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07 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds try new expensive products to attract retreating institutional investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Institutional investors’ shifting allocation strategies are driving hedge funds towards new products, according to Ernst & Young’s 2014 hedge fund and investor survey called
06 Nov. 2014 Hedge fund firms compete for top talent [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund compensation increased in 2014 as total capital invested in the hedge fund industry again reached new records, according to the 2015 Glocap Hedge Fund Compensation Report, released today by Glocap Search and HFR®. With the indus
06 Nov. 2014 BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - For their 8th edition, the BANCO Swiss Hedge Funds Awards once again drew the elite of the Swiss hedge fund industry together to celebrate their best and brightest. With the support of Mazars, Key Investment Services and Candriam, this year’s ceremony took place on Thursd
06 Nov. 2014 Campbell & Company hires Kathryn Kaminski PhD as Director, Investment Strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell & Company today announced that Kathryn (Katy) Kaminski, PhD will join the firm as Director, Investment Strategies, effective January 2, 2015. Mrs. Kaminski is currently Deputy Managing Director of the Institute for Financial Research, a research affiliate of
06 Nov. 2014 Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s hedge fund closes down following partner’ suicide, complications [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Following his well-publicized fall in May 2011 in New York, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (aka DSK), former head of the IMF and former finance minister, went back to France. Last year, betting on his reputation as a strong economist, he launched a hedge fund with Th
06 Nov. 2014 Investment analyst: Investors should short UK assets following EU disagreement on migration [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Sunday Times reported on 18th October said that David Cameron was planning to slash EU migration by imposing an annual cap on the number of national insurance n
05 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds posted declines for October with the HFRX Absolute Return Index losing -0.35% (-0.15% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility increased sharply in October, as Oil posted sharp declines, the US Federal Reserve concluded QE stimulus measures while the Bank of Japan increased their economic stimulus program; global equities pared intra-month declines to post mixed
05 Nov. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.39% in October, up 0.60% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return fund performances UCITS absolute return funds were not immune to the October 2014 market turbulences and finished the month down -0.39% as measured by the UAI Global Index. Only two strategies display positive returns for the period: E
05 Nov. 2014 Parker FX Index up 2.49% in September, 2.64% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +2.49% return for the month of September. Thirty-three of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported September results, of which twenty-three reported positive results and ten incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was u
04 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds move to cover equity shorts, sell gold - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that hedge funds are moving to cover equity shorts, buying the NASDAQ after three weeks of selling. Funds are also covering their short positions on the Russell 2000. The diversifie
04 Nov. 2014 Fifth Street hires Noto away from Balcony Partners [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Fifth Street Asset Management has hired Renee Noto as Managing Director of Business Development. In this role, Noto will focus on building institutional client relationships for the Fifth Street platform and serving on the Credit Opportunities Fund investment co
31 Oct. 2014 SEC mulls distribution of $602m SAC settlement to victims [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it plans to distribute the $602m settlement money it received from Steven Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Advisors to people who claim they were victimized by former SAC portfolio manager Mathew Martoma’s illegal insider tradi
30 Oct. 2014 U.S. Bancorp Fund launches 10 actively-managed ETFs with WBI investments [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Single-source financial services solutions provider U.S. Bancorp Fund Services (USBFS) is collaborating with WBI Investments to launch the WBI Shares,
30 Oct. 2014 Report says hedge funds remain significantly underestimated in $75tln global shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global shadow banking grew by $5tln in 2013 to reach $75tln, according to the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) fourth annual Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report. The
30 Oct. 2014 Mistakenly wired $1.5 million and hedge fund manager gone with the wind [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: It’s all over the news throughout Switzerland. Credit Suisse, the country’s second largest bank, apparently wired a total of $1.5m to a U.S. hedge fund manager in three transactions in January this year. As banks do. However, the bank realized later that the
29 Oct. 2014 Strong performance pushes asset management compensation to pre-crisis highs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Strong performance in the financial management sector has pushed up incentive compensation in the asset management industry, according to a new report, Asset Management Compensation: Second Choice No More, from
29 Oct. 2014 New app allows asset managers easy interaction with portfolios, securities, holdings, transaction details [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global financial services software company SS&C Technologies Holdings has launched Explorer, a powerful data visualization and analysis tool that turns critical investment data into meaningful information. Explore
28 Oct. 2014 Ash Park partners with ML Capital to launch its Global Consumer Staples Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ash Park, a boutique investment advisor, today announced the launch of its global Consumer Staples equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds designed to give investors convenient access to a range of liquid, transparent a
28 Oct. 2014 Privium launches European emerging managers platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Amsterdam-based Privium Fund Management has launched a new platform for European emerging managers. The Privium Investment Fund will allow portfolio managers to de
28 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds return to buying crude - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have renewed their purchases of crude oil after an extensive sell off according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Funds are back at a net long on the position. The diversified hedge fund index was down 2.2%
28 Oct. 2014 Americans feel guilty for not investing enough in 2014, set higher target next year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of Americans feel guilty for not investing enough this year, outpacing common year-end regrets such as poor eating and drinking choices, not sharing enough time with loved ones or spending too much money on oneself, according to the latest survey by Ba
27 Oct. 2014 Michael Steinhardt-backed WisdomTree launches UCITS ETFs on London Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WisdomTree Europe has launched its first UCITS ETFs on the London Stock Exchange. With this launch, WisdomTree becomes Europe’s first ETF provider focused on exposures to dividend - weighted indices. The first ETFs
27 Oct. 2014 Alternative emerging markets funds offers better diversification in current market conditions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The emerging markets, which are expected to reach 40% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), offers better option for diversification purposes in the current market conditions, said Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekl
27 Oct. 2014 Trade finance in Asia gets boost from favorable pricing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Following a period of de-concentration in the competitive landscape of trade finance providers in Asia, the leading providers on average lost a few points of market penetration, as a long tail of local and emerging regional banks picked up relationships, said
23 Oct. 2014 ICBC launches first UCITS onshore RMB fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s European subsidy ICBC (Europe) S.A., has become the first EU registered Chinese bank to launch an onshore RMB fixed income UCITS fund, after receiving approval in principle from CSSF, the Luxembourg regulator.
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