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14 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Raging Capital gains 2.8% in 2014 'after frustrating year’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: 2014 was a "frustrating year that could have gone much better," said William C. Martin, chairman & chief investment officer at Raging Capital Management, as his Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd. gained 2.8% last
14 Jan. 2015 With $124bn 2014 was biggest year for CLO issuance ever [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market reached $121bn in 2014 involving 237 deals, the largest on record for CLO issuance, according to the latest report by international law firm Appleby. In Appleby’s
13 Jan. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge: hedge funds got $10.2 billion in November, January–November inflows largest since 2007 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that inflows to the hedge fund industry rebounded to $10.2 billion (0.4% of assets) in November from $1.1 billion (0.05% of assets) in October. “Hedge funds took in $107.6 billion in the first 11 months of 201
13 Jan. 2015 Swiss hedge fund platform Fundbase obtains FINMA approval [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By the end of December 2014, Fundbase Fund Services AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pfaeffikon-based Fundbase Holding AG, received approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to act as representative and distributor of foreign collective in
13 Jan. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 4.57% in 2014, with Asia ex-Japan outperforming regional mandates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds closed the final month of the year in positive territory with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up another 0.25% in December while the MSCI World Index finished the month down 0.80%. In 2014 as a whole, hedge funds were up 4.57%, falling behind underlying marke
13 Jan. 2015 Estlander & Partners’ new fund focuses on commodities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Estlander & Partners has announced the launch of a new systematic fund focused exclusively on the commodities sector. The E&P Commodity fund began trading on 24th November 2014 with assets approaching $30m with backing from a large Nordic institution. The fund v
13 Jan. 2015 U.S. Treasury executive joins Managed Funds Association [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the global alternative investment industry, has announced that Anthony D. Coley has been named Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Communications, effective immediately. Mr. Coley is responsible for
13 Jan. 2015 Commonfund bolsters investment and risk teams with two key additions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for institutional investors, announced two new hires to its risk management and investment teams with the addition of Brian Rondeau, CFA, as Director Risk Ma
12 Jan. 2015 ETFs/ETPs end 2014 with record $338.3bn net new assets and a new record of $2.79tln in assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI's research finds 2014 was a very good year for the global ETF/ETP industry. Some highlig
12 Jan. 2015 Morphic Global Opportunities Fund beats benchmark with 14.01% gains in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Morphic Global Opportunities Fund outperformed its benchmark in 2014 as it ended the year up 14.01% (+2.62% in December). The MSCI AC World Total Return in Australian Dollars jumped 13.87% (+2.28% in December) during the same period. Since its inception in August
12 Jan. 2015 High operational costs, poor performance force Hong Kong hedge fund to close shop [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After 14 years, Hong Kong-based HT Capital, founded by husband-and-wife tandem Ophelia Tong and Karl Hurst, said it is shutting down because of rising cost of operations and poor performance, reported
12 Jan. 2015 Dutch pension PFZW drops hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: €156bn Dutch pension PFZW is the second Dutch pension fund to divest its holdings in hedge funds according to
09 Jan. 2015 Mariner Investment group closes $502m and launches CLO business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Investment Group, the global alternative asset manager, has announced the closing of a $502 million collateralized loan obligation (CLO). This is the first such transaction by Mariner’s newly created CLO business. This past November Mariner hired the 13-member c
09 Jan. 2015 Four Velite Capital executives launch natural gas hedge fund [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Four executives at Houson-based Velite Capital, including a portfolio manager and three analysts, have bolted the firm to launch their own natural gas hedge fund that will rival their old firm, said
09 Jan. 2015 CTAs, activist and technology hedge funds lead gainers in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: CTAs, technology and shareholder activist strategies led hedge fund gainers in 2014 as the industry posted a modest 0.31% returns in December and ended the year with 3.57% positive performance, according to data provider
09 Jan. 2015 Moves in asset prices during 2014 have created trading opportunities for 2015 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: A couple of Swiss fund of funds managers give their outlook for investment opportunities in 2015; one sees opportunities for fundamental, event driven and energy sector strategies; the other sees opportunities in possible conditions of high volatility and low
08 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds must use stable and validated technologies to continue attracting institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds must use stable and validated technologies to continue attracting institutional investors in the light of the decision by the influential California Public Employees’ Retirement System of Calpers to pull out its entire $4bn hedge fund portfolio in Septem
08 Jan. 2015 Guggenheim Partners lays off eight senior employees as hedge fund falters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The 220bn global investment and advisory financial services firm Guggenheim Partners has laid off eight senior employees last month after its $660m hedge fund unit Guggenheim Global Trading (GGT) failed to mee
08 Jan. 2015 Bob Treue's Barnegat hedge fund closes 2014 up 16.3% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s hedge fund, The Barnegat Fund, had a great run in 2014 as it finished the year with a strong 16.3% returns (-1% in December) and with $695m in assets under management (AuM). Since its inception in 2001,
07 Jan. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.08% in December, 1.41% for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Indices UCITS alternative funds end the year on a mixed note. After good results in November (up 0.89%), most strategies returned weak performances in December with -0.08% on average. As a result the UAI Global concludes the year with a performance of
07 Jan. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.75% in December (-0.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets concluded 2014 with mixed performance in December, as Oil plunged to extend sharp declines of the previous month. Energy commodities posted sharp declines, led by both Oil and Natural Gas; Aluminum and Coffee also declined across other commodities. Globa
07 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Aurelius Capital denies taking part in lawsuit against Petrobas [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt hedge fund Aurelius Capital has denied an accusation by Argentina’s Economy Minister Axel Kicillof that the fund is taking part in a lawsuit against Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras, according to the
07 Jan. 2015 S&P500 longs at one year high - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: S&P500 longs are at their largest in more than a year according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The diversified hedge fund index was down 0.4% for the year through Decemeber 30, while the S&P500 was up 12.6% on a price r
07 Jan. 2015 GCM Grosvenor partners with emerging manager Hollis Park [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Hollis Park Partners LP, a global structured products investment management firm, has started a strategic partnership with GCM Grosvenor, a large global alterna
07 Jan. 2015 Tommy Gilbert's former girlfriend says he was 'damaged’ by his father [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tommy Gilbert, the lone suspect in the killing of Thomas Gilbert Sr., on Jan. 3 in a posh New York apartment, has been "damaged" by his father and had endured a "lifetime of pain," said his former girlfriend, Anna Rothschild. Rothschild, who dated the 30-year-ol
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    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November