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12 May. 2016 Arb’ managers feeling pressure from collapsing merger deals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: So-called 'arb’ traders, or hedge fund managers who focus on merger arbitrage strategy, are feeling pressure as corporate merger deals are collapsing left and right, unlike in 2015 when the amount spent on mergers totaled $4.7tln, reported the
12 May. 2016 UCITS HFS Index continues modest recovery, up 0.12% in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After the UCITS HFS Index broke its negative trend in March it continued its recovery with gains of 0.12% in April, reported 2n20.com AG. The broad index started negatively
11 May. 2016 Hedge fund Verde Asset posts 1.76% rise in April on hope of new Brazilian government [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brazil’s largest hedge fund firm Verde Asset Management SA on Tuesday reported a 1.76% consolidated gain for its Verde FIC FIM in April on hopes that President Dilma Rousseff will be replaced with a more market-friendly administration, reported
11 May. 2016 Duterte presidency in the Philippines offers opportunities, continued growth - hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Contrary to what his rivals have been saying during the campaign period, foreign investors, particularly hedge fund managers, are not worried of an impending Rodrigo Duterte presidency in the Philippines. Indeed, fund managers who are investing in Philippine s
11 May. 2016 Everest Insurance offers transactional risk, management liability insurance to PE and hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Everest Re has launched the Alternative Solutions Group at Everest Specialty Underwriters offering transactional risk insurance as well as professional and management liability insurance on both a primary and excess basis to private equity firms and hedge funds.
10 May. 2016 Hedge funds outperform underlying markets, up 1.12% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds outperformed underlying markets during the month, and were up 1.12%1 in April while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index ended the month up 0.67%. Emerging market managers continued to perform well during the month supported by resilient o
10 May. 2016 Hedge funds slightly weak in first week of April on retreat in risky assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds slightly weakened last week and started May in negative territory due to the retreat in risk assets. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ended down 0.4% (-3.2% YTD). CTAs contributed the most last week, with long exposures to fixed income and their short p
10 May. 2016 ETFs/ETPs assets reach new high at $3.137tln [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high $3.137tln as of end April 2016, according to preliminary data from ETFGI’s April 2016 global ETF and ETP industry insights report. Record levels of assets were also reached at the end of A
09 May. 2016 Allianz Life hires Rosanne Kropp as VP of investment strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has hired Rosanne Kropp as vice president of Investment Strategies for the Allianz Investment Management (AIM) division. In her new role, Kropp will be responsible for developing and executing U.S. investment strategies, man
09 May. 2016 Shearman & Sterling expands investment funds practice with addition of Patrick Sweeney [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Shearman & Sterling is expanding its investment funds practice with the addition of Patrick D. Sweeney, who rejoins the firm as counsel in its New York office. Mr. Sweeney provides comprehensive legal counsel to investment managers, covering regulatory advice, fiducia
09 May. 2016 Hedge funds extend gains in April led by credit, distressed and energy strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended March gains into April, led by strong contributions from credit sensitive and event-focused strategies, as energy commodities surged and emerging markets continued its recovery, said data provider Hedge Fund Research. In its monthly report,
06 May. 2016 Myriad Asset shutters Japan-focused hedge fund on weak outlook [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based hedge fund firm Myriad Asset Management led by Carl Huttenlocher has announced plans to shut down its Japan-focused hedge fund, Japan Reflation Fund, less than a year after its launch because of uncertainties regarding the so-called Abenomics.
05 May. 2016 Australia pushes for stronger super regime [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australia’s market regulator, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) provided new update on aspects of the Stronger Super regime aimed at providing the superannuation industry with certainty around the start dates for key superannuation reforms.
05 May. 2016 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder details Klyuev money laundering network in London [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital Management and leader of the global "Justice for Sergei Magnitsky" campaign, has provided details on the extent of the Klyuev money laundering network in London that was uncovered during a 6-year investig
04 May. 2016 New rule to protect banks from hedge funds during financial crisis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday put forward a proposed new rule aimed at providing protection to big U.S. banks from hedge funds in case another major crisis hits the financial markets. Under the proposed rule, investors will have to wait a full two days or
04 May. 2016 Global hedge funds recover in April on resurging energy commodities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recovered in April with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.41% last month (-1.47% YTD), while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +5.31% during the same
04 May. 2016 AIG lost $349m in hedge fund portfolio in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Large US insurance group AIG lost a net $183m for the first quarter 2016, year-on-year. The group blames the loss on the impact of market volatility on investments, as well as net realised capital losses and restructuring costs. Its hedge fund portfolio made a n
03 May. 2016 Bill Ackman’s hedge fund reports double-digit gains in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After starting the year on a bad note, billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman finally has some good news for investors. His hedge fund firm, Pershing Square Holdings reported a 10.2% gain in April as shares of embattled pharmaceutical company Valeant rose,
03 May. 2016 Hedge funds fell in April as alternative UCITS surge in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds shed more in April with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.9% during the month (-2.8% YTD), but there was some good news with alternative UCITS showing strong inflows in Europe. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxo
02 May. 2016 Foreign currency hedge funds fell -0.03% in March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Foreign currency hedge funds fell slightly last month with the Parker FX Index reporting a -0.03% return for the month of March. 28 of 31 programs in the index reported results in March. 11 reported positive results, 16 incurred losses, and one remained flat.
02 May. 2016 Survey: alternative fund administrators see private equity, hedge funds as growth drivers for industry [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternative administration professionals have seen funds under administration (AUA) drop 2.92% to $6.66 trillion compared to a year ago, according to eVestment’s just released Alternative Fund Administration 2016 survey, but the slight drop hasn’t dampened their
30 Apr. 2016 City of London’s regulatory incubator sector has grown to 52 firms in 18 years, Sturgeon Ventures says [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of regulatory ‘incubator’ or ‘umbrella’ firms in the City of London’s institutional financial sector has grown to 52,1 according to Sturgeon Ventures LLP, which was the first such firm to launch 18 years ago. Sturgeon, which celebrated reaching ‘adult
30 Apr. 2016 BlueMountain Capital Management closes debut European CLO at €410 Million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private investment firm with $21.5 billion in assets under management, today announced the closing of its first European Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) vehicle with €410 million in commitments. The CLO was arranged through JP Morga
29 Apr. 2016 $4 billion Canadian wealth manager selects SS&C as its fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, has announced that it has been appointed by Nicola Wealth Management (“NWM”) to provide a range of fund administration services for nearly $4 billion in assets u
29 Apr. 2016 Hong Kong market regulator enhances fund authorization process, includes Mainland funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has announced it would proceed to formally adopt its initiatives to enhance the authorization process for new fund applications (Revamped Process) and for new Mandatory Provident Funds (MPF)
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