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19 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund investor inflows turn negative in March - preference for credit strategies continues [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund flows turned negative in March to the tune of $12.4bn, but flows for the quarter were still positive $7.6bn and total industry AUM reached $2.664tn. Fund of funds flows were highly negative again in Q1, continuing to draft on overall hedge fund flows, a
19 Apr. 2013 Blackstone’s Q1-13 AUM up 15% from last year to record $218bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - For the first quarter of 2013 (Q1-13), Blackstone declared its economic net income had risen by 28% to $628m, up from $491m in last year’s first quarter, driven by strong fund performance. GAAP net income wa
18 Apr. 2013 Insight into March performance of Dow Jones Credit Suisse hedge fund index [more]
Opalesque industry update – Some key findings from the March 2013 report, "Monthly Hedge Fund Market Commentary" include: Hedge funds, as measured by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, finished March up 1.21%, with 9 out of 10 strategies in positive territory;
18 Apr. 2013 All Edhec hedge fund strategy indices positive in March and YTD except for Short Selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March 2013, the stock markets continued to rise for the fifth consecutive month with significant momentum. The S&P 500 gained 3.75%, registering a 10.61% progression during the first quarter of 2013. Equity implied volatility dropped sharply, reaching a five-year low o
18 Apr. 2013 Teachers’ union hits out at hedge fund managers who support groups that attack traditional pensions [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers' union in the U.S., is set to release today a report listing at least 34 hedge funds executives and other investment firm whom they say support groups that attack traditional pensions despite ge
18 Apr. 2013 Credit Suisse launches covered call silver ETN - second metals ETN this year [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse has launched its second covered call metals ETN of the year. The Credit Suisse Silver Shares Covered Call ETN (SLVO) went live on the NASDAQ today. Opalesque
18 Apr. 2013 Estimize announces data licensing agreement with Bloomberg [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Estimize, the buy side and independent analyst earnings estimates platform, today announced a licensing agreement with Bloomberg to feature Estimize’s earnings data on more than 900 publicly traded stocks via the Bloomberg Professional service’s news and research f
17 Apr. 2013 Barclay CTA Index up 0.57% in March; (+1.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures gained 0.57% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.07% year to date. “A decoupling of US growth from global markets and aggressive easing by the Bank of Japan provided the impetus for a profitable
17 Apr. 2013 Eight out of 11 Newedge indices gained over March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Newedge Trend Index increased 1.89% in March, followed by the Newedge CTA Index, which gained 1.29%. The Newedge Trend Index and Newedge CTA Index have risen 3.68% and 2.87%, respectively
17 Apr. 2013 UCITS HFS Index gains slightly, up 0.29% in March (+1.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — The UCITS HFS Index continues its positive performance in 2013 with gains of 0.29% in March 2013. The broad index started positively into the month with a performance of 0.44% after the first full week of trading and added additional returns of 0.07% in week two.
17 Apr. 2013 BlackRock now manages record $3.93tln in assets [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - BlackRock, an investment management, risk management and advisory services firm headquartered in New York City, announced its q
17 Apr. 2013 NewApha and NExT AM may merge to create leading European business incubator [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - There may be a merger between two large French seeding platforms: NewAlpha, which has been seeding alternative fund managers for seven years, and NExT
17 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund Grifphon’s founder Yusaf Jawed pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Portland, Oregon-based hedge fund manager Yusaf Jawed pleaded guilty to 17 counts of mail and wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme that spans several states including Oregon and Washington, according to media reports. A
16 Apr. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 1.12% in March; (+3.96% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 1.12% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.96% year to date, and has enjoyed ten straight months of gains. “The mid-month announcement of a flawed Cyprus bailout plan unsettled global m
16 Apr. 2013 RBC Hedge 250 Index +1.35% in March, (+3.40% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of March 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 1.35 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 3.40 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mont
16 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund managers caught off-guard by sharp gold sell off [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge fund managers and investors were caught off-guard by the sharp gold sell-off last week, said John Burbank, a long-time gold investor
16 Apr. 2013 EFAMA: Total assets of UCITS stood at €6,547bn at end February [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Improved investor sentiments provided strong inflows into UCITS funds in February 2013, according to the latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet from the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). In its
16 Apr. 2013 BVI, Cayman deny 'tax haven’ status publicly [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The British Virgin Island's Premier and the Chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange recently protested publicly against name calling and misinformed labelling. BVI Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, OBE, on Sunday wrote a letter to UK newspap
15 Apr. 2013 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.21% in March (+3.55% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.21% for the month of March. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. February, March and YTD 2013 performance numbers are listed below and are a
15 Apr. 2013 Timetric predicts French HNWI sector will shift towards liquid assets, alternatives until 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Between 2007 and 2011, the French residential property market bucked the global trend of declining property prices. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that real estate was the largest asset class for HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals, with readily convertible assets of US$1
15 Apr. 2013 Fund of hedge fund group van Biema Value Partners starts bespoke accounts, pension fund APG first to sign up [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – van Biema Value Partners, a specialized investment firm focused on deep value-oriented investing, announces the capability to provide customized fund of fund portfolios for sizable institutional and individual investors. The firm’s first such mandate comes from APG, one o
15 Apr. 2013 Australia's Scout Global joins IMQ in seeding Romanesco's hedge fund, Persistence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Australian hedge fund seeder Scout Global Funds has joined IMQ as co-seed of Romanesco Capital Management’
15 Apr. 2013 Former Man Group environmental specialist Nick Wood launches own wind energy income fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Resonance Asset Management, an alternative asset management firm, founded by industry veteran, Nick Wood, has raised £35m in assets for its inaugural wind energy income fund. With a distribution agreement in place via boutique investment bank, Dexion Capi
15 Apr. 2013 Seven SAC Capital Hong Kong staff leave firm [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Seven Hong Kong SAC Capital staff left the firm while five others relocated to New York and London amidst ongoing insider trading probe against the giant hedge fund firm, Reuters
15 Apr. 2013 Stark Investments wind down hedge fund [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Global hedge fund firm Stark Investments is closing down its operations after assets fell by 85% from its peak of $14bn to $2.1bn as at the end of last year. According to the
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  1. SEC charges 19 investment firms and one trader for breach of Rule 105[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started a push to enhance the enforcement of Rule 105 of Regulation M last year to uncover hedge funds and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it duri

  2. Fund managers, bullish on Europe, anticipate monetary policy separation of Fed and ECB[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 202 fund managers with $556bn of assets under management said that while the European Central Bank (ECB) has eased its monetary policy that sent sentiments towards Europe to pick up, the Fed is expected to hike its rate in the spring of 2015. Investor

  3. Institutions - North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds, UK pension fund criticizes hedge fund fees[more]

    North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds From Forbes.com: The State Employees Association of North Carolina this afternoon called on state Treasurer Janet Cowell to withdraw all investments in hedge funds, which appear to amount to approximately $6 b

  4. News Briefs - Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes, Just one week left until NYC's Rocktoberfest[more]

    Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Chief Counsel Advice 201436049, concluding that members of an investment manager were subject to self-employment taxes with respect to their e

  5. Institutions - Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move Advisers weigh in on CalPERS’ decision, Gina Raimondo sees no reason to follow California’s lead, exit hedge funds, Danish pension funds step up 'alternative investments'[more]

    Adviser's faith in hedge funds unshaken by CalPERS' move From WSJ.com: Financial advisers who use hedge funds in their clients' portfolios say they aren't rethinking that approach after a huge California pension fund announced plans to exit the hedge-fund market. The decision by the Cali