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10 Jun. 2013 US CFTC reports highest decline since April in commodity investment [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The U.S. Commodity and Futures Trading Commission over the weekend reported that the bullish position held by hedge funds and other large speculators in U.S. commodities recorded the highest decline since April on concern over oil and natural gas, demand and the o
07 Jun. 2013 Hedge funds gain +0.5% in May as bonds, currencies fall - HFRI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds posted their 7th consecutive monthly gain in May and the 11th gain in the last twelve months as strong performance in Equity Hedge and Event Driven strategies offset weakness in Macro and CTA strategies, according to data released today by HFR.
07 Jun. 2013 OECD: Global economy is moving forward at multiple speeds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to the OECD’s latest economic outlook, out last week, "a variety of factors account for the different speeds at which growth is projected to strengthen in advanced economies." These factors include household deleveraging; health of the financia
07 Jun. 2013 FRM reports on a month of volatility in Asian markets and success for global macro managers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest Early View from FRM, Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business includes the following key highlights: Asset price movements during May were surprisingly
06 Jun. 2013 Goldman Sachs raises $58m in first month of its 'hedge fund for the masses’ [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Less than a month after introducing its "hedge fund for the masses," Goldman Sachs asset management arm’s (GSAM) Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund raised $58m from interested retail investors, reported
06 Jun. 2013 Court set November trial for ex-SAC Capital hedge fund manager Matthew Martoma [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – A Manhattan court on Wednesday set a November trial date for former SAC Capital Advisors’s portfolio manager Matthes Martoma for alleged insider trading,
05 Jun. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up +0.43% in May (+2.75% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Equity markets posted gains for the month despite paring gains in a late-month sell off as government bond yields rose on improving US economic data and expectations for a reduction of bond purchase stimulus measures by the Federal Reserve. European equities posted strong
05 Jun. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.49% in May (+4.70% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds had mixed results in May with nearly a perfect 50/50 split between gainers and losers. Over all, the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index showed modest growth of +0.49% in preliminary May results. Long-Short Equity manager
05 Jun. 2013 Index IQ announces IQ Composite Beta down 1.06% over May, but up 0.11% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, has announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. Designed as investable benchmarks
05 Jun. 2013 Gravitas launches Risk-as-a-Service for emerging to mid sized hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gravitas, a co-sourcing platform providing cloud technology, collaborative outsourcing, risk analytics and research support to the alternative investment industry, has announced that it has chosen the IBM Risk Analytics engine
05 Jun. 2013 GAM's actively managed Star Worldwide Equity Fund reaches 30th birthday and 2,705% return since inception [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Asset Management GAM Star Worldwide Equity fund is celebrating 30 years of investing and is the UK’s most successful global equity fund since launch in May 1983. $1,000 invested at launch w
05 Jun. 2013 Freeman & Co: ‘We could see as many as 150 asset management transactions in 2013’ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Freeman & Co., a leading independent advisor to the financial services industry, released the 25th edition of its asset management industry overview covering transaction activity and the changing market environment, including the growth of outsourced CIOs and retail a
05 Jun. 2013 HFRX finds Global Hedge Fund Index gains 0.75% for May, 4.55% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Research's May performance notes find that equity markets posted gains for the month despite paring gains in a late-month sell off as government bond yields rose on improving US economic data and
05 Jun. 2013 Deacon's note explains impact of AIFMD for Hong Kong fund managers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Su Cheen Chuah of Hong Kong based law firm Deacons has written a timely note on the potential impact of Europe’s AIFMD on Hong Kong based managers. Chuah writes: "The Alternative Investment Fun
04 Jun. 2013 Spartan Fund Management launches onTREND Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Spartan Fund Management Inc. has launched the onTREND Fund, a discretionary trend following fund focused on listed North American equities. The strategy of the Fund incorporates a quantitative trend following system, overlayed with fundamental analysis, that is utilized on
04 Jun. 2013 New Sapient study shows significant impact on buy-side portfolio returns due to post Dodd-Frank costs of clearing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Sapient Global Markets, a division of Sapient, today announced the release of the first in-depth study into how new central clearing mandates will impact investment performance for buy-
04 Jun. 2013 BofAML report finds investable hedge fund index up 0.94% for the month of May, 4.55% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Key takeaways this week from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor include t
04 Jun. 2013 SAC seen to reduce staff, close offices and scale back trading in midst of investor pull out [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – All the troubles hounding hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen, founder of SAC Capital are expected to trickle down to his employees soon as the $15bn fund management firm is seen to reduce the number of its staff, close down offices and scale back on its trades as
04 Jun. 2013 Bill Ackman to sell 29% of his stake in Canadian Pacific Railway [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – One year after succeeding in his high-profile proxy fight with Canadian Pacific Railway to install a new chief executive officer at the railroad firm, activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has just announced he would sell 29% of his stake in the firm. Accor
04 Jun. 2013 Appleby updates on current state of co-operation agreements between the EU and third country regulators on AIFMD [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Offshore financial services law firm, Appleby has published a note regarding the EU’s AIFMD legislation and the co-operation agreements with the regulators of third countries, outside of the EU. With AIFMD
04 Jun. 2013 Comment: Long/short equity strategy will come back under the spotlight [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - There is a new trend in the hedge fund world; the long/short equity strategy is again in favour among institutional investors, writes Alexandre Poisson, director at Geneva-based Banque Pâris Bertrand Sturdza in the Swiss daily Le Temps. Indeed, he says, t
03 Jun. 2013 Morningstar hedge fund performance up 1.2% in April, 5.1% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar has reported preliminary hedge fund performance for April 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through March. The Morningstar MSCI Compo
03 Jun. 2013 UAI Global up 0.53% for May, 2.34% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.53% in May and reaches 2.34% since the beginning of the year. The UCITS Alternative Index Funds of Funds performs positively for the fifth consecutive month with a 0.65%
03 Jun. 2013 Hedge funds OK Nine Entertainment’s $550m cricket broadcasting right bid [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds Apollo Management and Oaktree Capital, owners of Australia’s Nine Entertainment, with the backing of the network’s board of directors, have thrown their support to executive David Gyngell who wanted to match rival Ten Network Holdings' $550m bid to
03 Jun. 2013 Hedge funds bullish on emerging markets prospects [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds are lining up their investments into emerging markets, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. De
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  5. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo