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13 Dec. 2012 Select Asset Management acquires Total Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Specialist investment management group Select Asset Management Limited announced the acquisition of Australian financial services business Total Fund Services (TFS) for an undisclosed amount. TFS provides specific regu
13 Dec. 2012 Hedge funds must reach $250m in AUM to break even - Citi Prime Finance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a new survey released this morning by Citi Prime Finance, it takes $250m in assets under management for a hedge fund to exist on its management f
13 Dec. 2012 Optimistic fund managers raise risk appetite [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Asia-focused fund managers have joined the bullish bandwagon for next year and expressed optimism that equities will experience a widespread rally in 2013. According to a
13 Dec. 2012 Hedge fund manager Bill Hwang to pay $44m, forfeit $16.7m in gains for illegal trading in Chinese bank stocks [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia –Sung Kook "Bill" Hwang, the founder and portfolio manager of Tiger Asia Management, a $1.2bn New York-based hedge fund firm, and Tiger Asia Partners, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and agreed to pay more than $60m in settlement against crimina
12 Dec. 2012 Gravitas claims alternative investment industry on threshold of a new era [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rethinking the cloud, a heightened call for operational freedom and an arms race to scale will be industry-defining issues for the alternative asset management industry in 2013, according to Gravitas, a co-sourcing pl
12 Dec. 2012 LGT Capital Partners (USA) acquires real estate funds manager Clerestory Capital Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – LGT Capital Partners announced that LGT Capital Partners Holding (USA) Inc. acquired Clerestory Capital Advisors, LLC ("CCA"), a New York-based investment and advisory firm that provides investors with global access to real estate via funds, co-investments and s
12 Dec. 2012 Horton Point expands into seeding and incubating emerging systematic managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Horton Point LLC, a systematic trading firm based in New York, is expanding into the seeding business. Originally built as proprietary trading firm, Horton Point later expanded to include a number of institutional managed account investors. It is now moving into the i
12 Dec. 2012 Cerulli report claims China’s largest asset managers will go global in five years [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: On the back of regulatory change instituted by Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and other drivers for growth in the Chinese asset management industry, Cerulli Associates projects that the Chinese mutual fund industry's assets
12 Dec. 2012 Client redemptions and headwinds keep conditions challenging for Gottex [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Gottex Fund Management reports that it continues to face headwinds in its fund of fund business 'as a substantial number of large institutional investors develop their own capabilities’. "Although we h
12 Dec. 2012 Martin Currie shuts down China Hedge Fund after being hit with $14m fine [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – International equity specialists Martin Currie is closing down its long/short equity strategy China Hedge Fund after the firm was slapped with a $14m fine from U.S. and UK regulators for favoring one cli
12 Dec. 2012 Shadow banking may be good for the economy - FSB [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Financial Stability Board has released 19 new documents on shadow banking, taken together these documents provide an outline of how the regulator is likely to view shadow bank
12 Dec. 2012 SEC charges New York-based fund manager with conducting fraudulent trading schemes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) atoday charged a New York-based fund manager with conducting a pair of illegal trading schemes to financially benefit his investment fund Octagon Capital Partners LP. According to the
11 Dec. 2012 CFTC grants no-action relief from registration to family offices that are commodity pool operators [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The CFTC recently granted no-action relief to family offices that are commodity pool operators ("CPOs") from CPO registration with the CFTC. This relief is not self-executing; a family office that is a CPO must provide notice to the CFTC in order to clai
11 Dec. 2012 Hedge fund launches tracking 2011 levels, 275 in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: New hedge fund launches and liquidations maintained the pace of recent quarters in 3Q12 despite the overhang of macroeconomic risks, political uncertainties and anticipated regulatory changes, according to data released today by HFR, the leading provider of indexation, res
11 Dec. 2012 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index up 0.36% in November, up 5.47% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +0.36% in November (+5.47% YTD), while the S&P 500 increased +0.28% (+12.61% YTD), the Dow Jones
11 Dec. 2012 BarclayHedge and TrimTabs: Hedge fund investors redeemed $10.8bn (0.6% of assets) in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge fund investors redeemed $10.8 billion (0.6% of assets) in October, reversing a combined $9.8 billion inflow for August and September. Based on data fro
11 Dec. 2012 Study claims risk parity strategies are becoming more familiar across Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UK and European institutional investors reveal a growing, but in some cases limited familiarity of Risk Parity strategies according to an independent Europewide study, commissioned by Aquila Capital<
11 Dec. 2012 EurekaHedge index up 0.52% for November, up 4.51% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The EurekaHedge Fund Index reported hedge funds have posted marginal gains in November amid mid-month reversals in market trends. TheEurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.52% bringing its year-to-date (YTD) return to 4
11 Dec. 2012 Hedge fund manager claims Japanese debt worse than that in Greece [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Hedge fund manager, Chris Rigg, from Audley Capital believes that the debt levels in Japan are worse by some measures than those in Greece. Rigg has issued a stark message about investment in Japanese
10 Dec. 2012 Peter Clarke to step down from role as CEO of Man Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group announced that Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, has advised the company of his intention to retire as Chief Executive and to step down from the Board on 28 February 2013. Following a rigorous evaluation pro
10 Dec. 2012 ESMA proposals will impact Eur3bln of CTA UCITS assets: Alix Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alix Capital, the Geneva-based investment boutique specialising in regulated alternatives investments, is publishing a paper which reveals that ESMA proposals limiting the use of indices by UCITS funds will require a change in investment approach for EUR 3 billion of CTA
10 Dec. 2012 UCITS HFS Index up +0.32% in November 2012, 3.06% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a slight loss in October the UCITS HFS Index reported gains of +0.32% for November 2012. The broad index started slightly positive into the month with a performance of +0.07% after the first full week of trading.
10 Dec. 2012 Survey finds hedge fund manager bulls outweigh bears for 2013 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In its Annual Global Hedge Fund Manager Survey, independent research and portfolio advisory firm, Aksia, has observed a dramatic turnaround in sentiment among global hedge fund managers over the last 12 months. A
10 Dec. 2012 SAC Capital under scrutiny over Weight Watchers, InterMune trades [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Steven Cohen’s $14bn SAC Capital Advisors is facing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over trades it made in Weight Watchers International and InterMune Inc., various media reports said. In a report
10 Dec. 2012 SEC lifts ban on active ETF use of derivatives, inflows to ETPs on the rise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will be lifting the ban on the use of derivatives by actively-managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In remarks
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