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22 Feb. 2016 Greenwich: Poor performance drives hedge funds down -2.49% in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Poor performance in long/short equity and event driven strategies resulted in the decline of hedge funds last month, with the Greenwich Global
19 Feb. 2016 Citadel quick in terminating 15 executives after sharp drop in start of 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ken Griffin’s $26bn hedge fund has terminated 15 investment executives from one of its stock-trading units as Citadel’s main fund dropped 6.5% at the start of 2016,
19 Feb. 2016 BarclayHedge says hedge funds suffer worst start since 2008 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds started 2016 on a bad start not seen since the global financial crisis according to BarclayHedge. The Barclay Hedge Fund Index declined 2.83% in Janu
19 Feb. 2016 CalPERS elects new Investment Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Henry Jones has been elected Chair and Bill Slaton, Vice Chair for the CalPERS Investment Committee. Jones was elected to the CalPERS Board in 2007 by retired CalPERS members. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015, and also serves as Vice President. Jones retired as
18 Feb. 2016 North Dakota’s energy regulator expresses 'big concern’ with hedge funds over oil assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: North Dakota's head of Department of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms has expressed concern over reports hedge funds and other investors are buying oil assets in the states. Indeed Helms has "big concern" over the issue that he has ordered background checks on poten
18 Feb. 2016 79% of institutional investors to raise hedge fund exposure this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by alternative assets event producer Context Summits has found that a huge majority of institutional investors plan to increase allocations to hedge fund managers in 2016. Context Summits surveyed at l
18 Feb. 2016 Research suggests new applications for carry strategies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New research from Campbell & Company suggests that there may be new applications for carry strategies which lead to strong risk adjusted returns for investors. While carry strategies are often linked with foreign exchange, this study illustrates the implementati
18 Feb. 2016 Symmetric releases first quarter hedge fund manager skill rankings [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Symmetric has come out with its first quarter rankings of hedge fund managers that generated StockAlpha. StockAlpha is a proprietary measurement that ranks managers on their ability to pick individual stocks instead of providing rankings based on
17 Feb. 2016 Captive Alternatives launches Puerto Rico international insurer Madison RE [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alberto Bacó Bagué, Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Economic Development and Commerce Department (EDCD), announced the launching of Captive Alternatives’ International Insurer Madison RE, I.I. in the Island. This move contributes to the expansion of Puerto R
17 Feb. 2016 Gibraltar Government to establish financial services ombudsman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Gibraltar Government has published a Bill which sets to establish a financial services ombudsman. The Bill aims to provide an alternative resolution of consumer disputes in respect of financial services and sets out its powers, functions and duties.
17 Feb. 2016 Kairos launches dedicated multi-strategy fund for Japanese investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services and Kairos Investment Management Limited launched at the end of December 2015 the SuMi-Kairos Multi Strategy Fund which is being managed by Kairos for exclusive distribution into the Japanese market by Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited.
17 Feb. 2016 Hedge Fund Association applauds passage of House bill expanding definition of accredited investor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association is pleased to report that on February 1, 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act, which incorporates the addition of a knowledge and education-based category of accr
17 Feb. 2016 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes down -1.41% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished January down -1.14% on widespread market volatility.
17 Feb. 2016 CUSIP sees continued slowdown in corporate and municipal bond issuance in Q1 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bond issuance data suggests that markets are likely to see a continued slowdown in new corporate and municipal bonds, according to the latest CUSIP Issuance Trends Report. Total CUSIP requests for new U.S. and Canadian corporate equity decreased 5% from December
17 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds decline 2.60% last month, the worst since May 2012 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds reported their worst monthly return since May 2012 after declining -2.60 in January, with macro hedge funds the only top-level strategy to post positive returns at 0.98%, according to data from Preqin. Compared to its benchmarks, the asset class still ou
17 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds off to a poor start in 2016, but assets still rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry started 2016 on a bad note with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down -1.20% in January. Despite market volatility that started in the summer of last year, assets grew to $2.24tln through the end of 2015. Investor inflows accounted for
16 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds down 2% in early February but not out, CTAs continue to outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were hit by market volatility last week, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 2% as of end Feb. 9, while the MSCI World was down 3.3%, and high-yield spreads widened by 40 and 60 bps in Europe and the U.S., respectively. The hedge fund sector has bee
12 Feb. 2016 Former FCA head joins Duff & Phelps’ compliance and regulatory consulting practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Duff & Phelps, today announced the appointment of Nick Bayley as a Managing Director in its Compliance and Regulatory Consultancy Practice in London. Further strengthening the firm’s expertise globally, Nick will lead the wholesale markets practice, with a particular
12 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds demonstrate 'remarkable resilience’ in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds displayed remarkable resilience in January with five out of the 11 strategies in the Lyxor Indices ending the month in positive territory, Lyxor Asset Management reported in its latest Alternative Investmen
12 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds down -2.22% to start the year - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of -2.22% to start the year, according to the latest performance data from eVestment. Declines were posted across both equity and credit strategies, as widespread market volatility hit nearly every geography
11 Feb. 2016 MFSA announcement - Malta launches new investment fund structure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Malta Financial Services Authority [MFSA] has announced the launch of a new framework applicable for notification of Alternative Investment Funds [the Notified AIFs] which will be promoted to qualifying or professional investors. The AIFs falling within the scope of t
11 Feb. 2016 Pershing Square hedge fund sheds 18.6% in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager William Ackman is not having a good start this 2016. His Pershing Square Holdings declined 18.6% this year on the back of lingering market volatility, reported
11 Feb. 2016 John Paulson rallies investors to look at opportunities in Puerto Rico [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Puerto Rico may be getting a bad rap for defaulting on its credits and the plan of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to restructure $70 billion in debt, but hedge fund manager John Paulson thinks there are opportunities in the unincorporated U.S. territory. On Thurs
10 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds off to a rough start in 2016, down 0.91% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - January puts a spotlight on Asia as developments in East Asian economies along with a tumbling oil price took centre stage and sent ripples throughout Asia and beyond with the MSCI World Index1 declining 5.71% during the month. Hedge funds also reflected the sluggish situ
09 Feb. 2016 AIMA publishes a new guide to operational risk management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative body for alternative asset managers, has today released a new guide to operational risk management for asset management firms. The AIMA Guide to Sound Practices for Operational
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