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12 Sep. 2013 HFR: Hedge fund launches and liquidations declined modestly in second quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge fund launches and liquidations both declined modestly in the second quarter, as US regulators eased restrictions on the marketing of hedge funds. A total of 288 new hedge funds launched in 2Q13, a slight decline from the 2
12 Sep. 2013 Swiss fund of funds Gottex’s AuM down 5.7% from last quarter (to $5.27bn) [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Gottex’s total fee-earning assets were $5.94 billion at 30 June 2013, compared to $6.36 billion at 31 March 2013, a decrease of 6.5%. This total consisted of $5.27 billion in assets under management (AuM) and LUMA GSS assets of $0.67 billion.
12 Sep. 2013 Sotheby’s reviews capital allocations, financial policies following activist hedge funds’ new stakes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Auction house Sotheby’s on Wednesday announced it would conduct a thorough review of its c
12 Sep. 2013 German long/short equity hedge fund Varus up 2.11% in August (+7.3 % YTD), expects strong finish in the last quarter [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia, for New Managers: The Cayman-domiciled Varus Capital Management's Varus Fund, which is advised by Heieck Siebrecht Capital Advisors, gained 2.11% last month (+7.3% YTD) and expects a strong fin
12 Sep. 2013 Preqin predicts strong growth on back of high returns for Asia Pacific hedge fund industry [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Preqin’s latest special report, Asia Pacific Hedge Funds, finds that the growing Asia Pacific hedge fund industry has outperformed all o
11 Sep. 2013 Cerulli finds institutions look to hedge funds for risk management and diversification [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutions look to hedge funds for risk management and diversification according to new research from Cerulli Associates, a Boston-based global analytics firm. "Numerous institutions are using he
11 Sep. 2013 Financial transaction tax ruled illegal in the EU, could have implications for US bill [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a legal opinion posted by Reuters, from a group of EU lawyers, the proposed financial transaction tax is illegal according to the Union's own laws. The EU Council's Legal Service argues
11 Sep. 2013 Global hedge funds down 0.32% in August, up 3.18% year to date reports Eurekahedge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The first view of August hedge fund returns from Eurekahedge revealed that they witnessed slightly negative returns in August amid increased risk aversion in global markets during the month. The Eureka
10 Sep. 2013 Thomas Rollinger takes helm at Red Rock Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A respected veteran in systematic managed futures has joined forces and taken the reins of an award-winning CTA. Thomas Rollinger, who worked alongside “godfather of the quants”, Edward O. Thorp, is now Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of
10 Sep. 2013 GPP expands in Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Global Prime Partners ("GPP"), the global prime brokerage boutique which specialises in supporting emerging managers, has further built out its sales team in Europe just weeks
10 Sep. 2013 EU UCITS and alternative investment funds can benefit from withholding tax exemption in France [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The French tax authorities recently rethought their withholding tax process. A withholding tax is a tax levied on income (interest and dividends) from securities owned by
10 Sep. 2013 Australian regulator says hedge funds do not pose systemic risk to financial system [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Australian hedge funds do not currently pose a systemic risk to the local financial system, an ASIC repor
10 Sep. 2013 Spartan’s Heap Fund rebrands as LSQ Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Toronto, Canada-based alternative investment firm Spartan Fund Management Inc. reported yesterday that the Heaps Fund, a quantitative long/short equity fund that is
10 Sep. 2013 Zenith's global long/short hedge fund list outperforms MSCI World Index [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Global long/short funds rated approved or above by Australia’s Zenith Investment Partners returned an average of 36.6% compared to the MSCI World index return of 32.8% for 12 months to 30 June 2
10 Sep. 2013 Syrian conflict drags hedge funds earning in August, HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index -0.73% (3.87% YTD) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The ongoing civil war in Syria and the uncertain military action by the U.S. and its allies, the weakness in emerging market equities and currencies, expectations of a US QE tapering and a decline in the US equity markets dragged hedge funds' earnings in Aug
09 Sep. 2013 First week in September saw hedge funds underperforming [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest Hedge
09 Sep. 2013 Zadig launches UCITS absolute return fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The independent asset management company, Zadig Gestion (Luxembourg) S.A. has launched a new Luxembourg-based UCITS fund on 4 September 2013 called the Active Risk Parity Fund. It is a new sub-fund within Zadig’s already s
09 Sep. 2013 Ex-JP Morgan Chase director named a partner at Finisterre Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Darren Walker has been named a partner at Finisterre Capital, the $1.6bln long/short emerging market total return specialist. Mr Walker was previously Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase, where he managed an emerging markets portfolio with an emphasis on sover
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 -
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