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04 Jul. 2014 Emerging manager platform QuantX hires new COO, CIO [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Robert Parauda, who was a co-portfolio Manager at Lanx Management LLC from 2009 to 2013 and Global Head of Equity at Deutsche Bank, where he ran a portfolio of
04 Jul. 2014 SEC agrees to dismiss six year old case against Gabelli’s CIO [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In the midst of the credit crisis, Gabelli Funds had another beast to contend with: claims of market-timing abuses by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
04 Jul. 2014 Japan story not over for hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tokyo-based Nikko Asset Management said the geopolitical issues around the globe are not much of a threat but warned China poses a particular concern. At the same
04 Jul. 2014 BAE Systems recants hedge fund cyber attack announcement [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Here is another hiccup case generated by a misleading source. London-based Cyber security specialists BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
03 Jul. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.93% in June (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets closed the first half of 2014 with gains across most regions in June, as implied volatilities fell sharply on improving economic growth concentrated in developed markets. Equity markets gained across most sectors and regions, with US sector gains
03 Jul. 2014 Most Asia Pacific hedge funds generate substantial returns in June - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The majority of Asia Pacific hedge fund managers generated substantial returns above the index (as tracked by AsiaHedge Asia inc Japan 1.4%) in June, said Singapore-based Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said. The
02 Jul. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global up 0.22% in June (+0.94% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks UCITS absolute return funds advance by 0.22% in June as measured by UAI Global index during a month characterized by small performance dispersion. The best performing strategy indices are the UAI CTA up 0.97%, the UAI Emerging Markets up 0.85% and
02 Jul. 2014 Corporate pensions advised to 'buckle seat belts' and replace equities with hedge funds to reduce portfolio risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TeamCo Advisers, LLC ("TeamCo"), a privately owned investment advisory firm that manages portfolios of select hedge funds and other opportunistic alternative assets, today provided an in-depth view of Liability-Driven Investing ("LDI"
02 Jul. 2014 Private equity fundraising on course for best year post-crisis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Private equity funds have raised $190bn in the first six months of 2014, setting them on course to match, if not exceed, 2013’s performance in terms of capital collected, according to PEI Alternative Insight. P
02 Jul. 2014 Modern American family dynamics complicate wealth management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 680 high net-worth individuals in the U.S. with $3m or more in investable assets found that the changing family structures, multi-generational and extended family circumstances, evolving gender roles, and generational views on investing and use of wealth
02 Jul. 2014 Valeant Welcomes John Paulson’s $1bn stake in Allergan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc's chief executive Michael Pearson on Thursday welcomed news that hedge fund manager John Paulson through his firm, Paulson & Co., is building a $1bn stake in Allergan,
01 Jul. 2014 Freeman & Co reports mixed year so far for financial services M&A activity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the first half of 2014, M&A activity was mixed across financial services sectors. Acquisitions of Broker-Dealers increased 25% compared to 1H 2013, while acquisitions of Financial Technology firms increased 45%. Acquisitions in Asset Management declined 36% in 1H 2
01 Jul. 2014 Catalyst Funds reaches $1B AUM, 100% growth YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced that the company has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). This represents a 100% growth in assets since the beginning of the year. “We are thrilled at the interest we
30 Jun. 2014 Convector Capital: most of Japan’s third arrow reforms are disappointing [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: As Japan is about to launch Abenomics’ third arrow reforms, an emerging long/short equity hedge fund manager comments. In a televised address to the nation
26 Jun. 2014 SEC outlines cross-border security-based swap rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission said it would adopt the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for ma
26 Jun. 2014 Japanese investors to maintain allocations in hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint survey by the Japanese branch of global hedge fund industry association Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and Singapore-based data provider and research house Eurekahedge found that Japanese i
25 Jun. 2014 Evanston Capital: risk parity is not a hedge fund strategy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Risk parity investments have been gaining steady traction with investors over recent months. However, a new research piece out from Evanston C
25 Jun. 2014 U.S. court modifies, extends asset freeze against hedge fund Aphelion [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York Honorable Richard M. Berman modified and extended an order freezing assets and temporary restraining order against Aphelion Fund Management and its chief investment officer Vineet Kalucha.
24 Jun. 2014 Systematic hedge funds top risk-adjusted performance ranks - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from Preqin shows that although discretionary funds tend to outperform systematic funds when markets are rising, systematic funds can provide benefits in terms of lower volatility and higher risk-adjusted returns. As such, systematic funds are generally per
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.87% in May ( 0.21% YTD), Agricultural Traders achieve 2.45% return [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.87% in May 2014 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 0.21% in 2014. “An easing of macro concerns coupled with the European Central Bank’s efforts to head off deflation helped fuel rallies in eq
24 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund crude positions reach all time highs - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research shows th
24 Jun. 2014 SEC charges hedge fund advisory firm in investor scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged West Palm Beach, Fla.-based hedge fund advisory firm Weston Capital Asset Management LLC and its founder and president Albert Hallac with misuse of investor proceeds. According
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Adds 1.16% in May (+2.35% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained 1.16% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.35% after five months. "An easing of Ukrainian turmoil fears, central bank signals of continuing easy money policies, and renewed M&A activ
23 Jun. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up 1.6% in May (+2.9% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for May 2014 as well as estimated asset flows for April 2014. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of n
23 Jun. 2014 Swiss Private Bank UBP: Growth 'stronger than you think' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global economic performance has been weaker than expected; nevertheless, financial markets were relatively unfazed by these developments, as central banks’ policies remain highly accommodative. “After having seen weak growth in the first quarter, we’re staying positive on
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November