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21 Aug. 2013 CFTC changes the definition of a US Person in swaps rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In July, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final guidance on swaps compliance issues, and in that guidance the regulator quietly changed the definition of what it means to be a US person. According to new, and final guidance that
21 Aug. 2013 Ackman talks Herbalife, JC Penny in latest investor letter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman may be $300 million in the hole on his Herbalife short bet, but he's standing by it according to his most recent investor letter. Ackman has been in the news lately over both Herbalife and JC Penny, but his convic
21 Aug. 2013 Eurekahedge reports 70% of reporting funds positive over July [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The August 2013 Eurekahedge Report’s highlights included: Hedge funds up by 1.02% in July, with 70% of reporting funds delivering positive returns during the month
20 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund manager Phil Falcone agrees to SEC settlement, five-year ban [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Embattled hedge fund manager Phil Falcone, head of Harbinger Capital has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That settlement includes a five-year ban from the financial industry and an admission of wrongdoing. The terms
20 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund flows increased in July, credit turned negative -eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund flows turned back to positive in July led by a sharp rebound of investor interest in Macro fund exposure. July was the second month in the last three where investor flow trends wavered from their recent historical paths, marking increased interes
19 Aug. 2013 High Water Women’s 9th annual backpack drive delivers 10,000 backpacks to children in need [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - High Water Women, a leading philanthropic organization focused on financial literacy and microfinance, today announced the completion of its 9th annual Backpack Drive, delivering a record 10,000 fully-supplied backpacks to tri-state area children in need. The drive was t
19 Aug. 2013 Hedge funds positive market exposures reach historic levels - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Equity Market Neutral and Long/Short continued to increase their market exposure to above historical average. However, readings are not at extremes, according to the
16 Aug. 2013 Newedge’s Commodity Hedge Fund Indices positive in July +2.12% (+0.04% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Newedge Commodity Trading Index and its sub-components posted strong returns in July. The top year-to-date performer remains the Newedge Commodity Trading Index (Equity), which led all indexes with a 2.12% return in July and is up 13.48% over the seven month period.
16 Aug. 2013 RBC Hedge 250 Index up +1.05% July; (+4.87% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of July 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 1.05 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 4.87 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mont
15 Aug. 2013 Preqin: Hedge funds bounce back in July (+1.64%) to recover June losses (+5.39% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin data reveals that hedge funds recovered from negative performance in June, with encouraging July performance across almost all benchmarks. July returns of 1.64% represent the best month for hedge funds since January and strong returns have wiped out the losses incu
15 Aug. 2013 Barclay CTA Index down 0.57% in July (-1.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures lost 0.57% in July according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 1.58% year to date. “Bernanke’s reaffirmation of a prolonged period of low US interest rates rallied precious and base metals while weakening the US
15 Aug. 2013 The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index Finished up 0.88% in July (+4.59% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 0.88% for the month of July. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. June, July and YTD 2013 performance numbers are listed below and are available at www
15 Aug. 2013 RPM and Privium sign deal to offer a basket of ‘Evolving’ CTA’s in The Netherlands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - CTA specialist RPM and asset manager Privium Fund Management are set to launch a new fund for Dutch investors. The “Evolving CTA Fund” provides exposure to a portfolio of largely u
14 Aug. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 1.73% in July; (+5.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.73% in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 5.86% year to date. The Barclay Hedge Fund Index now has gains in six out of seven months in 2013 and positive returns in 13 of the past 14 mont
14 Aug. 2013 Cayman announces agreement of Model 1 IGA with the US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples and Calder has published an alert on the news that the Cayman Islands government has agreed a Model 1 inter-governmental agre
14 Aug. 2013 Atalaya Capital closes oversubscribed fifth special opportunities fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment and New York-based Atalaya Capital Management has closed its fifth special opportunities fund offering to a new and existing primarily institutional investor base after
13 Aug. 2013 Commonfund issues new white paper - "Hedge Funds As Diversifiers In Institutional Portfolios" [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund today announced the release of the white paper, “Hedge Funds as Diversifiers in Institutional Portfolios” authored by members of its Hedge Fund Strategies Group, Kristofer Kwait, Managing Director, Head of Hedge Fund Research, John Delano, Director, and Justin
13 Aug. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp performance index up 1.52% in July, 6.55% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index saw July performance of 1.52% and the Capital Movement Index reported August net flows advanced 1.32%. “Fewer redemptions in August resulted in a net po
13 Aug. 2013 Lyxor reports positive 1.32% for July, 3.19% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lyxor’s flash report for July shows that 11 of the Lyxor Strategy Indices, out of 14, ended the month of July in positive territory, led by the L/S Equity - Long Bias (+3.08%), the Event Driven - Special Sit
13 Aug. 2013 Eurekahedge reports hedge funds up 0.90% over July, 3.3% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Eurekehedge reports that hedge funds returned to their winning ways in July as global markets bounced back from a retreat in June. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.90% during the month of
13 Aug. 2013 Update: SAC Capital shuts down Parameter trading unit [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Days after vowing to "keep the engines running" at his hedge fund firm SAC Capital Advisors, Steven Cohen announced Monday that its trading unit, Parameter Capital, is shutting down. The closure was announced as SAC Capital is faced with insider trading charges
13 Aug. 2013 Hedge funds aggressively buy gold futures [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have been net sellers for the last four weeks straight according to new data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. Macro funds are selling out of their US dollar e
13 Aug. 2013 Singapore’s GIC focuses on long term and skill-based strategies [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The annual review of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, the GIC’s portfolio management review provided
12 Aug. 2013 Hennessee Group: hedge funds gain +1.82% in July (+6.91% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +1.82% in July (+6.91% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +4.95% (+18.20% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +3.96% (+18.28% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index rose +6.56% (+20.
12 Aug. 2013 Alternative UCITS assets exceed €100bn for first time [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Q2 2013 Alceda Quarterly UCITS Review highlights included: Assets under management in Alternative UCITS strategies reaches €104.6 billion Alternative credit strategies continue to at
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    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an

  5. SEC allows investment funds to use social media[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released new guidance letting investment funds and advisors use social media to promote client reviews. The guidance seeks to assist investment managers in developing compliance policies and procedures reasonably