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22 Apr. 2015 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.50% in March, 3.47% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.50% in March 2015 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.47% year to date. “Equity markets were mixed, commodities gave back the prior month’s gain, and interest rates turned lower after tr
22 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds assets approach $3tln milestone as investors return to macro [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge fund assets surged to a new record to begin 2015, as 1Q15 performance gains through the volatile macroeconomic environment attracted the largest capital inflow since 2Q14. Total hedge fund assets increased to $2.94 trillion, an increase of $95 billion, led by
22 Apr. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.46% in March (+2.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.46% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.57% through the end of the first quarter, versus a return of 0.95% for the S&P 500. “Prices for risk assets declined in March as the hea
22 Apr. 2015 Asian long short hedge funds rally continues [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian long/short equity managers, in particular long biased ones, have continued their meteoric rise, reports Lyxor Asset Management in its latest Weekly Briefing: a typical long-biased Asia Pacific manager was up +10%
22 Apr. 2015 ALTIN’s hedge funds generated strong returns in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges and featuring more than 40 underlying hedge funds, reported that all its hedge funds generated strong returns in the fir
21 Apr. 2015 CIFC adds investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CIFC Corp, a leading relative-value credit manager, today announced that Ruth Lane has joined the firm as Head of Investor Relations, a newly created position. Ms. Lane reports to Head of Business Development R. Spencer Potts, who joined the firm in February to
20 Apr. 2015 Carlyle shutters liquid alts business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Carlyle Group's on again, off again relationship with retail investors has seen another breakup. The investment firm announced over the weekend that it will be closing two liquid alternative mutual funds it launched last year. According to regulator
17 Apr. 2015 Burren Capital Advisors launch the Burren Global Arbitrage UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Burren Capital Advisors Limited, a specialist event driven manager, today announced the launch of 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
17 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund Northwest Investment gains 46% on cheaper valuation of Chinese firms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The cheaper valuations of Chinese companies’ Hong Kong-quoted class-H shares have helped one of Northwest Investment Management (HK)’s hedge fund gain 46% so far this year, reported
17 Apr. 2015 Study shows how almost all institutional investors use social media on unprecedented scale in investment decisions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates showed that 80% of institutional investors use social media in their investment decision process. The result of the study highlights the emerging trend that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc are now key sources of information amongst i
16 Apr. 2015 New York Life Investment completes acquisition of IndexIQ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), the third party global asset management business of New York Life, has completed its acquisition of IndexIQ, an issuer of liquid alternative exchange-traded fund (ETF) solutions, the company said in a
16 Apr. 2015 Paul Singer’s Elliot Advisor in rare decline in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer’s Elliott Advisor suffered a rare decline in the first quarter of this year as the value of one of its hedge funds fell 0.5% during the period, reported
15 Apr. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up for third consecutive month, 0.83% in March, 3.11% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds registered their third consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.83% in March, outperforming the MSCI World Index which ended the month down 0.39%. Key takeaways for the month of Marc
15 Apr. 2015 Fund managers express concern of overvaluation in both equity and bond markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey, investors see growing overvaluations in both
15 Apr. 2015 What to do in a negative rates environment [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The world of low or negative yields came to the limelight again when Switzerland recently tightened its negative interest rates. In this kind of environment, what is an investor to do. PIMCO recommends taking a global investment approach and move into invest
15 Apr. 2015 UCITS hedge fund index gains 0.36% in March (+2.47% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UCITS HFS Index that tracks UCITS funds using hedge fund strategies continues its positive run in 2015 with gains of 0.36% in March 2015, the third positive monthly result in a row, said Pfaeffikon-based service provider 2n
14 Apr. 2015 The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.7% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.7% in March. 6 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.8%), the Lyxor LS Equity Long Bias Index (+2.4%), and the Lyxor LS Equity Variable Bias Index (+1.1%). ECB
14 Apr. 2015 CalPERS investment office cuts expenses for five-year period, tops peer benchmark in cost survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has reported that annual ongoing costs for its investment operations have declined by approximately $90 million for the five-fiscal-year period from 2009-14. The System also reported that it was found to be &
14 Apr. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.48 in March (+2.4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended March up +0.48% despite predominantly negative global equity markets. Global equity markets as measured by MSCI EAFE were down -1.81%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were up 0.46%. Hed
14 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds down -0.17% in March (+1.23%YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of –0.17% in March to end Q1 2015 up 1.23%, compared to the S&P 500 which increased 0.96%, according to the latest data from eVestment. Hedge fund performance returns were mixed in March amid increased equity
14 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds looking to continue their rally in Q2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds finished the first quarter on a strong note and are looking to continue the rally in the second quarter, said Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Brief. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is up 0.4% over the week
13 Apr. 2015 SEI rolls out global framework for managing compliance across products & jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEI has introduced SEI Firm Compliance, a new global regulatory management framework that equips investment organisations to oversee and orchestrate compliance functions firm-wide, across investment products and regulatory jurisdictions. SEI’s Investment Manager Services
13 Apr. 2015 Barnegat hedge fund faces difficult start in 2015, but excess collateral offers comfort [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $681m hedge fund, The Barnegat Fund, is having a difficult year in 2015 as the fund is down 7.7% in the first quarter (-3.7% in March), the company said in a statement. The fund’s net compounded annual rate
13 Apr. 2015 Cayman goes live with public register of investment funds, including hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Cayman Islands has willingly accepted, where fairly applied, the international move towards increased transparency, said international law firm Ogier. Nevertheless, Ogier pointed out that the leg
10 Apr. 2015 Despite falling oil and commodities, SWFs assets grew $900bn to reach $6.31tln in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The majority of sovereign wealth funds globally have increased their assets under management by $900bn over the last 18 months from $5.38tln in October 2013 to $6.31tln in March 2015. This is despite falling commodity and oil prices, which many of these instituti
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. 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

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    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

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November