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30 Apr. 2015 Vanderbilt researcher reveals top 10 activist hedge funds for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The best activist hedge funds for investors are those that make the most sizable investments, say researchers who have produced a top 10 list of the best such funds. The No. 1 fund belongs to investor Carl Icahn. “It’s the size of the investment that matters rath
30 Apr. 2015 IRS publishes proposed regulations for hedge fund reinsurance arrangements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active conduct of an insurance business” exemption und
30 Apr. 2015 Texan CTA firm separates from Morgan Stanley after 18 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Warrington Asset Management, which was an independent but affiliated asset management group within Morgan Stanley (and predecessors) for the past 18 years, has finalized its separation from the bank and is now open as an alternative asset management advisor to a new set o
30 Apr. 2015 Parker FX Index up 1.53% in March, 3.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +1.53% return for the month of March. Thirty- one of the thirty-three programs in the Index reported March results, of which twenty-three reported positive results and eight incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.
30 Apr. 2015 Burren launches UCITS Fund in Dublin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Burren Capital Advisors Limited, a specialist event driven manager launched in 2010, has launched its Global Arbitrage equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a range of liquid, tr
30 Apr. 2015 HAS Capital brings on Scott Mcfarlane [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HAS Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment and advisory firm, announced today the appointment of Scott MacFarlane as President of Originations. He will be responsible for the ongoing management of HAS Capital’s current manufactured housing funding programs
30 Apr. 2015 M-III launches, focuses on restructuring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - M-III Partners, LLC, an advisory and principal investment firm focused on underperforming companies, formally announced its launch today. The new firm is comprised of a senior team of six professionals, each with over 20 years of direct experience in investment, manage
30 Apr. 2015 Solactive AG launches activist index [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Solactive AG, a German-based multi asset class provider that focuses on tailor-made indices, announced the launch of its latest index, called the Solactive Guru Activist Index as it expand its Guru Family. The
30 Apr. 2015 Bermake joins PIMCO, Citadel as advisor [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake has joined PIMCO as a senior advisor. Bernanke will provide economic advice to Pimco’s fund managers and will occasionally interact with the firm’s clients, the Newport Beach, California, company said in a state
30 Apr. 2015 SEC charges funds of hedge funds Alpha Titans, executives, and auditor for improper expense allocations [more]
Update: Please note the important updated information at the end of the article.The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based hedge fund advisory firm and two executives involved in improper allocations of fund assets to pay undisclose
29 Apr. 2015 UCITS Alternative Index announces index provider change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS Alternative Index has announced that effective on May 1 2015 Hedgeanalytics AG will become the new index provider for the UCITS Alternative Index (UAI) family of indices. Hedgeanalytics AG is a Spin-off Company from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences
29 Apr. 2015 IDS launches ManCo for South African hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: All existing South African hedge funds have to register with the Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes before the end of September. On 6th March 2015, a
29 Apr. 2015 Belgium and Luxembourg regulators require non-EU feeder AIFs to report on master fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Belgian and Luxembourg regulators now require non-EU alternative investment fund managers (non-EU AIFMs) to make "Annex IV" reports in respect of master funds if one or more of that master fund’s feeder funds are marketed in Belgium and Luxembourg, respectively,
29 Apr. 2015 Swiss group Pictet releases first public annual and financial reports [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Pictet Group, a Swiss private bank, has just released its first public annual report and financial report since it opened for business in Geneva in 1805. I
28 Apr. 2015 Altegris launches Altegris KKR liquid alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Altegris, a provider of alternative investment strategies, announces the launch of the Altegris KKR Commitments Fund. The Fund offers accredited investors an opportunity to gain diversified exposure to KKR by committing to three different forms of private equity – primari
28 Apr. 2015 ETF/ETP assets may surpass hedge funds assets in Q2 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent research and consultancy firm ETFGI said that it expected assets invested in the global ETF/ETP industry to surpass assets in the global hedge fund industry during this quarter. In its report entitled
28 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds remain resilient amid trend reversals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Recent market conditions were less supportive for hedge funds, with a reversal of market moves witnessed so far this year, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its
28 Apr. 2015 Asian fund managers see increase in regulations, adopt wait-and-see approach [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A big number of asset managers in Asia see an increase in regulations in the region but said that adopting a wait-and-see approach might offer opportunities, according to a survey done by https://www.rbcits.com/ RBC Investor & Treasury Services at this year’s FundFo
24 Apr. 2015 Eric Schmidt takes minority stake in D.E. Shaw [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hillspire, the family office for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has taken a 20 percent stake in D.E. Shaw Group. The interest was previously owned by Lehman Brothers Holdings. Schmidt may be a welcome investor in D.E. Shaw, given David Shaw’s own bac
24 Apr. 2015 Ben Goertzel to launch hedge fund managed by artificial intelligence [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based financial technology start-up Aidyia co-founder and chief scientist Ben Goertzel said he would launch a hedge fund in the U.S. to be managed by artificial intelligence, reported
24 Apr. 2015 U.S. does not want hedge funds to invest in offshore re-insurers for tax purposes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday introduced a new rule aimed at limiting hedge funds’ ability to reduce their tax bills by investing in insurance companies in offshore tax havens. As a general rule, the U.S. tax laws does not allow hedge funds to use off
24 Apr. 2015 Gottex posts strong performance in its Asian and multi-asset hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent global asset management group Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited reported strong gains from its multi-asset and Asian strategies. Gottex said that as at end April 10, the firm’s multi-asset products
24 Apr. 2015 Study: Liquid alts outperform hedge funds in 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New research from Preqin shows that liquid alternative products outperformed hedge funds in 2014. According to the report, the average alternative mutual fund delivered returns of 4.36% over the course of 2014, compared to 3.78% for single-manager hedge funds
23 Apr. 2015 Time to reduce reinsurance exposure? [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The reinsurance sector has not produced the greatest returns lately. Meanwhile alternative investors have been piling into it as a source of permanent capital, and this apparently threatens the returns on equity. But the asset class remains, as always, a wort
23 Apr. 2015 Ruling: Hedge funds suing Argentina can have access to bond offering details [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in Manhattan ruled yesterday that hedge funds are entitled to details of a recent bond offering by Buenos Aires, reports
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing in Latin America posted strong gains through mid-2016, reversing declines in four of the past five years, including the last three years, to lead all areas of hedge fund performance through the first half of 2016, according to the latest HFR Em

  3. Asia - LGT Capital Partners: Alternatives set for continued rise in Asia[more]

    From Asianinvestor.net: More flows are likely into insurance-linked strategies, private equity and trend-following strategies/CTAs, given the benefits of such investments, argues LGT Capital Partners. Despite the numerous quantitative easing programs and bailouts of recent years, the quest for

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Low and high fee investments often better than mid fee hedge funds[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds that charge the low and high fees stuff often provide better returns than "those sort of mid-fee investments", said Keith Haydon, chief investment officer of Man FRM. (Alternative) investment managers who charge high fees would often provide the most int

  5. Hedge fund investors pull $5.7 billion in July[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Hedge funds suffered a third consecutive month of outflows in July as investors withdrew $5.7 billion, according to industry tracker Eurekahedge. Redemptions totaled $20.7 billion in the three months through July, with money managers betting on equities suffering $18.4 bill