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04 Feb. 2013 The world's largest pension fund evaluates alternative investments [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The world’s largest pension fund, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), which oversees an estimated $1.16tln (108tln yen) in assets will meet in April to discuss the fund’s new direction, it was reported. Takahiro Mitani, who has been president si
01 Feb. 2013 Forbes Family Trust partners with another multi-family office and investment firm LGL Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update -- Forbes Family Trust, a multi-family office/investment advisory firm formed in partnership with the Forbes family and other family groups, announced on January 7th, 2013 a long term strategic and investment advisory partnership with LGL Partners (“LGL”). Forbes Famil
01 Feb. 2013 Focus Financial Partners buys hedge fund of funds provider [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Focus Financial Partners, LLC, the largest partnership of independent wealth management firms approaching $60 billion in client assets, today announced that The Portfolio Strategy Group, a Westchester based investment advisor, has joined the Focus partnership, effective D
01 Feb. 2013 EDHEC-Risk Institute warns European Commission of consequences of Tobin Tax [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In an open letter to European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso on January 30, 2013, Professor Noël Amenc, Director of EDHEC-Risk Institute and Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School, has reiterated EDHEC-Risk Institute’s opposition to a ‘Tobin’
01 Feb. 2013 New survey shows institutional investor demand for alternatives, global exposures on the rise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment and Casey, Quirk & Associates have released the findings of their annual consultant survey, based on responses from 35 investment consultants in the U.S., representing $14tn in assets under advisement. Each year, U.S.-based investment consultants are poll
01 Feb. 2013 Hedge fund managers and investors disagree over impact of regulation on hedge fund industry [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Research and data provider Preqin reports that hedge fund managers and investors disagree on the impact of regulation on the hedge fund industry. Of the he
01 Feb. 2013 German property firm LEG completes IPO, brings Eur1.34bn ($1.82bn) to Goldman Sachs, Perry Capital [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Germany’s first IPO of the year – and its largest within its property sector – was completed yesterday. LEG Immobilien AG raised around €1.3bn ($1.8bn), according to media reports, marketing 30.5 million shares at €44 each – a bit less than its net asset value
31 Jan. 2013 Cerulli: Investors have more trust in advisors than in financial firms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to The Cerulli Edge - Advisor Edition, 1Q Issue from Boston-based global analytics firm Cerulli Associates, investors have more trust in advisors than in financial firms overall. "In both 2008 and 2012, only 28% of households indicated they be
31 Jan. 2013 Parker FX Index up 0.17% in December, -1.12% for 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.17% return for the month of December. Forty three of the forty-seven programs in the Index reported December 2012 results, of which twenty-four reported positive results and eighteen incurred losses, and one was flat. On a risk-adjust
31 Jan. 2013 AIFMD implementation tools announced by AIMA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has launched an online self-diagnostic tool and detailed guide to implementation for firms needing to comply with the Al
31 Jan. 2013 Milltrust adds Singapore's Lion Global Investors to UCITS managed account platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Milltrust International, the UK and Singapore-based emerging markets platform, has added a Southeast Asia focused fund to its recently launched suite of UCITS IV funds as it aims to build a full emerging markets offering using best of breed regional managers. The new
30 Jan. 2013 Alix Capital reveals fixed income UCITS hedge funds most popular over 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The latest quarterly European research on the UCITS hedge funds industry published by Alix Capital, the Geneva-based provider of the UCITS Alternatives Index (UAI) family of indices, reveals that more than half
30 Jan. 2013 Man's FRM Capital Advisors launches strategic relationship with Japan focused hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FRM Capital Advisors (FCA), the seeding division of FRM, Man Group plc‘s (Man) fund of hedge fund division, has entered into a strategic relationship with a Japan focused hedge fund. FCA will make a signific
30 Jan. 2013 EDHEC-Risk Institute explains Libor manipulation will have affected hedge fund performance fees [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Writing for the EDHEC-Risk Institute’s Investment Management Review Dr Arjuna Sittampalam, Research Associate and Editor of the Review,
29 Jan. 2013 Citadel selects Bloomberg for derivatives trading and access to clearing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:Citadel, a leading global financial institution, is now using Bloomberg's Fixed Income Trading platform for electronic trading and clearing of interest rate swaps. Citadel is a leader among a growing number of institutions using Bloomberg for electronic exe
29 Jan. 2013 Insparo appoints commodity specialist for planned global food fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Insparo Asset Management has appointed commodity specialist Lucas Wurfbain to oversee a new global Food Fund, expected to be launched later this year. Lucas
29 Jan. 2013 EDHEC: Sophistication of UCITS causes non-financial risks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a summary document that concludes three years of research on better management of non-financial risks within the European fund management industry – conducted with the support of CACEIS – EDHEC-Risk Institute is putting forward a series of proposals to limit these risk
29 Jan. 2013 Zenith believes that fewer hedge fund managers shorting stocks creates a superior investment environment [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Zenith Investment Partner’s Daniel Liptak writes this month that the current attraction to risk assets is a reaction to a phenomenon of the boy calling wolf too many times or the reality that apparently
29 Jan. 2013 Hong Kong hedge fund Double Haven doubles assets to $415m due to surge of money in credit investments [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hong Kong-based credit specialist hedge fund Double Haven Capital saw its assets jump to $415m as money continues to flow into credit investments despite earlier fears that high yield and emerging market debt may be heading towards a bubble. In a report,
29 Jan. 2013 CFTC releases final exemptive order and additional guidance on cross-border swaps, commission under scrutiny [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Near the end of December, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a final exemptive order further clarifying the rules governing cross-border swaps an instrument which came under the regulatory purview of the Commission following the passage of the
29 Jan. 2013 Hedge funds aggressively buying the Euro, adding to USD shorts - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are moving aggressively into the Euro as that currency rallies over the US Dollar which is being shorted, according to
29 Jan. 2013 Newedge review of CTA performance finds second year of disappointing returns for the strategy [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Newedge has published its Review of CTA Performance in 2012, revealing that against a backdrop of rising g
29 Jan. 2013 Lyxor research reports positive news for alternative assets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest report from Lyxor research finds that there are two key calls for 2013: risky assets will outperform safe havens and hedge funds offer inviting risk-return profiles. Lyxor claims that the roots of their
28 Jan. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up 1.5% in December (+6.0% 2012) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for December 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through November. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of
28 Jan. 2013 UCITS HFS Index finishes year on a high, up +0.48% in December 2012 (+3.55% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — After a slightly positive performance in November the UCITS HFS Index continued in the same vain and reported gains of 0.48% for December 2012. The broad index started positive into the month with a performance of 0.25% in week one. The performance slowed down
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