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28 Feb. 2017 White paper on directors shows trend toward stronger governance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Sound Fund Advisors released a white paper on fund governance trends, after collecting data on more than 2,100 Cayman hedge fund boards for the past six years. According to the paper, the data shows a trend toward stronger governance. In 2016, external
28 Feb. 2017 Five alternative investment managers selected to present at ABN AMRO Investor Forum's AIF Factor in Amsterdam [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Five alternative investment funds have been selected by a jury panel to compete in The AIF Factor on March 8th, 2017 during the Amsterdam Investor Forum (AIF), organised by
27 Feb. 2017 Alternative investment industry foresees lower fee model & contraction of hedge fund firms over next few years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Given the hedge fund industry's lackluster performance in 2016 and the significant amount of hedge fund firms that closed their doors, many institutional investors have been revisiting their allocations to hedge funds. As many investors question whether actively managed i
27 Feb. 2017 eVestment adds Williams to ramp up private markets initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the launch of eVestment's Private Market Alliance in 2016 and the acquisition of private markets software firm TopQ in 2015, eVestment continues its expansion into private markets data and analytics with the addition of Stuart Williams as senior vice president o
27 Feb. 2017 Snowden Lane Partners forms strategic partnership with Artivest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Snowden Lane Partners, an independent, advisor-owned, wealth advisory firm dedicated to providing client-focused advice in a values-driven culture, today announced a strategic partnership with Artivest, a technology-driven investment platform that streamlines access to pr
27 Feb. 2017 Comment: Earnings mislead investors in quest for growth [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: As earnings season rumbles on, analysts remain fixated on the bottom line of compa
27 Feb. 2017 Funds of hedge funds continue their consolidation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The fund of hedge funds sector remains in a period of consolidation as managers recognize the need to develop new, innovative ways to diversify their offering and appeal more succinctly to the bespoke requirements of investors, data provider
27 Feb. 2017 January hedge fund redemptions slow, buck January 2016 trend [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors pulled another $5.2 billion from hedge funds in January 2017, according to the latest January 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. And while $5 billion is not insignificant, it pales in comparison to the $19.3 billion investors pulled from hed
24 Feb. 2017 As traditional strategies grow obsolete, two former military officers launch artificial intelligence-based hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - As 2016 came to a close, the hedge fund industry had experienced four straight quarters of net investor withdrawals, constituting the longest period of capital outflows sin
24 Feb. 2017 ASR to offer Swiss representation for FINMA authorized funds (UCITS) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR) is expanding its services to offer Swiss representation for FINMA authorized funds (UCITS). ASR is a leading independent FINMA-regulated Swiss representative firm founded in 2014 by Anne Simond and Greg Taylor to provide local repres
24 Feb. 2017 Private Equity Lawyer Jeff Legault joins DLA Piper in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DLA Piper announced today that Jeff Legault has joined the firm's Corporate practice as a partner in New York. Legault focuses on mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, with a particular emphasis on private equity transactions across a range of industries,
24 Feb. 2017 Are convertible bonds an all-weather asset? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Schroders writes on Harvest Exchange: Does equity protection mean bond risk? For investors in convertible bonds, the protection offered d
24 Feb. 2017 Emerging markets hedge fund capital rose by $9.3bn in 2016 despite net investor outflows [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets hedge fund assets climbed to a record $200.7bn to begin 2017 on a strong note because of strong capital inflows in the last quarter of last year, reported the latest
24 Feb. 2017 Gordian Group launches GEMS [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Gordian Group, an investment banking firm specializing in complex, "story" and distressed situation advisory assignments has launched Gordian Equity Management Services. The new firm will provide asset management services to private equity firms on a contract ba
24 Feb. 2017 State Street study says investment firms lag on new technology [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report from State Street says that many investment firms are falling behind when it comes to embracing new technology. The report findings are the result of a global survey of 2,000 investors and 500 investment providers. State Street argues that lea
23 Feb. 2017 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
23 Feb. 2017 Investors in alternatives found to heavily expand into more alternative asset classes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by data provider Preqin has found that institutional investors are looking for exposure to an ever-widening range of alternative asset classes, with half now holding allocations to three or more. Preqin&
22 Feb. 2017 CalPERS elects new chair and vice chair of investment committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Henry Jones has been named Chair and Bill Slaton Vice Chair of the California Public Employees' Retirement System's investment committee. Jones was first elected to the CalPERS in 2007 by retired CalPERS members. He was re-elected to terms beginning in 2012 and 20
22 Feb. 2017 Insider selling approaching panic level [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Jeff Seymour, Engineer. Investment Advisor. Greedometer algo inventor, writes on Harvest Exchange: The past 7 weeks (first 7 weeks of this year)
22 Feb. 2017 Institutional investors plan to raise allocations to alternative assets in 2017 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits Miami showed that nearly 72% of institutional investors and family offices plan to raise their allocations to alternative asset managers this year, suggesting continued strong demand for the industry. "As many large, brand name f
21 Feb. 2017 Eurekahedge Fund Index up 0.87% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started the year up 0.87% in January with managers reporting performance-based gains of US$1.3 billion. Investor subscriptions stood at US$1.2 billion during the start of the year. In annual year 2016, final asset flow figures show that manager saw redemptions
21 Feb. 2017 Comment: Snap is more like YouTube 2.0 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: IPO Candy writes on Harvest Exchange: Now that we've had a chance to puzzle over the Snap roadshow (you can see the Snap slides here and we have done a
21 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds deliver strong results in February as macro strategies rebound [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds delivered strong results of as 14 February, supported by the risk-on sentiment across the board. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1%, fuelled by macro strategies in particular, Lyxor Asset Management repor
20 Feb. 2017 Northern Trust to acquire Fund Services Units of UBS in Luxembourg and Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Group AG and Northern Trust Corporation announce that UBS AG has entered into an agreement for Northern Trust to acquire UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The acquisition will enable Northern Trust to exp
20 Feb. 2017 Tages Capital launches third single-strategy UCITS alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, in partnership with Madrid based Cygnus Asset Management, announced the launch of the Tages Cygnus Europa Event Driven UCITS Fund, the third sub-fund of Tages International Funds SICAV, a UCITS compliant umbrella fund structure. Cygnus Asset Management
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