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30 Sep. 2015 UBS to pay $15 million settlement over Puerto Rican bonds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Puerto Rico will pay a $15 million settlement to UBS over mishandling of its Puerto Rican bond investments and causing harm to investors. According to the SEC, UBS Puerto Rico was the underwriter for bonds that the country was attempting to sell on the open
30 Sep. 2015 Corporate Resolutions Inc. and iThreat Launch "Cyber Risk Intelligence" [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As our collective dependence on the digital landscape continues to grow, we have been inundated with an increasing number of news headlines referencing large-scale cyber security breaches. Sony, Ashley Madison, JP Morgan – all have delivered crushing blows to businesses a
30 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds looking to profit from Power Assets, CKI merger [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are looking to profit from the proposed buyout of Hong Kong's Power Assets Holdings by Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) and hoped the latter will sweeten their $11.6 billion bid, reports
30 Sep. 2015 Vilas’ equity long bias hedge fund generates market-beating results [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Vilas Fund, an equity long bias fund managed by Chicago, Illinois-based Vilas Capital Management, posted five-year annualized returns, net of fees, of 23.47% vs. 15.87% for the S&P 500 Index, including divid
29 Sep. 2015 Managed Funds Association announces 2015-2016 board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA) has announced its 2015-2016 Board of Directors and newly elected officers. The new Board and officers will provide governance oversight to MFA and help guide the Association’s advocacy, education and communication efforts on global issu
29 Sep. 2015 Donald Trump unveils 'anti-hedge fund’ tax plan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Weeks after claiming that 'hedge funds are getting away with murder’ for allegedly paying less taxes than the average Americans, Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump unveiled on Monday his proposed tax plan aimed at helping the "middle- and lo
29 Sep. 2015 Number of China-focused hedge funds losing money doubled to 32% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of China-focused hedge funds that are losing money have more than doubled to 32% as of end August because of last month’s rout that shook the markets, according to Singapore-based data provider Eurekah
29 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds remain resilient as macro strategies outperform amidst market turmoil [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were quite resilient amidst the market turmoil, with the bond rally benefitting CTA and macro managers as a result of their long positioning on the asset class. The Lyxor CTA Broad Index gained 1.2% as of Sept. 15 (-1.5% YTD), while the broad Lyxor Hedge
29 Sep. 2015 Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says there is economic "danger ahead" in new video [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn released a new video just after midnight warning of "danger ahead" in the global economy. In the video, he takes on Wall Street, corporate CEOs, politicians, and voices his support for presidential candidate Donald Trump
28 Sep. 2015 Qatar Investment Authority opens first U.S. office in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, is delighted to announce the opening of its office in the United States of America. The office, based in New York, will enable QIA to develop and expand its global investment portfolio,
28 Sep. 2015 Activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group hires head of marketing and investor relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Activist hedge fund manager Barington Capital Group, L.P. has announced that industry veteran Marjorie Kaufman has joined the firm as a partner in charge of marketing and investor relations. Ms. Kaufman’s mandate is to bring Barington’s impressive 15-year record as
28 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds take profits in WTI [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have raised their bullish bets on U.S. crude for the fourth straight week, albeit slowly, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In the week to Sept. 22, long positions in futures and options in the West Texas Intermedia
28 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund manager John Eckerson to leave Claren Road [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Eckerson, co-founder and co-chief investment officer at Claren Road Management, will be leaving the firm, which is dealing with poor performance and redemption requests reported
28 Sep. 2015 Canadian pension fund charges hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein of cheating [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board on Friday filed formal charges against Boaz Weinstein and his hedge fund firm Saba Capital for allegedly cutting the value of its portfolio before paying up a redemption request. The lawsuit was filed before the New Yo
28 Sep. 2015 Survey shows multi-strategy hedge funds are top choice for allocations by institutions and advisors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The latest Alternative Investment Survey from Morningstar and Barron’s reveals that growth rates for alternative funds have slowed but still remain the highest compared to any other Morningstar Category. Alternative fund launches reached their highest level i
25 Sep. 2015 SEC bows to critics on administrative court [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC will give defendants more liberties in administrative court proceedings according to an announcement from the agency made late last night. The SEC had been facing criticism from judges and members of the business community that its in-house court was an
25 Sep. 2015 CAIA announces significant revisions of Level 1 curriculum for 2016 exam cycle [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association has announced significant revisions to its Level I curriculum text in preparation for the organization’s 2016 exam cycle. The changes, published by Wiley,
25 Sep. 2015 Currency hedge funds post gains in August as safe haven shift towards yen and euro [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds reported gains last month as the U.S. dollar fell with safe haven demand shifting toward the Japanese yen and Euro due to China’s currency devaluation and the fall in commodity prices, along with continued speculation about a U.S. rate increase
24 Sep. 2015 John Burbank sees trouble in emerging markets, predicts fourth US QE [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Burbank is bearish on emerging markets and commodities, and predicted of a fresh slowdown in the U.S. economy that would force the U.S. Federal Reserve to issue a fourth round of quantitative easing (QE) to revive the economy. Burbank’s $4.1 billion
24 Sep. 2015 Study shows pension funds are shifting to hedge fund strategies with low volatility and minimal beta [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by J.P. Morgan’s capital introduction division has found that pension funds are shifting their hedge fund allocations towards strategies with "lower correlation, less volatility and minimal beta" and moving away from "traditional direction
23 Sep. 2015 Dutch pension Scheme Bpf taps State Street for investment solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced today that it has been appointed by Stichting Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor het Bakkersbedrijf (Bpf Bakkers), the €3.4 billion Dutch pension scheme for the bakery sector, to provide a range of investment servicing solutions. State
23 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund launches, liquidations decline in first half of 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund launches and liquidations fell through the first half of 2015 as financial market volatility rose, according to data provider Hedge Fund Research. Data from HFR showed hedge fund launches tot
23 Sep. 2015 Most of BarclayHedge’s CTA, hedge fund indices down in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed future traders lost 1.60% in August 2015 according to BarclayHedge. The Barclay CTA Index fell 1.08%
23 Sep. 2015 Stanley Druckenmiller credits hedge funds, private equity investments for Bowdoin College’s 14.4% YTD gain [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and private equity investments fueled the 14.4% returns reported by Bowdoin College’s endowment, according to Stanley Druckenmiller, a longtime investment committee member of the endowment. This year’s gains is highest on record reported
22 Sep. 2015 Prologue Capital names global head of strategy, research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prologue Capital Management, an alternative investment adviser that manages a discretionary macro and fixed income relative value strategy, today announced that James (Jim) McCormick has joined the firm as Global Head of Strategy and Research. McCormick, 47, wi
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass

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