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17 Mar. 2015 CQS launches new long-only global convertible bond UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy asset manager CQS announced the launch of a new long-only Global Convertible Bond Fund as the firm expands its capabilities in the UCITS space. James Peattie, the head of long only convertibles of t
16 Mar. 2015 Asia Frontier Capital Limited to launch new fund – AFC Iraq Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asia Frontier Capital Limited (AFC) has announced the launch of the “AFC Iraq Fund”. The initial subscription for investors is expected to be at the end of April 2015. Asia Frontier Capital (Iraq)
16 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors seeks 3 board seats in Alliance Trust [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund firm Elliott Advisors, the biggest shareholder in Alliance Trust with a 12% stake, is seeking at least three board seats in the Dundee-based investment group, a report by the
13 Mar. 2015 CalPERS commits $75m to emerging manager program firm Siris Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has announced that it has committed $75 million to private equity firm Siris Partners. This is the first direct commitment to Siris, who has previously received commitments from CalPERS through the Syste
13 Mar. 2015 Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking takes an equity stake in Eris Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eris Exchange (Eris), a U.S.-based futures exchange group offering swap futures as a capital-efficient alternative to OTC interest rate swaps, has announced that Societe Generale Prime Services – formerly Newedge – has completed an equity investment in Eris. As part of th
13 Mar. 2015 Asia-Pacific-based hedge funds hire more women [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific-based hedge fund companies hire more women executives than their Western counterparts, according to the latest survey by data provider Preqin. In a survey, Preqin found that the Asia-Pacific region
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund managers eagerly adapt to changing markets, investors and products, according to new survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry is transforming, with managers increasingly focused on customised products and solutions, new investors, and emerging markets. This is the conclusion of
12 Mar. 2015 ESMA looking for market vulnerabilities in hedge funds, including credit and smart beta [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), Europe’s securities watchdog, said it is scrutinizing the funds industry to look for future market vulnerabilities, including possible systemic risk. In a report,
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund manager Cliff Asness says global warming will not be a threat for next 500 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based Cliff Asness, one of the most successful hedge fund managers, has dismissed the threat of global warming as he downplayed warnings by scientists that the world’s temperature is rising at an alarming rate. According to Asness, while the global tempe
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds saw increase in allocations in March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recorded a slight increase in allocations from hedge funds in the first week of March, according to the latest SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index. Data also showed that the inflows and outflows into hedge funds were largely unchanged this month compared
11 Mar. 2015 Middle Eastern millionaires to exceed 220,000 by 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to a new report from WealthInsight (Business Strategies for targeting HNWIs and UHNWIs in the Middle East) , Middle Eastern millionaires are expected to grow at
11 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds see second consecutive month of gains, up 1.59% (est.) in February, 2.41% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their gains in the second month of 2015, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.59% in February, trailing the MSCI World Index which ended the month with a strong finish, gaining 5.47%. All regional and strategic mandates ended the month in
10 Mar. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds shed $8.9 billion in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $8.9 billion (0.4% of assets) in January, down from December’s outflow of $28.1 billion (1.1% of assets), which was the largest since April 2009. “The hedge fund i
10 Mar. 2015 The Alternative Investment Industry Barometer: Sucessfully riding the thematic reversal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.7% in February. Ten out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+5.3%), the Lyxor CTA Short Term Index (+3.5%), the Lyxor Convertible Bond Arbitrage Index (+3.1%). The gr
10 Mar. 2015 Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of $2.919tln at the end of February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of US$2.919 trillion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI’s pr
10 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds post banner performance in February - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund returns increased in February, with the industry posting a positive 1.93% return for the month, according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from eVestment. This represents the best monthly performance for hedge funds since February of last year. A
10 Mar. 2015 Investors show renewed interest in CTAs as hedge funds continue buoyant performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors have shown renewed interest in CTAs in sharp contrast to 2014 when the strategy experienced outflows despite stellar performance, said Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. At the same time, Lyxo
10 Mar. 2015 General Motors averts showdown with hedge funds with $5bn stock buyback but Buffett disagrees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: General Motors has effectively averted a possible showdown with hedge fund investors as the Detroit, Michigan-based car maker announced a $5bn stock buyback as part of a plan to return more cash to investors, reported the
09 Mar. 2015 Whitepaper: Investment committee best practices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Roundtable has released a white paper detailing the keys to investment success for long-term investment committees. In the paper, they have identified best practices for various investment committees, including charitable organizations, pensions, insurance c
09 Mar. 2015 IFIA welcomes first funds under ICAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has welcomed the enactment of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) Bill, signed into Irish law by the Irish president late last week. It has confirmed that Permal Group, one of the world’s leading alternative ass
09 Mar. 2015 Activist firm Red Mountain hires new partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, a constructive activist investment firm specializing in enhancing shareholder value through active ownership in small cap public companies, today announced that Matthew Hepler has joined the firm as a Partner. Hepler will be responsible
09 Mar. 2015 Seeder Energy Alpha Strategies re-brands as Stable Asset Management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stable Asset Management executive Erik Serrano Berntsen announced that the firm has changed its name from Energy Alpha Strategies (EAS) and is introducing a new brand. As an investment firm, Stable
09 Mar. 2015 Nehal Chopra’s hedge fund Ratan Capital up 19% YTD after 13% gains in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Nehal Chopra’s hedge fund, Ratan Capital Fund, gained 19% YTD after reporting 13% returns in February, Bloomberg reported. Ch
09 Mar. 2015 Maglan Capital gains 20.84% in February on bets in FairPoint [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven investment fund Maglan Capital exhibited exceptional strength in February after all of its long positions gained along with the broader market. Steven Azarbad, Maglan’s chief investment office
09 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge funds, event driven lead strong performance in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The dissident voice of the outspoken shareholder activist grew slightly louder in February, as event driven hedge funds led a strong month of hedge fund industry gains, with the HFRI ED: Activist Index posting the strongest monthly gain in two years, as reported
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