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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
09 Aug. 2016 Wells Fargo Asset Management expands quantitative offering with acquisition of Analytics Investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Wells Fargo Asset Management, the $481bn division of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, has agreed to acquire Analytic Investors, a $15bn investment firm that supplies quantitatively-based equity investment solutions to institutional clients.
09 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds buying gold again [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are again buying gold after staying away from the yellow metal for three weeks, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The disaggregated Commitments of Trader report as of end Aug. 2, showed that hedge fund managers raise
09 Aug. 2016 CTAs continue to stand out while global macro hedge funds took a hit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long term CTAs outperformed in the week ending Aug. 2 with the Lyxor CTA Broad Index up 0.6% (+3.5% YTD) as oil prices drop, supported by the unwinding of long speculative positions. Lyxor Asset Management reported tha
09 Aug. 2016 Elliott ramps up European activity with Meggitt stake [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Activist hedge fund firm Elliott Management has acquired a 5.2% economic interest in Meggitt, a UK aerospace components engineering firm, through a contract-for-difference which Elliott has been gathering since January. This stake makes Elliott one of Meggitt
09 Aug. 2016 Cambridge Associates: Emerging markets investments beat developed markets [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Strong exit environments in both Europe and Asia helped private equity and venture capital funds in emerging markets outperform public markets in those regions in 2015, according to global investment advisor Cambridge Associates. Emerging market PE and VC return
08 Aug. 2016 Hedge funds in longest winning streak since 2013 with 1.7% gains in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains for the fifth consecutive month in July, the longest positive streak since 2013, driven by equity hedge and event-driven strategies, as equity and credit markets recovered Brexit losses. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.7%
08 Aug. 2016 Asian hedge fund assets decline on largest outflow since 2009, Japan-focused funds fall on Brexit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Total capital invested in Asian hedge funds decreased to $109.7bn which, while representing only a small decline of $2.1bn over the prior quarter and a decline of over $9.2bn from year end 2015, brings total Asian hedge fund capital to the lowest level since 3Q13, a
08 Aug. 2016 Emma AI wants to outsmart hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: The Silicon Valley is creeping into Wall Street. Shaunak Khire has developed a new machine intelligence system called Emma AI with the aim of starting a new fund d
08 Aug. 2016 Hedge fund managers Paulson, Mnuchin are now part of Trump’s economic team [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidate, has unveiled his economic team, which will include John Paulson, founder of hedge fund firm Paulson and Co, and Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national chairman and CEO of hedge fund firm Dune Capital Management. Th
08 Aug. 2016 Dyal Capital buys minority stake in alternative asset manager H.I.G [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Dyal Capital Partners III, a permanent capital vehicle managed by Neuberger Berman, has bought a minority stake in H.
08 Aug. 2016 Kettera Strategies adds three new managers to fast growing hedge fund marketplace [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Kettera Strategies and its Hydra marketplace, a global market providing investors with manager access, notional funding, daily transparency and twice monthly liquidity to established and emerging alternative ass
08 Aug. 2016 Paper: Why the Tesla situation has much in common with the Peso problem [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: From Bradford Cornell, California Institute of Technology: In the Fall of 2014, Aswath Damodaran and I published an article in the Journal of Portfolio Management that analyzed the run-up in Tesla stock from $36.62 on March 22, 2013 to $253.00 on February 26, 2014. In
05 Aug. 2016 Cohen’s new hedge fund 'planting seed’ to run outside money in 2018 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire investor Steven Cohen was barred from running outside capital and ordered to convert his hedge fund into a family office after his SAC Capital Advisors pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 2013. He also agreed to pay a record $1.8bn fine in a separate s
05 Aug. 2016 Currency hedge funds up 0.15% in June as U.S. dollar sharply declines [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Foreign currency-focused hedge funds reported modest gains in June according to Parker Global. The firm's Parker FX Index returned 0.15% for that month. Some 27 of the 30 programs in the Index reported June resu
05 Aug. 2016 Jersey sees an increase in private placement and consults on enhancing funds regime [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The number of Jersey-registered alternative investment fund managers marketing into Europe through national private placement regimes (NPPRs) under the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) continued to rise consistently over the first six months of 2
04 Aug. 2016 Franklin Templeton and K2 Advisors launch liquid alternative global macro fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Templeton Investments has announced the launch of Franklin K2 Global Macro Opportunities Fund for US investors, a multi-manager fund that invests in a variety of global macro strategies sub-advised by institutional-quality hedge strategy managers. Global macro he
04 Aug. 2016 New Jersey Pension to slice $9bn hedge fund portfolio in half due to poor returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hit by a 3% decline in its hedge funds exposure, the New Jersey Investment Council on Wednesday said it would cut its $9.1bn hedge funds investment by half, becoming the latest large institutional investor to make similar moves following New York and California in p
04 Aug. 2016 New law firm investigating hedge fund Platinum Partners for possible fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Now another law firm has initiated an investigation against troubled hedge fund firm Platinum Partners. On Wednesday Girard Gibbs LLP said i
03 Aug. 2016 Assets invested in Smart Beta ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach new record of $429bn at the end of June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, has reported assets invested in smart beta ETFs/ETPs listed in globally reached a new record high US$429 billion at the end of June 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s June 201
03 Aug. 2016 Global hedge funds gain in July as markets extend recovery from Brexit shock [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds posted gains for July, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +1.45% for the month (+0.62% YTD) and the HFRX Market Directional Index rising +2.50% (+4.56% YTD) as the financial markets extended the recovery from the prior mon
03 Aug. 2016 Blue Pool Capital in advance talks with ex-Balyasny executive to launch hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Blue Pool Capital is in the final stage of negotiations to seed a new pan-Asia hedge fund to be launched by former Balyasny Asset Management Asia head Avinash Abraham,
02 Aug. 2016 Tetragon’s LCM hires co-head of Deutsche Bank’s Global CLO business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LCM Asset Management, a leading loan manager and part of Tetragon Financial Group Limited (TFG), today announced it has hired Chris D’Auria to lead LCM’s global business development efforts. Having worked for more than a decade and a half in all aspects of the collateral
02 Aug. 2016 Lyxor: Disappointing growth figures to fuel CTAs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The market environment at the end of July fueled directional strategies in the Lyxor index, but broader market factors are likely to provide the biggest boost to CTAs going forward according to analysts in the Lyxor weekly research note. "Going forward, the
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