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09 Sep. 2013 World's largest 300 pension funds grew by almost 10% in 2012 to $14tln (up from $12.7tln in 2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total assets of the world’s largest 300 pension funds grew by almost 10% in 2012 (compared to around 2% in 2011) to reach a new high of US$14.0 trillion (up from US$12.7 trillion in 2011), according to Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson research.
09 Sep. 2013 Hedge funds outperform equity markets led by commodities, credit - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down in August, but outperformed most global equity markets as long/short equity strategies posted their largest outperformance of the S&P 500 total return since October 2010 when the index fell over 4%. On an annualized basis the industry
09 Sep. 2013 Lyxor reports just three out of 13 hedge fund strategies end August in positive territory [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lyxor reports that just three of their 13 strategies ended the month of August in positive territory, led by the L/S Credit Arbitrage (+0.51%), the Convertible Bonds Arbitrage Index (+0.26%) and the Event Dr
09 Sep. 2013 Investors are forcing hedge fund managers to abandon '2 and 20’ fee model [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Dissatisfied investors are forcing many hedge fund managers to rethink and even completely abandon the traditional '2 and 20’ fee model, according to The Wall Street J
09 Sep. 2013 Korean hedge fund industry to expand to $2.8bn by 2016 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: South Korean hedge funds are expected to grow to at least $2.8bn (three trillion won) by 2016 in tandem with the global growth of the industry, reported
09 Sep. 2013 FRM predicts a period where good data could be bad for markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest "Early View" from FRM, Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, finds that investors are heading into interesting times as the Federal Reserve starts to instig
09 Sep. 2013 G20 leaders commit to exchange of tax information, implementation of financial regulation [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Some the topics discussed during the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) summit in Saint Petersburg on September 5-6 included exchange of tax information, financial regulation, shadow banking, fair trade, and unemployment -
06 Sep. 2013 Australian hedge fund news: Bennelong expands, ASIC cooperates with EU, Thorney seeks Wentworth, Liptak heads new advisory firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: So what is happening in down under’s hedge fund industry? According to Triple A Partners’ latest newsletter,
05 Sep. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.75% (est.) in August, (+3.49% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights Initial estimates indicate the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund declined a modest -0.75% in August. Hedge funds minimized their losses and markedly outperformed equity markets during the month, as indicated by the S&P 500 (-2.90%), MSC
05 Sep. 2013 529 savings plan assets reach all-time highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total 529 savings plan assets were an estimated $183.5 billion as of 2Q13, reflecting a 1.8% increase from 1Q13 assets of $180.3 billion and a 16.6% increase from 2Q12 assets of $157.4 billion. In contrast to other products, long-term mutual fund and ETF assets (excluding
05 Sep. 2013 Indos implements FundApps Rapptr system for AIFMD monitoring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial, the independent Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) depositary business, has announced it plans to use the FundApps Rapptr system to perform oversight over a hedge fund’s compliance w
05 Sep. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index -0.20% in August, +0.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted a decline for the month but outperformed the broader hedge fund industry, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -0.20% in August 2013. • HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a modest decline of -0.04
05 Sep. 2013 IndexIQ’s IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index down 0.94% in August, -0.80% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for August 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the p
05 Sep. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) index down 1.01% in August (+2.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 1.01% in August 2013 according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the perform
05 Sep. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.86% in August (+3.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets declined in August as Emerging Market equities and currencies extended prior month declines, and investors positioned for volatility associated with reduction of stimulus by the US Federal Reser
05 Sep. 2013 GAM's commentary finds that August's light volumes saw asset prices drift down [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GAM’s latest hedge funds’ Insight finds that asset prices drifted lower on seasonally light volumes during August. The firm writes that equities and bonds sold off, with the MSCI World
05 Sep. 2013 Court puts SAC Capital civil suit on hold as hedge fund firm eyes family office route [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York on Wednesday granted the request to put on hold the forfeiture case against troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors while the trial over insider trading is ongoing, various media reported. According to
05 Sep. 2013 AIMA updates 2009 hedge fund policy principles [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: AIMA, the hedge fund industry association, has published an enhanced statement of policy principles, in a paper entitled 'Regulating Capital Markets: AIMA’s Policy Principles’. The paper updates the
05 Sep. 2013 SEC lifts ban on general solicitations, then proposes regulations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Scott Gluck, attorney with U.S.-based law firm Venable LLP, who
04 Sep. 2013 Pelagus Capital Fund clears its first trades on Newedge’s OTC Clearing Service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pelagus Capital Fund LP and Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing announced that the fund has cleared OTC interest rate swaps (IRS) at L
04 Sep. 2013 Retailer J.C. Penney pulls in more hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Retailer J.C. Penney is attracting investors after activist hedge fund manager William Ackman pulled out from the firm as Glenview Capital became the largest shareholder in J.C. Penney even outstripping George Soros’ shares, various media reported. A report
04 Sep. 2013 FSB issues policy recommendations to strengthen rules on shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After nearly three years since its creation, Financial Stability Board has issued policy recommendations to strengthen the oversight and regulation of the shadow banking system, international law firm
04 Sep. 2013 Hedge funds outperform S&P500 in August, despite negative returns [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds outperformed the S&P500 in August, according to the latest research fr
04 Sep. 2013 Former HFSB chairman Antonio Borges passed away [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the Hedge Fund Standard Board’s August 2013 newsletter, Antonio Borges passed away on
04 Sep. 2013 Asset raising for hedge funds is more exponential than linear says Agecroft’s Don Steinbrugge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Don Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners has issued his thoughts on asset growth in hedge funds, saying that he believes momentum in asset growth is vital to successfully raising hedge fund assets.
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