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09 Mar. 2015 Whitepaper: Investment committee best practices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Roundtable has released a white paper detailing the keys to investment success for long-term investment committees. In the paper, they have identified best practices for various investment committees, including charitable organizations, pensions, insurance c
09 Mar. 2015 IFIA welcomes first funds under ICAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has welcomed the enactment of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) Bill, signed into Irish law by the Irish president late last week. It has confirmed that Permal Group, one of the world’s leading alternative ass
09 Mar. 2015 Activist firm Red Mountain hires new partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, a constructive activist investment firm specializing in enhancing shareholder value through active ownership in small cap public companies, today announced that Matthew Hepler has joined the firm as a Partner. Hepler will be responsible
09 Mar. 2015 Seeder Energy Alpha Strategies re-brands as Stable Asset Management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stable Asset Management executive Erik Serrano Berntsen announced that the firm has changed its name from Energy Alpha Strategies (EAS) and is introducing a new brand. As an investment firm, Stable
09 Mar. 2015 Nehal Chopra’s hedge fund Ratan Capital up 19% YTD after 13% gains in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Nehal Chopra’s hedge fund, Ratan Capital Fund, gained 19% YTD after reporting 13% returns in February, Bloomberg reported. Ch
09 Mar. 2015 Maglan Capital gains 20.84% in February on bets in FairPoint [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven investment fund Maglan Capital exhibited exceptional strength in February after all of its long positions gained along with the broader market. Steven Azarbad, Maglan’s chief investment office
09 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge funds, event driven lead strong performance in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The dissident voice of the outspoken shareholder activist grew slightly louder in February, as event driven hedge funds led a strong month of hedge fund industry gains, with the HFRI ED: Activist Index posting the strongest monthly gain in two years, as reported
06 Mar. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index Global up 1.46% in February (+2.64% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return funds return strong performances in February. The UAI Global index progresses by 1.46% and is now up 2.64% for the year. While most strategies are positive th
06 Mar. 2015 Gravitas offers enhanced security for alternative investments, hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As cybersecurity threat in the investment community, specifically the risks facing hedge funds and alternative investment grows, collaborative outsourcing platform Gravitas offers improvement of its Cybersecurit
06 Mar. 2015 Patrick McCormack to shut down hedge fund Tiger Consumer [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Patrick McCormack is shutting down his hedge fund Tiger Consumer Management after 15 years "to spend more time with his family," reported Reuters. Tiger Consumer ended February up 4.6% (+3.9% YTD) and assets roughly $1.4bn, reported
06 Mar. 2015 Nicholas O’Grady is fired from hedge fund BlueCrest for divulging information [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlueCrest Capital Management insisted it terminated money manager Nicholas O’Grady after he was found to have passed information about his stock trading to Point72 Asset Management’s executive David J. Blanc, said
05 Mar. 2015 Institutional investors appear more optimistic than last year on their plans to allocate to hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Institutional investors appear more optimistic regarding their plans to allocate to hedge funds than they were this time last year, primarily because of their ability to generate uncorrelated returns and lower volatility in a broader investment portfolio," R
05 Mar. 2015 BaFin grants preferential access rights to Gibraltar funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The German financial regulator (BaFin) has recently adopted a reciprocal private placement policy, according to Hassans, G
05 Mar. 2015 RCM Alternatives and Attain Capital form partnership [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent broker RCM Alternatives has entered into an agreement to join forces with Attain Capital Management. Under the agreement, RCM will acquire Attain’s fund offerings, education, research and database assets while bringing all of its principals and employees
05 Mar. 2015 SkyBridge opens office in Palm Beach County [more]
Where better for a southern location than South Florida? SkyBridge Capital, which is headquartered in New York, has opened an office in Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Gardens is a "Signature City" in northern Palm Beach County, with a population of around 49,000.
04 Mar. 2015 Russian volatility weighs on emerging markets hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund capital invested in Emerging Markets declined to conclude 2014, falling from the record level established in 3Q14 on a combination of performance losses and investor outflows concentrated in funds with exposure to Russia. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Eu
04 Mar. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 1.76% in February (+3.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted strong gains in February, as US & UK treasury yields posted a sharp increase and US equities posted the strongest monthly gain since October 2011. Global equity markets gains were led by Technology & Energy as the Nasdaq composite a
04 Mar. 2015 Large hedge funds grow assets almost three times faster than sub $5bn funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As institutional investors’ needs continue to evolve, they are increasingly looking to work with larger hedge fund managers and intermediaries who can meet their appetite for comprehensive portfolio solutions, said Barry Bausano, co-head of Global Prime Finance at D
04 Mar. 2015 Ontario Teachers anchor investor of Guggenheim hedge fund spin-out [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy hedge fund manager, Deimos Asset Management LLC, announced the recent launch of its new hedge fund management business. One of Canada’s biggest pension funds and global alternative asset manager Ares Management, L.P., has made a strategic investment i
04 Mar. 2015 RBR, Cologny put pressure on Gategroup [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the Swiss press, two European activist hedge funds are putting pressure on Gategroup, a provider of products and services for airlines and their passengers. Zurich-based
04 Mar. 2015 GAM plans to broaden range of active strategies, cease Swiss & Global brand [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: GAM Holding AG, an independent asset management group headquartered in Zurich and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, reported yesterday underlying net profit of CHF 177.2m for 2014 (down 16% from 2013),
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
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  5. Hedge funds relatively resilient in Q3[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell in the third quarter as market conditions remain challenging, but still outperformed the S&P 500. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was down 3.6% during Q3 while the S&P 500 fell 8.2%. According to Lyxor, "hedge funds were quite resilient in Q3. Falling en