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14 Jun. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge: Hedge funds receive meager $430m, underperforms S&P 500 by 126 basis points in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in a net $430 million (0.02% of assets) in April 2013, building on an inflow of $817 million in March. The results are based on data from 3,393 funds. The industry delivered a retu
14 Jun. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up +0.77% in May; Capital Movement Index June net flows advance 1.17% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2013 measured 0.77%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.17% in June. “Net inflows increased for the month of June, with subscriptions outpacing
14 Jun. 2013 Hedge fund launches rise as investor risk tolerance returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The number of new hedge fund launches increased for the fourth consecutive quarter in 1Q13, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Industry Report, released today by HFR, the established global leader in indexation, analysis and research for the global hedge fun
14 Jun. 2013 A bad week for Japan [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Japanese stock market got inflated by 80% in six months following Shinzo Abe’s appointment as Prime Minister in December 2012. Indeed, Abe almost immediately launched monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth strategies (two points of a three-poin
14 Jun. 2013 Credit Suisse adds two more to growing group of commodity ETNs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse has added two more to a growing group of commodities focused ETNS. As Opalesque reported earlier this year, the firm has launched covered
13 Jun. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index returns 0.77% in May, a gross year to date return of 7.14% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May reported a return of 0.77%, a gross year to date return of 7.14%, with the Capital Movement Index showing a June net inflow figure of 1.17%.
13 Jun. 2013 SWF Institute rankings: total sovereign wealth funds' assets amount to $5,473bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to the SWF Institute's latest Sovereign Wealth Fund Rankings, the total amount of sovereign wealth funds' asset under management is now $5,473bn, to which oil and gas relate
13 Jun. 2013 Mariner’s incubation platform takes on new volatility arbitrage fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:- Mariner Investment Group, a $10bn alternative asset manager headquartered in New York which launched an
12 Jun. 2013 Alain Dubois to join MSCI from Lyxor Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that Alain Dubois, currently Chairman of Lyxor Asset Management, is to join the firm as Managing Director and Head of New Business and Product Development for the MSCI index busi
12 Jun. 2013 Horizon Cash Management introduces emerging manager fund cash account [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Horizon Cash Management LLC, an investment advisor specializing in active cash management solutions for the alternative investment industry, today announced a first-of-its-kind product offering, The Emerging Manager Fu
12 Jun. 2013 AIMA's CEO Andrew Baker to stand down from role at the end of 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Andrew Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has announced that he will stand down at the end of 2013. AIMA is in the pr
12 Jun. 2013 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index up 1.79% in May, 7% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +1.79% in May 2013 (+7.00% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +2.08% (+14.34% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.86% (+15.35% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index climbed +
12 Jun. 2013 SEI: Alternatives go mainstream [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The market opportunity for retail alternatives is already huge, continues to grow, yet is still in its infancy, says SEI in a new 24-page report called "The Retail Alternatives Phenomenon." SEI is a leading global provider of investment processi
12 Jun. 2013 Chris Boas holds off hedge fund launch due to fundraising difficulties [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Citing money concerns, former Citadel’s global head of credit Chris Boas has put on hold his plan to launch his new hedge fund, Longwood Credit Partners LLP.
12 Jun. 2013 Hedge funds attract $50bn in five months and return 0.20% in May, 3.89% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The May report from Eurekahedge shows that hedge funds witnessed the seventh consecutive month of positive returns in May, despite mixed returns in global markets. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.20% duri
12 Jun. 2013 Dechert details four key ways AIFMD will impact on US investment advisers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Law firm Dechert has published a note on how the European AIFMD regulations will impact on US investment advisers. The
12 Jun. 2013 Study shows Canada’s top 10 pension funds drive nation’s growth [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – A landmark study by the Boston Consulting Group showed that Canada’s 10 largest public pension funds are one of the country’s main growth drivers while at the same time providing Canada with one of the strongest retirement income systems in the world. The
11 Jun. 2013 400 Capital Management expands financial, investor relations team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: 400 Capital Management LLC, a structured credit investment manager, announced today two new additions to the firm. John Bateman has joined as chief financial officer, and Tami Witham, CFA, has joined as a director and investor relations product specialist. “The op
11 Jun. 2013 Hedge funds cut market exposures across strategies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds of all types are cutting market exposures, according to the latest Hedge Fund Moni
11 Jun. 2013 UBP is changing its alternative funds' management model [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Arié Assayag, head of alternative investments at Union Bancaire Privée, aka UBP, told Swiss daily Le
11 Jun. 2013 Swiss fund of hedge funds house ALTIN weighs up options for share buyback programme [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – ALTIN, the $250m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, said it was evaluating different options to implement the share buyback programme to acquire up to 10% of the share
11 Jun. 2013 Australia’s Basis Point launches newsletter and website focused on Significant Investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Australia’s consultancy for business and marketing intelligence on the financial and investment markets Basis Point has launched a new website and newsletter focused on the new
10 Jun. 2013 Lyxor Asset Management strengthens its international development with the appointment of Gilbert Tse as Head of Lyxor for Asia [more]
Opalesque industry Update: Lyxor Asset Management announces the appointment of Gilbert Tse as Head of Lyxor for Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Gilbert has a reporting line to Pierre Gil, Lyxor’s Head of International Development. In this newly created role, Gilbert Tse will be responsible for coordi
10 Jun. 2013 Unigestion establishes research partnership with Cass Business School [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Unigestion, the boutique institutional asset manager with GBP 9 billion of assets under management, announced today that it is to collaborate with the Centre for Asset Management Research (CAMR) at Cass Business School, a renowned London-based institution ranked among the
10 Jun. 2013 Cayman is prepared to commit to the multilateral convention [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Cayman Islands Government today announced that it is prepared to commit to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. It also announced that it has accepted invitations from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to atten
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