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20 Aug. 2015 79% of institutional investors globally invest in at least one alternative asset class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Research for Preqin’s latest Investor Outlook has found that four out of five institutional investors invest in at least one alternative asset class. Private equity, hedge funds and real estate are the most targeted alternative asset classes, with over half of investors h
20 Aug. 2015 Eurekahedge: Hedge fund assets up by $106 billion in first seven months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to August's Eurekahedge report: Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$106.0 billion in the first seven months of 2015, driven by strong investor inflows totalling US$54.1 billion and roughly US$52 billion
20 Aug. 2015 CTA Challenge participants in final stretch of 2015 competition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CTA Challenge, a year-long competition for commodity trading advisors (CTA) organized by Dallas-based Coquest Inc., is hitting the home stretch of 2015, and at this point the winner is too close to call. Several different trading programs, judged by a combination of r
20 Aug. 2015 Five managers face Madoff-related criminal trial in October in Geneva [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Bernie Madoff, the 78-year-old New York fund manager, is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence in the U.S. after pleading guilty in 2009 to running a $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme. Geneva, home of many wealth advisors and fund managers who had invest
19 Aug. 2015 Morgan Stanley to launch new UCITS fund that offers exposure to IPM Systematic Macro Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morgan Stanley has launched a new fund, the IPM Systematic Macro UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The Fund provides exposure to IPM’s Systematic Macro strategy, which is based on IPM’s proprietary investment models that provide unique insights in
19 Aug. 2015 Caymans confident of being granted AIFMD passport [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Cayman Islands is confident that the pan-European marketing ‘passport’ will be extended to alternative investment funds (AIFs) set up in the jurisdiction, according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association
19 Aug. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.33% in July, up 2.1% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended July 2015 down -0.33% driven by poor performance in Long/Short Equity Strategies and Event Driven Strategies. Global equity markets were up with the MSCI World index up +1.73%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregat
19 Aug. 2015 BAML: Fund managers lower economic expectations on China woes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Global investors have shifted their attention from Greece to China amid continued concern of a Chinese recession, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for August. Respondents are scaling back their expectations for economic growth. A Chine
19 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds make big plays in healthcare [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are on a healthcare buying spree according to the latest Hedge Fund Tracker from S&P Capital IQ. The move into healthcare follows a shift out of IT stocks, according to the report. Healthcare drove the bulk of hedge fund buying for the second str
18 Aug. 2015 SS&C acquires Citi’s Alternative Investor Services Business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the acquisition of Citigroup's Alternative Investor Services business, which includes Hedge Fund Services and Private Equi
18 Aug. 2015 Managed futures gain in July on financial market unrest [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The unrest in the financial market benefited managed futures traders as the Barclay CTA Index gained 0.87% in July (+0.48% YTD), data compiled by BarclayHedge said. "A rally in the value of the US Dollar spa
17 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds reduce Alibaba and Baidu shares in 2Q [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reduced their positions in Chinese tech companies that are listed in the U.S., including Alibaba and Baidu, in the second quarter of this year, reported
14 Aug. 2015 Opalesque Roundtable: Right-sizing compliance is key to a long-term hedge fund business [more]
The implementation of AIFMD across the Eurozone hasn't been without its speed bumps. Rules have been unclear, and hard to follow for small managers and in some cases it took the technology a while to catch up. Things are starting to get easier though, according to delegates at the inaugural Opa
14 Aug. 2015 Chinese hedge funds post steep decline in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds investing predominantly in China suffered steep losses in July, as the HFRI China Index declined -7.7% and the Shanghai Composite Index collapsed, falling over -14% in the month, including a single-day decline of -8.5%, data provider Hedge Fund Research
14 Aug. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Drops 0.28% in July (+3.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds lost 0.28% in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.05% year to date. "July was a difficult month for hedge fund managers. The first half was dominated by Grexit fears and the equity sell-off in China
13 Aug. 2015 Antarctica Asset Management gets AIFM license, launches SICAV [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Antarctica Asset Management (UK) LLP announced that the firm has been authorized by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act as a full scope alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) of a new investment vehicle set up and approved as SICAV by the Luxembourg
13 Aug. 2015 Insch Capital Management partners with Valbury Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Insch Capital Management, the Lugano-based alternative investment manager, has announced a commercial joint venture with Valbury Capital, the London-based FCA regulated broker. From 1st September, the new, non-exclusive partnership will extend the potential distribu
13 Aug. 2015 Chris Rokos courts investors for his $3bn hedge fund launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Brevan Howard top trader Chris Rokos is inviting investors for one of the largest hedge fund launches this year that is nearing its target of $3bn,
13 Aug. 2015 AIMA joins S3 Partners to survey Basel III impact on hedge funds and asset managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund industry association Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has teamed up with S3 Partners to conduct a study on the impact of Basel III bank capital rules on hedge funds and money managers and their financing relationships. AI
13 Aug. 2015 Hedge Fund Industry Returns 1.49% - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of -0.35% in July, bringing YTD returns to 1.49%, according to the latest performance data from eVestment. Returns were as mixed as markets over the month of July. According to the report, origination & fi
12 Aug. 2015 SEC arrests Russian hedge fund manager in unprecedented hacking scheme of unreleased financial news [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested Russian hedge fund manager Vitaly Korchevsky for allegedly pilfering and profiting more than $30 million from unreleased financial news hacked from companies including Toronto-based Marketwired L.P. The
12 Aug. 2015 David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital Re seen to earn $30.4m from China devaluation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China’s decision on Wednesday to further devalue its currency is expected to benefit hedge fund manager David Einhorn as his Greenlight Capital Re Ltd., insurer is expected to earn $30.4 million or 2.2% of its investment assets, reported
12 Aug. 2015 Hedge funds shorting Aberdeen Asset, see more trouble ahead [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are shorting Scottish firm Aberdeen Asset Management as they expect that concerns on China will further see more trouble ahead,
12 Aug. 2015 Factor-based analysis could better quantify CTA performance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs often cite risk management as a key to their success. Despite this claim, the process for evaluating CTA risk management has remained somewhat qualitative. A new white paper by Campbell & Company,
11 Aug. 2015 Michael Gull and Nicholas Granata join Wells Fargo Global Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo Securities, the capital markets and investment banking business of Wells Fargo & Company, announced today that Michael Gull and Nicholas Granata have joined the Global Fund Services division. Both individuals will be based in New York and report to Leslie
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