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13 Sep. 2017 eVestment: Emerging markets outperformance continues in August [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In a strong month for the global hedge fund industry, emerging markets hedge funds continued to shine the brightest, according to the just-released August 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. Brazil-focused funds lead the pack in August with +5.34% perf
12 Sep. 2017 BarclayHedge BTOP50 Index returns 1.87% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders showed solid gains of 1.87% in August according to a flash estimate of the BarclayHedge BTOP50. For the year to date period, the index is down 2.39%. "Managed futures had its best month of the year and the best returns since June 2016 in August
12 Sep. 2017 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.38% In August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.38% in August, outperforming the 0.29% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alt
12 Sep. 2017 Orchard launches new credit platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Orchard Platform has rolled out Deals as a part of its new platform launch. With the addition of Deals to their suite of technology solutions for loan originators and institutional investors, Orchard Platform takes the next step in their evolution. Deals is a global netwo
12 Sep. 2017 MFA welcomes new staff, announces promotions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), a trade association for the global alternative investment industry, announced new members of its Executive Management Team. Each of these individuals will report directly to MFA's President and CEO Richard H. Baker and serve on the Managem
12 Sep. 2017 Clearstream and HedgePole partner on new alternative fund data service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Post-trade services provider Clearstream, which is part of Deutsche Börse Group, and HedgePole, a well-established specialist service and technology provider for hedge funds price and reference data, have entered into a cooperation agreement to provide the market with enh
12 Sep. 2017 GoldenTree Asset Management establishes presence in Australia to develop business in Asia-Pacific [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Institutional global asset management firm GoldenTree Asset Management LP is establishing its presence in Australia as part of its latest expansion in the Asia-Pacific region to benefits its investors. In a s
12 Sep. 2017 Hedge funds post strong gains so far in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index headed north in the first week of September as the index recorded strong gains with global macro and event-driven funds leading the performers. The former thrived from the outperformance of EMU (European Economic and Monetary Union) stocks
11 Sep. 2017 Despite Brexit uncertainty London remains on top [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Z/Yen publishes the twenty-second Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 22). Z/Yen are delighted to be working in collaboration with the China Development Institute (CDI). The GFCI rates 92 financial centres. There is an overall drop in confidence amongst the leading c
11 Sep. 2017 AccuWeather predicts economic cost of Harvey, Irma to be $290 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AccuWeather reports aIt has been a destructive and costly hurricane season, following the historic impacts from Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. This is the first time in the history of record keeping that two Category 4 or higher hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, h
11 Sep. 2017 Comment: The emerging-market rally is far from over [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Afraid you've missed the rally in emerging-market (EM) assets? Don't be. Responsibl
11 Sep. 2017 Hedge funds, risk parity strategies gain in August despite tensions in Koran Peninsula [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The simmering tension on the Korean Peninsula, as well as Hurricane Harvey, have failed to diminish the strong performances of hedge funds and risk parity strategies, with equity hedge and macro strategies leading the HFRI to the tenth consecutive monthly advance, a
08 Sep. 2017 Man Group receives approval for private fund management license in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the global active investment management firm, announced that it has successfully registered with the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC) as a private securities investment fund manager. The Private Securities Investment Fund Manager (PFM) license gr
08 Sep. 2017 Catalyst Funds completes acquisition of Exceed Defined Shield Index Fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative-focused mutual fund company Catalyst Funds had completed its acquisition of the Exceed Defined Shield Index Fund which has now been rebranded as Catalyst/Exceed Defined Shield Fund (SHIIX). The company
08 Sep. 2017 Comment: Positive developments for hedge funds [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Sentiment toward hedge funds has been negative in recent years, in large part because in
08 Sep. 2017 New York hedge fund Twin Capital plans to substantially increase assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based event-driven hedge fund firm Twin Capital Management LLC is planning to "substantially increase" its assets under management over the next few years through a series of fundraising efforts. To spearhea
07 Sep. 2017 Hedge funds believe insider trading will remain a serious threat [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - It has been eight years since the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into insider trading led to the demise of $7 billion hedge fund firm Galleon Group, yet the issue is far from fading into the background. Since Galleon's demise, the FBI and regulators have brought
07 Sep. 2017 AlphaCentric launches AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlphaCentric today announced the launch of its newest fund, the AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund (GNXIX). The Fund is the only actively managed mutual fund dedicated to automation and robotics. The AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund invests in companies worldwi
07 Sep. 2017 Fred Alger Management updates high conviction portfolios suite [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fred Alger Management, today announced notable developments, including a name change and new share class, in its suite of high conviction, focus portfolios. Alger has expanded its suite of focus portfolios over the past five years, most recently with its acquisition of
07 Sep. 2017 Do natural disasters portend defaults? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Never before in the US have we experienced a natural disaster of the magnitude of Harvey
07 Sep. 2017 DoubleLine sees opportunities in Central and South America [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment adviser DoubleLine Capital LP is looking at opportunities in Central and South America as the expanding economy in the region, as well as the rising middle class and standards of living standards, have co
07 Sep. 2017 Swarm Fund launches compliance-oriented ICO for institutional investment funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Decentralized capital marketplace Swarm Fund has announced the launch of an initial coin offering with a compliance-oriented structure that is tailored to meet the evolving regulatory environment. Swarm says it provides cryptocurrency investors access to high-return
07 Sep. 2017 Natixis: Active managers outperform in 2017 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Active managers may be making a comeback. In its mid-year review of financial advisors' moderate-risk portfolios, Natixis shows active asset management rallying in the first half of 2017, with the best-performing portfolios having higher allocations to US, inter
07 Sep. 2017 AllianzGI RiskMonitor: Geopolitics now the number one risk factor for investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Geopolitics has now become the number one concern of global institutional investors, eclipsing their fear of rising interest rates or economic slowdown, according to a recent study conducted by Allianz Global Investors. For the first time since the AllianzGI
06 Sep. 2017 Net sales of long-term UCITS maintained their high level in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for June 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided us
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