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12 May. 2015 NEPC: Investment committee diversity and size top issues for endowments and foundations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The diversity and size of fund investment committees rank as two top factors for endowments and foundations when they consider new allocations according to the latest survey from NEPC. The
11 May. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.41% in April, 3.20% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended April 2015 up +0.41% driven by strong global equity markets. Global equity markets as measured by MSCI EAFE were up 3.73%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were down -0.36%. Hedge Fund Strat
11 May. 2015 Asia Pacific stock Exchange signs MOU with China Beijing Equity Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In an important step towards its goal to build capital flows and act as a gateway between Australian and Asian capital markets, Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Beijing Equity Exchange (CBEX). APX
11 May. 2015 Belgium proposes to fight 'vulture’ funds praying on indebted developing countries [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The main political parties in Belgium have put forward a bill to fight so-called vulture funds that targets indebted countries. This comes at the heel of a bank accounts freeze order recently obtained by NML Capital. The bill is a reaction to what is hap
08 May. 2015 Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached new record $2.998tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record $2.998tln but fell short of breaking through the $3tln milestone at the end of April according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for April 2015. Our forecast was that assets will break thr
08 May. 2015 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 0.83% in April (+3.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains in April as regional equity and currency markets across China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East posted sharp gains, while volume surged on the Shanghai/Hong Kong Connect program to a daily record, driving Chinese A-shares to a gain of over 18 pe
08 May. 2015 Long/short equity hedge funds outperform in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long/short equity hedge funds were by far the outperformers in April with the Lyxor L/S Equity Long Bias Index up +4.5%, said Lyxor Asset Management’s AII Barometer. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.1% in April. T
07 May. 2015 Keywise Capital partners with Milltrust to launch the Milltrust Keywise China (UCITS) Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Keywise Capital, one of the leading China-focused asset management companies, has partnered with Milltrust International to launch the Milltrust Keywise China Fund on the award-winning Emerging Markets Managed Accounts PLC (EMMA PLC) platform domiciled in Dublin. EMMA
07 May. 2015 Maples Fund Services celebrates 10 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS, marks a major milestone in 2015, celebrating its tenth anniversary – a decade of excellence and innovation. Since commencing operations in the Cayman Islands in 2005, Maples Fund Services has grown to become a recognised
07 May. 2015 Lawson Conner launches ‘Discovery’, a unique offshore investment management platform for Cayman Islands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lawson Conner, Europe’s provider of investment management and compliance solutions to the alternative investment fund industry, has launched ‘Discovery’, the first AIFM integrated offshore Investment Management Platform. ‘Discovery' will be structured as
07 May. 2015 Managers need to be aware of new SEC cybersecurity guidance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The SEC last year examined 57 registered broker-dealers and 49 registered investment advisers to better understand how they address the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues associated with cybersecurity, and issued its initial
07 May. 2015 SFC recovers $190m for investors of collapsed Athena Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Six years after freezing the assets of the Athena Fund, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) managed to recover some $191m, pav
07 May. 2015 Yum Brands not an activist play for Dan Loeb [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb dispelled concerns the restaurant chain company Yum! Brands was the target of an activist campaign. He was quoted by
07 May. 2015 Convergence: Trends in alternative asset management are leading to greater operating complexity [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Convergence Inc., a data provider based in South Norwalk, Connecticut, has just produced a report detailing its annual research insights
07 May. 2015 Hedge funds are looking into India’s startup scene [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are drawn to India’s startup firms Bloomberg reported that at least 14 hedge fund firms, including Falcon Edge Capita
07 May. 2015 Brookfield aims to raise another $10bn to acquire out-of-favor assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brookfield Asset Management, Canada’s largest alternative asset manager, is planning to raise another $10bn this year to "acquire assets in out-of-favor markets, or assets which have been burdened with too much financial leverage," reported
07 May. 2015 Man GLG hires two ex-Carmignac managers for new emerging markets equity fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Simon Pickard and Edward Cole have just joined Man GLG, the discretionary asset management arm of Man Group plc, to manage a new unconstrained emerging market equity fund. According to Man’s announcement today, the managers gather a total of 32 years of
06 May. 2015 DMS appoints John D'Agostino as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DMS Offshore Investment Services Ltd., (DMS) the world’s largest fund governance firm, is expanding its New York City Office with the appointment of John D’Agostino as Managing Director. D’Agostino will lead the firm’s North and South American operations, direc
06 May. 2015 Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors closes fourth fund on over $1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors, the real estate private equity arm of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., today announced that it has closed its fourth fund, Kayne Anderson Real Estate Partners IV (KAREP IV), its largest to date, at more than $1.0 billion. KAREP I
06 May. 2015 Idinvest Digital Fund II closes on €140 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Idinvest Partners, the leading European Private Equity firm specialising in SMEs, has announced the final closing of its Idinvest Digital Fund II at €140 million. The fund is entirely dedicated to financing the growth of developing businesses in the digital and new techno
06 May. 2015 AIMA: Hedge funds step up financing of the economy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund firms and other alternative asset managers are playing an increasingly important role in financing the economy, according to a new paper published by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association. The pape
06 May. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.50% in April (+5.11% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance for April, as Chinese equities posted sharp gains on record trading volume, Oil posted strong gains and the M&A environment accelerated with new transaction announcements; global equity markets posted gains for the mon
06 May. 2015 New market regime has created more dispersion between managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The month of April has marked the transition toward a new market regime, Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, commented in the May 5's Weekly Briefing. "The first quart
06 May. 2015 Och-Ziff reports 13% rise in assets y-o-y to reach $48.3bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC reported on Tuesday that its assets under management (AuM) had increased by 13% year-over-year to $48.3bn as of March 3
06 May. 2015 Former New Stream Capital exec David Bryson sentenced to 33 months by Federal court [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. court has sentenced David Bryson, a former managing partner at failed hedge fund firm New Stream Capital, to 33 months in prison, on Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to conspiring in a fraudulent scheme that started in 2007. New Haven, Connecticut federal
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  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund talent, fees take a hit at the Milken Global Conference[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: It's been a rough year for hedge funds and now, even other managers are panning them. "Frankly, I’m blown away by the lack of talent," was Point 72 CEO Steven Cohen's assessment of trying to find candidates to hire in the investment business at a panel o

  3. Hedge funds fell in April as alternative UCITS surge in Europe[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds shed more in April with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.9% during the month (-2.8% YTD), but there was some good news with alternative UCITS showing strong inflows in Europe. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxo

  4. Global hedge funds recover in April on resurging energy commodities[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recovered in April with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.41% last month (-1.47% YTD), while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +5.31% during the same

  5. AIG lost $349m in hedge fund portfolio in Q1[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Large US insurance group AIG lost a net $183m for the first quarter 2016, year-on-year. The group blames the loss on the impact of market volatility on investments, as well as net realised capital losses and restructuring costs. Its hedge fund portfolio made a n