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03 Aug. 2017 Factor investing capacity: Are factor strategies getting too popular? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: BlackRock writes on Harvest Exchange: As investors continue to add factor-based strategies to their portfolios, industry
02 Aug. 2017 Winston & Strawn nabs LatAm practice from Chadbourne & Parke [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn LLP announced the addition of the highly regarded New York-based Latin America Practice from Chadbourne & Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Nine veteran partners and one newly named partner will join Winston's New York office. The group brings significan
02 Aug. 2017 Cheyne Capital launches distressed credit business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cheyne Capital, the London-based alternative asset manager, announces the launch of a new sub-investment grade credit business, SVC. The team will be run by Anthony Robertson, formerly Head of Leveraged Finance at BlueBay Asset Management, who joins as CIO of the st
02 Aug. 2017 Merger arbitrage hedge fund strategies outperform in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event-driven and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperformed from 18 July to 25, and year-to-date, Lyxor Asset Management said. The Lyxor Event Driven Broad Index gained 0.5% during the period (+6.8% YTD), while th
02 Aug. 2017 What fraction of Smart Beta tracking error is Dumb Beta? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AlphaBetaWorks writes on Harvest Exchange: Our earlier articles discussed how some smart beta strategies turn out to be merely
01 Aug. 2017 Study signals the need for buy side firms to consolidate operations, meet continuing market pressures [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by investment management solutions provider SimCorp and commissioned by InvestOps signals the need for buy side firms to consolidate their operations and to meet the continuing market pressures under the current environment. The whitepaper, titled
01 Aug. 2017 ETC Global closes $68m financing agreement for build out of global clearing services [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ETC Global Group said that it has completed a $68m financing facility in committed capital to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and Quantlab Investments LLC along with their affiliates. ETC Global made the financing agreement on behalf of its subsidiary companies, E
31 Jul. 2017 NRI and Mizuho Bank complete proof-of-concept on AI for derivatives contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, in collaboration with Mizuho Bank, Ltd., today announced the completion of a proof-of-concept (PoC) project developed to examine the applications of artificial intellige
31 Jul. 2017 Sustained demand for UCITS and AIF in May 2017, supported by favourable environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for May 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided us w
28 Jul. 2017 Neuberger Berman closes $450 million CLO risk pool [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, today announced the final closing of its CLO risk retention vehicle, Neuberger Berman Loan Advisers, with approximately $450 million of committed capital. Through Neuberger Berman Loan Adv
28 Jul. 2017 Oaktree's Howard Marks issues another cautionary tale [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Oaktree's co-chairman Howard Marks' latest memo is another cautionary one that advoca
28 Jul. 2017 The geekiest (and most important) number nobody is discussing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Russ Koesterich, Head of Asset Allocation for BlackRock's Global Allocation Fund, writes on Harvest Exchange: History since
28 Jul. 2017 French financial authority fines Natixis €35 million over misuse of redemption fees [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The AMF's Enforcement Committee has issued a warning to Natixis Asset Manag
27 Jul. 2017 Asia-Pacific-based institutions increase investments in hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors based in Asia-Pacific have allocated more capital to hedge funds in recent years, reaching a record $202bn as of the end of 2016, up from $180bn a year earlier, according to
27 Jul. 2017 Nuveen names Frank van Etten CIO for Multi-Asset Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nuveen, a leading global investment manager, appointed Frank van Etten as Chief Investment Officer for Multi-Asset Solutions. Reporting to the President of Nuveen Advisory Services, Margo Cook, van Etten will be responsible for delivering multi-asset solutions to clients
26 Jul. 2017 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index down -0.62% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2017 down 0.62% MOM on an asset weighted basis and down 0.75% MOM on an equal weighted basis.
26 Jul. 2017 iCapital Network set to democratize alternative investments completes $50m financing round [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: iCapital Network announced the completion of its $50m financing round with investments from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, UBS Financial Services, Inc., and lead investor BlackRock underscoring importance of alternative investments and market-leading technolo
25 Jul. 2017 Jersey players institutionalize first regulated crypto-currency hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JTC, a Jersey based provider of fund, corporate and fiduciary services to institutional and private clients, together with law firm Carey Olsen and investment manager Global Advisors Holdings Limited (both also based on Jersey) has confirmed the provision of fund administ
25 Jul. 2017 Technology, communications and consumer non cyclical push event driven hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event-driven hedge fund strategies extended their winning streak from the week covering 11 July to 18 on the back of positions in the technology, consumer non cyclical and communications sectors. The Lyxor Event Driven Broad Index was up 0.7% during the period (+6.3
25 Jul. 2017 Seward & Kissel launches new compliance service [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The law firm that formed the first hedge fund - Seward & Kissel - has launched a new compliance service for asset managers. Seward & Kissel Regulatory Compliance, or SKRC, offers full-scale regulatory compliance consulting solutions provided by the firm's attor
24 Jul. 2017 S&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: July notifications 2.57% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for July 2017 measured 2.57%, down from 3.59% in June. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 2.57% for July 2017 represents a year-over-year improvement from the 2.95% reported in July 2016," said Bi
24 Jul. 2017 BlueMountain Capital hires Claudio Macchetto to lead platform distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a leading diversified alternative asset manager with $22 billion in assets under management, is pleased to announce that Claudio Macchetto has joined as Head of Platform Distribution, a newly created position at the firm, effective July 10
24 Jul. 2017 GFC redux: Why Millennials are now investing more like their Depression-era grandparents than their Boomer parents [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Legg Mason Global Asset Management writes on Harvest Exchange Despite one of the longest bull markets in memory, the 2007-8 Global Financial Crisis and the ensuin
24 Jul. 2017 Investors allocate $7.5 billion to hedge funds in Q2 -eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors allocated a net $7.5 billion into hedge funds in the second quarter, according to the latest June/Q2 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Total flows for the first half were $20.7 billion. On a strategy basis, the party may be over for Macro
24 Jul. 2017 Hedge funds gain non-stop in first half of 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Preqin's Hedge Fund index is up 4.87% in H1-17 (0.57% in June) and in its eight consecutive month of positive performance, just like the
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