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23 Jun. 2016 FBI raids office of hedge fund Platinum Partners [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Joint operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service raided the office of hedge fund firm Platinum Partners on Wednesday amidst dual investigations,
23 Jun. 2016 Blackstone buys minority stake in New York-based credit hedge fund Marathon [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings Fund, a vehicle managed by Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), has acquired a passive, minority interest in Marathon Asset Management, for an undisclosed sum. Based in New York,
23 Jun. 2016 Hedge funders who favour Brexit are bitter about AIFMD [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: Most people in the City of London are inclined to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union (EU) on 23 June. However, some are not so keen, as they have bitter memories of the way the last financial crisis was handled – and the way the European Commissi
23 Jun. 2016 SEC sets higher net worth threshold for qualified clients under the Advisers Act [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved to adopt a proposal to increase the net worth threshold for 'qualified clients’ under Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) from $2m to $2.1m. This adjustment is being made pursuant to a five-year index
22 Jun. 2016 Hedge Funds Standards Board grows in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Betty Tay, Managing Director and Head of the External Managers Department at GIC, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, has joined the board of the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), the global standard-setting body for the hedge fund industry. In addition, the
22 Jun. 2016 Media union launches U.S.-wide campaign against hedge fund Alden Global [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Members of the News Guild and workers at Digital First Media (DFM) as well as advocates for responsible and quality journalism have launched a U.S.-wide on-line campaign, accompanied by demonstrations across the countr
22 Jun. 2016 Group of hedge funds accuse Puerto Rico of trying to dodge payments on $3.5bn in bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds have filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico and accused the commonwealth of illegally using an emergency fiscal-crisis law to avoid payments on $3.5bn in bonds that are guaranteed under its constitution, reported
22 Jun. 2016 Visium hedge fund manager Sanjay Valvani found dead [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: A hedge fund manager connected with an insider trading case has apparently committed suicide. Sanjay Valvani, 44, a hedge fund manager at New York-based Visium Asset Management, was found dead in an apparent suicide on 21 June in his Brooklyn residence,
21 Jun. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: June notifications 4.88% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2016 measured 4.88%, up from 4.38% in May. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2016 came in at 4.88%, up slightly compared to the 4.72% reported a year ago for June of 2015,”
21 Jun. 2016 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.36% in May (+0.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended May up +0.36% driven by positive performances in Event Driven, Equity Market Neutral and Long/Short Equity Strategies. Global equity markets finished their 3rd positive month in a row with the MSCI World index up +0.23%. Bond
21 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds outperform global equity markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were down last week with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index falling -0.8% as of June 14 (-3.2% YTD). However, cautious positioning and strategy diversification limited the losses compared to markets. The MSCI World was down -0.92% during the same period (+0.08%
21 Jun. 2016 Paulson, Scaramucci to host Trump fund raiser [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: Despite his outspoken stance against fund managers, Donald Trump is attracting quite a few by his side. Hedge fund manager John A. Paulson, who made his fortune during the credit cris
20 Jun. 2016 Rotella Capital Management appoints Ian Ram [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rotella Capital Management, Inc. , a Chicago- and Bellevue- based adviser of systematic trading programs in managed futures and equities, has announced that industry veteran Ian Ram has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ram is responsible for over
20 Jun. 2016 Global markets fell, hedge funds gain in mid-June on Brexit, Fed rate concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global financial markets declined through mid-June, as uncertainty associated with the upcoming Brexit referendum and expected U.S. Fed interest rate hike contributed to increases in volatility across asset classes, data provider
20 Jun. 2016 Pan-European asset managers face new challenges with Brexit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With the long anticipated referendum in less than one week away, the earlier certainty of remaining within the EU has made way for uncertainty and possible uncharted territory. Global financial services firm Privium
17 Jun. 2016 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.68% in May, trend reversals create losses and opportunities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 0.68% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.21% year to date. "Profitable trading in energy, equity indices, and interest rates were not enough to overcome losses from t
17 Jun. 2016 Hedge fund liquidations fell as launches rise in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund liquidations declined narrowly to begin 2016 after rising sharply to conclude 2015, as investors positioned for macroeconomic volatility in 2Q16, including Brexit and possible interest rate increases by the US Federal Reserve. The number of liquidations d
17 Jun. 2016 Singapore’s monetary authority proposes regulatory sandbox for FinTech solutions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a regulatory sandbox approach (Sandbox) aimed at carving out a safe and conducive space to experiment with financial technology (FinTech) solutions. The proposals are contained in a consultation paper entitled "Consul
16 Jun. 2016 AIMA publishes guide for investor relations professionals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Changes in the way that client relationships are managed, investment management brands are built and assets are raised and retained are reflected in a new guide for investor relations professionals by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global re
16 Jun. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.78% in May (+0.85% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.78% in May, its third consecutive positive month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 0.85%. Sixteen of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices had gains in May. The Technology
15 Jun. 2016 The 300 Club welcomes Unilever’s Mark Walker [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The 300 Club, an independent group of leading investment professionals from across the globe, has announced Mark Walker, Global Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of the Univest Company, Unilever’s internal pension investment organisation, as its newest member
15 Jun. 2016 Tractus SAR multi-manager fund available at Sinopac platform with Seeding Equity Opportunity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Zurich-based Systematic Absolute Return AG, is offering its recently launched Absolute Return multi-manager fund to institutional investors in the region through SinoPac Asset Management. The Tractus SAR Absolute Return Fund LTD is a Cayman feeder fund launch
15 Jun. 2016 Quest Partners hires former Investcorp CIO Kolluri [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quest Partners LLC, a research driven quantitative investment firm announces the addition of Prashant Kolluri, a 20-year investing veteran, who joins Quest as President. Working in tandem with Founder and CIO Nigol Koulajian, Kolluri will focus on building the existing in
15 Jun. 2016 Hamilton Lane closes Strategic Opportunities Fund on $210 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hamilton Lane, a leading global private markets asset management firm, today announced the final closing of Hamilton Lane Strategic Opportunities Fund 2016. The Fund represents more than $210 million in limited partner commitments, exceeding its initial target of $150 mil
15 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds gain 0.42% in May with 48% of managers in the red year-to-date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.42% in May while underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI World Index1 were up 1.28% over the same period. Managers held their ground despite tight markets in May with mid-month reversals across commodities, and weaker equity performance in dev
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