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18 Jun. 2014 Global financial markets extend gains through mid-June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global financial markets extended their gains through mid-June even as oil prices spiked while the U.S. economy continued to improve despite increased geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, according to data provider
18 Jun. 2014 CAIA and DeAWM partner to bring a 'new era of alternative investing’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) has partnered with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) to bring a new era of alternative investing by offering the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments Certificate program to its client covera
17 Jun. 2014 Fund Alignment Rights levels playing field between investors and hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Fund Alignment Rights issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has leveled the playing field between investors and hedge fund managers, particularly in terms of incentive compensation, said business solutions provider
17 Jun. 2014 Deutsche Bank survey reveals investor due diligence has tightened hedge fund operational controls [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds that refuse to provide adequate transparency is often the sole reason for an investor veto according to new information from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank’s Global Prime Finance group’s third annual Operational Due Diligence Survey, polled investors g
17 Jun. 2014 Financial reforms have little impact on corporate's use of interest-rate derivatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates found new regulations introduced through various financial reforms since the 2008 global financial crisis are having little to no impact on corporate use of, and dealer selection fo
17 Jun. 2014 J. Christopher Giancarlo appointed CFTC Commissioner [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: J. Christopher Giancarlo will step in to fill one of the empty spots on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Commission has had three open spots since early this year. Mr. Giancarlo assumed his responsibilities today. Mr. Giancarlo joins t
16 Jun. 2014 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in May; (+1.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 1.13% for the month of May. Press Release Credit Suisse
16 Jun. 2014 Paul Saferstein to launch hedge fund in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Paul Saferstein is planning to launch a hedge fund in the fourth quarter of this year to be called Saferidge Capital Partners after Asian Century Quest Capital LLC wi
16 Jun. 2014 Hedge fund Pine River soft closes multi-strategy fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Minnesota-based Pine River Capital Management, the $15bn hedge fund firm founded by Brian Taylor, is soft closes its $4.5bn multi-strategy Pine River Fund as it shuns new money because of "challenging envi
12 Jun. 2014 Infovest21: 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors’ data provider Infovest21 said that 31% of funds of funds are offering '40 Act funds - the biggest change they have made over the past year. Infovest21's Annual Survey of Funds of Funds s
12 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds posted 4-month high inflow in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry posted a four-month high inflow in June as investors poured more money into the sector, data provider SS&C Technologies said. "Subscr
12 Jun. 2014 Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co.’s Carmel Global Opportunities up 11.2% one year since launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based asset manager Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co. said that its Carmel Global Opportunities managed account generated +11.2% net return with a volatility of 2.3% thus achieving an exceptional Sharpe Ratio of 5 one
11 Jun. 2014 Silk Invest launches fund for African Footballers ahead of World Cup [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Silk Invest and Kolo Touré announce that Silk Invest will launch an African Opportunties for Footballers Fund in collaboration with Kolo Toure. The fund will be the first fund of its kind that will provide African footballers with a wealth management solution that
11 Jun. 2014 Cube Capital hires RVK Consultant as Director of Marketing, US [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cube Capital, the $1 billion global alternatives investment firm, has hired Stephen Petretto to meet growing demand. Cube Capital is expanding its marketing efforts in the US and has hired Stephen Petretto as Director of Marketing. Stephen joins Cube Capital fro
11 Jun. 2014 The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up +1.0% in May (YTD +0.8%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.0% in May (YTD +0.8%). 11 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of May in positive territory, led by the Lyxor L/S Equity, the Special Situation and the CTA Long Term Index. The optimism prevailing at the end of 2013 was
11 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds get $56.4bn in first four months of 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds took in additional $56.4bn in the first four months of 2014, more than triple the inflow of $16.9 billion in the same period last year, said BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. In April, the industry took in $18bn (0.8% of assets) in April, up
11 Jun. 2014 U.S. IRS issues rule reducing hedge fund fees to institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a new rule reducing the incentive fees assessed by hedge funds on institutional investors, allowing the sector to invest into the industry at a much lower cost. A report b
10 Jun. 2014 SEC Chair seeks market structure reform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SEC chair Mary Jo White has market structure in her crosshairs. The regulator said in recent public remarks that she would be looking at market structure, and has indeed revealed a five point reform plan. While noting that the "[t]he current market structure
10 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds buy the most S&P contracts in ten months [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have bought the most S&P contracts in ten months, although positioning remains at a net short according to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
09 Jun. 2014 Baronsmead warns asset managers of 'billion dollar' liability to Greek bonds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Baronsmead Partners LLP, the specialist hedge fund insurance broker has today issued a warning to the non-domiciled fund management industry over tax liabilities, especially those with significant capital invested in Europe. Baronsmead has been closely monitoring the tax
09 Jun. 2014 Short sellers are becoming more aggressive [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Short sellers are becoming more aggressive and are expected to be more hostile in the coming months as they placed negative bets in the SPDR ETF and are tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to almost 11% of its shares, the highest proportion since 2012. Acco
09 Jun. 2014 Blackstone-seeded hedge fund Sureview Capital shutters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Greenwich, Connecticut-based stock-focused hedge fund Sureview Capital LLC that is seeded by Blackstone Group has shut down early this year and has been liquidating its assets in the past weeks, people familiar on the matter said. According to
09 Jun. 2014 Distressed strategies lead hedge fund performance in May [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Distressed funds produced strong returns in May, putting them atop all major strategies in 2014, according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. Hedge fund performance was positive in May, rebounding from a slight decline in A
09 Jun. 2014 May was difficult month for Asian hedge funds, M&A should brighten outlook [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian fund managers, with the exception of ASEAN-focused managers, generally had a difficult month in May with the narrow range-bound market, said Singapore-based hedge funds specialist GFIA. In its monthly Rese
07 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds and funds of funds post broad based gains for May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Growth, Emerging Markets, Activist & Yield Alternative strategies lead May performance; HFRI Relative Value Index posts 9th consecutive gain, leading all strategies for 2014. Hedge funds posted gains across all main strategies in May, recovering from small
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