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07 Jan. 2015 Sandler Capital sees rebound of cyclicals in 2015, healthcare and technology to grow (Part 2) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cyclicals are expected to rebound in 2015 while sectors such as healthcare, parts of consumer, and technology will experience robust earnings growth, predicted Andrew Sandler, senior Managing Director at Sandler Ca
06 Jan. 2015 Only half of AIFMs aware of Annex IV reporting requirements and January 30 deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the first reporting deadline for many managers of Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) fast approaches, with reports to be submitted by 30 January 2015 under the AIFMD, firms may turn to outsourcing to meet their obligations. A survey conducted by the Finan
06 Jan. 2015 Consensus amongst hedge fund managers may lead to investment shocks in 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aksia presents its annual hedge fund manager survey, providing candid opinions of leading institutional-caliber managers across hedge fund strategies. We appreciate all those who participated and are encouraged b
06 Jan. 2015 The Parker FX Index is up 0.68% in November (+3.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.68% return for the month of November. Thirty-one of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported November results, of which twenty-two reported positive results and n
06 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds enter 2015 on a strong note (Part 1) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund closed the last two weeks of December on a strong performance and entered 2015 with high hopes that the industry could continue the rally. In its Weekly Brief, Lyxor Asset Management said CTAs were again the
06 Jan. 2015 UK pension sues investment consultant for $72 million over botched currency hedge [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UK’s British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, one of the largest pension funds in the UK, is suing global consulting firm Towers Watson over its alleged "negligent investment consulting advice" in relation to a currency hedge. In a report,
06 Jan. 2015 Oil at $40, Putin to resign, hackers shut down banks: Byron Wien’s ten surprises for 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Byron R. Wien, vice chairman at investment and advisory firm Blackstone Advisory Partners, predicted ten major surprises for 2015 that investors would
05 Jan. 2015 Agecroft Partners’ Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2015 [more]
Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than two thousand institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations. Because the hedge fund industry is very dynamic and constantly changing, it is important for firms to antic
05 Jan. 2015 DW Partners assumes management of hedge funds from Brevan Howard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DW Partners, LP today announced that it has assumed the role of manager for two hedge funds totaling more than $5 billion in assets, effective January 1, 2015. The Funds were previously managed by Brevan Howard Capital Management, with DW (formerly DW Investment Manageme
05 Jan. 2015 Blackfield Capital’s future bleak as founder remains missing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Almost three months since the mysterious disappearance of its 29-year-old founder, Kim Karapetyan, the future of Blackfield Capital CJSC, once one of Moscow’s hottest hedge funds, remains bleak. According to
05 Jan. 2015 Activist hedge funds rule 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund managers were the most successful investors in Wall Street in 2014 led by Bill Ackman’s aggressive bid to take over of Botox-maker Allergan, said the
05 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Thomas Gilbert Sr., shot by son in New York apartment [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Thomas Gilbert Sr., the founder and managing member of the $200m hedge fund firm Wainscott Capital Partners, was shot dead by his son during an argument Sunday afternoon in his apartment on Manhattan's East Side, several media reported. An investigator told
02 Jan. 2015 Investors concerned about volatility of Indian hedge funds after stellar 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite recording a strong 38.95% gains in January to November 2014, investors are not expected to make a beeline for India-focused hedge funds on concerns about high volatility of returns of Indian hedge funds. In a
02 Jan. 2015 2015 to bring solid growth for hedge funds, inflows in 2014 almost doubled [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry is well positioned for another year of solid growth in 2015, said eVestment in its 2015 Hedge Fund Industry Outlook released o
31 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund asset flows to remain steady through 2015 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Asset flows into hedge funds are likely to remain steady over the course of 2015, according to a new hedge fund report from eVestment. The findings show that baring a large and unexpected global or financial event, eVestment expects asset flows into hedge funds
30 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds wary of Greece [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Over the past few years, nearly every high profile hedge fund manager has invested in Greek debt or equities, reported Value Walk last month. John Paulson (
30 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund Merchants’ Gate shuts door [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Jason Capello’s Merchants’ Gate Capital is closing its doors before the end of the year and told investors it would return 90% of their money by January 31, 2015, according to a report by
30 Dec. 2014 India-focused hedge funds turn cautious, hire forensic accountants [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: India-focused hedge funds are now more cautious before investing and have hired the services of specialized firms, including investigators, to provide an assurance on the money they are investing. According to a report by
30 Dec. 2014 GMO holds high hope for Russian energy sector [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Hedge funds lost in mid-December on oil and Russian ruble concerns, claims HFR, as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declined -1.31% (-1.14% YTD). Oil prices plunged through mid-December on excess supply concerns, contributing to increased equity market volat
29 Dec. 2014 Fund of funds compensation survey: CEO tops the list at $1.4m, CIO at $1.2m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just-released "13th Annual Compensation Survey for Funds of Funds Managers with Assets Over $1 Billion," Infovest21 found that the Chief Executive Officer is the highest paid position with an average compensation of $1.4 million. The Chief Investment Offi
29 Dec. 2014 Oklahoma Firefighters reduces hedge fund allocation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Troy Brown, director of consulting at The Bogdahn Group said that the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement System, Oklahoma City has reduced its allocation into hedge funds and private equity to 8% from 11% of its assets. The Bogdahn Group, is a consultant to
29 Dec. 2014 India-focused hedge funds amongst the best performers in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: India-focused hedge funds are amongst the best performers in 2014 after posting a strong net increase of 41.9% as at end Dec. 16, according to a report compiled by
29 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund Magnolia Road drops lawsuit against EDMC [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund Magnolia Road Capital has dropped out from its lawsuit against a restructuring deal at Education Management Corp. (EDMC), a report said. Ja
29 Dec. 2014 New Zealander CTA manager takes his own life [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Rob Holroyd, founder of a CTA called Commodity Strategies, took his own life on Friday 12th December. His death is "a big shock and loss to the NZ alternatives community," a hedge fund manager told Opalesque. A
23 Dec. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index down -0.66% in mid-December (+3.85% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a decline of -0.13% through mid-December, with positive contributions from Volatility and hedged European exposures offset by declines in Emerging Markets and Global Fixed Income managers. HFRU Event Driven Index poste
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  1. U.S. hedge funds prepare for worst finish this year since 2008[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

  3. Manager Profile - Pimco alternative funds flourish as 30-year bond rally fades[more]

    From Inside Pacific Investment Management Co., the bond behemoth that lost two chief investment officers last year and saw almost $500 billion of client money leave, a hidden profit engine is easing some of the pain. For more than a decade, Newport Beach, California-based Pimco has qu

  4. Niche Investing - Art investment funds: Attracting institutional and other new investors[more]

    From The Deloitte/ArtTactic Art and Finance Report 2014 (the "Art and Finance Report") noted that the "global art investment fund market was estimated to be worth at least $1.26 billion in the first half of 2014." This seems almost inconsequential when juxtaposed with the $54 billion of

  5. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with