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23 Mar. 2016 Hedge fund industry raises $1.5 million to prevent and treat child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Help For Children (HFC), one of the most globally renowned charitable organizations associated with the hedge fund industry, raised $1.5 million at its 18th Annual Hedge Funds Care New York Benefit on March 10th, with all proceeds benefiting programs to prevent and treat
23 Mar. 2016 United Continental pilots accuse hedge funds of 'wanting to pillage’ airline’s coffers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The leaders of United Airlines’ pilot association have accused two activist hedge funds of planning to raid the United Continental’s profits by insisting on appointing an "outsider" on its board, reported
22 Mar. 2016 Online PE marketplace iCapital Network to buy HedgeFocus from Credit Suisse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, a financial technology platform that provides the high-net-worth market with access to alternative investments, and Credit Suisse has announced that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement pursuant to which iCapital has acquired the HedgeF
22 Mar. 2016 Commodity multi-strategy Argon Capital Management appoints new partners and portfolio managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Argon Capital Management, LP, a commodity multi - strategy alternative asset management firm founded in 2015, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Halpern as Partner and Chief Risk Officer, and of John Curran, Andrew Suckling and Pasha Bahadori as Partners and Seni
22 Mar. 2016 Foundry Partners acquires small and mid cap value team from Dreman Value Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundry Partners, LLC, has added to its Cleveland office with its acquisition of the Small and Mid Cap Value team from Dreman Value Management, LLC. The Dreman team brings approximately $700 million in assets under management on behalf of institutional and high net-w
22 Mar. 2016 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.74% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 1.74% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 2.89% after two months in 2016. “A 25 percent decline in natural gas, an 11 percent rally in gold, and a continuing ‘Brexit’ decline
22 Mar. 2016 Long/short equity and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperform last week [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long/short equity and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperformed in the week ending March 16 (+0.8%), fuelled by accommodative stance from central banks, Lyxor Asset Management said. Both strategies benefited
22 Mar. 2016 Evanston Capital examines smart beta returns in new paper [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Peter Hecht, Managing Director at Evanston Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm with approximately $5 billion in assets under management, has released a new white paper looking at the return prospects of smart beta products. Smart beta
21 Mar. 2016 Narcissistic artists sell more art – for more money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pricing of artwork is often left up to the experts, but are they being swayed by unconscious signals the artists may be giving in the presentation of their work? A new study inThe European Journal of Finance finds narcissism is positively associated with market perfor
21 Mar. 2016 SS&C says hedge fund exit requests rise in third straight month this March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2016 measured 4.26%, up from 3.27% in February. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2016 was 4.26%, an increase from 3.27% for February 2016. The 4.26% for March 2016 was also an
21 Mar. 2016 Dexion Capital changes its name to Fidante [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following Fidante Partners’ acquisition of Dexion Capital Holdings Limited in July 2015, the combined business announces that it is rebranding as Fidante Partners. The business will operate as Fidante Partners and Fidante Capital. It comprises an international
21 Mar. 2016 US insurer buys 25% stake and allocates $150m to San Francisco hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Doctors Company, the largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer in the United States, has announced the selection of Pier 88 Investment Partners to manage $150 million USD in a convertible bond fund strategy and the purchase of a 25% equity position in Pier 8
21 Mar. 2016 Hedge funds post modest gains in mid-March as global financial markets rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted modest gains in mid-March as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.66% (-2.32% YTD) and the HFRX Market Direction Index rose +2.41% (-6.91%
18 Mar. 2016 Pegasus UCITS fund restructures and rebrands as the Tosca Micro Cap UCITS Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Toscafund Asset Management LLP and ML Capital have announced the restructuring and rebranding of the Pegasus UCITS Fund, the inaugural fund of the MontLake UCITS Platform. Launched in September 2010, the fund is now re-launching as the Tosca Micro Cap UCITS Fund (the &
18 Mar. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.30% in February, turbulent markets challenge hedge fund traders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.30% in February according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 3.25% after two months in 2016. “The first half of February saw a continuation of January’s downtrends in equities, energy, and high yield,”
18 Mar. 2016 Hedge fund liquidations rise to conclude 2015 as investor risk tolerance falls [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund liquidations increased to conclude 2015, as volatility and turmoil from the second half of 2015 resulted in falling investor risk tolerance and capital redemptions from underperforming hedge funds, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, relea
17 Mar. 2016 AIMA launches Bermuda network [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative body for alternative asset managers, is to establish a new volunteer network in Bermuda. AIMA members on the island will be represented by a new Executive Committee (ExCo). This
17 Mar. 2016 California Hedge Fund Association announces Adam R. Wagner joins board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of the California Hedge Fund Association (CHFA) has elected Adam R. Wagner, the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Jay Capital Management LLC, to become a Director on the Board. In his current role Mr. Wagner is responsible for the daily trading operat
17 Mar. 2016 M&A activities drive IndexIQ's hedge fund replicators [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds strategies outperformed the equity markets in the first two months of 2016 as M&A activities remain strong, said IndexIQ, a provider of innovative investment solutions focused on absolute return, real assets, and international strategies. "The vol
16 Mar. 2016 Philip R. Henríquez joins LW Investment Management as CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mr. Carlos Zalles, founder of the boutique emerging markets investment group LWPartners, announced that Mr. Philip R. Henríquez has joined LW Investment Management Ltd. as its new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner as of March 1st, 2016. In this capacity, Phili
16 Mar. 2016 Three hedge funds lost nearly $3bn as Valeant tanks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Three hedge fund managers lost nearly $3bn as shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals dropped 52% Tuesday, data compiled by Bloomberg s
16 Mar. 2016 Hedge funds see outflows in Q4 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds saw outflows through the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest Institutional Investment Asset Flows Report from eVestment. The industry had of $158.7 billion in outflows in the last quarter of 2015, up from outflows of $87.2 billion in 3Q 2
15 Mar. 2016 Sanne eyes hedge fund outsourcing in South Africa with IDS acquisition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IDS Fund Services (IDS) has entered in to an agreement with Sanne Group plc whereby Sanne will acquire the business in order to further broaden their alternative asset capabilities through the delivery of a hedge platform which can be leveraged across the wider group netw
15 Mar. 2016 CTAs and L/S equity drag down hedge funds in early March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index declined 0.6% as of end 08 March after being dragged down by CTAs and L/S equity downwards on the back of the short exposure to commodities. CTAs outperformed when the market was in risk-off mode, but they have been hurt in March by the
15 Mar. 2016 University of California to cut number of hedge fund portfolio to reduce costs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The University of California (UC) endowment has announced it would reduce the number of its hedge fund portfolios in a bid to reduce costs. A number of hedge funds are managing at least $2bn of the university’s endowment. The move by UC comes as the labor uni
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