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20 Mar. 2015 eVestment: hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund assets rose hedge fund assets increased 2.02% in February of 2015, according to the latest asset flows data from eVestment. The increase brings the industry's total assets under management to $3.082 trillion. Investors added an estimated $13
20 Mar. 2015 Asia-focused hedge funds provide 90 prime broking mandates to Morgan Stanley in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused hedge funds granted Morgan Stanley more than 90 prime-broking mandates in 2014 at a time when most of their rivals have been slowing down on their expansion amidst tighter bank capital and stricter liquidity regulations. Nick Footitt, a Hong Kong-ba
20 Mar. 2015 Private credit comes into focus for investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As investors look for a way out of the low yield/no yield environment, private credit is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class, according to a white paper from Bayshore Capital Advisors. Private credit has grown steadily since the financial crisis as
19 Mar. 2015 McKinsey: Disillusioned with traditional asset classes and products, investors double up alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The boom in alternative investments presents something of a paradox. On one hand, money has continued to pour into alternatives over the past three years. Assets hit a record high of $7.2 trillion in 2013.1 The category has now doubled in size since 2005, with global asse
19 Mar. 2015 Commonfund: Institutional investors remain bullish but cautious [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to Commonfund, said that institutional investors remain positive in their market outlook but are keeping a cautious stance. This was the finding in the fifth annual Commonfund
19 Mar. 2015 Neuberger Berman unit buys 20% stake in activist hedge fund Jana Partners for $2bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman’s unit Dyal Capital Partners bought a 20% stake in activist hedge fund firm Jana Partners worth $2bn, WSJ.com reports. The deal comes as activi
19 Mar. 2015 Financial institutions, regulators urged to use automated approach in managing model risks in fund industry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions and regulators must develop standardized processes and technology for managing the risk associated with sophisticated financial models in the fund industry to lower the cost and potentially reduce systemic risk, according to a new report fr
18 Mar. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Slips 0.07% in February (+3.02% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders were down 0.07% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 3.02% year to date. “For eight of the past ten months, CTAs were able to generate returns from trends that provided ample profit
18 Mar. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends February up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended February 2015 up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up 1.85% (3.78% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Ca
18 Mar. 2015 The wealth report 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Andrew Hay Global Head of Residential It is clear that 2015 will be a remarkable year in terms of political and economic fluctuations, making it harder than ever to predict investor sentiment and the resulting wealth flows. We are fortunate in being ab
18 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds show strong performance of 2.52% so far in 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry got off to a strong start in 2015 "completely unmindful" of the poor performance last year, according to data provider Preqin. According to Preqin, following a year which saw the average he
18 Mar. 2015 Europe’s quantitative easing pushes hedge funds up 2.25% in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Central Bank’s extension of aid to Greece and its new EUR 1.1tln stimulus package rallied European equity markets, that helped pushed hedge funds to gain 2.2% last month, said data provider BarclayHedge
18 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund investors migrating out of U.S. equities amid expectations of Fed rate hike [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investors have significantly decreased their U.S. equity allocations amidst concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates in the second quarter, according to the
17 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds outpaces S&P as rally fizzles [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds space outpaced the S&P 500 last week as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly negative, down 0.3% while the S&P was down 3%. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxor Asset Management said that hedge funds wer
17 Mar. 2015 One Oak launches hedge fund targeting institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: South Carolina-based One Oak Capital Management announced the launch of its new hedge fund, the Alpha Opportuni
17 Mar. 2015 CQS launches new long-only global convertible bond UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy asset manager CQS announced the launch of a new long-only Global Convertible Bond Fund as the firm expands its capabilities in the UCITS space. James Peattie, the head of long only convertibles of t
16 Mar. 2015 Asia Frontier Capital Limited to launch new fund – AFC Iraq Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asia Frontier Capital Limited (AFC) has announced the launch of the “AFC Iraq Fund”. The initial subscription for investors is expected to be at the end of April 2015. Asia Frontier Capital (Iraq)
16 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors seeks 3 board seats in Alliance Trust [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund firm Elliott Advisors, the biggest shareholder in Alliance Trust with a 12% stake, is seeking at least three board seats in the Dundee-based investment group, a report by the
13 Mar. 2015 CalPERS commits $75m to emerging manager program firm Siris Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has announced that it has committed $75 million to private equity firm Siris Partners. This is the first direct commitment to Siris, who has previously received commitments from CalPERS through the Syste
13 Mar. 2015 Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking takes an equity stake in Eris Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eris Exchange (Eris), a U.S.-based futures exchange group offering swap futures as a capital-efficient alternative to OTC interest rate swaps, has announced that Societe Generale Prime Services – formerly Newedge – has completed an equity investment in Eris. As part of th
13 Mar. 2015 Asia-Pacific-based hedge funds hire more women [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific-based hedge fund companies hire more women executives than their Western counterparts, according to the latest survey by data provider Preqin. In a survey, Preqin found that the Asia-Pacific region
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund managers eagerly adapt to changing markets, investors and products, according to new survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry is transforming, with managers increasingly focused on customised products and solutions, new investors, and emerging markets. This is the conclusion of
12 Mar. 2015 ESMA looking for market vulnerabilities in hedge funds, including credit and smart beta [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), Europe’s securities watchdog, said it is scrutinizing the funds industry to look for future market vulnerabilities, including possible systemic risk. In a report,
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund manager Cliff Asness says global warming will not be a threat for next 500 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based Cliff Asness, one of the most successful hedge fund managers, has dismissed the threat of global warming as he downplayed warnings by scientists that the world’s temperature is rising at an alarming rate. According to Asness, while the global tempe
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds saw increase in allocations in March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recorded a slight increase in allocations from hedge funds in the first week of March, according to the latest SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index. Data also showed that the inflows and outflows into hedge funds were largely unchanged this month compared
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