. The HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.
03 Jun. 2015 Chris Addy notes great progress in hedge fund transparency [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chris Addy, president and CEO of Castle Hall Alternatives, a global due diligence service firm, on Tuesday said there had been great progress in the hedge fund industry, especially on the issue of transpa
03 Jun. 2015 Bill Ackman takes 22% stake in Nomad Foods [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman on Tuesday disclosed a 21.7% stake (about 33.3 million shares) in Nomad Foods Limited, a special purpose acquisition company created to acquire companies in the food industry, to
02 Jun. 2015 eVestment enters private equity, venture capital with TopQ acquisition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a leading provider of traditional and hedge fund data and analytics for the institutional investing community, is launching new offerings in the private equity and venture capital arenas. To serve institutional investors who are increasingly investin
02 Jun. 2015 Backstop Solutions acquires Cogency software to expand capabilities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group – a provider of cloud-based solutions purpose-built for the institutional investment industry has announced it has acquired Cogency Software, a provider of accounting solutions for multi-manager investment firms. Cogency’s clients are s
02 Jun. 2015 New BNY Mellon white paper highlights transformative role of Big Data [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon, an investment management and investment services, has published a new white paper examining Big Data's credentials and its potential as a transformative tool in the current era of shrinking margins and ever-more sophisticated and powerful analytica
02 Jun. 2015 2015 could be year of M&A as hedge funds continue to post positive gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The current year is on track to be the best year for M&A ever, says Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. Lyxor cited Bloomberg data which showed that since the beginning of the year, global M&A volumes hav
02 Jun. 2015 FX hedge funds fell in April on weaker data of the U.S. dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: FX hedge funds declined in April as the U.S. dollar fell on weaker data, with nonfarm payroll data coming in significantly below expectations and the Q1 2015 GDP data below consensus. The Parker FX Index dropped
02 Jun. 2015 New alternative beta ETF aggregates hedge fund positions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment adviser Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors has announced the launch of three new exchange-traded funds that leverage the indices and research from Hedge Fund Research. In a
01 Jun. 2015 State Street appoints hedge fund veteran Effie Datson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced today the appointment of Effie Datson as global head of product for its Alternative Investment Solutions division. Datson’s initial focus will be on expanding the global footprint of InfraHedge, State Street’s $15 billion managed account
01 Jun. 2015 FTSE Russell and Research Affiliates launch new smart beta index series [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FTSE Russell, the global index provider, and Research Affiliates have announced the launch of new smart beta indexes: the FTSE RAFITM Equity Income Index Series. The benchmarks will track high dividend-paying stocks which are screened to target sustainable income. The in
31 May. 2015 Harbert Management Corporation raises EUR122 million for first European growth capital fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harbert Management Corporation, an investment management firm focusing on alternative assets, is pleased to announce the final closing of its first European private debt fund, the Harbert European Growth Capital Fund I ("HEGCF" or the "Fund&
29 May. 2015 Peter Weinberg joins Steben & Company as head of investor relations and marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Steben & Company, Inc., a leading provider of alternative investments, announced today that Peter Weinberg has joined the Firm as Head of Investor Relations & Marketing. “The success we have had with our funds creates the need for an increased focus on competitive
29 May. 2015 Alpha UCITS Platform launches Quantmetrics Multi Strategy UCITS Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantmetrics Capital Management LLP has launched on 4th May a UCITS version of its successful Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. The strategy has returned on average +14.75% net p.a. over the last 9 years. Quantmetrics is a London base
29 May. 2015 Liquid alternatives can help investors de-risk portfolios [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative asset management firm Forward Management, LLC said investors need to become familiar with liquid alternatives if they want to benefit from sophisticated risk management and asset alloc
29 May. 2015 Catalyst Funds surpasses $2bn in assets under management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The alternative-focused mutual fund firm Catalyst Funds has surpassed $2bn in assets under management (AUM). This represents a 100% growth in assets in the last 11 months. "Catalyst has worked hard to provide
28 May. 2015 Kames’ Milburn: Can high yield finally stop sowing seeds of its own destruction? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A shift to focus on refinancing existing debt, coupled with a tightening up of bank lending, could keep the high yield default cycle much more subdued in the next few years, Kames Capital’s Phil Milburn has said. While expectations are slowly mounting that high y
28 May. 2015 HFRI Russia Index jumps nearly 20% in three months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Volatile emerging markets hedge funds have returned to lead industry performance on the strong recovery of the Russian Rouble, higher oil prices, lowering of interest rates by the Chinese Central Bank, and a surge in trading volume on the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect
28 May. 2015 Paulson might get involved in Teva’s takeover bid battle [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Teva, the giant Israeli generic drug maker, might look to billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson in a $40bn takeover bid with Mylan, a rival company. Tevahas approached Mylan, a rival, with a $40bn takeover offer in a bid to create the world’s biggest gene
28 May. 2015 Liquidators of Thomas Priore’s hedge funds sue Barclays for $80m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquidators of the failed Cayman Islands-based hedge funds, ICP Strategic Credit Income Fund Ltd and ICP Strategic Credit Income Master Fund Ltd, have accused Barclays PLC of knowingly participating in a fraudulent transfer of more than $40m by the funds owner, Thom
28 May. 2015 Mass affluent and HNW segment represent 8% of global population, with assets accounting for +86% of liquid wealth [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Worldwide liquid onshore assets will exceed $100tln by no later than 2016, according to "The Global Wealth Market in 2015," a new white paper by DataMonitor Financial, but the market is not homogenous. The global wealth market has recovered from th
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  4. Hedge fund Barnegat survives September’s market selloff[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $679 million Barnegat Fund proved resilient after another month of market letdown as the hedge fund gained 2.2% last month, bringing its year-to-date gains to 2.8%. Treue said in his monthly report to i

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