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13 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds end 2015 with lowest annual return at 1.5% but still outperform equity markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted their lowest annual return in 2015, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaining 1.56% (the lowest since 2011) but still outperformed the equity markets as the MSCI World Index fell 0.48% last year. In December, the average hedge funds fell 0.58%
13 Jan. 2016 Investors to raise allocations to active funds for downside protection and reduced volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Over 90 percent of active mutual fund investors plan to maintain or raise their allocations to active funds over the next 12 months despite the recent market volatility coming from China. This was the findings of a
12 Jan. 2016 Societe Generale announces the new SG CTA Mutual Fund Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services today announced the creation of the new SG CTA Mutual Fund Index, a performance benchmark for 1940 Act U.S. registered mutual funds that pursue managed futures strategies. The new CTA Mutual Fund Index is the fourth daily index d
12 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds outperform equity markets in first week of 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The year started off with a bad start as the first trading week of 2016 was greeted by the sharp decline in the Chinese market that reverberated across the globe. However, the hedge fund industry was able to deflect some of the negative shocks of the stock markets’
11 Jan. 2016 Crowdfunded technology investment to increase sevenfold to over $8Bn by 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Juniper’s latest research, Crowdfunding: Strategies & Impacts for Technology Markets 2015-2020, estimates that investments made in technology via crowdfunding platforms are set to increase sevenfold from an estimated $1.1 billion in 2015 to $8.2 billion by 2020.
11 Jan. 2016 SEC bars Steven A. Cohen from supervisory hedge fund role until 2018 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday barred hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen from supervising funds that manage outside money until 2018 in order to settle charges for failing to supervise a former portfolio manager who engaged in insider trad
11 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds fell in in December but still outperform U.S. equities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds declined in December but still outperformed U.S. equities with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial posting larger declines during the month, data provider
08 Jan. 2016 U.S. pensions’ funding ratio rise 5% in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UBS Asset Management US Pension Fund Fitness Tracker saw the funding ratio of the typical corporate U.S. pension plan rise by approximately five percentage points to 87% in the fourth quarter of 2015. "In the fourth quarter, large equity returns made up for
08 Jan. 2016 Martin Shkreli taps $45m account at E-Trade to pay $5m bond for temporary liberty [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Disgraced hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli tapped into his $45 million brokerage account at online securities firm E-Trade to pay for the $5 million bond for his temporary liberty after his Dec. 17 arrest for alleged securities fraud, Federal prosecutors in Brookly
07 Jan. 2016 Equity market neutral hedge fund up nearly 10% in 2015 after returning 20% the previous year [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In line with many other equity market neutral funds, the Dacharan Equities Strategy did well last year by returning 9.7%, after gaining almost 20% in 2014. Launched in January 2014 by Swiss-based alternative investment manager
07 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds end 2015 on negative note as global financial markets decline [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted declines for December with the HFRX Absolute Return Index down 0.42% for month, but up 2.86% for 2015, while the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -1.33%, and a disappointing -3.64% for the year, according to data provider
06 Jan. 2016 CTAs post negative returns in December to finish 2015 flat [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services announces the December 2015 performance data for its CTA Indices. Societe Generale also announces that the Newedge Indices have been rebranded to the SG Prime Services Indices, effective immediately. This is part of the integration of
06 Jan. 2016 Alternative Investment Management hires Quinn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative Investment Management, LLC (AIM), a privately-owned investment management firm, has announced that Ryan Quinn joined the firm during the fourth quarter of 2015 as managing director, focusing on portfolio management and researching hedge fund and private equity
06 Jan. 2016 Martin Currie acquires London based long/short Japan equity hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Martin Currie, the active equity specialist, confirms that following its announcement on 17 November last year, it has now received the necessary approvals to complete the purchase of the business assets and investment management team of PK Investment Management, the L
06 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds lost bid to gain access to prosecutors file for $1.95bn civil lawsuit against Porsche [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A German top court on Tuesday dismissed a petition by a group of hedge funds to gain access to prosecutors’ files for their $1.95bn lawsuit against Porsche Automobil Holding. In a report,
06 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds finished 2015 with only marginally positive returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended the last two weeks of 2015 on a positive note with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.4% as of Dec. 29 (+0.2% YTD), supported by event driven managers. Overall, they produced strong alpha relative to traditional assets until Q4. They lost about half o
05 Jan. 2016 World’s first pure-play robotics funds in UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - One of the world’s first pure play robotics funds has been launched by regulatory incubator Sturgeon Ventures and investment adviser RoboCap. The RoboCap UCITS Fund will give investors the opportunity to take part in the industrial revolution being driven by
05 Jan. 2016 Aberdeen acquires Arden Asset Management, growing global alternatives offerings and adding liquid alternative mutual funds in the U.S. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. has announced it has completed the acquisition of Arden Asset Management LLC, a provider of hedge fund solutions with offices in New York and London, on December 31, 2015. This acquisition grows Aberdeen's global alternativ
05 Jan. 2016 Balter Capital converts long/short small cap equity, event driven hedge funds to liquid alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Balter Capital Management has announced the conversion of its two existing hedge funds, Balter European L/S Small Cap Fund the Balter Event-Driven Fund, were converted into liquid mutual funds. In a
05 Jan. 2016 Blackstone’s Byron Wien announces ten predictions for 2016 from Clinton’s victory, weak U.S. economy, global instability, yuan devaluation, etc. [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone ’s vice chairman of multi-asset investing Byron R. Wien on Monday issued his annual list of ten surprises on a number of economic, financial market and political surprises for 2016. His prediction
05 Jan. 2016 Currency hedge funds rebound in November with 0.87% gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds rebounded in November as the Parker FX Index reported a +0.87% return for the month (+1.81% YTD). At least 29 of the 31 programs in the Index reported November results, of which 20 reported
04 Jan. 2016 Top 10 hedge fund industry trends for 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than 2,000 institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations. The hedge fund industry is very dynamic and both managers and investors can benefit from a
04 Jan. 2016 Ackman’s activist hedge fund Pershing Square reduces stake in Valeant [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Once a staunch supporter of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, activist investor Bill Ackman has decided to reduce his stakes in the controversial drug company citing tax reasons, reported
04 Jan. 2016 Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey warns of threats to global economy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey started 2016 with fresh warnings of a series of threats to the global economy that will make this year more difficult for investors, reported the
24 Dec. 2015 ALPS to acquire hedge fund admin Kaufman Rossin Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ALPS, a subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) providing products and services to the financial services industry, and Kaufman Rossin Fund Services, LLC (KRFS), an independent, full-service provider of specialized administration services to the global financial commu
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