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03 Mar. 2015 Towers Watson appoints Kate Hollis in credit smart beta strategies innovation drive [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has appointed industry veteran Kate Hollis to its credit research team. This follows the recent change to its manager research team which is now structured in line with investment return drivers. Kate has over 30 years of industry experience and joins h
03 Mar. 2015 Event-driven strategies lead hedge fund gains in February while CTA rally shows signs of fatigue [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended February on a good note (+0.8%), confirming the positive momentum witnessed since the start of the year, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. As of the end of February, the Lyxor He
03 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge fund Lone Star Value wants new chairman for Ciber Inc. [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund Lone Star Value Management has delivered a formal notice to Ciber Inc. of its intention to nominate three candidates for election to the board of directors of Ciber at the upcoming 2015 annual meet
03 Mar. 2015 U.S. agencies define conditions under which non-U.S. banks can invest in third-party funds under the Volcker Rule [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Several government agencies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities and Exchange Commission have issued a
03 Mar. 2015 Gibraltar stock exchange to give access to European [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Gibraltar's stock exchange - Gibraltar SX - is giving European investors access to funds that don't have a license to market in Europe. The access will primarily focus on Cayman domiciled funds with assets in Hong Kong and Singapore,
02 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund Advent Capital launches first alternative UCITS fund with credit strategy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $8.5bn investment management firm Advent Capital Management announced it would launch a new UCITS regulated umbrella fund domiciled in Ireland, which will include the Advent Global Absolute Return Strategy, in the second quarter of 2015. Advent
02 Mar. 2015 Currency fund managers mostly gain in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency fund managers mostly gained in January as 22 of the 31 programs that reported their results in the Parker FX Index showed positive results and nine incurred losses during the month. The Parker FX Index was
02 Mar. 2015 $430bn Korean pension approves hedge fund allocation after studying the asset class for eight years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $430bn Korean’s National Pension Service (NPS) last week approved a plan to allocate some of its assets into hedge funds this year after studying the asset class for eight years, reported
27 Feb. 2015 Institutional investors seek improvements in management fees in alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of institutional investors surveyed by data provider Preqin at the end of 2014 said that improvements in the alignment of interests between investors and fund managers can be made by focusing on managem
26 Feb. 2015 Deloitte's Ray Iler joins EY Wealth & Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ray Iler, former regional leader of Deloitte’s hedge fund practice on the West Coast, has joined the Financial Services Organization’s Wealth & Asset Management practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Iler, who also served as the lead of Deloitte’s Emerging Manager Platfor
26 Feb. 2015 Common Sense Investment Management Director of Research develops time series guide for investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Common Sense Investment Management announced that its Director of Research, Dr. Matthew J. Schneider, has been published as the lead author in the prestigious Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, one of the top journals in field of statistics since the 19th century.
26 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund managers say regulation has negative impacts and is biggest challenge [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of hedge fund managers have identified regulation as the biggest challenge facing the industry this year. In a survey conducted by data provider Preqin at the end of 2014 with hedge fund managers, inve
26 Feb. 2015 US based hedge fund managers implement new fee structures [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A growing number of new hedge funds offered by new U.S.-based managers have implemented management fee structures that decrease as fund assets grow, according to The Seward & Kissel New Hedge Fund Study. Several findings within the study signaled hedge fu
26 Feb. 2015 Former hedge fund analyst Thomas Hardin evades prison for his cooperation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: One-time mystery informant Thomas Hardin, also known as confidential informant working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tipper X, avoided prison terms after a U.S. court cited his "extraordinary" cooperation for his crucial role in helping authorities build c
25 Feb. 2015 Australian sovereign wealth funds executive joins Hedge Fund Standards Board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - David George, Head of Debt & Alternatives at the Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, has joined the board of the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB). This appointment emphasises the important role of sovereign wealth funds in promoting better pra
25 Feb. 2015 Activist hedge funds are supporting improvements in the performance of thousands of firms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by global hedge fund group Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has found that activist hedge funds globally are driving improvements in the share price, operating performance and governance of t
25 Feb. 2015 Adamas Asset Management and Ping An Insurance to co-manage $500m debt fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based Adamas Asset Management and Ping An Insurance Group, one of China’s largest financial institutions, have finalized a memorandum of und
25 Feb. 2015 Leda Braga’s brand new fund posts 9.5% gains in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Leda Braga, who manages the biggest hedge fund run by a woman, produced one of the highest returns in January after her main fund, the $8.4bn BlueTrend, generated 9.5%. Braga’s Systematica Investments, which manages BlueTrend, a future trading fund, and BlueMatr
25 Feb. 2015 Event-Driven hedge funds are back to positive territory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds nearly managed to offset the losses generated last week, according to Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly newsletter dated 23rd Fe
24 Feb. 2015 Novus Hedge Fund Ownership Report highlights new industry trends [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Novus Hedge Fund Ownership Report has been updated with Q4 2014 hedge fund filings. The report highlights both aggregate industry trends as well 25 hedge fund portfolios to help investors understand market sentiment within the hedge fund industry. The exclusive 56
24 Feb. 2015 New Jersey tightens rules on pension investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The New Jersey General Assembly has passed a new measure designed to tighten the rules around pension investments. The bill would expand restrictions on investment of state pension funds with money managers who also donate to national political committees. T
24 Feb. 2015 FIS Group partners with Talson Capital to launch hedge fund of funds Paragon Discovery [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long-only manager of managers’ portfolios FIS Group has teamed up with Talson Capital Management to launch a new hedge fund of funds strategy called Paragon D
24 Feb. 2015 Five themes family offices should focus in 2015 - Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Consulting firm Deloitte & Touche has identified governance, organizational structure, risk management, control and technology as the key important issues that family offices (FOs) should focus in 2015. In its
24 Feb. 2015 Octagon says 'time is right’ to launch trade and commodity finance hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Saying that the "time is right for this strategy," Octagon Asset Management CEO and Head Portfolio Manager Mead Welles announced the launch of the Octagon Global Trade Fund, a direct-lending specialty finance vehicle built upon collateralized loans to exporters a
23 Feb. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Gains 3.41% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders got off to a fast start in 2015, with a 3.41% gain in January according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “Trends from the prior month stayed on track in January as commodity prices continued to move lower while bonds, eq
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