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31 Oct. 2016 Oaktree’s CFO and principal to retire [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Two senior executives are leaving investment manager Oaktree Capital Group, and are being replaced. At the same time, the firm reported an increase in net income, and a slight increase in assets under management from last quarter.
31 Oct. 2016 Quant manager moves to Geneva wealth management firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Aris Wealth Management S.A. has appointed Alexandre M. Andreani as chief investment officer and head of quantitative strategies. Andreani will oversee and develop strategic asset allocation products dedicated to institutional investors in Switzerland.
28 Oct. 2016 Auspice Capital Advisors launches GAS - the only ETF tied to Canadian Natural Gas globally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd., an alternative investment manager, has announced the launch of the Canadian Natural Gas Index ETF and the Canadian Natural Gas Index. Together, they allow investors and market participants to actively monitor and speculate outright on the p
28 Oct. 2016 French working group enacts seven measures to make Paris more attractive to international investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In a continuing effort to promote France as an alternative financial centre to London after Brexit, a working group has just come up with seven measures to make Paris a more attractive centre for international investors. The quirkily-named "FROG" group
28 Oct. 2016 $14m connected to proceeds of $230 million fraud uncovered by Magnitsky traced to Canada [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some $14m of suspected illicit proceeds connected to the $230m Russian fraud uncovered by Hermitage’s murdered Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, have been traced to Canada, said
27 Oct. 2016 VolX launches “Big Data” risk solution with 1600 risk indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The VolX Group (VolX), architects of RealVol Instruments and Indices, has launched 1,600 risk indices. This new offering allows market participants access to the data they need to manage asset-specific and systemic risk in the marketplace. VolX is the first index com
27 Oct. 2016 Monsoon Capital to launch long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Monsoon Capital said it would launch its new India fundamental long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund (MIDAS), on November 1, 2016. Both the Delaware limited partnership (for US taxable investors) and the offshore fund (for non-US investors and tax-exem
26 Oct. 2016 Assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach new record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$40.33 billion at the end of Q3 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s Q3 2
26 Oct. 2016 Northern Trust hires head of global fund services for Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust said that it has appointed Caroline Higgins as head of its Global Fund Services business in Asia. From her Hong Kong base, Higgins will focus on bringing Northern Trust’s range of tailored fund servicing solutions to Asia-based investment manager
26 Oct. 2016 Comment: Perception versus Reality [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Michael Lebowitz from 720 Global writes on Harvest Exchange: When asset valuations are extended well beyond historical norms, as they are today, some investment managers elect to take a more defensive and cautious posture than the consensus. In “Bubbles and Elevators”, we
26 Oct. 2016 Study: No direct relationship between hedge fund leverage and volatility and downside risk [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint study by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the CAIA Association suggests that adding leverage to an alternative investment fund does not necessarily increase the risk. AIMA is the global representative for alternative asset manager
26 Oct. 2016 Law firm alerts Platinum Partners’ investors about hedge fund’s bankruptcy, capital recovery [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: International law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP issued an alert to Platinum Partners LP Funds investors about the firm’s flagship hedge fund filing for bankruptcy. Hagens Berman issued the alert
26 Oct. 2016 Investcorp buys 3i Group’s debt business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bahrain-based Investcorp will buy the debt management business of 3iDM, from UK-based 3i Group PLC for approximately $227 million. The deal will add $12 billion in AUM to Investcorp, bringing the firm's total AUM to approximately $23 billion. The acquis
25 Oct. 2016 Walkers 2016 Fundamentals event at the Harvard Club, NY [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Tuesday 1 November international law firm Walkers will host its annual New York investment funds seminar, Walkers Fundamentals. The seminar has become a permanent fixture on the calendar for the investment funds industry, attracting investment fund managers a
25 Oct. 2016 Fourth-Quarter hedge fund strategy outlook from K2 Advisors: Favorable dispersion presents opportunity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - K2 Advisors writes on Harvest Exchange - for US investors only: Dispersion in valuations, dispersion in security prices, dispersion in currencies, dispersion in earnings. The point is, ladies and gentleman, that dispersion—for lack of a better word—can be good
25 Oct. 2016 The Sohn Conference expands to Sydney [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Sohn Conference Foundation has made a partnership with the founders of the Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference to create the Sohn Australia – Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference. This premier event will bring together some of the best and bri
25 Oct. 2016 Barclay CTA Index down 0.40% in September (+0.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 0.40% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.10% year to date. “The US Fed, in spite of its hawkish tone, opted to hold rates steady which roiled financial markets,” says Sol Waksm
25 Oct. 2016 Hedge fund Elliott Associates rejects GE's tender offer for SLM Solutions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist investor Elliott Associates, the hedge fund run by Paul Singer, and Elliott International, have rejected GE Germany Holdings AG's $1.4bn tender offer to takeover 3D printing company SLM Solutions Group AG. Elliot Associates, Elliott International and it
25 Oct. 2016 Hedge funds flat in third week of October, long/short equity outperforms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were flat as of the week ending 18 October (-1.0% YTD), with L/S equity funds outperforming (+0.3%) during the same period, said Lyxor Asset Management. Directionality paid off as markets were risk-on.
25 Oct. 2016 Francisco Partners closes Agility Fund on $600M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Francisco Partners, a technology focused private equity firm, has closed a new fund - The Agility Fund - on $600 million. The fund will be focused on making smaller investments in technology companies. "Our natural process of meeting companies has consist
24 Oct. 2016 Five Major Q2 2016 hedge fund trades [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Novus, the data research firm focusing on hedge funds, published on Harvest Exchange: As we’ve done in prior quarters, this post will highlight five of the most important trades made by HFs over the prior quarter. Clients receive this trend distillation the day
24 Oct. 2016 North America leads number of hedge fund launches in Q3, Asia saw decline [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: North America-based fund managers accounted for 76% of new hedge fund launches, a 12-month high, while both Europe- and Asia-Pacific-based managers accounted for smaller proportions, said alternative investments research firm
24 Oct. 2016 Hedge funds weather volatile September, up 0.46% during the month [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds weathered a volatile September in global equities as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month up +0.46% (+3.33% YTD), Greenwich Alternative Investments said in its monthly report. Gre
21 Oct. 2016 Liquid alternatives veteran takes over alternative mutual fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Liquid alternative investment veteran, Dick Pfister, founded AlphaCore Capital to bring alternative investments to private clients in an independent, boutique setting. A year later, the La Jolla-based firm's success and demand from advisors for sub-advisory services h
21 Oct. 2016 Hedge fund capital rose to record level in 3Q as gains offset withdrawals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Total hedge fund industry capital rose to a record level in 3Q16, reaching $2.972tln or an increase of $73.5bn from the previous quarter, as performance gains offset continued asset outflows which were concentrated in many of the industry’s largest and most well-est
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aberdeen Asset Management has released a new paper focused on lower mid-market private equity. According to the paper, this segment of the private equity market is gaining popularity with private equity investors that are looking for multiple expansion and less

  5. Hedge funds await outcome of French elections, feel pinch on lower oil prices & weak dollar[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds felt the pinch of lower oil prices and weak U.S. dollar as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was marginally down as of the week ending 14 March, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor He