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22 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds await outcome of French elections, feel pinch on lower oil prices & weak dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds felt the pinch of lower oil prices and weak U.S. dollar as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was marginally down as of the week ending 14 March, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor He
22 Mar. 2017 CalALTs reviews best practice for hedge funds and private equity operations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTs)'s new white paper on best practices for hedge fund and private equity operations, today's inve
22 Mar. 2017 Outlook: Low current risks of global and US recessions [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Stephen Blumenthal, CEO of CMG Capital Management Group, writes on Harvest Exchange: I personally believe that recessions can be forecast in advance. While no indica
22 Mar. 2017 Smith Graham lifts out Five Mile Capital Partner's residential mortgage team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $6 billion, Houston-based asset manager Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors has acquired Five Mile Capital Partners' Residential Mortgage team, an alternative investment manager, led by Brian Tortorella, Managing Director. The acquisition is part of SG&#
22 Mar. 2017 Varde Partners Closes Fund XII on $1.74 Billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Varde Partners has closed its twelfth flagship fund on $1.74 billion. The firm invests in opportunities across a broad array of geographies, segments and asset types. The Fund's main areas of focus include opportunities across c
21 Mar. 2017 Standard Life snags State Street's Carlson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has added to its North American client relations team with the appointment of Larry Carlson as Director of Strategic Relationships. This is a newly created position within the company and he will be based in Boston
21 Mar. 2017 Eurekahedge Fund Index up 0.97% in February (+1.87% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for February 2017: Hedge funds were up 0.97% in February with year-to-date gains coming in at 1.87%. Investor subscriptions have picked up pace since the start of 2017, with net inflows coming in at US$17.1 billion. AUM for the North American hedge f
21 Mar. 2017 Global ETFs/ETPs assets reach new record high of $47 billion at the end of February 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, has reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of US$47.49 billion at the end of February passing the prior record of US$46 billion s
21 Mar. 2017 Three things to know about demographics in Africa [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Africa Capital Group writes in Harvest Exchange: Investors should take note that Africa's demographics bode well for a strong and sus
21 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds post gains in mid-March as Fed's interest rate hike sends market jitters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains through mid-March with the HFRX Market Directional Index rising 0.29% and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining 0.11% through mid-March as the U.S. Fed increased interest rates, data provider
20 Mar. 2017 Alternatives industry sees more Brexit turbulence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Britain will trigger Article 50 of the European Union's Treaty on Lisbon by the end of the month, a move that will officially start the clock on the two year period during which the UK must negotiate the specific conditions
20 Mar. 2017 Alcentra Grows US Structured Credit team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alcentra Group, the alternative fixed income specialist of BNY Mellon Investment Management (IM), further builds its global structured credit team. Hiram Hamilton, Global Head of Structured Credit, will be re-locating to the firm's New York office in April of this year.
20 Mar. 2017 Crestline Investors adds to biz dev and client partnerships group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional alternative asset manager, today announced the hiring of Chris Golio as a Managing Director. Golio will join the firm's Business Development & Client Partnership Group, where he will be focused on the Northeast and Midwest US re
20 Mar. 2017 Emerging markets blaze new trails in technology [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AllianceBernstein writes on Harvest Exchange: Emerging markets (EMs) often lag behind developed countries when it comes to technology ado
20 Mar. 2017 Hedge fund liquidations in 2016 surpass 2009 levels, new launches decline [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Even as the hedge fund industry's total assets exceeded the $3tln milestone last year, hedge fund liquidations increased. So much so that 2016 had the highest number of liquidations since 2008, claims the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, re
17 Mar. 2017 Can environmental, social, and governance screens further reduce investment risks in portfolios? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Institute for Innovation Development writes on Harvest Exchange: We recently sat down with Matthew Blume, CFA, Portfo
17 Mar. 2017 Global stock market rally lifts CTAs in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global stock market rally lifted managed futures traders in February as the Barclays CTA Index gained 0.71%, bringing year-to-date gains to a flat 0.02%. "Trend reversals in European bond yields and a w
16 Mar. 2017 Indian mutual fund powerhouse IDFC incubates liquid alternatives division, hires hedge fund manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IDFC AMC, the $8.6 bn asset manager of Mumbai listed IDFC group, announced the launch of its Liquid Alternatives division and the hiring of Vijay Krishna-Kumar, a seasoned India focused Hedge Fund manager. The division will offer, manage and advise alternative investment
16 Mar. 2017 How to perform horizontal and vertical analysis of income statements [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Vintage Value Investing writes on Harvest Exchange: As an investor, you should be digging in to a company's fina
16 Mar. 2017 Hedge fund managers establish track record in U.S. as leverage in attracting offshore investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers are establishing solid track records in the U.S. first and leverage it to attract offshore investor interest, said
16 Mar. 2017 Eurekahedge: Artificial intelligence hedge funds outperform average global hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Data provider Eurekahedge has looked at the performance of artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning hedge funds and found that they have outperformed the average global hedge fund for all years exclud
16 Mar. 2017 Survey: Half of institutions to increase exposure to alternative investment strategies this year [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Institutional investors are raising their exposure to higher-risk assets and increasing risk management procedures, according to an international survey published by Natixis Global Asset Management. 62% of institutional managers feel they can handle near
15 Mar. 2017 ABR Dynamic Funds launches first UCITS V fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Building upon its indexing and liquid alternative asset management business in the United States, New York-based ABR Dynamic Funds, LLC has launched its first Irish-domiciled UCITS V fund. The fund, which seeks U.S. equities participation in a bull market and signific
15 Mar. 2017 Flat Rock Global launches investment firm focused on yield-driven investment strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Robert Grunewald and Richard Petrocelli have launched Flat Rock Global, a new alternative asset management firm focused on developing yield-driven investment strategies in
15 Mar. 2017 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +0.99% in February (+2.97% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.99% for the month (+2.97% YTD), while the S&P 500 rose +3.72% (+5.58% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +4.77% (+5.42% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index moved higher by +3.75% (+
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