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02 Apr. 2013 Simple Alternatives expands investment management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Simple Alternatives, LLC, announced today the appointment of Clark Jones expanding the investment team managing the firms’ flagship S1 Fund (SONEX). In this role, Mr. Jones will bolster the investment team’s portfolio allocation and risk management efforts. Jon
02 Apr. 2013 The AIFMD and Bermuda – implementation update [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), the Bermuda regulator, has recently made an important announcement by confirming that Bermuda is now able to satisfy the three core conditions that are required of a so called “Third Country” under the Alternative Investment Fund Manag
02 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund Agcapita Partners, launches Agcapita Farmland Fund IV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Agcapita Partners has announced that the Agcapita Farmland Fund IV will open to investors on April 18th 2013 with a $20 million offering. Agcapita is the only farmland investment fund eligible for registered plans (RRSP, TFSA, RESP etc). Fund IV will be open
02 Apr. 2013 Hedge Fund Association extends reach with three new regional chapters [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Hedge Fund Association today announced three appointments that demonstrate its continuing expansion. The HFA has appointed regional directors to head its newly established chapters in Australia (Adriana Kostov), Texas (Mark A Feanny, M.D.) and Utah (Ronnie Hale). These
02 Apr. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index up 1.22% in March (+2.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.22% in March according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance of the
02 Apr. 2013 Implications of the AIFMD for US and European hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: On July 22 of this year, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will come into force in the EU and will have implications for funds based there or funds marketed there. Because the directive also deals with fund marketing, the AIFMD can have
02 Apr. 2013 Switzerland responds to challenges to its commodity trading industry in new report [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Switzerland is one of the most important commodity trading centres in the world, said the Swiss Federal Council in a release last week announcing the publication of a backgro
02 Apr. 2013 Swiss watchdog FINMA revises market conduct rules [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA announced on 27th March that it is in the process of fully revising Circular 08/38 on "Mark
02 Apr. 2013 Demand for Bitcoin comes from geographic areas most affected by Cypriot financial crisis [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The digital currency Bitcoin hit $100 yesterday (and $102 today), and has outperformed every currency this year. Its value on 1st January was under $15. Bitcoin (or BTC) was created in 2009 as an op
01 Apr. 2013 London-based quant hedge fund Henri Capital closes down, returns money to investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Henri Capital Partners LLP, a London-based hedge fund firm founded by former Winton Capital analysts Yi-Hong (Joey) Huang and Filip Wuytack in April 2011, requested a vol
01 Apr. 2013 "Ignore Japanese alpha at your peril" says GFIA [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GFIA addresses the subject of the resurgence of hedge funds in Japan in this month’s issue of their research insights, asking is the recovery rational, or a false signal? "Compared with when we last visited the
28 Mar. 2013 Parker FX Index reports +0.48% (est.) for February, +1.46% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.48% return for February 2013. Forty one of the forty-five programs in the Index reported February results, of which twenty reported positive results and twenty-one incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.21% in
28 Mar. 2013 EDHEC-Risk’s annual European ETF Survey confirms satisfaction levels and investor approval of ESMA guidelines [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EDHEC-Risk Institute announces the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2012, which represents a comprehensive survey of 212 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “Core-Satellite and ETF In
28 Mar. 2013 Increase of 38% in Hong Kong's hedge fund assets since 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The “Report of the Survey on Hedge Fund Activities of SFC-licensed Managers/Advisers” shows that hedge fund assets under management (AUM) in Hong Kong increased 38% from the time of the last survey in September 2010 to US$87.1 billion as of 30 September 2012. The major fi
28 Mar. 2013 Dechert highlights practical considerations as FSA ceases to exist [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A timely note from Dechert points out that Monday 1st April, a Bank Holiday in the UK, will see the end of the current financial
28 Mar. 2013 Preqin’s research shows UCITS hedge funds offer liquidity and transparency at the expense of returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from Preqin into UCITS compliant hedge funds asks what is their appeal to investors? Hedge fund compliant UCITS have been permitted since 2001. Prior to that, the legislation, originally passed in 1
28 Mar. 2013 SEC issues guidance update on social media filings made by investment companies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management has published a guidance update
28 Mar. 2013 Towers Watson catalogues global pension changes over 2012 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Global news on pension fund investment issues from Towers Watson’s latest Global Investment Matters finds that from
27 Mar. 2013 Preqin finds Asia Pacific hedge funds enjoy strongest start to 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s latest Hedge Fund Spotlight reveals that hedge funds focusing on the Asia - Pacific region posted significant returns in January and February 2013, posting 3.97% and 2.18% in each mo
27 Mar. 2013 Apex to offer free office space and advisory service for fund start ups [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Fund Services, one of the world's largest independent fund administration companies, launched a free office facilities and fund incubation service to fund managers looking to start a new fund. The new office facilities service forms part of a new d
27 Mar. 2013 CF Partners launches utilities, infrastructure and oil focused global equity hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CF Partners, the advisory, trading and investment firm, has announced that its new Long/Short Global Equity fund focusing on utilities, infrastructure and oil has delivered a return of net 6.44% for its investors in it
27 Mar. 2013 Japanese stockmarket reaches new highs [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest surge from the Japanese stockmarket reveals its sixth consecutive month of gains in February, with a 3.8% return over the month. Masashi Oda, Chief Investment Officer, SuMi TRUST commented: "A key positive driver was the nomination of Mr Haruhiko Kurod
27 Mar. 2013 Lipper's annual review of funds finds argument for performance fees on absolute return funds doubtful [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lipper’s Matthew Lemieux and Ed Moisson have published the annual review of the European fund industry, finding that sales across Europe totalled €230.4bn ($295bn) for 'long-term’ f
27 Mar. 2013 Cayman preps funds to be marketed under EU's AIFMD [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Cayman Islands government has passed an amendment that will allow its financial services regulator to enter into a memoranda of understanding
27 Mar. 2013 S J Berwin comments on UK FSA second consultation paper on AIFMD [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: S J Berwin has published a note on the UK Financial Services Authority's second consultation paper on implementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive in the UK.
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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

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    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

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    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

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  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added