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05 May. 2015 All six Market Vectors long/short indices gain YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Vectors Index Solutions (MVIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates, reported that all its six investable long/short equity indices gained in the first four months of 2015. MVIS said that the Ma
04 May. 2015 Warren Buffett: Reinsurance prospects have turned for the worse [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As more and more hedge funds are piling into the reinsurance market, Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., predicted that the reinsurance industry is heading into a slump, reported
04 May. 2015 Regiment Capital to close credit hedge fund due to losses from oil prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based Regiment Capital Advisors said it would close its long/short credit hedge after suffering losses of 8.8% from the oil price slump last year, Bloomberg
04 May. 2015 Class-action lawsuit accuse hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A shareholder class-action suit filed on Wednesday accused New York-based hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage. It would reportedly reap huge benefits if the clothing company declared bankruptcy. Standard General is the controlling sto
01 May. 2015 SEC launches outreach program for investment advisers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC is launching a new outreach program for investment advisers. The regulator will hold compliance outreach seminars in six cities this year. The seminars are jointly sponsored by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Division of Inve
30 Apr. 2015 Vanderbilt researcher reveals top 10 activist hedge funds for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The best activist hedge funds for investors are those that make the most sizable investments, say researchers who have produced a top 10 list of the best such funds. The No. 1 fund belongs to investor Carl Icahn. “It’s the size of the investment that matters rath
30 Apr. 2015 IRS publishes proposed regulations for hedge fund reinsurance arrangements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active conduct of an insurance business” exemption und
30 Apr. 2015 Texan CTA firm separates from Morgan Stanley after 18 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Warrington Asset Management, which was an independent but affiliated asset management group within Morgan Stanley (and predecessors) for the past 18 years, has finalized its separation from the bank and is now open as an alternative asset management advisor to a new set o
30 Apr. 2015 Parker FX Index up 1.53% in March, 3.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +1.53% return for the month of March. Thirty- one of the thirty-three programs in the Index reported March results, of which twenty-three reported positive results and eight incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.
30 Apr. 2015 Burren launches UCITS Fund in Dublin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Burren Capital Advisors Limited, a specialist event driven manager launched in 2010, has launched its Global Arbitrage equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of liquid, tr
30 Apr. 2015 HAS Capital brings on Scott Mcfarlane [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HAS Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment and advisory firm, announced today the appointment of Scott MacFarlane as President of Originations. He will be responsible for the ongoing management of HAS Capital’s current manufactured housing funding programs
30 Apr. 2015 M-III launches, focuses on restructuring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - M-III Partners, LLC, an advisory and principal investment firm focused on underperforming companies, formally announced its launch today. The new firm is comprised of a senior team of six professionals, each with over 20 years of direct experience in investment, manage
30 Apr. 2015 Solactive AG launches activist index [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Solactive AG, a German-based multi asset class provider that focuses on tailor-made indices, announced the launch of its latest index, called the Solactive Guru Activist Index as it expand its Guru Family. The
30 Apr. 2015 Bermake joins PIMCO, Citadel as advisor [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake has joined PIMCO as a senior advisor. Bernanke will provide economic advice to Pimco’s fund managers and will occasionally interact with the firm’s clients, the Newport Beach, California, company said in a state
30 Apr. 2015 SEC charges funds of hedge funds Alpha Titans, executives, and auditor for improper expense allocations [more]
Update: Please note the important updated information at the end of the article.The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hedge fund advisory firm and two executives involved in improper allocations of fund assets to pay undisclose
29 Apr. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index announces index provider change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS Alternative Index has announced that effective on May 1 2015 Hedgeanalytics AG will become the new index provider for the UCITS Alternative Index (UAI) family of indices. Hedgeanalytics AG is a Spin-off Company from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences
29 Apr. 2015 IDS launches ManCo for South African hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: All existing South African hedge funds have to register with the Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes before the end of September. On 6th March 2015, a
29 Apr. 2015 Belgium and Luxembourg regulators require non-EU feeder AIFs to report on master fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Belgian and Luxembourg regulators now require non-EU alternative investment fund managers (non-EU AIFMs) to make "Annex IV" reports in respect of master funds if one or more of that master fund’s feeder funds are marketed in Belgium and Luxembourg, respectively,
29 Apr. 2015 Swiss group Pictet releases first public annual and financial reports [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Pictet Group, a Swiss private bank, has just released its first public annual report and financial report since it opened for business in Geneva in 1805. I
28 Apr. 2015 Altegris launches Altegris KKR liquid alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Altegris, a provider of alternative investment strategies, announces the launch of the Altegris KKR Commitments Fund. The Fund offers accredited investors an opportunity to gain diversified exposure to KKR by committing to three different forms of private equity – primari
28 Apr. 2015 ETF/ETP assets may surpass hedge funds assets in Q2 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent research and consultancy firm ETFGI said that it expected assets invested in the global ETF/ETP industry to surpass assets in the global hedge fund industry during this quarter. In its report entitled
28 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds remain resilient amid trend reversals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Recent market conditions were less supportive for hedge funds, with a reversal of market moves witnessed so far this year, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its
28 Apr. 2015 Asian fund managers see increase in regulations, adopt wait-and-see approach [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A big number of asset managers in Asia see an increase in regulations in the region but said that adopting a wait-and-see approach might offer opportunities, according to a survey done by https://www.rbcits.com/ RBC Investor & Treasury Services at this year’s FundFo
24 Apr. 2015 Eric Schmidt takes minority stake in D.E. Shaw [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hillspire, the family office for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has taken a 20 percent stake in D.E. Shaw Group. The interest was previously owned by Lehman Brothers Holdings. Schmidt may be a welcome investor in D.E. Shaw, given David Shaw’s own bac
24 Apr. 2015 Ben Goertzel to launch hedge fund managed by artificial intelligence [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based financial technology start-up Aidyia co-founder and chief scientist Ben Goertzel said he would launch a hedge fund in the U.S. to be managed by artificial intelligence, reported
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  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega