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07 Sep. 2016 August: A quiet month for markets and hedge fund strategies alike [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - August was characterized by muted volumes and volatility across most asset classes. The MSCI World index gained 0.1%, while the Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index declined by 0.1%. GAM portfolio manager Anthony Lawler commented: “There were no meaningful catalysts to lead m
07 Sep. 2016 Specialist private equity firm assumes minority stake in Norfolk-based investment advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rosemont Investment Partners, LLC (Rosemont) and Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC (WST) have announced that, effective September 1, Rosemont assumed a minority stake in the Norfolk-based asset manager. “WST impressed us deeply as an organization,
07 Sep. 2016 BlackRock pushes for climate aware investments [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Investors can no longer ignore climate change, says BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, and should incorporate it into their own investment process. That way, they can diminish climate risks, exploit opportunities and have a positive impact whi
07 Sep. 2016 Korea's wealthy driving hedge funds, ETFs up [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Wealthy South Koreans are pushing the growth of the local hedge fund and exchange traded fund (ETF) industries as investors shift towards alternative investments, with the stock market going south, state media
06 Sep. 2016 A.M. Best Special Report: Race for global reinsurers still open, premature to discount the “hedge fund re” mode [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Declining rates, broader terms and conditions, unsustainable reserve takedowns, low investment yields and continued pressure from convergence capital are all negative factors that continue to adversely impact global reinsurance companies. These weak operating fundamentals
06 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds flat as global macro outperforms on U.S. dollar upswing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were mostly flat from the week as of end Aug. 30, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ending the week at 0.0% (-2.0 YTD). Global macro managers outperformed and were up 0.9%, lifted by the upswings in the U.S. dollar, while the Fed stance turned more hawkish
05 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds post mix returns in August, market directional strategies up 1.15% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance for August as the HFRX Market Directional Index gained +1.15% and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.16% for the month, reported data provider
05 Sep. 2016 South Korea’s hedge fund industry doubled in just six month [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The South Korean hedge funds industry is growing at a fast pace and has reached $5.40bn in assets under management, reported the Korean Herald, citing official domestic data. Accordi
05 Sep. 2016 Innovation, evolution at PAAMCO as hedge fund veteran Basil Williams joins firm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The innovation and evolution within alternative investment management firm Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO) have attracted hedge fund veteran Basil Williams who has
02 Sep. 2016 AIMA Canada announces new executive committee of the board for 2016-2018 term [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA Canada, the National Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in Canada, has announced the composition of the new Executive Committee of the Board for 2016-18 term. Michael Burns will continue in the role of Chair, welcoming a record number o
02 Sep. 2016 Macro hedge funds performed best over past 12 months [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An examination of the performance of the hedge fund industry over the past 12 months showed that macro strategies are the highest performing top-level strategy during the period (+3.14%), followed by CTAs (+2.49%), data provider
02 Sep. 2016 Paul Singer’s hedge fund sues law firm Mossack Fonseca over alleged obstruction of justice [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer’s hedge fund NML Capital has sued the Nevada office of law firm Mossack Fonseca, which is at the center of the now infamous Panama Papers scandal, for alleged obstruction of justice, a report by the
01 Sep. 2016 Hedge Fund Programme launches in Singapore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Inflection Point Intelligence, in collaboration with Henley Business School, will launch the Hedge Fund Programme in Singapore. The programme is sponsored by Swiss-Asia Financial Services (Swiss-Asia) and the first intake of 25 qualified services professionals will commen
01 Sep. 2016 AB announces definitive agreement to acquire Ramius Alternative Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AllianceBernstein L.P., a global investment firm with $492 billion in assets under management, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RASL, which is jointly owned by Ramius LLC (the investment division of Cowen Group, Inc.) and the two pr
01 Sep. 2016 Forum to discuss hedge fund challenges, opportunities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bloomberg BNA and law firm Seward & Kissel LLP will co-host The 2nd Annual Private Funds Forum, bringing together leading hedge funds to discuss the latest strategies and developments for fund managers. The complimentary forum will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p
01 Sep. 2016 Kayne Private Energy Income Fund closes on $1.55 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors has closed its newest energy-focused private equity fund, the Kayne Private Energy Income Fund on $1.55 billion. The fund's strategy is to partner with a select group of high-quality management teams to acquire and develop lar
01 Sep. 2016 Hong Kong market regulator designates central counterparties for OTC derivative transactions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission on Wednesday designated four central counterparties (CCPs) for the purposes of
01 Sep. 2016 Fund of hedge funds ALTIN AG to formally delist from the LSE on Sept. 30 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After postponing its plan to delist from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) for a few months, Swiss listed multi-strategy fund of hedge fund ALTIN AG said that it would formally ask the UK Listing Authority to allow the c
01 Sep. 2016 Kentucky state pension system under pressure to exit hedge fund investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Kentucky may be joining a growing group of public pension funds that are exiting their hedge fund investments. The pushback on Kentucky's hedge fund investments is coming from a group of Democratic lawmakers who came to a briefing at the statehouse this week
31 Aug. 2016 Custom House Global Fund Services opens Shanghai Office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Custom House Global Fund Services, a leading independent hedge fund administration specialist, has expanded its presence in China with the official opening of a Shanghai office. In addition, the firm has hired Sunny Huang as a Relationship Manager who will be responsible
31 Aug. 2016 Amundi becomes the major shareholder of KBI following the acquisition from Oddo & Cie [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As announced on 23rd May 2016, Amundi has today finalised the acquisition from Oddo & Cie of Kleinwort Benson Investors. KBI now becomes part of the Amundi group which takes a majority shareholding of 87.5% with the KBI management team acquiring the remaining 12.5%.&l
31 Aug. 2016 Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman tops 24/7 Wall St.'s 50 Least Powerful People in the World [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Beleaguered hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has topped the list of 24/7 Wall St.’s 50 Least Powerful People in the World. 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware corporation which runs a financial news service, said that list is a compilation of 50 well-known individuals from arou
31 Aug. 2016 U.S. SEC adopts rules to enhance monitoring, regulation of asset management industry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted amendments to several Investment Advisers Act rules and the investment adviser registration and reporting form to enhance the reporting and disclosure of information by investment advisers. The amendments will impr
31 Aug. 2016 Trendrating launches new technology to grade portfolio momentum [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Following news that 86% of European active equity funds and 82% of large-cap US equity funds underperformed their benchmark over the last decade, Trendrating have now released Portfolio Momentum Rating technology as part of its platform to help fund managers reduce portf
31 Aug. 2016 SEC sanctions Apollo $52.7m for misleading expense disclosures [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: From Sglawyers.com: The SEC sent a message to the private equity industry that it will severely punish managers for expense allocation conflicts of interest by sanctioning Apollo Management $52.7 million for misleading disclosures about portfolio monitoring fees. The SE
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  3. Performance - Some hedge funds deliver double-digit gains for 2017, Brevan Howard's hedge fund suffers biggest annual loss in 2017, Crispin Odey's flagship hedge fund plummeted about 20% in 2017, Profits fall 90% at ex-Morgan Stanley banker's hedge fund, Fannie-Freddie overhaul might mint hedge fund riches, losses[more]

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