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17 Jun. 2016 Hedge fund liquidations fell as launches rise in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund liquidations declined narrowly to begin 2016 after rising sharply to conclude 2015, as investors positioned for macroeconomic volatility in 2Q16, including Brexit and possible interest rate increases by the US Federal Reserve. The number of liquidations d
17 Jun. 2016 Singapore’s monetary authority proposes regulatory sandbox for FinTech solutions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a regulatory sandbox approach (Sandbox) aimed at carving out a safe and conducive space to experiment with financial technology (FinTech) solutions. The proposals are contained in a consultation paper entitled "Consul
16 Jun. 2016 AIMA publishes guide for investor relations professionals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Changes in the way that client relationships are managed, investment management brands are built and assets are raised and retained are reflected in a new guide for investor relations professionals by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global re
16 Jun. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.78% in May (+0.85% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.78% in May, its third consecutive positive month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 0.85%. Sixteen of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices had gains in May. The Technology
15 Jun. 2016 The 300 Club welcomes Unilever’s Mark Walker [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The 300 Club, an independent group of leading investment professionals from across the globe, has announced Mark Walker, Global Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of the Univest Company, Unilever’s internal pension investment organisation, as its newest member
15 Jun. 2016 Tractus SAR multi-manager fund available at Sinopac platform with Seeding Equity Opportunity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Zurich-based Systematic Absolute Return AG, is offering its recently launched Absolute Return multi-manager fund to institutional investors in the region through SinoPac Asset Management. The Tractus SAR Absolute Return Fund LTD is a Cayman feeder fund launch
15 Jun. 2016 Quest Partners hires former Investcorp CIO Kolluri [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quest Partners LLC, a research driven quantitative investment firm announces the addition of Prashant Kolluri, a 20-year investing veteran, who joins Quest as President. Working in tandem with Founder and CIO Nigol Koulajian, Kolluri will focus on building the existing in
15 Jun. 2016 Hamilton Lane closes Strategic Opportunities Fund on $210 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hamilton Lane, a leading global private markets asset management firm, today announced the final closing of Hamilton Lane Strategic Opportunities Fund 2016. The Fund represents more than $210 million in limited partner commitments, exceeding its initial target of $150 mil
15 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds gain 0.42% in May with 48% of managers in the red year-to-date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.42% in May while underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI World Index1 were up 1.28% over the same period. Managers held their ground despite tight markets in May with mid-month reversals across commodities, and weaker equity performance in dev
15 Jun. 2016 Institutional investors to increase allocations into ETFs to $300bn annually by 2020 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Institutional are expected to increase their allocation into exchange-traded funds to grow to $300 billion annually by 2020, a new report from Greenwich Associates claimed. The new report, Global Trends
15 Jun. 2016 Platinum Partners to shut down top performing main fund after arrest of Murray Huberfeld [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The arrest last week of Platinum Partners’ portfolio manager Murray Huberfeld has a profound effect on the hedge fund as the firm announced plans to shut down its main fund, Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage, various media reported. Platinum said it plans to win
14 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds extend winning streak with three successive months of positive gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry marked another positive performance month in May, with the asset class returning 0.93% through the month to bring year-to-date gains to 1.55%, marking longest period of positive gains since May 2015. Although this does not match the 2.3
14 Jun. 2016 Hedge fund Manikay Partners bets 50% of assets on M&A global arbitrage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Manikay Partners, the New York-based Australian-run hedge fund with $1.9bn in assets under management, is betting 50% of its money into M&A activity globally. Manikay’s exposure to M&A activities includes money invested by clients, such as the Lowy family and Goldma
13 Jun. 2016 ABS Investment Management launches new long/short product [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ABS Investment Management LLC, an alternative investment management firm specializing in global equity long/short solutions with $5 billion in assets under management* has launched the ABS Long/Short Strategies Fund. The Fund is registered under the Investment Company Act
13 Jun. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2016 measures 1.26% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2016 measured 1.26%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.03% in June. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement Index show
13 Jun. 2016 Saemor Fund gains 2.6% in May (-8.3% YTD) on back of larger holdings in long book [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Netherlands-based asset manager Saemor Capital said that its main fund, the Europe Alpha Fund, gained 2.6% in May, bringing the YTD figure back to -8.3% on the back of a reversal of trends seen earlier in the yea
10 Jun. 2016 Allianz Global Investors hires Santander's Camiña [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allianz Global Investors announced today that Jorge Camiña has joined the firm as a Director within the Infrastructure Debt team. Based in New York, Jorge will be responsible for developing the US infrastructure debt business further in this new role. He will repor
10 Jun. 2016 MiFID II to affect every part of securities trading value chain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With implementation set for 2018, regulations strengthening investor protection and reforming market structure will affect every part of the securities-trading value chain: trade execution, investor protection, reporting, and settlement. Taken together, the measu
10 Jun. 2016 LendingClub in $5bn funding deal talks with three hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Beleaguered online lending firm LendingClub Corp., has held talks with at least three big hedge funds to finance as much as $5bn in loans and the right to own shares, reported
09 Jun. 2016 Cambridge Associates expands pensions practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cambridge Associates, the global institutional investment advisor, has hired Vicky Williams as Senior Investment Director, effective June 2016. The appointment comes as UK and Continental European pension schemes consider a widening range of private investments
09 Jun. 2016 New Campbell & Company white paper: The Taming of the Skew [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research presented in Campbell & Company‘s white paper, The Taming of the Skew, examines the sources of skewness in trend following portfolio returns. Investors are often concerned about the negative skewness of equity returns, especially when equity markets fall,
09 Jun. 2016 J.P. Morgan says 75% of institutional investors boosting real asset allocation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan says 75% of institutional investors boosting real asset allocation A survey by J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPAM) involving 155 institutional investors with more than $4tln in total plan/investable assets has found that a vast majority of 75% are plann
09 Jun. 2016 BNY Mellon's Pershing provides advisors access to hedge fund market data, insights and analytics [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon’s unit Pershing LLC has added the hedge fund intelligence platform AltX to its Alternative Investment Center. Accessible through NetX360, Pershing's Alternative Investment Center provides advisors access to educational resources, research and tools to
08 Jun. 2016 ICAV attracts €8.4 billion to Irish funds in first 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Irish Funds, the representative body for the cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has today announced significant inflows of €8.4 billion into Ireland through the Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle (ICAV). Since the ICAV legislation was pas
08 Jun. 2016 As growth hits a speed bump, wealth managers seek to adapt [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global private wealth grew sluggishly in 2015, with some markets seeing significant slowdowns, leaving wealth managers searching for innovative ways to meet the shifting needs of diverse client segments, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The
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