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06 Aug. 2012 GAM offers insight into July hedge fund performance [more]
Investment group GAM report that July was a choppy month for equity markets and risk assets in general. The MSCI World index ended the month up 1.3%, but during the month the index reversed and changed direction on four occasions moving down or up more than 3% each time. Credit markets showed simila
06 Aug. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains +0.54% in July (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial market volatility continued in July as evidence of slowing economies in the US and China accompanied continued investor concern regarding the European sovereign debt and banking crisis, with recent focus on weakness in Spanish banks. Yields on US and Germ
06 Aug. 2012 UCITS HFS Index breaks negative trend, up +0.97% in July 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After four negative months in a row the UCITS HFS Index reported a monthly gain of +0.97% for July 2012. The broad index started positively into the month with a first week performance of +0.35%, followed up by gains of +0.15% in week two. While the third week of July mar
06 Aug. 2012 AIMA publishes comprehensive rebuttal of Hedge Fund Mirage book [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: AIMA has published a 'comprehensive rebuttal’ of Simon Lack’s book, The Hedge Fund Mirage: The Illusion of Big Money and Why It’s Too Good to be True. AIMA’s pap
06 Aug. 2012 South Korean regulator steps up efforts to expand domestic hedge fund industry [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – South Korea’s market regulator, the Financial Services Commission has introduced several moves that will further boost the nation’s domestic hedge fund industry, it has been reported. According to
02 Aug. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index up 0.96% in July (+1.93% YTD)   [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 0.96% in July according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse.   Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the
02 Aug. 2012 Och-Ziff reports a GAAP net loss for second quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC has reported a GAAP Net Loss of $116.2 million, or $0.82 per basic and diluted Class A Share, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. The Company also declared a $0.14 per share cash dividend on its Class A Shares for the 2012 sec
02 Aug. 2012 Second quarter figures for Fortress reveal increase in assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fortress Investment Group LLC today reported its second quarter 2012 financial results. FINANCIAL SUMMARY Fortress declares a distribution of $0.05 per dividend paying share for the second quarter of 2012 Assets under management increased to
02 Aug. 2012 KKR launches retail funds, teams up with Stone Point Capital on merchant banking platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: KKR Asset Management LLC has made new filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to register two newly-formed funds under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The funds include the KKR Alternative High Yield Fund, a mutual fund and KKR Alternative Cor
02 Aug. 2012 US Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low, maintains interventionist policy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The US Federal Reserve has announced its intention to keep interest rates low through 2014 and says it will take action as necessary to support the weak economy and reduce unemployment. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) intends to "keep the target range for
02 Aug. 2012 SEC charges NY based fund manager with insider trading & other violations involving Chinese reverse mortgage company [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a New York based fund manager, Peter Siris and two of his firms with a host of securities law violations mostly related to his activities with a Chinese reverse merger company, China Yingxia International Inc
01 Aug. 2012 Ho Ho and Qi Shou join the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Hedge Fund Association [more]
The Shanghai Hedge Fund Association (SHFA) announced that they have two new advisors, Ho Ho and Qi Shou, in the International Advisory Council. The SHFA is a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the industry’s growth in Shanghai and China. Based in Shanghai, the fin
31 Jul. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp launches e-Investor aimed at alternative fund groups [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies, a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the general availability of SS&C GlobeOp’s new investor document processing and management solution, e-Investor, for hedge funds, fund of funds, private equi
31 Jul. 2012 New hire for Concept Capital Markets' institutional sales team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Concept Capital Markets, LLC has hired a team of seasoned sales professionals to complement its existing institutional sales and trading effort. Joining the firm are Edwin Leon, Scott Klym, Francis Fiolek, Michael Sepe and Peter Walsh. The team will operate from Concept C
31 Jul. 2012 Compliance and legal firms examine implications of FATCA [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act also known as FATCA, is a U.S. tax legislation that was enacted in 2010 and due to come into force on January 1, 2013. Among other things, the purpose of FATCA is to compel non-U.S. banks, financial intermediaries, investment
31 Jul. 2012 Laven Partners comments on the LIBOR case, calling for better deterrence and a change in culture [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In a strongly worded white paper entitled
30 Jul. 2012 Sanford Brown to become managing director of business development at Alternative Investment Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Alternative Investment Group, a $1.6 billion alternative investment management firm that invests globally in long/short equity and event-driven strategies, today announced the appointment of Sanford Brown as Managing Director of Business Development. In his new
27 Jul. 2012 Infovest21's new white paper says some large funds of funds may suffer slow death [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just released white paper, "What's Ahead for Funds of Funds?" Infovest21 examines the current environment for funds of funds; various ways funds of funds have been providing value; as well as opportunities, challenges and outlook for small
27 Jul. 2012 Parker FX Index down -0.99% in June, (-1.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.99% return for the month of June. All fifty programs in the Index reported June results, of which twenty-one reported positive results and twenty-nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.42 % in June. The
26 Jul. 2012 A 6% increase in assets under management announced by Union Bancaire Privée for first half of 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée, has announced an increase in its assets under management, which totalled CHF 76 billion (USD 80 billion) as at 30 June 2012, representing a 6% rise compared with the end of 2011 (CHF 72 billion). This increase is the result not only of net inflows f
26 Jul. 2012 Australian bonds offer safe haven during financial crisis while their savers switch to self-managed pension pools [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Melbourne, Australia headquartered investment researchers Zenith Investment Partners’ Alternative Review reflects that in these troubled times, countries with apparently low risk of default - such as Australia - are seeing their 10 year bonds on a glide path to z
26 Jul. 2012 Ex-Nomura trader Payer to launch $250m Asia hedge fund [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Former Nomura Holdings Inc managing director Jean-Noel Payer, 36, is planning to launch a $250m Asia-focused volatility hedge fund that intends to take advantage of price swings in Asian
25 Jul. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index -1.53% in June (-8.45% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2012 down 1.53% (-8.45% YTD) on an asset weighted basis, and down 1.56% (-5.78% YTD) on an equal weighted basis, compared to the S&P 500 (CAD-adjusted), which is up 2.32% that month (7.82% YTD). Monthly re
25 Jul. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index rose +0.11% in June (+2.0 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended modestly higher in June on average as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index rose +0.11% for the month. Arbitrage strategies were the best performers during the month, returning an average of +1.03%. The GGHFI’s gain of +0.11% lagged global equi
25 Jul. 2012 Altin's portfolio reveals defensive use of diversification to beat economic turmoil [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, today disclosed its entire hedge fund portfolio
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