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18 Jul. 2012 Hedge funds take on defensive positions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Macro hedge funds are taking on defensive positions according to a new report from Bank o
18 Jul. 2012 Alternative UCITS investors flock to defensive strategies [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Maltese-headquartered ML Capital has published the latest edition of its survey of users of alternative UCITS, and found that investors are taking a defensive stance, with a significant redirection of assets tow
17 Jul. 2012 Traxis liquidiates Bigg's fund after death [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Traxis Partners LP, the $1.2bn hedge fund of recently deceased Barton Biggs will be liquidating one of the vehicles he managed and moving the funds into another pool, Bloomberg
17 Jul. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down -1.81 in June on ECB meeting, (+ 0.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.81% overall in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.03% year to date. “The month-end ECB agreement to make loans directly to eurozone banks drove prices in some of the major equity, currency, a
17 Jul. 2012 State Street adds Goldman Sachs' administration unit, becomes largest global hedge fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: State Street Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Goldman Sachs Administration Services (GSAS), a leading hedge fund administrator, from The Goldman Sachs G
17 Jul. 2012 KPMG report sees continuing regulatory challenges for investment managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its fourth annual analysis of global financial regulations, KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory firm, says investment managers continue to face daunting challenges brought on by a changing global regulatory environment, which is fraught with unanswered questions and an a
17 Jul. 2012 Hedge fund manager Barton Biggs dies at age 79 [more]
Florian Guldner, Opalesque Asia: Ex-Morgan Stanley strategies and hedge fund manager Barton Biggs died on Saturday, according to various media reports. The news was announced by Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman in a memo to all staff.
16 Jul. 2012 CalPERS Reports Preliminary 2011-12 Fiscal Year Performance of 1 Percent [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today reported a 1 percent return on investments for the 12 months that ended June 30, 2012, falling short of its benchmark that returned 1.7 percent. CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at more th
16 Jul. 2012 Newedge Hedge Fund Indices - June performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices. Commentary:  June proved difficult for CTA strategies. "Risk-on" movements in the first three weeks and final days
16 Jul. 2012 Hedge fund performance may be determined by European outcome [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 0.66% in June, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.39% year to date. “A bailout package for Spain announced early in the month helped to set a more positive tone for equity markets in June,” says Sol
16 Jul. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index down 0.40% in June (+2.20% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 0.40% for the month of June. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. June, May and YTD 2012 performance numbers are listed below and are available at
16 Jul. 2012 Commonfund appoints ex-Goldman Sachs risk management specialist as new head of market risk [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for institutional investors, today announced it has hired former Goldman Sachs risk management specialist Irakli Odisharia as a new Director on its Risk Management Team. Reporting to Commonfund’s Chief Risk Officer David Belmont,
16 Jul. 2012 Caliburn Capital sells Singapore-based hedge fund research operation to Hermes, moves away from management of fund of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Caliburn Capital Partners LLP, which is headquartered in London, announces the sale of the business of Caliburn Capital Partners Pte. Ltd, its Singapore based hedge fund research operation, to Hermes. In addition, Caliburn has agreed the transfer to Hermes BPK Partn
16 Jul. 2012 Swiss fund of funds house Gottex to hold EGM to approve share buyback [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited, a leading independent global alternative asset management group, announces its plans to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on 8 August 2012 for the purpose of considering a proposed share buyback which was recently approve
16 Jul. 2012 Gougenheim’s macro hedge fund ready to launch in September [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As Opalesque reported in December 2011, Unigestion’s Head of Hedge Funds Philippe Gougenheim left the Geneva-based company to start his own Swiss sin
16 Jul. 2012 New paper from EDHEC-Risk proposes new method for assessing hedge fund performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new paper, produced as part of the Newedge research chair at the EDHEC-Risk Institute on "Advanced Modelling for Alternative Investments", examines the performance of hedge funds through a non-linear risk adjustment of returns.
13 Jul. 2012 RBC Hedge Index down 0.35% in June (+1.89% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of June 2012 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -0.35 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 1.89 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next m
13 Jul. 2012 New joint venture Rotella Molinero launches, starts MultiQuant Futures Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Rotella Molinero LLC, a joint venture formed by Rotella Capital Management Inc. and Molinero Capital Management LLP.  Rotella Molinero LLC is born of a long standing relationship between its founders, Robert Rotella and Rafael Molinero, and their respective teams.&nbs
13 Jul. 2012 GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index returns 0.03% in June (4.19% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The gross return of the GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2012 measured 0.03%. • Current month, flash estimate 0.03%* • Year-to-date (YTD) performance 4.19%* • Last 12 month (LTM) performance 3.60%* • Live to date (LTD)
13 Jul. 2012 AIMA supports JOBS Act [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has expressed support for the elimination of the ban on general solicitation and advertising by hedge fund managers in the US, but has said that only accredited
13 Jul. 2012 Lyxor’s hedge fund indices show impact of difficult June on performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Despite a difficult month for many hedge fund strategies, The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index still reported positive returns for the year at the end of June. June itself showed a slightly negative performance of -0.47% duri
11 Jul. 2012 First effects of Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) are about one year away [more]
By: Emily Yiolitis & Aki Corsoni-Husain: Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers, known colloquially as the “Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive” or the “AIFMD”, will overhaul the pan-European regulatory regime applicable to the managers of hedge funds, real estat
11 Jul. 2012 EzeCastle looks at which investment firms use clouds and how in new survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - How many of your investment firm peers are utilizing cloud services? Are they relying on public or private clouds? Do they have any concerns about cloud computing? EzeCaslte recently conducted a survey to answer these questions and more. The survey, Clou
11 Jul. 2012 Autumn Capital surveys on the importance of CTA cash management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Between March and June 2012, Autumn Capital Partners, a consultancy house based in London, conducted a survey of more than 70 CTA managers, investors and service providers in relation to cash management practices and processes across the industry. This paper provides a
11 Jul. 2012 Aria Partners responds to "hostile opportunists" on Christopher & Banks board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Aria Partners, which owns 4% of Christopher & Banks Corp. shares, has responded to the board of directors regarding its refusal to negotiate with Aria about its offer of $1.75 a share, as well as its decision to adopt a poison pill to impede a possible takeover of the
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