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18 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds fell -0.47% through mid-December as global financial markets also crumble [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted declines through mid-December with the HFRX Absolute Return Index declining -0.47% through mid-month, while the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted a decline of -1.68%, data provider Hedge Fund Research said. In its mid-Decemb
18 Dec. 2015 Pharma entrepreneur Martin Shkreli arrested by FBI over former hedge fund dealings [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: It’s all over the news. American pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on Thursday morning, after a federal i
18 Dec. 2015 Update: Martin Shkreli, Evan Greebel formally indicted with seven counts of securities fraud and wire fraud conspiracy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday unsealed a seven-count indictment against M
17 Dec. 2015 Railpen’s decision to withdraw from hedge funds may be part of a wider movement of some European private sector pension funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the recent news that Railways Pension Trustee Company (Railpen) has been unwinding its exposure to hedge funds, Preqin takes a look at the wider trends of Europe-based private sector pension funds’ exposure and activity in the hedge fund asset class. Gl
17 Dec. 2015 Father and son hedge fund managers sentenced to 45 months in jail for fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former hedge fund managers father-and-son Gabriel Bitran, 70, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Marco Bitran, 40, a Harvard Business School graduate, on Wednesday were sentenced to 45 months in prison after admitting to misleading
17 Dec. 2015 Futures and macro strategies led hedge fund gains in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued their recovery last month with futures and macro strategies leading the way, according to data provider Greenwich Alternative Investments. The
17 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds down -0.26% in November - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of –0.26% in November, bringing YTD returns deeper into negative territory for 2015, -1.21%, according to the latest Hedge Fund Performance Report from eVestment. The industry’s last annual decline was in 2011
16 Dec. 2015 Was Third Avenue’s event a harbinger of further credit hedge fund closures? [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last Thursday started with a bang: Third Avenue’s announcement shocked many investors. And now commentators are wondering if this is the start of another crisis in the junk bond market. Others, however, believe this question is an overreaction and that other
16 Dec. 2015 Russian prosecutor Chaika makes unhinged allegations against hedge fund manager Bill Browder [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: William Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital Management, a hedge fund firm specializing in emerging market stocks founded in 1996, and leader of Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Campaign, the lawyer who mysteriously died while in Russian prison, commented on the
15 Dec. 2015 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes up 0.20% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted benchmark that seeks to measure hedge fund performance and provide the most accurate representation of the hedge fund universe. The Cre
15 Dec. 2015 Multi-Strat Holdings adds Raymond O’Neill to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Multi-Strat Holdings announces that Raymond O’Neill, FCAA, CFA, Dip IoD, principle of ARC Directors (Ireland) Ltd., has been elected to MultiStrat’s board of directors. Over the past 28 years, Mr. O’Neill has been heavily involved in the asset management industry
15 Dec. 2015 Eurekahedge: Nearly 58% of hedge fund managers have posted positive returns in 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for November 2015: Hedge funds are up 2.45% for the year, with the total AUM growing by US$110.7 billion in 2015. US$71.2 billion of the gain in assets are attributed to investor inflows and US$39.6 billion to performance-driven gains. This compares wit
15 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds slightly down last week after ECB meeting but show resilience [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were resilient last week amidst choppy waters during a period in which most asset classes sold off ferociously and fixed income provided no downside protection. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ended the week slightly down (-0.8%) as of end Dec. 8 (+0.3% YTD).
14 Dec. 2015 MUFG Investor Services completes acquisition of UBS Asset Management's Alternative Fund Services business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has gained all regulatory approvals for its acquisition of UBS Asset Management’s Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business and the acquisition has closed. The deal forms pa
14 Dec. 2015 Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers launches its first liquid alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, an asset management firm which, with its affiliates, has over 40 years of trusted performance and dedicated client service, today announced a liquid alternative ('40 Act) fund called the Weiss Alternative Balanced Risk Fund. This new
14 Dec. 2015 Almost 50% of hedge fund firms plan to launch a new hedge fund by the end of 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Around half of hedge fund firms intend to launch a new hedge fund by the end of next year and most are reporting rising assets, according to a global survey by PwC and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global industry body representing alternat
14 Dec. 2015 IOSCO finds no significant liquidity mismatch in hedge funds under 'normal’ market conditions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has found there is no significant liquidity mismatch in hedge funds under "normal" market conditions. This is one of the findings in the
11 Dec. 2015 CFTC proposes significant changes including a source code repository for algorithmic traders [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission has proposed a round of new changes for algorithmic traders that will significantly impact what firms need to keep on hand in terms of books and records. Those changes also require a full source code repository for any
10 Dec. 2015 2016 constituents released for Societe Generale's Newedge CTA Hedge Fund Indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services today announced the 2016 constituents for the Newedge CTA, Trend, and Short-Term Traders Indices. The Newedge CTA indices are an industry leading suite of performance benchmarks, based on the largest CTA programs. The indices cal
10 Dec. 2015 Number of alternative asset managers grew by 15% in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Convergence, a leading data analytics and advisory services company, has issued its Q3 update of the State of the Union of the Alternative Asset Management Industry. The report focuses on business trends amongst alternative asset managers, related assessments of changes i
10 Dec. 2015 BNY Mellon, Insight launch their first US absolute return mutual fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched the BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Multi-Strategy Fund, an absolute return multi-strategy fund available in a liquid alternatives mutual fund vehicle. It will be sub-advised by Insight Investment, a BNY Mellon invest
10 Dec. 2015 Ex-Optimal head faces Madoff-related trial in Geneva [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Manuel Echeverria, 55, who ran Banco Santander SA’s Optimal Investment Services unit from Geneva, faced charges of mismanagement with intent to enrich at the courthouse in Geneva’s old town on Monday. He is the first European investment manager to reach cour
09 Dec. 2015 Newedge CTA index up 2.71% in November (+1.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services announces the November performance data for its Newedge CTA indices. After a dip in October, CTA strategies posted positive returns across the board in November 2015, and CTA and Trend are showing a positive year-to-date perfor
09 Dec. 2015 Bankruptcy rule change could be a gift to some private fund managers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Lawmakers and lobbyists backed by private funds including Apollo Global Management are pushing for a change to a decades old bankruptcy rule. Apollo and others have been pushing for a change to the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 to be included in a spending bill t
09 Dec. 2015 Hedge funds are utilizing Twitter and social media for trading opportunities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are utilizing Twitter and other social media platforms for trading opportunities by monitoring sentiments that might have impact on the equity market, reported
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

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