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29 Sep. 2014 APS Greater China outperforms benchmarks in August with 4.94% gains (+7.31% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-headquartered fund manager APS Asset Management said that its Greater China Long/Short Fund outperformed its benchmarks in August with 4.94% gains during the month (+7/31% YTD). Comparatively, the MSCI Golde
26 Sep. 2014 Marlon Quan told to pay over $80m in connection with Tom Petters Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said that Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, imposed permanent injunctions against Marlon Quan and three companies he controlled. Montgomery also ordered Quan and the three firms
26 Sep. 2014 Citi, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan continued to share top FICC position globally in 1H14 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The global equity markets improved in Q2 2014 after a rather soft performance in the first quarter. According to Forbes
25 Sep. 2014 CalPERS CIO Ted Eliopoulos clarifies hedge fund exit not about performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Performance has nothing to do with the decision of America’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System or CalPERS, to abandon its entire $4bn hedge fund program, said its new chief investment officer Ted Eliopoulos. Eliopoulos
25 Sep. 2014 CalPERS’ move might alter hedge fund fees for good [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: When CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, announced on September 15th that it was unwinding its hedge-fund portfolio, it was seen by many as is a significant blow to the sector’s appeal. The Fund is
25 Sep. 2014 Hedge fund Tiger Global pours $30m into Indian property portal [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-based hedge fund Tiger Global committed $30m into Indian property listings portal CommonFloor.com, reported the I
25 Sep. 2014 Pershing study says 'calculated aggression' distinguishes best from good RIAs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Pershing Advisor Solutions found that Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) who implemented "calculated aggression" across a variety of business areas grew their median revenue at more than double the rate of their competitors. Pershing Advisor, a uni
24 Sep. 2014 Asset managers to increase spending, hire staff on cyber security [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With the growing threat of cyber attacks, asset managers are prioritizing the protection of their computer infrastructure with increased spending on cyber security. Indeed the annual
24 Sep. 2014 Barclays Capital faces compliance failure charge after acquiring Lehman advisory unit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Barclays Capital Inc., a subsidiary of Barclays Group US, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to maintain an adequate internal compliance system to ensure the firm did not run afoul of any federal securities laws after
24 Sep. 2014 Reuven Capital blazes with 75.10% gains through August, quits NY for Florida [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund Reuven Capital (RCI) is on fire as its Reuven Capital Investments LP fund blazes the year with 75.10% gains through August. During the month, RCI was up 12.68% compared with U.S. eq
24 Sep. 2014 eVestment examines tail risk at top hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report out from eVestment looks at the potential tail risk to investors of the 30 largest hedge funds. The portfolio of the 30 largest hedge funds reported $446 billion in assets to eVestment at the end of July 2014, representing 15% of the hedge fund indu
24 Sep. 2014 Hedge fund side pocket pricing improves - Cattegatt [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cattegatt, a specialist broker and advisor for secondary interests in private equity limited partnerships and illiquid hedge funds, sees an improvement in pricing for hedge fund side pockets this year. Investment holding periods in the underlying side pockets h
23 Sep. 2014 Agecroft Partners sees 5 outcomes from CalPERS hedge fund move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund consulting and marketing firm Agecroft Partners predicted five outcomes from the decision of America’s largest public pension, the California Public Employees' Retirement System or CalP
23 Sep. 2014 Merger arbitrage hedge funds were the top performers last week [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Merger arbitrage hedge funds were the top performers and were up 0.18% for the week ending Sept. 17, according to the latest
22 Sep. 2014 Goldman veterans raise $500m for new emerging markets specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GEMCORP, the financial firm focused on investments in emerging markets, is pleased to announce its official launch. Atanas Bostandjiev, formerly a Partner at Goldman Sachs, and more recently UK and International CEO of VTB Capital, has been joined by group of experien
22 Sep. 2014 Dutch pension PMT to divest hedge fund holdings [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Dutch pension - PMT, the €55bn fund for metal workers is divesting all of its hedge fund portfolio. The pension says hedge funds are too expensive and is going into residential mortgages. The pension had a €1bn hedge fund allocation.The announcement comes on th
19 Sep. 2014 Robert Discolo joins Beachhead's advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Beachhead Capital Management is pleased to announce two key additions to our team. As of September 2014, Christine Woodhouse joins Beachhead as its President and General Counsel, and Robert Discolo joins the firm as a member of its Advisory Board. Bob and Chri
19 Sep. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 1.63% in August; (+2.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 1.63% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 2.18%. “The trend was a friend in August,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “The S&P 500 rallied to new
19 Sep. 2014 SEC brings charges against eight in pump and dump scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a ring of eight individuals for their roles in an alleged pump-and-dump scheme involving a penny stock company based in California that has repeatedly changed its name and purported line of business over the p
19 Sep. 2014 eVestment: Hedge fund assets rise 1.6% [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Total assets in hedge funds increased 1.6% in August to $3.068 trillion, overtaking the all-time peak level set prior to July’s slight decline, according to eVestment's latest hedge fund asset flow data. August’s asset increase of $49.6 billion came primaril
18 Sep. 2014 CalPERS to engage in policy discussions around derivatives, housing finance and credit rating agencies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has outlined plans to engage in policy discussions around derivatives, housing finance, and credit rating agencies as part of its renewed focus on risk, governance, and transparency in the financial markets.
18 Sep. 2014 CalPERS names Ted Eliopoulos chief investment officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) announced that Ted Eliopoulos has been selected as CalPERS Chief
18 Sep. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 1.28% in August (+4.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.28% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 4.44% in 2014. “The S&P 500 gained four percent in August, propell
18 Sep. 2014 SEC charges former hedge fund manager for misappropriating management fees [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday charged a former hedge fund manager accused of fraudulently taking excess management fees from the accounts of fund clients and using their money to remodel his multi-million dollar home and buy a $1
17 Sep. 2014 Emerging hedge fund managers lead industry gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Emerging hedge fund managers have led industry performance over the past year, as equity markets have extended gains, investor risk tolerance has escalated and total hedge

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