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08 Jan. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices up 1.15% in December (+7.0% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Decent finish for the Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices, up 1.15% in December and closing the year up +7.0%. 2013, the year of monetary policy players, crowned one winning bet: Long Equity in developed countries and Short
08 Jan. 2014 HFRU Equity Hedge Index up 0.43% in December (+8.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed gains in December, recovering intra-month, mid-December declines to conclude strong performance for both 4Q and FY 2013 as the US Federal Reserve began the process to reducing quantitative easing measures. Global equity markets were m
08 Jan. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index Rises +0.94% in December (+8.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights Equity markets and hedge funds closed 2013 on a positive note despite a rocky start to the month of December. The
08 Jan. 2014 Funds risk a long squeeze in WTI Crude [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Funds have a record net long position in WTI Crude as a percent of total open interests posing a long squeeze risk on correction, according to the latest
08 Jan. 2014 JP Morgan Chase to pay out $2.6bn on Madoff case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bernie Madoff cost investors billions in his Ponzi scheme, and now his bank - JP Morgan Chase will also have to pay up for maintaining a client relationship with him. Following the conclusion of a trial held today in New York, JP Morgan will pay $2.6bn in relie
08 Jan. 2014 Jury selection starts at Matthew Martoma’s trial [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Prosecution and defense lawyers began the tedious task of jury selection Tuesday in the trial of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Matthew Martoma who is charged with engaging the most lucrative inside trading scheme in the U.S. financial history.
07 Jan. 2014 Janet Yellen confirmed as new Fed chief [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After yet another will they/won't they battle in the Senate, Janet Yellen was confirmed to take over the Federal Reserve from departing chief Ben Bernanke. Bernanke is slated to move out of his role by January 31, 2014. He began transitioning last month in a
07 Jan. 2014 Byron Wien predicts correction and new highs in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Byron R. Wien, vice chairman at investment and advisory firm Blackstone Advisory Partners has predicted that the worst geopolitical issues, coupled with e
06 Jan. 2014 Freeman & Co. reports mixed year for financial services M&A activity as market rises [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2013, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both saw record highs. However, despite readily available credit, it was not an outstanding year for M&A in general. We expect the rehabilitation of the financial services industry, combined with a growing conf
06 Jan. 2014 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds get $17.5bn in November, highest inflow in six months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in $17.5 billion (0.9% of assets) in November, 2013. This inflow was the highest in six months and the second-highest in the past two years. “The hedge fund industry has taken in a net
06 Jan. 2014 Agecroft Partners predicts strong positive flows, demand for long/short strategies, more hedge fund closures for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than 2,000 institutional investors and 300 hedge fund organizations. Below are Agecroft’s predictions for 2014. 1. Continued strong positive flows into t
06 Jan. 2014 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ board appoints Amanda Pullinger as CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) announces the promotion of Amanda Pullinger, the organization's Executive Director, to become its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment recognizes the significant role that Ms. Pullinger has played in the growth and su
06 Jan. 2014 Alternative mutual fund assets in Asia up about 6% higher in 2013 from previous year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative mutual fund assets under management (AUM) in Asia ex-Japan totaled US$20.7 billion as of September last year, about 6.1% higher than at the end of 2012. Still, AUM in this space has mostly been on a slow uptick since 2009. Cerulli Associates believ
06 Jan. 2014 UK compliance manager advises all alternative investment managers to apply for AIFMD authorisation or registration asap [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Anthony Rawlins, compliance manager at Moore Stephens, advises on the top tips to consider in wake of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) transitional arrangements update
06 Jan. 2014 Assets in funds of hedge funds at an all time low - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report out looking at the overall performance and asset gathering ability of funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) from eVestment shows that assets going to the industry group are at an all time low relative to their single manager counterparts. Despite a rebound i
06 Jan. 2014 Distressed investors call for more transparency from companies - WSJ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt investors, including bondholders and other creditors of companies close to bankruptcy are calling for transparency and asking troubled firms to disclose information after talks stall or stop. In a report,
03 Jan. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Blue Chip up 0.71% in December (+ 4.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Blue Chip The UAI Blue Chip is up 0.29% for the week ending December 31 and up 0.71% for the month. CTA, FX and Multi-Strategy are the best performing strategies this week with progressions of 1.09%; 0.87% and 0.41%. On the other hand Commodities and Volatility dis
02 Jan. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 8% in 2013, hedge funds gain $225bn+ in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.99% in December, bringing the yearly returns for 2013 to 8.02%. The MSCI World Index returned 1.67% in December and was up 21.1% for the year 2013. Hedge funds remained in positive territory throughout the year, sufferin
02 Jan. 2014 Parker FX Index down 0.26% in November, -1.04% YTD (2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.26% return for the month of November. Thirty- six of the thirty-nine programs in the Index reported November results, of which fifteen reported positive results and twenty-one incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was d
02 Jan. 2014 SAC Capital returns 20% in its last year managing other people’s money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors is no more. But not after ending 2013 and its life as a hedge fund managing other people’s money with a bang! A report by
02 Jan. 2014 Euro set to be best performing major currency for 2013 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The euro capped 2013 with a 26% gain against the Japanese yen and 4% against the U.S. dollar, according to a Reuters report. Although on Tuesday, the euro was 0.2
31 Dec. 2013 Eurex to acquire stake in Taiwan Futures Exchange [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) is becoming more global with the help of Eurex. Eurex which operates the Eurex Exchange is taking a significant stake in TAIFEX, following a transaction with Yuanta Financial Holdings, one of Taiwan’s largest companies. Accor
27 Dec. 2013 MSCI Indices show substantial advances in global equities, except Emerging Markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, today published the year-to-date (YTD) 2013 performance of its MSCI Indices, displaying substantial advances in global equity markets, with the exception of Emerging Markets. The flagship MSCI glo
27 Dec. 2013 As hedge fund returns slide, interest in equities grows [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The investible Hedge Fund Composite Index is down 0.26% for month to date, underperforming S&P500 which was up 0.27%, according to the
19 Dec. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.71% in November (+9.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.71% in November, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 9.84% year to date. “A rate cut in Europe, far-reaching reforms announced in China, and generally positive economic data contributed to a th
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