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24 Jan. 2014 Pictet launches absolute return bond fund, reports positive hedge fund returns for 2013 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Pictet Group, a Swiss private bank and wealth and asset manager headquarted in Geneva, is in full swing. Its asset management branch recently expanded its fixed income team and launched an absolute return fund. Its legal structure was changed. And its alterna
23 Jan. 2014 Markit launches global ETF platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markit, a leading, global financial information services company, today announced that it has integrated its suite of ETF products into a new web application that delivers sophisticated capabilities required for navigating the increasingly complex and global ETF universe.
23 Jan. 2014 Emergence selects Rcube’s Global Macro UCITS fund for Absolute Return seeding fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - After three completed investments since mid-2012, NewAlpha Asset Management announced the fourth incubation partnership between the French managers-only seeding fund Emerge
23 Jan. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gains 1% (est.) in December, (9.1% in 2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Greenwich Mid-Month Update: Despite the dip at the beginning of the month hedge funds returned an average of +1.03% in December 2013 as indicated by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index. Equity markets were up in December as measured by the S&P500, up +2.53%, MSCI W
23 Jan. 2014 UCITS HFS Index finishes year on a high, up +0.27% in December 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index continues in the same vain as in November and reports gains of 0.27% again for December 2013. The broad index started negatively into the month with losses of -0.29% in week one. The seco
22 Jan. 2014 Moody’s upgrade points to reopening of the Chilean pension market to Irish UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - It’s been a rocky road for Dublin over the past few years, but last month’s exit from the European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout and last Friday’s welcome news that Moody’s would follow Fitch and S&P by upgrading Irish sovereign debt to investment grade st
22 Jan. 2014 Franklin Templeton hires Scott Collison as head of Asian alternatives sales [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Templeton Investments announces the appointment of Scott Collison as Head of Alternatives Sales, Asia. Reporting to Mark Browning, Managing Director, Asia, Scott is responsible for new business development of the group’s alternative products in Asia. Based in Si
22 Jan. 2014 Opus Fund Services absorbs all AlphaMetrix360 clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opus Fund Services has today announced a court approved deal to absorb AlphaMetrix360 (AM360) by placing all of its clients onto the Opus platform with immediate effect. AM360 was f
22 Jan. 2014 Hedge fund assets surge to new record to begin 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capital invested in the global hedge fund industry surged to a record in the fourth quarter , finishing a strong year of capital growth as hedge funds posted the best performance in three years. Total capital increased in 4Q by $120 billion on $10.5 billion of net inflows
22 Jan. 2014 Over 80% of fund managers have yet to seek AIFMD authorization as deadline approaches [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: With only six months to go until full implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on July 22, new research by BNY Mellon, has found that fewer than 20% of alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) have submitted an application
22 Jan. 2014 Hedge fund monitor: Macro hedge funds bought S&P 500 and USD [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macro hedge funds are buying the index and US Dollar this week according to the latest hedg
21 Jan. 2014 Total hedge fund assets increase 13%, top $2tn in 2013 - Eurekahedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This month The Eurekahedge Report turns its focus to the US$2.0 trillion global hedge funds sector along with the latest capital flows and top per
21 Jan. 2014 Alternative assets industry hits $6tn in AUM for the first time [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin has launched its 2014 Global Alternatives Reports, which reveal the global alternatives industry has shown significant growth in assets held by private equity, hedge fund, real estate and infrastructure fund managers. This is following a year of improving exit envi
21 Jan. 2014 Mariner Investment closes $450m in new infrastructure investment strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Investment Group, the global alternative asset manager, announced that it has closed on two new client mandates, launching Mariner Infrastructure Investment Management (MIIM), Mariner’s bank d
20 Jan. 2014 Rothschild completes Euro 200m fund raising for its first Oberon Credit Investment Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rothschild announced that its Merchant Banking arm has completed the final closing of Oberon Credit Investment Fund I, its European secured credit fund. Rothschild worked with Key Capital to plac
20 Jan. 2014 AlphaMetrix denies fraud charges [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based investment fund administrator and commodity trading adviser AlphaMetrix Group has denied fraud charges brought against it by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in a botched plan to pay $2.8m to customers in rebates. AlphaMetrix told the court
20 Jan. 2014 2014 seen as "great year" for hedge fund startups [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The year 2014 could be a great year for hedge fund startups as more experienced hedge fund managers have indicated their intention to start their own firms and larger alternative investment managers have made seed money available. A report
20 Jan. 2014 Skënderbeg’s fund of overlooked long/short equity hedge funds to launch next month [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Bruno Schneller, a former BrunnerInvest hedge fund manager who co-founded Skënderbeg Asset Management in Zurich last year, announced today that the investment adviser’s first product, a fund of hedge funds domiciled in Liechtenstein an
18 Jan. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains +0.82% through mid-January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +0.82% through mid-January. HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +1.39% through mid-January, with positive contributions from Global Healthcare, European and MENA equi
17 Jan. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index returns 0.45% through mid January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posting a gain of +0.45% through mid-month, while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +0.73%. HFRX Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +0.73% through mid-January, with gains in Market Neutral and Fun
17 Jan. 2014 CIMA releases guidance on fund governanace [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has finalized new guidance on fund governance. The new rules apply to all funds regulated under the terms of Mutual Funds Law. The guidance has been developed following a broad review of fund governance by CIMA. Accor
16 Jan. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.52% in December (-1.42% 2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.52% in December according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index ended the year with a loss of 1.42%. The Barclay CTA Index was down 3.14% at the end of September. Managed futures performance turned around beginning
16 Jan. 2014 The Deal reports small-cap financing market surges; IPOs nearly double, follow-ons, PIPEs jump in Q4 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Deal, TheStreet’s institutional business, has issued a quarterly report that shows the small-cap equity financing market surged in the fourth quarter of 2013 with a near doubling in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) and double-digit growth in follow-on off
16 Jan. 2014 Seven of 11 Newedge Indices with positive returns in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Short-term futures strategies, as represented by the Newedge Short-Term Traders Index (STTI), performed well in December, returning 1.91%. This was the STTI’s second largest monthly gain of 2013. The top performer of 2013 was the Newedge Commodity Trading Inde
15 Jan. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 11.21% in 2013; Equity Short Bias Index Suffers Record Loss of 27.15% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.23% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index gained 11.21% in 2013. “The US Fed announced in December that it would reduce Quantitative Easing purchases from $85 billion to $75 billion per mo
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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: After working at Citi's proprietary trading desk, managing a large portfolio between 2008 and 2011, Joel S. Salomon founded SalaurMor Management in New Yor

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    Millennials use tech tools to jump into investing It is the Facebookification of monetary investing. From social networking platforms that enable young investors to stick to every other's stock-picking mojo, to internet sites for initially-timers hungry for a piece of the Silicon Valley

  4. Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report

  5. Institutions - Ontario pension fund leader calls all asset classes ‘expensive’, Taiwan's BLF plans $2bn in alternative mandates[more]

    Ontario pension fund leader calls all asset classes ‘expensive’ From WSJ.com: The head of one of the world’s largest pension funds said that across asset classes, “everything is expensive.” Ron Mock, who leads Canada’s $141 billion Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, said that the plan would