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07 Nov. 2013 French investment groups create European leader in incubation of active funds, NewAlpha AM [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:Opalesque wrote in April that there may be a merger between two large French seeding platforms:
07 Nov. 2013 Endowment study reveals decline in allocation to alternative assets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The 2013 NACUBO Commonfund Study of Endowments or NCSE’s preliminary data gathered from 461 U.S. colleges and universities shows that these institutions’ endowme
06 Nov. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up 1.86% (est.) in October, 7.36% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Stronger equity market performance in October helped the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund index increase 1.86% for October 2013. Despite an early market selloff due mostly to the US debt concerns, the resolution of the Government Debt Crisis and continued bond buying by the F
06 Nov. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index up 1.65% in October, 6.01% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.65% in October 2013 according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance of t
06 Nov. 2013 Gottex to establish joint venture with Chinese asset manager VStone Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited (Gottex), an independent global alternative asset management group, announced it is to establish a joint venture with VStone Asset Management (VStone), a well-established private ass
06 Nov. 2013 CFTC acuses AlphaMetrix of fraud, files suit [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a complaint in the a U.S. District Court in Chicago accusing AlphaMetrix Group of fraud. The regulator alleges that the company agreed to rebate fees back to participants in the commodity pools between
06 Nov. 2013 CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton out in a surprise exit [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) member Bart Chilton will be leaving his post. The timing of the exit was a surprise and is potential replacement is as yet, unnamed. Chilton outlined his exit in remarks titled,
06 Nov. 2013 Some equity long/short managers are reducing net market exposure [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:According to the monthly reports of two alternative asset managers, many hedge fund managers, especially those pursuing equity long/short strategies, decreased their net exposure towards the end of October. One suggests this could be a harbinger of a pullback
06 Nov. 2013 Assets in US alternative mutual funds balloon to $550 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Assets under management for listed alternatives have ballooned to $550 billion since 2008, growing the group to more than double its initial size. Alternative UCITS funds are also growing at a similar rate in Europe,
06 Nov. 2013 Interest in African hedge funds continues to grow - survey [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Novare Investments second annual Africa funds survey shows growing interest in the continent. Report data shows that capital flows to Africa focused funds are becoming more steady, a trend which is expected to continue as more African countries develop and mature
05 Nov. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains +1.27% in October, 3.24% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +1.27% in October, 2013. • HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +1.93% in October, with positive contributions from Global equity, India and Turkey and mixed performan
05 Nov. 2013 IndexIQ’s Hedge Composite Beta Index up 1.44% in October, 2.62% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for October 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the p
05 Nov. 2013 Strongest growth since January for Equity Hedge, up 1.92% for October, 8.68% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFRX notes that global financial markets posted gains for the month of October as US lawmakers passed a budget deal, ending the US government shutdown and averting a default on US
05 Nov. 2013 SAC enters guilty plea in insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to an insider trading probe launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The guilty plea is part of a broader settlement over the insider trading charges, as part of that settlement the f
05 Nov. 2013 Hedge fund reduce exposure to S&P, underperform index in October [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds reduced their exposure to the S&P500 over the past week according to the latest
05 Nov. 2013 GFIA reports that October was positive for Asian markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:In their October performance notes on hedge funds in Asia Pacific, GFIA reports that Asian markets rebounded over the month on the perception that the Fed is kicking the tapering can down the road. MSCI Asia ex J
05 Nov. 2013 27% of advisors globally regularly use alternative products and strategies [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Three in four advisors said in a recent that survey they talk about alternative investments with clients, especially in the U.S. and the Middle East. But 67% and 80% of advisors in the U.S. and U.K. estimate their clients, at best, have very little understan
05 Nov. 2013 UK FCA finds asset managers are better prepared for service provider failure but not all apply proper oversight [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:The collapse of Lehman and the several bailouts that occurred in recent years highlighted the possibility of big brands becoming potential bankruptcies. So asset managers, including hedge fund managers, may be cautious when it comes to their service providers
04 Nov. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index Global is up a healthy 1.18% in October, 3.20% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up a healthy 1.18% in October 2013 and reaches 3.20% since the beginning of the year. As for last month, the good performance is explained by the strong results of long/short equity managers up 1.85% on average. However the best perfo
04 Nov. 2013 Paris Court of Appeal cancels AMF’s suit against three hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:On 24th October, the Court of Appeal in Paris cancelled a decision previously made by the AMF, the French financial watchdog, in February 2012 to condemn three fund management companies
01 Nov. 2013 Europe's incredible shrinking pension funds landscape [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The move to fewer, larger pension funds in key markets such as the Netherlands and United Kingdom could work to the advantage of asset management groups, according to the November issue of The Cerulli Edge-Global Edition. A trimming of pillar II pension funds-ma
01 Nov. 2013 Asian Insurers: Adapting investment strategies to a changing world [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opalesque Industry Update - Insurance companies globally are adopting new ways of thinking about their industry, as the markets in which they operate see significant long-term economic and regulatory changes, not to mention near-term volatility.
01 Nov. 2013 Preqin reports fifth consecutive month of negative performance for CTAs [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A fifth consecutive month finds CTA performance in the red with average net returns of -0.67% in September, compared with 1.74% for all single-manager hedge funds, according to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst database.
31 Oct. 2013 FIA statement on CFTC customer protection rule [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Futures Industry Association today issued the following statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s final rule on customer protections: FIA strongly supports the vast majority of the customer protections contained in the rule, many of w
31 Oct. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.62% in September (+5.51% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for September 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through August. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

  2. Private equity follows hedge funds into reinsurance for long-term capital[more]

    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

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    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

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  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added