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31 Jul. 2015 Cargill’s Black River Asset to shut down four hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cargill Inc.’s $7.4 billion Black River Asset Management said it was closing four hedge funds with a combined $ 1 billion in assets and start returning investors money over the next several months, various media said. The hedge funds represent 15% of Black River’
31 Jul. 2015 Fortress to shrink macro hedge fund as losses mounts [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Fortress Investment Group principal and director Michael Novogratz announced he would shrink the macro hedge fund unit of the firm as losses mounts and help turn round performance that has been struggling since last year. On Thursday, Novogratz said that Fortres
31 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Elliott Associates prepares for fresh market turbulence [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $72 billion hedge fund Elliott Associates, which is run by Paul Singer is preparing for the next market turbulence on concerns about the European central banks’ easy money policy and told investors that governments that "abused the power to create 'money'
30 Jul. 2015 Parker FX Index returns -1.52% in June, +1.52% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.52% return for the month of June. Thirty of the thirty-two programs in the Index reported June results, of which five reported positive results and twenty-five incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.68% in Ju
30 Jul. 2015 Lyxor launches credit specialist Chenavari on its alternative UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management has started a partnership with Chenavari Investment Managers to launch the Lyxor / Chenavari Credit Fund. By adding this new European focused long/short credit strategy, Lyxor continues to diversify its Alternative UCITS offering. The Fund focus
30 Jul. 2015 Investors recognise advanced beta equity investing as a promising avenue [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new study produced as part of the Société Générale Prime Services (Newedge) research chair on “Advanced Modelling for Alternative Investments”, EDHEC-Risk Institute attempts to give an overall view on alternative equity beta strategies, to
30 Jul. 2015 ESMA advises on extension of AIFMD passport to non-EU jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Advice in relation to the application of the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIF
30 Jul. 2015 As asset flows to ETFs climb, hedge fund managers eye liquid alts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: ETF assets are up $116 billion year-to-date as investors continue to drive up the use of these instruments, outperforming a range of options available. Assets in absolute dollars have increased by $265 billion over the past year, outpacing the $200 billion in lo
29 Jul. 2015 Asiya Investments to launch Emerging Asia Fund on Trium UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trium Capital and Asiya Investments have partnered to launch the Asiya Emerging Asia Fund in Autumn 2015 on the Trium UCITS Platform. Founded in 2005, Asiya is an asset management firm with assets of more than US$1billion invested in the public and private markets of e
29 Jul. 2015 Credit Suisse mid-year survey: Global macro continues to be institutional investors' most favored strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Credit Suisse announced the results of its mid-year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey, which polled over 200 global institutional investors representing nearly USD 700 billion in hedge fund investments. This survey follows Credit Suisse's Annual Global Inves
29 Jul. 2015 Man Group’s assets grow on stronger fee revenue, acquisitions [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Man Group Plc, the largest publicly traded hedge fund manager, saw its funds under management (FuM) go up 8% in the first half of this year, from $72.9bn at the end of 2014 to $78.8bn at the end of Jun
29 Jul. 2015 Fund of hedge funds gained $5.61 billion in AUM during Q1 2015 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment released it's Funds of Hedge Funds Report which shows that funds of hedge funds gained $5.61 billion in assets under management during Q1 2015 for a total of $943.40 billion, accounting for approximately 30.41% of hedge fund industry assets.
28 Jul. 2015 Marinus adds former MKP portfolio manager Aaron Garvey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marinus Capital Advisors LLC, an alternative fixed income asset manager specializing in the broad spectrum of structured products, has announced that Aaron Garvey has joined the firm as a senior macro trader. Mr. Garvey was formerly a senior portfolio manager at MKP C
28 Jul. 2015 CTAs lead hedge fund recovery as commodities slump [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are on track to deliver solid returns in July, up 1.4% month to date (0.4% of as end July 21). CTAs and global macro managers outperformed other hedge fund strategies, said Lyxor Asset Management. In it
28 Jul. 2015 McGraw Hill Financial buys SNL Financial for $2.2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: McGraw Hill Financial has acquired SNL Financial from New Mountain Capital for $2.2 billion in cash. SNL is a provider of financial news, data and analysis. The economic impact to McGraw Hill Financial will be partially offset by tax benefits with an estimated p
27 Jul. 2015 Churchill Asset Management hires CRO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Churchill Asset Management LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF focused on originating, underwriting and managing senior loan investments, today appointed Christopher Cox as a Senior Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer. The appointment is effective immediate
27 Jul. 2015 Asian hedge fund startups raise a record–breaking $5.32 billion in first half of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge fund startups raise a record–breaking $5.32 billion in first half of 2015, making it one of the biggest launch seasons in the history of Asia, shows the latest AsiaHedge New Fund Survey. Key Highlights -The era of mega hedge fund spinouts has arriv
24 Jul. 2015 Adrien Pichoud appointed new Chief Economist at SYZ Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the SYZ Group, has announced the appointment of Adrien Pichoud as Chief Economist. Adrien Pichoud also sits on the Strategy Committee, which defines the Group's investment policy. Under the direction of Fabriz
24 Jul. 2015 Edward DeNoble to launch hedge fund Frontlight Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Convexity Capital Management executive Edward DeNoble starting his own hedge fund firm, Frontlight Capital, which aims to start trading early next year, reported the
24 Jul. 2015 Australian long/short global equity fund returns 10.7% YTD from longs in Japan, U.S. banks and healthcare [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Morphic Global Opportunities Fund, a long/short global equity hedge fund, returned 10.77% in H1 2015, outperforming its benchmark (MSCI All Countries World Total Return Net Index in A$) by 1.46% net of fees. It has annualized 26.6% (net) since its August
24 Jul. 2015 ESMA delays recommendation on non-EU passporting; consults on UCITS remuneration guidelines [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) was due to provide its initial recommendation to the European Commission, Council and Parliament, as to which jurisdictions should be considered for a Passport under the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund M
23 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess leaves Perella Weinberg [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess is leaving Perella Weinberg Partners to concentrate on investments in private markets. Arbess founded the Xerion funds in late 2002, and sold the business to Perella Weinberg in 2007, then stayed on as a partner after Xerion was
23 Jul. 2015 Bridgewater turns bearish on China [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The world’s biggest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and one of the most vocal of China’s potential is now turning its back against the world’s second largest economy as it joins a growing list of high-profile investors who are challenging China’s potentials.
22 Jul. 2015 Industry veterans launch commodity investment firm Argon Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Ex-Graham Capital commodity veteran, Marcos Bueno, and former Barclays’ Global Head of Fixed Income Structuring, Aurelia Lamorre-Cargill, announced the launch of Argon Capi
22 Jul. 2015 Maples Fund Services opens San Francisco office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, an independent global fund services provider and division of MaplesFS, has announced the opening of its office in San Francisco, its first on the West Coast. Maples said this expansion further solidifies the firm’s North American presence and bolster
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