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29 Aug. 2013 Parker FX Index down -0.95% in July, +0.54% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.95% return for the month of July. Thirty-nine of the forty-two programs in the Index reported July 2013 results, of which ten reported positive results and twenty-nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.4
29 Aug. 2013 CFTC harmonizes investment adviser and CPO rules [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Legal firm K&L Gates published an alert on the news that the Commodity Futures Tradin
29 Aug. 2013 Michael Karsch to close down $1.8bn hedge fund firm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Various media reported that Michael Karsch is shutting down his 13-year-old hedge fund firm Karsch Capital Management and would return most of the firm’s $1.8bn assets to investors by the end of September, and the rest in January after the fund’s audit. New
29 Aug. 2013 SEC starts probe on Soros’ Herbalife trading [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has started its investigation into billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros’ trading at Herbalife after William Ackman accused Soros Fund Management of allegedly manipulating the shares of the nutritional suppleme
29 Aug. 2013 Barclays Capital Solutions examines evolving fund of hedge fund and consultants landscape [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new study from Barclays Capital Solutions Group entitled Battle for the Middle: The Evolving Landscape and Value Proposition of FoHFs and Consultants
28 Aug. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index rose 1.1% in July 2013 (4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for July 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through June. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly
28 Aug. 2013 SEC’s JOBS Act liberalization effective September 23, 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New and long-awaited SEC rules under the JOBS Act have been published in the US Federal Register. The Rules will be effective on September 23 (
28 Aug. 2013 Sciens Managed Account Platform adds new managers and sees 35% annual asset growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sciens Alternative Investments, part of the Sciens Capital Management Group and provider of single- and multi-strategy funds of hedge funds and managed account services, today announced the continued growth of the Sciens
28 Aug. 2013 Man Group to curtail its guaranteed products business [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Bloomberg reported that the $52bn
28 Aug. 2013 India’s regulator permits 73 alternative investment funds to launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: India’s market regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) announced the approval of 73 entities to launch Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs), a newly created class of pooled-in investment vehicles for real estate, private equity and hedge funds so
28 Aug. 2013 German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask G20 for stiffer hedge fund regulation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to ask G20 members to impose stiffer regulation against hedge funds during its upcoming meeting on Sept. 5-7, reported
28 Aug. 2013 Marc Faber: investors were too optimistic about Asia [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last week was a turbulent week in some Asian countries as the sell-off intensified. And this turbulence is set to continue, says Marc Faber. Indeed, investors have been exiting the Indian and Indonesian currencies following months of decline and a
27 Aug. 2013 Canadian manager Humber Global launches new higher-net version of long-short global equity fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Toronto, Canada-based alternative investment manager Spartan Fund Management Inc. reported yesterday that Humber Global had launched a higher-net version of their long-short gl
27 Aug. 2013 Third Point’s Dan Loeb sets eye on auctioneer Sotheby’s [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb of Third Point raised his stake in New York-based art and collectibles auction house Sotheby’s to 5.7% worth $156.7m in a move seen by many as aimed at engaging the auction house in negotiations, various media reported.
27 Aug. 2013 Bill Ackman gives up on JC Penney [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Beleaguered activist hedge fund manager William Ackman sold his entire holdings in U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc., after his effort to overhaul its management failed,
27 Aug. 2013 Macro hedge funds turn negative on commodities and emerging markets [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macro hedge funds have aggressively reduced their commodities position to a net short for the first time since June according to the
27 Aug. 2013 Tenth Towers Watson alternatives survey says few funds of hedge funds offer credible capability [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Towers Watson Global Alternatives Survey, produced in conjunction with the Financial Times and in its tenth ye
27 Aug. 2013 Preqin: 88% of investors plan to maintain or increase hedge fund allocations in next 12 months [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The overall outlook for investors in alternative assets is positive, says Preqin, as most investors wish to either maintain or increase their exposure to alternatives (private equity, hed
27 Aug. 2013 SEB: US holds the key to economic recovery in 2014-15 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Global acceleration in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be easier in the next couple of years, thanks to weaker fiscal headwinds and stronger monetary policy tailwinds, says SEB in its latest Outlook report.
26 Aug. 2013 Towers Watson: pensions represent 36% of top 100 alternative manager assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A Towers Watson study has shown that pension fund alternative assets allocations are now nearly 20% of all pension fund assets across the globe. The 2012 Global Alternative Survey notes the number as a 5% increase from 15 years ago. The research, which was condu
26 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund investments in emerging markets rise in Q2 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds’ confidence in emerging markets remain at positive levels as investments in the sector rose in Q2 of 2013 even as currencies across the globe fell during the period, according to data provider Hedge Funds Research. According to the latest
26 Aug. 2013 Argentina to pay hedge funds a portion of debt owed after default [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Earlier this year, Opalesque reported on the going court challenge launched by hedge funds and pensioners the wake of the Argentine default. S
26 Aug. 2013 Pioneer Investments: EPS growth slow but resilient [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Pioneer Investments’ latest Global Markets Strategy Report
23 Aug. 2013 UBS Global Asset Management reorganizes hedge fund units [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: UBS Global Asset Management is reorganizing its hedge fund units. According to the company, its Alternative and Quantitative Investments (A&Q) hedge fund platform will be reorganized into two separate business areas, effective immediately. Alternative Inves
23 Aug. 2013 Korea Post Savings seeks new fund of hedge fund managers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The savings arm of the Korea Post has issued a new RFP seeking fund of hedge fund managers. The announcement follows
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