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06 Nov. 2013 Interest in African hedge funds continues to grow - survey [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Novare Investments second annual Africa funds survey shows growing interest in the continent. Report data shows that capital flows to Africa focused funds are becoming more steady, a trend which is expected to continue as more African countries develop and mature
05 Nov. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains +1.27% in October, 3.24% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +1.27% in October, 2013. • HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +1.93% in October, with positive contributions from Global equity, India and Turkey and mixed performan
05 Nov. 2013 IndexIQ’s Hedge Composite Beta Index up 1.44% in October, 2.62% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for October 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the p
05 Nov. 2013 Strongest growth since January for Equity Hedge, up 1.92% for October, 8.68% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFRX notes that global financial markets posted gains for the month of October as US lawmakers passed a budget deal, ending the US government shutdown and averting a default on US
05 Nov. 2013 SAC enters guilty plea in insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to an insider trading probe launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The guilty plea is part of a broader settlement over the insider trading charges, as part of that settlement the f
05 Nov. 2013 Hedge fund reduce exposure to S&P, underperform index in October [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds reduced their exposure to the S&P500 over the past week according to the latest
05 Nov. 2013 GFIA reports that October was positive for Asian markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:In their October performance notes on hedge funds in Asia Pacific, GFIA reports that Asian markets rebounded over the month on the perception that the Fed is kicking the tapering can down the road. MSCI Asia ex J
05 Nov. 2013 27% of advisors globally regularly use alternative products and strategies [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Three in four advisors said in a recent that survey they talk about alternative investments with clients, especially in the U.S. and the Middle East. But 67% and 80% of advisors in the U.S. and U.K. estimate their clients, at best, have very little understan
05 Nov. 2013 UK FCA finds asset managers are better prepared for service provider failure but not all apply proper oversight [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:The collapse of Lehman and the several bailouts that occurred in recent years highlighted the possibility of big brands becoming potential bankruptcies. So asset managers, including hedge fund managers, may be cautious when it comes to their service providers
04 Nov. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index Global is up a healthy 1.18% in October, 3.20% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up a healthy 1.18% in October 2013 and reaches 3.20% since the beginning of the year. As for last month, the good performance is explained by the strong results of long/short equity managers up 1.85% on average. However the best perfo
04 Nov. 2013 Paris Court of Appeal cancels AMF’s suit against three hedge funds [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:On 24th October, the Court of Appeal in Paris cancelled a decision previously made by the AMF, the French financial watchdog, in February 2012 to condemn three fund management companies
01 Nov. 2013 Europe's incredible shrinking pension funds landscape [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The move to fewer, larger pension funds in key markets such as the Netherlands and United Kingdom could work to the advantage of asset management groups, according to the November issue of The Cerulli Edge-Global Edition. A trimming of pillar II pension funds-ma
01 Nov. 2013 Asian Insurers: Adapting investment strategies to a changing world [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Opalesque Industry Update - Insurance companies globally are adopting new ways of thinking about their industry, as the markets in which they operate see significant long-term economic and regulatory changes, not to mention near-term volatility.
01 Nov. 2013 Preqin reports fifth consecutive month of negative performance for CTAs [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A fifth consecutive month finds CTA performance in the red with average net returns of -0.67% in September, compared with 1.74% for all single-manager hedge funds, according to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst database.
31 Oct. 2013 FIA statement on CFTC customer protection rule [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Futures Industry Association today issued the following statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s final rule on customer protections: FIA strongly supports the vast majority of the customer protections contained in the rule, many of w
31 Oct. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +1.62% in September (+5.51% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for September 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through August. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
31 Oct. 2013 Hedge fund industry compensation rises for third consecutive year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry compensation rose for the 3rd consecutive year, as trends of increased investor visibility, organizational transparency, increased reporting requirements and role evolution accelerated on record industry assets. Average compensation rose between five a
31 Oct. 2013 Fortress raises $2bn for alternative investments in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortress Group declares a cash dividend of $0.06 per dividend paying share for the third quarter of 2013 Management Fee Paying Assets Under Management (“AUM”) of $58.0 billion as of September 30, 2013, a 6
31 Oct. 2013 HFR finds Asian hedge fund assets up to $103.8bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFR reports that capital invested in Asian hedge funds surged to its highest level in five years and passed an important growth milestone in the third quarter, according to their latest HFR
31 Oct. 2013 Alceda reports that demand for alternative UCITS continues [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Alceda has published its quarterly review of alternative UCITS finding that with equity markets continuing their rally into the third quarter, the demand for alternative UCITS strategies has continued. The firm w
31 Oct. 2013 Survey finds Asian institutions consistently avoid hedge funds due to concerns about performance, fees and credibility [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:A survey by BNP Paribas Securities Services of major institutional investors in the Asia Pacific region, representing more than $2.2tln in asse
30 Oct. 2013 SAC will plead guilty to fraud following year long criminal probe [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Connecticut-based SAC Capital, managed by Steven Cohen and the subject of a year long probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will plead guilty to fraud as part of what looks to be a multi-billion dollar settlement with the regulator. According to
30 Oct. 2013 Old Park Capital launches Maestro Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:London-based Old Park Capital, has launched a new fund - the Maestro Fund - an offshore vehicle to access the existing Maestro Strategy. The firm operates two managed futures programs, the Maestro program arbitrages the daily variation in the valuation of highly
29 Oct. 2013 Investors pile into equity funds at fastest rate since 2000 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that all equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds have received a net $45.5 billion in October through Friday, October 25. This month’s inflow is the fifth-highest in any month on record. “As Silicon Valley besto
29 Oct. 2013 Harcourt launches two alternative UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harcourt, the alternative business of Vontobel Asset Management, expands its offering with the launch of two UCITS funds, the Vontobel Fund – Pure Momentum Strategy and the Vontobel Fund – Pure Dividend Strategy. Th
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