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22 Apr. 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index up +1.26 in March; (+1.97% YTD) on an asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended March 2013 up 1.26% on an asset weighted basis and gained 0.39% on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Canadian Hedge Fund univers
22 Apr. 2013 Union Bancaire Privée and Guggenheim Financial Services launch advanced hedge fund platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the acquisition and integration of Nexar, Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA has launched an alternatives division that offers clients broad alternative investment expertise, as well as innova
22 Apr. 2013 KeyQuant launches UCITS IV compliant systematic trend-following vehicle [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KeyQuant SAS (“KeyQuant”), an award-winning investment manager specializing in systematic trend-following strategies based on a unique and innovative research model, is pleased to announce the launch of the swap-free Key
22 Apr. 2013 Hedge funds increased net bet on higher gold prices during last week’s selloff [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds are piling up on gold despite the drop in prices, data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed, BusinessWeek
22 Apr. 2013 Mark Lewis gets senior partner position at Walkers [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – International law firm Walkers Global has confirmed the appointment of Mark Lewis as senior partner to focus with the Walkers' Global Investment Funds Group. Lewis is the t
22 Apr. 2013 Fund of hedge funds manager Stenham divulges one new credit fund and one new healthcare fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Stenham Asset Management, a fund manager headquarted in London, has just unveiled two new funds of hedge funds: Stenham Credit Opportunities and Stenham Healthcare, both launched on 1st January,
19 Apr. 2013 HFR: hedge fund assets track HFRI to record In 1Q13; assets grow to $2.375tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Total capital invested in the global hedge fund industry expanded during the first quarter at the fastest rate since 2010 as global financial institutions positioned for both growth and volatility across fixed income, equities, currencies and commodities. Total assets unde
19 Apr. 2013 NewAlpha and Emergence seed systematic trend following program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha Asset Management, the Paris-based global hedge fund seeding group and the SICAV Emergence are pleased to announce their strategic partnership with KeyQuant SAS (“KeyQuant”), a rapidly growing investment manager specializing in systematic strategies.
19 Apr. 2013 Unigestion signs the UN principles for responsible investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Unigestion, the boutique institutional asset manager with GBP 9.0 billion ($13.7bn) of assets under management, has signed the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). These principles constitute a widely-respected set of guidelines that can be adopt
19 Apr. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down 0.09% in April so far (+3.04% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds had a modest decline, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declining -0.09% through mid-April; the HFRX Market Directional also declined modestly by -0.03%. The HFRX Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a gain of +0.39%
19 Apr. 2013 HFR's UCITS hedge fund index down 1.08% so far in April (+1.28% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS-compliant Hedge Funds posted a decline through mid-April, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -1.08%. HFRU Equity Hedge Index declined -1.62% through mid-April from exposure concentrated in European equity and quantitative strategies, partially o
19 Apr. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for April measures 2.95%, down from 4.33% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for April 2013 measured 2.95%, down from 4.33% in March 2013. (Chart) “April redemption activity decreased from March and remains consistent wit
19 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund investor inflows turn negative in March - preference for credit strategies continues [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund flows turned negative in March to the tune of $12.4bn, but flows for the quarter were still positive $7.6bn and total industry AUM reached $2.664tn. Fund of funds flows were highly negative again in Q1, continuing to draft on overall hedge fund flows, a
19 Apr. 2013 Blackstone’s Q1-13 AUM up 15% from last year to record $218bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - For the first quarter of 2013 (Q1-13), Blackstone declared its economic net income had risen by 28% to $628m, up from $491m in last year’s first quarter, driven by strong fund performance. GAAP net income wa
18 Apr. 2013 Insight into March performance of Dow Jones Credit Suisse hedge fund index [more]
Opalesque industry update – Some key findings from the March 2013 report, "Monthly Hedge Fund Market Commentary" include: Hedge funds, as measured by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, finished March up 1.21%, with 9 out of 10 strategies in positive territory;
18 Apr. 2013 All Edhec hedge fund strategy indices positive in March and YTD except for Short Selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March 2013, the stock markets continued to rise for the fifth consecutive month with significant momentum. The S&P 500 gained 3.75%, registering a 10.61% progression during the first quarter of 2013. Equity implied volatility dropped sharply, reaching a five-year low o
18 Apr. 2013 Teachers’ union hits out at hedge fund managers who support groups that attack traditional pensions [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers' union in the U.S., is set to release today a report listing at least 34 hedge funds executives and other investment firm whom they say support groups that attack traditional pensions despite ge
18 Apr. 2013 Credit Suisse launches covered call silver ETN - second metals ETN this year [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse has launched its second covered call metals ETN of the year. The Credit Suisse Silver Shares Covered Call ETN (SLVO) went live on the NASDAQ today. Opalesque
18 Apr. 2013 Estimize announces data licensing agreement with Bloomberg [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Estimize, the buy side and independent analyst earnings estimates platform, today announced a licensing agreement with Bloomberg to feature Estimize’s earnings data on more than 900 publicly traded stocks via the Bloomberg Professional service’s news and research f
17 Apr. 2013 Barclay CTA Index up 0.57% in March; (+1.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures gained 0.57% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.07% year to date. “A decoupling of US growth from global markets and aggressive easing by the Bank of Japan provided the impetus for a profitable
17 Apr. 2013 Eight out of 11 Newedge indices gained over March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Newedge Trend Index increased 1.89% in March, followed by the Newedge CTA Index, which gained 1.29%. The Newedge Trend Index and Newedge CTA Index have risen 3.68% and 2.87%, respectively
17 Apr. 2013 UCITS HFS Index gains slightly, up 0.29% in March (+1.57% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — The UCITS HFS Index continues its positive performance in 2013 with gains of 0.29% in March 2013. The broad index started positively into the month with a performance of 0.44% after the first full week of trading and added additional returns of 0.07% in week two.
17 Apr. 2013 BlackRock now manages record $3.93tln in assets [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - BlackRock, an investment management, risk management and advisory services firm headquartered in New York City, announced its q
17 Apr. 2013 NewApha and NExT AM may merge to create leading European business incubator [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - There may be a merger between two large French seeding platforms: NewAlpha, which has been seeding alternative fund managers for seven years, and NExT
17 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund Grifphon’s founder Yusaf Jawed pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Portland, Oregon-based hedge fund manager Yusaf Jawed pleaded guilty to 17 counts of mail and wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme that spans several states including Oregon and Washington, according to media reports. A
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