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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
09 Jun. 2014 Short sellers are becoming more aggressive [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Short sellers are becoming more aggressive and are expected to be more hostile in the coming months as they placed negative bets in the SPDR ETF and are tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to almost 11% of its shares, the highest proportion since 2012. Acco
09 Jun. 2014 Blackstone-seeded hedge fund Sureview Capital shutters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Greenwich, Connecticut-based stock-focused hedge fund Sureview Capital LLC that is seeded by Blackstone Group has shut down early this year and has been liquidating its assets in the past weeks, people familiar on the matter said. According to
09 Jun. 2014 Distressed strategies lead hedge fund performance in May [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Distressed funds produced strong returns in May, putting them atop all major strategies in 2014, according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. Hedge fund performance was positive in May, rebounding from a slight decline in A
09 Jun. 2014 May was difficult month for Asian hedge funds, M&A should brighten outlook [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian fund managers, with the exception of ASEAN-focused managers, generally had a difficult month in May with the narrow range-bound market, said Singapore-based hedge funds specialist GFIA. In its monthly Rese
07 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds and funds of funds post broad based gains for May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Growth, Emerging Markets, Activist & Yield Alternative strategies lead May performance; HFRI Relative Value Index posts 9th consecutive gain, leading all strategies for 2014. Hedge funds posted gains across all main strategies in May, recovering from small
06 Jun. 2014 Activist hedge funds on the rise: Out-performance comes with higher volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by research firm Preqin found the hedge fund industry registered its highest number of activist hedge fund launches in 2013 as activism becomes more widely utilized. In terms of performance, activist
05 Jun. 2014 GFIA says funds of funds are dead as insourcing, MAPs and liquid alternatives take over – Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said funds of funds are dead as allocators are either insourcing those skills, or buying consulting or separate account management services. In its Research Insight r
05 Jun. 2014 V2 Capital reaches half billion in AUM, makes new hire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: V2 Capital has surpassed half billion in AUM ($510 million), in its fundraising efforts through the end of May, according to sources familiar with the fund. The company is also bringing on a new head of business development. Kristin Scherer will join V2, to
05 Jun. 2014 One William Street Capital Management acquires Bedrock Capital Associates [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: One William Street Capital Management, L.P. has acquired Bedrock Capital Associates, a specialty finance firm focused exclusively on lending solutions for the commercial real estate brokerage community and owners of commercial real estate. One William Stree
05 Jun. 2014 Corporate pensions examine shifting allocations - KKR [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As a result of strong equity performance and rising interest rates in 2013, the funded status of many corporate pension plans has improved, and in some cases, plans are now fully or overfunded. In a
04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds average 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD), event driven, fixed income arbitrage strategies best performers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index gained 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD, est.) compared to the S&P 500 which rose 0.7% while the small-cap Russell 2000 declined 3.9% in what was describe
04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds gain in May as geopolitical tensions ease global financial markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted their best monthly gain last month since June 2012 as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted 0.9% positive performance in May (+0.92% YTD). According to
03 Jun. 2014 Blackstone makes strategic investment in Cloud Theory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based investment and advisory firm Blackstone which manages $272bn announced it has made a strategic investment in Cloud Theory, a technology c
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds are cutting bets on common currency ahead of new ECB monetary rule [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management said hedge funds are cutting position on the common currency ahead of the European Central Bank’s adoption of expansionary measures. Lyxor said in its newly-launched
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds make sizable position shifts - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds made a number of sizable position shifts over the week according to the latest
02 Jun. 2014 KKR closes equity hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investment firm KKR & Co LP or Kohlberg Kravis Roberts said it would shut down its hedge fund that invests in stocks after making waves in 2010 when the firm poached a team of proprietary traders from investment b
30 May. 2014 Emerging Market hedge fund assets rise to record despite Russian losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds focused on investing in volatile Russia and Eastern Europe have posted steep losses year-to-date (YTD), with Russian equity, currency, sovereign bond and commodity markets declining sharply as a result of the crisis in Ukraine. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Euro
30 May. 2014 The Parker FX Index is down -0.70% in April (-1.50% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.70% return for the month of April. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported April results, of which ten reported positive results, twenty-three incurr
30 May. 2014 Chicago hedge fund manager Neal Goyal charged with Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based investment fund manager Neal V. Goyal was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly stealing money from his investors and operating a Ponzi scheme. In a
29 May. 2014 500 largest hedge fund managers control 90% of industry assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The “$1bn Club” of the largest hedge fund managers represents just under 11% of the 4,621 active managers worldwide. New York is the undoubted home of this “$1bn Club”, with 174 of these firms headquartered there representing a total of $938bn in AUM. The May 2014 editi
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  1. Events – AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum, Sept. 16, Sydney[more]

    AIMA Australia invite you to join us at our annual Hedge Fund Forum on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum is a non-profit hedge fund conference organised by the industry for the industry, featuring quality Australian and internation

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Success in hedge fund marketing not linked to performance, but investor appetite[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Success in marketing a fund is not linked to the performance, but to investor appetite, to the way you can market the fund, and to how much time you can spend to raise assets, said Antoine Rolland, the CEO of incubator and seeding firm

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Loeb, Grantham cite growing economic concerns in letters[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, head of Third Point, and Jeremy Grantham of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. have both released their quarterly investor letters today. While news is positive on some fronts, and both men see pockets of opportunity, they also h

  4. Investing – Hedge funds expect Netflix earnings to catapult forward, Third Point's Loeb takes stakes in Fibra Uno, YPF, Royal DSM, Lake Capital in talks to back Engine Group[more]

    Hedge funds expect Netflix earnings to catapult forward From Investing.com: Netflix has made major strides forward in 2014 despite ongoing battles with the FCC and cable companies over the issue of net neutrality. The FCC has now received over 500,000 comments from the public on its pend

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: European family offices struggle to retain their investments in offshore hedge funds[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will constrain investment opportunities amidst concern a number of U.S. fund managers will stop marketing their products in the European Union under the new rule, said Valentin Bohländer fro