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15 Dec. 2016 BlackRock favours equities, EM and alternatives in 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to BlackRock’s Annual Investment Outlook for 2017, we should expect US-led reflation (rising nominal growth, wages and inflation) to accelerate, and fiscal expansion to gradually replace monetary policy as an economic growth and market driver
14 Dec. 2016 Investors expect higher volatility in 2017, plan to increase use of alternative strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors say world political and economic events could push the level of market volatility higher in 2017, finds a study by Natixis Global Asset Management. As a result, they plan to reset their portfolios, relying on active management and alternative asset
14 Dec. 2016 Wealth advisors urged to embrace new approach in building lasting business [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In the face of escalating regulation, increased commoditization, and fewer people entering the profession, the wealth advisory business is undergoing many changes. In their new book entitled, The Enduring Advisory Firm: How to Serve Your Clients More Effec
14 Dec. 2016 Comment: What is Your Edge? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: John Huber, Value oriented fund manager at Saber Capital Management, writes on Harvest Exchange: A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. There was a comment
14 Dec. 2016 SLI poaches Aberdeen's Struthers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Standard Life Investments has hired former investment solutions head at Aberdeen Asset Management, Archie Struthers as its new head of investments. A spokesperson for the firm confirmed the move which was
13 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds trumped a volatile November with gains of 0.48% as recovery continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.48% during the month of November, with 2016 year-to-date returns coming in at 3.60%. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 2.88% in November with its 2016 year-to-date returns at 4.88%. Roughly 56% of
13 Dec. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: November performance 1.53%; Capital Movement Index: December net flows advance 0.24% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index November 2016 measured 1.53%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.24% in December. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Mov
13 Dec. 2016 Global macro hedge funds outperform CTAs with 14% margin in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund returns were close to flat in the week ending December 6 while equities rose and bonds dragged lower. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up a mere 0.1% (-1.5% YTD). The best performer was global macro which was up 0.5% (-1.6% YTD). Gains were attributable to
13 Dec. 2016 Commodities rise on optimistic global prospects [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Commodities increased in November due to higher economic growth expectations and announced crude production cuts, said Credit Suisse
13 Dec. 2016 Interest Rates and Value Investing: There is still no value in bonds today [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Wesley Gray,CEO/CIO of Alpha Architect writes on Harvest Exchange: Many readers just had a knee-jerk reaction and they’ve determined that I fall into one of two categories: A total idiot A total genius But let’s dig a bit deeper into the claim t
12 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds to shift 'talent search’ in line with changing funding, investment styles [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The shifts in funding and investment styles will force hedge funds and asset managers to change their focus when hiring new personnel as the existing talent configurations cannot cater to their needs, said Carlos Mejia, Managing Partner of financial recruitment serv
12 Dec. 2016 IndexIQ hedge fund indexes mixed in November on Trump’s victory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: IndexIQ, a pioneer and provider of innovative investment solutions, said that its family of IQ Hedge Indexes
09 Dec. 2016 U.S. Senate passes global Magnitsky human rights bill, makes corruption sanctionable offence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The US Senate passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, expanding the Russia-specific Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 worldwide. William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky Justice campaign, said: "The ado
09 Dec. 2016 Women hedge fund managers optimistic as more investors allocate to them [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, has found that the increasing interest from investors to allocate more capital into women owned and managed funds, coupled with public support from industry leaders, is spurring optimism for women in alternative inv
09 Dec. 2016 Where is all the Managed Futures money going? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: This isn’t a new problem… but it does seem to be getting worse, with the largest managers checking the right boxes to get the largest allocations in a self-fulfilling circle. If you were to ask for the growth of Mana
09 Dec. 2016 AIMA releases guide to managed accounts, a popular form of investing in hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a guide for fund managers wishing to establish a managed account, a popular form of investing in hedge funds that gives greater control over the management of the account to the investor.
08 Dec. 2016 Adar Capital hedge fund expects Venezuela to continue to repay its debt in 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the latest financial outlook for Venezuela released today by the hedge fund Adar Capital Partners, this country will continue repaying its debt normally as it has done since 2014, repaying $32.4 billion of capital. In the event that Venezuela should have no a
08 Dec. 2016 KKR closes $711 million global Next Generation Technology Growth Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KKR, a global investment firm, has announced the final closing of KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund, a $711 million fund dedicated to growth equity investment opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space in North America, Europe and I
08 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds rise to near record level as post-election rally lifts industry in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rose in November, as the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. Presidential election drove expectations for renewed growth, infrastructure spending and reduced regulation. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) Index gained +0.9% in
08 Dec. 2016 Saxo Bank's 10 Outrageous Predictions for 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Saxo Bank, the Copenhagen-headquartered online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has released its annual 'Outrageous Predictions' for the year ahead. The scenarios explore a Chinese growth rebound, an Italian bank rally, Brexit giving way
06 Dec. 2016 Advent Capital adds new managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Advent Capital Management, an investment management firm with approximately $8.9 billion in assets under management, announced that Michael Cavanaugh has joined the firm as managing director, reporting to Kris Haber, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Michael will be res
06 Dec. 2016 BTIG announces Blackstone tactical opportunities strategic investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BTIG, LLC announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to receive a strategic investment from funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. BTIG plans to leverage this investment to further expand its capabilities and accelerate the firm’s global growth. Post
06 Dec. 2016 50 South Capital builds leadership team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chris Bires has joined 50 South Capital Advisors as Director of Product Strategy and Investor Relations. In this newly created role, Bires will focus on developing the firm’s full suite of alternatives investment solutions and services, including private equity, hedge fun
06 Dec. 2016 Victory Capital buys minority stake in AI-centric hedge fund Cerebellum Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Victory Capital said that its parent company, Victory Capital Holdings, Inc., has acquired a minority stake in Cerebellum Capital, a hedge fund management firm that specializes in machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that allows computers to learn wit
06 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest
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  2. North America - Puerto Rico rejects loan offers, accusing hedge funds of trying to profit off hurricanes[more]

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  3. Investing - WPP targeted by short-selling American hedge fund, Sun co-founder sells secretive hedge fund on big chip trade[more]

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  4. Hedge funds up as industry adjusts to rising rates[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass

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