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25 Feb. 2013 Newedge clears first OTC IRS Swap on Chicago Mercantile Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced it has cleared its first OTC interest rate swap (IRS) contract. The transaction is also the first to be cleared on CME Clearing by a non-traditional OTC swap dealer. The clearing p
25 Feb. 2013 Morgan Stanley to launch a new UCITS Fund that offers exposure to Mesirow Financial's Absolute Return Plus Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morgan Stanley today announced the launch of a new fund, the MS Discretionary Plus UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The fund, which provides exposure to the Mesirow Absolute Return Plus Strategy, is the last in a series of four CTA strategies to b
25 Feb. 2013 Event-driven hedge fund JJN Capital starts 2013 up 2.23% [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Event-driven opportunities and special situation JJN Capital Fund, which is managed by JJN Capital Advisors started the year on a positive note with a 2.23% gain in January. Jeffrey J. Na
25 Feb. 2013 Meridian Global Funds to hold on to gold 'but in moderation’ [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: San Antonio, Texas based Meridian Fund Managers, CEO and Chief Investment Officer and Investment Team Leader of the Meridian Global Funds, Frank Holmes said he is sticking with gold despite the recent drop in pr
25 Feb. 2013 SEC releases examination priorities for hedge funds, private equity [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities Exchange Commission has published its examination priorities for 2013, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, incl
25 Feb. 2013 Update: Greenlight Capital wins first court challenge over Apple vote [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bloomberg is reporting that hedge fund activist David Einhorn and his firm Greenlight Capital have won a court challenge blocking Apple
22 Feb. 2013 Swiss bank REYL & Co opens London office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss bank REYL & Co continues its international expansion with the launch of a new office in London following the opening of Reyl Singapore two years ago. This development is part of the growth strategy pursued by the REYL Group and its aim of ensuring true proximity
22 Feb. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up to 3.96% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2013 measured 3.96%, up from 2.04% in January. "Year-to-date February redemption notices fall well b
22 Feb. 2013 HFR: Emerging markets hedge funds post strong gains in 2012 and this year, and increase in numbers to 1,100+ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging markets hedge funds posted strong gains to conclude 2012 which continued through early 2013, as stimulus measures in developed markets contributed to EM currency and equity market gains. The HFRX Multi-Emerging Markets Index gained +13.1 percent for 2012, includi
22 Feb. 2013 Woori Absolute Partners and NewAlpha seed Singapore hedge fund [more]
Woori Absolute Partners, the Singapore-based alternative investment platform of Woori Investment & Securities, and NewAlpha Asset Management, the Paris-based global hedge fund incubation specialist, have announced the first strategic investment of the Woori NewAlpha Fund LP with Mosaic Asset Man
22 Feb. 2013 Hedge fund leverage returns to 2007 highs, but turnover remains at decade low - Goldman Sachs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund net long exposure rose to 52%, matching the 1Q 2007 high, while turnover remained at decade lows, according to the latest Hedge Fund Trend Monitor from Goldman Sachs. Th
22 Feb. 2013 Update: Greenlight Capital speaks out to investors and the media, pushing for support of its Apple campaign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As Opalesque has reported, hedge fund activist David Einhorn and his firm Greenlight Capital have launched a fight over a change to Ap
21 Feb. 2013 Dow Jones Credit Suisse comments on Hedge Fund Index's January performance (2.07%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 2.07% in January 2013. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of January. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as meas
21 Feb. 2013 HFRU Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.63% to mid February, up 1.46% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS hedge funds extended gains through mid-February, with the HFRU Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.63%, with positive contributions across all main strate
21 Feb. 2013 Industry veteran Ezra Zask's hedge fund guide examines changes in the field [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The second edition of All About Hedge Funds, written by hedge fund industry expert Ezra Zask is now available. This comprehensive introduction to hedge funds tells investors and industry professionals everything they need to know about the subject in easy-to-underst
21 Feb. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains +0.53% through mid-February (2.50% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended gains through mid-February 2013, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.53%, the 7th gain in last 8 months; HFRX Market Directional Index gained +0.84%. The HFRX Equity Hedge Index gained +1.09% through mid-February, the 9t
21 Feb. 2013 Moody’s reports that activist hedge funds will pursue larger targets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Research and analysis firm Moody’s Investor Services reports that activist hedg
20 Feb. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund index up 2.45% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds began 2013 with clearly positive results, returning an average of +2.45% in January. 80% of the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index constituents posted positive returns in January. Even so, many hedge fund ma
20 Feb. 2013 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.32% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted excellent returns in January on the back of resurgent risk appetite and rallying equity markets globally. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.24%1 during the month, the strongest January return since 2006 while the MSCI World Index2 gained 4.66% i
20 Feb. 2013 Two new deputy chairmen and investor-appointee for AIMA council [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has announced two Deputy Chairmen from its existing Directors and also an investor-appointee to the AIMA Council.
20 Feb. 2013 Scotiabank reveals new Canadian hedge fund indices [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Canadian bank Scotiabank reported that its Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended January 2013 up 1.47% on an asset weighted basis and up 1.25% on an equal weighted basis. Scotiabank explains th
20 Feb. 2013 New research focuses on best practices for investing in alternatives [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new white paper from the Greenwich Roundtable outlines what they consider best practices for investing in hedge funds, and other alternative investments, along with some common mistakes to avoid. The research paper investigates how investors can avoid being victi
19 Feb. 2013 Hedge funds make strong gains in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In January, stocks gained significant momentum, with the S&P 500 (5.18%) reaching a five-year high in the context of sharply decreasing implied volatility (VIX: 14.3%). High-grade bonds lost
19 Feb. 2013 Large speculators raised exposure as HF composite index achieved 0.50% to February 13th [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s weekly report on hedge funds found that long/short hedge funds aggressively bought market exposures to 29% last week, still below 35-40% benchmark. However, the firm writes, macros red
19 Feb. 2013 100WHF announces third year of CAIA Scholars Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds is pleased to announce the third year of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds / CAIA Scholars program. The scholarship program, administered by the
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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund replicators evolve[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  5. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo