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29 Nov. 2012 Cerulli: Asian institutional assets face profitability squeeze [more]
Opaleque Industry Update - Niche strategy managers will prosper while general strategy managers will mostly struggle in future. Cerulli Associates estimates that Asia ex-Japan institutional assets accessible to external asset managers (i.e., addressable assets
28 Nov. 2012 Thematic review by the FSA of asset managers is imminent - Dechert [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Financial Services Authority is shortly to embark on a thematic review of asset managers. Its focus will be on the risks of bribery and corruption, sanctions and money laundering. Twenty two firms have already been identified for review and the regulator’s report is du
28 Nov. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index down -0.8% in October (+4.0% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for October 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through September. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of
28 Nov. 2012 Direxion creates one site for all its investment products [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Direxion has merged its websites for Direxion Funds and Direxion Shares into a single online destination, www.direxionfunds.com. The enhanced website allows advisors and investors to conveniently access original research and detailed information about alternative investme
28 Nov. 2012 For fiscal cliff wary asset managers, Investor Analytics offers stress tests [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Asset managers and owners have a new weapon in understanding and preparing for the fiscal cliff, such that it happens in the US. Investor Analytics LLC (IA), a global leader in risk management solutions, has developed stress tests for asset managers and owners to n
28 Nov. 2012 Hedge funds the most short the NASDAQ 100 since August '11 - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds sold the NASDAQ 100 futures to $0.5bn net short from $0.9bn net long last week, these figures are the lowest since August of 2011 according to a
27 Nov. 2012 World Federation of Exchanges urges international regulatory bodies to modify capital standards for exchange traded derivatives in support of G20 reforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), representing 59 publicly regulated stock, futures, and options exchanges and associated clearinghouses, today called on international regulatory bodies to modify capital standards to appropriately reflect the liquidity and efficienc
27 Nov. 2012 eVestment launches institutional investor equities holdings comparison platform, eVestment Peer Alpha [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: eVestment, a premier global provider of comprehensive institutional investment data and cloud-based analytic solutions, today launched eVestment Peer Alpha, an online platform that provides institutional investors and asset managers a tool to compare and analyze their equi
27 Nov. 2012 FBI combing social media such as Twitter and Facebook to look for securities fraud [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Two agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have revealed the Feds are combing social media, including Twitter and Facebook to look for securities fraud, a Reut
27 Nov. 2012 CIO rises to top spot on hedge fund pay scale according to a new survey from Infovest21 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Infovest21, a global investment information services provider has published the results of its latest hedge fund compensation survey. The results are based on data from 14 separate hedge fund management firms, all
27 Nov. 2012 Shapiro, head of SEC steps down, Elisse Walter appointed to replace her [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After nearly four years in office, SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro today announced that she will step down on Dec. 14, 2012. Shapiro has been a controversial Chairman, leading the Commission through the 2008 financial crisis and ushering in a new wave of regulation.
27 Nov. 2012 Communist China accuses U.S. of over regulation and blackmail [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In a twist of irony, communist China which runs a centralized economic policy, has criticized the U.S. � a champion of free market principles � for imposing too many regulations which it described as "destructive and counter-productive" on the
26 Nov. 2012 Emco launches alternative fund investing in late night licensed venues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EMCO Capital Advisers is launching a Cayman registered alternative investment fund focused on investment in late night licensed venues in the UK. The Fund is aiming for exceptional returns to investors over a rolling two
26 Nov. 2012 Newscape launches third specialist UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newscape Capital Group, the London based investment firm, has launched its third specialist UCITS Fund, its second launch in as many months. The Newscape Dynamic Rates and Currency Fund will target an annualised retu
26 Nov. 2012 Update: Martoma insider trading case further drags down hedge funder Steve Cohen [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: - The insider trading case against former health-care portfolio manager at CR Intrinsic Investors, Mathew Martoma, a unit of Steve Cohen’s $14bn hedge fund firm SAC Capital Advisors, has shed a serious doubt on Cohen himself as he and his firm are further dragged into w
26 Nov. 2012 Spartan launches Teraz Fund, hires Dejan Knezevic as vice-president for national sales [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Toronto, Canada-based hedge fund manager Spartan Fund Management Inc., announced the recent launch of the Teraz Fund that aims to provide investors with long term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfoli
23 Nov. 2012 China relaxes hurdles for foreign boutique managers and expands permitted offshore investments for insurers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On 22 October 2012, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) issued the long-awaited Implementation Measures to the Provisional Measures for the Overseas Investment with Insurance Funds (Implementation Measures). The Implementation Measures introduce two
23 Nov. 2012 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank completes acquisition of Daiwa Global Asset Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On November 21st Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited (“SMTB”) completed the acquisition of the Global Asset Services Division from Daiwa Securities Group. The Global Asset Services Division comprises Daiwa’s Fund Administration/UCITS Management Company, Custodian, Trustee
22 Nov. 2012 ESMA rules that UCITS may not invest in unregulated hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a further indication of policy orientation at European level that is seeking to limit the instruments that UCITS funds may invest in, on 20 November 2012, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") published a formal opinion on its interpr
22 Nov. 2012 Study: Can ESG deliver Alpha? (I) Most hedge funds have not yet seized the responsible investment opportunity but this will change [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Research piece authored by D. Michael Adams, Partner, Autumn Capital Partners, an investment consultancy firm based in London. Investors are increasingly seeking strategies that deliv
22 Nov. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends October down 0.19% on asset weighted basis (-4.32% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2012 down 0.19% on an asset weighted basis (-4.32% YTD) and up 0.12% on an equal weighted basis (-2.35% YTD). Description The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehe
22 Nov. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declines -0.14% through mid-November (2.01% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted sharp declines through mid-November, 2012, as investors discounted the results of the US Presidential election, the uncertainty surrounding the renewal of US tax incentives and continued uncertainty regarding the European banking and sovereign
21 Nov. 2012 GAIA launches Farming 20 Index and Tracker Certificate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: GAIA, in partnership with EFG International Finance, is launching the first investment vehicle of its kind focusing uniquely on listed farming companies around the globe. Investment into the worlds food producers is not only opportunistic given low current valuations of t
21 Nov. 2012 Marc Hotimsky becomes CQS Chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CQS announced the appointment of Marc Hotimsky as chairman. As a senior member of the management team, he will assist in furthering CQS’ institutionalisation. Commenting on Mr. Hotimsky’s appointment, Michael Hintze, C
21 Nov. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November measured 5.19%, up from 3.19% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2012 measured 5.19%, up from 3.19% in October. "In line with seasonal expectations, we had higher forward redemption requests in November due to investor rebalancing," said Bill Stone, Chairman and
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