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06 May. 2014 Why are hedge fund assets reaching all time highs while they underperform the S&P 500? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By Don Steinbrugge from Agecroft Partners: There is a constant flow of articles in the media articulating that hedge funds have performed badly because they have underperformed the S&P 500 index. Many of these articles suggest that it is just a matter of time before i
06 May. 2014 Ayaltis reports exceptional results for its Flagship Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ayaltis flagship fund Areca Value Discovery finished the first quarter 2014 with a performance of +5.21% in USD. Since Inception in December 2008 the fund returned 57.24% with a volatility of 4.47% p.a. In a challengi
06 May. 2014 Acquisition will see first Brazilian corporation establish Guernsey base [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agreement has been reached in principle for Guernsey fund administration firm Fund Corporation to be acquired by Brazilian emerging markets specialist Providence Financial, subject to regulatory approval. All 10 Fund Corporation employees will join a newly-estab
06 May. 2014 UCITS absolute return funds end April down -0.37%; (-0.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS absolute return funds end April down -0.37% as measured by the UAI Global Index and have now turned slightly negative on average for the year down -0.03%. Equity focused strategies record the worst monthly returns with -0.98% for the UAI Long/Short Equity and -0.89%
06 May. 2014 Macros increase S&P500 exposure - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are increasing their long exposures to the S&P 500 - specifically macro funds are adding to their overall long positions according to
05 May. 2014 Cerulli: 53% of advisors' clients between 50 and 70 years old, eRIAs emerge as threat [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by global analytics firm Cerulli Associates found that 53% of advisors' clients are aged between 50 and 70 years old. "Advisors are finding it increasingly difficult to attract young investors," said Kenton Shirk, associate director at
05 May. 2014 Geo-political crisis in Ukraine ups gold price but hedge funds, speculators remain cautious [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Geo-political risks brought about by the escalating violence in Ukraine have pushed the price of gold up, with investors going into this precious metal to protect their portfolios. However, hedge funds and speculators remained cautious against buying this metal bec
02 May. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index down 0.26% in April (0.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted mixed performance in April 2014 with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index posting a decline of -0.26%, as gains in Macro and Relative Value Arbitrage were offset by losses in Equity Hedge and Event Driven. HFRU Macro Index posted a g
02 May. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down 0.73% in April (0.38% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a decline of -0.73% in April 2014, while the HFRX Absolute Return Index declined -0.27%. HFRX Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a decline of -0.16% for the month of April with mixed
02 May. 2014 LGT Capital Partners completes merger with LGT Capital Management, AuM increase to $50bn+ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners today announced the completion of its merger with LGT Capital Management as of 25 April 2014. LGT Capital Management will be fully integrated as of 1 June 2014. This move will see LGT Capital Partners strengthen its position as a leading provider of m
01 May. 2014 Parker FX Index reports +0.39% return for March (-0.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.39% return for the month of March. Thirty three of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported March results, of which seventeen reported positive results and sixteen in
30 Apr. 2014 SEI paper: Investment management firms must maximise technology initiatives to increase business value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the asset management industry goes through a transformative period dominated by the conflicting trends of growth and uncertainty, investment management firms must maximise their technology initiatives to add value to their businesses, according to a paper released toda
30 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds gain interest from endowments and foundations - survey [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new survey from NEPC shows that endowments and foundations have a strong preference for hedge funds. 81% of those surveyed noted that they plan to continue their allocations in 2014. Based on current macroeconomic indicators respondents say that domestic equit
29 Apr. 2014 Hedge funds increase market exposure [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are continuing to add to their broad market exposure according to the latest he
28 Apr. 2014 U.S. Foundation wants to increase diversity of emerging and minority managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A couple of recent interviews, sponsored by conference organizers, give some interesting perspectives on the world of emerging fund managers: one from an instit
22 Apr. 2014 Strong inflows drive hedge fund capital to new record in 1Q14 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund assets surged to set another record in the first quarter of 2014 as investors allocated the most new capital to the industry since 2Q11. Global hedge fund capital increased to $2.70 trillion, the seventh consecutive quarterly record, as investors allocate
22 Apr. 2014 Asset flows into hedge funds near all time highs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to the latest Hedge Fund Asset Flow Summary for March and Q1 2014 from eVestment, total industry AUM reached $2.931tn, less than $7bn from its all-time high and hedge fund flows remained high, making the first quarter the best quarter for the industry
22 Apr. 2014 Ackman to pursue Allergan acquisition, a new corporate actions model emerges [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As Opalesque recently reported, investors are lining up for activist strategies. Those investors may be interested in the latest news from Pershing Squar
21 Apr. 2014 Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, a
17 Apr. 2014 Commodity strategies deliver strong first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced the March performance and first quarter results for its suite of hedge fund indices. For the first-quarter of 2014, commodity-oriented strategies, as represented by the Newedge Com
17 Apr. 2014 AIMA publishes new guides for hedge fund managers who want to comply with AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published a new set of practical guides for hedge fund managers wishing to comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The ne
17 Apr. 2014 In ruling of wide significance, Privy Council decides on Fairfield case [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On 16 April 2014, the Privy Council ruled in the claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield, one of the largest feeder funds to have invested into Bernard Madoff’s investment company. The company filed hundreds of claw back claims against investors who had redeemed sh
17 Apr. 2014 EU Parliament’s vote of UCITS V Directive creates alignment with AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Parliament voted to adopt the UCITS V Directive (“UCITS V”) on 15 April 2014, in advance of Parliamentary elections next month. The final vote followed a period of uncertainty where there was potential for the progress of UCITS V to be thrown off course becau
17 Apr. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index dips 0.09% in March +1.39% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.09% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.39% year to date. “Global equity markets experienced their version of March Madness as fears of Russian expansionism, Fed tightening, and slowing gro
16 Apr. 2014 Hedge Funds Make the Worst Start to a Year Since 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data from Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst reveals that hedge funds have suffered their worst first quarter in terms of performance since 2008, with the Preqin All Hedge Fund Strategies benchmark up 1.23% year-to- date (YTD). This is in contrast to both 2012 and 2013 when hedg
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