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10 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds are bullish on sugar futures as prices rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are loading up on sugar as futures prices rose 39% since August 24, the biggest jump since 2011, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed. It added that hedge funds and money managers set a two-year high record bullish bets on raw
09 Nov. 2015 AMG announces investment in Systematica Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., a global asset management company, has reached a definitive agreement with BlueCrest Capital Management LP, to acquire the majority of BlueCrest’s equity interest in Systematica Investments LP. After the closing of the transaction, Systema
09 Nov. 2015 Chance to bid for lunch with Neil deGrasse Tyson at STRIVE’s gala evening on Nov. 10th [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: STRIVE, a U.S. charity, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a gala in New York on November 10th . STRIVE is also known as East Harlem Employment Services, and describes itself as an empowerm
09 Nov. 2015 Emergence and NewAlpha invest in smart beta fund manager Fideas [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emergence, a French seeding fund, and its acting manager NewAlpha Asset Management made a strategic investment in Fideas Capital las
09 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund investors see China’s lack of transparency as major concern [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers are uncertain when it comes to investing in Asia, particularly in China, where there are issues such as slowing growth, a devaluation of the currency and a poorly executed stock market bailout. This was the result of a recent survey by the
06 Nov. 2015 Maples expands global private client services offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In response to increased demand for private client services, the Maples group, comprising international law firm, Maples and Calder, and leading fiduciary, fund services and private client services provider, MaplesFS, has announced strategic hires in the Cayman Islands an
06 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds hoping to cash in on Fannie, Freddie Mac get lift from House bill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds who are seeking to cash in on their shares of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae got their hopes high following a proposed legislation by South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney to release the mortgage giants’ debt from conservatorship,
06 Nov. 2015 Larry Robbins suffers losses from healthcare bets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Larry Robbins reported losses on bets on the Obamacare, FA-mag reported. Robbins announced in Q1 that his flagship Glenview Fund will be clos
05 Nov. 2015 SEC charges private equity firm and four executives with failing to disclose conflicts of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On November 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Fenway Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, and several of the firm's executives (the Respondents) in connection with a failure to disclos
05 Nov. 2015 Decagon Advisors publishes new paper on emerging hedge fund manager due diligence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Decagon Advisors LLC today released an alternative due diligence client briefing entitled “Emerging Manager Due Diligence Framework & Risk Comparisons.” A copy is avail
05 Nov. 2015 CTAs suffer losses in October after volatile summer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong September, CTA strategies posted lower returns across the board in October 2015, with all managed futures indices calculated by Societe Generale Prime Services in negative territory. The Newedge CTA index was down -1.15% in October (from 1.17% in
05 Nov. 2015 Hedge Fund Standards Board amends disclosure requirements on conflicts of interests [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) has agreed a series of amendments to its Standards on managing conflicts of interest, following the public consultation launched on 26 March 2015 and concluded on 12 June 2015. The amendments will strengthen internal compli
05 Nov. 2015 Investcorp acquires hedge fund of funds arm of SSARIS Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announced the acquisition of the Hedge Fund of Funds business unit of SSARIS Advisors, LLC's ("SSARIS"), an investment manager of absolute return hedge fund strategies and
05 Nov. 2015 U.S. lawmaker files bill requiring hedge funds to provide more disclosure in Puerto Rico investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat born on the island, is proposing a bill that would force hedge funds to provide more disclosures about their investments in the island. In a report,
05 Nov. 2015 Institutional investors look at hedge funds as an alternative to fixed income [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are looking at hedge funds for higher returns and to diversify their portfolio, as yields in bonds falter because of low interest rates, said Bruce Amlicke, chief investment officer of UBS Hedge Fund Solutions. Amlicke, who heads the UBS
04 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund compensation mixed in 2015, as talent market tightens, fees decline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund compensation experienced mixed trends in 2015 as a challenging performance environment in 3Q15 offset industry-wide gains from 1H15, according to the 2016 Glocap Compensation Report, released today by Glocap and HFR. Volatile 3Q performance will likely contribu
04 Nov. 2015 Fortress closes third Japan Opportunity fund after raising $1.1bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Fortress Investment Group LLC, a private equity and hedge fund firm, closed the Fortress Japan Opportunity Fund III (FJOF III) to new capital on Tuesday. Investor subscriptions, in either USD or JPY, totalled approximately $1.1bn. FJOF III is a successo
04 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds rebound in October on strong global financial market gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rebounded in October, following strong gains by the global financial markets as the U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its current interest rate policy, with equities reversing sharp 3Q losses across widely held positions with broad based gains across most
04 Nov. 2015 Some big U.S. hedge funds did not do well in October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some of the biggest hedge funds in the U.S. lost money in October, at times more than they did in April, reported CNBC. The report cited Pershing Square, Glen
04 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds planning to sell 430 tonnes of gold [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are ready to dump 430 tonnes of gold, should US employment data, to be released on Friday, be positive. A report by Mining.com reported that gold future
03 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund manager Paul Singer looking at activist stock picks for gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer told investors at his hedge fund firm Elliott Associates that he is looking at opportunities in companies where they can flex some activist muscle and also at distressed credit investing for investment return. Singer made the comments in his letter t
03 Nov. 2015 Update: Arrest of China’s 'hedge fund Brother No. 1’ puts pressure on private funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The arrest and detainment of Shanghai’s Zexi Investment boss Xu Xiang is putting pressure on China’s private funds, fearing this could be a prelude to a more regulatory tightening on the industry. Xu, also known in China as "hedge fund brother No. 1" has generat
03 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds end October on solid footing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended October on a solid footing, fuelled by the European Central Bank (ECB) tailwind and renewed sense of market optimism. On a monthly basis, the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 2% in October (+0.1% YTD). In its Weekly Briefing,
03 Nov. 2015 Pensions back Allergan as merger talks develop [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Pension funds seem to support the possible Pfizer-Allergan merger. New data showing portfolio allocations for the second quarter from AlternativeSoft shows that one of the most commonly increased stock allocations was to Ireland-based pharmaceutical company Alle
02 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds finally cut bullish bets on gold [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have cut their bullish bets on gold after two months of placing wrong wagers on the yellow metal, just before the Federal Reserve triggered the biggest weekly price drop in two months, reported
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