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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
09 Dec. 2015 Stephen Diggle is looking for money managers, traders for his new hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based hedge fund manager Stephen Diggle is looking for money managers and traders for his new multi-strategy fund. The Kit Trading Fund is led by former Merrill Lynch & Co trader Michael Downer and was launched on December 1, reported the
09 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund manager Meredith Whitney is back managing money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager and banking analyst Meredith Whitney is back managing money. She is now managing an $800 million equity portfolio at Arch Capital Group Ltd, a Bermuda-based insurer confirmed Preston Hutchings, the company’s CIO. Hutchings told
08 Dec. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.88%1 in November (+2.58% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continued their recovery in Q4 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.88%1 in November while the MSCI World Index grew by 0.38% during the month. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 2.58% while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World ha
08 Dec. 2015 Aquila Capital continues to refine its Risk Parity strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aquila Capital, one of Europe’s leading independent alternative asset managers, has announced that it has undertaken a series of measures to further refine its Risk Parity strategy. The strategy evolution aims to increase the expected returns from already highly valued as
08 Dec. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.6% last week as ECB fails to meet expectation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.6% as of Dec. 1 (+1.1% YTD) as long term CTAs outperformed as a result of continued trends in FX (USD up), commodities (down), equities (up) and fixed income (yields edged lower), Lyxor
08 Dec. 2015 Macro, CTAs drive hedge funds gains in November [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Strong performance by macro and CTAs pushed hedge funds gains in November for two consecutive months, latest data from data provider Hedge Fund Research said. The HFRI Fund Wei
07 Dec. 2015 Avon considering sale of its North American business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cosmetics company Avon is considering a sale of its North American business to private equity firm Cerberus. The news came just after activist firm Barrington sent out a letter to the company late Thursday saying it was taking out a stake in the firm and calling
04 Dec. 2015 Harvard study: Hedge funds predict and drive asset prices towards fundamental value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By: Jonathan Rhinesmith I provide novel evidence that hedge funds predict and drive the movement of asset prices towards fundamental value. Willingness to move prices, proxied by the share of trading volume consumed, reveals information: the volume consumed by q
04 Dec. 2015 ECB extends QE programme until March 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Following the ECB’s policy meeting on December 3rd, its President Mario Draghi announced in Frankfurt the central bank would extend its €60 billion ($63.5 billion) a month bond-purchasing programme to at least March 2017. It was originally intended to last un
04 Dec. 2015 In fiscal year ending September 2015, the SEC filed 807 enforcement actions, up from 755 in 2014 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Proskauer, an international law firm, released the
03 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund Insch Capital profits from actively managed gold strategy [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Insch Capital Management, a London and Lugano-based alternative investment manager, gained 6.06% in its gold investment strategy, Kintore, in November.  The total return in Kintore, which powers t
03 Dec. 2015 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.72% in November (-2.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted mixed performance in November, as investors discounted the impact of both US Fed interest rate increases and ECB stimulus measures in coming months. Global equity markets also posted mixed performance as with gains across US, Europe and Chi
02 Dec. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index basically flat (+0.5% YTD), but funds gear up for ECB action [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Macro/CTA strategies have maintained their large net short positions on the EUR/USD in line with expectations that the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce additional easing measures ahead of this week’s meeting, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefi
01 Dec. 2015 Deimos hires new portfolio management team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deimos Asset Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, announced today that the Brasidas Capital Management team of Jon Withaar and Steve Deitch have joined the firm as Managing Directors and Portfolio Managers. At Deimos, Withaar and Deitch will continue to bu
01 Dec. 2015 Hedge fund industry thinks investors will force greater sustainability efforts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With regulators around the world paying closer attention to individual companies’ impact on everything from the environment to global markets, and with 72% of the companies within the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index now reporting on their sustainability efforts, there can
01 Dec. 2015 Old Park Capital launches SI8 Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Old Park Capital, the London-based specialist CTA announced that a new trading team has joined the firm to launch the SI8 strategy from December 1st. The SI8 strategy is a systematic trading model that generates uncorrelated high risk adjusted returns from daily volat
01 Dec. 2015 Parker FX Index down -0.60% for the month of October (+0.84% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.60% return for the month of October. Twenty eight of the thirty-one programs in the Index reported October results, of which nine reported positive results and nineteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. Launches - Ex-BlueCrest team to open over $200m hedge fund, Greg Coffey, a hedge fund star who retired at 41, is eyeing a comeback, Brevan Howard plans Greek funds as bond rally signals revival[more]

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  3. North America - Miami could attract hedge funds if SALT deductions axed[more]

    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  4. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    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

  5. ...And Finally - The ongoing gun saga in the U.S.[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: As elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, gathered on Nov. 16 to discuss the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, one of those present asked if anyone had brought a gun to church. One man spoke up and said he c