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08 Aug. 2013 David Benway sets up consultancy to help managers attract new clients through digital and social media [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opalesque Industry Update - David Benway has launched College Lake Advisors, a consulting practice focusing specifically on the “client-facing side” of alternative asset management firms. The firm seeks to “improve all aspects of marketing, sales and client service; inclu
08 Aug. 2013 Most strategies rebounded in July, managed futures, macro strategies remain negative - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Most hedge fund strategies rebounded in July from the June sell off, new data from eVestment shows that hedge funds rose an average of 1.2% in July and have returned an average of 4.5% through the first seven months of 2013. On an annualized basis the indus
08 Aug. 2013 Adamas AM says China’s shadow banking not a sub-prime problem [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Adamas Asset Management , the shadow banking system may pose some market risk but little systemic risk to China’s financial markets. Furthermore, the firm says in its recent White Paper on C
07 Aug. 2013 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +1.4% in July (+4.73% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains across Equity Hedge, Event Driven & Relative Value Arbitrage strategies in July, as most strategies reversed losses from the prior month on strong earnings, acceleration of M&A activity, moderating concerns of a sharp rise in interest rate
07 Aug. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge fund investors redeem $8.6bn in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund flows went negative for the first time this year in June, according to estimates based on data from 3,369 funds. Hedge fund investors redeemed a net $8.6 billion (0.4% of assets) in June 2013, th
06 Aug. 2013 AlgoSpan launches The Order Machine (TOM) Connectivity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlgoSpan has added TOM MTF to its low latency exchange access infrastructure - available at all AlgoNet Exchange Datacentres. TOM is a trading venue in The Netherlands offering equity and options trading and aiming at optimal competition between markets. To be able to gua
06 Aug. 2013 Infovest21 Survey: 19% of managers who subadvise '40 Act funds plan to launch '40 Act funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its second '40 Act Survey entitled "Subadvisors: Their Goals and Plans" Infovest21 delved into the mindset of managers about subadvising '40 Act mutual funds i.e. what managers are trying to achieve by being a subadvisor, their rationale for becoming
06 Aug. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index up 1.67% in July, +3.91% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.67% in July 2013 according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance
06 Aug. 2013 FRM: July should be viewed as a positive month for hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: FRM, Man Group’s $16.7 billion fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, maintains its view that markets will trade on low volumes with range-bound markets due to the combination of fundamen
06 Aug. 2013 S&P 500 moves into a crowded long as hedge funds dial up their appetite for the index [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are pushing the S&P 500 to a crowded long, with the possible exception of macro funds which have sold their positions in the S&P to a net short for the first time since May, according to the latest
06 Aug. 2013 Hedge funds bullish on palladium prices as shortage looms [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are bullish on palladium’s prices as global financial firms like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse have predicted there will be a shortage of the metal. A report by
06 Aug. 2013 William Ackman accuses George Soros of alleged insider trading over Herbalife [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: William Ackman, founder of $12bn activist hedge fund Pershing Square Capital, is taking his fight over Herbalife to a new level. On Monday, Ackman filed a regulatory complaint before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against billionaire investor Georg
05 Aug. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index regains 1.15% in July (+4.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gained +1.15% in July based on preliminary estimates. Hedge funds benefited from the global equity market rally as measured by the S&P 500 (+5.09%), MSCI World Equity Ind
05 Aug. 2013 Hong Kong SFC issues consultation paper on proposed Professional Investor Regime amendments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Summary The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a consultation paper entitled Consultation Paper on the Proposed Amendments to the Professional Investor Regime and the Client Agreement Requirements on 15 May 2013. Industry
05 Aug. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index up 0.80% in July (+1.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks: The UCITS Alternative Index Global gains 0.80% in July and is up 1.74% on a year to date basis. The UCITS Alternative Index Funds of Funds outperforms the Global Index with a performance of 1.11% and reaches 2.36% this year. Equity funds perform b
05 Aug. 2013 Cantab Capital appoints Adam Glinsman as Managing Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cantab Capital, the multi-billion systematic global macro manager has hired Adam Glinsman for the newly created position of Managing Partner. Glinsman will formally take up the role at the start of September. He brings 25 years experience across the investmen
05 Aug. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 1.01% in July (+4.20% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted strong gains in July as equities recovered from the June losses on strong earnings releases led by Starbucks, Facebook, Wells Fargo and other US Financials. Equity markets posted gains across regions, sectors and
02 Aug. 2013 Man Group’s H1-2013 funds under management steady at $52bn, profits up at $134bn from a year ago [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Man Group’s funds under management amounted to $52bn as at 30 June 2013 – down from
01 Aug. 2013 GFIA: Mid-sized Asian hedge funds outperform both on absolute and risk adjusted basis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Mid-size Asian hedge funds, particularly those running assets of between $75m and $150m, outperformed both absolute and risk adjusted basis, said Singapore-based hedge fund data provider GFIA in its July Insight
01 Aug. 2013 Japanese market regulator seeks record fine against Singapore hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Japan’s financial market watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC), on July 31 recommended a fine be given to Juggernaut Capital Management Pte. Ltd. for market manipulation of the shares of RISE. Juggernaut, a Singapore-based he
01 Aug. 2013 UK financial watchdog starts targeting high frequency traders [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last week fined US-based high frequency trader Michael Coscia $903,176 (£597,993) for deliberate manipulation of commodities markets. This is the first time the FCA has taken enforcement action against a high fr
01 Aug. 2013 VelocityShares launches Equal Risk Weighted Large Cap ETF [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Darien, Connecticut-based VelocityShares, a developer of exchange traded products (ETPs) for sophisticated investors, has launched the VelocityShares Equal Risk Weighed Large Cap ETF. Equal risk weighting is an innovative and academically rigorous alternat
31 Jul. 2013 MondoAlternative: Alternative UCITS saw inflows of more than Eur6bn in 2Q 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Main findings: • Alternative UCITS inflows in 2Q 2013: +6 Euro billion, Single managers; +137 Euro million, Fund of funds • 103.7 Euro billion of total assets under management monitored, up from 96.1 Euro billion at end of March 2013
31 Jul. 2013 State Street's investor confidence index up 0.8 points in July to 107.6 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The State Street Global Investor Confidence Index rose very slightly to 107.6 in July, up 0.8 points from June’s revised reading of 106.8. The increase was slight, and was larg
31 Jul. 2013 State Street takes the pulse of buy-side firms mandated to clear OTC Derivatives [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Buy-side firms are unprepared for new trading mechanisms, costs and increased complexity in the OTC market according to new research commissioned by State Street Corporation. The findings show that buy-side firms may need to work more proactively with pro

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  2. Investing - Hedge funds favor equity long/short, Strategic bond managers hedge against further high yield sell-off[more]

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