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04 Feb. 2014 Hedge funds outperform in January - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Even though hedge funds overall had a flat to down January, they will outperformed the broad market, according to the latest
03 Feb. 2014 Omni Partners set to launch fund focused on the secured property lending market in the UK [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Partners LLP (“Omni”), the alternatives specialist set up by trading veteran Steve Clark in 2004, today announces the launch of the Omni Secured Lending Fund I LP, enabling institutional investors to directly access the short-term secured property lending market with
03 Feb. 2014 80 Capital opens Helium strategy to external investors after 23-month trading run [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Quantitative hedge fund manager 80 Capital LLP, run by former Deutsche Bank quantitative executive Philippe Azoulay, has opened its Helium strategy to external investors fo
03 Feb. 2014 One-third of financial advisors in the U.S. to retire within 10 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: One third of financial advisors in the U.S. are planning to exit the business within the next 10 years, according to the latest research from global analytics firm Cerulli Associates. "The need for succession support is growing. Finding a suitable succession par
03 Feb. 2014 Chinese shadow banking concerns expand [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The size and scope of shadow banking activities in China is steadily increasing, raising some concerns about the overall stability of the system. The impact of bad debts in China’s shadow banking system is likely more important to the global economy than Fed po
31 Jan. 2014 Asset Managers identify top priorities/challenges in 2014, in a Bonaire survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bonaire, a Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. company and leading provider of software solutions for asset managers, mutual funds and capital market firms, today released the results of its client survey designed to determine which priorities and challenges are top of m
31 Jan. 2014 Trafelet Capital Management becomes Trafelet Brokaw & Co. as George Brokaw joins as managing partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trafelet Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm with a 14year track record founded by Remy W. Trafelet, announced today that George R. Brokaw has joined as a Managing Partner. The firm will change its name to Trafelet Brokaw & Co., LLC and its investment
31 Jan. 2014 HFC to honor Bruce Richards of Marathon Asset Management at 16th annual New York [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: HFC will be honoring Marathon Asset Management’s Bruce Richards, who will be presented with the Award for Caring during the 16th Annual New York Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit, held in New York, NY. The gala, the largest gathering that Hedge Funds Care/
30 Jan. 2014 Hedge fund manager George Jarkesy asks court to block SEC hearing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager George Jarkesy Jr. of the Houston-based John Thomas Financial Inc. asked a Federal court in Washington on Wednesday to block the Securities and Exchange Commission from proceeding with its planned hearing against a securities fraud filed against h
29 Jan. 2014 Majority of investors say hedge funds met or exceeded returns expectations in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds made gains of 11.08% for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2013, ahead of the 10.13% returned in 2012, and the benchmark loss of -1.93% in 2011. Investors are largely satisfied with the performance in 2013; eighty
29 Jan. 2014 SEC issues a risk alert on due diligence processes for selecting alternative investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a new risk alert on the due diligence processes that investment advisers use when they rec
29 Jan. 2014 Viteos makes the case for outsourced shadow accounting at hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Viteos, a global fund administrator and outsourced middle office service provider has released a new white paper detailing the business case to hedge funds for outsourcing shadow accounting functions. Shadow accounting in one form or another is part and parcel
28 Jan. 2014 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index up +0.9% in December; (+9.2% 2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for December 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through November. The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
28 Jan. 2014 SEC charges Legg Mason affiliate Western Asset Management Company with defrauding clients [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Western Asset Management Company, which is a subsidiary of Legg Mason, with concealing investor losses that resulted from a coding error and engaging in cross trading that favored some clients over others.
28 Jan. 2014 Bank of America Merrill Lynch: speculators cut S&P500 long exposures by 70% [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Speculators have reduced long S&P500 exposure by more than 70%, as of last Tuesday, according to
27 Jan. 2014 Lyxor optimistic for hedge fund strategies in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The global economy finished on solid footing in 2013 and growth is set to maintain a healthy pace in 2014. Demand in the developed economies is recovering steadily aided by supportive policies, which have helped smooth the deleveraging cycle. Growth in the US is
27 Jan. 2014 Japanese firms are increasingly awarding investment mandates to foreign managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Myriad changes--macro and micro--support a Japanese institutional move to award mandates to foreign managers. Sub-advised funds accounted for 65% of investment trust assets under management at June 30, 2013, up from 61% in 2008, according a joint report from Cerulli Assoc
27 Jan. 2014 Innovation, Asian sales could push ETFs to surpass hedge funds assets in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Exchange traded funds (ETFs) could surpass the assets of hedge funds before the year ends at the earliest or in the first half of next year at the latest, according to a study released by EY, formerly Ernst & Young, several media said. According to EY,
24 Jan. 2014 Union Bancaire Privée increases assets under management by 10% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (UBP) has announced a 10% year-on-year rise in its assets under management to CHF 87.7 billion (USD 98.6 billion) as at 31 December 2013 (CHF 80 billion at the end of 2012). The Group’s operating profit ca
24 Jan. 2014 Pictet launches absolute return bond fund, reports positive hedge fund returns for 2013 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Pictet Group, a Swiss private bank and wealth and asset manager headquarted in Geneva, is in full swing. Its asset management branch recently expanded its fixed income team and launched an absolute return fund. Its legal structure was changed. And its alterna
23 Jan. 2014 Markit launches global ETF platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markit, a leading, global financial information services company, today announced that it has integrated its suite of ETF products into a new web application that delivers sophisticated capabilities required for navigating the increasingly complex and global ETF universe.
23 Jan. 2014 Emergence selects Rcube’s Global Macro UCITS fund for Absolute Return seeding fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - After three completed investments since mid-2012, NewAlpha Asset Management announced the fourth incubation partnership between the French managers-only seeding fund Emerge
23 Jan. 2014 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gains 1% (est.) in December, (9.1% in 2013) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Greenwich Mid-Month Update: Despite the dip at the beginning of the month hedge funds returned an average of +1.03% in December 2013 as indicated by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index. Equity markets were up in December as measured by the S&P500, up +2.53%, MSCI W
23 Jan. 2014 UCITS HFS Index finishes year on a high, up +0.27% in December 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index continues in the same vain as in November and reports gains of 0.27% again for December 2013. The broad index started negatively into the month with losses of -0.29% in week one. The seco
22 Jan. 2014 Moody’s upgrade points to reopening of the Chilean pension market to Irish UCITS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - It’s been a rocky road for Dublin over the past few years, but last month’s exit from the European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout and last Friday’s welcome news that Moody’s would follow Fitch and S&P by upgrading Irish sovereign debt to investment grade st
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