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19 Aug. 2014 Hedge funds net short S&P, gold longs near one year high - BofA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have cut their positions on the S&P500 to a net short according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. Technicals suggest additional selling may be on the horizon. The Diversified Investible Hedge Fu
18 Aug. 2014 Institutional investors push hedge funds assets this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Public pensions in the U.S. are pushing hedge funds assets as institutional investors raise their hedge fund portfolios, according to a report by Pensi
18 Aug. 2014 Australian incubator Ascalon takes minority stake in Morphic Asset Management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Westpac-owned Ascalon Capital Managers took a minority 35% stakes in Morphic Asset Management, various media reported. Boutique asset manager and alternative fund incubator Ascalon is the investment arm of BT Financial Group. According to
15 Aug. 2014 Investors pour $7.7bn into hedge funds in June, assets climb to six-year high [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry took in $7.7 billion (0.3% of assets) in June, down from $19.1bn (0.8% of assets) in May, according to BarclayHedge and Trim
15 Aug. 2014 Qbasis posts positive managed futures performance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Following months of seeing nothing but negative performance and asset outflows from managed futures funds, Qbasis Invest offers another view. The flagship "I Trend" CTA strategy returned 25.2% gross in a managed account format and 40.78% net in their Deutsche B
13 Aug. 2014 All Newedge managed futures indices posted negative performance in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, announces the July performance data for its CTA performance indices. All managed futures indices calculated by Newedge reported negative performance in July 2014. Despite this the Newedge CTA Inde
13 Aug. 2014 Father and son team face hedge fund fraud charges in Boston [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former MIT professor Gabriel Bitran, and his son Marco Bitran of GMB Capital Management and GMB Capital Partners will now face charges from federal prosecutors that they engaged in conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and obstruction of justice in c
12 Aug. 2014 Morgan Stanley to launch Kairos European long/short equity UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley has announced the launch of its new fund, the MS Kairos Enhanced Selection UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives Plc umbrella. In a statement, Morgan Stanley said the fund provides exposur
12 Aug. 2014 Deutsche Bank Prime Finance: Capex could increase [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund research note from Deutsche Bank Prime Finance suggests that capex may start to increase for US corporates which could have an impact on equities markets. The report notes that "prospects appear good for a rebound with survey indicators of
11 Aug. 2014 Investments in hedge funds, alternatives push public pensions’ investment gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Public pensions in the U.S., including state and local government pensions posted the highest investment gains since 2011 as the stock markets improves, according to consulting firm Wilshire Associates Inc. In a
11 Aug. 2014 SEC charges Julian Brown with aiding hedge fund manager Nikolai Battoo commit fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday charged Bahamas-based brokerage firm Alliance Investment Management Limited (AIM) and its president Julian R. Brown for
08 Aug. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -0.62% in July (+2.47% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets and Macro: Multi-Strategy hedge funds posted gains in July as equity and credit markets pulled back from record highs into month end, Argentina defaulted on its outstanding bonds, the Federal Reserve continued to taper stimulus measures and commodities re
08 Aug. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index Down -0.33% in July (+2.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month of July down -0.33%. Equity markets were down in July with the MSCI Wor
08 Aug. 2014 Aggregate hedge fund performance negative in July for the fourth consecutive month [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: July was a volatile month for financial markets. Escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East weighed on investor preference for risk assets and aggregate hedge fund performance was negative 0.35%, the industry's fourth down month o
07 Aug. 2014 Ledbury launches maiden equity and special sits hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Ledbury, an emerging hedge fund shop launched by Michael Alsalem, started trading last month. Ledbury Capital Partners LLP is a London-based investment man
06 Aug. 2014 Big banks’ cut back on research means opportunity for hedge funds, but more bureaucracy can be difficult for new managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Big investment banks have been cutting back on their risky trading operations in the last five years. They are also, in Europe, cutting back on stock research -
05 Aug. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global was down -0.33% in July (+0.61% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return funds are slightly down in July with the UAI Global index losing 0.33%. The worst performances are found among the commodity and equity focused funds that got affected by the
05 Aug. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -0.88% in July (+0.87% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets declined for the month of July as the US Federal Reserve Bank continued to taper stimulus measures, with equities pulling back from intra-month record levels into month end as commodities posted steep losses, credit spreads widened and Argentina d
05 Aug. 2014 Asian institutional investment assets grow 13% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets held by Asian institutions (excluding Japan) grew 13% from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, according to new research from Greenwich Associates. Total assets have grown to more than $10 trillion among t
05 Aug. 2014 Partnership structure for hedge funds trips up IRS auditors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) shows that the partnership structure of hedge funds and private equity firms is tripping up IRS auditors. The report notes that partnerships typically have fewer IRS audits, and when they are audited the
05 Aug. 2014 Memphis pension eyes hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The City of Memphis pension system is considering a restructure of its equities and bonds portfolio in order to make commitments to alternatives, according to meeting documents released this week. If approved, the new investment strategy would include investmen
01 Aug. 2014 Parker FX Index reports -1.00% in June (-1.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -1.00% return for the month of June. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported June results, of which nine reported positive results, twenty-four incurred losses, and one remained flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the In
01 Aug. 2014 Investors in Russia may lose a lot [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Russia is making the headlines almost daily, and these are especially tied to the crash of MH17, Ukraine, and new economic sanctions. New sanctions On Tuesday 29th July, the European Union announced its intention to start trade and economic
01 Aug. 2014 ConvergeEx: Investors underestimate volatility potential [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investment professionals say that investors are too complacent about the potential rise in volatility that could hit financial markets in the coming months according to new research from ConvergeEx Group. 71% of survey respondents expect volatility to climb from
01 Aug. 2014 Many CTAs have become more short-volatility in the last five years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quantitative easing has reduced and then suppressed volatility for the last five years. So analysts at R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management recently examined if there had been a tendency for CTAs and hedge funds to adjust their styles to become more 'shor
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