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16 Dec. 2016 Comment: A Novel Perspective on Shareholder Activism [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Claudio Rojas of Hurt Capital Inc. writes on Harvest Exchange: Over the next decade, a common misconception will fade – that all shareholder activism is short-term oriented. This anachronistic view is rooted in an antiquated phase in capital markets history – mainly,
15 Dec. 2016 Newfleet Asset launches new actively managed ETF with combined credit factors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Newfleet Asset Management, an affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., has launched its third ETF strategy, the Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF, which seeks to provide a high level of current income and capital appreciation by combining two converging credi
15 Dec. 2016 Risk factors change - Do you? Holding static risk factors may not be appropriate [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: From ETF Trends comes an interesting chart on the relative performance of different risk factors for US large cap equities. Factor analysis and building portfolios bas
15 Dec. 2016 Warburg Pincus closes China fund on $2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Warburg Pincus, has closed its Warburg Pincus China fund on $2 billion. The fund will be a country-specific companion fund to Warburg Pincus Private Equity XII, a $13.4 billion global private equity fund that closed in late 2015. The China ve
15 Dec. 2016 Eclectica running a Trumpian portfolio [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Eclectica Asset Management’s Hugh Hendry, George Lee and Tom Roderick write in the firm’s Manager Commentary for December 2016 that they might be running a Trumpian portfolio; "With the economy’s debtors finally in the ascendancy, Eclectica is position
15 Dec. 2016 BlackRock favours equities, EM and alternatives in 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to BlackRock’s Annual Investment Outlook for 2017, we should expect US-led reflation (rising nominal growth, wages and inflation) to accelerate, and fiscal expansion to gradually replace monetary policy as an economic growth and market driver
14 Dec. 2016 Investors expect higher volatility in 2017, plan to increase use of alternative strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors say world political and economic events could push the level of market volatility higher in 2017, finds a study by Natixis Global Asset Management. As a result, they plan to reset their portfolios, relying on active management and alternative asset
14 Dec. 2016 Wealth advisors urged to embrace new approach in building lasting business [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In the face of escalating regulation, increased commoditization, and fewer people entering the profession, the wealth advisory business is undergoing many changes. In their new book entitled, The Enduring Advisory Firm: How to Serve Your Clients More Effec
14 Dec. 2016 Comment: What is Your Edge? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: John Huber, Value oriented fund manager at Saber Capital Management, writes on Harvest Exchange: A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. There was a comment
14 Dec. 2016 SLI poaches Aberdeen's Struthers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Standard Life Investments has hired former investment solutions head at Aberdeen Asset Management, Archie Struthers as its new head of investments. A spokesperson for the firm confirmed the move which was
13 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds trumped a volatile November with gains of 0.48% as recovery continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.48% during the month of November, with 2016 year-to-date returns coming in at 3.60%. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 2.88% in November with its 2016 year-to-date returns at 4.88%. Roughly 56% of
13 Dec. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: November performance 1.53%; Capital Movement Index: December net flows advance 0.24% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index November 2016 measured 1.53%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.24% in December. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Mov
13 Dec. 2016 Global macro hedge funds outperform CTAs with 14% margin in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund returns were close to flat in the week ending December 6 while equities rose and bonds dragged lower. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up a mere 0.1% (-1.5% YTD). The best performer was global macro which was up 0.5% (-1.6% YTD). Gains were attributable to
13 Dec. 2016 Commodities rise on optimistic global prospects [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Commodities increased in November due to higher economic growth expectations and announced crude production cuts, said Credit Suisse
13 Dec. 2016 Interest Rates and Value Investing: There is still no value in bonds today [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Wesley Gray,CEO/CIO of Alpha Architect writes on Harvest Exchange: Many readers just had a knee-jerk reaction and they’ve determined that I fall into one of two categories: A total idiot A total genius But let’s dig a bit deeper into the claim t
12 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds to shift 'talent search’ in line with changing funding, investment styles [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The shifts in funding and investment styles will force hedge funds and asset managers to change their focus when hiring new personnel as the existing talent configurations cannot cater to their needs, said Carlos Mejia, Managing Partner of financial recruitment serv
12 Dec. 2016 IndexIQ hedge fund indexes mixed in November on Trump’s victory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: IndexIQ, a pioneer and provider of innovative investment solutions, said that its family of IQ Hedge Indexes
09 Dec. 2016 U.S. Senate passes global Magnitsky human rights bill, makes corruption sanctionable offence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The US Senate passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, expanding the Russia-specific Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 worldwide. William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky Justice campaign, said: "The ado
09 Dec. 2016 Women hedge fund managers optimistic as more investors allocate to them [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, has found that the increasing interest from investors to allocate more capital into women owned and managed funds, coupled with public support from industry leaders, is spurring optimism for women in alternative inv
09 Dec. 2016 Where is all the Managed Futures money going? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: This isn’t a new problem… but it does seem to be getting worse, with the largest managers checking the right boxes to get the largest allocations in a self-fulfilling circle. If you were to ask for the growth of Mana
09 Dec. 2016 AIMA releases guide to managed accounts, a popular form of investing in hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a guide for fund managers wishing to establish a managed account, a popular form of investing in hedge funds that gives greater control over the management of the account to the investor.
08 Dec. 2016 Adar Capital hedge fund expects Venezuela to continue to repay its debt in 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the latest financial outlook for Venezuela released today by the hedge fund Adar Capital Partners, this country will continue repaying its debt normally as it has done since 2014, repaying $32.4 billion of capital. In the event that Venezuela should have no a
08 Dec. 2016 KKR closes $711 million global Next Generation Technology Growth Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KKR, a global investment firm, has announced the final closing of KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund, a $711 million fund dedicated to growth equity investment opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space in North America, Europe and I
08 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds rise to near record level as post-election rally lifts industry in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rose in November, as the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential election drove expectations for renewed growth, infrastructure spending and reduced regulation. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) Index gained +0.9% in
08 Dec. 2016 Saxo Bank's 10 Outrageous Predictions for 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Saxo Bank, the Copenhagen-headquartered online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has released its annual 'Outrageous Predictions' for the year ahead. The scenarios explore a Chinese growth rebound, an Italian bank rally, Brexit giving way
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative asset investment platform YieldStreet reported that it has surpassed $100m in loans funded in less than eight quarters from accredited investors and single family offices. YieldStreet was founded by Milind Mehere and Michael Weisz. In a

