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03 Oct. 2012 Carlyle Group buys 55% stake in Vermillion Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group and Vermillion Asset Management (Vermillion) announced that the Carlyle publicly traded partnership has purchased, effective October 1, 2012, a 55% stake in Vermillion, a New York-based commodities investment manager with
03 Oct. 2012 Six new members join EDHEC-Risk Institute’ international advisory board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EDHEC-Risk Institute announces that six new members have joined its international advisory board, which brings together high-level representatives from regulatory bodies, leading pension funds, professional organisations and business partners. The role of the i
03 Oct. 2012 Shanghai Hedge Fund Association appoints two industry veterans as advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Shanghai Hedge Fund Association (SHFA) has announced the appointment of two industry veterans, Anthony D’Silva and Christian Stoiber, as members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) within the association. Anthony D’Silva serves as Managing Director
03 Oct. 2012 Maples Fund Services launches fully-integrated risk solution for hedge fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider and a division of MaplesFS, has expanded its hedge fund capabilities with the launch of a MaplesFS Connect risk dashboard that will complement the services provided to fund administration clients wi
03 Oct. 2012 Hedge funds - willing culprits or easy scapegoats? [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Oliver Stone changed the script of his movie "Wall Street 2" from focusing on the Hedge Fund industry to that of Investment Banking says Shane Brett in his latest Global Perspective white paper entitled
02 Oct. 2012 Survey reveals Goldman as largest global prime broker [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Goldman Sachs is the biggest prime broker in the global hedge funds business, both by mandates and by client assets, according to the first-ever global survey of the prime broking market conducted by HedgeFund In
02 Oct. 2012 Albourne amends its Fund Rating Methodology to incorporate Open Protocol reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Albourne, a leading specialist consultant, predominantly advising institutional investors on their allocation to hedge funds, announced that they will emphasize a fund’s participation in Open Protocol reporting as an addit
02 Oct. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index up 0.29% over September, 0.98% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.29% in September and is now up 0.98% for the year. The UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is up 0.11% and is still down -1.36% for the year. In September, 6 out of 11 strategies return positive performances. The UAI Emerg
02 Oct. 2012 BofA Merrill Lynch analysis shows hedge funds are underperforming [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest market analysis finds that hedge funds are underper
02 Oct. 2012 Cerulli finds European institutional and retail investors approach risk differently [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Investors who like to trade volatility have been putting money into volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) like never before, according to the September issue of The Cerulli Edge-European Monthly Pr
02 Oct. 2012 Court strikes down CFTC position limits rules [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Latest note from Dechert reports that last Friday, September 28th, the U.S. Feder
02 Oct. 2012 South African hedge funds face regulatory change as their industry grows [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: South African fund group Novare has published its latest Hedge Fund Survey examining the growth of the hedge fund industry across the country to June 2012. Their findings include an observation that the in
01 Oct. 2012 Taylor Alternative Mutual Funds launches Taylor XPLOR Managed Futures Strategy Fund [more]
Taylor Alternative Mutual Funds (“Taylor ALTS”), which are committed to providing financial advisors and their clients direct and easy access to leading alternative investment strategies in a mutual fund format, today announced the launch of the Taylor Xplor Managed Futures Strategy Fund [TMFIX] (“T
01 Oct. 2012 Citco launches FATCA compliance program for clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies (“Citco Group”), a worldwide group of leading independent financial service providers, announced that it has undertaken an extensive Group-wide initiative to ensure full compliance with FATCA regulations. This announcement follows the publicat
01 Oct. 2012 Bryan Garnier A.M. launches UCITS IV platform, Madison Street Partners to be first sub-fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bryan Garnier Asset Management (BGAM) has launched the Bryan Garnier Umbrella Fund SICAV plc. The Umbrella Fund is domiciled in Malta and externally managed by Bryan Garnier Asset Management in France which is regulated by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Top
01 Oct. 2012 eVestment/HFN find new allocations to hedge funds far outpaced redemptions in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment and HFN published their September hedge fund asset flow summary, "New Allocations to Hedge Funds Far Outpaced Redemptions in August." The report provides fully reported August net flow figures, and updated August performance data. Key
01 Oct. 2012 CalPERS announces outreach workshop for emerging manager programs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that they will partner with the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) to host a workshop on December 3, 2012 for emerging managers seeking to become investment partners w
01 Oct. 2012 Global hedge fund assets increase despite lacklustre returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from HedgeFund Intelligence finds that global hedge fund assets increased by 4% in the firs
01 Oct. 2012 France and Germany try to revive EU-wide financial transaction tax [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva – France and Germany are aiming to revive a financial transaction tax (FTT) within the European Union, reported AF
01 Oct. 2012 EDHEC-Risk paper finds that hedge fund alpha is a form of fair reward [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new paper from the Newedge research chair on advanced modelling for alternative investments
28 Sep. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index inched up 0.5% in August (4.1% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update —Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for August 2012 as well as asset flows through July. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly
28 Sep. 2012 Financial software provider SS&C acquires fund administrator Gravity Financial [more]
Opalesque industry Update – SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced it has acquired Gravity Financial, a Northeast-based full-service fund administrator. The transaction, which adds 40 fund services custom
28 Sep. 2012 Parker FX Index down 0.58% in August (-1.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.58% return for the month of August. Forty-five of the fifty programs in the Index reported August results, of which fifteen reported positive results and thirty incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.25% in A
28 Sep. 2012 Europe’s biggest insurer turns away from Euro sovereign bonds - report [more]
From Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva, and Florian Guldner, Opalesque Munich – Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer and one of its biggest investors, wants to invest Eur1.65bn ($2.1bn) but is changing its strategy. CEO Michael Diekmann is not interested in Euro sovereign bonds anymore, he tells
28 Sep. 2012 Lazard A.M., Winton Capital open office, Templeton, Carmignac increase head-count in Zurich [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva - According to Swiss daily Le Temps, U.S. asset manager Lazard Asset Management opened an office in Zurich last week to better serve its investors. Lazard counts 3,000 institutional investor
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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

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    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

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    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

  4. Investing – George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse, Warren Buffett's Berkshire reveals Charter stake, cuts DirecTV, Hedge funds lusting to cash out of MGM, Top hedge fund managers are buying Ally Financial, Hedge funds dumped 5m Herbalife shares in Q2, Paulson & Co hedge fund ups Puerto Rico real estate bet, Netflix Inc., Citigroup Inc, Google Inc are top new picks in Tiger Management’s 13F[more]

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  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added