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17 Jan. 2018 CalPERS board elects Priya Mathur as president, Rob Feckner as vice president [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CalPERS Board of Administration elected Priya Mathur as board president and Rob Feckner as vice president. Mathur is the first female elected president of the CalPERS board. This will be her first term. Feckner previously served as board president and vice preside
17 Jan. 2018 Brevan Howard loses Camden Pension [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Troubled hedge fund Brevan Howard is losing one of its anchor investors as assets under management at the firm continue to plummet. Financial News
16 Jan. 2018 J8 Capital launches Global Absolute Return UCITS fund [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: J8 Capital Management LLP has announced the launch of their UI-J8 Global Absolute Return UCITS Fund, opening up their highly successful systematic investment strategy to an institutional as well as retail audience. The fund is now open for subscriptions and scheduled
16 Jan. 2018 Strong economic pulse pushes hedge funds up, L/S equity readies for intense earning season [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The strong economic pulse worldwide pushed hedge funds up last week as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index rose +2% from January 2 - 9 (1.7% YTD), reported Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. Global macro manager
15 Jan. 2018 Cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund Alphabit picks AELF as digital currency for 2018 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alphabit, a global hedge fund investing in digital currencies, has chosen that AELF (ELF) is its cryptocurrency pick for the coming year. AELF is based in Singapore and was launched in December of last year. A
12 Jan. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: December performance 0.84% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for December 2017 measured 0.84%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.35% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for January
12 Jan. 2018 Alternative Investment Industry foresees continued strength of U.S. economy and a Fed rate hike in 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With the United States well into its third longest period of economic expansion to date, economists are wondering how long the markets will be able to continue rising and whether or not the seemingly endless surge in the price of Bitcoin indicates that we are in the midst
12 Jan. 2018 Cohen & Company opens downtown Chicago office, Continues Growth Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cohen & Company is pleased to announce its continuing growth and service expansion with the opening of its office in downtown Chicago, Illinois and several significant management-level hires. The firm recently announced it had merged with Arthur Bell CPAs to create the pr
12 Jan. 2018 SS&C to acquire DST for $5.4bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, and DST Systems, Inc., a provider of proprietary technology-based information processing and servicing solutions, today announced that the companies have entered in
12 Jan. 2018 Cohen's hedge fund launch hits snag with departure of top trader [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With only days before the official launch of Steven Cohen's new hedge fund, Point72 Asset Management lost senior executive Jeff Miller, who co-heads the U.S. trading department, reports
12 Jan. 2018 Fund administrator Gemini reports 36% surge from hedge funds clients [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Gemini Companies, a subsidiary of NorthStar Financial Services Group, reported a surge in hedge and alternative fund clients for 2017, and that it expects strong momentum to continue into 2018. Dav
12 Jan. 2018 YieldStreet closes $113m financing round [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: -YieldStreet, an alternative investment platform has closed a $113 million financing round. The round includes $12.8 million of Series A equity financing co-led by Greycroft and Raine Ventures, as well as a revolving credit facility of $100 million from a New Yo
12 Jan. 2018 Northern Trust acquires Omnium development tools from Citadel [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northern Trust Corporation has reached an agreement with Citadel to bring Omnium technology development in-house - including a team of development professionals as well as software development rights for its Omnium technology platform.    The agreement gives
11 Jan. 2018 Barclay CTA Index Up 0.54% in December (+0.69 2017) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.54% gain in December. The CTA Index ended 2017 with a 0.69% gain. "December's 1.11% rise in the S&P 500 Index extended its unprecedented winning streak to fourteen consecutive months
11 Jan. 2018 EFA Group's latest fund provides over $100 million of financing to SMEs within six months of launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The EFA SME Trade Finance Fund, EFA Group's latest fund, has successfully deployed over US$100 million of short-term receivables and supply chain financing to its portfolio of over 30 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Launched in July 2017, the Fund provides
11 Jan. 2018 Lombard Odier Investment Managers completes its first blockchain bond trade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Insurance Linked Strategies (ILS) team at Lombard Odier Investment Managers ('Lombard Odier IM') has completed its first bond transaction using blockchain, the immutable ledger for recording transactions. The team's purchase of catastrophe bonds is believed to be amon
11 Jan. 2018 Only 15% of last year's best performing funds are quant funds, says HSBC [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Humans still reign supreme against the machines as three of the top five best-performing hedge funds last year are made up of human-led stock-picking strategies, according to data by HSBC research. According to a
11 Jan. 2018 Catalyst Funds, BNP Paribas launch alternative, multi-asset index [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative-focused mutual fund company Catalyst Funds has partnered with BNP Paribas to create the BNP Paribas Catalyst Systematic Alpha Index (BNPP CASA Ind
11 Jan. 2018 Hedge funds extend rebound with another positive year [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds ended 2017 broadly positive, according to the latest performance report from eVestment. Aggregate returns for the year came in at +8.83% and builds on the performance rebound that started in 2016 when hedge funds returned 5.7% for the year. Overa
10 Jan. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.21% in December (+10.44% 2017) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds gained 1.21% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index was up 10.44% at the end of 2017. "Tax reform in the US helped to propel the rise in global equities in December," says Sol Waksman, founder and presiden
10 Jan. 2018 New York Life Investment Management creates CMO role, taps Forrest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM) announced today that Ian Forrest has joined the company as global chief marketing officer. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for NYLIM's marketing strategies across its entire business, including the firm's U.S
10 Jan. 2018 Saudi Stock Exchange continues upgrades [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tadawul, the Saudi Stock Exchange, today announced a series of significant measures to improve market access and efficiency, enhance liquidity, bolster investor security, mitigate risk and further align market practices with global best practices. Newly announced measures
10 Jan. 2018 Pantheon brings on West and Clarkson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alex Wilmerding has been promoted to Partner at Pantheon. Alex joined Pantheon nine years ago and has demonstrated considerable commitment to both the investment and business development areas of our business. Based in Hong Kong, Alex is a member of the Asia investment te
10 Jan. 2018 Index of "undiscovered" hedge fund managers up 18.5% gross in 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - FundSeeder Technologies, whose platform tracks thousands of independent traders, has published statistics that show smaller traders, or so-called "emerging managers," can d
10 Jan. 2018 Lyxor hedge funds gain 4.2% in 2017, still favoring bottom-up strategies in 2018 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index closed 2017 up 4.2%, with event driven and L/S equity strategies leading the gains with 7.5% and 7.4% increases respectively during the year, Lyxor Asset Management said in its report. Ov
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