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05 Apr. 2011 March was a struggle for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The $2tln hedge fund industry closed the month of March on mixed returns with some big hedge funds gaining while others lost on the back of the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. Various media reports showed that the industry suffered a slump in
04 Apr. 2011 Richard Bani leaves Zoe Cruz' hedge fund Voras and is announced as Brencourt Advisors' new Chief Operating Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a note to investors of the firm, Brencourt Advisors CIO & CEO WIlliam Collins announced that Richard Bani, formerly of Voras Capital (Zoe Cruz's firm) would be joining Brencourt as Chief Operating Officer. Bani was rumored to be "on the way out the door&
04 Apr. 2011 Hedge funds post positive March performance - Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Returns for the Credit Suisse LAB Liquid Indices suggest that hedge funds experienced positive performance in March according to Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted: “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternat
04 Apr. 2011 Och Ziff reports positive performance across all hedge funds in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York based listed hedge fund firm Och Ziff has posted its March performance, and it shows that the firm's funds were all up approximately half a percentage point during the turbulent month. OZ Master Fund gained +-.48% (+3.36 YTD) OZ Master
01 Apr. 2011 Act II Capital Specialist Equities Fund launches as UCITS III with $50m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Act II Specialist Equities fund, an innovative fund of the Act II SICAV, has been launched, with daily liquidity that will precisely follow the investment strategy of the Cayman based Act II Capital Fund and is initially available in British Pound, Euro, and U.S. Doll
30 Mar. 2011 Hedgebay: Secondary market continues to rise as investors start the year with a positive outlook [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The secondary market has seen the return of stability at the start of 2011, with February showing an increase in the average trade price for the second consecutive month. The rise to 73.15%, although slight, suggested the market is establishing a more consistent average.
30 Mar. 2011 Parker FX Index up 0.06% in February, -0.73% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.06% return for the month of February. Sixty- five programs in the Index reported February results, of which thirty-six reported positive results and twenty-nine, incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.02% in F
30 Mar. 2011 Man Group sees $700m Q1 inflows as acquisition of GLG wins back clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – London-based hedge fund operator Man Group Plc., generated approximately $700m in net inflows during the first quarter of the year, reflecting the firm’s first positive quarterly inflow since 2008. In a
29 Mar. 2011 Maples Fund Services uses Advent system [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVS), a leading provider of software and services for the global investment management industry, has announced that Maples Fund Services is leveraging Geneva®, Advent’s award-winning global portfolio management and fund accounting solution
29 Mar. 2011 TIAA CREF expands endowment management business launching Covariance Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of financial services and retirement planning for the nonprofit sector, announced today the expansion of its endowment management business with the launch of Covariance Capital Management (Covariance). The company also announced it is prov
29 Mar. 2011 Kenmar chooses GlobeOp for alternatives fund administration [more]
The Kenmar Group, a Rye Brook-based $1.5 billion global alternative investment firm, has selected GlobeOp Financial Services to provide an extensive range of fund administration, risk and data centre-related services. Kenmar invests in managed accounts and funds across a wide variety of trad
28 Mar. 2011 Litwak & Partners opens in Montevideo and BVI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After having worked for a leading Argentinean law firm, followed by one of the most prestigious multi-jurisdictional offshore power houses and also for the largest law firm in Uruguay, Martin Litwak is pleased to announce the opening of Litwak & Partners. Litwak & Pa
28 Mar. 2011 Helvetic Fund Administration Ltd acquires Capita Financial Administrators (Gibraltar) Ltd [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Helvetic Fund Administration Ltd, Gibraltar’s longest established fund administration company, (the Company or Helvetic) announces that it has completed the migration of the NAV’s (Net Asset Value) with the acquisition of Capita Financial Administrators (Gibraltar) Ltd (o
25 Mar. 2011 Man Group appoints Citi as global shareholder services partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc (“Man”) has finalised the terms of an agreement with Citi Global Transaction Services’ Securities and Fund Services division (“Citi”) to become Man’s global shareholder services partner. Under the terms of the agreement Citi will perform global shareholder a
25 Mar. 2011 Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Index up 0.99% in February, 1.58% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Composite Investable Index built on its success in January with its second month of gains in 2011. The monthly redemption Composite Index advanced by 99 basis points while the quarterly exit Index gained 1.09%. All Greenwich Investable Indices mov
24 Mar. 2011 Gottex’s flagship market neutral strategy regains high watermark, total assets $8.49bn as at end-Feb, up 3% from end-2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), a leading independent global alternative asset management group, announces its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2010. Highlights: • Outperformance of indices in 2010 continuing in first two months of 2
23 Mar. 2011 CAIA Association Appoints Caroline Bault to develop and execute global expansion strategy Sebastien Lacroix and Joanne Murphy hired to target growth in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, professionalism, and ethics in the field of alternative investments, today announced it has hired Caroline Bault as the CAIA Association's Man
23 Mar. 2011 NEWALPHA Asset Management announces initial closing of fourth hedge fund seeding vehicle [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha 4 Genesis has completed its first closing of $150 million raised from French and Swiss institutional investors. NewAlpha Asset Management is considering a final closing in late July 2011 with an asset target of $250 million. The fund aims to invest in hedge fu
21 Mar. 2011 Lyster Watson Indices perform positive across almost all strategies in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Initial estimates of hedge fund performance for February show strong positive performance across almost all strategies. Strong equity markets combined with stable interest rates to produce significant positive returns in both equity and debt-focused strategies. North Am
21 Mar. 2011 LGT Capital Partners wins award for Managed Futures program, UCITS fund surpasses $100m mark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners is pleased to announce that it has won the "Managed Futures Award" in the eighth annual InvestHedge Fund of Hedge Funds Awards, held recently in New York. LGT Capital Partners' Crown Managed Futures program was singled out, from a gr
21 Mar. 2011 Listed hedge fund group Man makes $1m donation to relief efforts in Japan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man has made an immediate USD 1 million commitment via its Charitable Trust to relief efforts in Japan. In a response coordinated with its Tokyo office, Man will focus this charitable donation on children impacted by the crisis and has pledged USD 900,000 to Save the C
21 Mar. 2011 Most Edhec indices positive in February, best performer CTA (1.72%, 1.1%YTD), worst Short Selling (-3.22%, -4%YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In February, the stock market continued its positive trend. In a favourable context of decreasing implied volatility (18.4%), the S&P 500 Index (+3.43%) recorded a sixth consecutive month of profits and a remarkable cumulative return of 27.73% over the past half year.
18 Mar. 2011 Hedge Fund Association names Edward Foreman of Price Waterhouse Coopers Director of midwest chapter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (the HFA) today announced that it has appointed Edward Foreman, a Tax Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, as Director of its Midwest Chapter. The Midwest Chapter’s new leadership will be introduced on March 22nd at the HFA Symposium on Gove
18 Mar. 2011 Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund index returns 2.83% in February (1.18% YTD) on asset weighted basis, 1.29% (1.53% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index finished February 2011 up 2.83% (1.18% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up 1.29% (1.53% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The Index underperformed broader equities in February, but performed in line with global he
17 Mar. 2011 Barclay CTA Index up 0.96% (est.) in February (-0.13% YTD), Diversified Traders gain 1.56% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Managed futures gained 0.96% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “Geopolitical upheaval in the Middle East, rising commodity prices, and an on-going rally in equity markets were the main drivers of CTA returns in February,” s
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