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17 Jul. 2013 Gold positions by the hedge funds lowest since 2002 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Speculative shorts in Gold (non-reportable on a contract basis) are their largest ever, according to new data from Bank of America Global Research. Positioning in gold is at the lowest since 2002, reflecting a trend that has been going since the end of June
17 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund assets decline by $20bn in June - Eurekahedge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The June sell-off not only impacted hedge fund returns, it also resulted in a decline in assets. According to a new report from Eurekahedge, total assets under ma
17 Jul. 2013 Blackstone to launch first alternative investment-focused mutual fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Alternative strategies that are normally used by hedge funds and private equity are increasingly being packaged as mutual funds in the U.S. and as UCITS in Europe. Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, is jumping on that b
16 Jul. 2013 Atrato Advisors hires Abigail Corcoran to lead business development effort [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund advisory boutique Atrato Advisors has announced that Abigail Corcoran has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Business Development. Most recently, Ms. Corcoran was Vice President of Client Development at Sandalwood Securities, the New Jersey
16 Jul. 2013 RBC Hedge Index down -1.09% in June (+3.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of June 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -1.09 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 3.84 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
16 Jul. 2013 CalPERS reports a 12.5% return on investments for 2012-13 fiscal year [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the U.S., yesterday reported a 12.5% return on investments for the 12 months up to June 30, 2013. Th
15 Jul. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 1.35% in June (4.25% YTD), hedge funds stumble after 12 straight months of gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After twelve consecutive months of gains, hedge funds lost 1.35% in June 2013, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 4.26% year to date. “A comment by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke that the Fed may begin to taper its
15 Jul. 2013 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co launches global macro UCITS IV fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. is accelerating its development and announces the launch Carmel Global Opportunities, a global macro UCITS IV compliant fund, which invests in multiple asset classes across the OECD universe. Carmel Global Opportunities is managed by B
15 Jul. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -1.45% (final) in June, 3.2% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds faced a tough environment in June 2013, losing an average of -1.45% during the month. This was the first negative month for the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index since October 2012. Distressed Securities continued its run as the best performing hedge fund stra
15 Jul. 2013 Gold shines to $1,291 an ounce on hedge fund buying [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Heavy buying by hedge funds last week lifted the gold price to its highest level since October 2011 which finished in the spot market at $1,277.60 an ounce on Comex, various media reported. Spot gold is currently trading up 0.5% to $1291.
15 Jul. 2013 Hong Kong hedge fund managers lose jobs as opportunities dwindle - report [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based hedge fund managers are losing their jobs as offshore fund managers wind down their operations from the former British colony because of slowing growth on the mainland and increasing opportunities in the U.S., the
15 Jul. 2013 MA Capital: A robust absolute return portfolio contains systematic beta [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Monty Agarwal, chief investment officer at MA Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, the most robust absolute return portfolio he can find has systema
12 Jul. 2013 Cerulli: Optimism returns as global assets set to cross US$70.4tln in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global assets under management are set to cross US$70.4 trillion by the end of 2013-a full US$20 trillion higher than the industry's low point in 2008. The even better news is that this is a conservative estimate that may need upward revision if the global financial m
12 Jul. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Index -1.94% in June (+5.06% YTD), Capital Movement Index for July shows flows decline of 1.30% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2013 measured -1.94%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the
12 Jul. 2013 French seeding platform EMERGENCE to launch new sub-fund dedicated to innovative equity strategies [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Finance Innovation, a Paris-based business and research cluster dedicated to financial services, announced the launch of the first French Emerging Asset Manager Platform, called EMERGENCE,
12 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund industry weighs in on hedge fund advertising, CFTC to rule on Dodd-Frank derivatives rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: With great fanfare the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lifted the ban on hedge fund advertising yesterday. Under the new rules, first set into motion by the JOBS Act, hedge funds will now be able to advertise in ways similar to mutual funds. Consumer
11 Jul. 2013 Viteos launches comprehensive regulatory reporting platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Viteos Fund Services, a leading global administrator and middle office solutions provider, today announced the latest in a series of strategic deliverables designed to mitigate the regulatory burden facing investment managers worldwide. Viteos' offering i
11 Jul. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge fund inflows hit two-year high of $18.5bn in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in a net $18.5 billion (1.0% of assets) in May, more than a forty-fold increase from April’s $430 million inflow. The results are based on data from 3,368 funds. “In May, the hedg
11 Jul. 2013 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index posts first monthly loss of 2013, declines -1.30% in June (+4.76% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -1.30% in June 2013 (+4.76% YTD), while the S&P 500 declined -1.50% (+12.63% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased -1.36% (+13.78% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index fell -1.
11 Jul. 2013 Alix Capital: UCITS funds of absolute return funds outperform the broad market for the first time since 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The latest quarterly European research on the UCITS absolute return funds’ industry published by Alix Capital, the Geneva-based provider of the UCITS Alternatives Index (UAI) family of indices, reveals that for the first time during the last four years, UCITS funds of abs
11 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund friendly Luxembourg to get new prime minister following spy scandal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternatives friendly Luxembourg will be getting a new prime minister. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union’s longest-serving head of government said in a statement early today that he will resign after being implicated in a spy scandal rocking the country.
10 Jul. 2013 SaLaurMor Capital LP hires Richard Sbaschnig to focus on insurance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SaLaurMor Capital LP has announced that Richard Sbaschnig, CFA, has joined the firm as a Senior Analyst focusing on the insurance industry. Mr. Sbaschnig brings to SaLaurMor almost ten years in the investment business, including buy-side and sell-side experience covering p
10 Jul. 2013 First dedicated Latin American placement firm, LatAm Capital Partners, launches despite market issues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The first dedicated placement agent focussed on raising capital for Latin America, has just been launched in São Paulo by Daniel Rummery, former CEO of Ridgeway Capital. “I am very excited about the opportunities across Latin America, and the long term pr
10 Jul. 2013 Preqin: number of UCITS hedge funds has grown by 260% since 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS Hedge Funds reveals that the alternative UCITS sector has grown significantly in recent years, particularly following the global financial markets events of 2008. In 2002, UCITS hedge funds became possible with the UCITS III directive;
10 Jul. 2013 Tarpon Trading launches currency trading program on Horton Point's incubation platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Tarpon Trading LLC, a global macro FX manager launched its currency trading program on the Horton Point incubation platform, in mid-June. Tarpon is run by J. Stephen Theall, a 20-year veteran of quant FX and global macro trading at such marque

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    From Bloomberg.com: Owning almost anything in the U.S. stock market has been a losing proposition since September. Owning smaller energy companies has been a catastrophe. Hercules Offshore Inc. and Resolute Energy Corp. are among 19 oil-and-gas equities in the Russell 2000 Index that lost more than

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

    Hedge funds favor equity long/short From Securitieslendingtimes.com: Equity long/short strategies will generate good returns for hedge funds in the future, according to a panel at this year’s Risk Management Association Conference on Securities Lending in Naples, Florida. Panellists Sand

  3. Legal - Ex-hedge fund analyst weeps as judge hands down 5 year sentence, Former Columbus investment manager Steven P. Moore indicted on theft charges, SEBI confirms ban for Hong Kong hedge fund, SEC announces enforcement action against compliance officer[more]

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  4. Goldman in talks to acquire IndexIQ[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Can Goldman Sachs put ETF investors on a liquid diet? Goldman is in talks to acquire IndexIQ, Reuters has reported. Index IQ is a small exchange-traded-fund firm known mostly for products that replicate hedge fund strategies, called "liquid alternative" ETFs. While IndexIQ has 11

  5. Other Voices: CALPERS dilemma should be a warning to hedge funds wanting institutional investors[more]

    From Ian Hamilton, founder of IDS Group. A quick comment on the CALPERS’ disinvestment from the hedge fund market and the jitters it is causing. Pension Funds should not be sheep and follow CALPERS’ decision as the issues that CALPERS has with hedge fund investments are in many ways unique t