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22 Jul. 2015 Hong Kong fund management business hits record high in 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) shows that the fund management business in Hong Kong hit new highs in 2014. The combined fund management business in Hong Kong sustained another year-on-year increase to reach a record high of $17,68
21 Jul. 2015 Preqin: Only 15% of US hedge fund managers are now AIFMD compliant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s latest survey of global hedge fund managers reveals that most UK- and Europe-based hedge fund managers are AIFMD-compliant. By contrast, there has been slow uptake among firms beyond the EU’s borders; a quarter of hedge fund managers based across Asia and Rest of
21 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds rally on improved risk appetite in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The sharp improvement in risk appetite in Europe has benefitted the global macro managers who maintained their long European equities stance during the turmoil. The Lyxor Global Macro Index was up 1% (+4.3% YTD) as of end July 14. The rebound came following the
21 Jul. 2015 Deutsche Bank's Global Prime Finance pegs economic growth at +3.8% by 2016 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deutsche Bank's Global Prime Finance group is out with its monthly coverage of hedge fund trends. In a research note, analysts say that the worst part of the US economy's rough year is behind it, and despite slowdowns elsewhere in the world, global econo
20 Jul. 2015 Total global hedge fund industry capital rise to $2.97 trillion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total global hedge fund industry capital rose to the 11th consecutive quarterly record level in 2Q15, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released by HFR®, the established global leader in indexation, analysis and researc
20 Jul. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.43% through mid-July (+1.71% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility accelerated through mid-July, with uncertainty across assets driven by extreme volatility in Chinese equities as well as fluid political & economic turmoil in Europe regarding the proposed bailout & referendum in Greece. Global e
20 Jul. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.60% through mid-July (+4.32% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility accelerated through mid-July, with uncertainty across assets driven by extreme volatility in Chinese equities as well as fluid political & economic turmoil in Europe regarding the proposed bailout & referendum in Greece. Global equity ma
20 Jul. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -1.46% in June, +2.44% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended June 2015 down -1.46% driven by poor performance in both equity and bond markets. Global equity markets were down with the MSCI EAFE index down -2.98% and the S&P500 down -1.94%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggreg
20 Jul. 2015 Investors are better off investing in small hedge funds in times of crisis [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A paper released this month finds that there is a strong, negative relationship between hedge fund performance and size. Andrew Clare, Dirk Nitzsche and Ni
20 Jul. 2015 Korea’s National Pension Service is looking to invest $869m in offshore hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) said on Sunday it plans to invest 1 trillion won ($869 million) in overseas hedge funds in a bid to diversify its portfolio amidst the backdrop of declining rates and a waning economy. An NPS spokesman was quoted by t
20 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Raging Capital outperforms S&P in first half of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Princeton, New Jersey-based hedge fund firm Raging Capital Management outperformed the market in the first half of 2015; the Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd, which focuseson small to mid-cap public equities, gaine
17 Jul. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.71% in June (+0.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.71% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.05% year to date. “Trend reversals in equities, energy, and the US Dollar resulted in losses for 72 percent of the funds that have repo
17 Jul. 2015 IRS likely to challenge basket contracts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The IRS issued two notices late last week that suggest the Service is likely to start challenging basket contract transactions, and assessing penalties. According to the IRS, basket options contracts and basket contracts could be used as schemes for tax avoidanc
17 Jul. 2015 Investors in key Asian fund markets have varying priorities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study from BNY Mellon and Oxford Metrica has found that investor attitudes in four key Asian countries have major differences as well as similarities that should be kept in mind by investment firms seeking to penetrate these markets. The study,
16 Jul. 2015 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark down 0.75% in June (4.5% YTD), ending positive five-month streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has posted average returns of -0.75% for June 2015, the first month this year of negative performance. Despite this, the benchmark has still returned 4.50% year-to-date. Single-manager hedge funds were not the only fund structures which
16 Jul. 2015 Macro strategies lead hedge fund decline in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Macro strategies led the decline in hedge fund performance in June 2015, says BarclayHedge, a data provider, as the Global Macro Index dropped 2.24% that month (+1.13% YTD). The
16 Jul. 2015 Systematic macro manager QCM launches UCITS on Montlake platform with 0% management fee for early-bird investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quality Capital Management (QCM), a UK-based global systematic macro investment manager, has launched its Alpha Financials Programme on the MontLake UCITS platform, an independent platform for UCITS funds. Founded in 1995,
16 Jul. 2015 The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010. 2014 was a tremendously busy year, with no sign of a slowdown in 2015," writes Christopher S. Harrison, Co-head of Asset Management M&A at global law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
15 Jul. 2015 Concept Capital acquired by Cowen Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cowen Group, Inc. and Concept Capital Markets, LLC today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cowen will acquire Concept Capital, a leading independent provider of prime brokerage services. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Cowen
15 Jul. 2015 China-focused hedge funds gain despite slump in Chinese equities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China-focused hedge funds reporting to HSBC’s weekly ranking outperformed YTD despite the drop in Chinese equities since June 12, reports Valuewalk. The $76 million Quam Chi
15 Jul. 2015 Challenger’s funds management division to acquire 100% of Dexion Capital [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Australian boutique firm Fidante Partners is to acquire 100% of British alternatives investment group Dexion Capital, as part of the former's plan to increase its European footprint. Completion is expected to take place this month, subject to final pre-co
15 Jul. 2015 Asset managers fight for share in Asia’s growing institutional investment assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset management firms are entering the Asian market and fighting over Asia’s fast-growing pool of institutional investment assets, according to Greenwich Associates, a provider of global market intelligence and ad
15 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund Standard General sues American Apparel’s ousted CEO Dov Charney [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund Standard General LP on Monday filed a lawsuit against American Apparel Inc’ former Chief Executive DovCharneyover his alleged failure to fulfill his promises, and sought an injunction to stop Charney from his "meritless" and "destructive ac
14 Jul. 2015 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.65% in June (+6.74% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2015 measured -0.65%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 2.71% in July. “In terms of seasonality, July is typically a mon
14 Jul. 2015 400 Capital Management hires for special situations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 400 Capital Management LLC, a structured credit investment manager, today announced that Chris Schiavone has joined as Director, Special Situations Investment Management. Mr. Schiavone joins 400CM from Perella Weinberg Partners and will be responsible for special situatio
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    Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers Texas County & District Retirement System, Austin, continues to reduce the number of hedge funds, but not the size of its $6.2 billion hedge fund portfolio. It will redeem a total of $760 million from five hedg

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Australian family offices search for good risk adjusted returns, happy to pay for skill[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian family offices want foremost good risk adjusted returns, and they are happy to pay for the skill, and in some cases, the limited capacity of an active manager. Jonas Daly, Head of Distribution at B

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    StepStone Group LP announced it has successfully closed the acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. The transaction was originally announced in May 2016, and has been in the process of receiving regulatory

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  5. Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest