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15 Aug. 2016 Liquidations of Chinese hedge funds reach record level on poor performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite efforts by the Chinese communist regime to open up its hedge fund business to foreign entities, poor market performance and stringent rules have forced a record number of fund managers to liquidate their funds in the first six months of this year. Data r
12 Aug. 2016 Investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in wind up of Cayman Islands investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From international law firm Walkers: Refinement regarding the priority to be afforded to investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in the winding up of Cayman Islands investment funds A recent judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Ap
12 Aug. 2016 High-performing Australian hedge funds get attention from international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: You really can’t argue with success. After years of being overlooked in favor of their more high-profile Western peers and the nation’s $2.4tln pool of superannuation savings, Australian hedge funds are finally having their day and are attracting the attention of in
12 Aug. 2016 San Francisco hedge fund manager charged with fraud [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The San Francisco-based principal of a little-known hedge fund is being charged with securities and wire fraud in a Manhattan Federal Court, following a complaint from the SEC. He allegedly lied about investment returns, assets under management (AuM), his bro
11 Aug. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measures 1.83% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measured 1.83%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.69% in August. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement Index r
11 Aug. 2016 LME to launch gold and silver contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The World Gold Council and the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale, has announced their intention to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals pro
11 Aug. 2016 Westpac subsidiary Ascalon seeds Hong Kong-based multi-strategy hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ascalon Capital Managers, an Asia-Pacific strategic investor in hedge funds, has announced it plans to acquire an equity stake in Seyon Asset Management Ltd, a Pan-Asian multi-strategy hedge fund firm based in Hong Kong, as well as plans to seed their flagship Fund once t
11 Aug. 2016 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 1.17% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index SM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.17% in July, underperforming the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index’s 1.45% return by 28 basis points.
11 Aug. 2016 Hedge fund performance rebounds in July - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Last month, hedge fund investors pulled $20.7 billion from hedge funds, one of the largest drawdowns in years. But that may have been premature as hedge funds saw performance rebound in July, with aggregate performance hitting +1.89% in July and +3.29% year-to-d
11 Aug. 2016 U-shaped recovery fuels hedge funds post Brexit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rally in global markets fuelled the most hedge fund directional strategies, with special situations and L/S equity long bias managers leading the pack, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest Alternative Investme
11 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds bet oil prices to fall further [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have doubled down on their short bets against oil as they predict that the price of the so-called "black gold" will slide further because of supply glut. Citing Bloomberg data, the
11 Aug. 2016 North Castle Partners closes oversubscribed sixth fund on $300M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Greenwich, Connecticut-based North Castle Partners has closed its sixth focused fund on $300 million, after just over six months. The firm invests in health and lifestyle brands and is known for prior investments in companies like Atkins which offers the Atkins
10 Aug. 2016 Wealth-X Billionaire Census reveals record numbers of billionaires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wealth-X has released key highlights from its 2015-2016 Billionaire Census revealing a record number of billionaires, globally. The third edition of this preeminent report indicates that there are 2,473 total billionaires in the world, representing a combined wealth of US
10 Aug. 2016 Light Street Capital Management hires Passport's Nolan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Light Street Capital Management has hired Bill Nolan as of Head of Business Development. Bill will be responsible for developing and expanding Light Street’s business presence and relationships with investors. Bill brings to the role nearly 30 years of industry e
10 Aug. 2016 Mediatrix Capital and Alternative Asset Management enter partnership to utilize AI-based algorithms on global currency trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mediatrix Capital Inc. and Alternative Asset Management Ltd. has announced the formation of a strategic partnership to create an expanded platform offering investors the opportunity to profit from a global currency trading system utilizing artificial intelligence based al
10 Aug. 2016 Agecroft Partners adds industry veteran Doug Rothschild to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Doug Rothschild will be joining Agecroft Partners as President and report to the Founder and CEO, Don Steinbrugge. As President of Agecroft Partners he will assist in the day to day operations of the firm, represent the firm and it's clients to institutional inves
10 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds raise record short positions on VIX [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and professional speculators have been pushing their net short positions on CBOE Volatility Index futures to record levels, reaching 115,000 contracts, the highest since 2013, data from
10 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds on buying spree for cheap troubled Greek firms, non-performing loans [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds are forming a bee line to buy troubled Greek companies and non-performing loans from Greek banks as they look for opportunities in the ailing Athens economy, reported
10 Aug. 2016 Nuveen and Artivest partner to launch alternatives platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nuveen, an operating division of TIAA Global Asset Management Is partnering with Artivest to launch a new alternatives platform. Uneven says that the partnership will improve distribution of alternatives products to RIAs, Family Offices, Private Banks, and other
09 Aug. 2016 Wells Fargo Asset Management expands quantitative offering with acquisition of Analytics Investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Wells Fargo Asset Management, the $481bn division of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, has agreed to acquire Analytic Investors, a $15bn investment firm that supplies quantitatively-based equity investment solutions to institutional clients.
09 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds buying gold again [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are again buying gold after staying away from the yellow metal for three weeks, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The disaggregated Commitments of Trader report as of end Aug. 2, showed that hedge fund managers raise
09 Aug. 2016 CTAs continue to stand out while global macro hedge funds took a hit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long term CTAs outperformed in the week ending Aug. 2 with the Lyxor CTA Broad Index up 0.6% (+3.5% YTD) as oil prices drop, supported by the unwinding of long speculative positions. Lyxor Asset Management reported tha
09 Aug. 2016 Elliott ramps up European activity with Meggitt stake [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Activist hedge fund firm Elliott Management has acquired a 5.2% economic interest in Meggitt, a UK aerospace components engineering firm, through a contract-for-difference which Elliott has been gathering since January. This stake makes Elliott one of Meggitt
09 Aug. 2016 Cambridge Associates: Emerging markets investments beat developed markets [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Strong exit environments in both Europe and Asia helped private equity and venture capital funds in emerging markets outperform public markets in those regions in 2015, according to global investment advisor Cambridge Associates. Emerging market PE and VC return
08 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds in longest winning streak since 2013 with 1.7% gains in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains for the fifth consecutive month in July, the longest positive streak since 2013, driven by equity hedge and event-driven strategies, as equity and credit markets recovered Brexit losses. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.7%
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