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18 Jul. 2016 MFA supports CFTC proposed expansion of interest rate swap clearing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA) submitted a comment letter in support of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed rules on the mandatory clearing of certain additional interest rate swap classes. “We strongly support the CFTC’s proposal and it
18 Jul. 2016 UCITS HFS Index takes hit amidst Brexit vote, down -0.41% in June 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After three consecutive positive monthly results the UCITS HFS Index experiences a draw-down again, reporting losses of -0.41% in June 2016. The broad index started slowly into the month, posting marginal gains and losses of 0.02% and -0.05% in week one and two respective
18 Jul. 2016 Hedge funds post strong returns in 2Q but first half still worst since 2008 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance has stabilized in the second quarter after a volatile start to 2016 and recovered from losses seen in the first quarter, according to the latest Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark. In its report,
18 Jul. 2016 Underperforming hedge funds in Asia feel pressure from investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Underperforming hedge funds in Asia that charge high fees are facing intense pressure from investors as withdrawals rise, Nomura Holdings’ global head of prime brokerage Christopher Antonelli told
18 Jul. 2016 Brexit-driven volatility drives event-driven hedge fund strategies in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Four out of six IQ Hedge Indexes finished June in positive territory as the month ended on a turbulent note, IndexIQ said in its latest performance report. The absolute return indexes were led by th
15 Jul. 2016 Jim Breyer to Join Blackstone’s Board of Directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blackstone has announced that Jim Breyer has joined its board of directors. He is founder and CEO of a premier global venture capital and private equity investor, Breyer Capital, focused on catalyzing high-impact entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. Over the course of his
15 Jul. 2016 SEC files fraud charges against hedge fund that bet on terror lawsuits following investigations of valuation practices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday filed fraud charges against hedge fund RD Legal Capital for allegedly misleading its investors about how much bet they made on the outcome of a judgment against Iran for sponsoring a terrorist attack that killed Ame
15 Jul. 2016 Schechter Wealth adds wealth advisor to target HNWIs, family offices, institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Third generation and boutique wealth advisory firm Schechter Wealth has hired wealth advisor Megan Sandler to focus on high-net-worth individuals, family offices and institutional investors. In her new r
15 Jul. 2016 Luxembourg approves new fund structure [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Luxembourg parliament has approved a new change to its fund structure laws. The Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) will work alongside the already existing Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) toolbox and will be available in a few weeks once the law h
14 Jul. 2016 Australian fund administrator MainstreamBPO opens New York office to grow hedge fund business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MainstreamBPO Limited has announced the opening of a New York office for its hedge fund administration business. The New York office is the Group’s first office in the Northern Hemisphere, adding to the existing network of offices in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
14 Jul. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: June performance -0.54%; Capital Movement Index: July net flows decline 2.24% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2016 measured -0.54%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 2.24% in July. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement Index fo
14 Jul. 2016 Richard Lindsey and Andrew Weisman join Windham Capital as co-heads of the Windham Liquid Alternative Strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Windham Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in risk-based solutions announced the addition of a Liquid Alternatives team with the hiring of Richard Lindsey, Ph.D. and Andrew Weisman. Lindsey and Weisman, both formerly of Janus Capital
14 Jul. 2016 Peltz study shows hedge fund industry needs ''soul-searching', return to its roots [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new white paper by research firm Peltz International has concluded that the current criticism of the hedge fund industry on performance, fees, lack of transparency etc., should lead to industry introspectio
14 Jul. 2016 Hedge fund managers face pressure from investors on fees, declining returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers believe that fees, transparency and declining performance would be the three main concerns of the industry in the second half of 2016. That was the findings of a Preqin study involving more t
14 Jul. 2016 Grassi & Co. announces Emerging Manager Success Program, hires Brenda Mauro [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Grassi & Co., a specialist firm for accounting, tax and business advisory and administration services, has announced the launch of its Grassi Emerging Manager Success Progr
13 Jul. 2016 Centaur opens new office in Bermuda, headed by industry veteran [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Centaur Fund Services has announced the opening of a new service location in Bermuda. Bermuda is a key strategic location for Centaur and will act as an important servicing office, primarily for North American based clients. Eric Bertrand, Founding Partner of
13 Jul. 2016 Dyal Capital buys minority stake in Silver Lake [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: Dyal Capital Partners has acquired a minority investment in Silver Lake, for an undisclosed sum. The investment is a passive, non-voting interest of less than 10%. Silver Lake will use the proceeds of the transaction for new growth initiatives and to ext
13 Jul. 2016 Hedge funds outperform in June with 0.64% gains (+1.34% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds traded their way around an overwhelming month in June and were up 0.64% while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index were down 1.38% during the month. In the first half of this year, hedge funds are up 1.34% following four consecutive
13 Jul. 2016 Wilshire Liquid Alternative gains 0.36% in June, outperforming global hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.36% in June (+0.85% YTD), outperforming the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index’s 0.20% return by 16 basis points.
12 Jul. 2016 Credit Suisse releases mid-year hedge fund investor sentiment survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Credit Suisse today announced the results of its mid-year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey, which polled over 200 global institutional investors representing almost USD 700 billion in hedge fund investments. Participants were surveyed on their hedge fund activities du
12 Jul. 2016 Alternative risk premia weathering Brexit storm well [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dr Lars Jaeger, head of quantitative research in GAM’s Alternative Investments Solution (AIS) team, comments on how the growing alternative risk premia industry has delivered strong performance in the uncertain Brexit environment – proving once again its strong diversific
12 Jul. 2016 CTAs continue to outperform as hedge funds gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Last week was supportive for hedge funds, with all strategies ending in positive territory. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.6% (-3.0% YTD), fueled by the strong performance of CTAs. CTAs thrived from their positions last week, said
12 Jul. 2016 Survey: Investors’ sustained focus on diversification positive for hedge funds and alternative beta [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: A survey by global consultancy Willis Towers Watson reports that investors’ focus on diversification and value for money will continue to dominate hedge fund allocations. The
12 Jul. 2016 Brazilian hedge fund Leste Capital expands in Miami [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brazil-based hedge fund manager Leste Capital Management has opened an office in the Brickell Financial District in Downtown Miami as the district continues to secure its foothold as a glob
12 Jul. 2016 Nordic investors expect more allocations to alternatives, ESG in next five years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: Global service provider Northern Trust surveyed 50 Nordic institutional investors in Stockholm, and found that 80% of them expect investor
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  1. Mediobanca acquires majority stakes in Swiss hedge fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. Launches - Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund, Greg Coffey, a hedge fund star who retired at 41, is eyeing a comeback, Brevan Howard plans Greek funds as bond rally signals revival[more]

    Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund From Bloomberg.com: A team of traders who left BlueCrest Capital Management earlier this year raised more than $200 million for their own hedge fund focused on Asian stocks, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ovata Capital Manag

  3. North America - Miami could attract hedge funds if SALT deductions axed[more]

    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  4. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

  5. ...And Finally - The ongoing gun saga in the U.S.[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: As elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, gathered on Nov. 16 to discuss the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, one of those present asked if anyone had brought a gun to church. One man spoke up and said he c