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20 Jun. 2014 BAE Systems thwarts cyberattack on large hedge fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cybersecurity specialists BAE Systems have thwarted what CNBC is calling a 'large sophisticated cyberattack’ on a hedge fund. BAE declined to release the name of the hedge fund. The security specialist
20 Jun. 2014 Alden Global Capital makes two new hires [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alden Global an opportunistic, event-driven hedge fund managing $2bn in assets has made two new hires - Marc Mendelson and Ben Belfer. Both men will come on as Managing Directors in the Investor Relations Team. Prior to joining Alden, Mendelson was Head of t
19 Jun. 2014 SYZ & Co launches flexible European corporate credit strategy, OYSTER Flexible Credit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Swiss banking group SYZ & CO has launched OYSTER Flexible Credit, a new sub-fund of its Luxembourg Sicav OYSTER. The fund aims absolute performance through a credit strategy combining European corporate bonds w
19 Jun. 2014 Laurence Fink notes shift in U.S. regulator’s focus to product regulation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market regulators in the U.S. are shifting their focus and are adopting BlackRock Inc.’s strategy to concentrate on products rather than on asset managers, claimed Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of the world’s biggest money manager. He was quoted by
19 Jun. 2014 MassPRIM to move some of $5.6bn hedge fund portfolios into managed accounts [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $59bn Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (MassPRIM) wants to move some of its $5.6bn hedge funds portfolios into separately managed accounts as it also studies its option whether to invest in other strategies that mimic hedge fund returns
18 Jun. 2014 Global financial markets extend gains through mid-June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global financial markets extended their gains through mid-June even as oil prices spiked while the U.S. economy continued to improve despite increased geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, according to data provider
18 Jun. 2014 CAIA and DeAWM partner to bring a 'new era of alternative investing’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) has partnered with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) to bring a new era of alternative investing by offering the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate program to its client covera
17 Jun. 2014 Fund Alignment Rights levels playing field between investors and hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Fund Alignment Rights issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has leveled the playing field between investors and hedge fund managers, particularly in terms of incentive compensation, said business solutions provider
17 Jun. 2014 Deutsche Bank survey reveals investor due diligence has tightened hedge fund operational controls [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds that refuse to provide adequate transparency is often the sole reason for an investor veto according to new information from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank’s Global Prime Finance group’s third annual Operational Due Diligence Survey, polled investors g
17 Jun. 2014 Financial reforms have little impact on corporate's use of interest-rate derivatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates found new regulations introduced through various financial reforms since the 2008 global financial crisis are having little to no impact on corporate use of, and dealer selection fo
17 Jun. 2014 J. Christopher Giancarlo appointed CFTC Commissioner [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: J. Christopher Giancarlo will step in to fill one of the empty spots on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Commission has had three open spots since early this year. Mr. Giancarlo assumed his responsibilities today. Mr. Giancarlo joins t
16 Jun. 2014 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in May; (+1.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.13% for the month of May. Press Release Credit Suisse
16 Jun. 2014 Paul Saferstein to launch hedge fund in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Paul Saferstein is planning to launch a hedge fund in the fourth quarter of this year to be called Saferidge Capital Partners after Asian Century Quest Capital LLC wi
16 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund Pine River soft closes multi-strategy fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Minnesota-based Pine River Capital Management, the $15bn hedge fund firm founded by Brian Taylor, is soft closes its $4.5bn multi-strategy Pine River Fund as it shuns new money because of "challenging envi
12 Jun. 2014 Infovest21: 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors’ data provider Infovest21 said that 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds - the biggest change they have made over the past year. Infovest21's Annual Survey of Funds of Funds s
12 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds posted 4-month high inflow in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry posted a four-month high inflow in June as investors poured more money into the sector, data provider SS&C Technologies said. "Subscr
12 Jun. 2014 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co.’s Carmel Global Opportunities up 11.2% one year since launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based asset manager Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. said that its Carmel Global Opportunities managed account generated +11.2% net return with a volatility of 2.3% thus achieving an exceptional Sharpe Ratio of 5 one
11 Jun. 2014 Silk Invest launches fund for African Footballers ahead of World Cup [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Silk Invest and Kolo Touré announce that Silk Invest will launch an African Opportunties for Footballers Fund in collaboration with Kolo Toure. The fund will be the first fund of its kind that will provide African footballers with a wealth management solution that
11 Jun. 2014 Cube Capital hires RVK Consultant as Director of Marketing, US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cube Capital, the $1 billion global alternatives investment firm, has hired Stephen Petretto to meet growing demand. Cube Capital is expanding its marketing efforts in the US and has hired Stephen Petretto as Director of Marketing. Stephen joins Cube Capital fro
11 Jun. 2014 The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up +1.0% in May (YTD +0.8%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.0% in May (YTD +0.8%). 11 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of May in positive territory, led by the Lyxor L/S Equity, the Special Situation and the CTA Long Term Index. The optimism prevailing at the end of 2013 was
11 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds get $56.4bn in first four months of 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds took in additional $56.4bn in the first four months of 2014, more than triple the inflow of $16.9 billion in the same period last year, said BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. In April, the industry took in $18bn (0.8% of assets) in April, up
11 Jun. 2014 U.S. IRS issues rule reducing hedge fund fees to institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a new rule reducing the incentive fees assessed by hedge funds on institutional investors, allowing the sector to invest into the industry at a much lower cost. A report b
10 Jun. 2014 SEC Chair seeks market structure reform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SEC chair Mary Jo White has market structure in her crosshairs. The regulator said in recent public remarks that she would be looking at market structure, and has indeed revealed a five point reform plan. While noting that the "[t]he current market structure
10 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds buy the most S&P contracts in ten months [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have bought the most S&P contracts in ten months, although positioning remains at a net short according to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
09 Jun. 2014 Baronsmead warns asset managers of 'billion dollar' liability to Greek bonds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Baronsmead Partners LLP, the specialist hedge fund insurance broker has today issued a warning to the non-domiciled fund management industry over tax liabilities, especially those with significant capital invested in Europe. Baronsmead has been closely monitoring the tax
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