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31 Oct. 2013 FIA statement on CFTC customer protection rule [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Futures Industry Association today issued the following statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s final rule on customer protections: FIA strongly supports the vast majority of the customer protections contained in the rule, many of w
31 Oct. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.62% in September (+5.51% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for September 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through August. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
31 Oct. 2013 Hedge fund industry compensation rises for third consecutive year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry compensation rose for the 3rd consecutive year, as trends of increased investor visibility, organizational transparency, increased reporting requirements and role evolution accelerated on record industry assets. Average compensation rose between five a
31 Oct. 2013 Fortress raises $2bn for alternative investments in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortress Group declares a cash dividend of $0.06 per dividend paying share for the third quarter of 2013 Management Fee Paying Assets Under Management (“AUM”) of $58.0 billion as of September 30, 2013, a 6
31 Oct. 2013 HFR finds Asian hedge fund assets up to $103.8bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFR reports that capital invested in Asian hedge funds surged to its highest level in five years and passed an important growth milestone in the third quarter, according to their latest HFR
31 Oct. 2013 Alceda reports that demand for alternative UCITS continues [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Alceda has published its quarterly review of alternative UCITS finding that with equity markets continuing their rally into the third quarter, the demand for alternative UCITS strategies has continued. The firm w
31 Oct. 2013 Survey finds Asian institutions consistently avoid hedge funds due to concerns about performance, fees and credibility [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A survey by BNP Paribas Securities Services of major institutional investors in the Asia Pacific region, representing more than $2.2tln in asse
30 Oct. 2013 SAC will plead guilty to fraud following year long criminal probe [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Connecticut-based SAC Capital, managed by Steven Cohen and the subject of a year long probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will plead guilty to fraud as part of what looks to be a multi-billion dollar settlement with the regulator. According to
30 Oct. 2013 Old Park Capital launches Maestro Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:London-based Old Park Capital, has launched a new fund - the Maestro Fund - an offshore vehicle to access the existing Maestro Strategy. The firm operates two managed futures programs, the Maestro program arbitrages the daily variation in the valuation of highly
29 Oct. 2013 Investors pile into equity funds at fastest rate since 2000 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that all equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds have received a net $45.5 billion in October through Friday, October 25. This month’s inflow is the fifth-highest in any month on record. “As Silicon Valley besto
29 Oct. 2013 Harcourt launches two alternative UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, the alternative business of Vontobel Asset Management, expands its offering with the launch of two UCITS funds, the Vontobel Fund – Pure Momentum Strategy and the Vontobel Fund – Pure Dividend Strategy. Th
29 Oct. 2013 Opus Fund Services to offer Markit's FATCA Compliance solution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opus Fund Services announced that it is offering clients a comprehensive solution for compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The solution will be delivered by the
29 Oct. 2013 TORA's enhanced functionality aids compliance with Japan's revised short sale regulations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TORA, a provider of advanced trading technology and financial services, has announced the introduction of enhanced short sale compliance functionality in TORA Compass™ to help
29 Oct. 2013 Scaramucci compares SAC Capital case with Salem witch hunts, says SEC is 'upset' because they messed up over Madoff [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Business Insider reported on Skybridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci 'epic rant’ on CNBC's "Fast Money" after the news broke that SAC Capital and U.S. prosecut
29 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds continue to add to S&P500 exposure [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds continue to favor the S&P500 over commodities, the US Dollar or 10-yr treasuries according to the latest
29 Oct. 2013 Hong Kong’s electronic trading rules come into effect 1 January 2014 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Deacons’ Scott Carnachan has issued a Reminder that the electronic trading rules (Rules) set out in paragraph 18 and Schedule 7 to the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by o
29 Oct. 2013 Celent report predicts P2P lending in China will grow steadily [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:The Future of P2P Lending in China, a new report from Celent finds that the peer to peer lending market in China has grown from $30m in 2009 to $940m in 2012, and will reach $7.8bn
28 Oct. 2013 PwC survey reveals 100% of UK asset managers think there is a compliance staff shortage [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new PwC poll of major UK asset management firms reveals that 100% believe there is a lack of appropriately qualified compliance staff in the market. The majority believe this trend will continue over the next 2-3 years.
28 Oct. 2013 GFIA believes Asian hedge fund success lies in the strength of the underlying markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Asian hedge fund specialists GFIA estimate that there are now 760 funds dedicated to Asian markets. In its latest report, the firm comments: "Out of the reporting managers, 481 are run out Asia. As the competiti
25 Oct. 2013 Reuven Capital up nearly 40% YTD (+17.20% in September) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:New York-based hedge fund manager Reuven Capital Investments Fund is having a good year so far posting 17.20% profits in September (38.98 % year-to-date). The hedge fund posted its strongest return in September t
25 Oct. 2013 Zurich: 100 Women in Hedge Funds to discuss why donors contribute to charities [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:Women-led business network 100 Women in Hedge Funds will sponsor a forum on October 31 to discuss why donors contribute to non-profit organizations. The event will be held at Zunfthaus zur Haue, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, 8001, Switzerland. Organizers of the event sai
24 Oct. 2013 Investors want better governance, not new regulations from hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Investors are demanding better governance and codes of conduct from hedge fund and other alternative fund managers rather than new regulations, a new study by independent fund governance provider Carne Group has fo
24 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds are circling Spanish banks to buy bad loans [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Hedge funds and other foreign investors are circling Spanish banks to buy bad corporate debt cheaply in the latest sign that the eurozone economy is finally improving, various media reported. In a report by The
24 Oct. 2013 SEC approves crowdfunding rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed what could be the final version ofcrowdfunding rules included under Title III of the JOBS Act, at a meeting held today. Crowdfunding
24 Oct. 2013 Hedge funds have strongest quarterly asset flows since 2011 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds saw another strong month of investor inflows in September. According to the latest asset flows data from eVestment, investors added an estimated $16.95 billion during the month, a strong showing following August’s large inflows. Performance gains incr

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