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29 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds remain resilient as macro strategies outperform amidst market turmoil [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were quite resilient amidst the market turmoil, with the bond rally benefitting CTA and macro managers as a result of their long positioning on the asset class. The Lyxor CTA Broad Index gained 1.2% as of Sept. 15 (-1.5% YTD), while the broad Lyxor Hedge
29 Sep. 2015 Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says there is economic "danger ahead" in new video [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn released a new video just after midnight warning of "danger ahead" in the global economy. In the video, he takes on Wall Street, corporate CEOs, politicians, and voices his support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
28 Sep. 2015 Qatar Investment Authority opens first U.S. office in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, is delighted to announce the opening of its office in the United States of America. The office, based in New York, will enable QIA to develop and expand its global investment portfolio,
28 Sep. 2015 Activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group hires head of marketing and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Activist hedge fund manager Barington Capital Group, L.P. has announced that industry veteran Marjorie Kaufman has joined the firm as a partner in charge of marketing and investor relations. Ms. Kaufman’s mandate is to bring Barington’s impressive 15-year record as
28 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds take profits in WTI [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have raised their bullish bets on U.S. crude for the fourth straight week, albeit slowly, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In the week to Sept. 22, long positions in futures and options in the West Texas Intermedia
28 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund manager John Eckerson to leave Claren Road [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Eckerson, co-founder and co-chief investment officer at Claren Road Management, will be leaving the firm, which is dealing with poor performance and redemption requests reported
28 Sep. 2015 Canadian pension fund charges hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein of cheating [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board on Friday filed formal charges against Boaz Weinstein and his hedge fund firm Saba Capital for allegedly cutting the value of its portfolio before paying up a redemption request. The lawsuit was filed before the New Yo
28 Sep. 2015 Survey shows multi-strategy hedge funds are top choice for allocations by institutions and advisors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The latest Alternative Investment Survey from Morningstar and Barron’s reveals that growth rates for alternative funds have slowed but still remain the highest compared to any other Morningstar Category. Alternative fund launches reached their highest level i
25 Sep. 2015 SEC bows to critics on administrative court [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC will give defendants more liberties in administrative court proceedings according to an announcement from the agency made late last night. The SEC had been facing criticism from judges and members of the business community that its in-house court was an
25 Sep. 2015 CAIA announces significant revisions of Level 1 curriculum for 2016 exam cycle [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association has announced significant revisions to its Level I curriculum text in preparation for the organization’s 2016 exam cycle. The changes, published by Wiley,
25 Sep. 2015 Currency hedge funds post gains in August as safe haven shift towards yen and euro [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds reported gains last month as the U.S. dollar fell with safe haven demand shifting toward the Japanese yen and Euro due to China’s currency devaluation and the fall in commodity prices, along with continued speculation about a U.S. rate increase
24 Sep. 2015 John Burbank sees trouble in emerging markets, predicts fourth US QE [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Burbank is bearish on emerging markets and commodities, and predicted of a fresh slowdown in the U.S. economy that would force the U.S. Federal Reserve to issue a fourth round of quantitative easing (QE) to revive the economy. Burbank’s $4.1 billion
24 Sep. 2015 Study shows pension funds are shifting to hedge fund strategies with low volatility and minimal beta [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by J.P. Morgan’s capital introduction division has found that pension funds are shifting their hedge fund allocations towards strategies with "lower correlation, less volatility and minimal beta" and moving away from "traditional direction
23 Sep. 2015 Dutch pension Scheme Bpf taps State Street for investment solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced today that it has been appointed by Stichting Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor het Bakkersbedrijf (Bpf Bakkers), the €3.4 billion Dutch pension scheme for the bakery sector, to provide a range of investment servicing solutions. State
23 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund launches, liquidations decline in first half of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund launches and liquidations fell through the first half of 2015 as financial market volatility rose, according to data provider Hedge Fund Research. Data from HFR showed hedge fund launches tot
23 Sep. 2015 Most of BarclayHedge’s CTA, hedge fund indices down in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed future traders lost 1.60% in August 2015 according to BarclayHedge. The Barclay CTA Index fell 1.08%
23 Sep. 2015 Stanley Druckenmiller credits hedge funds, private equity investments for Bowdoin College’s 14.4% YTD gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and private equity investments fueled the 14.4% returns reported by Bowdoin College’s endowment, according to Stanley Druckenmiller, a longtime investment committee member of the endowment. This year’s gains is highest on record reported
22 Sep. 2015 Prologue Capital names global head of strategy, research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prologue Capital Management, an alternative investment adviser that manages a discretionary macro and fixed income relative value strategy, today announced that James (Jim) McCormick has joined the firm as Global Head of Strategy and Research. McCormick, 47, wi
22 Sep. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index drops 2.45% in August (+0.23 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 2.45% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.23% year to date. “A surprise currency devaluation by the People’s Bank of China on August 11 was interpreted by investors as an indicati
22 Sep. 2015 Reinsurance is the perfect hedge fund strategy to enhance a portfolio’s Sharpe ratio [more]
Donald A. Steinbrugge, founder and managing partner at hedge fund consulting and marketing firm Agecroft Partners hinted that reinsurance is the perfect hedge fund strategy to enhance a portfolio’s Sharpe ratio. In a statement, Steinbrug
22 Sep. 2015 Fortress Investment is liquidating part of hedge fund arm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stricken Fortress Investment Group (FIG) has announced plans to liquidate part of its hedge fund unit because of falling returns and shrinking assets, reported
22 Sep. 2015 APS China A Share Fund outperforms benchmark with 11.55% YTD gains in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management (APS) saw its APS China A Share Fund gain 11.55% YTD in 2015 (-13.51% in August), outperforming the benchmark by 2.33% and 5.51% respectively. August saw t
21 Sep. 2015 A dovish Fed is set to support CTA and macro managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markets were on standby mode ahead of the Fed’s meeting last week. Hedge funds were flat and there was little dispersion in returns across the managers. Event-Driven outperformed as equity volatility edged lower. Meanwhile, Fixed Income strategies underperformed as sovere
21 Sep. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August down 1.34% (+5.09% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August 2015 down 1.34% (+5.09% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 1.89% (+1.42% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the
21 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds continue posting mixed performance through mid-September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds registered mixed returns through mid-September as the markets recover from the turbulence in August. The HFRX Equity Hedge Index gained +0.29% through the period (-0.78% YTD), led by contributions from market neutral and fundamental value managers, repor
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    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. Investing - BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging, Nelson Peltz bets on General Electric Company and Mondelez International, Apple plummets to 4th place among hedge holdings, from No. 1, Top Q3 equity purchases and sales of top 50 hedge funds[more]

    BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging From BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is changing course on exchange-traded funds that protect against currency volatility. After stressing the easy switch between hedged and unhedged ET

  3. BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

  4. 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

  5. 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