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06 Apr. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.72% in March (+4.59% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets posted mixed performance in March to conclude a volatile 1Q15 which included extreme dislocations in Currency and Commodity markets, record highs for equity markets and record lows for fixed income yields. Global equity markets also posted mixed performa
06 Apr. 2015 South African hedge fund registrations start now [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The South African regulations have finally been published. As from 1st April, all existing South African hedge funds have to register with the Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes, before the end of September. Fund managers – and regulators – will have
02 Apr. 2015 Parker FX Index down -0.19% for the month of February (+2.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.19% return for the month of February. Thirty-two of the thirty-five programs in the Index reported February results, of which twelve reported positive results and twenty i
01 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund consultant Albourne gets new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong year in terms of revenue and profit growth, Albourne is pleased to be able to promote the following four Colleagues to Partner: Sue Chester Jose Jimenez Carmen Lam Christina Stavrinides Including these new P
01 Apr. 2015 Boris Tiomkin joins ConceptONE [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ConceptONE, LLC, a leading provider of Risk and Regulatory Reporting Solutions, has announced that Boris Tiomkin has joined the firm as Executive Chairman. Mr. Tiomkin will be primarily responsible for leading ConceptONE’s strategic planning and business development effor
01 Apr. 2015 Tiger cub Tigershark Partners to shutter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tiger cub hedge fund Tigershark Partners will close by the end of this month according to a Bloomberg report. Tigershark is a $100 million market
31 Mar. 2015 Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry grows by almost 30% in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry reached $145bn in assets under management at the end of 2014, up from $112bn as of December 2013. Preqin has analyzed the growth of this market within the global hedge fund community in our latest report, and other key findings include
31 Mar. 2015 HFSB appoints Bruce Cundick and Dale West to the board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bruce Cundick of Utah Retirement Systems (URS) and Dale West of Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) have joined the board of the Hedge Fund Standards Boa
31 Mar. 2015 SFC survey: Hong Kong hedge fund assets hit record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hong Kong’s hedge fund assets under management (AUM) reached a record high in 2014, according to the Report of the Survey on Hedge Fund Activities of SFC-licensed Mana
31 Mar. 2015 SEC brings charges against Tilton, Patriarch Partners [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought fraud charges against distressed maven Lynn Tilton and her firm Patriarch Partners. According to the complaint, Tilton and her firm stand accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) fund
31 Mar. 2015 Asian long/short hedge funds beneficial in risk on/risk off phases in Western markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continue to climb higher with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 3.5% year-to-date (up to 24th March). The asset class was supported this week by long/short equity and in particular Asian managers that have done particularly well, said Lyxor Asset Manageme
30 Mar. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund surpasses $100 million in assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited (“Abbey Capital”) is pleased to announce that our recently launched mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund (ABYIX) (the “Fund”), has surpassed $100 million in assets under management. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first 1940 Act
27 Mar. 2015 Retirement market is next frontier for liquid alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new white paper by Pershing Prime Services has predicted that the retirement market may be the next frontier for the growth of liquid alternatives. The paper,
27 Mar. 2015 Alternative lending more than triple since 2006, nears $500bn in assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative or non-bank lending industry, also referred to as private debt market, is fast approaching $500bn in assets under management. The industry has seen steady growth over recent years, with one of the most significant gains made through 2013, when
27 Mar. 2015 U.S. authorities 'looking into’ trades of Omega Advisors hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and the Securities and Exchange Commission had subpoenaed Omega Advisors to seek information on some of the trades made by the $9.4bn hedge fund led by Leon Cooperman, reported
26 Mar. 2015 HFSB launches new consultation on managing conflicts of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) is proposing changes to its Standards to improve disclosure of conflicts of interest to investors. The proposed changes also seek to strengthen internal compliance procedures to mitigate conflicts of interest. One of the i
26 Mar. 2015 Institutional investors reduce energy exposures in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by industry data provider eVestment has found that institutional investors have offloaded their energy stock holdings in the last quarter of 2014 on concerns about global geo-politics, technology and globa
26 Mar. 2015 Oaktree co-founder Howard Marks downplays liquid alternative funds performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Group co-founder Howard Marks downplayed the "promise" of liquid alternative funds and said that the asset class is not reliable to deliver stable positive performance, reported
26 Mar. 2015 Sustainable investing key in mobilization of private capital towards addressing global challenges [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Several financial institutions have been investing in sustainable solutions of late. For example, BofA and Wells Fargo each announced US$1 million commitments to water projects recently, according to
25 Mar. 2015 Winston & Strawn launches permanent capital group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn LLP has launched its permanent capital solutions group. The firm has formed this group, which is unique to the legal industry, to address the evolution of fund formation activities and diversification of investment strategies that are occurring in the
25 Mar. 2015 iAngels raises $2.25 million seed round led by Millhouse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iAngels, the only platform enabling private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today that it has raised a $2.25 million Seed Round led by Roman Abramovich’s fund, Millhouse Capital.
25 Mar. 2015 One year after “Flash Boys”, investors remain concerned about high frequency trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, has released the results of its U.S. Equity Market Structure “Flashback” Survey, exploring the concerns and actions of financial industry participants regarding high f
25 Mar. 2015 IndexIQ launches long/short and event-driven hedge fund replication ETFs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative solutions provider IndexIQ has launched two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF and the IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF. The funds join IndexIQ’s pioneering fami
25 Mar. 2015 New York court defers ruling on Argentina’s contempt charges in conflict with hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York Court of Appeals has deferred its decision on Argentina’s contempt ruling by judge Thomas Griesa in its ongoing conflict against holdout investors, including hedge funds led by Paul Singer's NML Capital, reported the
25 Mar. 2015 Most institutional investors now consider ESG criteria when making alternative investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of asset owners and institutional investors, or 57%, actively consider ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to a survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer. The survey of 97 i
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