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13 Nov. 2015 SPARX Group teams up with ML Capital to launch the SPARX OneAsia Long Short UCITS Fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: SPARX Asia Investment Advisors has teamed up with ML Capital to launch the SPARX OneAsia Long Short UCITS Fund, a Pan-Asia market neutral strategy hosted on the M
12 Nov. 2015 Envestnet PMC offers access to CAIS for delivery of alternative investment funds to advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Envestnet PMC, the Portfolio Management Consultants group of Envestnet, Inc., has partnered with CAIS to make available to independent advisors access to third-party hedge funds and private equity funds. More than 43,000 advisors utilize Envestnet’s technology and
12 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund redemptions fall in first week of November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investor confidence steadied in the first week of November as redemptions from hedge funds dropped month-on-month, according to data provider SS&C Technologies. "SS&C GlobeOp’s
12 Nov. 2015 Ex-Société Générale execs to start new hedge fund in Hong Kong [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia, for New Managers: A group of former Société Générale traders, led Jong Beum Kim, is planning to start a new hedge fund that aims to profit from Asian market volatility and the mispricing of related securities, reported
12 Nov. 2015 Northern Trust appoints Ali Sheikh as head of hedge fund services in Asia-Pacific [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services has appointed Hong Kong-based Ali Sheikh as head of hedge fund services in the Asia-Pacific region. Shiekh will be reporting to Peter Sanchez, global head of Northern Trust H
11 Nov. 2015 Asia ex-Japan leads with 6.94% YTD as hedge funds end losing streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reversed their four month losing streak with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.33%1 in October while the MSCI World Index2 climbed 7.22% during the month. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 1.77% while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI
11 Nov. 2015 Avenue Capital to shut down original hedge fund due to poor performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based asset management firm Avenue Capital has confirmed plans to shut down its original hedge fund, Avenue Investments, because of poor performance. According to
11 Nov. 2015 Quantitative volatility-focused hedge fund up 31% YTD [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Higher Moment Capital, a quantitative volatility specialist manager based in Cambridge, MA, has produced differentiated returns since 2009 and may be well positioned to benefit from a continued higher vol
10 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds confront impact of financial market regulations and challenges of evolving prime broker relationships [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are experiencing the ripple effects of new regulations on banks and prime brokers, with hedge funds facing increased trading fees and broader changes to business relationships. These dynamics place additional pressure on margins and are leading manager
10 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds continue rebound on encouraging economic data [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continue their rebound this month, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.2% as of end Nov. 3 (+0.3% YTD). In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxor Asset Management said that event driven outperformed other strategies b
10 Nov. 2015 Chinese police freeze shares by mother of hedge fund manager Xu Xiang [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Chinese police on Tuesday ordered a two-year freeze on the more than $670 million of shares owned by the mother of Xu Xiang, the Shanghai-based hedge fund manager and general manager of Zexi Investment, reported
10 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds are bullish on sugar futures as prices rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are loading up on sugar as futures prices rose 39% since August 24, the biggest jump since 2011, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed. It added that hedge funds and money managers set a two-year high record bullish bets on raw
09 Nov. 2015 AMG announces investment in Systematica Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a global asset management company, has reached a definitive agreement with BlueCrest Capital Management LP, to acquire the majority of BlueCrest’s equity interest in Systematica Investments LP. After the closing of the transaction, Systema
09 Nov. 2015 Chance to bid for lunch with Neil deGrasse Tyson at STRIVE’s gala evening on Nov. 10th [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: STRIVE, a U.S. charity, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a gala in New York on November 10th . STRIVE is also known as East Harlem Employment Services, and describes itself as an empowerm
09 Nov. 2015 Emergence and NewAlpha invest in smart beta fund manager Fideas [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emergence, a French seeding fund, and its acting manager NewAlpha Asset Management made a strategic investment in Fideas Capital las
09 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund investors see China’s lack of transparency as major concern [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers are uncertain when it comes to investing in Asia, particularly in China, where there are issues such as slowing growth, a devaluation of the currency and a poorly executed stock market bailout. This was the result of a recent survey by the
06 Nov. 2015 Maples expands global private client services offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In response to increased demand for private client services, the Maples group, comprising international law firm, Maples and Calder, and leading fiduciary, fund services and private client services provider, MaplesFS, has announced strategic hires in the Cayman Islands an
06 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds hoping to cash in on Fannie, Freddie Mac get lift from House bill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds who are seeking to cash in on their shares of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae got their hopes high following a proposed legislation by South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney to release the mortgage giants’ debt from conservatorship,
06 Nov. 2015 Larry Robbins suffers losses from healthcare bets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Larry Robbins reported losses on bets on the Obamacare, FA-mag reported. Robbins announced in Q1 that his flagship Glenview Fund will be clos
05 Nov. 2015 SEC charges private equity firm and four executives with failing to disclose conflicts of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On November 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Fenway Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, and several of the firm's executives (the Respondents) in connection with a failure to disclos
05 Nov. 2015 Decagon Advisors publishes new paper on emerging hedge fund manager due diligence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Decagon Advisors LLC today released an alternative due diligence client briefing entitled “Emerging Manager Due Diligence Framework & Risk Comparisons.” A copy is avail
05 Nov. 2015 CTAs suffer losses in October after volatile summer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong September, CTA strategies posted lower returns across the board in October 2015, with all managed futures indices calculated by Societe Generale Prime Services in negative territory. The Newedge CTA index was down -1.15% in October (from 1.17% in
05 Nov. 2015 Hedge Fund Standards Board amends disclosure requirements on conflicts of interests [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) has agreed a series of amendments to its Standards on managing conflicts of interest, following the public consultation launched on 26 March 2015 and concluded on 12 June 2015. The amendments will strengthen internal compli
05 Nov. 2015 Investcorp acquires hedge fund of funds arm of SSARIS Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announced the acquisition of the Hedge Fund of Funds business unit of SSARIS Advisors, LLC's ("SSARIS"), an investment manager of absolute return hedge fund strategies and
05 Nov. 2015 U.S. lawmaker files bill requiring hedge funds to provide more disclosure in Puerto Rico investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat born on the island, is proposing a bill that would force hedge funds to provide more disclosures about their investments in the island. In a report,
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