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22 Sep. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index drops 2.45% in August (+0.23 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 2.45% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.23% year to date. “A surprise currency devaluation by the People’s Bank of China on August 11 was interpreted by investors as an indicati
22 Sep. 2015 Reinsurance is the perfect hedge fund strategy to enhance a portfolio’s Sharpe ratio [more]
Donald A. Steinbrugge, founder and managing partner at hedge fund consulting and marketing firm Agecroft Partners hinted that reinsurance is the perfect hedge fund strategy to enhance a portfolio’s Sharpe ratio. In a statement, Steinbrug
22 Sep. 2015 Fortress Investment is liquidating part of hedge fund arm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stricken Fortress Investment Group (FIG) has announced plans to liquidate part of its hedge fund unit because of falling returns and shrinking assets, reported
22 Sep. 2015 APS China A Share Fund outperforms benchmark with 11.55% YTD gains in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management (APS) saw its APS China A Share Fund gain 11.55% YTD in 2015 (-13.51% in August), outperforming the benchmark by 2.33% and 5.51% respectively. August saw t
21 Sep. 2015 A dovish Fed is set to support CTA and macro managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markets were on standby mode ahead of the Fed’s meeting last week. Hedge funds were flat and there was little dispersion in returns across the managers. Event-Driven outperformed as equity volatility edged lower. Meanwhile, Fixed Income strategies underperformed as sovere
21 Sep. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August down 1.34% (+5.09% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended August 2015 down 1.34% (+5.09% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 1.89% (+1.42% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the
21 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds continue posting mixed performance through mid-September [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds registered mixed returns through mid-September as the markets recover from the turbulence in August. The HFRX Equity Hedge Index gained +0.29% through the period (-0.78% YTD), led by contributions from market neutral and fundamental value managers, repor
21 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund Aurelius Capital seeks debt repayment terms from Ukraine [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Aurelius Capital Management, the hedge fund who has sued Argentina to seek full repayment on its sovereign debt, is using the same tactic to ask for better debt repayment terms from Ukraine, reported
21 Sep. 2015 Survey shows more single-manager hedge funds increased assets in H1 than funds of funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by P&I showed that the majority of hedge fund and funds of hedge funds managers saw their assets rise as of end June 30; however there were wide discrepancies in their growth rates. According to
18 Sep. 2015 Michigan University hires Alyeska hedge fund to manage $100m of its money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The University of Michigan’s Board of Regent on Thursday committed $345 million to seven investment managers, including $100 million to Chicago-based hedge fund Alyeska Investment Group, reported
17 Sep. 2015 HFSB adds cyber security memo to toolbox [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The HFSB has added a Cyber Security Memo to its Toolbox. This memo will help managers identify their key digital assets (“crown jewels”) and also provide a list of practical “quick win cyber
17 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds raise volatility bets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund bets on stock market volatility have reached record levels, reported The Journal. Schaeffer’s Investment Research has studied dat
17 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass warns of China’s accelerating bad debt [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Kyle Bass, founder and managing partner of Hayman Capital Management, a Dallas-based hedge fund, has warned of accelerating bad debt in China. In an interview with
17 Sep. 2015 New advisory firm launched to identify most talented trading managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Dallas-based Coquest Inc., a large independent broker, has launched Coquest Advisors, an independent research and advisory firm. Coquest Advisors will provide due diligence on co
17 Sep. 2015 Study: Pension funds invest worldwide, but some markets are more favored than others [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Pension funds around the world are increasingly looking beyond their borders to address their investment needs, according to the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) which today released its global pension fund report, "Beyond their borders: evolut
16 Sep. 2015 New York Life Investment Management International names Naïm Abou-Jaoudé chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life announced today that Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, 49, has been appointed chairman of New York Life Investment Management International, the international arm of New York Life Investment Management LLC, responsible for leading NYLIM’s efforts outside the Un
16 Sep. 2015 European ETF investor survey reveals investors want more information and innovation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETF.com, the leading independent authority on exchange-traded funds (ETFs), together with Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), a market leading ETF custodian and administrator, and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management announce the results of their new Annual European ETF Investor
16 Sep. 2015 Veteran energy traders join NY-based proprietary trading firm Vectra [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lloyd Bloom and Tom Holland have joined Vectra Capital LLC. Mr. Bloom was formerly Managing Director, Mitsui & Co Risk Management, Ltd. from 2003 to 2013 during which time he and Mr. Holland grew one of the largest and best respected natural gas and power trading bus
16 Sep. 2015 KeyQuant launches Key Trends 15 Fund Ltd; moves to new office space in Paris [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KeyQuant has announced the launch of its new Cayman Fund, the Key Trends 15 Fund Ltd, which will comply with both the European AIFM directive and the US ERISA regulation concerning US corporate pension plans. The Fund employs the same medium to long-term trend fo
16 Sep. 2015 Maples Fund Services selected as administrator for Promeritum Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, an independent global fund services provider and division of MaplesFS, has been selected by Promeritum Investment Management LLP as administrator for their Promeritum Fund SPC, an emerging market fixed income hedge fund. Maples Fund Service
16 Sep. 2015 Alternative single manager funds more suitable for larger investors, multi-manager funds for small investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Many investors have been embracing more sophisticated alternative investment strategies since the global financial crisis, for more downside protection. And one important decision they have had to make was whether to use single manager or multi-manager funds.
16 Sep. 2015 Nearly 1,300 China hedge funds have shut down [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Nearly 1,300 of China’s hedge funds have shut down since the Chinese stock market plunge in August. But the worst is yet to come as Chinese authorities have introduced new restrictions on short selling and other hedging strategies, reported
16 Sep. 2015 New rules make banks more choosy on hedge fund clients [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: New regulatory rules are changing banks’ perspective and they are becoming more picky and choosy when providing prime brokerage services to hedge fund clients. Jon
16 Sep. 2015 UCITS HFS Index fell -1.28% in August (+0.67 YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative UCITS were not spared by the market turbulence in August. The UCITS HFS Index was down 1.28% during the month (+0.67% YTD). Dennis Drenjovski of 2n20.com
15 Sep. 2015 Arthur Bell expands to Ireland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Arthur Bell CPAs, a leading professional services firm dedicated to servicing the alternative investment industry, announced today that it has formed Arthur Bell Limited based in Ireland to better serve its international clients. This expansion follows the opening of an A
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