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29 Jan. 2013 Insparo appoints commodity specialist for planned global food fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Insparo Asset Management has appointed commodity specialist Lucas Wurfbain to oversee a new global Food Fund, expected to be launched later this year. Lucas
29 Jan. 2013 EDHEC: Sophistication of UCITS causes non-financial risks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a summary document that concludes three years of research on better management of non-financial risks within the European fund management industry – conducted with the support of CACEIS – EDHEC-Risk Institute is putting forward a series of proposals to limit these risk
29 Jan. 2013 Zenith believes that fewer hedge fund managers shorting stocks creates a superior investment environment [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Zenith Investment Partner’s Daniel Liptak writes this month that the current attraction to risk assets is a reaction to a phenomenon of the boy calling wolf too many times or the reality that apparently
29 Jan. 2013 Hong Kong hedge fund Double Haven doubles assets to $415m due to surge of money in credit investments [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hong Kong-based credit specialist hedge fund Double Haven Capital saw its assets jump to $415m as money continues to flow into credit investments despite earlier fears that high yield and emerging market debt may be heading towards a bubble. In a report,
29 Jan. 2013 CFTC releases final exemptive order and additional guidance on cross-border swaps, commission under scrutiny [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Near the end of December, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a final exemptive order further clarifying the rules governing cross-border swaps an instrument which came under the regulatory purview of the Commission following the passage of the
29 Jan. 2013 Hedge funds aggressively buying the Euro, adding to USD shorts - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are moving aggressively into the Euro as that currency rallies over the US Dollar which is being shorted, according to
29 Jan. 2013 Newedge review of CTA performance finds second year of disappointing returns for the strategy [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Newedge has published its Review of CTA Performance in 2012, revealing that against a backdrop of rising g
29 Jan. 2013 Lyxor research reports positive news for alternative assets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest report from Lyxor research finds that there are two key calls for 2013: risky assets will outperform safe havens and hedge funds offer inviting risk-return profiles. Lyxor claims that the roots of their
28 Jan. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up 1.5% in December (+6.0% 2012) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for December 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through November. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of
28 Jan. 2013 UCITS HFS Index finishes year on a high, up +0.48% in December 2012 (+3.55% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — After a slightly positive performance in November the UCITS HFS Index continued in the same vain and reported gains of 0.48% for December 2012. The broad index started positive into the month with a performance of 0.25% in week one. The performance slowed down
28 Jan. 2013 Arden Asset Management picks up $150m from Pennsylvania SERS amid local criticism of role of placement agents and hedge fund performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Joseph N. DiStefano writing for philly.com has opened up a debate on the merits and expense of hedge fund placement agents or third party marketers as he revealed that the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement Sys
25 Jan. 2013 Allenbridge reviews disappointing 2012 but identifies potential winners in 2013 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Allenbridge Investment Solutions has published its Hedge Fund Outlook for 2013 opening with the observation that 2012 represented a year of modest
25 Jan. 2013 Agilith North American Diversified Fund ends December +5.8% ( +44.4% 2012) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: 2012 ended on a high note for Canadian firm Agilith Capital. The Agilith North American Diversified Fund ended december up +5.8% and ended 2012 up 44.4% in total, putting the fund in the top decile for funds in North America. The fund, which started in 2007 is up
24 Jan. 2013 Mixed asset funds in Asia gain net inflows in 2012 [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Mixed asset funds in Asia drew healthy investor interest in some markets last year, according to the latest data from research provider Cerulli Associates. According
24 Jan. 2013 KKR buys 25% stake in Bermuda hedge fund Nephila Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nephila Capital Ltd., a Bermuda-based, investment manager focused on investing in natural catastrophe and weather risk announced late today that New York-based buyout firm, KKR will buy a 25% stake in the company from management and minority stakeholder Man Group p
24 Jan. 2013 The new EU Financial Transaction Tax: why it seems set to impact financial institutions worldwide, and why legal challenges are likely [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As Opalesque first reported yesterday, the European Commission, the EU's executive arm has resolved to use the "enhanced cooperation pr
23 Jan. 2013 InvestorForce acquired by MSCI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More merger and acquisition news, following on from the announcement that ConvergEx is selling Eze Castle Software and RealTick, comes with MSCI's statement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Investor Force Holdings, Inc., an ICG company and a
23 Jan. 2013 Eze Castle Software and RealTick sold by ConvergEx to TPG [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ConvergEx Holdings, LLC, (“ConvergEx”) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its software platform business, consisting primarily of Eze Castle Software LLC and RealTick LLC, to an affiliate of TPG
23 Jan. 2013 Swiss commodity asset manager Diapason launches relative value petroleum fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Diapason Commodities Management, a $7bn independent commodity investment manager headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, launched the Diapason Relative Value Petroleum Industry Fund (“DRVPIF”). DRVPIF is an energy markets arbitrage fund and is the first fund b
23 Jan. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 2.04% for January 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for January 2013 measured 2.04%, down from 6.19% in December. "Investor redemption notifications for January are
23 Jan. 2013 Systematic manager Cantab Capital Partners launches macro fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cantab Capital Partners, the USD4.7 billion systematic global macro manager, has launched a new fund: the CCP Core Macro Fund. It will be opened to external investors on 01 February 2013. This launch is an important milestone for both Cantab and the systematic
23 Jan. 2013 Jesse Redmond starts hedge fund research and media company named Next Alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update- Jesse Redmond, co-founder of Evolved Alpha and Alpha Titans,
23 Jan. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains 1.11% MTD through January 21 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted gains to begin 2013 as investors responded to near term settlement of many of the issues surrounding the US fiscal cliff on the final trading day of 2012. Equity gains were broad based across regions, with leadership from the US, UK, Italy, S
23 Jan. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains 1.45% through mid-January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted gains to begin 2013 as investors responded to near term settlement of many of the issues surrounding the US fiscal cliff on the final trading day of 2012. Equity gains were broad based across regions, with leadership from the US, UK, Italy, Sp
23 Jan. 2013 Hedge funds go long emerging markets and the euro [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest monitoring data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research shows that h
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  1. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  2. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  4. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an