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17 Nov. 2016 Comment: Right now, low-vol is expensive crap. You should be buying cheap crap: Digging deeper into Low Volatility Investing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Wesley Gray, CEO/CIO of Alpha Architect, LLC writes on Harvest Exchange: Jack and I had the honor of attending the Evidence-Based Investing conference , hosted by the team at Ritholz Wealth Management. What a great event and a great group of inspiring investors and th
16 Nov. 2016 Survey: Liquidity management top priority for managers, investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation, in partnership with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative of alternative investment managers, released a new research report today that found that nearly half (48 percent) of survey respondents say th
16 Nov. 2016 172% surge in Americans renouncing their citizenship because of the other "T" word. And no, it's not Trump [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 1380 Americans gave up their citizenship in three months leading up to the US election, a 172% increase on the previous quarter Americans are abandoning their citizenship at the second fastest rate in history, and at 63 times the level seen w
16 Nov. 2016 Liquidity management top priority for fund managers and institutional investors in new market environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation in partnership with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative of alternative investment managers, released a new research report that found that nearly half (48 percent) of survey respondents say that decr
16 Nov. 2016 California Hedge Fund Association announces Lauri Martin Haas joins board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of the California Hedge Fund Association (CHFA) has elected Lauri Martin Haas, founder of PRISM LLC, to become a Director on the Board. Haas founded PRISM LLC in 2009, a hedge fund advisor that provides operational due diligence services to institut
16 Nov. 2016 Hedge funds up 2.85% for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 2.85% for the year, on track for a better showing compared to 2015 when the average fund realised modest gains of 1.65%, according to the November 2016 Eurekahedge Report. Asset growth for the industry remains muted in 2016, expandin
16 Nov. 2016 Amundi strengthens strategic partnership with TOBAM, increases stake to 20% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Amundi Smith Breeden today announced that parent company Amundi has strengthened its strategic partnership with TOBAM, and increased its stake in TOBAM from 10.6% to 20.0%. In 2012, Amundi and TOBAM implemented a strategic partnership based on:
16 Nov. 2016 Study shows rapid growth in impact investing among institutional and individual investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint study by Greenwich Associates and American Century Investments finds rapid growth in impact investing among institutional and individual investors despite a lack of consensus about how impact investing should be defined and treated within investment portfoli
16 Nov. 2016 Connecticut approves hedge fund incentives package for AQR [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: On Tuesday, the State Bond Commission approved $28 million in forgivable loans and $7 million in grants for AQR Capital Management, in a move to persuade the hedge fund to retain its operations in the state. This is the second time the Commission has approved an
16 Nov. 2016 Lone Star Funds closes Fund X on $5.6 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Texas-based Lone Star Funds has closed its tenth fund on $5.6 billion. The fund was oversubscribed and beat its original target of $5 billion. The news comes on the heels of another successful fundraising round earlier this year. The firm closed Lone Star Re
15 Nov. 2016 Hazeltree hires Ayman Sakr to lead its worldwide client service organization [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hazeltree, a provider of integrated buy-side treasury management solutions, has announced that it has expanded its management team by hiring client service veteran, Ayman Sakr, to lead its worldwide client service organization. Mr. Sakr brings to Hazeltree more than 20 ye
15 Nov. 2016 Changing investor preferences are pressuring hedge funds to adapt in order to grow [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are feeling the pressure from changing investor demands and the managers that adapt accordingly and timely will be the most successful in achieving growth, according to the EY 2016 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey: Will adapting to today's
15 Nov. 2016 Rising bond yields smash REITs. What happens next? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA, Chief Investment Officer at Sizemore Capital, writes on Harvest Exchange: Real estate investment trusts hav
15 Nov. 2016 Majority of hedge fund strategies slightly down on Trump victory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The surprise victory of Donald Trump in the recent U.S. presidential election has translated into a rise in risk assets far above expectations. Hedge funds were slightly down as of the week ending November 8, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.4% (-2.2% YTD) wit
