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15 Dec. 2014 Connecticut’s tax hike fails to raise income despite being home to 300 hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The decision by Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s first Democratic governor in two decades, to hike taxes in 2011 with the aim of raising income has failed to stabilize the state’s economy despite being home to at least 300 hedge fund firms. Indeed, three years since
12 Dec. 2014 Drop in oil prices drives CTAs and hedge fund performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The weakening demand for oil, increasing U.S. production and the OPEC decision to maintain quotas triggered another plunge of oil prices, down almost 40% since mid-June. The sell-off was particularly severe last week and also impacted hedge funds, according to th
11 Dec. 2014 Majority of Lyxor indices end November in positive territory led by CTAs that thrive on reflation and crude oil trends [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.3% in November 2014 (YTD +0.1%). 8 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+7.8%), the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+5.9%), the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+3.0%) and the Ly
11 Dec. 2014 UCITS HFS Index continues erratic performance, up 0.81% in November 2014 (1.72% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After having reported a minor loss of -0.29% in October, the UCITS HFS Index picked up its performance again in November and reports gains of 0.81%. The broad index started off negatively with a loss of -0.13% in week one. Things changed quickly in the second week with ga
11 Dec. 2014 Hedge fund launches slow as assets, global equities reach record levels [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - New hedge fund launches slowed to conclude the volatile third quarter as total hedge fund industry capital posted a narrow gain to rise to a new record of $2.82 trillion. N
11 Dec. 2014 Eurex to launch interest rate swap future with innovative product design [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Markets Exchange Group Limited (GMEX), a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (GMEX Group), and the international derivatives market Eurex today announced the signing of a license agreement. Eurex will license GMEX’s Euro-denom
11 Dec. 2014 US equity buyback bonanza may deliver short term gains at the expense of longer term pain [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: US share buybacks and dividend payments climbed to a record level in the first quarter of 2014, reported the FT in June, especially among members
10 Dec. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.46% in November (4.66% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - · Hedge funds rebounded from the prior two months’ losses with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.46% in November 2014 while the MSCI World Index up 2.34%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 4.66%, falling behind underlying markets as the MSCI W
10 Dec. 2014 Changing environment for seeders and start-up managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - As demand for seed investment outstrips supply, the seeding market has become highly fragmented. Many of the well-known seeders only seed a handful of deals each year. Whi
10 Dec. 2014 90% of surveyed European institutional investors use risk-based approach in asset allocation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Koris International conducted the 2014 European Institutional Risk-Based Investing Survey, to provide a global picture on the use and comprehension of investment risk practices by European institutional investors.

