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15 Mar. 2016 University of California to cut number of hedge fund portfolio to reduce costs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The University of California (UC) endowment has announced it would reduce the number of its hedge fund portfolios in a bid to reduce costs. A number of hedge funds are managing at least $2bn of the university’s endowment. The move by UC comes as the labor uni
15 Mar. 2016 Edgar de Picciotto dead at 86 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Edgar de Picciotto, a European hedge fund pioneer has died at the age of 86 according to Bloomberg. De Picciotto, the founder and
14 Mar. 2016 Hedge Fund Association appoints new Midwest Chapter co-directors Lisa Tamburini and John Maddente [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association, a leading global non-profit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, proudly announces two U.S. regional leadership appointments to enhance its growing Midwest presence. HFA’s board of directors has appointed Lisa Tamburini and John Madden
14 Mar. 2016 Lyxor and Koris partner to launch an AIFMD Dynamic Core-Satellite Multimanager Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management and Koris International announce the launch of a Dynamic Core-Satellite (DCS) alternative multimanager strategy, underpinned by the DCS model devised by Koris. Koris will act as investment advisor, while Lyxor will manage the weekly liquidity,
14 Mar. 2016 BFA LLP secures $219 million recovery from Genworth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP announced today it has reached an agreement in principle to recover $219 million (USD) for investors in In re Genworth Financial, Inc. Securities Litigation. With this settlement, BFA has now recovered over $600 million dollars for investor
14 Mar. 2016 Preqin: hedge funds post mixed results in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry improved on losses of 2.69% in January but still posted negative performance of -0.06% in February. Macro strategies posted the greatest gains (0.55%) and are the only leading hedge fund strategy to hold a positive 2016 year-to-date return (0.88%).
14 Mar. 2016 SS&C completes Citi’s Alternative Investor Services to become 2nd largest hedge fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, on Friday 11 announced it has completed the acquisition of Citi’s Alternative Investor Services Business, a provider of hedge fund and private equit
14 Mar. 2016 London Stock Exchange grants intermediary status to crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SyndicateRoom, a UK crowdfunding platform, has announced its intermediary status with the London Stock Exchange, enabling crowdfunding investors to participate in IPOs and placings on the London Stock Exchange Main Market and AIM. First crowdfunding platform
14 Mar. 2016 Marlene Timberlake D’Adamo to head compliance monitoring and oversight program of CalPERS [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has appointed Marlene Timberlake D'Adamo as chief compliance officer (CCO) effective April 11. In a
11 Mar. 2016 Investors raise hedge fund bets amid market volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for February 2016 measured -0.95%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.82% in March. “Hedge funds benefited from strong net capital flows
11 Mar. 2016 Don't blame short sellers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chris Gosselin, CEO of Australian Fund Monitors, said that over the past few weeks, certain sections of the Australian media have been getting excited about the prospect of those 'nasty' hedge funds with
10 Mar. 2016 SYZ Asset Management strengthens and expands multi-asset offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management, the institutional management division of the SYZ Group, has added new skills and two new strategies to its range: Active Allocation and Risk-Based Allocation. The company has successfully offered Multi-Asset investment solutions to institu
10 Mar. 2016 FTSE Russell develops momentum indexes in smart beta push [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global index provider FTSE Russell has announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with momentum investing specialist and analytics firm, Trendrating. The agreement will see Trendrating work with FTSE Russell to develop new innovative momentum indexes. The rang
10 Mar. 2016 Moody’s to pay CalPERS record $130m to settle negligent subprime ratings [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ratings agency Moody's and Moody's Investors' Services have agreed to pay the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) a record $130m to settle its erroneous ratings of "AAA" rated structured investment vehicles prior to the financial
10 Mar. 2016 Aspect Capital acquires rival currency firm [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aspect Capital, a computer-driven hedge-fund firm in London has acquired smaller rival firm Auriel Capital Management. Aspect plans to use the deal to build out a global macro strategy in addition to expanding its currency trading business. The acquisition
09 Mar. 2016 BNY Mellon urges buy-side companies to take comprehensive view of collateral strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Buy-side companies are being forced to rethink their strategies due to new regulations which have increased the value of collateral in trading and risk management, according to a new report from global investments company BNY Mellon and London-based consultancy The Field
09 Mar. 2016 AIMA launches hedge fund director due diligence questionnaires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative body for alternative asset managers, has launched a set of Due Diligence Questionnaires (DDQs) for hedge fund directors. These are the first set of AIMA DDQs – questionnaire temp
09 Mar. 2016 100 Women in Hedge Funds announces 2016 Cayman beneficiary [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds has announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters Cayman (BBBS) has been designated as its 2016 Cayman Beneficiary. 100WHF Cayman aligns its yearly objectives to a global theme that rotates on an annual basis to ensure the greatest impact on t
09 Mar. 2016 China-focused hedge funds fell 6.9% in first two months of the year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Greater China-focused hedge funds declined 6.9% during the first two months of 2016 (-0.33% in February) as market volatility continued to hurt performance and other challenges facing investors, data provider Eurekah
09 Mar. 2016 Prevailing market trend is a friend to hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The prevailing market trends have proven to be supporting hedge funds, Lyxor Asset Management said in its monthly briefing. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index fell 2% year-to-date as of February, while the S&P 500 is down 7.6%
08 Mar. 2016 Semper Capital Management hires Mariner's Williams [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Semper Capital Management, a boutique investment manager specializing in mortgages and other asset-backed investments, has hired Clarence Williams as Managing Director of Institutional Sales. Mr. Williams will be based in New York and will be responsible for driving Sempe
08 Mar. 2016 Custom House Global Fund Services expands key roles in U.S. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Custom House Global Fund Services, a leading independent hedge fund administration specialist, has expanded its sales and operations in North America. Sebastien Sacre was appointed Managing Director of the Chicago office, the U.S. headquarters for Custom House, while Joh
08 Mar. 2016 Preqin issues league tables of the most consistently performing hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Drawing on data compiled for the 2016 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report, Preqin has created league tables of hedge funds that have most consistently delivered strong, stable performance. These league tables do not seek in any way to endorse these funds, but rather to illust
08 Mar. 2016 La Française Global Investment Solutions launches multi-strategy credit UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - La Française Global Investment Solutions has announced the launch of a new multi-strategy long/short credit UCITS fund, LFIS Vision UCITS – Credit. The Fund goes beyond a traditional long-short approach, seeking to deliver “through-the-cycle” performance by invest
08 Mar. 2016 Hedge funds gain in February led by macro strategies, top equity markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted modest gains in last month, outperforming U.S. equities for the third consecutive month, as equity, credit and energy markets traded in a wide and volatile intra-month range, according to Hedge Fund Research. The
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