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28 Nov. 2013 Aquila Capital completes first IRS trades using Newedge’s OTC clearing service [more]
Komfie Manolo, Opalesque Asia: Europe’s independent alternative asset manager Aquila Capital said on Wednesday that four of its funds have cleared OTD interest rate swaps (IRS) at LCH.Clearnet’s SwapClear using Newedge’s SwapClear
27 Nov. 2013 Templar Capital to launch Patronus Mid-Cap Managed Futures Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Templar Capital Management, a leading provider of alternative investment solutions for institutional clientele, announces the launch of the Patronus Mid-Cap Managed Futures Index. The MMF Index is a fully investible CTA index that allocates its assets among a selection o
27 Nov. 2013 Parker FX Index up 0.32% for October with a year to date loss of 0.74% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.32% return for the month of October. Thirtyseven of the thirty-nine programs in the Index reported October results, of which twenty-one reported positive results and sixteen incurred
27 Nov. 2013 Carlyle buys Canadian $6.7bn hedge fund of funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group will acquire Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation (DGAM), a global manager of hedge funds with more than $6.7bn in managed and advised assets. Equity for the transaction will come from Carlyle's ba
27 Nov. 2013 Hedge funds are seeing opportunity in shorting yen [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Hedge funds are betting on another run of the yen’s weakness, in contrast to economists who believe the Japanese yen would remain unchanged into 2014. In a report,
27 Nov. 2013 Ernest & Young sees more hedge funds backing reinsurers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Ernest & Young Bermuda partner Craig Redcliffe said he said he expected more hedge funds would back reinsurance companies in Bermuda to boost their performance, and to emulate successes by Third Point Re, SAC Capital Re and PaCRe. Speaking after the EY Hedge Fund
27 Nov. 2013 Managed account platforms to face greater scrutiny [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:COO Connect reports that the marketing materials of managed account platforms will likely be subject to greater scrutiny amid concerns that s
27 Nov. 2013 HSBC maintains neutral with a positive bias rating on hedge funds for 2014 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:Hedge funds have delivered healthy risk-adjusted returns over the last few years, and have been a useful diversifier for portfolios, says Dean Turner, Investment Strategist at HSBC Private Bank in the b
26 Nov. 2013 Large funds of funds are in a strong position in the current environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Since the financial crisis, funds of funds as an industry have been pressured by a series of challenges: Pensions bypassing funds of funds and directly investing in hedge funds, deteriorating margins while manufacturing costs increase, lackluster performance, competition
26 Nov. 2013 Hennessee adds China-only index as socio-economic policy changes will present major opportunities for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - “Hennessee Group LLC will be adding a China-only index (hedge funds with 50% or more exposure to China) as it sees new policies being implemented in China that are as profound to the economic development of China as the socio-economic policy changes made in China during 1
26 Nov. 2013 Cayman Islands signs agreement with Germany [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples and Calder announced that contrary to recent press reports, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority ("CIMA") announced last Fr
26 Nov. 2013 Asian hedge funds receive fresh funds from Chinese investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Asian hedge fund managers received a much needed shot in the arm after Chinese investors poured large sums of money into them, breaking a long tradition of dependence from U.S. and European investors. According to a
26 Nov. 2013 Hedge funds continue to dump sugar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:Hedge funds continue to dump their sugar positions as prices continue to spiral downward and as speculators and investors are bearish on agricultural commodities prospect. According to
26 Nov. 2013 Hedge funds reduce market exposure, still underperform S&P500 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:Hedge funds are reducing their market exposure in favor of emerging markets according to the latest
26 Nov. 2013 Endowment performance shows allocation is not destiny [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:For hedge fund managers chasing institutional dollars, new figures out from Charles A. Skorina & Company show that big ticket allocations may not always ensure security. In a new special report, Skornia shows that allocation and execution typically contribute to
26 Nov. 2013 Managers need to take a new look at how they manage collaterals [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Advent, a firm that designs and delivers software and services for investment managers, urges those that trade in OTC derivatives to take a proactive stance ahead of the full implementations of the new rules.
25 Nov. 2013 Morningstar MSCI Composite EW Hedge Fund Index +1.6% for October; (+7.2% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for October 2013 as well as estimated asset flows through September. The Morningstar MSCI Composite EW Hedge Fund Index, an equal-weighted composite
25 Nov. 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2013 up 0.90% (-1.70% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2013 up 0.90% (-1.70% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and rose 1.41% (0.54% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of t
25 Nov. 2013 Qatar Insurance Company backs Lagoon Capital to set up MENA private equity house [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lagoon Capital Partners Limited (“Lagoon Capital”), a private equity and advisory firm based in the Dubai International Financial Center and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority, and HarbourVest Partne
25 Nov. 2013 Diamond Age Russia Fund generates 18.78% in September and October [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:The Diamond Age Russia Fund, managed by Diamond Age Capital Advisors Ltd., an independent investment advisory firm incorporated and registered in the Cayman Islands with offices in Moscow, reported a strong performan
25 Nov. 2013 Norway’s state pension fund returns 5% in third quarter [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Norges Bank Investment Management, manager of the Norwegian government’s global pension fund has published its third quarter report on investment returns. The Governmen
25 Nov. 2013 Meridian launches acceleration platform for emerging funds [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia for New Managers:Independent fund administrator Meridian Fund Services has launched the Meridian Ascension Platform (MAP), solution for emerging funds which seeks to accelerate their profile and cap
22 Nov. 2013 FATCA impacts Saudi investment managers [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:Jad Fares of Advent Software warns that FATCA, the US law designed to prevent US tax-payers from avoiding tax and concealing their assets from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is set to have a sig
22 Nov. 2013 The world economy’s wounds are healing [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:According to Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), one of Switzerland’s leading private banks (with CHF81.1bn ($85.7bn) in AuM), the world economy’s wounds are healing. The bank’s economists see for 2014 continued speed-u
22 Nov. 2013 Hedge funds enjoy fourth consecutive month of asset inflows [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:The latest asset flow data from eVestment shows that hedge funds saw their fourth consecutive month of positive inflows. Inflows added approximately $9.3bn. October's performance gains increased AUM by an additional 1.74%, making it the industry's largest
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