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16 Dec. 2013 Investors start withdrawals ahead of Fed’s December meeting [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Investors have started to pull out their investments ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve meeting on 17th and 18th December, which will discuss whether to wind down its quantitative easing program (or QE3), according to EPFR, a
16 Dec. 2013 Two Sigma and Hamilton Insurance buy SAC Capital’s Reinsurance unit [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Two Sigma and Hamilton Reinsurance Group have formed a partnership to acquire SAC Capital’s reinsurance unit, clearing the way for the Steven Cohen’s once $15bn hedge fund to convert into a family office, various media reported. According to the
14 Dec. 2013 ABN AMRO Clearing launches competition for 6 alternative investment funds to pitch at Amsterdam Investors Forum 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 6 alternative funds are again being offered the chance to pitch to more than 200 institutional investors, funds of funds and high net worth individuals at the third Amsterdam Investors Forum (AIF), organised by ABN AMRO Clearing on 12 February 2014. ‘The AIF Fact
13 Dec. 2013 UCITS HFS Index experiences slow down, up 0.27% in November (3% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index posts its third positive monthly result in a row in November 2013 (0.27%). The broad index started negatively into the month with losses of -0.14% after the first full week of trading. Things turned around in week two though with gains of 0.16%. Althou
13 Dec. 2013 SEC brings charges against hedge fund, advisors, Merrill Lynch in latest round of investigations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a rash of new charges today against a London-based hedge fund, a Charlotte, N.C.-based investment advisory firm, and Merrill Lynch over misleading investors. GLG Partners L.P. and its former holding company
12 Dec. 2013 Hedge fund investors net sellers of $2.2bn in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund investors redeemed a net $2.2 billion (0.1% of assets) in October, reversing course after buying $4.4 billion in September. “The outflow in October was only the second for hedge funds t
12 Dec. 2013 Eric Sprott’s flagship hedge fund drops 50% on weak gold prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Canadian hedge fund manager Eric Sprott’s flagship hedge fund lost more than 50% so far this year; and I appears to be headed towards its third consecutive year of losses on weak gold prices. Compounding Sprott’s woes are redemption requests from investors. tha
12 Dec. 2013 EU Parliament passes resolution in Magnitsky case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the EU Council of Ministers to adopt a common list of Russian officials to be sanctioned for their role in the torture and murder of 37-year old Russian whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
11 Dec. 2013 Fed taper will hurt markets, though hedge funds unconcerned about rates impact [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aksia’s third annual institutional hedge fund manager opinion survey revealed that managers are overwhelmingly negative on the potential impact of Federal Reserve tapering on markets. Most managers surveyed expect tapering to begin within the next few months (during Q1 ‘1
11 Dec. 2013 Study finds close to half of endowments and foundations plan to increase allocation to alternatives [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The endowment and foundations investment consulting firm NEPC has published the results of its first
11 Dec. 2013 BofA Merrill Lynch calls for stronger U.S.-led economic growth in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research has called for a stronger U.S.-led economic growth in 2014 as well as higher yields and solid U.S. stock gains that are lower than in 2013 but higher than consensus. At the annual
11 Dec. 2013 Regulators pass Volcker rule, financial firms have one year to comply [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The SEC along with the other US financial regulating agencies agreed to the Volcker rule today, moving forward a key provision of the Dodd-Frank legislation. The final rules prohibit insured depository institutions and companies affiliated with insured depository
10 Dec. 2013 Deutsche Bank launches Coeli Macro strategy on dbSelect [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Deutsche Bank announced that Coeli Asset Management and IMQubator have launched the Coeli Macro strategy on dbSelect, Deutsche Bank’s platform for accessing liquid hedge fund strategies.
10 Dec. 2013 Swiss case law pressures offshore companies to reinforce operations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From Laven Financial Services: On 16 May 2013, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court decided that the effective place of management of a finance company established in Guernsey was actually in the Canton of Zug. As a consequence, the finance company was found to be liable for d
10 Dec. 2013 ‘Patchwork quilt’ of AIFMD requirements will deter non-EU firms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The ‘patchwork quilt’ of regulatory requirements resulting from European Union member states exercising discretion under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is likely to deter many non-EU firms from operating in the market – but that need not be the case, a
10 Dec. 2013 BNY Mellon launches AIFMD regulatory reporting service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon has announced a new service for fund managers that helps them identify, aggregate and manage the regulatory reporting requirements of the Alternative Investment Fund Manager’s Directive (AIFMD).
10 Dec. 2013 Long term trend following CTAs recover performance in November [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Lyxor’s latest report finds things are improving on the performance front across the board but for CTAs in particular. The firm reveals that 10 out of 13 of the Lyxor Indices ended the month of November in positiv
10 Dec. 2013 Herbalife fights Ackman back [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:After relentless attacks from activist hedge fund manager William Ackman, Herbalife has turned the table against him and is also calling on investors in his his firm Pershing Square Capital to pull out their money from the $12bn company. According to a
10 Dec. 2013 Hedge fund managers see Asia-focused funds cheaper by 43% [more]
Komfie Manolo, Opalesque Asia:The majority of hedge fund managers in North America, Europe and Asia believes that running a hedge fund in the Asia-Pacific region is cheaper by some 42% compared to operating the same in Europe or the U.S., mainly because of lower-than-average salaries in the regio
09 Dec. 2013 Climate change and land depletion driving returns from farms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Climate change and depletion of agricultural land are the most important factors driving investment returns from farmland, according to new research by Aquila Capital (“Aquila”), one of Europe’s leading independent
09 Dec. 2013 Hedge funds on gain streak for third consecutive month, Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.37% in November (7.39% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds delivered their third consecutive month of positive returns as global markets maintained their upward momentum. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.37% during the month, edging past the MSCI World Index which gained 1.27% in the month of November 2013.&l
09 Dec. 2013 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite index posts 11th gain in 13 months, up 1.03% in November (8.31% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended 2013 gains in November, with positive contributions across all strategy areas led by Equity Hedge, as the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted its 11th gain in the past 13 months, as reported today by HFR, the established global leader in the ind
09 Dec. 2013 Rules on custody are the focus of most recent UCITS V draft [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The most recent draft of the UCITS directive finds the Council of the European Union agreeing on an amendment that will tighten rules on custody. The main priorities
09 Dec. 2013 Most of Paulson’s funds rise in November [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:John Paulson’s main hedge fund, the $2.4bn Recovery Fund, which bets on the recovery in the U.S. economy is up 57.6% YTD after a 9.9% gain in November thanks to investments in financials, according to media reports. Other Paulson fund also generated good returns l
09 Dec. 2013 Emerging hedge fund managers struggle to cover expenses with management fees [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia for New Managers:Emerging hedge funds struggle to cover operational expenses solely on their management fee alone and do not realize comfortable operating margins at any point below $1bn in assets under management, that was the finding of the second annual Hedg

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