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06 May. 2016 Myriad Asset shutters Japan-focused hedge fund on weak outlook [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based hedge fund firm Myriad Asset Management led by Carl Huttenlocher has announced plans to shut down its Japan-focused hedge fund, Japan Reflation Fund, less than a year after its launch because of uncertainties regarding the so-called Abenomics.
05 May. 2016 Australia pushes for stronger super regime [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australia’s market regulator, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) provided new update on aspects of the Stronger Super regime aimed at providing the superannuation industry with certainty around the start dates for key superannuation reforms.
05 May. 2016 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder details Klyuev money laundering network in London [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital Management and leader of the global "Justice for Sergei Magnitsky" campaign, has provided details on the extent of the Klyuev money laundering network in London that was uncovered during a 6-year investig
04 May. 2016 New rule to protect banks from hedge funds during financial crisis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Federal Reserve on Tuesday put forward a proposed new rule aimed at providing protection to big U.S. banks from hedge funds in case another major crisis hits the financial markets. Under the proposed rule, investors will have to wait a full two days or
04 May. 2016 Global hedge funds recover in April on resurging energy commodities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds recovered in April with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.41% last month (-1.47% YTD), while the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +5.31% during the same
04 May. 2016 AIG lost $349m in hedge fund portfolio in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Large US insurance group AIG lost a net $183m for the first quarter 2016, year-on-year. The group blames the loss on the impact of market volatility on investments, as well as net realised capital losses and restructuring costs. Its hedge fund portfolio made a n
03 May. 2016 Bill Ackman’s hedge fund reports double-digit gains in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After starting the year on a bad note, billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman finally has some good news for investors. His hedge fund firm, Pershing Square Holdings reported a 10.2% gain in April as shares of embattled pharmaceutical company Valeant rose,
03 May. 2016 Hedge funds fell in April as alternative UCITS surge in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds shed more in April with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.9% during the month (-2.8% YTD), but there was some good news with alternative UCITS showing strong inflows in Europe. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxo
02 May. 2016 Foreign currency hedge funds fell -0.03% in March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Foreign currency hedge funds fell slightly last month with the Parker FX Index reporting a -0.03% return for the month of March. 28 of 31 programs in the index reported results in March. 11 reported positive results, 16 incurred losses, and one remained flat.
02 May. 2016 Survey: alternative fund administrators see private equity, hedge funds as growth drivers for industry [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternative administration professionals have seen funds under administration (AUA) drop 2.92% to $6.66 trillion compared to a year ago, according to eVestment’s just released Alternative Fund Administration 2016 survey, but the slight drop hasn’t dampened their
30 Apr. 2016 City of London’s regulatory incubator sector has grown to 52 firms in 18 years, Sturgeon Ventures says [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of regulatory ‘incubator’ or ‘umbrella’ firms in the City of London’s institutional financial sector has grown to 52,1 according to Sturgeon Ventures LLP, which was the first such firm to launch 18 years ago. Sturgeon, which celebrated reaching ‘adult
30 Apr. 2016 BlueMountain Capital Management closes debut European CLO at €410 Million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private investment firm with $21.5 billion in assets under management, today announced the closing of its first European Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) vehicle with €410 million in commitments. The CLO was arranged through JP Morga
29 Apr. 2016 $4 billion Canadian wealth manager selects SS&C as its fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, has announced that it has been appointed by Nicola Wealth Management (“NWM”) to provide a range of fund administration services for nearly $4 billion in assets u
29 Apr. 2016 Hong Kong market regulator enhances fund authorization process, includes Mainland funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has announced it would proceed to formally adopt its initiatives to enhance the authorization process for new fund applications (Revamped Process) and for new Mandatory Provident Funds (MPF)
29 Apr. 2016 Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services announces cash projection service [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: To help alternative investment managers better manage their liquidity and cash flow, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services has announced that it has enhanced its suite of treasury services with the addition of a proprietary Cash Projection service. The service provides
28 Apr. 2016 Hedge funds see $14.3bn outflows in Q1, CTAs and multi-strategy lead net inflows [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry saw net outflows of investor capital in the first quarter of the year, totaling $14.3bn, data from Preqin showed. This continues from the $8.9bn overall net outflows that funds recorded in Q4
28 Apr. 2016 JPAM study finds many Americans remain woefully unprepared for retirement [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by J.P. Morgan Asset Management
28 Apr. 2016 Heiwa’s big plan to attract hedge funds Japan faces serious challenges [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to attract hedge funds and other asset managers into Tokyo’s old financial district is facing serious challenges that is frustrating local players,
28 Apr. 2016 Schroders launches commodity fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: UK-based Schroders has launched a new fund - the Schroder Alternative Solutions Commodity Total Return program. The fund will invest in energy, agriculture, and metals sectors worldwide. The strategy will allow the manager to take short positions and use leverag
27 Apr. 2016 Investors seek $1.4bn redemption from Brevan Howard hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stung by poor performance, Brevan Howard Asset Management’s main hedge fund is facing a $1.4bn redemption request from investors, Bloomberg
26 Apr. 2016 Former Fortress hedge fund manager Maggie Arvedlund to launch $500m debt, equity fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Fortress Investment Group (FIG) portfolio manager and managing director Maggie Arvedlund is trying to raise $500m to launch her own debt, equity fund, Turning Rock Capital. A report by
26 Apr. 2016 Aurora Investment Management to close after failed takeover [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aurora Investment Management a $5.4 billion hedge fund of funds will close after a failed takeover bid according to a Bloomberg re
26 Apr. 2016 Event-driven strategies lead hedge funds gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued to steadily rise last week with event driven strategies leading the way, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.3%, (-2.4% YTD) as of 19 April. Spe
26 Apr. 2016 Investors redeemed $4.60 billion from hedge funds in March [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors redeemed an estimated net $4.60 billion from hedge funds in March, the fifth month in the last six in which redemptions outpaced allocations, according to eVestment’s March and Q1 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Performance gains during the month offset
26 Apr. 2016 FSB vows full implementation of post-crisis reforms; monitors new financial vulnerabilities, risks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Financial Stability Board – Regional Consultative Group for the Middle East and North Africa (RCG MENA) met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to finalize the design of the full implementation of the remaining post-crisis reforms. In a statement, the
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