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19 Mar. 2015 Neuberger Berman unit buys 20% stake in activist hedge fund Jana Partners for $2bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman’s unit Dyal Capital Partners bought a 20% stake in activist hedge fund firm Jana Partners worth $2bn, WSJ.com reports. The deal comes as activi
19 Mar. 2015 Financial institutions, regulators urged to use automated approach in managing model risks in fund industry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial institutions and regulators must develop standardized processes and technology for managing the risk associated with sophisticated financial models in the fund industry to lower the cost and potentially reduce systemic risk, according to a new report fr
18 Mar. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Slips 0.07% in February (+3.02% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders were down 0.07% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 3.02% year to date. “For eight of the past ten months, CTAs were able to generate returns from trends that provided ample profit
18 Mar. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends February up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended February 2015 up 2.04% (4.15% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up 1.85% (3.78% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Ca
18 Mar. 2015 The wealth report 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Andrew Hay Global Head of Residential It is clear that 2015 will be a remarkable year in terms of political and economic fluctuations, making it harder than ever to predict investor sentiment and the resulting wealth flows. We are fortunate in being ab
18 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds show strong performance of 2.52% so far in 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry got off to a strong start in 2015 "completely unmindful" of the poor performance last year, according to data provider Preqin. According to Preqin, following a year which saw the average he
18 Mar. 2015 Europe’s quantitative easing pushes hedge funds up 2.25% in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Central Bank’s extension of aid to Greece and its new EUR 1.1tln stimulus package rallied European equity markets, that helped pushed hedge funds to gain 2.2% last month, said data provider BarclayHedge
18 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund investors migrating out of U.S. equities amid expectations of Fed rate hike [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investors have significantly decreased their U.S. equity allocations amidst concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates in the second quarter, according to the
17 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds outpaces S&P as rally fizzles [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds space outpaced the S&P 500 last week as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly negative, down 0.3% while the S&P was down 3%. In its Weekly Briefing, Lyxor Asset Management said that hedge funds wer
17 Mar. 2015 One Oak launches hedge fund targeting institutional investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: South Carolina-based One Oak Capital Management announced the launch of its new hedge fund, the Alpha Opportuni
17 Mar. 2015 CQS launches new long-only global convertible bond UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Multi-strategy asset manager CQS announced the launch of a new long-only Global Convertible Bond Fund as the firm expands its capabilities in the UCITS space. James Peattie, the head of long only convertibles of t
16 Mar. 2015 Asia Frontier Capital Limited to launch new fund – AFC Iraq Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asia Frontier Capital Limited (AFC) has announced the launch of the “AFC Iraq Fund”. The initial subscription for investors is expected to be at the end of April 2015. Asia Frontier Capital (Iraq)
16 Mar. 2015 Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisors seeks 3 board seats in Alliance Trust [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund firm Elliott Advisors, the biggest shareholder in Alliance Trust with a 12% stake, is seeking at least three board seats in the Dundee-based investment group, a report by the
13 Mar. 2015 CalPERS commits $75m to emerging manager program firm Siris Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has announced that it has committed $75 million to private equity firm Siris Partners. This is the first direct commitment to Siris, who has previously received commitments from CalPERS through the Syste
13 Mar. 2015 Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking takes an equity stake in Eris Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eris Exchange (Eris), a U.S.-based futures exchange group offering swap futures as a capital-efficient alternative to OTC interest rate swaps, has announced that Societe Generale Prime Services – formerly Newedge – has completed an equity investment in Eris. As part of th
13 Mar. 2015 Asia-Pacific-based hedge funds hire more women [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific-based hedge fund companies hire more women executives than their Western counterparts, according to the latest survey by data provider Preqin. In a survey, Preqin found that the Asia-Pacific region
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund managers eagerly adapt to changing markets, investors and products, according to new survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry is transforming, with managers increasingly focused on customised products and solutions, new investors, and emerging markets. This is the conclusion of
12 Mar. 2015 ESMA looking for market vulnerabilities in hedge funds, including credit and smart beta [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), Europe’s securities watchdog, said it is scrutinizing the funds industry to look for future market vulnerabilities, including possible systemic risk. In a report,
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge fund manager Cliff Asness says global warming will not be a threat for next 500 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based Cliff Asness, one of the most successful hedge fund managers, has dismissed the threat of global warming as he downplayed warnings by scientists that the world’s temperature is rising at an alarming rate. According to Asness, while the global tempe
12 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds saw increase in allocations in March [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recorded a slight increase in allocations from hedge funds in the first week of March, according to the latest SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index. Data also showed that the inflows and outflows into hedge funds were largely unchanged this month compared
11 Mar. 2015 Middle Eastern millionaires to exceed 220,000 by 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to a new report from WealthInsight (Business Strategies for targeting HNWIs and UHNWIs in the Middle East) , Middle Eastern millionaires are expected to grow at
11 Mar. 2015 Hedge funds see second consecutive month of gains, up 1.59% (est.) in February, 2.41% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their gains in the second month of 2015, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.59% in February, trailing the MSCI World Index which ended the month with a strong finish, gaining 5.47%. All regional and strategic mandates ended the month in
10 Mar. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds shed $8.9 billion in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $8.9 billion (0.4% of assets) in January, down from December’s outflow of $28.1 billion (1.1% of assets), which was the largest since April 2009. “The hedge fund i
10 Mar. 2015 The Alternative Investment Industry Barometer: Sucessfully riding the thematic reversal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.7% in February. Ten out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+5.3%), the Lyxor CTA Short Term Index (+3.5%), the Lyxor Convertible Bond Arbitrage Index (+3.1%). The gr
10 Mar. 2015 Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of $2.919tln at the end of February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of US$2.919 trillion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI’s pr
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