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04 Dec. 2015 In fiscal year ending September 2015, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions, up from 755 in 2014 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Proskauer, an international law firm, released the
03 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund Insch Capital profits from actively managed gold strategy [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Insch Capital Management, a London and Lugano-based alternative investment manager, gained 6.06% in its gold investment strategy, Kintore, in November.  The total return in Kintore, which powers t
03 Dec. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.72% in November (-2.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance in November, as investors discounted the impact of both US Fed interest rate increases and ECB stimulus measures in coming months. Global equity markets also posted mixed performance as with gains across US, Europe and Chi
02 Dec. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index basically flat (+0.5% YTD), but funds gear up for ECB action [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Macro/CTA strategies have maintained their large net short positions on the EUR/USD in line with expectations that the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce additional easing measures ahead of this week’s meeting, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefi
01 Dec. 2015 Deimos hires new portfolio management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deimos Asset Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, announced today that the Brasidas Capital Management team of Jon Withaar and Steve Deitch have joined the firm as Managing Directors and Portfolio Managers. At Deimos, Withaar and Deitch will continue to bu
01 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund industry thinks investors will force greater sustainability efforts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With regulators around the world paying closer attention to individual companies’ impact on everything from the environment to global markets, and with 72% of the companies within the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index now reporting on their sustainability efforts, there can
01 Dec. 2015 Old Park Capital launches SI8 Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Old Park Capital, the London-based specialist CTA announced that a new trading team has joined the firm to launch the SI8 strategy from December 1st. The SI8 strategy is a systematic trading model that generates uncorrelated high risk adjusted returns from daily volat
01 Dec. 2015 Parker FX Index down -0.60% for the month of October (+0.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.60% return for the month of October. Twenty eight of the thirty-one programs in the Index reported October results, of which nine reported positive results and nineteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -
01 Dec. 2015 Following review Yuan included in reserve currency basket [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The International Monetary Fund has confirmed the inclusion of the Chinese Yuan in the reserve currency basket. This means that loans will be available in Yuan alongside other major currencies including the US Dollar and the Euro. The basket of reserve curr
01 Dec. 2015 Z Capital in talks to acquire Affinity Gaming [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Illinois-based Z Capital is in talks to acquire Affinity Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino company. This is Z Capital's fifth bid for the company in two years and the firm is already the largest shareholder. Z Capital has offered to raise its bid from $14.50
30 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund investors and managers hold similar views on global financial regulations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Since the 2008-09 global financial crisis, regulators rolled out multiple, substantial regulations aimed at mitigating systemic risk. Over time, popular opinion has held that investors largely favor the new rules while managers of hedge funds uniformly oppose them. Howeve
30 Nov. 2015 CdR Capital builds Anglo-Swiss investment boutique [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ascertaining investment value in a world skewed by central bank intervention and punctuated by volatile government policy is at the heart of CdR Capital’s mission. CdR, which takes its name from Cours de Rive in Geneva, has grown quickly with offices in Geneva
30 Nov. 2015 Major changes in partnership audit procedures contained in 2015 Budget Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Contained in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed by President Obama on November 2, is a rather complex provision that materially changes how partnerships are audited. Generally effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the so-called “TEFRA” and “El
30 Nov. 2015 Agecroft Partners acquires hedge fund third party marketing boutique Alta Via Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners has acquired the business of Alta Via Advisors, a New York based hedge fund third party marketing boutique. Alta Via Advisors’ client base will be migrated over to Agecroft Partners and Andrew Feldman, Alta Via’s founding principal will join Agecroft Par
30 Nov. 2015 Tages Capital appoints Ed Morse as sales director for the UK and Northern Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital has announced the appointment of Ed Morse as Sales Director with responsibility for spearheading Sales and Marketing for the UK and Northern Europe. A seasoned executive with over 30 years' in the funds industry, Ed has wide experience in the develop
27 Nov. 2015 APS Greater China hedge fund outperforms benchmark with 9.82% gains in October (+37.15% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management has reported that its APS Greater China Long Short Fund gained 9.82% in October 2015 and 37.15% YTD, outperforming the benchmark by 4.72% and 28.2% respectivel
27 Nov. 2015 Lyxor and Och-Ziff launch U.S. hedge fund strategy as UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group have partnered to launch the Lyxor/OZ U.S. Equity Opportunities Fund on Lyxor’s alternative UCITS platfo
26 Nov. 2015 OTS Capital launches Pan-Asia long bias UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OTS Capital Management Limited and ML Capital have launched the OTS Asia Opportunity UCITS Fund, a Pan-Asia long-biased strategy hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a rang
26 Nov. 2015 Abraaj exits Network International to General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Abraaj Group has exited its 49 percent stake in Network International, a payment solutions provider in the Middle East and Africa to Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic. Emirates NBD will continue to own a 51 percent stake in the Company. Terms of the sale were
25 Nov. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends October up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2015 up 1.09% (4.97% YTD) on an asset weighted basis, and up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the C
25 Nov. 2015 CTA launches fall to lowest level since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Having recorded returns of +10.85% in 2014, their strongest performance since returning +15.70% in 2010, CTAs saw further good performance in Q1 2015 as they posted returns of +4.29%. However, negative returns in Q2 (-3.74%) and Q3 (-0.16%) saw volatile swings in CTA perf
25 Nov. 2015 Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally nears $53.7bn in net new assets in the first 10 months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered US$3.0 billion in new assets in October and US$53.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2015. There were 764 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 1,336 listings, assets of US$399 Bn, from 106 providers listed on 31 excha
25 Nov. 2015 S.E.A. Funds newly registered in Singapore for distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - S.E.A. Asset Management Pte Ltd has announced that its two UCITS SICAV investment funds are now registered in Singapore for Distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors as of November 20, 2015. “Our next step for markets where our funds are now re
25 Nov. 2015 APS China A Share Fund gains 14.8% in October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management saw its APS China A Share Fund gain 14.8% (net) in October and 18.8% YTD in 2015, outperforming the benchmark, the Shanghai A-Share Stock Price & Shenzhen A-Sha
25 Nov. 2015 More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November
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