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22 Jun. 2017 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.06% in May (+0.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.06% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has lost 0.67%. Four of Barclay's CTA indices had gains in May, and four had losses. The Financial/Metals Traders Index was up 0.88%, S
21 Jun. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund index gains 0.50% in May, 4.13% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.50% in May according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 4.13% in 2017. The Barclay Hedge Fund Index has now been profitable for seven months in a row, with a cumulative gain of 6.10%. The Barclay Technology I
21 Jun. 2017 Asia focused hedge funds offer great opportunities, says Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - For the first time in several years, investors have begun expressing an interest in opportunities in Asia. Investors have shared increasing concerns about the high valuations of both the US equity and fixed income markets (pushed further by the Trump rally in the U.S. eq
21 Jun. 2017 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: June notifications 3.59% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2017 measured 3.59%, up from 3.08% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2017 was 3.59%, reflecting a sharp drop from the 4.88% reported a year ago for June 2016," said Bill S
21 Jun. 2017 Fintech company Edgefolio partners with prime broker to hedge funds GPP [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GPP has started a joint venture with Edgefolio to provide a Capital Introduction service to its prime brokerage clients. Edgefolio's platform connects investors and hedge funds, creating technology-driven solutions for a traditionally conservative and fragmented industry.
21 Jun. 2017 One third of alternative investment managers yet to decide on how to pay for research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Six months ahead of the MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) implementation deadline, alternative asset managers still face uncertainty, with 34% of firms undecided for example on how to pay for research, according to a survey by the Alternative Investmen
21 Jun. 2017 Man Group names Steven Desmyter Head of Responsible Investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group today announces the appointment of Steven Desmyter as Head of Responsible Investment and Chair of Man Group's Responsible Investment Committee. This position recognises his instrumental role in developing and driving forward the firm's responsible investment cap
21 Jun. 2017 PSAM announces senior addition to investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP (PSAM), has announced that John McVeigh has joined the firm as a Deputy Portfolio Manager of U.S. Merger Arbitrage. John brings more than 12 years of investment experience in merger related situations to PSAM. Most recently, he was a Mana
21 Jun. 2017 Hedge funds gain through mid-June as global markets post mixed returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds posted gains through mid-June with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.19% for the period (+2.53% YTD), Hedge Fund Research said in its latest report. Financial markets posted mixed performance during the same period, as the US Federal Res
21 Jun. 2017 Comment: How do you solve a problem like performance? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Meredith Jones of MJ Alternative Investment Research and Author: Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Outperform, writes on Harvest Exchang
20 Jun. 2017 Northern Trust survey: Surge in demand shows transparency is key to success for alts investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As alternative investments become more mainstream, information about investment vehicles, underlying assets and other risk management data has become more important to investors, but best practices around transparency requirements are lagging behind the demand, according
20 Jun. 2017 Dubai to establish the world's first collective Endowment Park [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The city of Dubai, which is renowned for interweaving innovation into its economic, commercial and cultural goals, is now blending it into charity. The city is working on the establishment of the first collective-endowment park in the world - the Endowment Park project w
20 Jun. 2017 Comment: For emerging market debt, a sustainable recovery [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Standish Mellon Asset Management Company writes on Harvest Exchange: After several difficult years, the outlook for emerging market debt (EMD) denomin
20 Jun. 2017 Quant shop HC Technologies launches private equity arm [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chicago-based quantitative trading firm HC Technologies has launched a private equity business. HC Private Investments will focus on middle-market private equity investments in lower-middle market manufacturing companies ranging in size from $10 to $100 million
20 Jun. 2017 Perella Weinberg Partners OCIO platform forms advisory board [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Agility, the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) business of Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP), has formed a new advisory board. The Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Agility on business-related matters. The advisory board will be chaire
19 Jun. 2017 Comment: Evidence supports active equities in emerging markets [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Passive investing strategies continue to attract big money. But think caref
19 Jun. 2017 BNY Mellon's Pershing study advises authenticity, transparency to attract high net-worth clients [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial advisors seeking to attract younger, high-net-worth (HNW) investors need to adjust not only their marketing strategies but also their business models to attract and retain this group of investors, said a new white paper by BNY Mellon's Pershing. BN
16 Jun. 2017 Total number of hedge funds now 9,733 after 189 launches and 259 liquidations in Q1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches in 1Q 2017 increased for the first time since the first quarter of 2016 as both hedge funds and equity markets gained through the first part of the year, and measures of financial market volatility fell to record lows. New hedge fund launches to
16 Jun. 2017 Global macro hedge funds hold tight on European currencies' shorts [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global risk appetite remained steady during the recent months, despite continued investor concerns over asset price valuation and political risks, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest briefing. The MSCI World is up 3.5% in Q2 as of early June. Yet, sovereign bo
16 Jun. 2017 Carden Capital launches cannabis lending fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: California-based Carden Capital has launched a direct lending fund for the cannibus industry. Carden Capital will lend debt capital to experienced management teams in compliance with all necessary state regulatory requirements, the firm will provide a variety of
15 Jun. 2017 Tages Capital launches Tages PSAM Credit Fund with P. Schoenfeld Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, a European alternative asset manager, announced that P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM), a leading global alternative asset management firm, will act as the manager of the Tages PSAM Credit Fund, an existing sub-fund of Tages International Funds (a UCITS
15 Jun. 2017 Catalyst Funds to acquire Exceed Defined Shield Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, announced it will acquire the Exceed Defined Shield Index Fund. The acquisition will rebrand the mutual fund as the Catalyst Exceed Defined Shield Fund (SHIIX). It will maintain the same investment strategy as it
15 Jun. 2017 Blenheim Capital Management announces spinoff of Amsterdam unit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blenheim Capital Management, L.L.C. has announced an agreement with the employees of its Amsterdam-based affiliate, Blenheim Capital Management, BV, to establish that company as an independent entity. Blenheim and BBV will continue to have a working relationship, but the
15 Jun. 2017 Hengfai Global Systematic Multi-Strategy Fund up 10% net in first year of operation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of Singapore eDevelopment Ltd said that its Global Systematic Multi-Strategy Fund (GSMS Fund) managed by Hengfai Asset Management Pte Ltd (HFAM), a wholly owned subsidiary of SeD's investment-arm SeD Capital Pte Ltd, achieved a gross and net ret
15 Jun. 2017 Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange to trial first-ever blockchain verification and record-keeping service for diamond trading [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), the world's first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds, has announced that it has successfully partnered with Kynetix, the physical commodity digitisation expert, and Everledger, supplier of blockchain and d
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