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10 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds rebound in November - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund performance bounced back slightly in November ending two straight months of declines according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. Aggregate hedge fund performance was positive 1.08% in November, year-to-date aggregate returns of
09 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds get $250 million in October and underperform S&P 500 - BarclayHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $250 million (0.01% of assets) in October, recovering from outflows of $6.8 billion (0.2% of assets) in September. “Hedge fund inflows have slowed dramatically in t
09 Dec. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended November up +1.76% (+4.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended November up +1.76%. Global equity markets were positive in November with the MSCI World Index up +1.84% and the S&P 500 index up +2.69%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were up +0.71%.
09 Dec. 2014 CTAs exit drawdown, setting new high watermarks in November 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, the prime services division of Societe Generale and a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announces the November performance data for its CTA performance indices. Managed futures enjoyed a stellar November, with all of the New
09 Dec. 2014 Boston Company launches two new institutional strategies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Boston Company Asset Management, a boutique of BNY Mellon, has launched two new strategies aimed at institutional investors. One vehicle will be an energy infrastructure strategy that utilizes master limited partnerships and the other will be an event-driven
08 Dec. 2014 AllianzGI establishes alternatives group as assets more than double in 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allianz Global Investors today announced the launch of a new Alternative Investments pillar within its global investment platform. For the first time, AllianzGI’s diverse mix of alternative investment strategies, some of which have track-records stretching back nearly a d
08 Dec. 2014 Hedge Fund Manager Compensation Survey: CEO tops compensation survey at $3M, CIO at $2.2M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just-released "13th Annual Compensation Survey for Hedge Fund Managers with Assets Over $1 Billion," Infovest21 found that the Chief Executive Officer is the highest paid position at $3 million. The Chief Investment Officer received the second top
08 Dec. 2014 Commonfund names new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, the leading investment manager for not for profit investors, has named J.P. Morgan executive Catherine M. Keating as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Company announced today. Ms. Keating brings two decades of senior investment management experience at J.P.
08 Dec. 2014 HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) Index up 0.74% in November (+2.64% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macro hedge funds and, more specifically, CTA strategies employing quantitative, trend-following strategies, posted strong gains in November as oil prices plummeted and the US Dollar extended gains against other currencies, as reported by HFR, the established global lead
05 Dec. 2014 TriDelta hedge fund returns 15.9% in first year, does not charge performance fee [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: The TriDelta High Income Balanced Fund completed its first year of operations on November 30, 2014 with a very strong return of 15.9% (F-Class shares). Unlike most alt
05 Dec. 2014 U.S. focuses Och-Ziff probe on multi-million dollar deal with friend of Gadhafi’s son [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal investigators are focusing on a multi-million dollar payment made by hedge fund Och-Ziff believed to have been funneled to London-based Lebanese businessman Mohamad Ali Ajami, who is a friend of Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s son. According to
04 Dec. 2014 Eurekahedge and MPI announce new benchmark index tracking the top 50 hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eurekahedge, an alternative fund data and research house, has announced the launch of a new index, the Eurekahedge 50, created in partnership with Markov Processes International, Inc. (MPI), a premier provider of quantitative tools and technologies for analysing investmen
04 Dec. 2014 Former SAC and Och-Ziff executive Ken Xu raises $300m for Asian hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former SAC Capital Advisors and Och-Ziff managing director Ken Xu has raised roughly $300m to launch his own hedge fund based in Hong Kong. Xu generated the money mostly from institutional investors to launch the BosValen Master Fund which started trading on Nov. 3.
04 Dec. 2014 Hong Kong hedge funds urged to challenge the Inland Revenue Department on remuneration [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Industry players are calling on hedge fund managers in Hong Kong to go to court and challenge the city’s Inland Revenue Department policy on taxation of remuneration. The call was issued after some 12 hedge fund firms based in Hong Kong have settled with the
04 Dec. 2014 Hedge funds are 'closing like crazy’ this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are "closing like crazy" with more than 400 shut downs in the first half of this year alone at a rate not seen since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, various media reported. According to
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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Ex-Citi trader launches 'sleep-at-night’ long/short equity fund[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: After working at Citi's proprietary trading desk, managing a large portfolio between 2008 and 2011, Joel S. Salomon founded SalauMor Management in New York

  2. Investing - U.S. investors favor currency hedged Europe ETFs as euro tumbles, Quants win back investors as Swiss franc fuels volatility gains, David Einhorn's $7bn hedge fund is loading up on this stock, Hedge fund BlueMountain Capital unveils Ocwen Financial short, claims default on notes[more]

    U.S. investors favor currency hedged Europe ETFs as euro tumbles From Reuters.com: U.S. investors stung by the falling euro who want to stay invested in Europe are turning to exchange-traded funds designed to strip out the impact of the region's currency. The biggest among so-called "cur

  3. News Briefs - Millennials use tech tools to jump into investing, Winklevoss twins to launch bitcoin exchange with FDIC insured deposits, Robertson’s legacy from hedge funds to New Zealand, Real estate managers exploring smaller open-end funds[more]

    Millennials use tech tools to jump into investing It is the Facebookification of monetary investing. From social networking platforms that enable young investors to stick to every other's stock-picking mojo, to internet sites for initially-timers hungry for a piece of the Silicon Valley

  4. Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report

  5. Institutions - Ontario pension fund leader calls all asset classes ‘expensive’, Taiwan's BLF plans $2bn in alternative mandates[more]

    Ontario pension fund leader calls all asset classes ‘expensive’ From WSJ.com: The head of one of the world’s largest pension funds said that across asset classes, “everything is expensive.” Ron Mock, who leads Canada’s $141 billion Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, said that the plan would