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06 May. 2015 AIMA: Hedge funds step up financing of the economy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund firms and other alternative asset managers are playing an increasingly important role in financing the economy, according to a new paper published by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association. The pape
06 May. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.50% in April (+5.11% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance for April, as Chinese equities posted sharp gains on record trading volume, Oil posted strong gains and the M&A environment accelerated with new transaction announcements; global equity markets posted gains for the mon
06 May. 2015 New market regime has created more dispersion between managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The month of April has marked the transition toward a new market regime, Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, commented in the May 5's Weekly Briefing. "The first quart
06 May. 2015 Och-Ziff reports 13% rise in assets y-o-y to reach $48.3bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC reported on Tuesday that its assets under management (AuM) had increased by 13% year-over-year to $48.3bn as of March 3
06 May. 2015 Former New Stream Capital exec David Bryson sentenced to 33 months by Federal court [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. court has sentenced David Bryson, a former managing partner at failed hedge fund firm New Stream Capital, to 33 months in prison, on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to conspiring in a fraudulent scheme that started in 2007. New Haven, Connecticut federal
06 May. 2015 South African manager Fairtree Capital registers three hedge funds in Caymans [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Fairtree Capital, a South African diversified fund manager, has recently completed the Cayman Islands registration of three of its hedge funds. The three funds are now incorporated within the Fairtree Funds
05 May. 2015 Hedge funds post best gains since 2011, up 2.4% in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds generated their strongest gains in the first three months of 2015 and outperformed the S&P 500 with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite index returning 2.4% and the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite index was up 2.5%. This was the industry’s best performance sin
05 May. 2015 Avenue Capital raises $700m for new energy hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund Avenue Capital Group, which manages $13bn in assets as at end March, reported that it raised an additional $700m for a new energy fund that it plans to launch in May. Avenue Ca
05 May. 2015 All six Market Vectors long/short indices gain YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Vectors Index Solutions (MVIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates, reported that all its six investable long/short equity indices gained in the first four months of 2015. MVIS said that the Ma
04 May. 2015 Warren Buffett: Reinsurance prospects have turned for the worse [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As more and more hedge funds are piling into the reinsurance market, Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., predicted that the reinsurance industry is heading into a slump, reported
04 May. 2015 Regiment Capital to close credit hedge fund due to losses from oil prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based Regiment Capital Advisors said it would close its long/short credit hedge after suffering losses of 8.8% from the oil price slump last year, Bloomberg
04 May. 2015 Class-action lawsuit accuse hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A shareholder class-action suit filed on Wednesday accused New York-based hedge fund Standard General of holding American Apparel hostage. It would reportedly reap huge benefits if the clothing company declared bankruptcy. Standard General is the controlling sto
01 May. 2015 SEC launches outreach program for investment advisers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC is launching a new outreach program for investment advisers. The regulator will hold compliance outreach seminars in six cities this year. The seminars are jointly sponsored by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Division of Inve
30 Apr. 2015 Vanderbilt researcher reveals top 10 activist hedge funds for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The best activist hedge funds for investors are those that make the most sizable investments, say researchers who have produced a top 10 list of the best such funds. The No. 1 fund belongs to investor Carl Icahn. “It’s the size of the investment that matters rath
30 Apr. 2015 IRS publishes proposed regulations for hedge fund reinsurance arrangements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active conduct of an insurance business” exemption und
30 Apr. 2015 Texan CTA firm separates from Morgan Stanley after 18 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Warrington Asset Management, which was an independent but affiliated asset management group within Morgan Stanley (and predecessors) for the past 18 years, has finalized its separation from the bank and is now open as an alternative asset management advisor to a new set o
30 Apr. 2015 Parker FX Index up 1.53% in March, 3.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +1.53% return for the month of March. Thirty- one of the thirty-three programs in the Index reported March results, of which twenty-three reported positive results and eight incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.
30 Apr. 2015 Burren launches UCITS Fund in Dublin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Burren Capital Advisors Limited, a specialist event driven manager launched in 2010, has launched its Global Arbitrage equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of liquid, tr
30 Apr. 2015 HAS Capital brings on Scott Mcfarlane [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HAS Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment and advisory firm, announced today the appointment of Scott MacFarlane as President of Originations. He will be responsible for the ongoing management of HAS Capital’s current manufactured housing funding programs
30 Apr. 2015 M-III launches, focuses on restructuring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - M-III Partners, LLC, an advisory and principal investment firm focused on underperforming companies, formally announced its launch today. The new firm is comprised of a senior team of six professionals, each with over 20 years of direct experience in investment, manage
30 Apr. 2015 Solactive AG launches activist index [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Solactive AG, a German-based multi asset class provider that focuses on tailor-made indices, announced the launch of its latest index, called the Solactive Guru Activist Index as it expand its Guru Family. The
30 Apr. 2015 Bermake joins PIMCO, Citadel as advisor [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake has joined PIMCO as a senior advisor. Bernanke will provide economic advice to Pimco’s fund managers and will occasionally interact with the firm’s clients, the Newport Beach, California, company said in a state
30 Apr. 2015 SEC charges funds of hedge funds Alpha Titans, executives, and auditor for improper expense allocations [more]
Update: Please note the important updated information at the end of the article.The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hedge fund advisory firm and two executives involved in improper allocations of fund assets to pay undisclose
29 Apr. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index announces index provider change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS Alternative Index has announced that effective on May 1 2015 Hedgeanalytics AG will become the new index provider for the UCITS Alternative Index (UAI) family of indices. Hedgeanalytics AG is a Spin-off Company from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences
29 Apr. 2015 IDS launches ManCo for South African hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: All existing South African hedge funds have to register with the Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes before the end of September. On 6th March 2015, a
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