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15 Jan. 2014 John Havens joins Napier Park Global Capital as partner and non-executive chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Napier Park Global Capital, a global alternative asset management firm, today announced that John P. Havens has joined the firm as partner and non-executive chairman. "We are thrilled to welcome John to the Napier Park team," said Jim O&#
15 Jan. 2014 Asian managers outperformed global peers as hedge funds up 8.00% in 2013 -Eurekahedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds delivered their fourth consecutive month of positive returns as global markets ended the year on a strong note of optimism. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.99% during the month. The MSCI World Index gained 1.67% in the month of December. Key high
15 Jan. 2014 Rothstein Kass study confirms 2013 findings that women hedge fund managers outperform male counterparts [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The latest Rothstein Kass study showed that women hedge fund managers again outperformed their male counterparts for two consecutive years now, according to several media reports.
14 Jan. 2014 Hedge funds gain +1.52% in December (+12.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +1.52% in December (+12.86% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +2.36% (+29.60% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +3.05% (+26.50% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index jumped +2
14 Jan. 2014 PAAMCO names four new partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, the US$15.6 billion (discretionary and non-discretionary assets) fund of hedge funds investment firm, today announced that Ronan Cosgrave, Putri Pascualy, Anne-Gaelle Pouille and Jeffrey Willardson have been promoted to Partne
14 Jan. 2014 Assets pile into ETFs, ETPs which hit a record high of $2.4tn at the end of 2013 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Global ETF and ETP assets hit record highs at the end of 2013, totaling $2.4tn, according to ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm. $24.5bn in assets flowed into the products in December alone. The global ETF/ETP industry had 5,090 ETFs/ETPs, with
14 Jan. 2014 CTAs, Event Driven funds top performers last week - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs and Event Driven funds topped performance rankings last week, according to the latest
13 Jan. 2014 Asset managers plan to invest in product, distribution and technology in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the latest research from global analytics firm Cerulli Associates, asset managers and other financial services firms plan to invest in product, distribution, and technology in 2014. "Most companies are operating on overdrive as they seek t
10 Jan. 2014 First independent AIFMD depositary INDOS Financial receives FCA authorization [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial Limited has received authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority as an Article 36 Custodian to provide AIFMD depositary-lite services to non-EU alternative investment funds. INDOS is the first independent UK authorised depositary specialising in he
10 Jan. 2014 Glenview Capital Opportunity Fund tops Bloomberg list of top performing hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bloomberg Markets is out with its latest ranking of top performing hedge funds. The top three funds in the ranking this year are UK funds with Glenview Capital as number one; Matrix Cap
09 Jan. 2014 Dr. Douglas T. Breeden announced as the IAQF/SunGard 2013 Financial Engineer of the Year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IAQF and SunGard would like to congratulate Dr. Douglas T. Breeden, William W. Priest, Jr. Professor of Finance and former Dean of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, on being named the 2013 Financial Engineer of the Year. The award will be pres
09 Jan. 2014 2013 the best year for hedge fund performance in the last three - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The consistent narrative of hedge fund reporting over 2013 focused on how hedge fund performance was lagging the broad index. While true, new data from eVestment looking at aggregate performance for 2013 shows that the year was the best so far in the last three.
09 Jan. 2014 Commonfund: hedge funds are still good diversifiers for institutional portfolios [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: One of the more substantive critiques of hedge funds charges that hedge funds aren't the right fit for institutional portfolios because they represent in essence, repackaged and more expensive equities exposure doing little more than a higher risk mutual fun
09 Jan. 2014 Fund of hedge of funds end 2013 up 8.7%, its highest since 2009 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI fund of hedge funds ended 2013 up 8.7% after posting a fourth consecutive months of gains in December with 1.2% profits during the month. Last year’s performance was the industry’s best annual since 2009, according to data tracker
09 Jan. 2014 Former SAC Capital executives are raising piles of cash for new hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: It seems that the stigma of insider trading scandal that haunts SAC Capital has not rubbed on to many of its former executives who are now raising piles of cash with their own hedge funds, according to a CNBC
08 Jan. 2014 2014 constituents released for Newedge’s hedge fund indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced the 2014 constituents for the CTA, Trend, and Short-Term Traders Indices.
08 Jan. 2014 The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association announces the appointment of William J. Kelly to become CAIA’s next Chief Executive Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association’s Board of Directors has appointed William (Bill) J. Kelly, an asset management industry veteran, as CEO of the CAIA Association effective January 13, 2014. Mr. Kelly brings extensive managerial and boardroo
08 Jan. 2014 NorthStar Financial Services launches hedge fund administration firm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gemini Fund Services, LLC (Gemini), an engaged partner to independent advisors as a provider of comprehensive, pooled investment solutions, announces an expanded range of services for hedge fund clients. Its parent, Nor
08 Jan. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices up 1.15% in December (+7.0% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Decent finish for the Lyxor Hedge Fund Indices, up 1.15% in December and closing the year up +7.0%. 2013, the year of monetary policy players, crowned one winning bet: Long Equity in developed countries and Short
08 Jan. 2014 HFRU Equity Hedge Index up 0.43% in December (+8.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed gains in December, recovering intra-month, mid-December declines to conclude strong performance for both 4Q and FY 2013 as the US Federal Reserve began the process to reducing quantitative easing measures. Global equity markets were m
08 Jan. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index Rises +0.94% in December (+8.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights Equity markets and hedge funds closed 2013 on a positive note despite a rocky start to the month of December. The
08 Jan. 2014 Funds risk a long squeeze in WTI Crude [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Funds have a record net long position in WTI Crude as a percent of total open interests posing a long squeeze risk on correction, according to the latest
08 Jan. 2014 JP Morgan Chase to pay out $2.6bn on Madoff case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bernie Madoff cost investors billions in his Ponzi scheme, and now his bank - JP Morgan Chase will also have to pay up for maintaining a client relationship with him. Following the conclusion of a trial held today in New York, JP Morgan will pay $2.6bn in relie
08 Jan. 2014 Jury selection starts at Matthew Martoma’s trial [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Prosecution and defense lawyers began the tedious task of jury selection Tuesday in the trial of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Matthew Martoma who is charged with engaging the most lucrative inside trading scheme in the U.S. financial history.
07 Jan. 2014 Janet Yellen confirmed as new Fed chief [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After yet another will they/won't they battle in the Senate, Janet Yellen was confirmed to take over the Federal Reserve from departing chief Ben Bernanke. Bernanke is slated to move out of his role by January 31, 2014. He began transitioning last month in a
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    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. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November