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11 Dec. 2012 Study claims risk parity strategies are becoming more familiar across Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UK and European institutional investors reveal a growing, but in some cases limited familiarity of Risk Parity strategies according to an independent Europewide study, commissioned by Aquila Capital<
11 Dec. 2012 EurekaHedge index up 0.52% for November, up 4.51% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The EurekaHedge Fund Index reported hedge funds have posted marginal gains in November amid mid-month reversals in market trends. TheEurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.52% bringing its year-to-date (YTD) return to 4
11 Dec. 2012 Hedge fund manager claims Japanese debt worse than that in Greece [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Hedge fund manager, Chris Rigg, from Audley Capital believes that the debt levels in Japan are worse by some measures than those in Greece. Rigg has issued a stark message about investment in Japanese
10 Dec. 2012 Peter Clarke to step down from role as CEO of Man Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group announced that Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, has advised the company of his intention to retire as Chief Executive and to step down from the Board on 28 February 2013. Following a rigorous evaluation pro
10 Dec. 2012 ESMA proposals will impact Eur3bln of CTA UCITS assets: Alix Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alix Capital, the Geneva-based investment boutique specialising in regulated alternatives investments, is publishing a paper which reveals that ESMA proposals limiting the use of indices by UCITS funds will require a change in investment approach for EUR 3 billion of CTA
10 Dec. 2012 UCITS HFS Index up +0.32% in November 2012, 3.06% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a slight loss in October the UCITS HFS Index reported gains of +0.32% for November 2012. The broad index started slightly positive into the month with a performance of +0.07% after the first full week of trading.
10 Dec. 2012 Survey finds hedge fund manager bulls outweigh bears for 2013 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In its Annual Global Hedge Fund Manager Survey, independent research and portfolio advisory firm, Aksia, has observed a dramatic turnaround in sentiment among global hedge fund managers over the last 12 months. A
10 Dec. 2012 SAC Capital under scrutiny over Weight Watchers, InterMune trades [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Steven Cohen’s $14bn SAC Capital Advisors is facing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over trades it made in Weight Watchers International and InterMune Inc., various media reports said. In a report
10 Dec. 2012 SEC lifts ban on active ETF use of derivatives, inflows to ETPs on the rise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will be lifting the ban on the use of derivatives by actively-managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In remarks
07 Dec. 2012 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posts November gains (0.35%, 4.9% YTD) as fiscal cliff looms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds posted gains in November as equities traded in a wide intra-month range following the U.S. Presidential election and as global financial markets focused on the U.S. fiscal cliff. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +0.35 percent for the month, posting
07 Dec. 2012 Innocap teams up with newcomer Akira Capital to launch commodity fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Innocap Investment Management Inc., a strategic alliance between National Bank of Canada and BNP Paribas, has teamed up with Akira Capital Inc., a new Montreal-based fund manager, to launch the Innocap Akira Commodity Fund LP. Akira specializes in commodity der
07 Dec. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.41% (1.98% YTD) as alternative strategies generate alpha in volatile November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thirteen Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Fixed Income Arbitrage (+1.2%), the Lyxor Long/Short Credit Arbitrage Index (+1%) and the L/S Equity - Market Neutral Index (+0.9%). The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index p
07 Dec. 2012 Hedge funds returned 0.69% in November (5.97% YTD) led by credit and volatility strategies – eVestment HFN [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned an average of 0.69% in November 2012, retuning back to positive territory after October’s loss snapped its four month upswing. The majority of early reporting funds posted gains, but there were segmented losses across market exposures and strategies.
07 Dec. 2012 CEO tops large fund of funds compensation – Infovest21 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Infovest21, a New York-based information provider, found in a just-released survey that the CEOs of large funds of funds earn the most - although not as much as in 2011. In its Eleventh A
06 Dec. 2012 Swiss financial centre draws out plan to become leading asset management location [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Switzerland is aiming to become a leading location for asset management in the coming years. A joint working group of the SBA and the SFA today put forward eight areas for action that will provide an optimal operating framework. Strengthening asset management will put the
06 Dec. 2012 GLG Japan CoreAlpha funds to reopen to new investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – GLG Partners, part of Man Group plc, proposes to reopen the GLG Japan CoreAlpha and GLG Japan CoreAlpha Equity funds to new investors with effect from Monday 10 December, following relevant approvals. Managed by leading Japanese equity managers Stephen Harker,
06 Dec. 2012 Cerulli: U.S. multiple family offices' AUM increased 68% between 2007 and 2011 to $777bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management for multiple family offices increased 68% between 2007 and 2011 to $777.3 billion, according to recent research released by Boston-based global research firm Cerulli Associates. "The term family office is synonymous with wealthy famil
06 Dec. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index increases +0.62% in November (4.90% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - All strategies reported positive returns for November 2012. - Event Driven and Multi-Strategy strategies were November's top performers, with Event Driven (+1.30%) outperforming Multi-Strategy funds (+1.29%) by a hair - Long-Short Credit conti
06 Dec. 2012 Concept Capital’s survey finds emerging managers will receive greatest attention from institutional investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Concept Capital Markets has conducted a survey of some 108 investors, representing $150bn in direct hedge fund assets, 'to gain insights into allocators’ dispositions toward hedge funds’. The survey’s pa
06 Dec. 2012 SEC charges 10 in $11m insider trading ring around investment banker's illegal tips on impending mergers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today charged an investment banker primarily based in Charlotte, N.C., and nine others involved in an insider trading ring that garnered more than $11m in illicit profits trading on confidential information about impendi
05 Dec. 2012 British Virgin Islands to introduce new category of investment manager license for smaller hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Ogier British Virgin Islands (BVI) announced today that the BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC), the jurisdiction’s financial regulator, has published guidelines for a new type of investment management licensing regime targeting non-institutional investment managers of
05 Dec. 2012 Orangefield Group acquires fund administrator Columbus Avenue [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Orangefield Group, a global service provider of administration, management and trust services announced it has acquired leading hedge fund administrator Columbus Avenue Consulting LLC. The division will officially operate under the Orangefield-Columbus brand. Orangefi
05 Dec. 2012 Man names John Rohal as Executive Chairman, North America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Man Group plc, the global alternative investment manager, has hired John Rohal as Executive Chairman of Man, North America. John will work with Man’s fund managers to enhance Man’s range of offerings for the US. Reporting to Manny Roman, President and COO of Man, John will
05 Dec. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund index closed up 0.33% in November (+2.37% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 0.33% in November as six of the seven index component strategies reported positive results for the month. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which see
05 Dec. 2012 ABN AMRO Clearing names Robbert Booij new Managing Director of UK business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Robbert Booij has been appointed as the new Managing Director of ABN AMRO Clearing in the UK and moves to ABN AMRO’s 5 Aldermanbury Square office in London for his new role. He was previously Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management for ABN AMRO Clearing based in Amsterd
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

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