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26 Mar. 2015 Oaktree co-founder Howard Marks downplays liquid alternative funds performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Group co-founder Howard Marks downplayed the "promise" of liquid alternative funds and said that the asset class is not reliable to deliver stable positive performance, reported
26 Mar. 2015 Sustainable investing key in mobilization of private capital towards addressing global challenges [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Several financial institutions have been investing in sustainable solutions of late. For example, BofA and Wells Fargo each announced US$1 million commitments to water projects recently, according to
25 Mar. 2015 Winston & Strawn launches permanent capital group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn LLP has launched its permanent capital solutions group. The firm has formed this group, which is unique to the legal industry, to address the evolution of fund formation activities and diversification of investment strategies that are occurring in the
25 Mar. 2015 iAngels raises $2.25 million seed round led by Millhouse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iAngels, the only platform enabling private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today that it has raised a $2.25 million Seed Round led by Roman Abramovich’s fund, Millhouse Capital.
25 Mar. 2015 One year after “Flash Boys”, investors remain concerned about high frequency trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, has released the results of its U.S. Equity Market Structure “Flashback” Survey, exploring the concerns and actions of financial industry participants regarding high f
25 Mar. 2015 IndexIQ launches long/short and event-driven hedge fund replication ETFs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative solutions provider IndexIQ has launched two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF and the IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF. The funds join IndexIQ’s pioneering fami
25 Mar. 2015 New York court defers ruling on Argentina’s contempt charges in conflict with hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York Court of Appeals has deferred its decision on Argentina’s contempt ruling by judge Thomas Griesa in its ongoing conflict against holdout investors, including hedge funds led by Paul Singer's NML Capital, reported the
25 Mar. 2015 Most institutional investors now consider ESG criteria when making alternative investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of asset owners and institutional investors, or 57%, actively consider ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to a survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer. The survey of 97 i
24 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds achieve outstanding performance as most indices are in positive territory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds achieved an outstanding performance during last week and were up 1.3%. More than 75% of the funds as well as most hedge funds indices are in positive territory, according to Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Brie
24 Mar. 2015 Despite regulatory onslaught, hedge funds remain largely unregulated [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite the new laws and regulations introduced since the 2008 global financial crisis, hedge funds and private equities remain largely unregulated, said Mayra Rodríguez Valladares, managing principal at capital markets and financial regulatory consulting firm MR
23 Mar. 2015 Quantmetrics Capital to launch UCITS version of Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantmetrics Capital Management LLP will launch in April a UCITS version of its successful Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. Quantmetrics is a London based investment manager set up in 2003 by James Fowler and Dr. Mushtaq Shah. The Q
23 Mar. 2015 Bank of New York settles with $714m for overcharging clients, defrauding pensions on currency transactions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Bank of New York Mellon has agreed to pay $714m and fire certain employees to settle charges it overcharged clients and defrauded pension funds on some currency transactions, according to a report by
23 Mar. 2015 Asian hedge funds expand 21% in 2014 to reach record $193bn as seeders and strategic investors become more active [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Asia-Pacific hedge funds registered strong growth last year as assets reached a record $192.81bn or a 21% increase from the $139.8bn recorded at end 2013. The figure is still higher than the previous industry high of $191bn that was seen in the pre-crisis hey
23 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund launches fall again, $1bn funds found to outperform even smaller hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of new hedge fund launches fell again in 2014, the third consecutive year of decline, while fund liquidations saw their first drop since 2010, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Industry Report released by industry data provider HFR. Acc
20 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund managers believe investors are satisfied with level of transparency, but investors say otherwise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An overwhelming majority, or 90%, of hedge fund managers believe that all or nearly all of their investors are satisfied with the level of transparency they receive. However, about half, or 55%, of investors say they seek higher levels of transparency than they curr
20 Mar. 2015 eVestment: hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund assets rose hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February of 2015, according to the latest asset flows data from eVestment. The increase brings the industry's total assets under management to $3.082 trillion. Investors added an estimated $13
20 Mar. 2015 Asia-focused hedge funds provide 90 prime broking mandates to Morgan Stanley in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused hedge funds granted Morgan Stanley more than 90 prime-broking mandates in 2014 at a time when most of their rivals have been slowing down on their expansion amidst tighter bank capital and stricter liquidity regulations. Nick Footitt, a Hong Kong-ba
20 Mar. 2015 Private credit comes into focus for investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As investors look for a way out of the low yield/no yield environment, private credit is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class, according to a white paper from Bayshore Capital Advisors. Private credit has grown steadily since the financial crisis as
19 Mar. 2015 McKinsey: Disillusioned with traditional asset classes and products, investors double up alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The boom in alternative investments presents something of a paradox. On one hand, money has continued to pour into alternatives over the past three years. Assets hit a record high of $7.2 trillion in 2013.1 The category has now doubled in size since 2005, with global asse
19 Mar. 2015 Commonfund: Institutional investors remain bullish but cautious [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to Commonfund, said that institutional investors remain positive in their market outlook but are keeping a cautious stance. This was the finding in the fifth annual Commonfund
19 Mar. 2015 Neuberger Berman unit buys 20% stake in activist hedge fund Jana Partners for $2bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman’s unit Dyal Capital Partners bought a 20% stake in activist hedge fund firm Jana Partners worth $2bn, reports. The deal comes as activi
19 Mar. 2015 Financial institutions, regulators urged to use automated approach in managing model risks in fund industry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions and regulators must develop standardized processes and technology for managing the risk associated with sophisticated financial models in the fund industry to lower the cost and potentially reduce systemic risk, according to a new report fr
18 Mar. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Slips 0.07% in February (+3.02% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders were down 0.07% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 3.02% year to date. “For eight of the past ten months, CTAs were able to generate returns from trends that provided ample profit
18 Mar. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends February up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended February 2015 up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up 1.85% (3.78% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Ca
18 Mar. 2015 The wealth report 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Andrew Hay Global Head of Residential It is clear that 2015 will be a remarkable year in terms of political and economic fluctuations, making it harder than ever to predict investor sentiment and the resulting wealth flows. We are fortunate in being ab
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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