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09 Sep. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 1.56% in August (+4.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted broad-based gains across all strategies in August, as equity markets again eclipsed record levels despite signs of weakening European economic growth and rising geopolitical tensions. The
09 Sep. 2014 Gallatin Advisers rebrands as PivotalPath, appoints Jonathan Caplis as chief operating officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gallatin Advisers LLC, an independent hedge fund advisory firm, has changed its name to PivotalPath (Americas) LLC, which will operate under the brand name PivotalPath and
09 Sep. 2014 SEC charges Minnesota hedge fund manager with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought charges against Minneapolis-based hedge fund manager, Steven R. Markusen for bilking investors out of fees and portfolio pumping. According to the complaint, the management fees earned by Archer Advisors LLC were shrinking due to the funds’ w
09 Sep. 2014 Martoma gets nine years in insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former SAC Capital trader Matthew Martoma will serve nine years in prison for insider trading while at the firm, according to a judges ruling released yesterday. Martoma plans to appeal. Martoma's lawyers originally asked for two to three years, however U.S
09 Sep. 2014 Japanese managers get better in maneuvering through changes – Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Japanese stock market rallied in July as foreign investors continued to be net buyers, with an improved view on Japanese stocks; TOPIX and the Nikkei were up 2.1% and 3.0% respectively for the month, according to Singapore-based hedge fund consultant GFIA. A
09 Sep. 2014 Market neutral hedge funds raise exposure in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In its latest Hedge Fund Monitor report, the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research s
08 Sep. 2014 Luba Nikulina appointed global head of manager research at Towers Watson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has promoted Luba Nikulina to global head of manager research, effective immediately, following Craig Baker’s recent appointment to the role of global Chief Investment Officer. Luba has worked for Towers Watson for nine years and held various manager researc
08 Sep. 2014 Emerging markets-focused hedge funds outperform in July, Part One [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said in its latest market Insight that emerging markets hedge funds outperformed in July with the exception of Russia developed markets in both equities and credit. The MSCI AC Asia
04 Sep. 2014 Geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained hedge funds in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The geopolitical instability in the Ukraine, Middle East, and South America restrained the market in July that also affected hedge fund performance, said Morningstar, Inc., a provider of independent investment r
04 Sep. 2014 Financial markets post mixed results in August, equities hedge and event-driven lead hedge fund gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Data provider Hedge Fund Research said the global financial crisis posted mixed results in August, with contin
02 Sep. 2014 SunGard and PRMIA Research reveals risk management evolution from regulatory burden to strategic function [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A global survey undertaken by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and SunGard reveals an attitudinal shift among risk managers, who are now increasingly viewing risk management as a strategic core
02 Sep. 2014 CLSA acquires 49% of EIP’S exchange traded funds business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hong Kong-based asset management firm, Enhanced Investment Products Limited (EIP) has sold 49% of its Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) business, to CLSA Hong Kong Holdings Limited (CLSA). The Enhanced Investment Products group’s actively managed funds, index funds and non-list
01 Sep. 2014 Ascalon Capital Managers engages Damien Hatfield, focus on building distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a move to enhance sales and distribution capability in Australia and Asia, Ascalon Capital Managers has engaged Damien Hatfield and long-time Triple-A Partners colleague, David Louie. Ascalon wi
01 Sep. 2014 Maples Fund Services acquires Vistra Fund Services' Hong Kong and Singapore offices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider, is acquiring the Hong Kong and Singapore operations of Vistra Fund Services. The acquisition further expands the presence of Maples Fund Services in Asia and enhances its position as a market leade
01 Sep. 2014 CalPERS says SEC’s further implementation of Dodd-Frank will protect investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the U.S., with approximately $300bn in assets, welcomed the Securities and Exchange Commission's approval of two rules relating to the implementation of the Dodd
29 Aug. 2014 Emerging markets hedge funds navigate turmoil, uncertainty to produce strong gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets posted strong gains through mid - year , increasing total EM hedge fund assets to an eighth consecutive quarterly record, despite a sovere
29 Aug. 2014 Parker FX Index is up +0.82% in July (-0.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.82% return for the month of July. Thirty-two of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported July results, of which nineteen reported positive results and thirteen inc
28 Aug. 2014 Hedge funds buying Yahoo stocks ahead of Alibaba IPO [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Several hedge funds are buying large shares of Yahoo ahead of the planned initial public offering (IPO) of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Ken Sawyer, managing director of Saints Capital, said that Yahoo, which owns 23% of Alibaba and is a public investor of the C
28 Aug. 2014 Commonfund paper looks at how equity rally has impacted manager selection [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new paper from Commonfund examines how the prolonged rally in equity markets could be impacting manager selection as it becom
27 Aug. 2014 OneVue acquires Australia's Select Fund Services and Select Investment Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OneVue Holdings Limited (OneVue) has agreed to acquire Select Asset Management Limited, trading as Select Fund Services and Select Investment Partners Limited. Completion is expected to occur tomorrow. Select Fund Services (SAML) is a specialist provider of responsible e
27 Aug. 2014 Study shows what resonates with investors: 'Unwavering', 'passionate' beats 'committed', 'dedicated' and more surprises [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by Pershing, a unit of BNY Mellon company, showed that an effective value proposition strengthens audience connections and fosters growth, yet many advisors have had little objective guidance in formulating such statements until now. In the study
27 Aug. 2014 Merrill Lynch fined for fundamentally flawed procedures, errors in exchange and clearing fees accounting [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (Merrill Lynch) was ordered to pay a fine of $1.2m by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for failing to diligently supervise its officers’, employees’, and agents’ processing of futures exchange
27 Aug. 2014 SEC charges investor relations firm with insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought charges against Michael Anthony Dupre Lucarelli, who garnered nearly $1 million in illicit profits while at at a Manhattan-based investor relations firm where he used inside client information to trade. An SEC investigation and ongoing f
27 Aug. 2014 Apple & Allergan top list of hedge fund positions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: S&P Capital IQ is out with its quarterly hedge fund tracker, ranking the positions of pure play hedge funds based on reported data including Form 13F. Report
26 Aug. 2014 Hedge funds sue BNY Mellon over Argentine bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Several hedge funds, including Knighthead Master Fund LP, RGY International LLC, which is a unit of Perry Capital, Kyle Bass's Hayman Capital Master Fund LP and George Soros's Quantum Partners LP, have filed a lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
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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