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16 Aug. 2016 Alternative investment industry weighs in on the presidential election [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The U.S. presidential race has already dominated the news for well over a year and will undoubtedly continue to do so long after the final votes are cast on November 8th. Beyond predicting who will triumph, Wall Street, along with much of the world, is focused on what the
16 Aug. 2016 Foundry Partners acquires Arbor Capital Management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundry Partners, will be adding to their Minneapolis office with an acquisition of the growth team from Arbor Capital Management. The Arbor team brings approximately $200 million in assets under management on behalf of institutional and family trust clients primarily
16 Aug. 2016 Franklin Square Capital Partners consolidates brands under FS Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative asset manager, today announced that it is consolidating its brands under FS Investments. The firm’s name is now FS Investments and its affiliated broker-dealer, FS2 Capital Partners, is FS Investment Solutions. The t
16 Aug. 2016 SEC files fraud charges against hedge fund in scheme involving terminally ill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed fraud charges against a hedge fund manager and his firm accused of paying terminally ill individuals to use their names on purportedl
16 Aug. 2016 Activist hedge fund ValueAct acquires 2% stake in Morgan Stanley [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Activist investor ValueAct Capital has bought a $1.1bn stake (38 million shares or 2% of outstanding shares) in investment bank Morgan Stanley. Despite the bank's falling shares, the hedge fund likes its shift to asset-light, fee based businesses. M
15 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds mark fifth consecutive month of gains in July, small funds outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry posted overall returns of 2.17% in July, marking the largest cumulative period of positive performance since May 2013, with the industry returning 6.96% since the beginning of March, data provider
15 Aug. 2016 Liquidations of Chinese hedge funds reach record level on poor performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Despite efforts by the Chinese communist regime to open up its hedge fund business to foreign entities, poor market performance and stringent rules have forced a record number of fund managers to liquidate their funds in the first six months of this year. Data r
12 Aug. 2016 Investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in wind up of Cayman Islands investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From international law firm Walkers: Refinement regarding the priority to be afforded to investors' claims for unpaid redemption proceeds in the winding up of Cayman Islands investment funds A recent judgment of the Cayman Islands Court of Ap
12 Aug. 2016 High-performing Australian hedge funds get attention from international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: You really can’t argue with success. After years of being overlooked in favor of their more high-profile Western peers and the nation’s $2.4tln pool of superannuation savings, Australian hedge funds are finally having their day and are attracting the attention of in
12 Aug. 2016 San Francisco hedge fund manager charged with fraud [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The San Francisco-based principal of a little-known hedge fund is being charged with securities and wire fraud in a Manhattan Federal Court, following a complaint from the SEC. He allegedly lied about investment returns, assets under management (AuM), his bro
11 Aug. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measures 1.83% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2016 measured 1.83%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.69% in August. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement Index r
11 Aug. 2016 LME to launch gold and silver contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The World Gold Council and the London Metal Exchange (LME), together with Goldman Sachs, ICBC Standard Bank, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, OSTC and Societe Generale, has announced their intention to introduce a suite of exchange-traded and centrally-cleared precious metals pro
11 Aug. 2016 Westpac subsidiary Ascalon seeds Hong Kong-based multi-strategy hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ascalon Capital Managers, an Asia-Pacific strategic investor in hedge funds, has announced it plans to acquire an equity stake in Seyon Asset Management Ltd, a Pan-Asian multi-strategy hedge fund firm based in Hong Kong, as well as plans to seed their flagship Fund once t
11 Aug. 2016 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 1.17% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index SM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.17% in July, underperforming the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index’s 1.45% return by 28 basis points.
11 Aug. 2016 Hedge fund performance rebounds in July - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Last month, hedge fund investors pulled $20.7 billion from hedge funds, one of the largest drawdowns in years. But that may have been premature as hedge funds saw performance rebound in July, with aggregate performance hitting +1.89% in July and +3.29% year-to-d
11 Aug. 2016 U-shaped recovery fuels hedge funds post Brexit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rally in global markets fuelled the most hedge fund directional strategies, with special situations and L/S equity long bias managers leading the pack, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest Alternative Investme
11 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds bet oil prices to fall further [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have doubled down on their short bets against oil as they predict that the price of the so-called "black gold" will slide further because of supply glut. Citing Bloomberg data, the
11 Aug. 2016 North Castle Partners closes oversubscribed sixth fund on $300M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Greenwich, Connecticut-based North Castle Partners has closed its sixth focused fund on $300 million, after just over six months. The firm invests in health and lifestyle brands and is known for prior investments in companies like Atkins which offers the Atkins
10 Aug. 2016 Wealth-X Billionaire Census reveals record numbers of billionaires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wealth-X has released key highlights from its 2015-2016 Billionaire Census revealing a record number of billionaires, globally. The third edition of this preeminent report indicates that there are 2,473 total billionaires in the world, representing a combined wealth of US
10 Aug. 2016 Light Street Capital Management hires Passport's Nolan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Light Street Capital Management has hired Bill Nolan as of Head of Business Development. Bill will be responsible for developing and expanding Light Street’s business presence and relationships with investors. Bill brings to the role nearly 30 years of industry e
10 Aug. 2016 Mediatrix Capital and Alternative Asset Management enter partnership to utilize AI-based algorithms on global currency trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mediatrix Capital Inc. and Alternative Asset Management Ltd. has announced the formation of a strategic partnership to create an expanded platform offering investors the opportunity to profit from a global currency trading system utilizing artificial intelligence based al
10 Aug. 2016 Agecroft Partners adds industry veteran Doug Rothschild to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Doug Rothschild will be joining Agecroft Partners as President and report to the Founder and CEO, Don Steinbrugge. As President of Agecroft Partners he will assist in the day to day operations of the firm, represent the firm and it's clients to institutional inves
10 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds raise record short positions on VIX [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and professional speculators have been pushing their net short positions on CBOE Volatility Index futures to record levels, reaching 115,000 contracts, the highest since 2013, data from
10 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds on buying spree for cheap troubled Greek firms, non-performing loans [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds are forming a bee line to buy troubled Greek companies and non-performing loans from Greek banks as they look for opportunities in the ailing Athens economy, reported
10 Aug. 2016 Nuveen and Artivest partner to launch alternatives platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nuveen, an operating division of TIAA Global Asset Management Is partnering with Artivest to launch a new alternatives platform. Uneven says that the partnership will improve distribution of alternatives products to RIAs, Family Offices, Private Banks, and other
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass

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