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26 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing for fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing this week after pleading guilty to running a Connecticut-based fraud scheme several years ago, said
23 Jan. 2015 Newalpha AM raises $250m in seed capital for long-only strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the wake of the convergence between mainstream and alternative asset management, NewAlpha AM expands the scope of its activities beyond hedge funds to Long Only Equity funds. The success of this new orient
23 Jan. 2015 Anil Prasad to launch $500m macro hedge fund in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anil Prasad, the former global head of Citigroup’s foreign exchange unit, is readying to launch his own macro hedge fund called Silver Ridge Asset Management with $500m in initial assets in April,
23 Jan. 2015 Fund of hedge funds ALTIN closes 2014 up 5.75% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Swiss alternative investment firm ALTIN AG, the $250m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, a positive return over the last quarter of the year, ending 2014 up +5.75%, clear
23 Jan. 2015 2014 best year since 2007 for hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds ended the year just north of $3 trillion - a record high not matched since 2007, according to the latest hedge fund asset flows data from eVestment. The figure is notable as December saw some redemptions on the month. Investors withdrew $13.2 billion
22 Jan. 2015 Alternative assets hover near $7tln in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The total alternative assets held by hedge fund, private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure fund managers reached $6.9tln in 2014, up from the $6.22tln reported a year ago, according to Preqin’s
22 Jan. 2015 Fund managers see oil to slide further but warn of global recession if it falls to $30 per barrel [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial managers believe that oil prices may further slide this year but warned a decline to $30 per barrel would signal a global recession. According to the Oil
22 Jan. 2015 Top performing private equity firms you should invest in [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Professor Oliver Gottschalg of Paris-based HEC Business School, also known as Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris has released his annual ranking of the top performing private equity firms. The 2014 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking
21 Jan. 2015 Barclay CTA Index gains 7.71% in 2014; largest traders return 12.31% for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge gained 7.71% in 2014. The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, was up 12.31% in 2014. “The BTOP50 had a strong finish, ending the year with five consecutive profitable months and putt
21 Jan. 2015 AIMA to hold inaugural Asia regional forum in Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, will be holding its inaugural Asia-Pacific regional forum this week in Hong Kong, on Thursday 22 January. As AIMA's first regionally themed forum, "AIMA
21 Jan. 2015 Investors allocate record $76.4bn into hedge funds in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors increased their allocations to hedge funds in 4Q 2014 with $3.6bn in new capital bringing the full year of inflows to $76.4bn. 2014 was the highest calendar year of inflows since 2007 as financial market volatility soared into year-end led by a steep decli
21 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds BlueCrest, Comac also hit by Swiss franc [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The surge in the Swiss franc has claimed more casualties. Michael Platt’s $15bn hedge fund BlueCrest Capital Management announced it was closing a trading book run by Peter Von Maydell after sustaining significant losses from the 41% surge in Swiss franc’s valu
21 Jan. 2015 Comment: Entering 2015, US equity values are at fair valuation levels [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to LJM’s President and founder Anthony Caine, 2015 is the first year in seven years where easy monetary policy will be reversed. The Federal Reserve ceased its bond-buying program in 2014 and is postured to increase interest rates. However, the implication
21 Jan. 2015 Houlihan Lokey adds to hedge fund team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey has hired Patrick Collins to the firm’s financial sponsors group as a Managing Director. In this role he will focus on the firm’s hedge fund and financial sponsor clients, with a specific concentration on those clien
20 Jan. 2015 ALTIN issues tradeable put options [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company, has decided, in line with the media release of 15 January 2014, to implement a further share buyback for the purpose of a capital reduction through the issuance of tradable put options. The put
20 Jan. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 0.18% in December (+3.16% 2014) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.18% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge The Index was up 3.16% in 2014. “Renewed concerns of a Greek exit from the European Union, plummeting oil prices, and swooning Russian financial markets took a
20 Jan. 2015 EU to launch new long term investment fund vehicles for retail and professional investors in 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new and innovative fund product called ELTIF or European Long Term Investment Fund is seen to boost European long-term investments in the real economy, especially infrastructure. The product will be available six months after the publication in the EU Official
20 Jan. 2015 Court convicts Magnus Peterson for collapse of Weavering hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A UK court convicted Magnus Peterson for his role in the collapse of the $600m hedge fund firm Weavering in 2009. The conviction of Peterson is one of the most high profile cases handled by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). According to
19 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds see the Fed to maintain an 'accommodative stance’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of more than 80 hedge fund managers (total AuM above $1tln) found that a majority of them believe that the Federal Reserve would maintain an accommodative stance in 2015 as monetary policy has been a key driver of financial markets over the last few years.
19 Jan. 2015 Marko Dimitrijevic to close largest of his Everest hedge funds due to Swiss franc rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: He survived at least five emerging market debt crisis. But Marko Dimitrijevic of Everest Capital announced he is closing his largest hedge fund, the Everest Global Fund, after losing virtually all its money last week when the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced i
19 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund managers' commentaries to be soon written by machines? [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A writing software developed by Narrative Science called Quill, is taking over jobs of journalists and may also relieve analysts and fund managers from writing financial reports by turning numerical
16 Jan. 2015 While all core hedge fund strategies delivered gains in 2014, aggregate returns lowest since 2011 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry ended 2014 with a 3.78% profits, the lowest annual return since the 1.85% loss seen in 2011, according to Preqin’s forthcoming 2015 Global Hedge Fund Report. It said that most hedge funds fai
15 Jan. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ‐0.27% (est.) in December, ‐0.17% for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.3% in December 2014 (YTD -0.2%). 3 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.5%), the Lyxor L/S Equity Variable Bias Index (+1.2%), the Lyxor Merger Arb
15 Jan. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.09% in December, 3.46% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended December 2014 up +0.09%. Global equity markets were negative in December with the MSCI World Index down -1.75% and the S&P 500 down -0.25%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were up +0.94%.
15 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Daniel Thibeault faces civil charges for misappropriating $16m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed criminal charges against Framingham-based Daniel Thibeau
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