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10 Feb. 2015 Improving existing systems, data and risk management top concerns of asset managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Linedata, the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, has announced the results of its annual survey on the priorities and challenges facing the global asset management community. Upgrading incumbent systems and data man
10 Feb. 2015 BOX to launch realized volatility options on VolX patented concept [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BOX Options Exchange (BOX) and The VolX Group (VolX), architects of RealVol Products, announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement whereby BOX will list RealVol SPY
10 Feb. 2015 Leon Cooperman's hedge fund among industry's worst 20 this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors continues its "embarrassing" losses in January as the hedge fund fell 3.57% during the month, which earned it a distinction as one of the industry’s top 20 losers this early in 2015. Cooperman
10 Feb. 2015 Institutional investors, hedge funds raise $200m for Philippine-based Metro Pacific [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long-only institutional investors, hedge funds and domestic funds have banded together to raise $200m for Philippine-based Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MIPC), a unit of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Company Holdings, through an overnight equity private placement
09 Feb. 2015 Lyxor partners with Quantmetrics for AIFM managed account platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management announces a new partnership with Quantmetrics Capital Management to join Lyxor’s AIFM managed account platform. With this partnership, Lyxor will launch the first AIFMD-compliant strategy on its platform. Quantmetrics’ investment strateg
09 Feb. 2015 Commonfund brings on private equity specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a leading institutional investment manager, today announced the appointment of Jack H. Foster, Jr. as Managing Director, Private Equity Specialist. In this newly created position, Mr. Foster will work with institutional investors in the Eastern U.S. and Canada
09 Feb. 2015 Global pension fund assets reach new highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global institutional pension fund assets in the 16 major markets grew by over 6% during 2014 (compared to around 10% in 2013) to reach a new high of US$36 trillion, according to
09 Feb. 2015 bfinance finds that higher performance does not mean higher fees for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - bfinance, the independent investment consultancy, has released the results of its latest institutional investor study which focuses on the perennial issue of fees. It finds that reliable alpha does not necess
09 Feb. 2015 Oil, QE stimulus push hedge funds in early 2015 gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The steep losses in oil, the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) stimulus and the Swiss franc move helped push hedge funds to navigate the extreme macroeconomic dislocations across the global financial markets with positive gains in January, according t
09 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds betting on hotly contested UK election [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hotly contested general election in the UK has attracted the attention of some of the top hedge funds as they start placing their bets in the coming May polls. Joseph Oughourlian, co-founder and portfolio manager at U.S.-based hedge fund Amber Capital with r
09 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds shorting Australian dollars gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds which made bets against the Australian dollars have gained last week while those which wagered against the euro suffered losses as a slowdown in the Chinese economy is showing more impact compared to the possibility Greece will be forced out of the Euro.
06 Feb. 2015 Substantial flows expected for global macro hedge funds and CTAs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - ML Capital Asset Management, the investment manager and promoter of the MontLake UCITS Platform, is delighted to present the 17th edition of the quarterly
06 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund Trian rejects DuPont’s board seat proposal [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Trian Fund Management LP, the Nelson Peltz-led activist hedge fund that owns about $1.8bn in DuPont Co. shares, has rejected a proposal by DuPont to appoint one of its nominees to the firm’s board. Peltz submitted four names, including himself, for nomination in DuP
06 Feb. 2015 Brevan Howard’s macro hedge fund gains 3.3% in first month of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brevan Howard’s flagship $24bn macro hedge fund greeted 2015 with a strong 3.32% gains in January, outperforming many peers which suffered losses because of the surprise surge in the value of the Swiss franc, reported
06 Feb. 2015 Former SAC Capital hedge fund manager Noah Freeman gets 'freedom’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Noah Freeman is now a "freeman." U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff spared Freeman from serving prison for his cooperation in helping federal authorities win a guilty plea and $1.8bn in financial penalties from the hedge fun
05 Feb. 2015 Bainbridge Partners buys $20m stake in Alcazar's energy hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Bainbridge Partners, a London based alternative investments firm with $800 million in assets, has entered into a strategic relationship with Alcazar Investment Management L
05 Feb. 2015 CTAs, currency and metals strategies lead hedge fund gains in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Metals commodities gained in January led by gold and silver, while agricultural commodities declined, led by wheat and hogs. UCITS compliant hedge funds posted gains for January with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +2.03%, reported data tracker Hedge Fun
05 Feb. 2015 Global macro hedge funds off to a strong 2.0% gain last month [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Most global macro investors were rewarded last month with strong performance despite a volatile market across asset classes. While many hedge funds faced challenges in January, the HFRX Macro/CTA index was 2.0% for the month, according to the latest
05 Feb. 2015 Real estate fund managers see intense competition for assets and capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: More than 70% of real estate firms said that competition for both investment opportunities and sources of capital had increased over the past year. The Preqin survey showed that the improving fortune of the private r
04 Feb. 2015 Arthur Bell CPAs hires Kim Waldman as new national director of business development [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative investment accounting firm, Arthur Bell CPAs, has hired Kim Waldman as its new national director of business development. Waldman brings 16 years of experience in the alternative investment industry and will be a great asset to the firm’s continued growth with
04 Feb. 2015 Advent Capital Management hires new portfolio manager for alternative investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Advent Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm with approximately $8.5 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2014, announces the appointment of Matthew Dundon, Managing Director
04 Feb. 2015 Scott Phillips launches hedge fund Latimer Light [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Lone Pine managing director Scott Phillips has announced the launch of his own hedge fund firm called Latimer Light Capital which will bet on and against stocks of U.S. companies. Latimer will start trading in the second half of 2015,
04 Feb. 2015 Police starts probe against four Scots over collapse of £400m hedge fund Heather Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The police in the UK has placed four individuals, including Glasgow-born financier Gregory King, under investigation over the collapse of the £400m hedge fund firm Heather Capital at the height of the global financial crisis, reported the
04 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder reveals extent of Russian corruption in new book 'Red Notice’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: William (Bill) Browder, co-founder of hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management and once the largest international investor in Russia, lifts the lid on Kremlin corruption and describes how Putin and his regime will stop at nothing for the criminal acquisition of wealt
03 Feb. 2015 Alternative UCITS grow 41% in 2014 to EUR 224.3 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The strength of alternative UCITS sector continued to grow with assets under management (AuM) increasing 41% to EUR 224.3 billion in 2014, illustrating the robust demand seen for alternative UCITS funds, according to the latest
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