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05 Feb. 2014 Activist hedge fund Sachem Head is shaking Helen of Troy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Maker of small and personal care appliances Helen of Troy is facing a major challenge that could be more dangerous than the Trojan War itself after activist hedge fund Sachem Head Capital Management, which is led by a
05 Feb. 2014 Institutions look to alternatives for agility - Deloitte [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deloitte is out with a new white paper examining why institutional and accredited investor assets continue to flow into hedge funds even as they underperform the indexes. Based on
05 Feb. 2014 CFTC cancels registration of Chicago Trading Managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday said it had cancelled the registration of Chicago Trading Managers LLC. CT Managers had been registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor. In a
05 Feb. 2014 Chase Corporate Advisory bolsters funds management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Specialist corporate advisers Chase Corporate Advisory aims to bolster its funds management advisory practice with the appointment of Nelson Lam as director of said unit. Lam will be tasked to capture growing de
04 Feb. 2014 Limmat Capital announces 9th consecutive profitable year for flagship strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Striving to deliver consistent profits to investors, LIMMAT CAPITAL Alternative Investments AG, an independent FINMA regulated investment management firm in Zurich, Switzerland, specializing in liquid long/short equity and balanced fund strategies, achieved the ninth cons
04 Feb. 2014 Fund administrators Conifer Group and Vastardis Capital on the merger wagon [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund service provider Conifer Group and fund administration firm Vastardis Capital Services Holdings have signed a definitive merger agreement to combine their resp
04 Feb. 2014 Alternative credit strategies can offer appealing returns if handled cleverly [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Interest rate and credit risk premiums are at record-low levels due to the macroeconomic environment and the global reach for yield. Furthermore, the sell-off in fixed income that took place last summer could lead to a more volatile fixed income and credit ma
04 Feb. 2014 Macro and managed futures fund assets drop to near all-time lows: eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from eVestment on macro and managed futures funds show that as performance in the two groups continues to lag, assets under management have dropped to near all time lows. At the same time, assets to the hedge fund industry overall have increased by
04 Feb. 2014 Hedge funds outperform in January - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Even though hedge funds overall had a flat to down January, they will outperformed the broad market, according to the latest
03 Feb. 2014 Omni Partners set to launch fund focused on the secured property lending market in the UK [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Partners LLP (“Omni”), the alternatives specialist set up by trading veteran Steve Clark in 2004, today announces the launch of the Omni Secured Lending Fund I LP, enabling institutional investors to directly access the short-term secured property lending market with
03 Feb. 2014 80 Capital opens Helium strategy to external investors after 23-month trading run [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Quantitative hedge fund manager 80 Capital LLP, run by former Deutsche Bank quantitative executive Philippe Azoulay, has opened its Helium strategy to external investors fo
03 Feb. 2014 One-third of financial advisors in the U.S. to retire within 10 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: One third of financial advisors in the U.S. are planning to exit the business within the next 10 years, according to the latest research from global analytics firm Cerulli Associates. "The need for succession support is growing. Finding a suitable succession par
03 Feb. 2014 Chinese shadow banking concerns expand [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The size and scope of shadow banking activities in China is steadily increasing, raising some concerns about the overall stability of the system. The impact of bad debts in China’s shadow banking system is likely more important to the global economy than Fed po
31 Jan. 2014 Asset Managers identify top priorities/challenges in 2014, in a Bonaire survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bonaire, a Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. company and leading provider of software solutions for asset managers, mutual funds and capital market firms, today released the results of its client survey designed to determine which priorities and challenges are top of m
31 Jan. 2014 Trafelet Capital Management becomes Trafelet Brokaw & Co. as George Brokaw joins as managing partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trafelet Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm with a 14year track record founded by Remy W. Trafelet, announced today that George R. Brokaw has joined as a Managing Partner. The firm will change its name to Trafelet Brokaw & Co., LLC and its investment
31 Jan. 2014 HFC to honor Bruce Richards of Marathon Asset Management at 16th annual New York [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: HFC will be honoring Marathon Asset Management’s Bruce Richards, who will be presented with the Award for Caring during the 16th Annual New York Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit, held in New York, NY. The gala, the largest gathering that Hedge Funds Care/
30 Jan. 2014 Hedge fund manager George Jarkesy asks court to block SEC hearing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager George Jarkesy Jr. of the Houston-based John Thomas Financial Inc. asked a Federal court in Washington on Wednesday to block the Securities and Exchange Commission from proceeding with its planned hearing against a securities fraud filed against h
29 Jan. 2014 Majority of investors say hedge funds met or exceeded returns expectations in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds made gains of 11.08% for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2013, ahead of the 10.13% returned in 2012, and the benchmark loss of -1.93% in 2011. Investors are largely satisfied with the performance in 2013; eighty
29 Jan. 2014 SEC issues a risk alert on due diligence processes for selecting alternative investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a new risk alert on the due diligence processes that investment advisers use when they rec
29 Jan. 2014 Viteos makes the case for outsourced shadow accounting at hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Viteos, a global fund administrator and outsourced middle office service provider has released a new white paper detailing the business case to hedge funds for outsourcing shadow accounting functions. Shadow accounting in one form or another is part and parcel
28 Jan. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +0.9% in December; (+9.2% 2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for December 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through November. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
28 Jan. 2014 SEC charges Legg Mason affiliate Western Asset Management Company with defrauding clients [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Western Asset Management Company, which is a subsidiary of Legg Mason, with concealing investor losses that resulted from a coding error and engaging in cross trading that favored some clients over others.
28 Jan. 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch: speculators cut S&P500 long exposures by 70% [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Speculators have reduced long S&P500 exposure by more than 70%, as of last Tuesday, according to
27 Jan. 2014 Lyxor optimistic for hedge fund strategies in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The global economy finished on solid footing in 2013 and growth is set to maintain a healthy pace in 2014. Demand in the developed economies is recovering steadily aided by supportive policies, which have helped smooth the deleveraging cycle. Growth in the US is
27 Jan. 2014 Japanese firms are increasingly awarding investment mandates to foreign managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Myriad changes--macro and micro--support a Japanese institutional move to award mandates to foreign managers. Sub-advised funds accounted for 65% of investment trust assets under management at June 30, 2013, up from 61% in 2008, according a joint report from Cerulli Assoc
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