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10 Sep. 2014 Hedge funds redeem scant $40 Million in July and outperform S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed a scant $40 million in July, the first monthly outflow of the year, after taking in $5.1 billion (0.2% of assets) in June. “While hedge fund flows were essentially
10 Sep. 2014 Blackstone and TSSP acquire residential mortgage lender Kensington Group [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager Blackstone Group said that its fund management unit Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and TPG Special Situations Partners have agreed to acquire Kensington, the specialty UK residential mortgage lender,
10 Sep. 2014 Demand for compliance audits to rise significantly [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Laven Partners, a compliance expert and hedge fund consultant, expects demand for external resources to review and validate their compliance processes to increase as regulators consistently introduce new or rev
10 Sep. 2014 Investors move capital out of Scotland ahead of referendum [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum on September 18, asset managers, investors and pension savers are moving billions of pounds out of the country,
09 Sep. 2014 Companies can influence HFT trading in their own stocks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) has released new analysis on the influence of tick size on HFT and algorithmic trading. The research by CMCRC PhD candidate Tony Zhang and Dr Vi
09 Sep. 2014 Deutsche Bank study shows investor demand fuelling dramatic growth of hedge fund liquid alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deutsche Bank study revealed the true extent of demand for liquid alternative investments, with the percentage of participating investors allocating to such products up from 28% to 51% year-on-year. The study - From Alternatives to Mainstream (Part Two) – saw almost three
09 Sep. 2014 Maples Fund Services launches Boston office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider, has opened an office in Boston, significantly expanding its North American presence and solidifying its brand and offering in the US market. Boston will be a full-service office that wil
09 Sep. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 1.56% in August (+4.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted broad-based gains across all strategies in August, as equity markets again eclipsed record levels despite signs of weakening European economic growth and rising geopolitical tensions. The
09 Sep. 2014 Gallatin Advisers rebrands as PivotalPath, appoints Jonathan Caplis as chief operating officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gallatin Advisers LLC, an independent hedge fund advisory firm, has changed its name to PivotalPath (Americas) LLC, which will operate under the brand name PivotalPath and
09 Sep. 2014 SEC charges Minnesota hedge fund manager with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought charges against Minneapolis-based hedge fund manager, Steven R. Markusen for bilking investors out of fees and portfolio pumping. According to the complaint, the management fees earned by Archer Advisors LLC were shrinking due to the funds’ w
09 Sep. 2014 Martoma gets nine years in insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former SAC Capital trader Matthew Martoma will serve nine years in prison for insider trading while at the firm, according to a judges ruling released yesterday. Martoma plans to appeal. Martoma's lawyers originally asked for two to three years, however U.S
09 Sep. 2014 Japanese managers get better in maneuvering through changes – Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Japanese stock market rallied in July as foreign investors continued to be net buyers, with an improved view on Japanese stocks; TOPIX and the Nikkei were up 2.1% and 3.0% respectively for the month, according to Singapore-based hedge fund consultant GFIA. A
09 Sep. 2014 Market neutral hedge funds raise exposure in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In its latest Hedge Fund Monitor report, the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research s
08 Sep. 2014 Luba Nikulina appointed global head of manager research at Towers Watson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has promoted Luba Nikulina to global head of manager research, effective immediately, following Craig Baker’s recent appointment to the role of global Chief Investment Officer. Luba has worked for Towers Watson for nine years and held various manager researc
08 Sep. 2014 Emerging markets-focused hedge funds outperform in July, Part One [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said in its latest market Insight that emerging markets hedge funds outperformed in July with the exception of Russia developed markets in both equities and credit. The MSCI AC Asia
04 Sep. 2014 Geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained hedge funds in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained the market in July that also affected hedge fund performance, said Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment r
04 Sep. 2014 Financial markets post mixed results in August, equities hedge and event-driven lead hedge fund gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Data provider Hedge Fund Research said the global financial crisis posted mixed results in August, with contin
02 Sep. 2014 SunGard and PRMIA Research reveals risk management evolution from regulatory burden to strategic function [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A global survey undertaken by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and SunGard reveals an attitudinal shift among risk managers, who are now increasingly viewing risk management as a strategic core
02 Sep. 2014 CLSA acquires 49% of EIP’S exchange traded funds business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hong Kong-based asset management firm, Enhanced Investment Products Limited (EIP) has sold 49% of its Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) business, to CLSA Hong Kong Holdings Limited (CLSA). The Enhanced Investment Products group’s actively managed funds, index funds and non-list
01 Sep. 2014 Ascalon Capital Managers engages Damien Hatfield, focus on building distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a move to enhance sales and distribution capability in Australia and Asia, Ascalon Capital Managers has engaged Damien Hatfield and long-time Triple-A Partners colleague, David Louie. Ascalon wi
01 Sep. 2014 Maples Fund Services acquires Vistra Fund Services' Hong Kong and Singapore offices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider, is acquiring the Hong Kong and Singapore operations of Vistra Fund Services. The acquisition further expands the presence of Maples Fund Services in Asia and enhances its position as a market leade
01 Sep. 2014 CalPERS says SEC’s further implementation of Dodd-Frank will protect investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the U.S., with approximately $300bn in assets, welcomed the Securities and Exchange Commission's approval of two rules relating to the implementation of the Dodd
29 Aug. 2014 Emerging markets hedge funds navigate turmoil, uncertainty to produce strong gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets posted strong gains through mid - year , increasing total EM hedge fund assets to an eighth consecutive quarterly record, despite a sovere
29 Aug. 2014 Parker FX Index is up +0.82% in July (-0.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.82% return for the month of July. Thirty-two of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported July results, of which nineteen reported positive results and thirteen inc
28 Aug. 2014 Hedge funds buying Yahoo stocks ahead of Alibaba IPO [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Several hedge funds are buying large shares of Yahoo ahead of the planned initial public offering (IPO) of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Ken Sawyer, managing director of Saints Capital, said that Yahoo, which owns 23% of Alibaba and is a public investor of the C
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