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14 May. 2013 Level Global founder Anthony Chiasson gets six and a half years for insider trading [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Level Global Investors’s founder Anthony Chiasson was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment for insider trading that earned him and his company $68m in illegal profits, Federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan said on Monday. During Chiasson’s sentencing, S
13 May. 2013 Ineichen Research launches weekly momentum monitor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ineichen Research & Management AG (“IR&M”) has announced the launch of a new service, the IR&M momentum monitor, a weekly momentum screening as part of its risk management research effort. The momentum monitor was
13 May. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.44% in April (YTD Gross 6.29%), hedge fund flows advanced 0.63% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2013 measured 1.44%. (Chart) Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.
13 May. 2013 Stream Capital hires Katherine Hill for increasing secondary private equity demand [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Stream Capital SA has hired Katherine Hill as Director covering secondary alternative investment fund transfers for their Geneva office. Katherine will be responsible for secondary transactions of hedge funds and private equity funds with a focus on secondary directs and
13 May. 2013 DTCC and Euroclear launch collateral service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Euroclear and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint collateral processing service which will significantly increase efficiency, reduce risk and support the growing collateral needs of industry pa
13 May. 2013 Peregrine Financial trustee claims 'viable’ claims against two banks [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Peregrine Financial’s court-appointed trustee Ira Bodenstein claims he has viable claims against JPMorgan Chase & Co and U.S. Bancorp, and said the banks did harm to clients of the now-defunct brokerage,
13 May. 2013 Zenith asks if the perceived expense of funds of funds is accurate [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Zenith Investment Partners’ Daniel Liptak examined the widely debated theory that funds of hedge funds are dead in this month’s issue of their alternatives newsletter. Starting from a piece in the March i
13 May. 2013 Terra Tech Corp. announces $5m equity enhancement program with Magna Group [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: California-based Terra Tech Corp., Inc is starting an equity enhancement program with Magna Group. Magna Group is a New York-based alternative investments firm that makes structured investments and provides
13 May. 2013 Macquarie University and the CAIA Association enter strategic partnership to advance alternative investment, hedge funds education [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Australia’s Macquarie University and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association have forged a strategic partnership to advance alternative investment and he
10 May. 2013 ZHAW: An encouraging first quarter 2013 for funds of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Funds of hedge funds (FoHF) in Switzerland closed the first quarter on an encouraging note, and the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite Index gained 3.3% in the period under review. As a result, the last three quarters ended positively. So far there is no indication for any setb
10 May. 2013 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +0.28% in April (+5.09% YTD), in the bull market everyone hates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +0.28% in April 2013 (+5.09% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +1.81% (+12.02% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.79% (+13.24% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index climbed
10 May. 2013 Hedge funds on pace to double 2012 returns, long/short equity leads strategies - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: - Hedge funds are on pace to double 2012 returns after +1.04% gains in April and +4.6% through the first 4 months of 2013, according to new data from eVestment. Long/short equity funds, the industry group with the highest investor redemptions in 2012, are the best
10 May. 2013 Infovest21: Many family offices and small funds of funds are seeding hedge funds under the radar [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - In a special research report called "Start-Ups, Seeders and Strategic Stakes" (April 2013), Infovest21 analyses the trends and outlook within the hedge fund seeding community. Infov
09 May. 2013 Gottex and Astmax launch joint venture providing hedge fund services to Japanese clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Astmax Asset Management, Inc. (Astmax), an asset management firm based in Tokyo, and Gottex Fund Management Sarl, the in
09 May. 2013 FRM’s Early View reports broad returns across hedge fund strategies in April [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest "Early View" from FRM, Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, finds that investors entered April on the back of a strong first quarter for risk assets, supported by cap
09 May. 2013 Academics’ analysis of Wikipedia usage could increase investment returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Wikipedia usage could have been used as an early warning sign of stock market movements, according to a new study published today in Scientific Reports. Researchers
09 May. 2013 Hedge fund Zen Capital up 2.6% in April, outperforms HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Cayman-domiciled Zen Capital Management Global Fund SP rose 2.67% (gross) for the month of April, significantly outperforming the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index which rose 0.69%, the fund said in a statement. Th
09 May. 2013 Providence mayor pours more money into hedge funds than Rhode Island Treasurer [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Now it can be told. Providence, Rhode Island’s Mayor Angel Taveras invested more money into hedge funds than State of Rhode Island’s General Treasurer
08 May. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge fund inflows of $817m in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that hedge funds took in a net $817 million (0.04% of assets) in March, building on an inflow of
08 May. 2013 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.08% in April, 3.2% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.8% in April, bringing year-to-date performance to +3.2%. 12 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor L/S Equity Market Neutral Index (+3.9%
08 May. 2013 John Paulson’s hedge fund loses 27% in April’s gold rout [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge fund guru John Paulson was reported to have lost 27% in April alone after the yellow metal plunged, various media reported. According to
08 May. 2013 Eurekahedge reports Japanese hedge funds enjoyed longest winning streak on record, up 4.22% in April, 15.87% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Eurekahedge reports that the start of April witnessed some profit taking from the equity markets amid some disappointing global economic data. The result was that the S&P 500 dipped below the 1550 mark b
08 May. 2013 British prosecutors face scrutiny over hedge fund Weavering case [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is likely to face intense pressure once the trial of the collapsed hedge fund Weavering Capital goes underway, Judge Alistair McCreath
07 May. 2013 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gains 0.7% (4.37% YTD) in April while Macro CTA index gains 2.3% (3.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds posted gains for the sixth consecutive month, as trend-following, quantitative Macro strategies successfully navigated the dramatic selloff in gold and other commodities, according to data released today by HFR, the established global leader in the indexation,
07 May. 2013 HFR: Investors increase allocations to Asian, including Japanese, hedge funds in 1Q13 by 7.6% to nearly $95bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Investors increased allocations to Asian hedge funds in 1Q13 as stimulus measures, quantitative easing and increased bond purchases by the Bank of Japan drove gains across both Japanese equities and the HFRX Japan Index. Total Asia-focused hedge fund capital i
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