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08 Feb. 2017 PhaseCapital adds Michael Ning as CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based PhaseCapital has hired Michael Ning as Chief Investment Officer. In the role, Ning will be responsible for PhaseCapital's investment strategies and research process. Ning most recently served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, M
08 Feb. 2017 Lovell Minnick takes majority stake in Foreside Financial [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Pennsylvania-based Lovell Minnick Partners has taken a majority stake in Foreside Financial Group. Foreside provides a variety of regulatory compliance and distribution solutions to clients in the investment management industry. Foreside is led by Chief Exe
07 Feb. 2017 HFIN One adds extensive hedge fund research to online platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Atrato Advisors and HFIN One have announced a strategic partnership to make hedge fund due diligence, research, and analysis readily accessible to accredited hedge fund investors worldwide. The two firms will collaborate to provide investors centralized access to Atrato&#
07 Feb. 2017 Depreciation of USD vs. EUR hit CTAs and global macro hedge funds [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly down -0.2% last week due to the underperformance of CTA and Global Macro managers. On a positive note, Event Driven funds were up 0.3%. Their long exposure to Actelion in the midst of its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson was partic
07 Feb. 2017 PAAMCO and KKR Prisma launch new liquid alts platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: KKR and Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company are partnering on a new liquid alternatives investment firm that combines PAAMCO and KKR Prisma. Under the terms of the agreement, the entire businesses of both PAAMCO and KKR Prisma will be contributed to a
07 Feb. 2017 Steel Partners adds Hedges to alts team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Los Angeles-based Steel Partners has hired James R. Hedges, IV as Senior Vice President of Alternative Investments. In the role, Hedges will be responsible for marketing, client service and investor relations for the alternative investment platform. Hedges,
06 Feb. 2017 Rising rates open new vistas for stock pickers, market rotation already in full swing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Rising Rates Open New Vistas for Stock Pickers AllianceBernstein writes on Harvest Exchange: Rising rates are typically good for stocks, especially wh
06 Feb. 2017 George Soros' hedge fund invests $238m in 11 energy firms in 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: George Soros' $2.7bn family office Soros Fund Management has invested around $238m in 11 oil and gas companies in 2016, The Daily Caller News
03 Feb. 2017 Gold demand rises 2% in 2016 as investment surges to four-year high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global gold demand rose 2% in 2016 to reach 4,309 tonnes (t), the highest level since 2013, according to the World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report. This was largely driven by inflows into gold-backed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) of 532t, the second-h
03 Feb. 2017 Mark Mobius: China and Shadow Financing growing, but not frightening [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Mobius from Franklin Templeton Investments writes in Harvest Exchange: For the first time ever, the president of China was in attendance at the World Econ
03 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds off to a good start in January as most strategies gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were off to a good start in January and posted gains with the HFRX Market Directional Index rising +1.09% and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.50% for the month, data provider
02 Feb. 2017 Cost of 'alternative data' is becomiong prohibitive [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The buy side today has access to data and information that would have been unheard of 20 years ago. Whereas in the past they relied primarily on research and information from their sell-side trading counterparties, today they have as much, if not more, real-time access to
02 Feb. 2017 Kettera brings on Knoeck as CFO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kettera Strategies LLC, owner and operator of Hydra, an independent custody-based managed account platform, today announced that James Knoeck has joined the firm as Chief Financial Officer. Knoeck, 46, is the first person in this full-time position at Kettera and brin
02 Feb. 2017 How Trump's presidency might affect your investments [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Schroders writes on Harvest Exchange: While Donald Trump's presidency is not the only factor that could affect investments in 201
02 Feb. 2017 Ray Dalio, founder of world's largest hedge fund warns against Trump policies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, on Wednesday warned clients against the worrying populist policies of the new Donald Trump administration, which he described as potentially damaging to global growth, various medi
02 Feb. 2017 Huron Capital closes Fund V on $550M after three months in market [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Detroit-based Huron Capital has closed its fifth fund on $550 million after just three months in market. According to a statement from the firm's placement agent Sixpoint Partners, the fund was significantly oversubscribed and hit its hard-cap. Huron pre
02 Feb. 2017 Report: Activist investing hits new highs in 2016 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Activist Investing Annual Review 2017, produced by Activist Insight in association with Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) was released today, analyzing 2016 trends in shareholder activism, ranking the "Top Ten" activist investors and providing predictions for the y
01 Feb. 2017 Outperforming the markets with multi-factor equity investing [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: A new report warns against the proliferation of investment factors, and recommends using only a handful of them in a smart-beta portfolio. Research Affiliates, a California
01 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds benefit from upbeat market in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds reaped benefits from the upbeat market movements. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.5% as of 24 January (-0.4% YTD), with CTAs and global macro managers outperforming. Fixed income arbitrage managers also did well in an environment where the implied vo
01 Feb. 2017 High Yield: Equity-Like Returns... With Half the Risk? (white paper) [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AllianceBernstein writes in Harvest Exchange: Investors often think of high-yield bonds as just another part of their fixed-
31 Jan. 2017 Private Equity assets under management approach $2.5tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The total assets under management for the private equity industry* have grown to a record $2.49tn as of June 2016 (the latest figures available). Preqin’s 2017 Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report finds that industry assets rose from $2.39tn as of the
31 Jan. 2017 Hedge fund industry surpasses $3.2tn in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets held by hedge funds globally reached a record $3.22tn as of the end of November 2016, according to Preqin’s 2017 Global Hedge Fund Report. Investor outflows through the year totalled $102bn, and at the end of the year, a record 66% of hedge fund investors sai
31 Jan. 2017 33% since 2013: What's driving the rise of ESG investing? [more]
Matthias Knab: Jade Huang, Portfolio Manager, Calvert Research and Management, writes on Harvest Exchange: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is one of th
30 Jan. 2017 A side effect of China's debt binge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Richard Turnill, Global Chief Investment Strategist of BlackRock writes on Harvest Exchange: China has been on a debt binge lately, fueling its stabi
27 Jan. 2017 LendingRobot launches robo-fund that will challenge traditional hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: LendingRobot, the first robo-advisor for Alternative Lending built for individual investors, has announced the launch
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds felt the pinch of lower oil prices and weak U.S. dollar as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was marginally down as of the week ending 14 March, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor He