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18 Feb. 2014 Salus Alpha’s strategies start 2014 with strong performances [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Salus Alpha’s strategies started 2014 on a positive note with strong performances, according to the DB select Manager Performance Flash Report – January 2014, produced by indep
17 Feb. 2014 Limmat Capital to become investment manager of large balanced fund mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With a focus on producing stable long-term returns by investing in bonds, equities, precious metals and alternative investments,LIMMAT CAPITAL Alternative Investments AG has been appointed to manage a larg
14 Feb. 2014 Hedge funds go negative in January, but still outperform the index - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds protected against broader industry declines, falling an average of -0.56% compared with -3.46% losses by the S&P 500, according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. As Opalesque has
13 Feb. 2014 Lionel Paquin appointed CEO Lyxor Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management announces the appointment of Lionel Paquin as CEO as of today. He replaces in this position Inès de Dinechin who will leave the Group. He joins as well the Management Committee of the Global Banking & Investor Solutions division.
13 Feb. 2014 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: January performance 1.39%; Capital Movement Index: February net flows advance 0.94% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for January 2014 measured 1.39%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Move
13 Feb. 2014 Asian hedge fund industry surges to record in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor capital continued to pour into the Asian hedge fund industry in late 2013 and early 2014, with record inflows and performance driving total investor capital to surpass the record level set in 2007, prior to the 2008 Financial Crisis. Total capital invested in the
11 Feb. 2014 Following regulatory storm, managers back to caring more about investment performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Linedata, the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, announces the results of its fourth annual survey on the priorities and challenges facing the global asset management community. Deploying regulation remains a to
11 Feb. 2014 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds redeem $10.4bn in December, highest outflow in 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that hedge funds had their biggest outflow of 2013 in December, redeeming $10.4 billion (0.5% of assets). “The hedge fund industry took in a three-year high of $56.5 billion in 2013, a strong turnaround from 2012, w
11 Feb. 2014 Hedge funds down 0.44% in January, beat markets by more than 3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were down 0.44% in January, outperforming underlying markets as the MSCI World Index declined 3.74% during the month with global markets off to a bumpy start in 2014. Key takeaways for the month of January 2014: · Hedge funds surpassed the MSCI
11 Feb. 2014 Funds reduce their S&P500 Longs to one year low [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have reduced their long exposures to the S&P500 to a new one year low, according to the
10 Feb. 2014 Swiss asset management strategy on track, challenges lie ahead [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Although challenging, 2013 was a good year for the Swiss funds and asset management industry. The key focal points last year for our association – which rebranded as the Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association SFAMA in July 2013 – were the ongoing development of the As
10 Feb. 2014 Macro, emerging markets hedge funds lead mixed January declines [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted declines to begin 2014 in a volatile month for both developed and emerging market equities and currencies. The
07 Feb. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.4% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down only -0.4% in January 2014, outperforming the MSCI World down -3.8%. 8 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 12 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index (+1.74%), the Lyxor Merger Arbitrage Index (
07 Feb. 2014 SAC's Martoma found guilty of insider trading [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Manhattan jury convicted former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew ­Martoma on Thursday for a massive insider trading scheme. The news gives some finality to at least one of the insider trading stories that have emerged from SAC Capital over the las
07 Feb. 2014 Appetite for real assets, global equities grows say consultants [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment and Casey, Quirk & Associates released the findings of their annual consultant survey, based on responses from more than 65 global investment consultants representing some $3.7tn is assets unde
06 Feb. 2014 Singapore fund managers may apply for Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) License [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - China has extended its Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) program to Singapore, with an aggregate quota of RMB50 billion for Singapore. With effect from January 24, 2014, Singapore-incorporated financial institutions which are approved by
06 Feb. 2014 Hedge funds fail to realize January expectations because of weak emerging market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The weakness in the emerging market triggered broad de-risking in January with the hedge fund industry suffering slightly negative performance last month as most of its expectations failed to realize, said investment manager
06 Feb. 2014 Crowd-funding needs regulatory oversight [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Research Department of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) said that crowd-funding provides a boost to economic growth by providing credit to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other users of the real economy. This was
05 Feb. 2014 Activist hedge fund Sachem Head is shaking Helen of Troy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Maker of small and personal care appliances Helen of Troy is facing a major challenge that could be more dangerous than the Trojan War itself after activist hedge fund Sachem Head Capital Management, which is led by a
05 Feb. 2014 Institutions look to alternatives for agility - Deloitte [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Deloitte is out with a new white paper examining why institutional and accredited investor assets continue to flow into hedge funds even as they underperform the indexes. Based on
05 Feb. 2014 CFTC cancels registration of Chicago Trading Managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Tuesday said it had cancelled the registration of Chicago Trading Managers LLC. CT Managers had been registered with the CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor. In a
05 Feb. 2014 Chase Corporate Advisory bolsters funds management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Specialist corporate advisers Chase Corporate Advisory aims to bolster its funds management advisory practice with the appointment of Nelson Lam as director of said unit. Lam will be tasked to capture growing de
04 Feb. 2014 Limmat Capital announces 9th consecutive profitable year for flagship strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Striving to deliver consistent profits to investors, LIMMAT CAPITAL Alternative Investments AG, an independent FINMA regulated investment management firm in Zurich, Switzerland, specializing in liquid long/short equity and balanced fund strategies, achieved the ninth cons
04 Feb. 2014 Fund administrators Conifer Group and Vastardis Capital on the merger wagon [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund service provider Conifer Group and fund administration firm Vastardis Capital Services Holdings have signed a definitive merger agreement to combine their resp
04 Feb. 2014 Alternative credit strategies can offer appealing returns if handled cleverly [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Interest rate and credit risk premiums are at record-low levels due to the macroeconomic environment and the global reach for yield. Furthermore, the sell-off in fixed income that took place last summer could lead to a more volatile fixed income and credit ma
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. Investing - BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging, Nelson Peltz bets on General Electric Company and Mondelez International, Apple plummets to 4th place among hedge holdings, from No. 1, Top Q3 equity purchases and sales of top 50 hedge funds[more]

    BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging From BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is changing course on exchange-traded funds that protect against currency volatility. After stressing the easy switch between hedged and unhedged ET

  3. BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega