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15 Dec. 2015 Eurekahedge: Nearly 58% of hedge fund managers have posted positive returns in 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for November 2015: Hedge funds are up 2.45% for the year, with the total AUM growing by US$110.7 billion in 2015. US$71.2 billion of the gain in assets are attributed to investor inflows and US$39.6 billion to performance-driven gains. This compares wit
15 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds slightly down last week after ECB meeting but show resilience [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were resilient last week amidst choppy waters during a period in which most asset classes sold off ferociously and fixed income provided no downside protection. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ended the week slightly down (-0.8%) as of end Dec. 8 (+0.3% YTD).
14 Dec. 2015 MUFG Investor Services completes acquisition of UBS Asset Management's Alternative Fund Services business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has gained all regulatory approvals for its acquisition of UBS Asset Management’s Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business and the acquisition has closed. The deal forms pa
14 Dec. 2015 Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers launches its first liquid alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, an asset management firm which, with its affiliates, has over 40 years of trusted performance and dedicated client service, today announced a liquid alternative ('40 Act) fund called the Weiss Alternative Balanced Risk Fund. This new
14 Dec. 2015 Almost 50% of hedge fund firms plan to launch a new hedge fund by the end of 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Around half of hedge fund firms intend to launch a new hedge fund by the end of next year and most are reporting rising assets, according to a global survey by PwC and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global industry body representing alternat
14 Dec. 2015 IOSCO finds no significant liquidity mismatch in hedge funds under 'normal’ market conditions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has found there is no significant liquidity mismatch in hedge funds under "normal" market conditions. This is one of the findings in the
11 Dec. 2015 CFTC proposes significant changes including a source code repository for algorithmic traders [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission has proposed a round of new changes for algorithmic traders that will significantly impact what firms need to keep on hand in terms of books and records. Those changes also require a full source code repository for any
10 Dec. 2015 2016 constituents released for Societe Generale's Newedge CTA Hedge Fund Indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services today announced the 2016 constituents for the Newedge CTA, Trend, and Short-Term Traders Indices. The Newedge CTA indices are an industry leading suite of performance benchmarks, based on the largest CTA programs. The indices cal
10 Dec. 2015 Number of alternative asset managers grew by 15% in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Convergence, a leading data analytics and advisory services company, has issued its Q3 update of the State of the Union of the Alternative Asset Management Industry. The report focuses on business trends amongst alternative asset managers, related assessments of changes i
10 Dec. 2015 BNY Mellon, Insight launch their first US absolute return mutual fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched the BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Multi-Strategy Fund, an absolute return multi-strategy fund available in a liquid alternatives mutual fund vehicle. It will be sub-advised by Insight Investment, a BNY Mellon invest
10 Dec. 2015 Ex-Optimal head faces Madoff-related trial in Geneva [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Manuel Echeverria, 55, who ran Banco Santander SA’s Optimal Investment Services unit from Geneva, faced charges of mismanagement with intent to enrich at the courthouse in Geneva’s old town on Monday. He is the first European investment manager to reach cour
09 Dec. 2015 Newedge CTA index up 2.71% in November (+1.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services announces the November performance data for its Newedge CTA indices. After a dip in October, CTA strategies posted positive returns across the board in November 2015, and CTA and Trend are showing a positive year-to-date perfor
09 Dec. 2015 Bankruptcy rule change could be a gift to some private fund managers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Lawmakers and lobbyists backed by private funds including Apollo Global Management are pushing for a change to a decades old bankruptcy rule. Apollo and others have been pushing for a change to the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 to be included in a spending bill t
09 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds are utilizing Twitter and social media for trading opportunities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are utilizing Twitter and other social media platforms for trading opportunities by monitoring sentiments that might have impact on the equity market, reported
09 Dec. 2015 Stephen Diggle is looking for money managers, traders for his new hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based hedge fund manager Stephen Diggle is looking for money managers and traders for his new multi-strategy fund. The Kit Trading Fund is led by former Merrill Lynch & Co trader Michael Downer and was launched on December 1, reported the
09 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund manager Meredith Whitney is back managing money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager and banking analyst Meredith Whitney is back managing money. She is now managing an $800 million equity portfolio at Arch Capital Group Ltd, a Bermuda-based insurer confirmed Preston Hutchings, the company’s CIO. Hutchings told
08 Dec. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.88%1 in November (+2.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continued their recovery in Q4 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.88%1 in November while the MSCI World Index grew by 0.38% during the month. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 2.58% while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World ha
08 Dec. 2015 Aquila Capital continues to refine its Risk Parity strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aquila Capital, one of Europe’s leading independent alternative asset managers, has announced that it has undertaken a series of measures to further refine its Risk Parity strategy. The strategy evolution aims to increase the expected returns from already highly valued as
08 Dec. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.6% last week as ECB fails to meet expectation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.6% as of Dec. 1 (+1.1% YTD) as long term CTAs outperformed as a result of continued trends in FX (USD up), commodities (down), equities (up) and fixed income (yields edged lower), Lyxor
08 Dec. 2015 Macro, CTAs drive hedge funds gains in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Strong performance by macro and CTAs pushed hedge funds gains in November for two consecutive months, latest data from data provider Hedge Fund Research said. The HFRI Fund Wei
07 Dec. 2015 Avon considering sale of its North American business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cosmetics company Avon is considering a sale of its North American business to private equity firm Cerberus. The news came just after activist firm Barrington sent out a letter to the company late Thursday saying it was taking out a stake in the firm and calling
04 Dec. 2015 Harvard study: Hedge funds predict and drive asset prices towards fundamental value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By: Jonathan Rhinesmith I provide novel evidence that hedge funds predict and drive the movement of asset prices towards fundamental value. Willingness to move prices, proxied by the share of trading volume consumed, reveals information: the volume consumed by q
04 Dec. 2015 ECB extends QE programme until March 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Following the ECB’s policy meeting on December 3rd, its President Mario Draghi announced in Frankfurt the central bank would extend its €60 billion ($63.5 billion) a month bond-purchasing programme to at least March 2017. It was originally intended to last un
04 Dec. 2015 In fiscal year ending September 2015, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions, up from 755 in 2014 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Proskauer, an international law firm, released the
03 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund Insch Capital profits from actively managed gold strategy [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Insch Capital Management, a London and Lugano-based alternative investment manager, gained 6.06% in its gold investment strategy, Kintore, in November.  The total return in Kintore, which powers t
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