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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
29 May. 2014 North Street Global’s CEO Alex Mascioli announces acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North Street Global Fund Services, an alternative asset administrator, announced today that it has closed on its acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator Hedge Solutions, Inc. North Street Global Fund Services COO, Joseph Musto, who co-headed
29 May. 2014 Mitsubishi UFC completes acquisition of Meridian Fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global asset administrator Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services announced it has completed acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group on 27 May. The deal
29 May. 2014 Alceda and Clark Capital launch tactical fixed income UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hamburg, Germany-based independent structuring specialist Alceda and independent investment advisory firm with over $2.8bn in AUM Clark Capital have par
28 May. 2014 DoubleLine signs on to CLO technology [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As the interest in CLOs continues unabated, Jeffrey Gundlach's $50+bn fixed income shop DoubLine Capital is signing on with Vichara's V*CLO platform for analysis of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and their underlying collateral pools. CLO'
28 May. 2014 Hedge funds sell off equities [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have sold their S&P500 exposures to a net short, and increased their shorts on the Russell 2000 to the largest in two years according to the latest
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

  3. Manager Profile - Pimco alternative funds flourish as 30-year bond rally fades[more]

    From Inside Pacific Investment Management Co., the bond behemoth that lost two chief investment officers last year and saw almost $500 billion of client money leave, a hidden profit engine is easing some of the pain. For more than a decade, Newport Beach, California-based Pimco has qu

  4. Niche Investing - Art investment funds: Attracting institutional and other new investors[more]

    From The Deloitte/ArtTactic Art and Finance Report 2014 (the "Art and Finance Report") noted that the "global art investment fund market was estimated to be worth at least $1.26 billion in the first half of 2014." This seems almost inconsequential when juxtaposed with the $54 billion of

  5. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with