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24 Jan. 2017 Event driven hedge funds start 2017 on the right foot but CTAs down on Trump [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven hedge funds started 2017 on the right foot as the Lyxor Event Driven Broad Index was up 0.2% from 10 January to 17 and rose 1.9% YTD, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. However, the Lyxor
24 Jan. 2017 Joint AIMA-Preqin study shows hedge funds beat stocks and bonds in 2016 on risk-adjusted basis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque: A joint study by the industry body Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and data provider Preqin showed that hedge funds outperformed equities and bonds in 2016 on a risk-adjusted basis, producing net gains for their investors worth around $120bn. Hed
24 Jan. 2017 Fred Alger Management relaunches ESG fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Fred Alger Management, a $19.5 billion investment firm, has relaunched its ESG fund. Formerly the Alger Green Fund, the Alger Responsible Investing Fund is broadening its investment criteria and has added Gregory S. Adams, CFA as Portfolio Manager
24 Jan. 2017 GMO names new CEO, adds head of investments role [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based asset manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. (GMO) has named a new CEO. Scott Hayward, former CEO of Quantitative Management Associates will take over in the role on February 13, 2017. Hayward will take over for Peg McGetrick, a board member who
23 Jan. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.22% in December (+6.20% 2016) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 1.22% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index ended 2016 with a gain of 6.20%. All but one of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices gained ground in December. The European Equities Index led t
23 Jan. 2017 Small cap value/special sits hedge fund Artko Capital up 33.2% net in 2016 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Peter Rabover, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Artko Capital, writes on
23 Jan. 2017 UCITS compliant hedge funds up +0.43% through mid-January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Geneva: UCITS compliant hedge funds rose through mid-January with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +0.43% through mid-January, data provider Hedge Fund Research reported. At the same time, the HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +0.90% during
20 Jan. 2017 Total hedge fund industry asset surpass the $3tln milestone for the first time [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund industry capital rose for the third consecutive quarter, surpassing the $3 trillion milestone for the first time, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR®, the established global leader in the indexation, analy
20 Jan. 2017 Hedge funds posted gains through mid-January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets gained through mid-January to begin 2017, discounting expectations for new policies from the Trump administration and PM May's policies regarding Brexit implementation. Global equity markets gained through mid-month led by Biotechnology, Techn
20 Jan. 2017 Fifth straight quarter of growth for Guernsey funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Guernsey’s fund industry has enjoyed five consecutive quarters of growth according to the latest figures, released today. Statistics from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) show that, at the end of September 2016, the net asset value of all
20 Jan. 2017 The case for currency-hedged Japanese stocks [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Richard Turnill, BlackRock Global Chief Investment Strategist, writes on Harvest Exchange: We see a strong case for Japanese stocks on a
20 Jan. 2017 Investcorp Hires CalPERS Ramos [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investcorp has hired Nelson Ramos to the Alternative Investment Solutions Group in New York as co-Portfolio Manager of the Alternative Risk Premia portfolios, Deputy Head of Cross Asset Investments, and a member of the Cross Asset and Investment Committees.
20 Jan. 2017 Z Capital's Edwards heads to Lovell Minnick [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $1.8 billion, Lovell Minnick Partners, a private equity firm specializing in financial and related business services companies, has hired Irene Hong Edwards as Principal and Head of Investor Relations. Edwards, who will be based in New York, was most recentl
20 Jan. 2017 Institutional investors, asset managers are adapting to regulation shift due to MiFID II [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by independent broker and financial technology provider ITG
20 Jan. 2017 BlackRock favours short durations in European bonds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The ECB's no-change policy was expected, comments Marilyn Watson, head of global fundamental fixed income strategy at BlackRock, the world's largest asse
19 Jan. 2017 3 telltale signs the Japan rally may not be over [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Blackrock writes on Harvest Exchange: Last year, the markets were distinguished by a lack of persistence. In many respects, investor behavior in the
18 Jan. 2017 IndexIQ hedge fund indexes jump in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, the leading provider of innovative investment solutions, announced the December performance of its family of IQ Hedge™ Indexes and the updated holdings in the firm's IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF. Five of the six IndexIQ Hedge Indexes were up
18 Jan. 2017 Hedge funds were up 4.48% for 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The January 2017 Eurekahedge Report has been released. Key highlights for December 2016: Hedge funds were up 4.48% for 2016, posting better performance compared to a modest 1.78% gain over 2015. Asset b
18 Jan. 2017 CEO Michael Singer to leave Ramius, Fred Fraenkel named interim head of asset management [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: CEO Michael Singer is leaving Ramius to pursue new career opportunities. It is not yet known which. Ramius is the global alternative investment management business of Cowen Group. Prior to joining Ramius, Michael Singer served as head of alternative
18 Jan. 2017 In 2016 outperforming hedge fund strategies suffered outflows while money went to underperforming CTAs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque: Hedge funds have experienced a quiet start to the year. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is flat year to date, and the trends observed in Q4 of last year continue to prevail in early 2017. Event driven were leading the hedge fund strategies last week with the Lyxor Event Drive
18 Jan. 2017 The Dallas Pension fiasco is just the beginning [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Jonathan Rochford, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Narrow Road Capital writes on Harvest Exchange: The recent blow-up of the Dallas Police and
18 Jan. 2017 SkyBridge sold to RON Transatlantic, HNA Group [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: RON Transatlantic EG and HNA Capital U.S., the New York-based investment arm of $90 billion Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, will buy New York-based SkyBridge Capital for an undisclosed sum. The deal comes after news that SkyBridge founder and CEO Anthony Scaramu
17 Jan. 2017 Intoxicated by the illusion of upside in MGP Ingredients' whiskey story, investors ignore accounting issues, 60-70% downside potential [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Ben Axler of Spruce Point Capital Management writes on
17 Jan. 2017 JMC Capital Partners closes Fund II on $206M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based JMC Capital Partners has closed its second fund on $206 million. The fund hit its hard cap and was over subscribed. Fund II is the successor to JMC Platform Fund I, raised in 2013, which had $125 million in capital commitments. Goodwin Procter
16 Jan. 2017 RAM Active Investments launches long/short beta neutral global equities UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RAM Active Investments (RAM AI), the active and alternative asset management company, has launched RAM (Lux) Systematic Funds - Long/Short Global Equities. The Fund, available in daily-dealing UCITS format, will be collectively managed by Thomas de Saint-Seine, Maxim
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. Launches - Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund, Greg Coffey, a hedge fund star who retired at 41, is eyeing a comeback, Brevan Howard plans Greek funds as bond rally signals revival[more]

    Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund From Bloomberg.com: A team of traders who left BlueCrest Capital Management earlier this year raised more than $200 million for their own hedge fund focused on Asian stocks, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ovata Capital Manag

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    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  4. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Credit Suisse Asset Management's NEXT Investors leads $6M Series A round for LUX Technology and Services[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse Asset Management's NEXT Investors has led a $6 million Series A funding round for LUX Technology and Services, a business and technology solutions provider for the alternative assets industry. The investment will be used to fuel growth of Trans