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06 Sep. 2013 Australian hedge fund news: Bennelong expands, ASIC cooperates with EU, Thorney seeks Wentworth, Liptak heads new advisory firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: So what is happening in down under’s hedge fund industry? According to Triple A Partners’ latest newsletter,
05 Sep. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.75% (est.) in August, (+3.49% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights Initial estimates indicate the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund declined a modest -0.75% in August. Hedge funds minimized their losses and markedly outperformed equity markets during the month, as indicated by the S&P 500 (-2.90%), MSC
05 Sep. 2013 529 savings plan assets reach all-time highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total 529 savings plan assets were an estimated $183.5 billion as of 2Q13, reflecting a 1.8% increase from 1Q13 assets of $180.3 billion and a 16.6% increase from 2Q12 assets of $157.4 billion. In contrast to other products, long-term mutual fund and ETF assets (excluding
05 Sep. 2013 Indos implements FundApps Rapptr system for AIFMD monitoring [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - INDOS Financial, the independent Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) depositary business, has announced it plans to use the FundApps Rapptr system to perform oversight over a hedge fund’s compliance w
05 Sep. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index -0.20% in August, +0.92% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted a decline for the month but outperformed the broader hedge fund industry, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -0.20% in August 2013. • HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a modest decline of -0.04
05 Sep. 2013 IndexIQ’s IQ Hedge Composite Beta Index down 0.94% in August, -0.80% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for August 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the p
05 Sep. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) index down 1.01% in August (+2.86% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 1.01% in August 2013 according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the perform
05 Sep. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index down -0.86% in August (+3.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets declined in August as Emerging Market equities and currencies extended prior month declines, and investors positioned for volatility associated with reduction of stimulus by the US Federal Reser
05 Sep. 2013 GAM's commentary finds that August's light volumes saw asset prices drift down [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GAM’s latest hedge funds’ Insight finds that asset prices drifted lower on seasonally light volumes during August. The firm writes that equities and bonds sold off, with the MSCI World
05 Sep. 2013 Court puts SAC Capital civil suit on hold as hedge fund firm eyes family office route [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York on Wednesday granted the request to put on hold the forfeiture case against troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors while the trial over insider trading is ongoing, various media reported. According to
05 Sep. 2013 AIMA updates 2009 hedge fund policy principles [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: AIMA, the hedge fund industry association, has published an enhanced statement of policy principles, in a paper entitled 'Regulating Capital Markets: AIMA’s Policy Principles’. The paper updates the
05 Sep. 2013 SEC lifts ban on general solicitations, then proposes regulations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Scott Gluck, attorney with U.S.-based law firm Venable LLP, who
04 Sep. 2013 Pelagus Capital Fund clears its first trades on Newedge’s OTC Clearing Service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pelagus Capital Fund LP and Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing announced that the fund has cleared OTC interest rate swaps (IRS) at L
04 Sep. 2013 Retailer J.C. Penney pulls in more hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Retailer J.C. Penney is attracting investors after activist hedge fund manager William Ackman pulled out from the firm as Glenview Capital became the largest shareholder in J.C. Penney even outstripping George Soros’ shares, various media reported. A report
04 Sep. 2013 FSB issues policy recommendations to strengthen rules on shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After nearly three years since its creation, Financial Stability Board has issued policy recommendations to strengthen the oversight and regulation of the shadow banking system, international law firm
04 Sep. 2013 Hedge funds outperform S&P500 in August, despite negative returns [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds outperformed the S&P500 in August, according to the latest research fr
04 Sep. 2013 Former HFSB chairman Antonio Borges passed away [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the Hedge Fund Standard Board’s August 2013 newsletter, Antonio Borges passed away on
04 Sep. 2013 Asset raising for hedge funds is more exponential than linear says Agecroft’s Don Steinbrugge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Don Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners has issued his thoughts on asset growth in hedge funds, saying that he believes momentum in asset growth is vital to successfully raising hedge fund assets.
03 Sep. 2013 Commonfund white paper: "From SRI to ESG Changing The World Of Responsible Investing" [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund Institute has released its latest white paper, “From SRI to ESG: Changing the World of Responsible Investing” by John S. Griswold, Executive Director, William F. Jarvis, Managing Director, and Commonfund’s Assistant General Counsel, Lauren Caplan,. The three au
03 Sep. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index Global loses 0.40% in August bringing its YTD performance to 1.34% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks: The UCITS Alternative Index Global loses 0.40% in August 2013, bringing its year to date performance to 1.34%. Funds of absolute return funds are also down this month (-0.66%) but still up 1.68% for the year. Only two strategy indices are
03 Sep. 2013 Cerulli finds larger asset managers get bigger on wave of consolidation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates' latest report finds that the 50 largest asset managers account for more than US$38 trillion in assets under management as at the end of 2012, a full US$4 trillion mor
03 Sep. 2013 Citigroup sells more than $6bn in hedge fund and private equity assets [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Investment bank Citigroup Inc. offloaded more than $6bn in hedge fund and private equity assets over the past month, in compliance with the Volcker Rule that sets a cap on alternative investments, people familiar with the deals told The
03 Sep. 2013 Orange County pension fund seeks emerging markets equity investment managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Apparently, the Investment Committee of the Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS) is requesting information from qualified firms interested in providing Emerging Markets Equity Investme
03 Sep. 2013 ASEAN markets showing signs of recovery but investors’ confidence remains low (Part Two) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The ASEAN markets have been showing signs that the region’s economy are recovering from the June market sell-off, said Singapore-based research firm GFIA. The majority of Asia-ex Japan fund managers with an ASEAN
03 Sep. 2013 Clear Path’s outsourcing report finds concerns on AIFMD implementation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new report from Clear Path Analysis asks how long will it take for all domiciles to be fully compliant with AIFMD. The report unpicks the implications of AIMD’s implementati
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November