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22 Jul. 2013 SEC files civil suit charges against SAC's Steven Cohen over insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against hedge fund adviser Steven A. Cohen for failing to supervise two senior employees and prevent them from insi
22 Jul. 2013 Gold prices rise to highest level since 2011 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Gold prices jumped to their highest level since 2011 as hedge funds and speculators raised their net long positions by 56% to 55,535 futures and options last week, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC),
19 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund asset flows turn negative in the second quarter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: June redemptions turned Q2 flows negative and flows for the first half of 2013 are the second slowest in the last ten years lagging only 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, according to new data from
19 Jul. 2013 BlackRock gains in Q2-2013: $3.8tln in AuM, net income of $729m [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: BlackRock, Inc., the large investment management, risk management and advisory services firm headquartered in New York City, announced
19 Jul. 2013 Fitch: U.S. P&C insurers’ investing in alternatives set to increase [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to a new special report by Fitch Ratings, U.S. property and casualty insurers are investing in alternatives, including hedge funds and private equity, for diversification and higher returns in their portfolios. And this allocation could increas
18 Jul. 2013 Barclay CTA Index down 1.11% in June (-0.87% YTD); trend reversals hit managed futures returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures lost 1.11% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now down 0.87% year to date. “A slowing of economic growth in China combined with concerns of Fed tapering led to trend reversals in equities, commoditie
18 Jul. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains +1.18% through mid-July (currently +1.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +1.18% through mid-July. • HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +1.88% through mid-July, 2013, with contributions from Healthcare, Emerging Europe and Technology sectors, pa
18 Jul. 2013 Preqin survey: only 22% of hedge fund managers are compliant with forthcoming AIFMD regulations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s recent survey of 220 hedge fund managers around the world reveals that there is still uncertainty surrounding the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) among many managers, with 40% of managers that will be impacted by the AIFMD waiting for fin
18 Jul. 2013 HFR: Total hedge fund assets exceed $2.4tln, led by Event Driven strategies; number of hedge funds surpasses 10,000 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total capital invested globally in hedge funds increased to a record level for the fourth consecutive quarter in 2Q13, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR, the established leader in indexation, analysis and research
18 Jul. 2013 ESMA finalises supervisory co-operation agreements for alternative investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), an independent EU Authority, has approved seven co-operation arrangements between EU securities regulators and their global counterparts with responsibility for the supervision of alternative investment funds, includin
18 Jul. 2013 Maneesh Nath joins Arcstone Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maneesh Nath has recently joined Arcstone Capital, the investment manager of the Passage To India Opportunity Fund (PTIOF). He will assist in the portfolio management of the Fund, which currently has assets under management of $25m. Passage To India is a value w
18 Jul. 2013 Infovest21 study shows trend of more big names launching 40 Act funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: More multi-manager ’40 Act funds are being launched than single manager funds, and that trend is led by the large funds, according to a special report research by Infovest21, an information serv
18 Jul. 2013 As the SEC transitions to new leadership, more aggressive enforcement looms on the horizon [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be transitioning to new leadership, but according to Gibson Dunn's mid-year securities e
17 Jul. 2013 Swiss supervisor to cooperate with 28 European states on supervision of alternative investment fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA has signed cooperation arrangements with 28 EU and EEA member states. Those arrangements regulate cooperation and the exchange of information for the supervision of alternative investment fund managers. The cooperatio
17 Jul. 2013 Goldman Sachs sells majority stake in financial technology firm REDI to consortium of financial institutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. today announced the sale of a majority equity interest in REDI, the technology provider for the leading REDIPlus® Execution Management System (EMS), to a consortium of investors including BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citadel
17 Jul. 2013 Lyxor Research: More upside in 2013 for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The remainder of 2013 is setting up for further gains and hedge funds are positioned to take advantage of the opportunities. The US economy is expanding steadily and growth will likely accelerate in the 2nd half of the year as fiscal restraint wears of
17 Jul. 2013 Trouble ahead for Ohio-based hedge fund Davian Capital and investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to an excellent report from the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation (SIRF), it is highly likely that Anthony Dav
17 Jul. 2013 Gold positions by the hedge funds lowest since 2002 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Speculative shorts in Gold (non-reportable on a contract basis) are their largest ever, according to new data from Bank of America Global Research. Positioning in gold is at the lowest since 2002, reflecting a trend that has been going since the end of June
17 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund assets decline by $20bn in June - Eurekahedge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The June sell-off not only impacted hedge fund returns, it also resulted in a decline in assets. According to a new report from Eurekahedge, total assets under ma
17 Jul. 2013 Blackstone to launch first alternative investment-focused mutual fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Alternative strategies that are normally used by hedge funds and private equity are increasingly being packaged as mutual funds in the U.S. and as UCITS in Europe. Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, is jumping on that b
16 Jul. 2013 Atrato Advisors hires Abigail Corcoran to lead business development effort [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund advisory boutique Atrato Advisors has announced that Abigail Corcoran has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Business Development. Most recently, Ms. Corcoran was Vice President of Client Development at Sandalwood Securities, the New Jersey
16 Jul. 2013 RBC Hedge Index down -1.09% in June (+3.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of June 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -1.09 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 3.84 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mon
16 Jul. 2013 CalPERS reports a 12.5% return on investments for 2012-13 fiscal year [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the U.S., yesterday reported a 12.5% return on investments for the 12 months up to June 30, 2013. Th
15 Jul. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 1.35% in June (4.25% YTD), hedge funds stumble after 12 straight months of gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After twelve consecutive months of gains, hedge funds lost 1.35% in June 2013, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 4.26% year to date. “A comment by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke that the Fed may begin to taper its
15 Jul. 2013 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co launches global macro UCITS IV fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. is accelerating its development and announces the launch Carmel Global Opportunities, a global macro UCITS IV compliant fund, which invests in multiple asset classes across the OECD universe. Carmel Global Opportunities is managed by B
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