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07 Jan. 2014 Byron Wien predicts correction and new highs in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Byron R. Wien, vice chairman at investment and advisory firm Blackstone Advisory Partners has predicted that the worst geopolitical issues, coupled with e
06 Jan. 2014 Freeman & Co. reports mixed year for financial services M&A activity as market rises [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2013, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both saw record highs. However, despite readily available credit, it was not an outstanding year for M&A in general. We expect the rehabilitation of the financial services industry, combined with a growing conf
06 Jan. 2014 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds get $17.5bn in November, highest inflow in six months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in $17.5 billion (0.9% of assets) in November, 2013. This inflow was the highest in six months and the second-highest in the past two years. “The hedge fund industry has taken in a net
06 Jan. 2014 Agecroft Partners predicts strong positive flows, demand for long/short strategies, more hedge fund closures for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than 2,000 institutional investors and 300 hedge fund organizations. Below are Agecroft’s predictions for 2014. 1. Continued strong positive flows into t
06 Jan. 2014 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ board appoints Amanda Pullinger as CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) announces the promotion of Amanda Pullinger, the organization's Executive Director, to become its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment recognizes the significant role that Ms. Pullinger has played in the growth and su
06 Jan. 2014 Alternative mutual fund assets in Asia up about 6% higher in 2013 from previous year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative mutual fund assets under management (AUM) in Asia ex-Japan totaled US$20.7 billion as of September last year, about 6.1% higher than at the end of 2012. Still, AUM in this space has mostly been on a slow uptick since 2009. Cerulli Associates believ
06 Jan. 2014 UK compliance manager advises all alternative investment managers to apply for AIFMD authorisation or registration asap [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Anthony Rawlins, compliance manager at Moore Stephens, advises on the top tips to consider in wake of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) transitional arrangements update
06 Jan. 2014 Assets in funds of hedge funds at an all time low - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report out looking at the overall performance and asset gathering ability of funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) from eVestment shows that assets going to the industry group are at an all time low relative to their single manager counterparts. Despite a rebound i
06 Jan. 2014 Distressed investors call for more transparency from companies - WSJ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt investors, including bondholders and other creditors of companies close to bankruptcy are calling for transparency and asking troubled firms to disclose information after talks stall or stop. In a report,
03 Jan. 2014 UCITS Alternative Index Blue Chip up 0.71% in December (+ 4.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Blue Chip The UAI Blue Chip is up 0.29% for the week ending December 31 and up 0.71% for the month. CTA, FX and Multi-Strategy are the best performing strategies this week with progressions of 1.09%; 0.87% and 0.41%. On the other hand Commodities and Volatility dis
02 Jan. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 8% in 2013, hedge funds gain $225bn+ in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.99% in December, bringing the yearly returns for 2013 to 8.02%. The MSCI World Index returned 1.67% in December and was up 21.1% for the year 2013. Hedge funds remained in positive territory throughout the year, sufferin
02 Jan. 2014 Parker FX Index down 0.26% in November, -1.04% YTD (2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.26% return for the month of November. Thirty- six of the thirty-nine programs in the Index reported November results, of which fifteen reported positive results and twenty-one incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was d
02 Jan. 2014 SAC Capital returns 20% in its last year managing other people’s money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors is no more. But not after ending 2013 and its life as a hedge fund managing other people’s money with a bang! A report by
02 Jan. 2014 Euro set to be best performing major currency for 2013 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The euro capped 2013 with a 26% gain against the Japanese yen and 4% against the U.S. dollar, according to a Reuters report. Although on Tuesday, the euro was 0.2
31 Dec. 2013 Eurex to acquire stake in Taiwan Futures Exchange [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) is becoming more global with the help of Eurex. Eurex which operates the Eurex Exchange is taking a significant stake in TAIFEX, following a transaction with Yuanta Financial Holdings, one of Taiwan’s largest companies. Accor
27 Dec. 2013 MSCI Indices show substantial advances in global equities, except Emerging Markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, today published the year-to-date (YTD) 2013 performance of its MSCI Indices, displaying substantial advances in global equity markets, with the exception of Emerging Markets. The flagship MSCI glo
27 Dec. 2013 As hedge fund returns slide, interest in equities grows [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The investible Hedge Fund Composite Index is down 0.26% for month to date, underperforming S&P500 which was up 0.27%, according to the
19 Dec. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.71% in November (+9.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.71% in November, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 9.84% year to date. “A rate cut in Europe, far-reaching reforms announced in China, and generally positive economic data contributed to a th
19 Dec. 2013 Investor satisfaction with hedge fund performance at highest recorded levels [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In November 2013, Preqin interviewed 148 institutional investors with a total of more than $60bn invested in hedge funds to ascertain their outlook on the industry for 2014. These surveys form an important part of our forthcoming 2014 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report. Ea
19 Dec. 2013 Newedge CTA up +1.66% in November (+0.13% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures strategies fared well in November, as evidenced by the performance of the Newedge CTA, Trend and Short-Term Traders Indices. The opportunity set seemed particularly favorable for trend-following strategies, as all 10 constituents of the Newedge Trend Index
19 Dec. 2013 Major changes on AIFMD deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Important concessions by The Treasury in relation to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) have been announced today, says Bovill, the specialist financial services regulatory consultancy. Deadlines surrounding AIFMD will be relaxed, follow
19 Dec. 2013 100 Women In Hedge Funds announces London board appointments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds today announced the appointment of new 100WHF London Ltd Board members. 100WHF London Ltd oversees the activities in 100WHF's six European locations under the strategic guidance of the 100WHF Association Board. Three new members have been
19 Dec. 2013 Fed tapers, and the band plays on [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:In a much-watched vote the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) agreed to start cutting back on its bond buying program. The Federal Reserve will cut its monthly purchases to $75bn, down $10bn from previous months. In a statement the Fed said that it would conti
19 Dec. 2013 eVestment: equity flows push hedge fund assets to 5-year high [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Investor flows into hedge funds were positive for a fifth consecutive month, according to the latest data from eVestment. New allocations of $15.3bn brought industry assets to a five-year high of $2.84tn and trail their pre-financial crisis peak by just over 3%.
19 Dec. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.0% in November (+8.2% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for November 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through October. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted c
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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. 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