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03 Nov. 2015 Hedge fund manager Paul Singer looking at activist stock picks for gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer told investors at his hedge fund firm Elliott Associates that he is looking at opportunities in companies where they can flex some activist muscle and also at distressed credit investing for investment return. Singer made the comments in his letter t
03 Nov. 2015 Update: Arrest of China’s 'hedge fund Brother No. 1’ puts pressure on private funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The arrest and detainment of Shanghai’s Zexi Investment boss Xu Xiang is putting pressure on China’s private funds, fearing this could be a prelude to a more regulatory tightening on the industry. Xu, also known in China as "hedge fund brother No. 1" has generat
03 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds end October on solid footing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended October on a solid footing, fuelled by the European Central Bank (ECB) tailwind and renewed sense of market optimism. On a monthly basis, the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 2% in October (+0.1% YTD). In its Weekly Briefing,
03 Nov. 2015 Pensions back Allergan as merger talks develop [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Pension funds seem to support the possible Pfizer-Allergan merger. New data showing portfolio allocations for the second quarter from AlternativeSoft shows that one of the most commonly increased stock allocations was to Ireland-based pharmaceutical company Alle
02 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds finally cut bullish bets on gold [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have cut their bullish bets on gold after two months of placing wrong wagers on the yellow metal, just before the Federal Reserve triggered the biggest weekly price drop in two months, reported
02 Nov. 2015 Shanghai police raids hedge fund firm as part of crackdown on strategies blamed for worsening stock market rout [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Shanghai police on Sunday raided the office of Zexi Investment, reported Bloomberg. China’s government is targeting sophist
30 Oct. 2015 Sean Debow to launch Asia hedge fund that bets on the rise and fall of stocks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Matchpoint Investment Management co-founder Sean Debow has announced plans to launch a new hedge fund at Asiya Investments Hong Kong that will bet on the rise and fall of stocks in the Asia-Pacific region,
30 Oct. 2015 Four China-based hedge funds gain 70% as stock market crashes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least four China-focused hedge funds, belonging to the top 10 performers, gained an average of 70% as the Chinese stock market crashed that wiped out some 1,300 other funds, reported
30 Oct. 2015 Ex-CalPERS, BT CIO Mark Anson moves to Commonfund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Commonfund, a leading investment manager for institutions, has just appointed
30 Oct. 2015 Blackstone Alternative Alpha Funds expect to pay a year-end distribution of $30.00 to $55.00 per share [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone has announced that the Blackstone Alternative Alpha Fund and the Blackstone Alternative Alpha Fund II expect to pay a year-end distribution to their shareholders of record before this year ends. The funds estimate that the distribution will be in the rang
29 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund manager John Paulson backs Carl Icahn’s call to break up AIG [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager John Paulson has joined activist investor Carl Icahn who is urging the insurer American International Group (AIG) to spin off its life and mortgage units into public companies, reported Reuters in
29 Oct. 2015 Funds of hedge funds manager Grosvenor Capital withdraws from Illinois State Universities Retirement System [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Grosvenor Capital said it would stop accepting money from the $16.3bn Illinois State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and withdraw as a finalist to manage some $500m for the pension fund, reported
29 Oct. 2015 Fed leaves door open for December rate hike in latest statement [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee is leaving rates unchanged but has left the door open for a December liftoff according to the latest meeting minutes. At the close of the two-day meeting, the Fed appeared to be less concerned with global market turbule
28 Oct. 2015 Tim Webb steps down from managing BlackRock’s biggest hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tim Webb has stepped down from managing BlackRock’s biggest hedge fund, Fixed Income GlobalAlpha Fund, which he had done for five years. A report by
28 Oct. 2015 Currency hedge funds fell in September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency-focused hedge funds dropped in September as market volatility continued through the month, with the Parker FX Index dropping -0.77%. The index is still up 1.44% YTD, up 2.71% in the last 12 months, and up 3
27 Oct. 2015 Highland Capital Management appoints new Managing Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment management firm, which together with its affiliates has approximately $20 billion in assets under management, announced the hiring of Jeff Seaver as Managing Director. Mr. Seaver will report to Jess Larsen, Managing D
27 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds gain as market conditions improve [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were up last week, supported by improving market conditions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1.1% as of Oct. 20 (-0.7% YTD). In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxor Asset Management said that L/S equity manager
27 Oct. 2015 Investors redeem $8.1 billion from hedge funds in September - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors removed some $8.1 billion from hedge funds in September, according to the latest hedge fund asset flow data from eVestment. Combined with performance decreases of $10.1 billion in the month, the hedge fund industry stood at $3.045 trillion total AUM in
27 Oct. 2015 Crispin Odey’s flagship hedge fund fell 17% in mid-October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The market rally in the first 16 days of October proved to be a disaster for Crispin Odey as his flagship hedge fund fell 16.8% in the first half of the month, bringing its year-to-date losses to 17.4%, reported
27 Oct. 2015 India-focused hedge funds are lagging in performance because of lack in shorting opportunities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The lack of shorting opportunity in India has left India-focused hedge funds at the mercy of the stock market. Indeed, latest data from Singapore-based Eurekahedge said that India hedge funds
26 Oct. 2015 Towers Watson boosts global hedge fund capabilities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has hired Aongus O’Gorman, Abbas Alighanbari and Victoria Vodolazschi - all from asset management firms - to bolster its global hedge fund research and advisory capabilities. Aongus O’Gorman joined in Sydney and will cover a range of hedge fund and other
26 Oct. 2015 UK hedge funds that back Brexit stand to make millions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds who are backing Brexit may make millions should the UK leave the European Union, reported UK daily
26 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds have placed wrong-way wagers on gold in five of the past nine weeks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The fluctuating price of gold is puzzling hedge funds; last week, they raised their net-bullish bets on the gold metal to the highest level since February, only to see the price go down to its lowest since August, reported
23 Oct. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund Surpasses $250 million in Assets under Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited has announced that our US mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund, has surpassed $250 million in assets under management as at 30^th September 2015. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first liquid alternative mutual fund, launched on
23 Oct. 2015 ECB president hints at QE2, hedge fund managers comment [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday during a press conference in Malta that the current purchasing programme, which was announced in January, could be extended beyond its September 2016 end-date. "The degree of monetary policy accommodation will
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