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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
08 May. 2014 SEC files fraud charges, asset freeze against Aphelion Fund for false results [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges and an asset freeze against New York-based investment advisory firm Aphelion Fund Management and two of its executives for allegedly distributing falsified performance results to prospective investors in two
07 May. 2014 Trias L/S Fund celebrates its second anniversary – performance since inception at +58.2% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Entrepreneur Partners AG, a FINMA-regulated asset manager domiciled in Zurich, is celebrating the second anniversary of its proprietary fund Trias L/S Fund. Since inception the value of fund units has increased by 58.2%, clearly outperforming long-only equity indices and
07 May. 2014 Lyxor records substantial AuM growth supported by strong ETF inflows in 1Q 2014. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management has continued to strengthen its presence in the European ETF market, with net inflows of USD1.6bn during the first quarter of the year thus reflecting a 6% growth in AuM since end of 2013. Furthermore, Lyxor dominated the European ETF market in Marc
07 May. 2014 Hedge funds see record $38.6bn inflows in Q1, outperform S&P 500 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds registered a three-year high $38.6bn in fresh inflows in the first quarter of 2014, reported TrimTabs and BarclayHedge. In March, th
07 May. 2014 Hedge funds almost flat in April with 0.11% gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund space closed April almost flat with 0.11% gains (+1.08% YTD), according to the latest Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index. "Equ
07 May. 2014 CFTC is finalizing rules on computer-driven trading [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. market regulator Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Tuesday it is finalizing a draft rule on computer-trading that are often used by banks and hedge funds in a practice called high-frequency trading. According to a report by
06 May. 2014 Why are hedge fund assets reaching all time highs while they underperform the S&P 500? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By Don Steinbrugge from Agecroft Partners: There is a constant flow of articles in the media articulating that hedge funds have performed badly because they have underperformed the S&P 500 index. Many of these articles suggest that it is just a matter of time before i
06 May. 2014 Ayaltis reports exceptional results for its Flagship Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ayaltis flagship fund Areca Value Discovery finished the first quarter 2014 with a performance of +5.21% in USD. Since Inception in December 2008 the fund returned 57.24% with a volatility of 4.47% p.a. In a challengi
06 May. 2014 Acquisition will see first Brazilian corporation establish Guernsey base [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agreement has been reached in principle for Guernsey fund administration firm Fund Corporation to be acquired by Brazilian emerging markets specialist Providence Financial, subject to regulatory approval. All 10 Fund Corporation employees will join a newly-estab
06 May. 2014 UCITS absolute return funds end April down -0.37%; (-0.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return funds end April down -0.37% as measured by the UAI Global Index and have now turned slightly negative on average for the year down -0.03%. Equity focused strategies record the worst monthly returns with -0.98% for the UAI Long/Short Equity and -0.89%
06 May. 2014 Macros increase S&P500 exposure - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are increasing their long exposures to the S&P 500 - specifically macro funds are adding to their overall long positions according to
05 May. 2014 Cerulli: 53% of advisors' clients between 50 and 70 years old, eRIAs emerge as threat [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by global analytics firm Cerulli Associates found that 53% of advisors' clients are aged between 50 and 70 years old. "Advisors are finding it increasingly difficult to attract young investors," said Kenton Shirk, associate director at
05 May. 2014 Geo-political crisis in Ukraine ups gold price but hedge funds, speculators remain cautious [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Geo-political risks brought about by the escalating violence in Ukraine have pushed the price of gold up, with investors going into this precious metal to protect their portfolios. However, hedge funds and speculators remained cautious against buying this metal bec
02 May. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index down 0.26% in April (0.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted mixed performance in April 2014 with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index posting a decline of -0.26%, as gains in Macro and Relative Value Arbitrage were offset by losses in Equity Hedge and Event Driven. HFRU Macro Index posted a g
02 May. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down 0.73% in April (0.38% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a decline of -0.73% in April 2014, while the HFRX Absolute Return Index declined -0.27%. HFRX Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a decline of -0.16% for the month of April with mixed
02 May. 2014 LGT Capital Partners completes merger with LGT Capital Management, AuM increase to $50bn+ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners today announced the completion of its merger with LGT Capital Management as of 25 April 2014. LGT Capital Management will be fully integrated as of 1 June 2014. This move will see LGT Capital Partners strengthen its position as a leading provider of m
01 May. 2014 Parker FX Index reports +0.39% return for March (-0.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.39% return for the month of March. Thirty three of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported March results, of which seventeen reported positive results and sixteen in
30 Apr. 2014 SEI paper: Investment management firms must maximise technology initiatives to increase business value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the asset management industry goes through a transformative period dominated by the conflicting trends of growth and uncertainty, investment management firms must maximise their technology initiatives to add value to their businesses, according to a paper released toda
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    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. Investing - BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging, Nelson Peltz bets on General Electric Company and Mondelez International, Apple plummets to 4th place among hedge holdings, from No. 1, Top Q3 equity purchases and sales of top 50 hedge funds[more]

    BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging From BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is changing course on exchange-traded funds that protect against currency volatility. After stressing the easy switch between hedged and unhedged ET

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega