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30 Oct. 2013 SAC will plead guilty to fraud following year long criminal probe [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Connecticut-based SAC Capital, managed by Steven Cohen and the subject of a year long probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will plead guilty to fraud as part of what looks to be a multi-billion dollar settlement with the regulator. According to
30 Oct. 2013 Old Park Capital launches Maestro Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:London-based Old Park Capital, has launched a new fund - the Maestro Fund - an offshore vehicle to access the existing Maestro Strategy. The firm operates two managed futures programs, the Maestro program arbitrages the daily variation in the valuation of highly
29 Oct. 2013 Investors pile into equity funds at fastest rate since 2000 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that all equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds have received a net $45.5 billion in October through Friday, October 25. This month’s inflow is the fifth-highest in any month on record. “As Silicon Valley besto
29 Oct. 2013 Harcourt launches two alternative UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, the alternative business of Vontobel Asset Management, expands its offering with the launch of two UCITS funds, the Vontobel Fund – Pure Momentum Strategy and the Vontobel Fund – Pure Dividend Strategy. Th
29 Oct. 2013 Opus Fund Services to offer Markit's FATCA Compliance solution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opus Fund Services announced that it is offering clients a comprehensive solution for compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The solution will be delivered by the
29 Oct. 2013 TORA's enhanced functionality aids compliance with Japan's revised short sale regulations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TORA, a provider of advanced trading technology and financial services, has announced the introduction of enhanced short sale compliance functionality in TORA Compass™ to help
29 Oct. 2013 Scaramucci compares SAC Capital case with Salem witch hunts, says SEC is 'upset' because they messed up over Madoff [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Business Insider reported on Skybridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci 'epic rant’ on CNBC's "Fast Money" after the news broke that SAC Capital and U.S. prosecut
29 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds continue to add to S&P500 exposure [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds continue to favor the S&P500 over commodities, the US Dollar or 10-yr treasuries according to the latest
29 Oct. 2013 Hong Kong’s electronic trading rules come into effect 1 January 2014 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Deacons’ Scott Carnachan has issued a Reminder that the electronic trading rules (Rules) set out in paragraph 18 and Schedule 7 to the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by o
29 Oct. 2013 Celent report predicts P2P lending in China will grow steadily [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The Future of P2P Lending in China, a new report from Celent finds that the peer to peer lending market in China has grown from $30m in 2009 to $940m in 2012, and will reach $7.8bn
28 Oct. 2013 PwC survey reveals 100% of UK asset managers think there is a compliance staff shortage [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new PwC poll of major UK asset management firms reveals that 100% believe there is a lack of appropriately qualified compliance staff in the market. The majority believe this trend will continue over the next 2-3 years.
28 Oct. 2013 GFIA believes Asian hedge fund success lies in the strength of the underlying markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Asian hedge fund specialists GFIA estimate that there are now 760 funds dedicated to Asian markets. In its latest report, the firm comments: "Out of the reporting managers, 481 are run out Asia. As the competiti
25 Oct. 2013 Reuven Capital up nearly 40% YTD (+17.20% in September) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:New York-based hedge fund manager Reuven Capital Investments Fund is having a good year so far posting 17.20% profits in September (38.98 % year-to-date). The hedge fund posted its strongest return in September t
25 Oct. 2013 Zurich: 100 Women in Hedge Funds to discuss why donors contribute to charities [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Women-led business network 100 Women in Hedge Funds will sponsor a forum on October 31 to discuss why donors contribute to non-profit organizations. The event will be held at Zunfthaus zur Haue, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, 8001, Switzerland. Organizers of the event sai
24 Oct. 2013 Investors want better governance, not new regulations from hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Investors are demanding better governance and codes of conduct from hedge fund and other alternative fund managers rather than new regulations, a new study by independent fund governance provider Carne Group has fo
24 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds are circling Spanish banks to buy bad loans [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Hedge funds and other foreign investors are circling Spanish banks to buy bad corporate debt cheaply in the latest sign that the eurozone economy is finally improving, various media reported. In a report by The
24 Oct. 2013 SEC approves crowdfunding rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed what could be the final version ofcrowdfunding rules included under Title III of the JOBS Act, at a meeting held today. Crowdfunding
24 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds have strongest quarterly asset flows since 2011 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds saw another strong month of investor inflows in September. According to the latest asset flows data from eVestment, investors added an estimated $16.95 billion during the month, a strong showing following August’s large inflows. Performance gains incr
23 Oct. 2013 Channel Capital launches event driven high yield fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Channel Capital Advisors LLP announced the launch of its high yield catalyst fund which began trading at the beginning of this month. The fund seeks to generate 10% -12% net returns with low volatility and lit
23 Oct. 2013 Study shows endowments generate zero alpha, except from alternative investments [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque:A recent paper entitled Do (Some) University Endowments Earn Alpha? by academics Brad M. Barber from the University of California and Guojun Wang, a PhD student in the Department of Economics a
23 Oct. 2013 It’s all about size in the active/passive pension investment debate [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Research paper The Governance Revolution from Evercore Pan-Asset (EPA) finds that passive investment funds cost less than active ones
23 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds that invest in 'people alpha’ outperform peers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:A new survey from Citi Prime Finance claims that hedge funds that invest in people management register higher average investment returns than their peers,
23 Oct. 2013 SAC Capital to close London office by year end, 50 employees to lose jobs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:For the first time since being embroiled in an insider trading case, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital has admitted that the investigation exacted a heavy toll on the business as the hedge fund announced it would close down its London office by year end and cut six portfoli
23 Oct. 2013 Deutsche Bank’s Prime Finance team finds renewed investor interest in European long/short [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Deutsche Bank’s monthly prime finance trends’ analysis finds that in terms of the US, Fed Chairman nominee Janet Yellen’s recent policy speeches revealed the degree to which Yellen is focused on labor mar
22 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds add to their S&P500 longs after US debt deal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Fresh off the two week US debt fracas hedge funds are adding to their S&P500 and NASDAQ longs, according to the
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund replicators evolve[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  5. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo