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04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds average 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD), event driven, fixed income arbitrage strategies best performers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index gained 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD, est.) compared to the S&P 500 which rose 0.7% while the small-cap Russell 2000 declined 3.9% in what was describe
04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds gain in May as geopolitical tensions ease global financial markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted their best monthly gain last month since June 2012 as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted 0.9% positive performance in May (+0.92% YTD). According to
03 Jun. 2014 Blackstone makes strategic investment in Cloud Theory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based investment and advisory firm Blackstone which manages $272bn announced it has made a strategic investment in Cloud Theory, a technology c
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds are cutting bets on common currency ahead of new ECB monetary rule [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management said hedge funds are cutting position on the common currency ahead of the European Central Bank’s adoption of expansionary measures. Lyxor said in its newly-launched
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds make sizable position shifts - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds made a number of sizable position shifts over the week according to the latest
02 Jun. 2014 KKR closes equity hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investment firm KKR & Co LP or Kohlberg Kravis Roberts said it would shut down its hedge fund that invests in stocks after making waves in 2010 when the firm poached a team of proprietary traders from investment b
30 May. 2014 Emerging Market hedge fund assets rise to record despite Russian losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds focused on investing in volatile Russia and Eastern Europe have posted steep losses year-to-date (YTD), with Russian equity, currency, sovereign bond and commodity markets declining sharply as a result of the crisis in Ukraine. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Euro
30 May. 2014 The Parker FX Index is down -0.70% in April (-1.50% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.70% return for the month of April. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported April results, of which ten reported positive results, twenty-three incurr
30 May. 2014 Chicago hedge fund manager Neal Goyal charged with Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based investment fund manager Neal V. Goyal was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly stealing money from his investors and operating a Ponzi scheme. In a
29 May. 2014 500 largest hedge fund managers control 90% of industry assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The “$1bn Club” of the largest hedge fund managers represents just under 11% of the 4,621 active managers worldwide. New York is the undoubted home of this “$1bn Club”, with 174 of these firms headquartered there representing a total of $938bn in AUM. The May 2014 editi
29 May. 2014 North Street Global’s CEO Alex Mascioli announces acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North Street Global Fund Services, an alternative asset administrator, announced today that it has closed on its acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator Hedge Solutions, Inc. North Street Global Fund Services COO, Joseph Musto, who co-headed
29 May. 2014 Mitsubishi UFC completes acquisition of Meridian Fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global asset administrator Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services announced it has completed acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group on 27 May. The deal
29 May. 2014 Alceda and Clark Capital launch tactical fixed income UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hamburg, Germany-based independent structuring specialist Alceda and independent investment advisory firm with over $2.8bn in AUM Clark Capital have par
28 May. 2014 DoubleLine signs on to CLO technology [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As the interest in CLOs continues unabated, Jeffrey Gundlach's $50+bn fixed income shop DoubLine Capital is signing on with Vichara's V*CLO platform for analysis of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and their underlying collateral pools. CLO'
28 May. 2014 Hedge funds sell off equities [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have sold their S&P500 exposures to a net short, and increased their shorts on the Russell 2000 to the largest in two years according to the latest
27 May. 2014 Émergence selects Bluehive Capital for its 5th and last investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Emergence and NewAlpha Asset Management announce the fifth and final
27 May. 2014 Hedge funds are developing 'cheap’ smart beta products – Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are developing cheap smart beta products that imitate the performance of hedge funds without the huge fees, said consultancy firm Towers Watson. In fact, Towers Watson is developing its own smart beta products. Towers Watson was able to generate a
26 May. 2014 European 'smart beta’ allocations to reach $500.2bn within five years - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: 'Smart beta’ is another buzzword to hit the asset management industry over the past decades. Industry experts predicted allocations into European smart beta could reach $500.2bn (GBP 297bn) within the next five years from its current size of $131.4bn (GBP 78bn), sai
26 May. 2014 Hedge fund Toscafund buys 10% stake in Hoist Finance worth $37.1m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London-based hedge fund manager Toscafund Asset Management bought a 10% stake in Stockholm-based debt purchaser and collector firm Hoist Finance, worth $37.1m (GBP 30m). A
23 May. 2014 ESMA begins work on MiFID reforms [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched the consultation process for the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR). The regulator says this is the first step in the proces
23 May. 2014 APEC releases Asia regions funds passport consultation paper [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The governments of Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Korea, Philippines and Thailand have recently released a public consultatio
23 May. 2014 Foundations and Endowments move into global equity and long duration fixed income [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Foundations and Endowments are rotating into global equity and longer duration fixed income in response to current market conditions and the expectation that the low yield environment will persist, according to the latest data from eVestment. Investor Trends Rep
22 May. 2014 Preqin's hedge fund indexes average -0.15% in April, +1.13% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has had another month of negative returns after the worst start to the year since 2008. This marks the third month of the year so far where the industry has failed to add gains, posting -0.15% returns on average through April 2014 following r
22 May. 2014 GLG appoints Barrat co-manager of Undervalued Assets Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GLG Partners LP, the Financial Conduct Authority authorised and regulated investment manager and part of Man Group plc, has appointed Jack Barrat as co-manager of the GLG Undervalued Assets Fund. Barrat, previously assistant portfolio manager of the £10
22 May. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.15% in April (-0.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.15% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.60% in 2014. “A mid-month trend change in global equity markets kept managers on either side of the market cautious,” says Sol Waksman, founder
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