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14 Oct. 2013 Libel suit against Bill Browder thrown out by British court [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Law and Order In Russia reports that the UK court has thrown out Ru
14 Oct. 2013 QLO Capital joins the Trium Multi-Manager Alliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Trium Capital welcomed QLO Capital onto their multi-manager platform. The platform, Trium Multi-manager Alliance ("TMA"), launched late last year, is an innovative alliance of quantitative and systematic style early stage hedge fund mana
14 Oct. 2013 City Financial to launch Asia Macro fund, to be run by Geoffrey Barker [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - City Financial Investment Company Limited (City Financial), the independent investment manager with approximately USD$1.3 billion assets under management, announces the launch of an Asian macro fund scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. The fund will be managed by Geof
14 Oct. 2013 Morgan Stanley launches MS Broadmark Tactical Plus UCITS Fund under FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley announces the launch of a new fund, the MS Broadmark Tactical Plus UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The Fund, which is managed by Broadmark, seeks to produce aboveaverage risk-adjusted returns with less downside volatility than the
14 Oct. 2013 UCITS HFS Index recovers again, up 0.52% in September (1.27% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After mixed results in the second half of the year the UCITS HFS Index reports gains of 0.52% in September 2013. The broad index started positively into the month with modest gains of 0.09% in the first week of trading. The best weekly result came in the second week of Se
14 Oct. 2013 AlphaMetrix issues statement to quell rumors [more]
Mark Melin, Opalesque Futures Intelligence, Chicago: As rumors swirl regarding the potential downfall of a significant player in the alternative investment arena, with concerns regarding customer segregated funds paramount in light of the MF Global and PFG scandals, AlphaMetrix releases a st
14 Oct. 2013 $1.25tln GPIF Japan reports 10.23% return [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The annual report from the Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan – the world’s largest pension fund - showed returns to March 31st 2013 for fiscal year 2012 were 10.23%. The
11 Oct. 2013 International Association of Financial Engineers changes its name to the International Association for Quantitative Finance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Founded in 1992, the IAFE has been a leader in educating the field of finance in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Finance. As the field has developed over the years with more professionals and students then ever using these methods in their daily work the organizati
11 Oct. 2013 Some key EU markets 'gold-plating' AIFMD - AIMA/EY survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Some key European markets are "gold-plating" the marketing requirements for legacy national private placement regimes (NPPR) over and above those required by the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), according to 'AIFMD: The Road to Impleme
11 Oct. 2013 AlphaMetrix says it is encountering "significant cash flow issues" [more]
Mark Melin, Opalesque Futures Intelligence, Chicago: AlphaMetrix Group, one of the largest independent alternative investment platforms for hedge funds and managed futures, said it had "encountered significant cash flow issues," accordin
10 Oct. 2013 Hennessee reports hedge funds up 1.97% in September, 8.57% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +1.97% in September (+8.57% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +2.97% (+17.90% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.16% (+15.46%
10 Oct. 2013 Preqin research shows Sovereign Wealth fund assets surpass $5tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research in the 2014 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fund Review reveals that sovereign funds globally have added over $750bn to their total assets under management over the last year, from $
10 Oct. 2013 GABV study reveals significant differences between the financial performance of banks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An updated study comparing key financial information about the world’s biggest banks, or Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFIs), and a group of leading sustainable banks has shown significant difference
10 Oct. 2013 Long-only and fund of funds UK manager Ignis AM launches new absolute return strategy [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Ignis Asset Management has just launched its latest absolute return strategy, the Ignis Global Macro Government Bond Fund, with £25m ($40m) seed money. Registered in Luxembourg as a Specialised Investment Fund (SIF), this hedge fund is suitable for
10 Oct. 2013 Update: FX Concepts winds down investment management operations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Yesterday, FX Concepts sent a general e-mailed announcement from its New York offices that the company would wind down its investment management business over the next few weeks. "Assets
10 Oct. 2013 eVestment: Hedge funds end Q3 2013 on pace to beat 2012 returns [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Even though hedge funds have had a hard time outperforming the S&P500 this year, they are still on pace to beat 2012 returns according to new research from eVestment. Hedge funds rose an average of 1.7% in September, ending Q3 up 2.4%, and have returned an
10 Oct. 2013 State Street fund manager research reveals Asia Pacific expansion is top priority [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: New research from
09 Oct. 2013 Hedge funders reach deep into their pockets to help children [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: A lot of charitable acts took place in the hedge fund industry recently. A Leg To Stand On’s (ALTSO’s) second annual Rocktoberfest-Chicago, on October 3rd, raised close t
09 Oct. 2013 Aon Hewitt poll reveals 40% of pension schemes are considering alternative assets to reduce portfolio risk [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, announced further findings from the poll of over 750 delegates at its annual pension conferences ear
09 Oct. 2013 AIMA updates guide to hedge fund valuation to reflect new accounting standards and regulations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: How assets managed by hedge funds are valued is a critical issue for fund managers, valuation specialists and investors. The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund indus
08 Oct. 2013 SEC pays $14m to Dodd-Frank whistleblower after tip leads to rapid enforcement action [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new client alert from law firm K&L gates shows that the Securities and Exchange Commission recently
08 Oct. 2013 Infovest21 Consultant Survey says biggest concern about hedge funds is mediocre managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - "Consultants' Views on Hedge Funds, Funds of Funds and '40 Act Funds" profiles the typical consultant, their investor base, asset allocation and views on hedge funds. Specifically, the survey assesses consultants
08 Oct. 2013 Alternative manager Melanion Capital celebrates record volumes in dividend futures trading on Eurex [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Melanion Capital, Paris, the first alternative manager to specialize in investment in dividend futures, has welcomed the announcement from Eurex of record volumes in the exchange’s dividend-based derivatives segmen
08 Oct. 2013 HFR figures show composite index up 1.6% for September, 5.58% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted strong gains in September, as the US Federal Reserve maintained current bond purchase stimulus measures, German elections produced favorable results and investors prepared for the US government to shut down over the budget bill impasse. The
08 Oct. 2013 Eurekahedge reports hedge funds back in the black with 1.05% gain over September, 4.17% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Eurekahedge reported that hedge funds were back in the black in September as global markets trended upwards during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.05%, 4.17% year to date, while global
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    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

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  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    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

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  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an