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01 Dec. 2015 Parker FX Index down -0.60% for the month of October (+0.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.60% return for the month of October. Twenty eight of the thirty-one programs in the Index reported October results, of which nine reported positive results and nineteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -
01 Dec. 2015 Following review Yuan included in reserve currency basket [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The International Monetary Fund has confirmed the inclusion of the Chinese Yuan in the reserve currency basket. This means that loans will be available in Yuan alongside other major currencies including the US Dollar and the Euro. The basket of reserve curr
01 Dec. 2015 Z Capital in talks to acquire Affinity Gaming [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Illinois-based Z Capital is in talks to acquire Affinity Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino company. This is Z Capital's fifth bid for the company in two years and the firm is already the largest shareholder. Z Capital has offered to raise its bid from $14.50
30 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund investors and managers hold similar views on global financial regulations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, regulators rolled out multiple, substantial regulations aimed at mitigating systemic risk. Over time, popular opinion has held that investors largely favor the new rules while managers of hedge funds uniformly oppose them. Howeve
30 Nov. 2015 CdR Capital builds Anglo-Swiss investment boutique [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ascertaining investment value in a world skewed by central bank intervention and punctuated by volatile government policy is at the heart of CdR Capital’s mission. CdR, which takes its name from Cours de Rive in Geneva, has grown quickly with offices in Geneva
30 Nov. 2015 Major changes in partnership audit procedures contained in 2015 Budget Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Contained in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed by President Obama on November 2, is a rather complex provision that materially changes how partnerships are audited. Generally effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the so-called “TEFRA” and “El
30 Nov. 2015 Agecroft Partners acquires hedge fund third party marketing boutique Alta Via Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners has acquired the business of Alta Via Advisors, a New York based hedge fund third party marketing boutique. Alta Via Advisors’ client base will be migrated over to Agecroft Partners and Andrew Feldman, Alta Via’s founding principal will join Agecroft Par
30 Nov. 2015 Tages Capital appoints Ed Morse as sales director for the UK and Northern Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital has announced the appointment of Ed Morse as Sales Director with responsibility for spearheading Sales and Marketing for the UK and Northern Europe. A seasoned executive with over 30 years' in the funds industry, Ed has wide experience in the develop
27 Nov. 2015 APS Greater China hedge fund outperforms benchmark with 9.82% gains in October (+37.15% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management has reported that its APS Greater China Long Short Fund gained 9.82% in October 2015 and 37.15% YTD, outperforming the benchmark by 4.72% and 28.2% respectivel
27 Nov. 2015 Lyxor and Och-Ziff launch U.S. hedge fund strategy as UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group have partnered to launch the Lyxor/OZ U.S. Equity Opportunities Fund on Lyxor’s alternative UCITS platfo
26 Nov. 2015 OTS Capital launches Pan-Asia long bias UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OTS Capital Management Limited and ML Capital have launched the OTS Asia Opportunity UCITS Fund, a Pan-Asia long-biased strategy hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a rang
26 Nov. 2015 Abraaj exits Network International to General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Abraaj Group has exited its 49 percent stake in Network International, a payment solutions provider in the Middle East and Africa to Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic. Emirates NBD will continue to own a 51 percent stake in the Company. Terms of the sale were
25 Nov. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends October up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2015 up 1.09% (4.97% YTD) on an asset weighted basis, and up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the C
25 Nov. 2015 CTA launches fall to lowest level since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Having recorded returns of +10.85% in 2014, their strongest performance since returning +15.70% in 2010, CTAs saw further good performance in Q1 2015 as they posted returns of +4.29%. However, negative returns in Q2 (-3.74%) and Q3 (-0.16%) saw volatile swings in CTA perf
25 Nov. 2015 Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally nears $53.7bn in net new assets in the first 10 months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered US$3.0 billion in new assets in October and US$53.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2015. There were 764 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 1,336 listings, assets of US$399 Bn, from 106 providers listed on 31 excha
25 Nov. 2015 S.E.A. Funds newly registered in Singapore for distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - S.E.A. Asset Management Pte Ltd has announced that its two UCITS SICAV investment funds are now registered in Singapore for Distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors as of November 20, 2015. “Our next step for markets where our funds are now re
25 Nov. 2015 APS China A Share Fund gains 14.8% in October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management saw its APS China A Share Fund gain 14.8% (net) in October and 18.8% YTD in 2015, outperforming the benchmark, the Shanghai A-Share Stock Price & Shenzhen A-Sha
25 Nov. 2015 More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November
24 Nov. 2015 Adrian Lee & Partners wins $1.8bn KPERS active currency management mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adrian Lee & Partners, the leading active currency manager for institutional investors, has been appointed by KPERS to manage $1.8 billion of their foreign currency exposure. AL&P is the sole active currency manager being hired at this time. The appoint
24 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds’ defensive stance on commodities pays off [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The defensive positioning of hedge funds on the commodity complex has been rewarding as most hedge fund strategies are up in November and previous trends in FX and commodities continue unabated, according to Lyxor Asset Ma
24 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds’ favorite stocks post worst returns this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With most of their favorite stocks posting worst performance since the financial crisis, hedge fund managers are hit with poor returns, according to Goldman Sachs’ latest Hedge Fund VIP list. The data said that hedge funds’ position in health care companies, par
23 Nov. 2015 Emerging Market hedge funds gain in October on China and Russia exposure [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets (EM) lead hedge funds gains in October driven by exposures in China and Russia as risk tolerance and liquidity returned to emerging equity markets. The HFRI Emerging Markets Index rose +3.4% during the month of October 2015 (-1.83% YTD). This was th
23 Nov. 2015 Court orders Ernst & Young to pay $25m in damages for flawed auditing of Madoff feeder hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Washington Superior Court jury last week ordered auditing firm Ernst & Young to pay nearly $25m for its flawed auditing of one of Bernard Madoff’s feeder funds, Tremont Group Holdings, that resulted to losses to its investors, reported
20 Nov. 2015 Managed futures lost in October as the Barclay CTA Index is down 0.78% (+1.52% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures traders lost money in October the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge dropped 0.78% last month (+1.52% YTD). "A powerful rally in global equities coming on the heels of two consecutive down months found many trend-following CTAs on the wr
20 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds rebound in October, join market rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recovered in October as the industry joined a healthy market rebound following a period of heightened market volatility in August and September, Lyxor Asset Management said. In a
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