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16 May. 2017 Activist hedge fund Elliott wants to end BHP Billiton's chronic underperformance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: American activist hedge fund Elliott Management issued a scathing attack against Australian resource company BHP Billiton and called for the immediate halt to the firm's chronic underperformance, review of entire petroleum strategy and a new approach on the planned
16 May. 2017 Majority of insurers reduced hedge fund holdings in 2016 because of performance concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The insurance industry continued their pullback from hedge funds in 2016 because of rising investor concerns about performance, a special report by A.M. Best showed. The study added that the retreat by the insurance industry from hedge funds was widespread, with 65%
16 May. 2017 Saemor's pro-momentum stance resulted in strong input from long book [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Saemor Europe Alpha Fund returned 4% in April, thanks to its Growth and Quality styles as well as its Momentum strategies, while Fair Value and Cyclical Value metrics ended in the red. According to the managers at
15 May. 2017 OPIM & Legend Arb to launch first iron ore quant fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Ltd, a player in the asset management industry, has partnered with Legend Arb Asset Management Ltd to launch its first commodities focused, Cayman-domiciled hedge fund for professional investors. Legend Arb CT Equity Fund's objective is to
15 May. 2017 Hedge funds report contrasting performances in April on Euro gains, French elections [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The French election, the appreciation of the Euro against the U.S. dollar, the slowdown in U.S. economic growth and Frexit fears all contributed to the contrasting performance of hedge funds in April across all strategies,
15 May. 2017 Comment: Five Universal Laws Of Human (Investment) Stupidity [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Real Investment Advice writes on Harvest Exchange: In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley pub
12 May. 2017 Hedge funds post further gains of 0.76% in April (+4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned 0.76% in April, its sixth consecutive month of gains, taking 2017 YTD and 12-month performance to 3.99% and 10.67% respectively. In contrast to the wider benchmark, macro strategies have posted two consecutive mon
12 May. 2017 The A&P Emerging Manager Index produced a positive return of 1.10% for April 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge funds posted another positive performance for April, with their fourth consecutive month of gains so far this year. Global financial markets also recorded gains, larg
12 May. 2017 HFRI Emerging Markets Index up 1.6% in April and 7.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets extended their 1Q surge into April, with performance led by Emerging Asia, including India and China. The HFRI EM: India Index climbed +5.63 percent in April, extending the 2017 gain to +22.1 percent and representing the strongest
12 May. 2017 Revenge of the Humans: How Discretionary Managers Can Crush Systematics [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Leigh Drogen, Founder and CEO at Estimize, former Quant Hedge Fund Manager, writes on Harvest Exchange: This is th
12 May. 2017 Hedge funds returned +0.66% in April (+3.04% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: One-third of the way into 2017, hedge funds are performing well, returning +0.66% in April and +3.04% year-to-date (YTD), according to the just-released April 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. All major strategies were positive in April, and only one
11 May. 2017 ETFGI reports assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach record $4tln as of April 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally broke through the US$4 trillion milestone at the end of April 2017, according to preliminary data from ETFGI's A
11 May. 2017 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.34% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.34% in April, underperforming the 0.42% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
11 May. 2017 Hedge funds demand value from service providers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are continually reviewing their relationships with fund administrators, fund custodians, prime brokers, fund auditors, fund marketers and law firms to ensure that they are getting the services they need. A quarter of all hedge fund managers surveyed by
11 May. 2017 Comment: Three Undeniable Reasons Why You Should Invest in Africa [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Vintage Value Investing writes on Harvest Exchange: You feverishly open your mailbox to look at your latest financial report. What
11 May. 2017 TH Real Estate adds two to debt team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $97 billion real estate investment firm TH Real Estate, the global real estate investment arm of TIAA Global Asset Management, has added two senior executives to its debt team, in newly created roles. Mike Jameson is joining the firm as a Managing Director
11 May. 2017 GoldPoint Partners closes fourth mezzanine fund on $1.3 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: GoldPoint Partners, a private equity affiliate of New York Life Investments, has closed its fourth mezzanine fund on $1.3 billion, an approximate 25 percent increase from its predecessor fund. GoldPoint runs a program of middle market mezzanine investing,
10 May. 2017 Hedge funds flat but Event-Driven and L/S Equity strategies continue upward trend [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were mostly flat from the week covering April 25 to May 2 as performance was hampered by the shortfall of global macro managers who had maintained short positions on the EUR vs. USD and long positions on commodities (energy and metals). Year-to-date, th
09 May. 2017 Hedge funds continue four-month streak with 0.54% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their fourth consecutive month of gains this year, up 0.54%1 during the month of April. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) were up 1.17% over the same period. The Macron vs. Le Pen run-up to the French pr
09 May. 2017 Silvan Wyss to head wealth management for the SYZ Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ announces the appointment of Silvan Wyss as its new Head of Wealth Management. Before joining SYZ, Mr Wyss held a number of senior positions, including a role at Credit Suisse. He will be replacing Fabian Dufresne, who is retiring after over 10
09 May. 2017 EFA Group strengthens management team with senior private debt hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EFA Group has bolstered its management team with the hire of two highly respected industry players, both with strong backgrounds in credit and the development of trade-related bank transactions. Alain Vignon has been appointed as Executive Board Member of EFA Group's
09 May. 2017 Meson Capital up 13.6% in Q1, adds machine learning tools [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Ryan Morris, President at Meson Capital Partners, writes on Harvest Exchange For the quarter our performance was 13.6% vs. indices of 3.8% HFRI Hedge Fund Eq
08 May. 2017 BlackRock positive on European shares following French elections [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year old centrist and a former Rothschild banker, won the French presidential election yesterday and will start in his new role within a week. That he won against Marine Le Pen, who stands for protectionism and leaving the European Union
08 May. 2017 Family offices staffing up for direct private equity investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of family offices are hiring personnel for direct private equity investments, with 81% of them have at least one person working full time sourcing and evaluating direct investments with 51% devoting two or more people to this activity full time. That
08 May. 2017 TPG makes unsolicited bid for Australian newspapers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity firm TPG and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board have mounted an unsolicited bid for Fairfax Media, an Australian media company which runs several papers of record in the country. TPG has offered $0.95 cents per share for several of Australia&
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