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05 Mar. 2015 Institutional investors appear more optimistic than last year on their plans to allocate to hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Institutional investors appear more optimistic regarding their plans to allocate to hedge funds than they were this time last year, primarily because of their ability to generate uncorrelated returns and lower volatility in a broader investment portfolio," R
05 Mar. 2015 BaFin grants preferential access rights to Gibraltar funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The German financial regulator (BaFin) has recently adopted a reciprocal private placement policy, according to Hassans, G
05 Mar. 2015 RCM Alternatives and Attain Capital form partnership [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent broker RCM Alternatives has entered into an agreement to join forces with Attain Capital Management. Under the agreement, RCM will acquire Attain’s fund offerings, education, research and database assets while bringing all of its principals and employees
05 Mar. 2015 SkyBridge opens office in Palm Beach County [more]
Where better for a southern location than South Florida? SkyBridge Capital, which is headquartered in New York, has opened an office in Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Gardens is a "Signature City" in northern Palm Beach County, with a population of around 49,000.
04 Mar. 2015 Russian volatility weighs on emerging markets hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund capital invested in Emerging Markets declined to conclude 2014, falling from the record level established in 3Q14 on a combination of performance losses and investor outflows concentrated in funds with exposure to Russia. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Eu
04 Mar. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 1.76% in February (+3.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted strong gains in February, as US & UK treasury yields posted a sharp increase and US equities posted the strongest monthly gain since October 2011. Global equity markets gains were led by Technology & Energy as the Nasdaq composite a
04 Mar. 2015 Large hedge funds grow assets almost three times faster than sub $5bn funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As institutional investors’ needs continue to evolve, they are increasingly looking to work with larger hedge fund managers and intermediaries who can meet their appetite for comprehensive portfolio solutions, said Barry Bausano, co-head of Global Prime Finance at D
04 Mar. 2015 Ontario Teachers anchor investor of Guggenheim hedge fund spin-out [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy hedge fund manager, Deimos Asset Management LLC, announced the recent launch of its new hedge fund management business. One of Canada’s biggest pension funds and global alternative asset manager Ares Management, L.P., has made a strategic investment i
04 Mar. 2015 RBR, Cologny put pressure on Gategroup [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the Swiss press, two European activist hedge funds are putting pressure on Gategroup, a provider of products and services for airlines and their passengers. Zurich-based
04 Mar. 2015 GAM plans to broaden range of active strategies, cease Swiss & Global brand [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: GAM Holding AG, an independent asset management group headquartered in Zurich and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, reported yesterday underlying net profit of CHF 177.2m for 2014 (down 16% from 2013),
03 Mar. 2015 Towers Watson appoints Kate Hollis in credit smart beta strategies innovation drive [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has appointed industry veteran Kate Hollis to its credit research team. This follows the recent change to its manager research team which is now structured in line with investment return drivers. Kate has over 30 years of industry experience and joins h
03 Mar. 2015 Event-driven strategies lead hedge fund gains in February while CTA rally shows signs of fatigue [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended February on a good note (+0.8%), confirming the positive momentum witnessed since the start of the year, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. As of the end of February, the Lyxor He
03 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge fund Lone Star Value wants new chairman for Ciber Inc. [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund Lone Star Value Management has delivered a formal notice to Ciber Inc. of its intention to nominate three candidates for election to the board of directors of Ciber at the upcoming 2015 annual meet
03 Mar. 2015 U.S. agencies define conditions under which non-U.S. banks can invest in third-party funds under the Volcker Rule [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Several government agencies, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities and Exchange Commission have issued a
03 Mar. 2015 Gibraltar stock exchange to give access to European [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Gibraltar's stock exchange - Gibraltar SX - is giving European investors access to funds that don't have a license to market in Europe. The access will primarily focus on Cayman domiciled funds with assets in Hong Kong and Singapore,
02 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund Advent Capital launches first alternative UCITS fund with credit strategy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $8.5bn investment management firm Advent Capital Management announced it would launch a new UCITS regulated umbrella fund domiciled in Ireland, which will include the Advent Global Absolute Return Strategy, in the second quarter of 2015. Advent
02 Mar. 2015 Currency fund managers mostly gain in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency fund managers mostly gained in January as 22 of the 31 programs that reported their results in the Parker FX Index showed positive results and nine incurred losses during the month. The Parker FX Index was
02 Mar. 2015 $430bn Korean pension approves hedge fund allocation after studying the asset class for eight years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $430bn Korean’s National Pension Service (NPS) last week approved a plan to allocate some of its assets into hedge funds this year after studying the asset class for eight years, reported
27 Feb. 2015 Institutional investors seek improvements in management fees in alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of institutional investors surveyed by data provider Preqin at the end of 2014 said that improvements in the alignment of interests between investors and fund managers can be made by focusing on managem
26 Feb. 2015 Deloitte's Ray Iler joins EY Wealth & Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ray Iler, former regional leader of Deloitte’s hedge fund practice on the West Coast, has joined the Financial Services Organization’s Wealth & Asset Management practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Iler, who also served as the lead of Deloitte’s Emerging Manager Platfor
26 Feb. 2015 Common Sense Investment Management Director of Research develops time series guide for investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Common Sense Investment Management announced that its Director of Research, Dr. Matthew J. Schneider, has been published as the lead author in the prestigious Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, one of the top journals in field of statistics since the 19th century.
26 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund managers say regulation has negative impacts and is biggest challenge [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of hedge fund managers have identified regulation as the biggest challenge facing the industry this year. In a survey conducted by data provider Preqin at the end of 2014 with hedge fund managers, inve
26 Feb. 2015 US based hedge fund managers implement new fee structures [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A growing number of new hedge funds offered by new U.S.-based managers have implemented management fee structures that decrease as fund assets grow, according to The Seward & Kissel New Hedge Fund Study. Several findings within the study signaled hedge fu
26 Feb. 2015 Former hedge fund analyst Thomas Hardin evades prison for his cooperation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: One-time mystery informant Thomas Hardin, also known as confidential informant working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tipper X, avoided prison terms after a U.S. court cited his "extraordinary" cooperation for his crucial role in helping authorities build c
25 Feb. 2015 Australian sovereign wealth funds executive joins Hedge Fund Standards Board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - David George, Head of Debt & Alternatives at the Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, has joined the board of the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB). This appointment emphasises the important role of sovereign wealth funds in promoting better pra
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    Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers Texas County & District Retirement System, Austin, continues to reduce the number of hedge funds, but not the size of its $6.2 billion hedge fund portfolio. It will redeem a total of $760 million from five hedg

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Australian family offices search for good risk adjusted returns, happy to pay for skill[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian family offices want foremost good risk adjusted returns, and they are happy to pay for the skill, and in some cases, the limited capacity of an active manager. Jonas Daly, Head of Distribution at B

  3. StepStone announces close of Swiss Capital acquisition[more]

    StepStone Group LP announced it has successfully closed the acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. The transaction was originally announced in May 2016, and has been in the process of receiving regulatory

  4. Investing - Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues, California Resources loses favor with hedge funds[more]

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  5. Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest