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09 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds end Q1 in positive territory - still lag S&P500 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds ended the first quarter of 2014 up 1.31% but that wasn't enough to beat the broad index which was up 2.01% for the same period according to the
09 Apr. 2014 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
08 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds get $24.3bn in February, highest monthly inflow in three years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds received $24.3 billion (1.1% of assets) in February, the highest monthly inflow in three years, building on an inflow of $4.4 billion (0.2% of assets) in January. “The hedge fund indus
08 Apr. 2014 CalSTRS selects Meketa Investment Group as co-consultant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Meketa Investment Group, a global investment consulting firm, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to provide general consulting services to the Investment Committee of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). CalSTRS is the lar
08 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds attract over US$30 billion in the first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds sealed the first quarter of the year with another month of negative returns, down 0.18%1 in March as managers navigated through a choppy start to the year. However, strong returns posted by fund managers in the previous month saw them through with the Eurekahe
08 Apr. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -0.34% in March (+1.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in March as investor uncertainty over secular unrest in Ukraine and Syria, as well as mixed macroeconomic outlooks for China, Europe and the U.S., contributed to increased volatility across equity, currency, commodity and fixed income
08 Apr. 2014 SEC launches task force to investigate hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is creating a new squad to investigate private funds managers. SEC examiners will be looking at how hedge funds communicate to their clients, value assets and provide disclosures. The group appears to have emerged
07 Apr. 2014 Commonfund names new board chair [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund announced today that Robert Litterman has been elected Chair of the Commonfund Board of Trustees. Dr. Litterman succeeds outgoing Board Chair, Brad Gallagher, who is stepping down to focus on his business interests. Bob Litterman has been a member of
07 Apr. 2014 North MaxQ Macro UCITS fund launched on MontLake UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital, Investment Manager to the MontLake UCITS Platform, has launched the North MaxQ Macro UCITS Fund. North Asset Management, a London based independent alternative asset manager, enjoys over ten years of success managing the North MaxQ Macro investment strategy.
07 Apr. 2014 Only 4% of hedge fund managers say to have registered to market under JOBS Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s recent survey of more than 150 private equity and hedge fund managers reveals that these firms have been slow to take advantage of the marketing opportunities presented by the JOBS Act, which allows them to advertise and perform general solicitations to showcase
07 Apr. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.16% in March (+1.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the month of March down -0.16%. Equity markets were mixed in March with the S&P500 +0.84% but the MSCI World Index down -0.09%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were down -0.17%. March saw the
07 Apr. 2014 Qatar backed investment manager sets up in Geneva, launches European long/short hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aventicum Capital Management today announces the launch of its second investment business, Aventicum Alternative Equities, as the group expands its presence into Europe. Aventicum Capital Management (“Aventicum”) is a multi-boutique investment management busine
04 Apr. 2014 IndexIQ Hedge Composite Beta Index returned -0.45% in March (+1.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announces the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes. The IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index returned -0.45% in March 2014 (+1.05% YTD), the IQ
04 Apr. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global down 0.33% in March (+0.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks Most UCITS absolute return funds return negative performances in March 2014. The UAI Global which tracks the performance of more than 700 single UCITS absolute returns funds is down -0.33% for the period. Funds of funds also e
04 Apr. 2014 Hong Kong Jockey Club invests in Och-Ziff, Millennium hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Hong Kong Jockey Club has invested $1.2bn in alternatives, including hedge funds, private equity and private real estate funds, according to media reports. "It is the first time the club goes direct and there is room to add more direct managers in t
04 Apr. 2014 FATCA deadline looms for hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deadlines are fast approaching for funds to comply with FATCA, the IRS announced an April 25 deadline for fund managers to register their offshore funds and offshore master funds with the IRS. Funds have until May 5 2014 to get their Global Intermediary Identif
03 Apr. 2014 Opalesque Exclusive: Deputy CIO of Utah Retirement Systems to move into private sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Larry Powell, who since 2008 had been Deputy CIO of the Utah Retirement Systems, today announced his resignation to focus on the next chapter of his career, where he will be looking for opportunities in the private sector (Foundations/Endowments or Family Offices).
03 Apr. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.23% in March (+1.11% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance for the month of March, as investors discounted the impact of rising geopolitical tension and economic sanctions surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Global equity markets also posted mixed performance as US equ
03 Apr. 2014 Context Asset Management taps Velocity Capital for multi-strat fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: On Monday, Opalesque reported on the launch of a new mutual fund from Context Asset Management. VelocityCapital has announced that it will be
02 Apr. 2014 Brightlight Capital appoints of D. E. Shaw veteran Bob Covaci as senior analyst and Chief Operating Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brightlight Capital Management, a long/short small cap value manager, announced the appointment of D. E. Shaw veteran Bob Covaci as senior analyst and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Covaci joins the firm at its new office in Westport, CT. “This is a very excitin
02 Apr. 2014 New York City Comptroller to host annual investment and emerging manager conference in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York City Comptroller's annual investment and emerging manager conference will be held on April 25 at t
01 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds reduce 2-yr positioning to net short, increase S&P500 long positioning [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Week-over-week hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Resear
01 Apr. 2014 HFSB to launch new Toolbox to complement standard-setting activities [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: To those starting a new fund, the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) recommends tackling potential conflicts of interest between managers, the hedge funds that they manage and investors in those hedg
31 Mar. 2014 EDHEC-Risk Institute cautions institutional investors on portfolio diversification [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new publication entitled “Improved Risk Reporting with Factor-Based Diversification Measures,” EDHEC-Risk Institute encourages institutional investors to look carefully at the effectiveness of their portfolio diversification. CACEIS supports the research chair on “Ne
28 Mar. 2014 Parker FX index down -0.55% for the month of February (-1.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.55% return for the month of February. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported February results, of which twelve reported positive results and twenty-two incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was dow
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  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November