  2. Investing - Investor appetite for high-growth IPOs to be tested, Apollo boosts fund's stock allowance for 'diamonds in the rough', Hedge funds uncertain over outlook for Hargreaves Lansdown[more]

    Investor appetite for high-growth IPOs to be tested From FT.com: The US listings market is poised for a busy week with deals that will test investors' appetite for high-growth - but lossmaking - companies. Eight new listings are scheduled for this week, the most since October of 2016,

  3. Hedge funds holding Puerto Rico bonds are looking at a long battle[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds which bought Puerto Rico's distressed debt bonds are facing the prospect of a long road ahead to recover their investments as the Caribbean island is attempting to use a U.S. Congress-approved rule that allows it to exploit a bankruptcy-like proceedings

  4. Other Voices: "Winner-take-all" dynamics and hedge fund investing[more]

    A growing stream of thinking in microeconomics is the concept of "winner-take-all" dynamics. The idea seems simple. A combination of networking economics and classic economies of scale creates situations where there are just a few dominant firms or economic agents who are able to capture significant

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    From Forbes.com: When William Ackman's ailing hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management bet $1 billion on shares in Chipotle Mexican Grill beginning in July 2016, the stakes couldn't have been higher. Pershing Square was reeling from what would eventually be a near $4 billion loss in drugmaker V