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18 Mar. 2013 Lyxor launches UCITS fund that replicates Winton Capital’s Diversified Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management announces the launch of a new UCITS-compliant fund which aims to replicate Winton Capital Management Ltd.’s Diversified Program. This bespoke UCITS compliant strategy is designed to: give access to a direct and genuine exposure to Winton’s manag
18 Mar. 2013 Highbridge Principal Strategies closes HPS Mezzanine Partners Fund II with $5bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highbridge Principal Strategies (“HPS”), a global credit and private investment firm, today announced the final closing of HPS Mezzanine Partners Fund II (the “Fund”) with total capital of over $5 billion. As one of the largest dedicated mezzanine funds globally, the Fund
18 Mar. 2013 EDHEC-Risk proposes new approach to smart beta investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update- In research published today entitled, “Smart Beta 2.0,” EDHEC-Risk Institute is seeking to draw the attention of investors to the risks of traditional smart beta equity indices and propose a new approach to smart beta investing to take account of these r
18 Mar. 2013 UCITS HFS up 0.08% in February, 1.28% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong start into the New Year, the UCITS HFS Index slowed down, reporting gains of 0.08% for February 2013. The broad index started positively into the month with a performance of 0.11% after the first full wee
18 Mar. 2013 QDLP scheme for hedge funds kicks off with $5bn quota application in mainland China [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The South China Morning Post reported that foreign hedge funds are going to be allowed to raise yuan capital from mainland
18 Mar. 2013 Rumor update: John Paulson is not moving to Puerto Rico after all [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Earlier this week, there were rumors that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson was going to leave the U.S. for tax reasons and possibly go to Puerto Rico. Indeed, the small Caribbean island of Puerto Ri
18 Mar. 2013 Sigma Capital to settle SEC insider trading charges with $14m [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today (March, 15) that New York-based hedge fund advisory firm Sigma Capital Management had agreed to pay nearly $14m to settl
18 Mar. 2013 Man Group’s Annual Report reflects impact of 'a turbulent market and economic background’ [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Man Group Annual Report for 2012 shows a further decline in profitability for the group due to a 43% drop in high margin guaranteed product FUM and $7.3bn of net outflo
18 Mar. 2013 SAC Capital affiliates pay largest ever insider trading settlement- $614m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Two affiliates of Connecticut-based hedge fund SAC Capital, run by Steven Cohen made the largest ever settlement for insider trading at $614m today. As Opalesque
18 Mar. 2013 Alternatives firms get more clarity as Cayman opts for model 1 on FATCA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Opalesque first reported in January that while the final rules for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the US were issued, some key countri
15 Mar. 2013 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned +0.37% in February, (+2.02% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of February 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 0.37 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 2.02 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next m
15 Mar. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.5% (est.) in February, 2.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Modest performance in global markets in February 2013 was reflected in hedge funds with the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index increasing on average +0.33%. Just over 50% of reporting managers reported positive gains in February. As a group Long-Short Equity manag
15 Mar. 2013 InfraHedge hires hedge fund industry veteran Robert Picard as President, North America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - InfraHedge, the State Street-owned managed account platform with over $7.6 billion of client assets, today announced it has appointed Robert Picard to the newly-created role of President, InfraHedge North America. Picard will lead InfraHedge’s North American
15 Mar. 2013 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes up 0.24% in February (2.31% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 0.24% for the month of February 2013. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. January, February and YTD 2013 performance numbers are here:
14 Mar. 2013 New hedge fund launches rise on back of record industry asset increase [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose at year end 2012, narrowly trailing total launches for 2011 as total hedge fund industry assets increased to a record of $2.25 trillion, according to the latest release of the HFR Market
14 Mar. 2013 New report details the wealth management market in Canada [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Timetric has published a new wealth book, detailing the wealthy population in Canada. Entitled 'Canada 2013 Wealth Book: Land of the Tar Sands’, the repo
13 Mar. 2013 Barclay CTA Index down 0.53% in February; currency traders gain from stronger US Dollar (+0.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 0.53% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.77% year to date. “A combination of trend reversals and downdrafts across the major futures markets made the task of extracting profits more
13 Mar. 2013 ConvergEx expands its capital introduction offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ConvergEx Group, a leading technology company, announced that ConvergEx Prime Services is greatly expanding its capital introduction program to make 2013 the most active year for cap intro events in the comp
13 Mar. 2013 SS&C GlobeOP hedge fund index up 0.37% for February, 3.05% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C GlobeOp announced that its Hedge Fund Performance Index for February measured 0.37% with a year to date return of 3.05%, and its Capital Movement Index showed net flows advance 1.18% in March. To
13 Mar. 2013 Zurich Baker & McKenzie partner gives briefing on regulatory change in Swiss financial world [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Marnin Michaels, Practice Group Leader of the Baker & McKenzie Zurich Wealth Management practice, has given a presentation on various types of information exchange agreements
13 Mar. 2013 Hedge funds in nine month surge [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds from across strategies posted nine straight months of positive gains as the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge reported that the sector profited 0.42% in February, bringing year-to-
13 Mar. 2013 Hedge funds add exposure, cash levels drop [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are continuing to add exposure, cash levels are down to 4.6% in 4Q’12. The top two stocks purchased were Facebook, and Citigroup and most sold were Apple and Tyco International, according to
12 Mar. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge fund assets are flowing back ($4.3bn in January) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $4.3 billion in January 2013, compared with outflows of $20.7 billion in December. The results are based on data from 3,459 funds. Despite the January inflows, the industr
12 Mar. 2013 Eurekahedge reports global hedge funds in positive territory for February [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Eurekahedge reports that its benchmark Hedge Fund Index was up 0.13% over the month of February, outperforming the MSCI World Index which showed a loss of 0.07%. Key highlights for February 2013 include
12 Mar. 2013 China’s rule amendments to allow hedge fund registration [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – China is set to formally recognize hedge funds with the full implementation of amendments to its Securities Investment Funds Law that allows registration of hedge fund firms in the mainland. The changes in Beijing’s investment funds will pave way for the formal e

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