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03 Dec. 2014 San Francisco pension may reduce hedge fund allocation from recommended 15% to just 3% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $20bn San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is planning to reduce its exposure in hedge funds after its chairman, Victor Makras, made strong representation before its board to rethink the pension fund’s investment approach. In a report,
02 Dec. 2014 First Luxembourg UCITS receives authorisation to use the Shanghai Hong-Kong stock connect program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A number of Luxembourg UCITS have shown interest for the pilot program that provides mutual trading access between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets (Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect). This program offers an opportunity for UCITS to invest into A-shares listed on t
02 Dec. 2014 UCITS absolute return funds advance by 0.89% on average in November (+1.89% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return fund performances UCITS absolute return funds advance by 0.89% on average in November as measured by the UAI Global and are now up 1.49% for the year. The best performing strategy is CTA with a progression of 4.07%, the la
02 Dec. 2014 CTAs post highest monthly gains in November since 2002 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds delivered healthy returns in November, a welcome development following the October drawdown, according to the latest Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Brief. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1.8% last mo
02 Dec. 2014 Van Eck launches first long/short equity index mutual fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-based asset management firm Van Eck Global announced two major recent changes to its lineup of funds. With a change both of name, from the Van Eck Long/Short Equity Fund to the Van Eck Long/Short Equity Index
01 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman bullish on Fannie and Freddie Mae [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is confident with the shares of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, buying more shares while others are unloading. According to
01 Dec. 2014 David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund gains 5.8% in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Finally some good news from David Einhorn. His Greenlight Capital posted a 5.8% gains in November (+11% YTD) buoyed by strong stocks. According to
01 Dec. 2014 Brevan Howard to shut down commodity hedge fund due to poor performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After suffering nearly a 4.3% decline through the end of October, Brevan Howard Asset Management announced it would shut down its $630m commodity hedge fund that is managed by Stephane Nicolas, various media reports said.
28 Nov. 2014 36 South launches tail risk hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 36 South Capital Advisors LLP announce the launch of the Kohinoor Series (Cayman) Fund on November 3rd, 2014 with initial capital from a US pension plan client of Meketa Investment Group. The new Cayman domiciled fund provides ERISA investors access to the same investment
28 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds renew confidence in fundraising and focus on liquidity and governance in 2015 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds space has renewed its confidence into fundraising as the effects of the 2008 global financial crisis are pushed further in the rear view mirror, said international law firm Walkers Global in its
28 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds want investors to lock up their money longer for lower fees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: More and more hedge funds are convincing their investors to lock up their money for a longer period of time, in some cases more than twice the usual one-year period, in exchange for lower fees. In a report,
27 Nov. 2014 Catalyst Funds converts third hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, has announced the launch of the Catalyst/Stone Beach Income Opportunity Fund (IOXAX). The Fund is a conversion of the Stone Beach Special Opportunity Fund, LLC, a hedge fund. Now available as a mutual fund produ
27 Nov. 2014 Swiss state funds research project aimed at improving returns of systematic trading strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Center for Alternative Investments & Risk Management at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and AIMcapital AG (AIM) have joined hands in a research project aimed at improving the returns of systematic trading strategies in response to changing marke
27 Nov. 2014 The rise of Luxembourg [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in Western Europe with a population of half a million, and a territory made of
26 Nov. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index post gain of +0.62% through mid-November (4.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets experienced mixed performance through mid-November, including several large M&A announcements, continued declines in Oil on weak demand, and a favorable response to interest rate cut by Chinese Central Bank. Global equity markets were also mix
26 Nov. 2014 Emerging market hedge fund growth stalls as U.S. dollar gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund capital invested in Emerging Markets (EM) posted a narrow gain for the third quarter as EM, Currency and Commodity Volatility all increased driven by a continuum of geopolitical and macroeconomic developments. Total hedge fund capital invested in EM hedge funds
26 Nov. 2014 Parker FX Index is up 0.18% in October (+2.56% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.18% return for the month of October. Thirty-three of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported October results, of which twenty reported positive results, twelve incur
26 Nov. 2014 CalPERS saves $162m through inhouse management and reducing consultants [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has announced that efforts to bring more investment management in-house and reduce consultants are among factors that have saved the Pension Fund more than $162 million in the last three fiscal years.<
25 Nov. 2014 Dexion Capital and Brown & Co launch farmland venture [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dexion Capital, the alternatives investment bank, and Brown & Co, the UK and international agricultural professionals, today announced the launch of a joint venture, Agricultural Asset Management, which aims to bring the investment case for agriculture to a wider inve
25 Nov. 2014 CTAs , event-driven strategies lead hedge funds recovery in mid-November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: November’s performance proves to be in sharp contrast to the previous month, with equities further consolidating their upswing last week, according to the latest Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Brief. CTA funds als
25 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds post mixed results through mid-November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance through mid-November with the HFRX Market Directional gaining +0.32%, while HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index and HFRX Absolute Return Index were each essentially unchanged, declining -0.01% through mid-month.
25 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds increase equity longs, stop selling gold - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have increased their equity long positions for the fourth consecutive week according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Technical suggest that the trend is likely to continue. The diversified hedge fund ind
25 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds are more bullish with Japan than at any time in last decade [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey amongst fund managers by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, conducted during the second week of November, found that hedge funds are more bullish with Japan than at any time in the last decade. The survey said fund managers also have the most positive outlo
25 Nov. 2014 Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper to return up to $4bn to investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Dragged by poor performance, billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper announced a plan to return up to $4bn to his clients by January 1, 2015, various media reported. The amount represents between 10 and 20% of his $20bn hedge fund Appaloosa Management. A rep
21 Nov. 2014 Managed futures have potential to profit from market declines, provide global diversification [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A case study of managed futures by absolute return investment management Campbell & Company said that the strategy has the potential to profit from market declines and provide exposure to global marke
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