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26 Oct. 2015 Towers Watson boosts global hedge fund capabilities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has hired Aongus O’Gorman, Abbas Alighanbari and Victoria Vodolazschi - all from asset management firms - to bolster its global hedge fund research and advisory capabilities. Aongus O’Gorman joined in Sydney and will cover a range of hedge fund and other
26 Oct. 2015 UK hedge funds that back Brexit stand to make millions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds who are backing Brexit may make millions should the UK leave the European Union, reported UK daily
26 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds have placed wrong-way wagers on gold in five of the past nine weeks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The fluctuating price of gold is puzzling hedge funds; last week, they raised their net-bullish bets on the gold metal to the highest level since February, only to see the price go down to its lowest since August, reported
23 Oct. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund Surpasses $250 million in Assets under Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited has announced that our US mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund, has surpassed $250 million in assets under management as at 30^th September 2015. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first liquid alternative mutual fund, launched on
23 Oct. 2015 ECB president hints at QE2, hedge fund managers comment [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday during a press conference in Malta that the current purchasing programme, which was announced in January, could be extended beyond its September 2016 end-date. "The degree of monetary policy accommodation will
23 Oct. 2015 SEC filed 807 enforcement actions in FY 2015 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from the Securities and Exchange Commission shows another high volume year for enforcement actions. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions and obtained orders totaling approximately $4.2 billion in penaltie
22 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund manager Ted Seides backtracks from Credit Suisse [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund executive Ted Seides will not be joining Credit Suisse after all. In a report, Reuters said that Seides had resigned from Protégé in June with the a
22 Oct. 2015 Strauss-Kahn faces fraud probe, files complaint [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF and former finance minister in France, is under the wrong spotlights again. Following his well-publicized fall in May 2011 in New York, he went back to France. Betting on his reputation as a strong economis
21 Oct. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends September -1.19% (3.84% YTD) on asset weighted basis, -1.77% (-0.37% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended September 2015 down 1.19% (3.84% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 1.77% (-0.37% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of t
21 Oct. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a gain of +0.91% in mid-October (-2.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted gains through mid-October, partially reversing declines from September, with broad based gains led by Emerging Market and Energy equities. US gains were broad based across market capitalization and sectors, while European & Asian equiti
21 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds post worst asset decline since 2008 due to performance-related losses [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry experienced an asset decline in the last quarter, due to the past several months’ poor performance, which forced some funds to shut down. Latest figures from data provider HFR showed that hedge fund assets declined by $95bn (est.) across
21 Oct. 2015 CTAs survive September market selloff to report small gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures traders survived the onslaught of the market selloff in September 2015. The Barclay CTA Index up 0.60%, bringing its year-to-date losses to -0.67%, according to data compiled by
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds report mixed returns in mid-October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management said that hedge funds reported mixed returns in mid-October as most directional strategies, including long bias L/S equity, event driven and L/S credit – staged a rebound from depresse
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds lead private asset mix [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Institutional Investors account for some $6.7 trillion held in private funds according to new data released by the SEC, and of that the majority is going to hedge funds. $3.4 trillion or 54 percent was tied up in hedge funds, followed by private equity of which
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds slide in September for fourth consecutive month on market selloff [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds slid for their fourth consecutive month in September as shown by the Barclay Hedge Fund Index which is down 1.43% during the month, bringing its year-to-date losses to 1.21%. "Investor uncert
20 Oct. 2015 UBS agrees to pay $17.5m to settle charges from failure to disclose fund’s strategy change [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission said that UBS AG has agreed to pay $17.5 million in penalties to settle charges that its two advisory firms allegedly failed to inform clients about the change in investment strategy by a fund focused on distressed debt.
19 Oct. 2015 AIMA releases guide to liquid alternative funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global industry body representing alternative asset managers, has published a new guide about setting up and managing a liquid alternative fund. The AIMA Guide to Liquid Alternative Funds summarises a
19 Oct. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.91% in September (-1.5% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended September down -0.91% driven by poor performance in Long/Short Equity Strategies and Event Driven Strategies. Global equity markets were down with the MSCI World index down -3.86%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggr
19 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds are buying into Treasuries as yield hovers around 2% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and large speculators are stocking up on U.S. Treasuries 10-year notes as yield on the benchmark hovers near 2%, data showed. A report by
19 Oct. 2015 Lyxor believes hedge funds will continue to outperform traditional asset classes this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: While the market selloff continued through September, particularly in the second half of the month, the hedge fund sector displayed some resilience, said Lyxor Asset Management. In its
16 Oct. 2015 Charlotte-based hedge fund manager Lonny Scott Bernath charged with fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Charlotte, North Carolina-based hedge fund manager Lonny Scott Bernath was charged with defrauding his investors in at least three hedge funds over several years. In a statement
16 Oct. 2015 Fund of hedge funds ALTIN suffers setback in third quarter but remains positive YTD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company with a listing on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, invests in more than 40 underlying hedge funds. The company said in its quarterly report that the portfolio w
15 Oct. 2015 John Paulson’s hedge funds continue downward slide in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson’s $19 billion hedge fund firm saw several of its funds losing money last month, reported Chicago Tribune. Paulso
15 Oct. 2015 AIMA Canada inaugural hedge fund conference draws more than 180 people [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: More than 180 investors, hedge fund investors, managers, advisors and related industry professionals from Canada and across the globe came to Toronto last week for the inaugural AIMA Canada Hedge Fund Conference, and
15 Oct. 2015 Anchor Group acquires minority stake in South African hedge fund manager Capricorn A.M. [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anchor Group, an asset manager listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has confirmed a "commercial agreement" to acquire a 47.41% stake in alternative asset manager
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