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10 Oct. 2014 Blackstone to spin off financial advisory business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blackstone's Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin off its financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization advisory services, and its Park Hill fund placement businesses and combine these businesses with PJT Partners, an independen
10 Oct. 2014 Newedge CTA Index +1.92% in September, +6.02% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - September saw all the Newedge managed futures indices continue the positive momentum seen in August, with positive returns posted across the board for the second month in a row. The strong post-summer period for CTAs means that the Newedge indices remain firmly in the bla
10 Oct. 2014 Parker FX Index up 1.30% in August (+0.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +1.30% return for the month of August. Thirty four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported August results, of which twenty-five reported positive results and nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.58
10 Oct. 2014 John Paulson suffered losses in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The volatile financial markets hit John Paulson in September as his two main funds fell 11% and 8% during the month, reports said. Paulson’s $22bn Advantage fund registered
09 Oct. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down -0.7% in September (YTD +1.0%), hitting the wall on Fed and rising dollar [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.7% in September (YTD +1.0%). 5 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of September in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+2.4%), the Lyxor Long Short Equity Market Neutral Index (+2.2%) and the Lyxor Fixed
09 Oct. 2014 Anavon launches its global equity long/short hedge fund in UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, Anavon Capital LLP has launched the Anavon Global Equity Long/Short UCITS fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. The new fund will be run pari passu with Anavon’s global long/short strategy that was launched in January 2011. Tages Capital LLP has acted as day 1 investor
09 Oct. 2014 Tzur Management and Gilboa Fund launch Israeli Hedge Fund Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tzur Management and the Gilboa Fund of Funds have announced the publication of the Tzur Gilboa Israeli Hedge Fund Index which tracks the performance of Israeli hedge funds. The index will be released monthly on the newly established website www.tzurgilboa.com.
09 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds post negative returns in the third quarter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Q3 hedge fund returns were negative, marking the industry's first quarterly decline since Q2 2013 according to the latest hedge fund data from eVestment. Emerging markets saw losses more than twice that of developed markets. Declines from funds investing in
09 Oct. 2014 Swiss insurance investment manager opens office in insurance traders' Mecca; London [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Twelve Capital, a swiss manager focused on insurance related investments, was authorised by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a MiFID investment firm on October 1st and opened its new London office. "In an effort to enhance its investment
08 Oct. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -0.40% in September (+3.43% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macro hedge funds posted gains for the fifth time in six months in September, topping the August gain to post their best monthly performance since July 2012 as the U.S. dollar surged. The HFRI Macro Index gained +1.8 percent for the month, led by contributions from Macro:
08 Oct. 2014 LACERA to seek activist managers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System (LACERA) is considering the release of an RFI for US and Non-US activist equity managers, according to recent
07 Oct. 2014 Hedge Funds add $18.4 billion in August but underperform S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $18.4 billion (0.8% of assets) in August, the highest inflow in three months and a strong rebound from redemptions of $750 million (0.03% of assets) in July. “Hedge
07 Oct. 2014 The Dutch Financial Alternatives Community raises more than €130.000,- for children’s charities across the globe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On October 2nd over 180 professionals from the Dutch financial alternatives community came together to show their support for the fund raising initiative of the Alternatives 4 Children foundation. During the annual charity gala and the rest of the year the foundation rais
07 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds ended September on negative note, convertible arb and long/short credit suffered outflows [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: It was a negative week for hedge funds as at end October 3, concluding a tough quarter for alternative strategies, according to data compiled by Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Brief. The performance drivers of Q3 were
07 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds fell 0.57% in Q3 but still outperformed S&P500, CTAs top performers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry fell 0.57% in Q3 but still outperformed S&P 500, according to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s weekly Hedge Fund Monitor. The report adde
06 Oct. 2014 R.G. Niederhoffer runs positive in all programs in September [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management saw strong September highs across all investment programs, according to performance information obtained by Opalesque. The Diversified program was up +6.7%, Optimal Alpha was up +6.7%, and iHedge was up +1.6%. The Dive
06 Oct. 2014 Deloitte's investment management practice adds two from Rothstein Kass [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deloitte has hired two for its hedge funds team - David Benz and Lisa Sergi. Both join the firm from Rothstein Kass which was recently acquired by KPMG in an effort to build out that firm's hedge fund practice. David Benz will be based in the Los Angel
06 Oct. 2014 Finnish pension funds to stay with hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: It looks like the hedge fund industry is getting a boost of confidence from Finnish pension funds. A report by the Helsinki Times said that pension
06 Oct. 2014 ESMA 'killed’ its own 'Lamfalussy process’ when it stopped listening to market participants [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Securities and Markets Authority or ESMA killed its own "Lamfalussy process" when it stopped listening to market participants, said Oliver Prock CEO of
03 Oct. 2014 Castle Hall Alternatives and SwissAnalytics partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Castle Hall Alternatives today announced a strategic partnership with SwissAnalytics, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Castle Hall and SwissAnalytics will work together to extend the reach of the OpsDiligence online diligence platform, enhancing both diligence coverage and c
03 Oct. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.77% in September (+1.19% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets ended the 3rd quarter with declines as the US Dollar surged in the month of September, driven by a combination of weak European economic data, social unrest in Hong Kong and increased geopolitical tension in the Middle East. Despite the highly suc
02 Oct. 2014 UCITS absolute return funds decline by -0.13% on average in September (0.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return fund performances UCITS absolute return funds decline by -0.13% on average in September 2014 bringing their performances for the year to 0.99%. The main detractors this month are Emerging Markets funds down -1.45% followed by Event-Driv
02 Oct. 2014 Retail investors likely to impact South African hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest Novare South African Hedge Fund Survey shows that new regulations which opened the industry to retail investors in the country is likely to have a profound impact on local funds. Current hedge
01 Oct. 2014 Hedge Fund Association appoints Robert Kim and Raymond Kang as Korea Chapter Regional Co-Directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association, a leading global nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, announced today two new leadership appointments focused on the expanding hedge fund community and institutional investor demand in Korea, demonstrating HFA’s enduring commi
01 Oct. 2014 Thalēs aims to set new standard for broker-client technology [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thalēs Trading Solutions LLC has launched Harvest, an innovative proprietary technology portal designed to transform the way clients interact with their banks and Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs). Thalēs is already providing asset managers, institutio
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