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09 Jul. 2014 Hedge fund manager George Schultze says investors should take advantage of fixed income market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: George Schultze, founder and managing member of New York-based distressed securities manager Schultze Asset Management, LLC said fund managers should take advantage of future direction in the fixed income market. S
09 Jul. 2014 As S&P hits new highs, hedge funds reduce short positions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: While last week saw record highs in the broader market, hedge funds also cut their short positions in S&P500. Technicals suggest remaining bullish, according to the most recent
09 Jul. 2014 Regulated funds optimistic about growth prospects [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Regulated funds are surprisingly optimistic about their prospects according to the latest survey of regulated fund managers from E
08 Jul. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gains 1.3% in June (3.2% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains in June 2014 to conclude the first half of 2014, as equities eclipsed new records and implied volatilities fell sharply despite rising geopolitical tension. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index® gained +1.3 percent for the month, led by Equi
08 Jul. 2014 Hedge funds get $16.9bn in May; January-May inflow of $72.2bn highest since 2007 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that the hedge fund industry took in $16.9 billion (0.7% of assets) in May 2014, down slightly from $19.1 billion (0.8% of assets) in April. “Hedge funds raked in $72.2 billion in the first five months of this
08 Jul. 2014 Lyxor hedge fund index up 0.7% in June (+1.6% YTD); illiquid premium get monetary support [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.7% in June 2014 (YTD +1.6%). 7 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Merger Arbitrage Index (+1.7%), the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+1.7%) and the Lyxor Long Short Equity Market N
08 Jul. 2014 IDS Group hires Richard Murray to head up Business Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IDS has announced Richard Murray will join the company as head of Business Solutions. Richard has a strong investment background having worked for a number of years in London for Bank of Americ
08 Jul. 2014 Survey finds continued rise of mutual funds as vehicle of choice for alternative strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint study by independent investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. and financial magazine Barron’s found that mutual funds accelerate as vehicle of choice for alternat
07 Jul. 2014 Korea’s Woori Assets releases RPF for single hedge fund strategies, including CTA [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: South Korea’s Woori Asset Management has called on hedge fund firms across the globe to submit single strategies for a hedge fund of funds mandate. The call for new strategies is in tandem with Woori Investment Securities. The qualifications for the RFP are:
04 Jul. 2014 Emerging manager platform QuantX hires new COO, CIO [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Robert Parauda, who was a co-portfolio Manager at Lanx Management LLC from 2009 to 2013 and Global Head of Equity at Deutsche Bank, where he ran a portfolio of
04 Jul. 2014 SEC agrees to dismiss six year old case against Gabelli’s CIO [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In the midst of the credit crisis, Gabelli Funds had another beast to contend with: claims of market-timing abuses by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
04 Jul. 2014 Japan story not over for hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tokyo-based Nikko Asset Management said the geopolitical issues around the globe are not much of a threat but warned China poses a particular concern. At the same
04 Jul. 2014 BAE Systems recants hedge fund cyber attack announcement [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Here is another hiccup case generated by a misleading source. London-based Cyber security specialists BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
03 Jul. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.93% in June (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets closed the first half of 2014 with gains across most regions in June, as implied volatilities fell sharply on improving economic growth concentrated in developed markets. Equity markets gained across most sectors and regions, with US sector gains
03 Jul. 2014 Most Asia Pacific hedge funds generate substantial returns in June - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The majority of Asia Pacific hedge fund managers generated substantial returns above the index (as tracked by AsiaHedge Asia inc Japan 1.4%) in June, said Singapore-based Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said. The
02 Jul. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global up 0.22% in June (+0.94% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks UCITS absolute return funds advance by 0.22% in June as measured by UAI Global index during a month characterized by small performance dispersion. The best performing strategy indices are the UAI CTA up 0.97%, the UAI Emerging Markets up 0.85% and
02 Jul. 2014 Corporate pensions advised to 'buckle seat belts' and replace equities with hedge funds to reduce portfolio risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TeamCo Advisers, LLC ("TeamCo"), a privately owned investment advisory firm that manages portfolios of select hedge funds and other opportunistic alternative assets, today provided an in-depth view of Liability-Driven Investing ("LDI"
02 Jul. 2014 Private equity fundraising on course for best year post-crisis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Private equity funds have raised $190bn in the first six months of 2014, setting them on course to match, if not exceed, 2013’s performance in terms of capital collected, according to PEI Alternative Insight. P
02 Jul. 2014 Modern American family dynamics complicate wealth management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 680 high net-worth individuals in the U.S. with $3m or more in investable assets found that the changing family structures, multi-generational and extended family circumstances, evolving gender roles, and generational views on investing and use of wealth
02 Jul. 2014 Valeant Welcomes John Paulson’s $1bn stake in Allergan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc's chief executive Michael Pearson on Thursday welcomed news that hedge fund manager John Paulson through his firm, Paulson & Co., is building a $1bn stake in Allergan,
01 Jul. 2014 Freeman & Co reports mixed year so far for financial services M&A activity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the first half of 2014, M&A activity was mixed across financial services sectors. Acquisitions of Broker-Dealers increased 25% compared to 1H 2013, while acquisitions of Financial Technology firms increased 45%. Acquisitions in Asset Management declined 36% in 1H 2
01 Jul. 2014 Catalyst Funds reaches $1B AUM, 100% growth YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced that the company has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). This represents a 100% growth in assets since the beginning of the year. “We are thrilled at the interest we
30 Jun. 2014 Convector Capital: most of Japan’s third arrow reforms are disappointing [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: As Japan is about to launch Abenomics’ third arrow reforms, an emerging long/short equity hedge fund manager comments. In a televised address to the nation
26 Jun. 2014 SEC outlines cross-border security-based swap rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission said it would adopt the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for ma
26 Jun. 2014 Japanese investors to maintain allocations in hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint survey by the Japanese branch of global hedge fund industry association Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and Singapore-based data provider and research house Eurekahedge found that Japanese i
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