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28 Oct. 2015 Tim Webb steps down from managing BlackRock’s biggest hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tim Webb has stepped down from managing BlackRock’s biggest hedge fund, Fixed Income GlobalAlpha Fund, which he had done for five years. A report by
28 Oct. 2015 Currency hedge funds fell in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency-focused hedge funds dropped in September as market volatility continued through the month, with the Parker FX Index dropping -0.77%. The index is still up 1.44% YTD, up 2.71% in the last 12 months, and up 3
27 Oct. 2015 Highland Capital Management appoints new Managing Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment management firm, which together with its affiliates has approximately $20 billion in assets under management, announced the hiring of Jeff Seaver as Managing Director. Mr. Seaver will report to Jess Larsen, Managing D
27 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds gain as market conditions improve [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were up last week, supported by improving market conditions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1.1% as of Oct. 20 (-0.7% YTD). In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxor Asset Management said that L/S equity manager
27 Oct. 2015 Investors redeem $8.1 billion from hedge funds in September - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors removed some $8.1 billion from hedge funds in September, according to the latest hedge fund asset flow data from eVestment. Combined with performance decreases of $10.1 billion in the month, the hedge fund industry stood at $3.045 trillion total AUM in
27 Oct. 2015 Crispin Odey’s flagship hedge fund fell 17% in mid-October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The market rally in the first 16 days of October proved to be a disaster for Crispin Odey as his flagship hedge fund fell 16.8% in the first half of the month, bringing its year-to-date losses to 17.4%, reported
27 Oct. 2015 India-focused hedge funds are lagging in performance because of lack in shorting opportunities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The lack of shorting opportunity in India has left India-focused hedge funds at the mercy of the stock market. Indeed, latest data from Singapore-based Eurekahedge said that India hedge funds
26 Oct. 2015 Towers Watson boosts global hedge fund capabilities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has hired Aongus O’Gorman, Abbas Alighanbari and Victoria Vodolazschi - all from asset management firms - to bolster its global hedge fund research and advisory capabilities. Aongus O’Gorman joined in Sydney and will cover a range of hedge fund and other
26 Oct. 2015 UK hedge funds that back Brexit stand to make millions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds who are backing Brexit may make millions should the UK leave the European Union, reported UK daily
26 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds have placed wrong-way wagers on gold in five of the past nine weeks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The fluctuating price of gold is puzzling hedge funds; last week, they raised their net-bullish bets on the gold metal to the highest level since February, only to see the price go down to its lowest since August, reported
23 Oct. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund Surpasses $250 million in Assets under Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited has announced that our US mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund, has surpassed $250 million in assets under management as at 30^th September 2015. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first liquid alternative mutual fund, launched on
23 Oct. 2015 ECB president hints at QE2, hedge fund managers comment [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday during a press conference in Malta that the current purchasing programme, which was announced in January, could be extended beyond its September 2016 end-date. "The degree of monetary policy accommodation will
23 Oct. 2015 SEC filed 807 enforcement actions in FY 2015 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from the Securities and Exchange Commission shows another high volume year for enforcement actions. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions and obtained orders totaling approximately $4.2 billion in penaltie
22 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund manager Ted Seides backtracks from Credit Suisse [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund executive Ted Seides will not be joining Credit Suisse after all. In a report, Reuters said that Seides had resigned from Protégé in June with the a
22 Oct. 2015 Strauss-Kahn faces fraud probe, files complaint [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF and former finance minister in France, is under the wrong spotlights again. Following his well-publicized fall in May 2011 in New York, he went back to France. Betting on his reputation as a strong economis
21 Oct. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends September -1.19% (3.84% YTD) on asset weighted basis, -1.77% (-0.37% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended September 2015 down 1.19% (3.84% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 1.77% (-0.37% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of t
21 Oct. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a gain of +0.91% in mid-October (-2.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted gains through mid-October, partially reversing declines from September, with broad based gains led by Emerging Market and Energy equities. US gains were broad based across market capitalization and sectors, while European & Asian equiti
21 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds post worst asset decline since 2008 due to performance-related losses [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry experienced an asset decline in the last quarter, due to the past several months’ poor performance, which forced some funds to shut down. Latest figures from data provider HFR showed that hedge fund assets declined by $95bn (est.) across
21 Oct. 2015 CTAs survive September market selloff to report small gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures traders survived the onslaught of the market selloff in September 2015. The Barclay CTA Index up 0.60%, bringing its year-to-date losses to -0.67%, according to data compiled by
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds report mixed returns in mid-October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management said that hedge funds reported mixed returns in mid-October as most directional strategies, including long bias L/S equity, event driven and L/S credit – staged a rebound from depresse
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds lead private asset mix [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Institutional Investors account for some $6.7 trillion held in private funds according to new data released by the SEC, and of that the majority is going to hedge funds. $3.4 trillion or 54 percent was tied up in hedge funds, followed by private equity of which
20 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds slide in September for fourth consecutive month on market selloff [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds slid for their fourth consecutive month in September as shown by the Barclay Hedge Fund Index which is down 1.43% during the month, bringing its year-to-date losses to 1.21%. "Investor uncert
20 Oct. 2015 UBS agrees to pay $17.5m to settle charges from failure to disclose fund’s strategy change [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission said that UBS AG has agreed to pay $17.5 million in penalties to settle charges that its two advisory firms allegedly failed to inform clients about the change in investment strategy by a fund focused on distressed debt.
19 Oct. 2015 AIMA releases guide to liquid alternative funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global industry body representing alternative asset managers, has published a new guide about setting up and managing a liquid alternative fund. The AIMA Guide to Liquid Alternative Funds summarises a
19 Oct. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.91% in September (-1.5% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended September down -0.91% driven by poor performance in Long/Short Equity Strategies and Event Driven Strategies. Global equity markets were down with the MSCI World index down -3.86%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggr
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November