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02 Oct. 2012 Albourne amends its Fund Rating Methodology to incorporate Open Protocol reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Albourne, a leading specialist consultant, predominantly advising institutional investors on their allocation to hedge funds, announced that they will emphasize a fund’s participation in Open Protocol reporting as an addit
02 Oct. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index up 0.29% over September, 0.98% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.29% in September and is now up 0.98% for the year. The UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is up 0.11% and is still down -1.36% for the year. In September, 6 out of 11 strategies return positive performances. The UAI Emerg
02 Oct. 2012 BofA Merrill Lynch analysis shows hedge funds are underperforming [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest market analysis finds that hedge funds are underper
02 Oct. 2012 Cerulli finds European institutional and retail investors approach risk differently [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Investors who like to trade volatility have been putting money into volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like never before, according to the September issue of The Cerulli Edge-European Monthly Pr
02 Oct. 2012 Court strikes down CFTC position limits rules [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Latest note from Dechert reports that last Friday, September 28th, the U.S. Feder
02 Oct. 2012 South African hedge funds face regulatory change as their industry grows [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: South African fund group Novare has published its latest Hedge Fund Survey examining the growth of the hedge fund industry across the country to June 2012. Their findings include an observation that the in
01 Oct. 2012 Taylor Alternative Mutual Funds launches Taylor XPLOR Managed Futures Strategy Fund [more]
Taylor Alternative Mutual Funds (“Taylor ALTS”), which are committed to providing financial advisors and their clients direct and easy access to leading alternative investment strategies in a mutual fund format, today announced the launch of the Taylor Xplor Managed Futures Strategy Fund [TMFIX] (“T
01 Oct. 2012 Citco launches FATCA compliance program for clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies (“Citco Group”), a worldwide group of leading independent financial service providers, announced that it has undertaken an extensive Group-wide initiative to ensure full compliance with FATCA regulations. This announcement follows the publicat
01 Oct. 2012 Bryan Garnier A.M. launches UCITS IV platform, Madison Street Partners to be first sub-fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bryan Garnier Asset Management (BGAM) has launched the Bryan Garnier Umbrella Fund SICAV plc. The Umbrella Fund is domiciled in Malta and externally managed by Bryan Garnier Asset Management in France which is regulated by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Top
01 Oct. 2012 eVestment/HFN find new allocations to hedge funds far outpaced redemptions in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment and HFN published their September hedge fund asset flow summary, "New Allocations to Hedge Funds Far Outpaced Redemptions in August." The report provides fully reported August net flow figures, and updated August performance data. Key
01 Oct. 2012 CalPERS announces outreach workshop for emerging manager programs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that they will partner with the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) to host a workshop on December 3, 2012 for emerging managers seeking to become investment partners w
01 Oct. 2012 Global hedge fund assets increase despite lacklustre returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from HedgeFund Intelligence finds that global hedge fund assets increased by 4% in the firs
01 Oct. 2012 France and Germany try to revive EU-wide financial transaction tax [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva – France and Germany are aiming to revive a financial transaction tax (FTT) within the European Union, reported AF
01 Oct. 2012 EDHEC-Risk paper finds that hedge fund alpha is a form of fair reward [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new paper from the Newedge research chair on advanced modelling for alternative investments
28 Sep. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index inched up 0.5% in August (4.1% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update —Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for August 2012 as well as asset flows through July. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly
28 Sep. 2012 Financial software provider SS&C acquires fund administrator Gravity Financial [more]
Opalesque industry Update – SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced it has acquired Gravity Financial, a Northeast-based full-service fund administrator. The transaction, which adds 40 fund services custom
28 Sep. 2012 Parker FX Index down 0.58% in August (-1.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.58% return for the month of August. Forty-five of the fifty programs in the Index reported August results, of which fifteen reported positive results and thirty incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.25% in A
28 Sep. 2012 Europe’s biggest insurer turns away from Euro sovereign bonds - report [more]
From Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva, and Florian Guldner, Opalesque Munich – Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer and one of its biggest investors, wants to invest Eur1.65bn ($2.1bn) but is changing its strategy. CEO Michael Diekmann is not interested in Euro sovereign bonds anymore, he tells
28 Sep. 2012 Lazard A.M., Winton Capital open office, Templeton, Carmignac increase head-count in Zurich [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva - According to Swiss daily Le Temps, U.S. asset manager Lazard Asset Management opened an office in Zurich last week to better serve its investors. Lazard counts 3,000 institutional investor
27 Sep. 2012 SEB Dynamic Manager Alpha fund in new UCITS format [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern European banking group SEB today announces that its Dynamic Manager Alpha fund is now accessible to retail investors via its new UCITS format. Launched in 2005 as a managed account, the strategy has a seven year track record, returning consistent positiv
27 Sep. 2012 Blackstone announces successful IPO of GSO Strategic Credit Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GSO / Blackstone, part of the credit platform of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms, today announced the successful pricing of the initial public offering of Blackstone / GSO Strategic Credit Fund (the “Fund”). The Fund’s prima
27 Sep. 2012 Dechert reports on developments in ASEAN UCITS-type fund passport [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Angelyn Lim of Dechert’s Hong Kong office has written a thorough report on developments in establishing a funds passport for ASEAN funds. She writes: "Members of the Associat
26 Sep. 2012 AIMA announces new global governing council [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has announced the formation of a new AIMA Council, its Board of Directors. The new non-Executive Chairman was named by AIMA last week as the former US Securities
26 Sep. 2012 Lazard launches Opportunities Fund following the closure of Matrix UCITS platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the recent closure of Matrix UCITS fund platform, the assets of the Matrix Lazard Opportunities Fund have been merged into the newly created Lazard Opportunities Fund, which was launched yesterday. This is a sub-fund of Lazard Global Investment Funds plc, an Iri
26 Sep. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Index comments on August hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.84% in August 2012 (4.52% YTD). A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of August. Some key findings from the report include:  Hedge funds, as meas
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