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20 Oct. 2014 Trent Hancock calls for van Eyk liquidation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Trent Hancock of Moore Stephens Corporate Recovery, the appointed liquidator of van Eyk, has called for the liquidation of the financial services and research house ahead of a scheduled meeting on Tuesday to determine the course of the company. According to a
17 Oct. 2014 Blackstone's assets rise 15% in Q3 to reach $284bn, set to capitalize on rising volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment and alternative investment firm Blackstone Group reported that its assets rose by 15% year-to-date as at end September 30, bringing its total assets under management to $284bn. Blackstone chairman and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman s
17 Oct. 2014 Riches Depot Group Holding Limited takes majority interest in Pacific Sun Adviors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Riches Depot Group Holding Limited, headed up by Liu Xuezhong, is taking a substantial interest in Pacific Sun Advisors, based in Hong Kong. The transaction is pending regulatory approval. Pacific Sun is an independent advisor based in Hong Kong with an af
16 Oct. 2014 ABC Quant launches new cloud risk platform powered by LuxHedge Database [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LuxHedge S.A., a premier provider of Alternative UCITS funds' data, announces that ABC Quant, LLC, a leading provider of risk management analytical solutions for the hedge fund industry, launched Risk Shell LuxHedge Edition. The new cloud-based application, powere
16 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds said to have magnified yesterday’s market swings [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Yesterday saw a steep plunge, followed by a sharp rally in a number of markets. Apparently, hedge funds had a heavy hand in those swings. By 10pm ET last night (Wednesday, October 15th) – according to a recap in the
15 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds hold steady despite US$13 billion redemptions in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds outperformed underlying markets in September with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index returning a flat 0% while the MSCI World Index finished the month down 1.86%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 3.87%, falling just slightly behind underlying markets
15 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds falter, especially in the energy sector [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Things are not looking good for hedge funds the last three quarters. But the sector that gives most pain for the industry is energy. In a report, CNBC said that the SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration ETF, a coll
15 Oct. 2014 Investors less confident in global economy as end of quantitative easing nears [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The imminent end of quantitative easing in the U.S. have left investors much less confident in their outlook for the global economy and corporate profitability, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for October. In a
15 Oct. 2014 Sparx optimistic about outlook for Japan [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to SPARX, there are causes to be optimistic about the outlook for the Japanese market and the country's economy in general. Sparx Asset Management is a Tokyo-based asset manager, part of
14 Oct. 2014 Consultants still view hedge funds 'very favorably' [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by hedge funds information provider Infovest21 found that a majority or 41% of consultants still view hedge funds "very favorably" while another 32% view hedge funds "somewhat favorably". The result o
14 Oct. 2014 Short term CTAs, emerging market funds outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Short term CTAs and less correlated strategies such as multi strategy, dividend futures and emerging market funds have been able to navigate the market turmoil the past week, according to data compiled by Lyxor Asset Manag
14 Oct. 2014 Wealth growth in U.S. pushes global household wealth to $263tln, 20% above pre-crisis peak [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate global household wealth rose by 8.3% in current dollar terms to $263tln from mid-2013 to mid-2014, the highest increase recorded since the financial crisis and despite an ongoing challenging economic environment. Giles Keating, global head of Re
14 Oct. 2014 Janus acquires VelocityShares [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Denver-based Janus Capital Group, the new home of Bill Gross, is out with news of its second major acquisition – VS Holdings the parent company of VelocityShares. VelocityShares is a provider of institutional ETPs and ETFs that manage volatility. Opalesque
13 Oct. 2014 TABB Group Research finds that boutique asset managers continue grappling with regulatory hurdles [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the third annual edition of research undertaken by research and advisory firm TABB Group at SunGard’s request, regulation is the greatest threat to success for
13 Oct. 2014 Funds of hedge funds started to compete with hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A white paper released by hedge fund research firm Infovest21 says the relationships between funds of funds and hedge fund managers, funds of funds and consultants, and funds of funds and institutions are changing
13 Oct. 2014 European Court of Justice says German tax legislation disadvantageous to non-German investment funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has called on the German government to amend its Investment Tax Act whose lump sum taxation was found to be disadvantageous to non-German investment funds. The Court added that investors have a right to fair taxation. In a
10 Oct. 2014 Blackstone to spin off financial advisory business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blackstone's Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin off its financial and strategic advisory services, restructuring and reorganization advisory services, and its Park Hill fund placement businesses and combine these businesses with PJT Partners, an independen
10 Oct. 2014 Newedge CTA Index +1.92% in September, +6.02% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - September saw all the Newedge managed futures indices continue the positive momentum seen in August, with positive returns posted across the board for the second month in a row. The strong post-summer period for CTAs means that the Newedge indices remain firmly in the bla
10 Oct. 2014 Parker FX Index up 1.30% in August (+0.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +1.30% return for the month of August. Thirty four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported August results, of which twenty-five reported positive results and nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.58
10 Oct. 2014 John Paulson suffered losses in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The volatile financial markets hit John Paulson in September as his two main funds fell 11% and 8% during the month, reports said. Paulson’s $22bn Advantage fund registered
09 Oct. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down -0.7% in September (YTD +1.0%), hitting the wall on Fed and rising dollar [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.7% in September (YTD +1.0%). 5 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of September in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+2.4%), the Lyxor Long Short Equity Market Neutral Index (+2.2%) and the Lyxor Fixed
09 Oct. 2014 Anavon launches its global equity long/short hedge fund in UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, Anavon Capital LLP has launched the Anavon Global Equity Long/Short UCITS fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. The new fund will be run pari passu with Anavon’s global long/short strategy that was launched in January 2011. Tages Capital LLP has acted as day 1 investor
09 Oct. 2014 Tzur Management and Gilboa Fund launch Israeli Hedge Fund Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tzur Management and the Gilboa Fund of Funds have announced the publication of the Tzur Gilboa Israeli Hedge Fund Index which tracks the performance of Israeli hedge funds. The index will be released monthly on the newly established website
09 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds post negative returns in the third quarter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Q3 hedge fund returns were negative, marking the industry's first quarterly decline since Q2 2013 according to the latest hedge fund data from eVestment. Emerging markets saw losses more than twice that of developed markets. Declines from funds investing in
09 Oct. 2014 Swiss insurance investment manager opens office in insurance traders' Mecca; London [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Twelve Capital, a swiss manager focused on insurance related investments, was authorised by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a MiFID investment firm on October 1st and opened its new London office. "In an effort to enhance its investment
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