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11 Oct. 2017 Greater China and India hedge funds now up over 20% after September gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The receding tension in the Korean peninsula benefitted Asian fund managers as hedge funds in the region lead the performers in September, data provider Eurekahedge said its monthly report. The
11 Oct. 2017 Study finds emerging and diverse-owned fund managers perform well, worthy of consideration by institutional investors seeking alpha [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging and diverse-owned fund managers are performing well and are worthy of consideration by institutional investors seeking alpha, according to a research by the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) with the assistance of KPMG accounting firm and
11 Oct. 2017 KKR closes CMBS fund on $1.1bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: KKR has closed its latest CMBS fund on $1.1 billion. The fund will purchase junior tranches of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). KKR said in a statement that the fund beat its initial target. KKR Real Estate Credit Opportunity Partners will look
11 Oct. 2017 Brookfield AM to acquire Center Coast Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Brookfield Asset Management's Public Securities Group will acquire Center Coast Capital Holdings, an affiliate of Center Coast Capital Advisors, a Houston-based investment adviser focusing on energy infrastructure investments, including master limited partnershi
10 Oct. 2017 Technology and healthcare hedge funds up over 16% for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds notched their eleventh consecutive monthly increase in September with a gain of 1.32%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index has risen 7.57% so far in 2017 and has increased 9.60% for the 11 month period that began last
10 Oct. 2017 Activist hedge fund wins board seat at GE [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund investor Trian Fund Management has succeeded in pressuring industrial conglomerate General Electric Co, to give it one board seat in the company after months of intense lobbying, various media reports said. The $14bn hedge fund firm Trian own
10 Oct. 2017 Comment: The rising cost of currency hedges may require a re-think for fixed income portfolios [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Neuberger Berman writes on Harvest Exchange: It's no secret that foreign inflows into U.S. fixed income markets have been an important source of demand for mortgages,
10 Oct. 2017 Global macro recovery pushes Lyxor hedge fund index up 1% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global macro hedge fund strategy continued to extend a winning streak, supported by constructive views on Europe through long equities and short bonds and helped push the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 1.0% (+2.1% YTD) from 26 September to 03 October. Short EUR versu
10 Oct. 2017 Presentation: The 7 Reasons Most Machine Learning Funds Fail [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Marcos Lopez de Prado from Guggenheim Partners says that the rate of failure in quantitative finance is high, and particularly so in financial machine learning. The few managers who succeed amass a large amount of assets, and deliver consistently exceptional performance
09 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds in 11 months winning streak, up 0.5% in September (+5.70% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are on a winning streak as the industry extended its positive gain with 11 months of consecutive returns. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +0.5% for Sept
09 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds reduce long gold position on fresh North Korea nuke threat [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and money managers have downgraded their net long positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts for the third straight week, following fresh fears North Korea would detonate a hydrogen bomb on October 10 to celebrate the founding of the Worker's Party of
06 Oct. 2017 Hedge fund seeder Tages Capital enters strategic partnership with Nara Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London based hedge fund seeder Tages Capital has entered into a strategic partnership with New York-based investment manager Nara Capital, helping push Nara's assets under management to $100m, the companies said in
06 Oct. 2017 TPG closes impact fund on $2 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity firm TPG is teaming up with Bono on an impact investing fund. The firm raised $2 billion for the fund which had a $1.5 billion target. The Rise Fund, like other impact investment funds, targets opportunities that have some kind of positive so
06 Oct. 2017 New York-based hedge fund manager charged with Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Michael Scronic, a hedge fund manager in Westchester was charged by the SEC today for running a Ponzi scheme. In the complaint, the regulator says that Scronic began to raise money from at least 42 friends and acquaintances, many of whom were from his suburban c
05 Oct. 2017 MUFG Investor Services appoints global head of fund financing team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has appointed Ben Griffiths as Managing Director, Global Head of Fund Financing. He will be based in London and will report to John Sergides, Global Head of Sales and Marketing.
05 Oct. 2017 Blockchain incubator partners with TaaS Fund to reduce risk, barriers in crypto investing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After successfully launching an ICO (initial coin offering), Science Blockchain, an incubator focused on sponsoring and growing leading companies in the blockchain space, is partnering with Token-as-a-Service (TaaS) to reduce the risks and technical barriers of inve
04 Oct. 2017 Fundseeder hires new Chief Strategy Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundSeeder Technologies, a data and performance analytics platform for the trading industry announced the appointment of Bill Stephenson as Chief Strategy Officer. In his role, Stephenson will join the management team and provide strategic direction to the firm's goal of
04 Oct. 2017 SINA calls on shareholders to reject activist hedge fund's board nominees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Embattled Chinese online media company SINA Corporation on Tuesday called on its shareholders to vote for its candidate the Yichen Zhang and reject each of activist hedge fund Aristeia Capital's nominee on the white proxy card in the company's upcoming 2017
03 Oct. 2017 Johnston Asset Management changes name [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Johnston Asset Management LLC announced that it has changed its name to Hardman Johnston Global Advisors LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Hardman Johnston Global Advisors is an independent, global equity boutique that invests in high-quality growth companies a
03 Oct. 2017 Mercury Capital Advisors expands iFunds Distribution Team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mercury Capital Advisors, the global placement agent specializing in private investments, today announced the appointment of Donal Mastrangelo as Executive Director and Head of U.S. iFunds Distribution. With over 25 years of experience in business development and client s
03 Oct. 2017 Arthur Bell merges with Cohen & Company [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two powerhouse accounting practices in the investment industry-Cohen & Company and Arthur Bell-announced today that they have combined their firms to create the premier accounting firm for registered and non-registered funds and their investment advisers. The firm will be
03 Oct. 2017 Northern Trust names new head of Japan office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust has appointed Keishi Yamamoto to lead its asset management business in Japan. Yamamoto replaces Hidehiro Nakayama who retires later this year as current president and representative director. Reporting to John McCareins, managing director, Asia-Pacific
03 Oct. 2017 SBAI creates standardised total expense ratio for alternative investment managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), formerly the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), has released the results from the working group it established in 2016 to study fee terms, methodology and definitions. The SBAI is the standard setting body for the al
03 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds up as industry adjusts to rising rates [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass
02 Oct. 2017 Pamplona Capital completes acquisition of PAREXEL International [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment manager Pamplona Capital Management has completed its acquisition of PAREXEL Internationa
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