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23 Jan. 2013 Asian hedge fund managers bullish about 2013 prospects [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge fund managers in Asia are bullish about their prospects in 2013 in the light of positive performance in 2012, Alexander Mearns, Eurekahedge chief executive
23 Jan. 2013 European Commission allows 11 countries to proceed with Financial Transaction tax plan [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, gave its accord to 11 member countries to go ahead with a planned Financial Transaction tax (FTT). Germany and France reportedly persuaded Spain, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Austria, Portugal, Slov
23 Jan. 2013 Mark Yusko steps down as investment chief at Endowment Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mark Yusko, the investment chief at the Endowment Fund, has been removed from his post, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. As Opalesque
22 Jan. 2013 Continuum Investment Management, L.P. announces strategic partnership with Grosvenor Capital Management; receives $85M seed capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Continuum Investment Management, an asset management firm focused on investing in the structured fixed income market, today announced a strategic partnership with Grosvenor Capital Management, one of the oldest and largest global alternative investment managers with over $
22 Jan. 2013 Global legislative pressure mounts on high frequency trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: At the end of last week, the finance committee of the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, held an expert consultation on the draft Act to reduce the risks arising from high frequency trading. Shortly after that meeting, US Congressman, Edward Markey, s
22 Jan. 2013 Clifford Chance reports on inconsistencies and concerns around FATCA [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Clifford Chance has issued a detailed briefing note on the final FATCA Regulations, asking is FATCA now just compliance, or do real risks remain for international financial institutions and transact
22 Jan. 2013 Positive news for hedge funds says Lyxor research [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Lyxor Asset Management’s latest research reveals that they have two key calls for 2013: Risky assets outperform safe heavens Hedge funds offer inviting risk-return profiles The roots of their op
22 Jan. 2013 Report claims Obama’s second term as US president is good news for Africa’s growth [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The re-election of President Barack Obama will bring good news and opportunity for the economies of African nations, according to the
21 Jan. 2013 Alix Capital names winners of first UCITS Alternative Index Awards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alix Capital, the Geneva-based provider of the UCITS Alternatives Index family of indices, has announced the winners of its inaugural UCITS Alternative Index (UAI) Awards. The awards, which will be held annually, honour the UCITS hedge funds that have returned the best pe
21 Jan. 2013 In search of higher returns ALTIN shifts portfolio to less liquid strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ALTIN, the $250m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, announced its entire portfolio of holdings as part of its continued commitment to full investor transparency. &l
21 Jan. 2013 French banks fear that parliament may decide to forbid them to work with hedge funds – Le Figaro [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Paris’ financial district is very concerned, French daily newspaper Le Figaro reported yesterday. The French finance minister Pierre Moscovici proposed rules last month that speculative activity be segregated away from banking activity. However, large French b
18 Jan. 2013 New Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index commentary reviews hedge fund performance in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index team today released its 2012 Hedge Fund Market Review. The report includes statistics on hedge fund performanc
18 Jan. 2013 Hedge funds end year positively but fail to keep pace with the stock market in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In December, stocks confirmed the rebound of the previous month with a significant progression of the S&P 500 index (+0.91%), according to EDHEC-Risk. Implicit volatility (18%) was slightly on the rise but still in the low range. For the full year, the S&P 500 generated a
18 Jan. 2013 LGT Capital Partners wins GBP280m alternatives mandate from Hertfordshire County Council [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners has won a GBP 280 million multi-alternatives mandate from Hertfordshire County Council. It represents one of the largest mandates focused exclusively on alternative investments ever awarded by a UK local authority pension fund. The mandate includes he
18 Jan. 2013 Inflows, performance bring total hedge fund assets to $2.25tln in Q4-12; HFR launches HFRU family of UCITS hedge fund indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Steady inflows and performance-based gains increased hedge fund assets by $60 billion in the fourth quarter, bringing total industry capital to a record $2.25 trillion, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR, the establ
18 Jan. 2013 Dromeus Capital ‘s Greece focused hedge fund up 40% in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new Greece focused hedge fund, launched in October 2012 by Dromeus Capital Group, finished 2012 up 40.3% as the Greek debt buyback and improving market sentiment towards Greece drove returns. Dromeus, the Emerging Markets alternative investment specialist, says th
18 Jan. 2013 Hedge fund inflows edge slightly higher in 2012 despite end of year redemptions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Inflows to hedge funds ended 2012 slightly higher than 2011, despite redemptions in December according to new data from eVestment. The industry finished 2012 with assets increasing 5.9% from ye
17 Jan. 2013 Morgan Stanley and Quantitative Investment Management partner to launch a new UCITS Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morgan Stanley today announced the launch of a new fund under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The launch is the second in a series of four CTA strategies to be made available in a UCITS format through Morgan Stanley’s partnership with Equinox Fund Management L
17 Jan. 2013 Cerulli reports increased interest in environmental, social, and governance investing (ESG) and not just among non-profits [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: New research from Boston-based global analytics firm Cerulli Associates shows increased interest in environmental, social, and governance investing (ESG), and not just among non-profit organizations. "A trend we have seen over the past 12 months is increased requ
17 Jan. 2013 U.S: futures and options volume fell 13.2% in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The number of futures and options traded on U.S. exchanges fell 13.2% in 2012 to 7.0 billion contracts from 8.1 billion in 2011, according to statistics compiled by the Futures Industry Association. For the month of December, total U.S. futures and opt
17 Jan. 2013 Global ETF and ETP assets reach a new high of nearly $2tln ($1.95tln) at the end of 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global assets invested in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)and Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) hit an all-time high of nearly $2 trillion ($1.95 trillion) at the end of 2012. ETF and ETP assets have increased by 27.6% from $1.53 trillion to $1.95 trillion during 2012, accordin
17 Jan. 2013 Laven Partners comments on confusion over hedge fund administrator role [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Laven Partners chief executive officer, Jerome de Lavenere Lussan, has commented on the role of fund administrators in hedge funds, saying: "There is confusion in the hedge fund industry regarding the respons
17 Jan. 2013 Risk management and innovation are the priorities for credit institutions in 2013 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Global solutions provider Linedata has published the results of its second survey of the lending and asset finance industry on the priorities and challenges facing the lending and asset finance sector. The fir
16 Jan. 2013 Maguire and Moreno named Partners at Greylock Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Greylock Capital Associates, LLC announced today that it has named John C. Maguire, currently Chief Operating Officer, and Juan Pedro (JP) Moreno, currently Managing Director and Head of Research, as new partners at GCA, which is the parent company of Greylock Capital Mana
16 Jan. 2013 Krusen Capital partners with Meeschaert Group to offer alternatives solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Krusen Capital Management, LLC, the New York-based SEC-registered investment advisor, has announced a strategic partnership with Meeschaert Group, a leading European private banking and wealth management firm, to provide clients with alternatives advisory services, manager
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    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

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    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

  4. 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

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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A