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30 Mar. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund surpasses $100 million in assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited (“Abbey Capital”) is pleased to announce that our recently launched mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund (ABYIX) (the “Fund”), has surpassed $100 million in assets under management. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first 1940 Act
27 Mar. 2015 Retirement market is next frontier for liquid alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new white paper by Pershing Prime Services has predicted that the retirement market may be the next frontier for the growth of liquid alternatives. The paper,
27 Mar. 2015 Alternative lending more than triple since 2006, nears $500bn in assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative or non-bank lending industry, also referred to as private debt market, is fast approaching $500bn in assets under management. The industry has seen steady growth over recent years, with one of the most significant gains made through 2013, when
27 Mar. 2015 U.S. authorities 'looking into’ trades of Omega Advisors hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and the Securities and Exchange Commission had subpoenaed Omega Advisors to seek information on some of the trades made by the $9.4bn hedge fund led by Leon Cooperman, reported
26 Mar. 2015 HFSB launches new consultation on managing conflicts of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) is proposing changes to its Standards to improve disclosure of conflicts of interest to investors. The proposed changes also seek to strengthen internal compliance procedures to mitigate conflicts of interest. One of the i
26 Mar. 2015 Institutional investors reduce energy exposures in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by industry data provider eVestment has found that institutional investors have offloaded their energy stock holdings in the last quarter of 2014 on concerns about global geo-politics, technology and globa
26 Mar. 2015 Oaktree co-founder Howard Marks downplays liquid alternative funds performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Group co-founder Howard Marks downplayed the "promise" of liquid alternative funds and said that the asset class is not reliable to deliver stable positive performance, reported
26 Mar. 2015 Sustainable investing key in mobilization of private capital towards addressing global challenges [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Several financial institutions have been investing in sustainable solutions of late. For example, BofA and Wells Fargo each announced US$1 million commitments to water projects recently, according to
25 Mar. 2015 Winston & Strawn launches permanent capital group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn LLP has launched its permanent capital solutions group. The firm has formed this group, which is unique to the legal industry, to address the evolution of fund formation activities and diversification of investment strategies that are occurring in the
25 Mar. 2015 iAngels raises $2.25 million seed round led by Millhouse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iAngels, the only platform enabling private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today that it has raised a $2.25 million Seed Round led by Roman Abramovich’s fund, Millhouse Capital.
25 Mar. 2015 One year after “Flash Boys”, investors remain concerned about high frequency trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, has released the results of its U.S. Equity Market Structure “Flashback” Survey, exploring the concerns and actions of financial industry participants regarding high f
25 Mar. 2015 IndexIQ launches long/short and event-driven hedge fund replication ETFs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative solutions provider IndexIQ has launched two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF and the IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF. The funds join IndexIQ’s pioneering fami
25 Mar. 2015 New York court defers ruling on Argentina’s contempt charges in conflict with hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York Court of Appeals has deferred its decision on Argentina’s contempt ruling by judge Thomas Griesa in its ongoing conflict against holdout investors, including hedge funds led by Paul Singer's NML Capital, reported the
25 Mar. 2015 Most institutional investors now consider ESG criteria when making alternative investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of asset owners and institutional investors, or 57%, actively consider ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to a survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer. The survey of 97 i
24 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds achieve outstanding performance as most indices are in positive territory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds achieved an outstanding performance during last week and were up 1.3%. More than 75% of the funds as well as most hedge funds indices are in positive territory, according to Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Brie
24 Mar. 2015 Despite regulatory onslaught, hedge funds remain largely unregulated [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite the new laws and regulations introduced since the 2008 global financial crisis, hedge funds and private equities remain largely unregulated, said Mayra Rodríguez Valladares, managing principal at capital markets and financial regulatory consulting firm MR
23 Mar. 2015 Quantmetrics Capital to launch UCITS version of Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantmetrics Capital Management LLP will launch in April a UCITS version of its successful Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. Quantmetrics is a London based investment manager set up in 2003 by James Fowler and Dr. Mushtaq Shah. The Q
23 Mar. 2015 Bank of New York settles with $714m for overcharging clients, defrauding pensions on currency transactions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Bank of New York Mellon has agreed to pay $714m and fire certain employees to settle charges it overcharged clients and defrauded pension funds on some currency transactions, according to a report by
23 Mar. 2015 Asian hedge funds expand 21% in 2014 to reach record $193bn as seeders and strategic investors become more active [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Asia-Pacific hedge funds registered strong growth last year as assets reached a record $192.81bn or a 21% increase from the $139.8bn recorded at end 2013. The figure is still higher than the previous industry high of $191bn that was seen in the pre-crisis hey
23 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund launches fall again, $1bn funds found to outperform even smaller hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of new hedge fund launches fell again in 2014, the third consecutive year of decline, while fund liquidations saw their first drop since 2010, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Industry Report released by industry data provider HFR. Acc
20 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund managers believe investors are satisfied with level of transparency, but investors say otherwise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An overwhelming majority, or 90%, of hedge fund managers believe that all or nearly all of their investors are satisfied with the level of transparency they receive. However, about half, or 55%, of investors say they seek higher levels of transparency than they curr
20 Mar. 2015 eVestment: hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund assets rose hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February of 2015, according to the latest asset flows data from eVestment. The increase brings the industry's total assets under management to $3.082 trillion. Investors added an estimated $13
20 Mar. 2015 Asia-focused hedge funds provide 90 prime broking mandates to Morgan Stanley in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused hedge funds granted Morgan Stanley more than 90 prime-broking mandates in 2014 at a time when most of their rivals have been slowing down on their expansion amidst tighter bank capital and stricter liquidity regulations. Nick Footitt, a Hong Kong-ba
20 Mar. 2015 Private credit comes into focus for investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As investors look for a way out of the low yield/no yield environment, private credit is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class, according to a white paper from Bayshore Capital Advisors. Private credit has grown steadily since the financial crisis as
19 Mar. 2015 McKinsey: Disillusioned with traditional asset classes and products, investors double up alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The boom in alternative investments presents something of a paradox. On one hand, money has continued to pour into alternatives over the past three years. Assets hit a record high of $7.2 trillion in 2013.1 The category has now doubled in size since 2005, with global asse
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