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23 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds up a healthy +0.7% in mid-August, buoyed by positive performance of risky assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was up a healthy +0.7% in mid-August (-2.0% YTD), erasing early August losses and with progress in most strategies, supported by the positive performance of risky assets. Directional strategies performed best in the risk-on environment,
23 Aug. 2016 Sihan Shu leaves Paulson to launch own hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Sihan Shu, who was instrumental for John Paulson’s famous bet against the U.S. housing market prior to the 2008 global financial crisis that earned Paulson & Co. nearly $15bn in profits in 2007 and billions of dollars more a year later, has left the firm to start hi
23 Aug. 2016 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.37% in July on global equity rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures traders gained 0.37% in July, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.12% year-to-date. "July’s global equity rally proved to be the major source of profits for many CTA portfolios," said Sol Waksman, founde
22 Aug. 2016 Investors set to increase allocation to private debt [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors are set to increase their allocation to private debt, with 60% revealing they believe the private debt market will grow over the next 12 months, according to a new study by Elian, a leading funds services provider. 41% of investors are likely to increa
22 Aug. 2016 Focused active asset managers outperform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northill Capital has released the report ‘Nowhere to hide: Focused active asset managers outperform’, analysing the structure of active asset management firms and the effects of those business models on delivering outcomes to investors. The research demonstrates that acti
22 Aug. 2016 S&P: Top hedge funds are selling IT and healthcare stocks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Information technology and healthcare sector stocks were the biggest net sells among top hedge funds, according to the S&P Hedge Fund Tracker report for Q2 2016. They include Apple, Netflix, Allergan, Microsoft and Alphabet. The Apple sells "could be due to
22 Aug. 2016 Activist hedge fund Marcato Capital ups pressure on Buffalo Wild Wings to refranchise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Marcato Capital Management is forcing sports bar and restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings to refranchise to raise the company’s earnings, reported
22 Aug. 2016 Blue Sky founder to retire as profits grow [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Mark Sowerby, the founder and managing director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments, will retire at the end of September after ten year
22 Aug. 2016 Australian hedge funds outperform but still underappreciated [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Kim Ivey, co-founder of Hedge Funds Rock and The Australian Hedge Fund Awards, said that the Australian hedge fund industry is still looking to get attention as they battle local super fund’s preference to look offshore for alternative investments. Speaking ahe
19 Aug. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.99% in July (+2.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.99% in July according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 2.66%. “The confluence of post-Brexit central bank accommodation, positive Q2 earnings, and signs of a strengthening US economy sup
19 Aug. 2016 Chinese hedge funds fell in first seven months of 2016, but still beat benchmark [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China-focused hedge funds declined in the first seven months of 2016 but still beat their benchmark by a margin of almost 10% for the year. Data tracker Eurekahedge said that Greater China-focused hedge funds fell 4.70% as of end July, beating the CSI 300 Index, whi
19 Aug. 2016 UCITS HFS Index bounces back, up 0.75% in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UCITS HFS Index has bounced back in July with gains of 0.75% after a drawdown in June due to the market turmoil that surrounded the Brexit vote. The broad index started strongly into the month with a positive performance of 0.32% after the first full week of tra
18 Aug. 2016 iAnthus Capital appoints Devra Karlebach, former hedge fund & technology executive, to advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iAnthus Capital Management, LLC, which delivers a comprehensive solution for financing and managing licensed cannabis cultivators, processors and dispensaries throughout the United States, has announced that Devra Karlebach has been appointed to the Company's Advi
18 Aug. 2016 LatAm hedge funds surge in 1H to +24.4%, emerging markets assets rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing in Latin America posted strong gains through mid-2016, reversing declines in four of the past five years, including the last three years, to lead all areas of hedge fund performance through the first half of 2016, according to the latest HFR Em
18 Aug. 2016 Circuit Court affirms SEC’s expanded views on backtested performance [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: From K&L Gates: On August 9, 2016, in the first court decision directly interpreting and addressing the use of backtested performance by an investment adviser, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined a petition for review of the d
18 Aug. 2016 Northern Trust expects single digit returns for alternatives over next five years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Slow economic growth and persistent low interest rates will be the main factors driving single-digit investment returns over the next five years, according to
17 Aug. 2016 iCapital Network solidifies product and technology teams with key senior hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, an online platform that provides streamlined access to alternative investments, has announced the addition of three senior technology professionals to help the organization further evolve its leading-edge capabilities for high-net-worth investors and the
17 Aug. 2016 Kevin O'Donnell joins Adams Street Partners as global head of business development and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adams Street Partners has announced that Kevin O'Donnell will join the firm on August 29 as a Partner and Global Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, as well as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. O'Donnell joi
17 Aug. 2016 Chinese regulators approve Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s Securities and Future Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) have announced the approval, in principle, of the
16 Aug. 2016 Ropes & Gray makes key addition to private investment funds and asset management practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Amanda Persaud has joined the private investment funds practice as a partner in the firm’s 300-lawyer New York office. Ms. Persaud’s practice focuses on the formation, fundraising and operation of private
16 Aug. 2016 Alternative investment industry weighs in on the presidential election [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. presidential race has already dominated the news for well over a year and will undoubtedly continue to do so long after the final votes are cast on November 8th. Beyond predicting who will triumph, Wall Street, along with much of the world, is focused on what the
16 Aug. 2016 Foundry Partners acquires Arbor Capital Management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundry Partners, will be adding to their Minneapolis office with an acquisition of the growth team from Arbor Capital Management. The Arbor team brings approximately $200 million in assets under management on behalf of institutional and family trust clients primarily
16 Aug. 2016 Franklin Square Capital Partners consolidates brands under FS Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative asset manager, today announced that it is consolidating its brands under FS Investments. The firm’s name is now FS Investments and its affiliated broker-dealer, FS2 Capital Partners, is FS Investment Solutions. The t
16 Aug. 2016 SEC files fraud charges against hedge fund in scheme involving terminally ill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against a hedge fund manager and his firm accused of paying terminally ill individuals to use their names on purportedl
16 Aug. 2016 Activist hedge fund ValueAct acquires 2% stake in Morgan Stanley [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Activist investor ValueAct Capital has bought a $1.1bn stake (38 million shares or 2% of outstanding shares) in investment bank Morgan Stanley. Despite the bank's falling shares, the hedge fund likes its shift to asset-light, fee based businesses. M
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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Banque Bonhote, a 200-year old Swiss private bank, last year launched a community of investors - heads of Swiss family and advisory offices and wealth managers - with the aim of co-investing in the kind of managers they wanted to invest in, either by way of s

  2. K2 Advisors : Why We Like Activist Hedge Fund Strategies and Some Thoughts on Alpha[more]

    Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Rob Christian, Senior Managing Director, Head of Research K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, writes on Harvest Exchange: When d

  3. Ex-Navy SEAL backed by Mario Gabelli, Jean-Marie Eveillard and other value giants off to strong start[more]

    From Valuewalk.com: Sententia Capital Management is not your average value focused hedge fund. The fund was founded by Michael Zapata, a former Navy Seal Team 6 Officer and has attracted funding from some of the best-known names in the value space. Mario Gabelli, Jean-Marie Eveillard from First Eagl

  4. Europe - 1 trillion euro non-performing loans are clogging EU lending channels[more]

    From Centralbanking.com: As much as 1 trillion euro of non-performing loans (NPLs) are still clogging the lending channel in the European Union. An EU asset management company (AMC) could address market failures in the secondary market for NPLs as part of a suite of measures designed to tackle the b

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