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27 Dec. 2012 Hedge funds’ disappointing decade for some [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Economist is wondering why the Nobel Foundation plans to increase its investment in hedge funds. After all,
27 Dec. 2012 NYSE sells to ICE for $8bn, deal still needs regulatory approval [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has agreed to sell the exchange to a smaller rival - ICE for $8bn. ICE is based in Atlanta, and is offering a mix of cash and shares to NYSE Euronext,although the deal still needs regulatory approval. According to
21 Dec. 2012 Parker FX index up 0.15% in November (-1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.15% return for the month of November 2012. Forty-three of the forty-seven programs in the Index reported November results, of which twenty reported positive results and twenty-two incurred losses, and one was flat. On a risk-adjusted
21 Dec. 2012 New Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index commentary offers insight into November hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.64% in November. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of November. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as measured
21 Dec. 2012 Federal court upholds CFTC registration and reporting rules for registered funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In a decision handed down on December 12, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia turned aside a challenge that the Investment Company Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had brought to new rule and rule amendments affecting registered fu
21 Dec. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November down 0.16% (-4.66% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2012 down 0.16% (-4.66% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up -0.71% (-2.92% YTDT) on an equal weighted basis.
21 Dec. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains +0.75% through mid-December (3.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted gains through mid-December 2012, as reflecting cautious optimism and improved investor sentiment with regard to political and macroeconomic uncertainty of the US fiscal cliff and the European banking and sovereign debt crisis. Equity market
21 Dec. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2012 measured 6.19%, up from 5.19% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2012 measured 6.19%, up from 5.19% in November. "Expected year-end month-on-month redemptions are higher in December," said Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SS&C
21 Dec. 2012 Adoption of AIFMD Level 2 Regulations: not everybody is happy about it [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - As Europe has just adopted Level 2 Regulations for the AIFMD and its Paris-based watchdog has just issued consultation papers to fine tune the Directive, EU member states can now start preparing for the implementation of the Directive due in July 2013 into the
20 Dec. 2012 SunGard survey: Asset managers faced with challenge of achieving scale and staying focused on their area of expertise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SunGard Asset Arena 360 Boutique Asset Manager survey recently examined the prospects for institutional boutique asset managers, the obstacles that lay ahead, as well as strategies for growth in an increasingly challenging cost-pressured industry. Download the full
20 Dec. 2012 Prime Brokerage platform at SEB reveals 20% growth in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern European banking group SEB announced a 20% increase in mandates on its Prime Brokerage platform over the last 12 months. The platform has attracted 70 new hed
20 Dec. 2012 Global HFA and Tianyi Investment Group looking to acquire equity stakes in hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tianyi Investment Group and Global HFA have formed a strategic relationship to help both private and public companies looking to sell their business or a majority stake. The size of the deals range from 50 mil to
20 Dec. 2012 Hong Kong domiciled hedge funds are changing tack to meet regulatory requirements [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The majority of hedge funds available in Hong Kong are shifting gears towards UCITS and domiciled either in Ireland of Luxembourg, reported Asia Asset. More often, these funds are tailored
20 Dec. 2012 China’s prototype sunshine hedge funds in peril [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – A thick cloud shrouds China’s prototype hedge funds, or so-called sunshine funds after seeing record liquidations this year, reported AsianInvest
20 Dec. 2012 Deacons offers tips for direct marketers dealing with personal data in Hong Kong [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A piece in Deacons’ December financial services newsletter lists five things fund promoters should know about "direct marketing" in Hong Kong. Deepak Mahtani and Elizabeth MacDo
19 Dec. 2012 KPMG: U.S. fund managers looking to raise assets in Europe should prepare for AIFMD now [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – With the compliance deadline for one of the most complex regulatory reform agendas ever introduced into the asset management industry only seven months away, a KPMG International survey of more than 70 alternative investment fund managers reveals that nearly half have not
19 Dec. 2012 Newedge CTA Index down 0.15% in November (-3% YTD), Volatility Trading Index up 0.17% (4.75% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – November 2012 presented a mixed trading environment for the Newedge Indices. Commodity strategies faired poorly, extending a recent downturn in performance. The Volatility Trading Index continued a good run, and has now been positive in 8 of the 11 months in 2012.
19 Dec. 2012 Hedge fund assets reach $1.77trn in November, distressed debt strategies top performer YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds attracted $5.9 billion in November, bringing the total size of the industry to $1.77 trillion, according to a Eurekahedge report for the month of December
19 Dec. 2012 AIMA responds to the final implementation text of the AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has responded to the publication of the final text of the implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive (AIFMD) by the European Commission. T
19 Dec. 2012 Deloitte says FATCA draft guidance notes crystallise the breadth of impact [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UK's HMRC has issued draft guidance notes on the UK FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement together with its response to the FATCA Consultation Document. Chris Tragheim, tax partner at
19 Dec. 2012 Fortress closes Japan Opportunity Fund II after assets reach $1.65bn [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Diversified global investment firm Fortress Investment with over $51.5bn in asset
19 Dec. 2012 Increasing regulation increases popularity of managed account platforms [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest study paper from Global Perspectives examines the growing strength of the managed account platform as an investment structure in the alternatives world. Shane Bre
18 Dec. 2012 Wells Fargo Asset Management makes a strategic investment in The Rock Creek Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) today announced that it had acquired a minority ownership stake in privately held The Rock Creek Group (Rock Creek), a Washington DC-based fund of hedge funds firm with approximately US$7 billion in assets under management. The financi
18 Dec. 2012 SEC Charges Connecticut adviser for "skin in the game" misstatements about CDOs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today charged a Connecticut-based investment adviser with falsely stating to clients that it was co-investing alongside them in two collateralized debt obligations (CDO). According to the
17 Dec. 2012 Gemini's Northern Lights reach $10bn in assets under administration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Gemini Fund Services, LLC, a partner to independent advisors as a provider of comprehensive, pooled investment solutions, has announced that Northern Lights shared trusts, which include Northern Lights Fund Trust I, II, III, Northern Lights ETF Trust and Northern Lights Va
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