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22 Mar. 2018 Merger and fixed income arbitrage strategies fail to provide protection in volatile market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The volatile markets in February hurt the equity space significantly, reports Lyxor Asset Management. For the first time in 15 months, the MSCI World ended the month in the red, down 3.5%. Philippe Ferreira, senior
21 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds rebound in mid-March with elevated volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains through mid-March even as the global financial markets were mixed during the period and the elevated volatility from the prior month continuing. The HFRX Market Directional Index and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained 0.56% and 0.19%, r
20 Mar. 2018 U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services adds to team in London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services has hired four new relationship managers to its Global Corporate Trust group in Europe. Liliya Popova, Nicola Elrin, Kamal Hussein and Cristina Quintana have more than 60 years of financial services experience between them at orga
20 Mar. 2018 Global Impact Investing Network launches 'Roadmap' for the future of impact investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), today launched Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing: Reshaping Financial Markets, a framework for collective action to accelerate development of the impact investing market and build a new future in which finance is instru
20 Mar. 2018 Neudata launches unique alternative data use-case research platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neudata has announced the official launch of its alternative data use-case research platform designed for use by investment managers seeking a competitive edge. This new use-case research service is available as an enhanced feature of the Neudata Scout digital data intell
20 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds declined 1.62% in February (up 0.37% YTD) with total AUM growth still in the green [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - • Hedge funds declined 1.62% in February and were up 0.37% year-to-date with total AUM growth still in the green despite losses in February which eroded the solid gains in January. Investor redemptions stood at US$5.0 billion in February while performance-based losses of
20 Mar. 2018 Lawyers praise SEC on largest-ever whistleblower award of $83 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on March 19th the highest-ever, $83 million, Dodd-Frank whistleblower award. Two whistleblowers will share a nearly $50 million award and a third whistleblower will receive more than $33 million. The previous highest
20 Mar. 2018 Neudata launches unique alternative data use-case research platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neudata announced the official launch of its alternative data use-case research platform designed for use by investment managers seeking a competitive edge. This new use-case research capability is available as an enhanced feature of the Neudata Scout digital data intelli
19 Mar. 2018 Long/short equity hedge funds lead positive gains in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Recent data releases in the U.S. have contributed to stabilize fixed income markets. Recently released data on wages and retail sales for February were below expectations, while the consumer price index in February grew just in line with the consensus at 0.2% month-over-m
19 Mar. 2018 Swiss volatility hedge fund returns 6% in February [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Volatility may have made a brief appearance early last month to reach levels above 50% and wipe away large sums from investors' pockets, but since, it has continued to decline across major equity, bond and currency markets; it is now at 16% on the S&P. So
19 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds end positive streak, down 0.08 in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The positive streak ended. Ironically, it ended at the time of heightened market volatility that hedge funds have been hoping for. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark said that the hedge funds' winning streak came to an end in February 2018, with
19 Mar. 2018 John Paulson, once the industry's largest hedge fund, to return some investors' money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson is reported to be retuning some of his investors' money as a number of his hedge funds continue to suffer setbacks, reports
16 Mar. 2018 SBAI creates North American committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has established a North American Committee of leading alternative investment managers and institutional investors to direct the SBAI's efforts in the region. The SBAI is the global standard setting body for the alter
16 Mar. 2018 Maitland brings on Ferrara as senior client service manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm, has announced the appointment of its newest Senior Client Service Manager, Frank Ferrara, as part of the continued expansion of its private equity fund administration services. Frank will work alongside David Dwy
16 Mar. 2018 MUFG adds Rodman as head of structured solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG today announced that Scott Rodman has joined the firm as the Head of Structured Solutions for the Americas. In this role, Scott will further develop the firm's structured financing business, while also adding value to MUFG's structured derivatives operations.
15 Mar. 2018 Gidante establishes strategic partnership and acquires minority stake in investment manager Latigo Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fidante Partners, an international investment management business, and Latigo Partners, L.P., a fund manager specializing in event-driven investing, announced that Fidante has acquired a minority stake in Latigo. As part of the transaction, the Life division of Fidante's
15 Mar. 2018 JTC lists on the London Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Independent fund, corporate and private client service provider JTC has today been admitted to trade as a public company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Having announced its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) last week and having raised a sign
15 Mar. 2018 NRI to start providing service for managing alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced that the company has begun providing services, namely eFrontInvest in Japan. eFrontInvest, developed by eFront is for managing alternative investments.
15 Mar. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.88% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index February 2018 measured -0.88%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.42% in March. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index gained 0.42% for March 2018, so
15 Mar. 2018 Blockchain and crypto-focused firm Digital Assets gets seeded by Vestigo Ventures [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Digital Assets Data, a company that seeks to bring data, information and transparency to cryptoassets, including currencies, platforms, applications, side chains, security tokens, and initial coin offers (ICOs) through subscription services to hedge funds and other
15 Mar. 2018 BNY Mellon's fund management unit adds bond fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon Investment Management said it added the BNY Mellon Insight Core Plus Fund to its distribution platform. The fund follows an actively-managed multi-sector bond strategy which seeks to deliver attractive risk-adjusted performance over an investment cycle an
15 Mar. 2018 SEC charges Theranos CEO Holmes with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has charged Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos and its former President Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about t
15 Mar. 2018 eVestment: Hedge funds down -2.01% in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down -2.01% in February, according to the just-released eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. February's results might give some investors pause coming off strong 2017 performance and the positive January 2018 returns that started off the ye
14 Mar. 2018 Blackstone acquires minority stake in real estate investment manager [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group said that its Blackstone's Strategic Capital Holdings Fund has acquired a passive, minority equity stake in Boston-based global real estate investment management firm Rockpoint f
14 Mar. 2018 Study: New hedge fund launches veer away from equity strategies, discount fees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by international law firm Seward & Kissel has shown that the dramatic reshaping of the hedge fund landscape continued in 2017 as the number of new funds using equity-based strategies fell sharply for the second year in a row. The law firm's annual
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    From AFR.com: Special purpose acquisition vehicles (spacs) are hitting the US market at the fastest rate on record, attracting the likes of Goldman Sachs and hedge fund investor Daniel Loeb for the two largest such deals in 2018. Spacs have raised $US4.5bn so far in 2018, the largest amount fo

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  3. News Briefs: David Stemerman's hedge fund holdings shrank before his run for governor, nvestment manager TSW triggers succession plan, Alan Howard joins Peter Thiel investing in Cologne-based fintech startup[more]

    David Stemerman's hedge fund holdings shrank before his run for governor But the U.S. holdings of Stemerman's Greenwich hedge fund, Conatus Capital, shrank from $2.6 billion at the apex to just over $1 billion before he announced his move into politics. (Hartford Courant) Inv

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    From Citywire: The wide discount on Pershing Square Holdings (PSH) is 'unsustainable' and puts star hedge fund manager Bill Ackman under pressure, says British Empire (BTEM). Pershing is the third largest holding in the £850 million British Empire trust, managed by Joe Bauernfreund, which sp

  5. CalPERS defines new private equity policy with more direct investments[more]

    Dr. Ashby Monk, the executive director of the Stanford Global Projects Center and one of the world's leading experts on design and governance for institutional investors, told the CalPERS Investment Committee: "Private equity is a tough business for funds - in large part because you need it