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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
09 Feb. 2017 80% of financial firms expect transformative impact of blockchain and adoption within 3-5 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new report, Blockchain in Financial Markets: Gaining an Edge, released today by Bain & Company in partnership with Broadridge Financial Solutions, reveals that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is gaining significant momentum in financial markets. More than 80 percent
09 Feb. 2017 Goldman Sachs to shut down London hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs is shutting down its London hedge fund and has told its team there to pack their bags and move to New York, the Financial Review said citing a
09 Feb. 2017 Gold's Outlook and Trumponomics [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Sprott Asset Management writes on Harvest Exchange: During 2016, gold markets shook off three consecutive years of pr
09 Feb. 2017 Five most frequent compliance topics identified in OCIE examinations of investment advisers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In an SEC Risk Alert on Tuesday, the US Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) provided a list of the five compliance topics most frequently identified in deficiency letters that were sent to SEC-registered investment advisers. They are:
08 Feb. 2017 Bespoke Brexit deal for financial services seen as cherry picking and unacceptable to EU 27 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A former UK Foreign Office official has warned the City's financial services sector that any carving out of a sector-based agreement as part of a post-Brexit trade deal is likely to be seen as 'cherry picking' and unacceptable to the European Union's remaining mem
08 Feb. 2017 Albright Stonebridge Group's Warren joins Heard Capital board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - William Heard, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Heard Capital LLC, announced today that Michael Warren, Managing Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) in Washington, D.C., will join the Heard Capital LLC Board of Advisors. As ASG Managing
08 Feb. 2017 BTIG expands fixed income group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BTIG, have hired Darren Haines, George Brickfield and Michael Miele to the Fixed Income Credit Group. Based in New York, they will leverage their expertise and deep network of relationships to help launch BTIG's credit platform. Mr. Haines joins BTIG as a Managi
08 Feb. 2017 MFA & Context conference review: The Pulse of the Managed Futures / Global Macro World [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Despite no snowfall since Mid-December in Chicago, we witnessed a solid eight of nine day
08 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds post strong gains in 2017, with equity hedge strategies leading performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The inauguration of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president also signaled strong gains for hedge funds, with equity hedge strategies - the largest area of hedge fund industry investor capital - leading the performance, data from
08 Feb. 2017 Survey: people, infrastructure, investor relations key to hedge funds' future success [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Investing in people, sound business infrastructure and a focus on relationships with their investors are key to hedge fund firms' future success, says a survey conducted by
08 Feb. 2017 PhaseCapital adds Michael Ning as CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based PhaseCapital has hired Michael Ning as Chief Investment Officer. In the role, Ning will be responsible for PhaseCapital's investment strategies and research process. Ning most recently served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, M
08 Feb. 2017 Lovell Minnick takes majority stake in Foreside Financial [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Pennsylvania-based Lovell Minnick Partners has taken a majority stake in Foreside Financial Group. Foreside provides a variety of regulatory compliance and distribution solutions to clients in the investment management industry. Foreside is led by Chief Exe
07 Feb. 2017 HFIN One adds extensive hedge fund research to online platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Atrato Advisors and HFIN One have announced a strategic partnership to make hedge fund due diligence, research, and analysis readily accessible to accredited hedge fund investors worldwide. The two firms will collaborate to provide investors centralized access to Atrato&#
07 Feb. 2017 Depreciation of USD vs. EUR hit CTAs and global macro hedge funds [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly down -0.2% last week due to the underperformance of CTA and Global Macro managers. On a positive note, Event Driven funds were up 0.3%. Their long exposure to Actelion in the midst of its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson was partic
07 Feb. 2017 PAAMCO and KKR Prisma launch new liquid alts platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: KKR and Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company are partnering on a new liquid alternatives investment firm that combines PAAMCO and KKR Prisma. Under the terms of the agreement, the entire businesses of both PAAMCO and KKR Prisma will be contributed to a
07 Feb. 2017 Steel Partners adds Hedges to alts team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Los Angeles-based Steel Partners has hired James R. Hedges, IV as Senior Vice President of Alternative Investments. In the role, Hedges will be responsible for marketing, client service and investor relations for the alternative investment platform. Hedges,
06 Feb. 2017 Rising rates open new vistas for stock pickers, market rotation already in full swing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Rising Rates Open New Vistas for Stock Pickers AllianceBernstein writes on Harvest Exchange: Rising rates are typically good for stocks, especially wh
06 Feb. 2017 George Soros' hedge fund invests $238m in 11 energy firms in 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: George Soros' $2.7bn family office Soros Fund Management has invested around $238m in 11 oil and gas companies in 2016, The Daily Caller News
03 Feb. 2017 Gold demand rises 2% in 2016 as investment surges to four-year high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global gold demand rose 2% in 2016 to reach 4,309 tonnes (t), the highest level since 2013, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report. This was largely driven by inflows into gold-backed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) of 532t, the second-h
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