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03 May. 2013 Man Group reports positive performance, net outflows in first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group today published its interim management statement for the quarter ended 31st March 2013. Key points - operating Funds under management (FUM) at 31 March 2013 of $54.8 billion (31 December 2012: $57.0 billion) Positive investment m
02 May. 2013 April’s performance for Market Vector’s Hedge Fund Beta indices shows Asia out in front [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Market Vector Index Solutions revealed April performance for its six investable hedge fund indices. Since 2003, the firm has used a patented methodology to capture the beta return
02 May. 2013 Backstop acquires PerTrac CMS and names new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group (BSG), a Software-as-a-Service provider to the alternative asset management industry, announces the acquisition of the PerTrac CMS product line, a specialized customer relationship manage
02 May. 2013 Varden Pacific hires MCAM Group to raise funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Varden Pacific, the San Francisco-based structured credit hedge fund manager launched in late 2010 by a group of senior Wall Street veterans from Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital, announced that it
02 May. 2013 Opinion on commodities is split according to CMC's clients [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The April trading update from CMC Markets finds that the debate on the volatile gold price is splitting sentiment on commodities. The firm writes: "Sentiment on the direction of commodities is split almost equ
02 May. 2013 AIMA reviews hedge funds’ charitable performance in new paper [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - AIMA, the global hedge fund association, has just produced the first ever global review of the hedge fund industry’s charitable and philanthropic activities. This comes at the heels of news that
30 Apr. 2013 Risk, correlations continue decline except for China, Japan - Axioma [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Risk declined in the first quarter of 2013, the fifth consecutive quarter in which overall risk levels slid lower, according to Axioma Insight: Quarterly Risk Review, a report on the state of risk in publi
30 Apr. 2013 India hedge funds struggle in competitive market [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Indian hedge fund managers are struggling to attract investors but hope to succeed where their much larger foreign counterparts don't, reports
30 Apr. 2013 SEC orders hedge fund Level Global to pay $21.5m in settlement over insider trading charge [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Yesterday, Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund advisory firm Level Global Investors LP agreed to pay more than $21.5m to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that its co-founder/portfolio manager Anthony Chiasson and its analyst Spyr
29 Apr. 2013 Parker FX Index gains 0.72% (est.) in March, 1.70% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.72% return for the month of March. Forty-one of the forty-five programs in the Index reported March 2013 results, of which twenty-seven reported positive results and fourteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up
29 Apr. 2013 Edhec-Risk launches scientificbeta.com, the first multi-strategy platform for smart beta investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As of April 22, 2013, EDHEC-Risk Institute has inaugurated its new smart beta index design and production activity, ERI Scientific Beta. This activity aims to revolutionise the index world through, firstly, a new approach to smart beta investing called Smart Bet
29 Apr. 2013 Radcliffe becomes Signatory Member of the Hedge Fund Standards Board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Radcliffe Capital Management, a SEC registered investment adviser which started in 1996 to manage alternative assets in relative value and arbitrage strategies, and now manages over $1 billion in long-only defensiv
29 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund managers feeling the heat over fees - reports [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Maturing industry, changing investor base, financial crisis and regulations are adding pressures to hedge fund managers to rethink their "2 and 20" fee structure, according to a report by the
29 Apr. 2013 Academic finds Sharpe ratio et al wanting in measuring hedge fund performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Marcos Lopez de Prado of Hess Energy Trading Company, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has published a paper entitled The High Cost of Simplified Math: Overcoming the 'II
26 Apr. 2013 Hong Kong court allows private fund marketing on the internet [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Hong Kong court has recently acquitted a company and its director on four counts of issuing advertisements to promote a collective investment scheme, including posting relevant information on its website, without authorisation by the Securities and Futures Commis
26 Apr. 2013 Preqin study finds long/short equity funds have outperformed other strategies over first quarter [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from Preqin reveals that long/short hedge funds have outperformed other strategies in the first quarter of 2013 with cumulative net returns of 4.43%. The strategy is described by Preqin as the most
25 Apr. 2013 Dutch fund of hedge funds manager Kempen hires two senior portfolio managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kempen Capital Management (KCM) announced that Igor Puljic and Marjoleine van der Peet will join the Hedge Funds team at their firm in Amsterdam. Igor Puljic (36) will join KCM’s Hedge Funds team in May as senior portfolio manager. Igor has thirteen years of man
25 Apr. 2013 Fake AP Tweet: Not much can be done about bogus bad news [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Tuesday's mini sell-off following a fake tweet has led to renewed questions as to whether high frequency selling is harmful to the financial markets and whether manipulation through social media can be stopped or regulated. Meanwhile, Twitter is working on
25 Apr. 2013 John Paulson is sticking with gold [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Beaten black and blue and losing close to $1bn over gold’s sell off the past weeks, John Paulson, the billionaire hedge fund guru told investors he would stick with gold, confident that the yellow metal will bounce back, various media reported. In a gathering
25 Apr. 2013 Greenwich finds that Asian banks are gaining ground on global rivals [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In their latest report entitled Asian companies forge new ties with local banks, Greenwich Associates finds that Asian banks are gaining
24 Apr. 2013 Carpe Annum says Lyxor Research as 2013 shapes up to be a year of opportunities for hedge funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In their latest publication Lyxor Research writes that risk assets are set to generate positive returns for the remainder of 2013 driven by a slowly expanding global economy and ultra accommodative monetary policy.
24 Apr. 2013 Gottex Fund Management’s assets drop 9% in first quarter on client outflows [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Global alternative asset management group Gottex Fund Management reported that its earning assets decreased by 9.0% to $6.41bn in the first quarter of this year compared to $7.bn at 31 December 20
23 Apr. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up +1.5%; +4.0% in Q1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for March 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through February. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nea
23 Apr. 2013 The Hedge Fund Association offers travel through The Appointment Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association (“HFA”) announced that it has teamed up with global travel management company The Appointment Group (“TAG”) as its exclusive travel part
23 Apr. 2013 Agecroft hires head of marketing for Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners, a global hedge fund consulting and third party marketing firm, has hired hedge fund marketing veteran Jim Sauls as Managing Director and Head of European Marketing. Jim brings over 2

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