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31 May. 2013 Parker FX Index loses -0.90% in April (0.94% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.90% return for the month of April. Forty-two of the forty-four programs in the Index reported April results, of which sixteen reported positive results and twenty six incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.39
31 May. 2013 Preqin finds the largest and oldest hedge funds have most of the capital [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Preqin’s latest edition of their monthly Hedge Fund Spotlight finds that 61% of the capital in the hedge fund industry is managed by the 100 largest fund managers, who have combined
31 May. 2013 Two activist hedge fund firms join efforts and plan new strategy [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Two activist hedge fund firms, a new one based in California and another head-quartered in London, announced today they had formed a new partnership. They will join marketing efforts and together launch a global constructive activist strategy. They are Engaged
30 May. 2013 Eckert, Gerson and Reeves form new credit-focused asset management firm called Phoenix Star Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Phoenix Star Capital’s founders, Alfred C. Eckert III, Russ D. Gerson and Oliver W. Reeves, announced today the launch of a new asset management firm. Phoenix Star Capital will pursue investment opportunities across the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets. The firm
30 May. 2013 Swiss wealth and asset manager REYL Group posts positive results for 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2012, the REYL Group posted another year of positive financial results, validating the pertinence of its business model. In 2012, assets under management increased by 61.8%, to CHF 7.3 billion. Revenue reached CHF 71.7 million (+34.1%) and net income CHF 8.8 million (+
30 May. 2013 Gottex and Staples Rodway A.M. join to provide multi asset investment solutions in New Zealand [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Staples Rodway Asset Management Ltd (Staples Rodway or SRAM), the investment management subsidiary of Staples Rodway group based in New Zealand, and Gottex Fund Management Sarl, the investment subsidiary of global alternative asset management group Gottex Fund Management
30 May. 2013 Infovest21’s funds of hedge funds’ survey finds they are customizing their product to suit investor requirements [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Alternatives information provider Infovest21 run from New York by Lois Peltz has published its latest survey of funds of funds. The average asset size of the fund of funds organization responding to
30 May. 2013 Hedge Funds Care changes name, expands reach outside of financial services [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge Funds Care, the non-profit devoted to ending child abuse, backed by some of the worlds largest hedge funds, is changing its name to Help For Children - Prevent and Treat Child Abuse. The change also comes with an announcement that the organization will be
29 May. 2013 Union Bancaire Privée to acquire Lloyds Banking Group’s International Private Banking business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (“UBP”) has announced that it has agreed to acquire Lloyds Banking Group’s (“Lloyds”) International
29 May. 2013 LPFA welcomes new findings on pension fund fees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The London Pensions Fund Authority has welcomed the findings of new research into local authority pension funds, which shows that LGPS funds could be paying hundreds of millions of pounds more than necessary to City fund m
29 May. 2013 SAC Capital loses another investor [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – It seems there is no end to SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen’s woes. On Tuesday, San Francisco-based Ironwood Capital Management sent a notice to SAC Capital it would pull out some $100m from the troubled hedge fund, adding to the list of worries for Cohen who is a
29 May. 2013 Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal confirms extended powers of SFC to prosecute New York hedge fund for insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tiger Asia Management, a New York-based hedge fund will be prosecuted by the Hong Kong financial regulator following a landmark court decision handed down in Hong Kong on May 10. Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC),
29 May. 2013 BofAML’s composite index returns 1.45% month to date, 5.08% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s report this week finds that: Market Neutral a
28 May. 2013 AIMA calls for deeper global coordination of OTC derivatives regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has produced a
27 May. 2013 Preqin finds 80% of alternative investors plans to maintain or increase their allocations [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest survey from Preqin finds that investors are proactive and committed to alternative assets with at least 80% of investors in each alternative asset class plan to maintain or incre
27 May. 2013 Blackstone sent redemption request to SAC Capital [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Blackstone Group, the largest outside investor in SAC Capital Advisors, is to pull out its money from the firm, Reuters reported. Reuters,
27 May. 2013 Interpol rebuffs Russian request to place hedge fund manager William Browder under surveillance [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The International Police or Interpol on Friday rejected a request by Russian authorities to place hedge fund manager William Browder under surveillance by issuing an "all points bulletin" for the leader of the worldwide campaign for justice for slain lawyer Sergei
24 May. 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2013 down 1.80% (+0.14% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended April 2013 down 1.80% (0.14% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and fell 0.70% (-0.70% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of th
24 May. 2013 Hedge funds' net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, more than last quarter’s record of 52% [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to Goldman, Sachs & Co.’ latest monthly Hedge Fund Trend Monitor, hedge fund net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, and the most popular (+17%) and the most concentrated (+23%) long positions outperformed the S&P500 (up 15% YTD then). H
23 May. 2013 UCITS HFS Index finishes erratic month with gains, up 0.35% in April (1.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — The UCITS HFS Index continues its positive performance in 2013 with gains of 0.35% in April 2013. The broad index started negatively into the month with a weekly loss of -0.29% after the first week of trading. Things turned around in week two though with gains of 0.44% wh
23 May. 2013 Investment bank North Street Group acquires fund administrator Hedge Fund Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -- North Street Group, a capital markets and investment banking firm, today announced the acquisition of Hedge Fund Solutions, LLC, a New York based Alternative Asset Service Provider. Additionally, North Street Group announced the name change and rebranding of Hedge Fund S
23 May. 2013 AIMA examines the role that hedge funds can play in institutional portfolios in new paper [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)’s Investor Steering Committee surveyed some of the most important institutional investors
23 May. 2013 U.S. prosecutors mull anti-racketeering law against Steve Cohen [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Government investigators are considering using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to pin Steven Cohen and his hedge fund firm SAC Capital in insider trading,
23 May. 2013 Australia vows improved hedge fund disclosure, seeks recognized definition [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Australia’s market regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), said it would allow submissions from industry players to better define "hedge funds." The order was given on concerns that the current definition affected a number of funds
22 May. 2013 SaLaurMor Capital LP hires Anat Leon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SaLaurMor Capital LP has announced that Anat Leon has joined the firm as its Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Leon brings to SaLaurMor almost ten years of experience in the investment business, including a great deal of expertise in off-shore financial statement reporting. Ana
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