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27 Aug. 2013 Bill Ackman gives up on JC Penney [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Beleaguered activist hedge fund manager William Ackman sold his entire holdings in U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc., after his effort to overhaul its management failed,
27 Aug. 2013 Macro hedge funds turn negative on commodities and emerging markets [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Macro hedge funds have aggressively reduced their commodities position to a net short for the first time since June according to the
27 Aug. 2013 Tenth Towers Watson alternatives survey says few funds of hedge funds offer credible capability [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The Towers Watson Global Alternatives Survey, produced in conjunction with the Financial Times and in its tenth ye
27 Aug. 2013 Preqin: 88% of investors plan to maintain or increase hedge fund allocations in next 12 months [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The overall outlook for investors in alternative assets is positive, says Preqin, as most investors wish to either maintain or increase their exposure to alternatives (private equity, hed
27 Aug. 2013 SEB: US holds the key to economic recovery in 2014-15 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Global acceleration in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be easier in the next couple of years, thanks to weaker fiscal headwinds and stronger monetary policy tailwinds, says SEB in its latest Outlook report.
26 Aug. 2013 Towers Watson: pensions represent 36% of top 100 alternative manager assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A Towers Watson study has shown that pension fund alternative assets allocations are now nearly 20% of all pension fund assets across the globe. The 2012 Global Alternative Survey notes the number as a 5% increase from 15 years ago. The research, which was condu
26 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund investments in emerging markets rise in Q2 [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds’ confidence in emerging markets remain at positive levels as investments in the sector rose in Q2 of 2013 even as currencies across the globe fell during the period, according to data provider Hedge Funds Research. According to the latest
26 Aug. 2013 Argentina to pay hedge funds a portion of debt owed after default [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Earlier this year, Opalesque reported on the going court challenge launched by hedge funds and pensioners the wake of the Argentine default. S
26 Aug. 2013 Pioneer Investments: EPS growth slow but resilient [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Pioneer Investments’ latest Global Markets Strategy Report
23 Aug. 2013 UBS Global Asset Management reorganizes hedge fund units [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: UBS Global Asset Management is reorganizing its hedge fund units. According to the company, its Alternative and Quantitative Investments (A&Q) hedge fund platform will be reorganized into two separate business areas, effective immediately. Alternative Inves
23 Aug. 2013 Korea Post Savings seeks new fund of hedge fund managers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The savings arm of the Korea Post has issued a new RFP seeking fund of hedge fund managers. The announcement follows
23 Aug. 2013 FATCA update from Laven Partners [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In their FATCA update for funds, Laven Partners, detailed the delay in implementation. The firm writes: "As expected, many foreign financial institutions have objected to the broad reach of the Foreig
22 Aug. 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Asset Weighted index up +0.02% in July (-2.00% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2013 up 0.02% on an asset weighted basis and declined 0.85% on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Canadian Hedge F
22 Aug. 2013 Credit Suisse hedge fund index up 0.88% in July, 4.59% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.88% in July. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of July. Some key
22 Aug. 2013 UCITS HFS Index up 0.69% in July 2013, 1.58% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index bounces back after losses taken in June with a performance of 0.69% in July 2013. The broad index started negatively into the month with a negative result of -0.24% in week one. Things turned around
22 Aug. 2013 Chenavari’s multi-strategy fund enjoys strong growth over 2013 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Chenavari Investment Managers’ multi-strategy fund is up 11.79% to end July this year. The Multi Strategy approach profits from opportunities across Corporate Credit, Financials, ABS and Real Estate Debt
22 Aug. 2013 Largest hedge funds increase equity exposure [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Research from Factset reveals that the 50 largest hedge funds increased their equity exposure by just over 1% in the second quarter of 2013. The firm writes: "Dell Inc. was the largest addition for the grou
21 Aug. 2013 HFRU Index up 0.28% to mid-August, up 1.41% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +0.28% through mid-August. HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gai
21 Aug. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.40% to mid August, up 4.2% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed declines through mid-August with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posting a decline of -0.40% as losses in Equity Hedge offset gains in Relative Value Arbitrage. Relative Value Arbitrage
21 Aug. 2013 CFTC changes the definition of a US Person in swaps rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In July, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final guidance on swaps compliance issues, and in that guidance the regulator quietly changed the definition of what it means to be a US person. According to new, and final guidance that
21 Aug. 2013 Ackman talks Herbalife, JC Penny in latest investor letter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman may be $300 million in the hole on his Herbalife short bet, but he's standing by it according to his most recent investor letter. Ackman has been in the news lately over both Herbalife and JC Penny, but his convic
21 Aug. 2013 Eurekahedge reports 70% of reporting funds positive over July [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The August 2013 Eurekahedge Report’s highlights included: Hedge funds up by 1.02% in July, with 70% of reporting funds delivering positive returns during the month
20 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund manager Phil Falcone agrees to SEC settlement, five-year ban [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Embattled hedge fund manager Phil Falcone, head of Harbinger Capital has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That settlement includes a five-year ban from the financial industry and an admission of wrongdoing. The terms
20 Aug. 2013 Hedge fund flows increased in July, credit turned negative -eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund flows turned back to positive in July led by a sharp rebound of investor interest in Macro fund exposure. July was the second month in the last three where investor flow trends wavered from their recent historical paths, marking increased interes
19 Aug. 2013 High Water Women’s 9th annual backpack drive delivers 10,000 backpacks to children in need [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - High Water Women, a leading philanthropic organization focused on financial literacy and microfinance, today announced the completion of its 9th annual Backpack Drive, delivering a record 10,000 fully-supplied backpacks to tri-state area children in need. The drive was t
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