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03 Jul. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.93% in June (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets closed the first half of 2014 with gains across most regions in June, as implied volatilities fell sharply on improving economic growth concentrated in developed markets. Equity markets gained across most sectors and regions, with US sector gains
03 Jul. 2014 Most Asia Pacific hedge funds generate substantial returns in June - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The majority of Asia Pacific hedge fund managers generated substantial returns above the index (as tracked by AsiaHedge Asia inc Japan 1.4%) in June, said Singapore-based Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said. The
02 Jul. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Global up 0.22% in June (+0.94% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks UCITS absolute return funds advance by 0.22% in June as measured by UAI Global index during a month characterized by small performance dispersion. The best performing strategy indices are the UAI CTA up 0.97%, the UAI Emerging Markets up 0.85% and
02 Jul. 2014 Corporate pensions advised to 'buckle seat belts' and replace equities with hedge funds to reduce portfolio risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TeamCo Advisers, LLC ("TeamCo"), a privately owned investment advisory firm that manages portfolios of select hedge funds and other opportunistic alternative assets, today provided an in-depth view of Liability-Driven Investing ("LDI"
02 Jul. 2014 Private equity fundraising on course for best year post-crisis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Private equity funds have raised $190bn in the first six months of 2014, setting them on course to match, if not exceed, 2013’s performance in terms of capital collected, according to PEI Alternative Insight. P
02 Jul. 2014 Modern American family dynamics complicate wealth management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 680 high net-worth individuals in the U.S. with $3m or more in investable assets found that the changing family structures, multi-generational and extended family circumstances, evolving gender roles, and generational views on investing and use of wealth
02 Jul. 2014 Valeant Welcomes John Paulson’s $1bn stake in Allergan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc's chief executive Michael Pearson on Thursday welcomed news that hedge fund manager John Paulson through his firm, Paulson & Co., is building a $1bn stake in Allergan,
01 Jul. 2014 Freeman & Co reports mixed year so far for financial services M&A activity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the first half of 2014, M&A activity was mixed across financial services sectors. Acquisitions of Broker-Dealers increased 25% compared to 1H 2013, while acquisitions of Financial Technology firms increased 45%. Acquisitions in Asset Management declined 36% in 1H 2
01 Jul. 2014 Catalyst Funds reaches $1B AUM, 100% growth YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced that the company has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). This represents a 100% growth in assets since the beginning of the year. “We are thrilled at the interest we
30 Jun. 2014 Convector Capital: most of Japan’s third arrow reforms are disappointing [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: As Japan is about to launch Abenomics’ third arrow reforms, an emerging long/short equity hedge fund manager comments. In a televised address to the nation
26 Jun. 2014 SEC outlines cross-border security-based swap rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission said it would adopt the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for ma
26 Jun. 2014 Japanese investors to maintain allocations in hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint survey by the Japanese branch of global hedge fund industry association Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and Singapore-based data provider and research house Eurekahedge found that Japanese i
25 Jun. 2014 Evanston Capital: risk parity is not a hedge fund strategy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Risk parity investments have been gaining steady traction with investors over recent months. However, a new research piece out from Evanston C
25 Jun. 2014 U.S. court modifies, extends asset freeze against hedge fund Aphelion [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York Honorable Richard M. Berman modified and extended an order freezing assets and temporary restraining order against Aphelion Fund Management and its chief investment officer Vineet Kalucha.
24 Jun. 2014 Systematic hedge funds top risk-adjusted performance ranks - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research from Preqin shows that although discretionary funds tend to outperform systematic funds when markets are rising, systematic funds can provide benefits in terms of lower volatility and higher risk-adjusted returns. As such, systematic funds are generally per
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.87% in May ( 0.21% YTD), Agricultural Traders achieve 2.45% return [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.87% in May 2014 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 0.21% in 2014. “An easing of macro concerns coupled with the European Central Bank’s efforts to head off deflation helped fuel rallies in eq
24 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund crude positions reach all time highs - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research shows th
24 Jun. 2014 SEC charges hedge fund advisory firm in investor scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged West Palm Beach, Fla.-based hedge fund advisory firm Weston Capital Asset Management LLC and its founder and president Albert Hallac with misuse of investor proceeds. According
24 Jun. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Adds 1.16% in May (+2.35% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained 1.16% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.35% after five months. "An easing of Ukrainian turmoil fears, central bank signals of continuing easy money policies, and renewed M&A activ
23 Jun. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up 1.6% in May (+2.9% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for May 2014 as well as estimated asset flows for April 2014. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of n
23 Jun. 2014 Swiss Private Bank UBP: Growth 'stronger than you think' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global economic performance has been weaker than expected; nevertheless, financial markets were relatively unfazed by these developments, as central banks’ policies remain highly accommodative. “After having seen weak growth in the first quarter, we’re staying positive on
20 Jun. 2014 BAE Systems thwarts cyberattack on large hedge fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cybersecurity specialists BAE Systems have thwarted what CNBC is calling a 'large sophisticated cyberattack’ on a hedge fund. BAE declined to release the name of the hedge fund. The security specialist
20 Jun. 2014 Alden Global Capital makes two new hires [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alden Global an opportunistic, event-driven hedge fund managing $2bn in assets has made two new hires - Marc Mendelson and Ben Belfer. Both men will come on as Managing Directors in the Investor Relations Team. Prior to joining Alden, Mendelson was Head of t
19 Jun. 2014 SYZ & Co launches flexible European corporate credit strategy, OYSTER Flexible Credit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Swiss banking group SYZ & CO has launched OYSTER Flexible Credit, a new sub-fund of its Luxembourg Sicav OYSTER. The fund aims absolute performance through a credit strategy combining European corporate bonds w
19 Jun. 2014 Laurence Fink notes shift in U.S. regulator’s focus to product regulation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market regulators in the U.S. are shifting their focus and are adopting BlackRock Inc.’s strategy to concentrate on products rather than on asset managers, claimed Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of the world’s biggest money manager. He was quoted by
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