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24 Mar. 2017 Eric Mindich to shutter hedge fund Eton Park after difficult 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Erich Mindich is shutting down his hedge fund Eton Park after losing 9% in 2016 and its assets falling by $2bn to the current $7bn, Reuters reported. Mindich told investors
24 Mar. 2017 Macro factors begin to fade, while company fundamentals emerge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Janus Capital Group writes on Harvest Exchange: Our risk measures and our company meetings are reflecting a change in attit
23 Mar. 2017 Luxembourg Stock Exchange and ALFI release second edition of regulations compendium [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Luxembourg Stock Exchange in cooperation with the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has announced today the publication of the second edition of the compendium of Luxembourg laws and regulations on investment funds. The compendium, which is availa
23 Mar. 2017 What will happen to Berkshire Hathaway after Warren Buffett? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Vintage Value Investing publishes on Harvest Exchange: Warren Buffett is arguably the most famous (and most successful) inves
23 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds pressed for lower fees, but still found to offer attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investor demands are compelling a majority of hedge fund managers to rethink their fee models and offer flexible conditions as the industry seek to rebuild investor confidence in the wake of a challenging 2016. A survey by data provider
22 Mar. 2017 Assets in global smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach record high of $560bn at the end of February 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$559.78 billion at the end of February surpassing the prior record of US$534
22 Mar. 2017 SS&C Forward Redemption Indicator hits lowest level since March 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2017 measured 3.48%, up from 3.25% in February. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2017 was 3.48%, sharply lower than the 4.26% reported a year ago for March 2016. In fact, the 3.48% for March
22 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds await outcome of French elections, feel pinch on lower oil prices & weak dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds felt the pinch of lower oil prices and weak U.S. dollar as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was marginally down as of the week ending 14 March, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor He
22 Mar. 2017 CalALTs reviews best practice for hedge funds and private equity operations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTs)'s new white paper on best practices for hedge fund and private equity operations, today's inve
22 Mar. 2017 Outlook: Low current risks of global and US recessions [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Stephen Blumenthal, CEO of CMG Capital Management Group, writes on Harvest Exchange: I personally believe that recessions can be forecast in advance. While no indica
22 Mar. 2017 Smith Graham lifts out Five Mile Capital Partner's residential mortgage team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $6 billion, Houston-based asset manager Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors has acquired Five Mile Capital Partners' Residential Mortgage team, an alternative investment manager, led by Brian Tortorella, Managing Director. The acquisition is part of SG&#
22 Mar. 2017 Varde Partners Closes Fund XII on $1.74 Billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Varde Partners has closed its twelfth flagship fund on $1.74 billion. The firm invests in opportunities across a broad array of geographies, segments and asset types. The Fund's main areas of focus include opportunities across c
21 Mar. 2017 Standard Life snags State Street's Carlson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has added to its North American client relations team with the appointment of Larry Carlson as Director of Strategic Relationships. This is a newly created position within the company and he will be based in Boston
21 Mar. 2017 Eurekahedge Fund Index up 0.97% in February (+1.87% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for February 2017: Hedge funds were up 0.97% in February with year-to-date gains coming in at 1.87%. Investor subscriptions have picked up pace since the start of 2017, with net inflows coming in at US$17.1 billion. AUM for the North American hedge f
21 Mar. 2017 Global ETFs/ETPs assets reach new record high of $47 billion at the end of February 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, has reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high of US$47.49 billion at the end of February passing the prior record of US$46 billion s
21 Mar. 2017 Three things to know about demographics in Africa [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Africa Capital Group writes in Harvest Exchange: Investors should take note that Africa's demographics bode well for a strong and sus
21 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds post gains in mid-March as Fed's interest rate hike sends market jitters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains through mid-March with the HFRX Market Directional Index rising 0.29% and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining 0.11% through mid-March as the U.S. Fed increased interest rates, data provider
20 Mar. 2017 Alternatives industry sees more Brexit turbulence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Britain will trigger Article 50 of the European Union's Treaty on Lisbon by the end of the month, a move that will officially start the clock on the two year period during which the UK must negotiate the specific conditions
20 Mar. 2017 Alcentra Grows US Structured Credit team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alcentra Group, the alternative fixed income specialist of BNY Mellon Investment Management (IM), further builds its global structured credit team. Hiram Hamilton, Global Head of Structured Credit, will be re-locating to the firm's New York office in April of this year.
20 Mar. 2017 Crestline Investors adds to biz dev and client partnerships group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional alternative asset manager, today announced the hiring of Chris Golio as a Managing Director. Golio will join the firm's Business Development & Client Partnership Group, where he will be focused on the Northeast and Midwest US re
20 Mar. 2017 Emerging markets blaze new trails in technology [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AllianceBernstein writes on Harvest Exchange: Emerging markets (EMs) often lag behind developed countries when it comes to technology ado
20 Mar. 2017 Hedge fund liquidations in 2016 surpass 2009 levels, new launches decline [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Even as the hedge fund industry's total assets exceeded the $3tln milestone last year, hedge fund liquidations increased. So much so that 2016 had the highest number of liquidations since 2008, claims the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, re
17 Mar. 2017 Can environmental, social, and governance screens further reduce investment risks in portfolios? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Institute for Innovation Development writes on Harvest Exchange: We recently sat down with Matthew Blume, CFA, Portfo
17 Mar. 2017 Global stock market rally lifts CTAs in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global stock market rally lifted managed futures traders in February as the Barclays CTA Index gained 0.71%, bringing year-to-date gains to a flat 0.02%. "Trend reversals in European bond yields and a w
16 Mar. 2017 Indian mutual fund powerhouse IDFC incubates liquid alternatives division, hires hedge fund manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IDFC AMC, the $8.6 bn asset manager of Mumbai listed IDFC group, announced the launch of its Liquid Alternatives division and the hiring of Vijay Krishna-Kumar, a seasoned India focused Hedge Fund manager. The division will offer, manage and advise alternative investment
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