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21 Jun. 2013 PwC Australia writes on the new investment manager regime for AIMA Journal [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Writing in the AIMA Journal, PwC Australia’s tax team of Ken Woo, Tax Partner, Grahame Roach, T
20 Jun. 2013 Butterfield Fulcrum Group to be acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Butterfield Fulcrum, an industry leading alternative fund administrator, has announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation. Established in 1927, MUTB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the 5th large
20 Jun. 2013 Cayman Atlantic launches Twitter Trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After setting up the world’s first “Twitter Hedge Fund” in 2011, Paul Hawtin is back launching Cayman Atlantic at the WIRED Money conference in London on Monday 1st July 2013. Cayman Atlantic is
20 Jun. 2013 Morningstar reports MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up 0.2% in May, 4.9% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar reported preliminary hedge fund performance for May 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through April. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index fell 0.2% in May but remains up 4.9% for the yea
20 Jun. 2013 A Leg To Stand On announces hedge fund Rocktoberfest [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Leg To Stand On’s annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest will be happening later this year in New York and Chicago. The organization recently announced that tickets and sponsorships are on sale. The events are well attended and feature the talents of some of Wall Street
20 Jun. 2013 SEB Group reports that first quarter hedge fund returns in 2013 were almost in line with whole of 2012 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: SEB Group has reported on hedge funds for the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013. The bank writes: "Almost every strategy continued its strong fourth quarter trend, with the exception of Macro/CTA,
19 Jun. 2013 HFRU reports declines across the board to mid-June: Composite index down 1.72%, up 0.98% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFR's UCITS indices report the HFRU Event Driven Index posted a decline of -1.06% through mid-June, from declines in Asian and Brazilian Special Situations, Merger Arbitrage and
19 Jun. 2013 Swiss funds increased by CHF 100bn ($829bn) year on year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Swiss Fund Association has announced that in May 2013, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Lipper reached around CHF 763 billion, a slight rise of
19 Jun. 2013 Akin Gump publishes top 10 FAQs for US asset managers looking to Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: US law firm Akin Gump has published a top 10 of FAQs on the AIFMD. The firm writes: On July 22 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) is due to be implemented in every member state
19 Jun. 2013 GAIM delegates hear fund of funds fees are increasingly discounted [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Reporting from the GAIM conference in Monaco, CooConnect finds that funds of funds are taking action over their fees. The site writes: "Funds of funds have insist
19 Jun. 2013 Multifonds’ white paper reflects on the likely impact of AIFMD [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Investment software provider Multifonds has published its white paper, entitled: The impact of AIFMD and convergence survey. Key findings from the survey include: 83% of respondents agree convergence o
19 Jun. 2013 Eurekahedge reports returns up 0.32% over May (4% year to date) and assets at highest level since mid 2008 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The June 2013 Eurekahedge Report reveals that hedge funds enjoyed their fifth consecutive month of net allocations and seventh consecutive month of positive returns, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 4
18 Jun. 2013 Barclay CTA Index down 1.31% in May (+0.61% YTD); most traders give back April gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.31% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.61% year to date. “May’s trend reversal in global interest rates coupled with a 12 percent mid-month decline in the Nikkei fueled losses for roug
18 Jun. 2013 Hedge fund manager James Shepherd pleads guilty to commodity pool fraud [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – North Carolina hedge fund manager James Alexander Shepherd pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of at least $6m after admitting to using a personal post office box and bogus bank statements to hide his criminal activities for nearly seven years, prosecutors said
18 Jun. 2013 Preqin says growth in Asia Pacific credit markets should create opportunities for local credit hedge funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new study from Preqin finds that the Asia Pacific hedge fund industry is dominated by long/short equity hed
18 Jun. 2013 Daniel Loeb raises stakes in Sony, adds pressure to spin off entertainment arm [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb on Monday raised his stakes in Sony Corp. by an additional 5 million shares, bringing his total shares to 70 million through director ownership and cash-settled swaps. This will increase the pressure on Sony to discuss Loeb’s pro
18 Jun. 2013 Are we rotating yet? If we do, will it matter? [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market participants have long been looking for the "great rotation," out of fixed income, which has been in the works for several months according to some forecasters. Yet, inflows to both fixed income and equities have largely remained unchanged in any real way.
18 Jun. 2013 EU member states propose a harder line on dark pools in new agreement [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a statement just released by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a General Approach among EU Member States has been reached on the Markets in Fi
18 Jun. 2013 Macros go long on US treasuries and the US Dollar [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macros increased their long exposure to 10yr Treasuries to a two-year high and to US dollars to the highest since July 2012, according to the
17 Jun. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 1.06% in May; (+5.87% YTD) most hedge fund strategies have gains in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 1.06% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 5.87% year to date. “While improving consumer confidence and higher prices for US homes stoked concerns of Fed tapering, equity markets rallied ev
17 Jun. 2013 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.42% in May (5.43% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 0.42% for the month of May. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. April, May and YTD 2013 performance numbers are listed below and are available a
17 Jun. 2013 LGT Capital awarded GBP100m multi-alternatives mandate from Kingfisher Pension Scheme [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners has been awarded a GBP 100 million multi-alternatives mandate from Kingfisher Pension Scheme. The mandate is focused exclusively on alternative investments and includes hedge funds, commodities, insurance-linked securities, property, private equity an
17 Jun. 2013 Newedge CTA Index down -1.71% in May (2.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Newedge Trend Index fell 3.65% in May 2013 (3.74% YTD), relinquishing some of the gains from March and April. The Newedge Short-Term Trading Index finished slightly positive, extending a run of performance not seen since 2008. The Newedge Trend Index, which is e
17 Jun. 2013 RBC Hedge 250 Index up 0.60% in May, 4.85% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of May 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 0.60 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 4.85 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month. Th
17 Jun. 2013 Lyxor launches M&A fund on its alternative UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management (“Lyxor”) has announced the launch of the Lyxor / Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), a new UCITS-compliant vehicle, which is designed to give access to a pure merger arbitrage strategy in
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