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08 Apr. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -0.34% in March (+1.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in March as investor uncertainty over secular unrest in Ukraine and Syria, as well as mixed macroeconomic outlooks for China, Europe and the U.S., contributed to increased volatility across equity, currency, commodity and fixed income
08 Apr. 2014 SEC launches task force to investigate hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is creating a new squad to investigate private funds managers. SEC examiners will be looking at how hedge funds communicate to their clients, value assets and provide disclosures. The group appears to have emerged
07 Apr. 2014 Commonfund names new board chair [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund announced today that Robert Litterman has been elected Chair of the Commonfund Board of Trustees. Dr. Litterman succeeds outgoing Board Chair, Brad Gallagher, who is stepping down to focus on his business interests. Bob Litterman has been a member of
07 Apr. 2014 North MaxQ Macro UCITS fund launched on MontLake UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital, Investment Manager to the MontLake UCITS Platform, has launched the North MaxQ Macro UCITS Fund. North Asset Management, a London based independent alternative asset manager, enjoys over ten years of success managing the North MaxQ Macro investment strategy.
07 Apr. 2014 Only 4% of hedge fund managers say to have registered to market under JOBS Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s recent survey of more than 150 private equity and hedge fund managers reveals that these firms have been slow to take advantage of the marketing opportunities presented by the JOBS Act, which allows them to advertise and perform general solicitations to showcase
07 Apr. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.16% in March (+1.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month of March down -0.16%. Equity markets were mixed in March with the S&P500 +0.84% but the MSCI World Index down -0.09%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were down -0.17%. March saw the
07 Apr. 2014 Qatar backed investment manager sets up in Geneva, launches European long/short hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aventicum Capital Management today announces the launch of its second investment business, Aventicum Alternative Equities, as the group expands its presence into Europe. Aventicum Capital Management (“Aventicum”) is a multi-boutique investment management busine
04 Apr. 2014 IndexIQ Hedge Composite Beta Index returned -0.45% in March (+1.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announces the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. The IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index returned -0.45% in March 2014 (+1.05% YTD), the IQ
04 Apr. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.33% in March (+0.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks Most UCITS absolute return funds return negative performances in March 2014. The UAI Global which tracks the performance of more than 700 single UCITS absolute returns funds is down -0.33% for the period. Funds of funds also e
04 Apr. 2014 Hong Kong Jockey Club invests in Och-Ziff, Millennium hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Hong Kong Jockey Club has invested $1.2bn in alternatives, including hedge funds, private equity and private real estate funds, according to media reports. "It is the first time the club goes direct and there is room to add more direct managers in t
04 Apr. 2014 FATCA deadline looms for hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deadlines are fast approaching for funds to comply with FATCA, the IRS announced an April 25 deadline for fund managers to register their offshore funds and offshore master funds with the IRS. Funds have until May 5 2014 to get their Global Intermediary Identif
03 Apr. 2014 Opalesque Exclusive: Deputy CIO of Utah Retirement Systems to move into private sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Larry Powell, who since 2008 had been Deputy CIO of the Utah Retirement Systems, today announced his resignation to focus on the next chapter of his career, where he will be looking for opportunities in the private sector (Foundations/Endowments or Family Offices).
03 Apr. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.23% in March (+1.11% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance for the month of March, as investors discounted the impact of rising geopolitical tension and economic sanctions surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Global equity markets also posted mixed performance as US equ
03 Apr. 2014 Context Asset Management taps Velocity Capital for multi-strat fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: On Monday, Opalesque reported on the launch of a new mutual fund from Context Asset Management. VelocityCapital has announced that it will be
02 Apr. 2014 Brightlight Capital appoints of D. E. Shaw veteran Bob Covaci as senior analyst and Chief Operating Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brightlight Capital Management, a long/short small cap value manager, announced the appointment of D. E. Shaw veteran Bob Covaci as senior analyst and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Covaci joins the firm at its new office in Westport, CT. “This is a very excitin
02 Apr. 2014 New York City Comptroller to host annual investment and emerging manager conference in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York City Comptroller's annual investment and emerging manager conference will be held on April 25 at t
01 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds reduce 2-yr positioning to net short, increase S&P500 long positioning [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Week-over-week hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Resear
01 Apr. 2014 HFSB to launch new Toolbox to complement standard-setting activities [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: To those starting a new fund, the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) recommends tackling potential conflicts of interest between managers, the hedge funds that they manage and investors in those hedg
31 Mar. 2014 EDHEC-Risk Institute cautions institutional investors on portfolio diversification [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new publication entitled “Improved Risk Reporting with Factor-Based Diversification Measures,” EDHEC-Risk Institute encourages institutional investors to look carefully at the effectiveness of their portfolio diversification. CACEIS supports the research chair on “Ne
28 Mar. 2014 Parker FX index down -0.55% for the month of February (-1.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.55% return for the month of February. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported February results, of which twelve reported positive results and twenty-two incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was dow
28 Mar. 2014 European ETF investors are still looking to increase or maintain their use of ETFs [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The latest edition of the Edhec European ETF Survey, conducted by Amundi ETF & Indexing
27 Mar. 2014 CalPERS to host emerging and diverse manager forum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) will host an Emerging and Diverse Manager Forum on April 1, 2014, in Sacramento. The forum is the premi
27 Mar. 2014 Mid-sized hedge funds achieve higher returns in 2013 - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst reveals that mid-sized hedge funds were the best performers in 2013 compared to other fund sizes. Mid-sized hedge funds with assets under management (AUM) of $100-499mn and $500-999mn posted 12-month average returns over 2013
27 Mar. 2014 Billion Dollar Club: The biggest 293 U.S. hedge funds now manage record $1.71 trillion [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Investors have not stopped piling in the behemoths of the industry, it seems, quite the contrary. Absolute Return’s latest Billion Dollar Club rankings show American hedge funds' assets are at their all time high; the last high asset level was
26 Mar. 2014 TABB Group estimates buy-side firms need to deposit $2tln to comply with the new clearing requirement for swaps [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Research and consulting firm TABB Group estimated buy-side firms need to deposit approximately $2tln in cash and other eligible assets at central counterparty clearinghouses (CCPs) to comply with the ne
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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Rainwater and Blue Sky - an Australian water fund emerges[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial reporters often tout new funds and investments as uncorrelated investments, but few can say they are uncorrelated to everything but weather. Enter Blue Sky Alternative's water fund which invests in the permanent rights to Australia's water. Sev

  2. Regulatory – Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades, Alternative funds to get SEC test for leverage, liquidity[more]

    Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades From Thelawyer.com: A recent Wall Street Journal article — ‘Activist investors often leak their plans to a favoured few’ — focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analy

  3. …And Finally – This week's least competent criminal is Austrian[more]

    From ABCnews.go.com: A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation. Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Sp

  4. Investing – Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures, Marcato Capital Management makes new bet on Dillard’s[more]

    Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures From Law360.com: Hedge funds have joined the rush to real estate deals and development in recent months to close the financing gap left by tightening bank standards, but attorneys say many aren't prepared for the disclo

  5. Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media[more]

    The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, and by hedge funds to enhance