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09 Nov. 2016 Insurance industry investments in hedge funds continued to increase over last two years but reverse over last quarters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A special report by insurance ratings firm A.M. Best starts out with the known premise that insurers have limited choices for investing new dollars from maturing securities and new business premiums to maintain ta
08 Nov. 2016 Hedge funds witnessed first decline after 7 months of gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds declined 0.35%1 during the month of October - their first monthly loss after seven straight months of gains. Despite being in the red this month, hedge funds have outperformed underlying markets, with the MSCI AC World Index (Local) down 1.38% in October. On a
08 Nov. 2016 Franklin Templeton introduces liquid alternative strategies fund to Canadian investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. has introduced Franklin K2 Alternative Strategies Fund to accredited retail investors in Canada. Previously available only to institutional investors in Canada, this multi-manager, liquid alternative strategy provides access to top-tie
08 Nov. 2016 U.S. election jitters send top macro and emerging markets hedge funds surging [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance to begin the fourth quarter, as U.S. equities weakened amidst increasing uncertainty before Election Day, not just on the presidential-front, but also with regard to the control of Congress and state-level results. Rising market
08 Nov. 2016 Low directionality helped limit losses in tough week for hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds lost some ground as of the week ending November 1, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down 1% (-1.6% YTD), with long term CTAs dragging the overall performanc
08 Nov. 2016 Comment: Earth to Passive Investors: Lunch is never free [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Wesley Gray, CEO/CIO of Alpha Architect, writes on Harvest: Imagine the following scenario: A strategy that outperforms everything. An ability to scale the strategy at no costs. A beating drum highlighting the infallible logic of the strategy
07 Nov. 2016 Hedge funds are piling gold as uncertainty over U.S. election looms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are buying the yellow metal ahead of the U.S. presidential election in anticipation that gold will continue its rally for a second straight week,
07 Nov. 2016 3 recession-proof REITs with 20% upside in 2017 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Contrarian Outlook publishes on Harvest: What a difference three months makes. Back in the summer, real estate investment trusts (REITs) were all the rage—especially after a dismal May jobs report put the final nail in the coffin of a summer rate hike. Fast-
04 Nov. 2016 "Unconventional" value investor Meson Capital up 9.8% net in Q3 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Ryan Morris, President at Meson Capital Partners, writes on Harvest: Our net performance for Q3 was 9.8%, vs. indices (in order of relevancy for comparison) of: 4.6% HFRI Hedge Fund Equity Index, 9.0% Russell 2000 and 3.8% S&P 500. Our portfolio was market neutral o
04 Nov. 2016 Hazeltree sees increase focus on treasury, counterparty management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Treasury management solution provider Hazeltree said it sees an increased focus on treasury and counterparty management as new regulations affect the industry. Hazeltree is serving hedge funds, asset managers, fun
03 Nov. 2016 GSAM launches Goldman Sachs Hedge Industry VIP ETF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Goldman Sachs Asset Management today launched an ETF seeking to track the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund VIP Index, a proprietary index maintained by GSAM. The Index includes 50 “Very-Important-Positions” – US-listed stocks that most often appear in the top 10 holding
03 Nov. 2016 Maitland restructures institutional investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm, has announced a major organisational restructure of the leadership team of its institutional client services arm. The management team will now reflect the five fund services products on offer – Traditional Fund S
03 Nov. 2016 Dickson family office seeds Commodity long/short program of newly launched CTA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Synchronicity Futures, LLC, a licensed Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) has launched the Commodity Long-Short Program* with a $10m commitment from the Dickson Family of Detr
03 Nov. 2016 Hedge funds post mixed returns in October in line with performance of global financial markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance for October with fixed income-focused relative value strategies posting gains while the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declined -0.57% for the month (+0.75% YTD),
02 Nov. 2016 Swiss-Asia’s rising alternative funds sustain growth despite global economic slowdown [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss-Asia Financial Services (Swiss-Asia), Singapore’s independent financial services platform which provides dedicated incubation services to hedge funds, announced that rising alternative funds incubated on the platform has sustained growth despite global economic
02 Nov. 2016 New UNC research finds activist hedge funds deliver returns only during takeovers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Activist hedge funds often push the management teams they target to pursue a sale of the company, which is the only reliable strategy for generating a return for themselves and the shareholders of the companies they target, according to “Activism Mergers,” a new study rel
02 Nov. 2016 Comment: Speaking while female - is lack of diversity holding hedge funds back? And why do men feel discriminated against? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Texas Wall Street Women have published on Harvest Exchange: To begin, communication is such an essential part of life and a critical component to career success, and it seems speaking while female puts us at a disadvantage. We are more likely to be interrupted and
02 Nov. 2016 Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management buys controlling stake in Aeolus Capital Management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Aeolus Capital Management Ltd. (ACM) and its affiliated entities. Elliott
02 Nov. 2016 Mirae Asset unit, Horizons ETFs, signs deal to acquire Recon Capital Advisors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Mirae Asset Global announced that its subsidiary, Horizons ETFs Management (USA), has formalized a deal to acquire Recon Capital Advisors (RCA). Horizons USA is one of the largest collective families of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the w
01 Nov. 2016 First trade executed via robo-adviser service in Southeast Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Singapore’s accredited investors today executed the first trades on a robo-adviser platform in Southeast Asia. The purchase of a position in the diversified risk All Weather Portfolio was the first on the WeInvest robo-adviser platform, partnered with Lighthouse Canton in
01 Nov. 2016 Comment: Ignoring the Cost of Committed Capital: How PE funds can overstate LP returns by up to 50% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kelley Rytlewski, Founder on Nextvest, a community of family offices and private investors jointly pursuing direct investment and co-investment opportunities, writes on Harvest: Private equity funds are the widely accepted investment strategy for pensions, endow
01 Nov. 2016 World’s largest fund managers see first decline in assets since 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 asset managers fell in 2015 for the first time since 2011, according to research conducted by Pensions & Investments (P&I), a U.S. investment newspaper, and Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company.
01 Nov. 2016 New York union officials involved in hedge fund Platinum’s misconduct and racketeering scheme charged in court [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The law firms of Newman Ferrara LLP and Seelig Law Offices, LLC have filed a lawsuit on behalf of active and retired correction officers against the Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) executive board, its indicted former president Norman Seabrook and
01 Nov. 2016 Survey finds acceptance and support for shareholder activism continues to increase across all constituencies [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Leading law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) today announced key findings from its 2016 Shareholder Activism Insight report, published in association with Activist Insight and FTI Consulting. The report, which surveyed the views of 37 of the leading activists in the marke
31 Oct. 2016 Lyxor: Frenzied M&A activity to support event driven strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - October was a supportive month for Global Macro funds, which almost erased their year to date losses in a single month, according to the Lyxor Weekly Brief research note. The top contributors to their stellar performance last month included a short duration stance in fixe
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