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17 Feb. 2017 MiFID II: The regulatory barrier to innovation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Patricia Regnault, Europe head of asset management at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, responds to interim findings in the UK FCA's Asset Management Market Study around barriers to entry, innovation and technological advances, ahead of
17 Feb. 2017 Gramercy appoints Bradshaw McKee as managing director of Capital Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management LLC, a $5.8 billion dedicated emerging markets investment manager, today announced the appointment of Bradshaw McKee to the position of Managing Director, Capital Solutions and Distressed Portfolio Manager. Mr. McKee has over 24 years of dist
17 Feb. 2017 Hedge fund investor redemptions accelerate through 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite hedge funds returning 7.40% over 2016, investors continued to withdraw capital over the year; the industry saw overall net asset outflows totalling $110bn in 2016. Preqin's latest research finds that the rate of redemptions accelerated through the year, from n
17 Feb. 2017 Comment: Rickety Rationale for Commodity Investing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: More than a few are likely to be confused and/or upset when and if commodity prices go on a tear hi
17 Feb. 2017 HgCapital closes two funds on GBP3.1 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: European private equity firm HgCapital has closed two funds on GBP3.1 billion. Both funds - HgCapital 8 and Mercury 2, were oversubscribed. HgCapital 8 closed with GBP2.5 billion after only 5 months in market, having launched in September 2016. HgCapital Me
17 Feb. 2017 SSGA promotes Engel to Global Active Quantitative Equities Team CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, has promoted Olivia Engel to the newly-created role of deputy chief investment officer for its Global Active Quantitative Equities (AQE) team. Engel, who currently serves as
16 Feb. 2017 Does air quality in Beijing have anything to do with the property market in Australia? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: Does air quality in Beijing have anything to do with the property market in Australia? The answer is probably yes. L
16 Feb. 2017 Fixed income hedge fund strategies outperform as interest rates rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The stronger economic data and higher inflationary pressures helped push bond yield to continue outperforming in recent weeks, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest report. Philippe Ferreira, senior cross asse
16 Feb. 2017 Global economy may experience stronger growth than last year, and higher inflation [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to AllianceBernstein (AB), an investment management and research firm with $478bn in client assets, recent data suggest that the cyclical backdrop for the global economy continues to brighten. Due to structural headwinds, global growth and inte
15 Feb. 2017 Asian hedge funds topped performance of Asian equity market indices in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge funds topped the performance of volatile regional Asian equity market indices for both 4Q and FY 2016, led by strong gains across Event-Driven, Relative Value Arbitrage and Macro strategies. At the same time, total hedge fund capital invested in Asian hedg
15 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds enter 2017 on positive note with 0.84% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started the year on a positive note, up 0.84% during the month of January. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 1.49% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American hedge fund managers toppe
15 Feb. 2017 Equity and bond volatility are different - A need for deeper thinking [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, CIO AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: A key issue with asset allocation and r
15 Feb. 2017 Asset inflow into Alternative UCITS remains strong [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Alternative UCITS market keeps showing strong growth. In January 2017, financial technology and consulting firm LUXHEDGE recorded a net inflow of 5.2 bn EUR in Assets under Management with the strongest rise occurring in Fixed Income Arbitrage (+2.8 bn EUR), Global M
14 Feb. 2017 Alter Domus acquires Carta Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alter Domus, a leading provider of Fund and Corporate Services, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients announced it has signed an agreement to
14 Feb. 2017 Bermuda retains status as global captive insurance leader [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda remains the world leader in the captive insurance industry based on 2016 statistics released by Bermuda Monetary Authority, said the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). Year-end BMA figures indicate Bermuda had 776 active captive licences on its register.
14 Feb. 2017 Copper Rock Capital Partners appoints Tom Grant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Copper Rock Capital Partners, a global equity investment manager, announced today the addition of Tom Grant, CFA, a Senior Research Analyst, to the investment team. Mr. Grant will be responsible for fundamental research coverage and generating investment ideas for all of
14 Feb. 2017 How will Trump affect the Global Macro / Managed Futures World? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Today, we published our 2017 Managed Futures/Global Macro Outlook, and there'
14 Feb. 2017 All hedge fund strategies in positive territory in first half of February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor hedge fund index was up 0.4% as of the week ending 07 February (-0.1% YTD) and all strategies were in positive territory, Lyxor Asset Management reported. Event driven outperformed (0.5%) during the same
13 Feb. 2017 Survey shows that blockchain could become mainstream in just a couple of years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blockchain will become adopted in the financial post-trade area in three to five years, according to almost half (48%) of the membership base of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group. In addition, just over a quarter (29%) of members believe blockchain will becom
13 Feb. 2017 Poor average performance among equity long/short UCITS in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital has published its Q1 2017 Alternative UCITS Barometer, a focused quarterly survey analysing the current demand trends of Alternative UCITS allocators in the market today, which provides some insight into the momentum for alternative asset managers in the UCITS
13 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds gained +1.96% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +1.96% for the month (+1.96% YTD), while the S&P 500 rose +1.79% (+1.79% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +0.62% (+0.62% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index moved higher by +4.30% (+
13 Feb. 2017 Pension Fund Perils: Why conventional pairing of LDI with De-risking Glide Paths produces inferior outcomes [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Michael Ashton, Managing Principal of Enduring Investments, writes on Harvest Exchange
10 Feb. 2017 Castle Hall integrates SwissAnalytics into its global due diligence platform; launches RiskDiligence service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Castle Hall Alternatives, the Due Diligence Company, today announced that it has reached an agreement to integrate SwissAnalytics within Castle Hall's global due diligence platform. Under a comprehensive user rights and intellectual property agreement, Castle Hall has
10 Feb. 2017 Endowment models - Bogle simplicity a winner but maybe that was just luck? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski of AMPHI Research and Trading writes on Harvest Exchange:Everyone likes to follow what endowments are doing because there is t
10 Feb. 2017 Credit Suisse AM says commodities slightly gain in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Credit Suisse Asset Management said that commodities posted a slight gain in January amid the changing global political environment and uncertainty surrounding the path of energy prices. Nelson Louie, Global Head of Commodities for Credit Suisse Asset Management
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass

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