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22 May. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.15% in April (-0.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.15% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.60% in 2014. “A mid-month trend change in global equity markets kept managers on either side of the market cautious,” says Sol Waksman, founder
22 May. 2014 Newedge Trend Indicator up 3.50% in April, (-6.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced the April performance for its suite of hedge fund indices. Commodity funds, as represented by the Newedge Commodity Trading Index (CTI), performed well in April, finishing the mo
21 May. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Slides 0.24% in April (+1.14% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.24% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.14% in 2014. “Intra-month volatility in global equity markets proved troublesome for equity long/short funds as the MSCI World Index dropped th
20 May. 2014 Hedge funds, money managers cut bullish bets on gold as price edged up to $1,300 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets on gold futures and options even as the price of the yellow metal reaches the psychologically important $1,300 per ounce, according to the latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Acc
20 May. 2014 CFTC releases critical guidance for commodity pool operators [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is out with new important guidance for commodity pool operators (CPOs). This guidance comes from numerou
20 May. 2014 Hedge funds take 30-year longs to a three year high [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are taking their long positions on 30-yrs to a three year high according to the latest
19 May. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.04% mid-May (+0.42% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets traded in a narrow range through mid-May, as implied volatility fell on subsiding geopolitical tension, though uncertainty remained high. Equity markets posted gains across most regions and sectors, recovering May declines, though small cap exposu
16 May. 2014 Uncertainty in Ukraine, fear of high equity valuations in the U.S. underpin commodity prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Continued uncertainty in Ukraine and the fear of high equity valuations in the United States contributed to a general underpinning of commodity prices, and a divergence in global equity market performance, Toronto-based alternative investment firm
15 May. 2014 HFR launches institutional UCITS funds in the EU [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The HFR Asset Management announced the launch of its Advent Global Opportunity Strategy under the HFR Umbrella UCITS Fund plc on April 1st. The fund is domiciled in Ireland and is regulated by the Central Bank
15 May. 2014 Man Group’s FRM says hedge funds suffer losses in April as managers were caught on the wrong side [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds suffered their second successive negative month in April as many managers were caught on the wrong side of the market movement, said Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds FRM. FRM is a top global i
15 May. 2014 LJM hedge fund says current volatility does not reflect potential threats [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $312m LJM Partners said there are strong support and resistance factors in the market, but the current volatility levels do not accurately reflect the potential threats. In her monthly report to in
15 May. 2014 Launch of European Long-Term Investment Funds may be delayed beyond 2015 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In June 2013, the European Union’s Commission proposed a harmonized pan-European regime for
14 May. 2014 Hedge funds reduce S&P500 exposure to a net short [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After a few weeks of going long the S&P500, hedge funds have cut their exposures to a net short, but technicals suggest remaining bullish, according to the most recent data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. The Diversified Investible Hedge Fund
13 May. 2014 CalPERS launches search for Chief Investment Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) seeks an experienced investment professional for the role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) to lead and manage its 400-plus person Investment Office, which invests CalPERS $285 billion in assets across a
13 May. 2014 SEC welcomes guilty verdict against the Wylys [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission – Division of Enforcement on Monday welcomed the guilty verdict against the Wyly brothers for engaging in a $550m civil fraud. Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC Division of Enforcement
13 May. 2014 ETF flows dramatically shift beneath market’s calm surface [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: David Santschi, Chief Executive Officer of TrimTabs said flows of electronic traded funds (ETFs) shifted dramatically beneath the market’s calm surface as he also noted massive rotation out of growth and
12 May. 2014 Northern Lights buys stake in Buick Capital, which will be renamed Northern Lights Alternative Advisors, LLP [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Northern Lights Capital Group, LLC, a provider of strategic capital and resources to boutique asset management fi
12 May. 2014 Investor flows into hedge funds cross US$50bn mark [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their second consecutive month of negative returns in April with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.15% as global markets continued to falter amid a sluggish start to the year. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 0.78%, slightly ahead of th
12 May. 2014 Hedge funds down -0.67% in April;+0.79% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index lost -0.64% in April (+0.79% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +0.62% (+1.93% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose +0.75% (+0.03% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index declined -2.01% (-1.49% Y
09 May. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.66% in April (YTD -0.14%), L/S Credit funds best performers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.7% in April (YTD -0.1%). 6 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of April in positive territory, led by the Lyxor L/S Credit Arbitrage Index(+1%), the CTA Long Term Index (+1%) and the Lyxor Global Macro Index (+0.9%).
09 May. 2014 Tosca Opportunity fund annualises 14.4% since 2005, closes to new inflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The leading UK activist fund manager, Martin Hughes, has announced that Tosca Opportunity (and sister fund, Tosca Mid Cap) will accept no further inflows after 2 June 2014. In his explanatory newsletter, issued on 7 May 2014, the PM makes it clear that the expected futur
09 May. 2014 Barnegat hedge fund gains 3.1% in April (+10.5% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Barnegat Fund reported its share price increased by 3.1% in April bringing its year-to-date gains to10.5% . The fund’s compounded annual rate of return is pegged at 18.8% since its launch in 2001. In its latest results, Barnegat said its current assets under
08 May. 2014 Counterpoint Asian Macro fund reaches $122m AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - City Financial’s Asia Macro hedge fund, Counterpoint, has launched with over $120m in assets, making it one of the largest Asian hedge fund - and the largest Asian macro fund - launches in the last 12 m
08 May. 2014 Michael Hintze’s charitable foundation donates £5m to London's National History Museum [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Sir Michael Hintze, an Australian-born hedge funder living in London, has just made a donation of £5 million ($8.48m) to London’s Natural History Museum
08 May. 2014 Hedge funds report mixed results in April as weak technology drags performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry sustained a slight decline in April as technology exposure ragged the gains registered in Fixed Income-based Relative Value Arbitrage and Macro strategies, according to data released by
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  2. Chicago-based Achievement A. M. is shutting down hedge fund following losses[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Achievement Asset Management, a Chicago-based hedge fund firm, has announced it is closing down its hedge fund operation following losses on energy market bets this ye

  3. Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.1% (+0.4% YTD) as global macro and CTAs outperform[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Global macro and CTAs outperformed the hedge fund space and delivered positive returns last week amidst difficult market conditions, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up

  4. BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

  5. 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