15 Nov. 2016 Mary Jo White to step down as SEC chair [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SEC Chair Mary Jo White, after nearly four years as the agency’s head, today announced that she intends to leave at the end of the Obama Administration. White has recently come under fire from Democrats including Elizabeth Warren for failing to move fast enough
15 Nov. 2016 Long Hill Capital closes debut fund on $125m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Long Hill Capital Management (LHC), a China-focused venture capital firm, today has closed Long Hill Capital Venture Partners 1 on $125 million. The fund will invest in early stage technology-enabled healthcare and consumer services companies based in China. The
14 Nov. 2016 Fortress acquires limited partner interest in Red Rocks Energy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Fortress Investment Group has confirmed that certain Fortress managed funds and accounts have acquired a limited partner interest in Red Rocks Energy Partners to own and develop oil and gas assets in over 7,200 acres in the SCOOP play in Grady, McClain, and Garvi
14 Nov. 2016 The Myth of Consistency: Winning over time doesn’t mean winning all the time [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Virtus Investment Partners has published this comment on Harvest Exchange: So much effort in investing goes toward identifying "winners." In the world of actively managed mutual funds, we search for managers who can outpace their peers and beat the market. We know ho
14 Nov. 2016 Asian hedge fund saw rise in assets as Japanese yen gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chinese hedge funds posted strong gains in 3Q16 as the Shanghai Composite Index pared 2016 losses and the renminbi stabilized after 1H16 volatility. The HFRI China Index surged +7.5% in 3Q while the HFRI Asia ex-Japan Index climbed +6.7%, according to the latest
11 Nov. 2016 Global macro signed its best month since February 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fixed income markets faced some pressure in October as investors fret about less accommodative monetary conditions going forward. On the one hand, the Fed is increasingly likely to hike rates in December, while on the other hand, other central banks shifted to a less dovi
11 Nov. 2016 Comment: If you’re shocked that Trump won you shouldn’t be managing money [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Jonathan Rochford, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Narrow Road Capital, writes on Harvest Exchange: In the aftermath of the US presidential election Donald Trump’s victory is continuously being called "shocking".The reality is that the result was not a shock at all. The gr
10 Nov. 2016 Warwick Capital picks Wells Fargo to provide admin, middle and back office services for its new fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London based investment manager Warwick Capital Partners LLP has chosen Wells Fargo Global Fund Services to provide administration, comp
10 Nov. 2016 Trump’s victory is money in the bank for some hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As the world recovers from the initial shock of a Donald Trump victory in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, some hedge funds are running to the bank to cash in. Reports said some hedge funds are expecting a windfall return, much bigger than what they made from B
09 Nov. 2016 EFA Group to take over as investment manager of the Galena Commodity Trade Finance Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Singapore-based independent asset manager, EFA Group, and Galena Asset Management said that EFA will take over as investment manager of the Galena Commodity Trade Finance Fund. Approved by the Fund’s board of directors and supported by its existing investors, the change i
09 Nov. 2016 Investcorp to invest $20 million in cloud solutions provider Calligo [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, has announces that it has reached an agreement to invest $20 million in Calligo Limited, a fast growing provider of cloud solutions focused on serving the global mid-tier enterprise segment.
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    Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers Texas County & District Retirement System, Austin, continues to reduce the number of hedge funds, but not the size of its $6.2 billion hedge fund portfolio. It will redeem a total of $760 million from five hedg

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Australian family offices search for good risk adjusted returns, happy to pay for skill[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian family offices want foremost good risk adjusted returns, and they are happy to pay for the skill, and in some cases, the limited capacity of an active manager. Jonas Daly, Head of Distribution at B

  3. StepStone announces close of Swiss Capital acquisition[more]

    StepStone Group LP announced it has successfully closed the acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. The transaction was originally announced in May 2016, and has been in the process of receiving regulatory

  4. Investing - Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues, California Resources loses favor with hedge funds[more]

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  5. Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest