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05 Nov. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.39% in October, up 0.60% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return fund performances UCITS absolute return funds were not immune to the October 2014 market turbulences and finished the month down -0.39% as measured by the UAI Global Index. Only two strategies display positive returns for the period: E
05 Nov. 2014 Parker FX Index up 2.49% in September, 2.64% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +2.49% return for the month of September. Thirty-three of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported September results, of which twenty-three reported positive results and ten incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was u
04 Nov. 2014 Hedge funds move to cover equity shorts, sell gold - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that hedge funds are moving to cover equity shorts, buying the NASDAQ after three weeks of selling. Funds are also covering their short positions on the Russell 2000. The diversifie
04 Nov. 2014 Fifth Street hires Noto away from Balcony Partners [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Fifth Street Asset Management has hired Renee Noto as Managing Director of Business Development. In this role, Noto will focus on building institutional client relationships for the Fifth Street platform and serving on the Credit Opportunities Fund investment co
31 Oct. 2014 SEC mulls distribution of $602m SAC settlement to victims [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it plans to distribute the $602m settlement money it received from Steven Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Advisors to people who claim they were victimized by former SAC portfolio manager Mathew Martoma’s illegal insider tradi
30 Oct. 2014 U.S. Bancorp Fund launches 10 actively-managed ETFs with WBI investments [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Single-source financial services solutions provider U.S. Bancorp Fund Services (USBFS) is collaborating with WBI Investments to launch the WBI Shares,
30 Oct. 2014 Report says hedge funds remain significantly underestimated in $75tln global shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global shadow banking grew by $5tln in 2013 to reach $75tln, according to the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) fourth annual Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report. The
30 Oct. 2014 Mistakenly wired $1.5 million and hedge fund manager gone with the wind [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: It’s all over the news throughout Switzerland. Credit Suisse, the country’s second largest bank, apparently wired a total of $1.5m to a U.S. hedge fund manager in three transactions in January this year. As banks do. However, the bank realized later that the
29 Oct. 2014 Strong performance pushes asset management compensation to pre-crisis highs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Strong performance in the financial management sector has pushed up incentive compensation in the asset management industry, according to a new report, Asset Management Compensation: Second Choice No More, from
29 Oct. 2014 New app allows asset managers easy interaction with portfolios, securities, holdings, transaction details [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global financial services software company SS&C Technologies Holdings has launched Explorer, a powerful data visualization and analysis tool that turns critical investment data into meaningful information. Explore
28 Oct. 2014 Ash Park partners with ML Capital to launch its Global Consumer Staples Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ash Park, a boutique investment advisor, today announced the launch of its global Consumer Staples equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds designed to give investors convenient access to a range of liquid, transparent a
28 Oct. 2014 Privium launches European emerging managers platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Amsterdam-based Privium Fund Management has launched a new platform for European emerging managers. The Privium Investment Fund will allow portfolio managers to de
28 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds return to buying crude - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have renewed their purchases of crude oil after an extensive sell off according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Funds are back at a net long on the position. The diversified hedge fund index was down 2.2%
28 Oct. 2014 Americans feel guilty for not investing enough in 2014, set higher target next year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of Americans feel guilty for not investing enough this year, outpacing common year-end regrets such as poor eating and drinking choices, not sharing enough time with loved ones or spending too much money on oneself, according to the latest survey by Ba
27 Oct. 2014 Michael Steinhardt-backed WisdomTree launches UCITS ETFs on London Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WisdomTree Europe has launched its first UCITS ETFs on the London Stock Exchange. With this launch, WisdomTree becomes Europe’s first ETF provider focused on exposures to dividend - weighted indices. The first ETFs
27 Oct. 2014 Alternative emerging markets funds offers better diversification in current market conditions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The emerging markets, which are expected to reach 40% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), offers better option for diversification purposes in the current market conditions, said Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekl
27 Oct. 2014 Trade finance in Asia gets boost from favorable pricing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Following a period of de-concentration in the competitive landscape of trade finance providers in Asia, the leading providers on average lost a few points of market penetration, as a long tail of local and emerging regional banks picked up relationships, said
23 Oct. 2014 ICBC launches first UCITS onshore RMB fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s European subsidy ICBC (Europe) S.A., has become the first EU registered Chinese bank to launch an onshore RMB fixed income UCITS fund, after receiving approval in principle from CSSF, the Luxembourg regulator.
22 Oct. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 3.82% YTD, net asset flows of $60.7bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - - Hedge funds were up 3.82% year-to-date, registering performance-based gains of US$56.4 billion while witnessing net asset inflows of US$60.7 billion in 2014. - Currently, assets under management of funds of hedge funds have recovered to US$529.3 billion, an i
22 Oct. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 2.14% in September; (4.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 2.14% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. After three quarters, the Index is up 4.45%. “Although the year-to-date return is modest, more than 75 percent of the CTAs that have reported data through Sept
22 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds, alternative investments only assets gaining value for Kentucky pension [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With a decline of 1.41% in the third quarter, and down by about 3% when October is included, the Kentucky Retirement Systems is having a challenging time, according to chief investment officer David Peden. According to a report in, hedge funds and other
22 Oct. 2014 Indian hedge fund outperforms with 65.10% YTD as country enters "investment super-cycle" [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Atyant Capital, a specialty investment manager that focuses on the Indian equity markets and precious metals, outperformed in the third quarter with 3.56% gains (+65.10% YTD) compared to the MSCI SmallCap India USD which posted 0.11% (+47.79% YTD), during the sam
22 Oct. 2014 Group of hedge funds close to sealing deal with Detroit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds is seen to approve a breakthrough deal between the embattled city of Detroit and a bond insurer, bringing the city a step closer to ending its bankruptcy, the
21 Oct. 2014 Russell buying pace increase - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that funds are increasing their positions in the Russell 2000. Russell short covering continues with strongest weekly buying in three months, that trend is likely to continue analysts sa
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and ECB loosening [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and loosening of the European Central Bank’s policy on equity markets, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index co
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November