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31 Oct. 2012 Shashank Tripathi, hedge fund analyst, becomes 'Sandy's biggest villain' [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Shashank Tripathi is a hedge fund analyst, previously a blogger for Stone Street Advisors, a hedge fund consultancy in New York, and more recently worked as a consultant for Christopher R. Wight, this year’s Republican candidate for the U.S. House from New York’s 1
31 Oct. 2012 US exchanges to re-open today following Sandy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Exchanges in the US were largely closed this week as Sandy ravaged the East coast making trading floor locations inaccessible. Now that the bulk of the storm has passed, and transportation is slowly being allowed to resume, those exchanges are re-opening Wednesday,
30 Oct. 2012 Early reports show CTAs have suffered poor October performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A report from Reuters finds that systematic, trend following hedge funds are 'headed for their worst monthly performance in October since the start of
30 Oct. 2012 Risk drops across markets as VIX declines to lowest level since '07 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Risk was down substantially in Q3 for all regions according to new data released today by US-based risk monitoring firm Axioma. The decline tracks with the biggest drop
30 Oct. 2012 Tetragon Financial Group buys Polygon Management for $98.5m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tetragon Financial Group Limited, a Guernsey closed-ended investment company traded on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam, has purchased Polygon Management LP, a hedge-fund firm founded by the same management team, for about $99m. Tetragon is largely focused on structured
30 Oct. 2012 Hedge funds down 0.22% after rocky October, continue equities sell off - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Early October data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that hedge funds are down slightly for October and are continuing their heavy sell off of US equities. According to data in
29 Oct. 2012 Laven Partners launches web page on AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners has launched a web page dedicated to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The page goes live today, Monday 29 October 2012 and can be found at: http://www.lavenpartners.com/aifmd/. With this new site, Laven Partners will guide
29 Oct. 2012 Redemptions from US equity funds hit highest level in 49 weeks - EPFR [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Fund flow data from late October suggests that the US Federal Reserve’s efforts to chase investors out of safe asset classes into riskier ones are producing decidedly mixed results, says EPFR in their latest report. EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds collectively poste
29 Oct. 2012 Silicon Valley executive charged with giving inside information to Galleon's Raj Rajaratnam [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former Silicon Valley executive Kris Chellam faces charges today from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that he provided inside information to convicted hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam allowing the Galleon hedge funds to make nearly $1m in illicit prof
26 Oct. 2012 Parker FX Index gains 0.28% in September (-0.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.28% return for the month of September 2012. Fortyeight of the fifty programs in the Index reported September results, of which twenty-eight reported positive results and twenty incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was
26 Oct. 2012 The IRS postpones FATCA and meets a mixed response [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: News that the IRS is postponing its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) -related deadlines to a staggered start between January 1st 2014 and January 1st 2017 has been met with a mixed response. Jim Muir, director of AutoRek, a financial services data recon
26 Oct. 2012 Nicholas Cosmo ordered to pay $240m in fines in latest ruling on 2009 Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nicholas Cosmo, formerly of Lake Grove, N.Y., is faced with a default judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York after he was charged by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of defrauding investors of tens of millions o
25 Oct. 2012 Sturgeon Capital launches first Central Asia-focused UCITS hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sturgeon Capital is an alternative investment manager focused on Central Asian markets. Founded in 2006 with the launch of the flagship Sturgeon Central Asia Fund, the Firm has been managing public equities, fixed income and private equity investments in Central Asia f
25 Oct. 2012 Man Group's management step changes transformation as tough environment persists [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Man Group’s October presentation for investors reveals that the company continues to struggle to realign its business as the “tough performance environment persists.” It summarises its latest position as: Funds under management down 10% to $52.7 billi
25 Oct. 2012 Lyxor research finds reduced tail risk and a bumpy landing lie ahead for financial markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A research flash report from Lyxor Cross Asset Research Study for the fourth quarter of 2012, entitled 'Central Banks Buy More Time’ finds that hedge fund managers will benefit from stock selection. The fir
24 Oct. 2012 Phoenix Investment Adviser makes a round of new hires after seed investment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Peter Hughes has joined the investment team at Phoenix Investment Adviser as a Senior Research Analyst. Hughes, a CFA charterholder and former director at Citi Capital Advisors is one of several recent hires made by the firm. The hires are the result of a $40m seed
24 Oct. 2012 $4.5m in fines ordered as CFTC brings spate of enforcement actions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a round of enforcement actions today totaling some $4.5m in fines. Three separate actions involved financial market participants engaged in either forex or commodities fraud in the US. A federal cour
24 Oct. 2012 Clifford Chance says it’s time for international hedge fund firms to build a presence in China [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Clifford Chance has published an overview of the law and regulations regarding hedge funds in China. The firm writes that there is no comprehensive legal or universally accepted
23 Oct. 2012 Double Haven acquires DragonBack Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Double Haven Capital Management (Hong Kong) Limited has announced their acquisition of the hedge fund platform, DragonBack Capital Limited. Prior to the acquisition, Double Haven had outsourced its operations, risk and other back office functions to the team at D
23 Oct. 2012 BofAML investable hedge fund index up 0.19% month to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor shows that to October 17th 2012, Long/Short h
23 Oct. 2012 Marina Lewin becomes head of sales for Asset Servicing the US for BNY Mellon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon has named Marina Lewin head of sales for its Asset Servicing business in the Americas. Lewin will report to Samir Pandiri, CEO of Americas Asset Servicing & Alternative Investment Services. She will be based
23 Oct. 2012 MaplesFS publishes FATCA frequently asked question guide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MaplesFS started an evaluation of the impact of FATCA on its business and clients, reviewing systems and processes across all business units and client profiles to ensure the requirements of FATCA could be met in 2011.
23 Oct. 2012 US regulators issue new rules on risk, foreign regulator obligations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued final rules in an effort to continue the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. The SEC adopted a rule that establishes standards for how registered clearing
23 Oct. 2012 Report finds computer-based trading is 'beneficial’ for markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The great and the good of the academic and financial world came together to produce today’s report from Foresight "The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets (201
23 Oct. 2012 EPFR data shows investors searching for returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Data-provider EPFR reports that over the week ending 17th October, a smidgeon of better news from the US combined with expectations that Spain will seek a bailout sooner rather than later, has encouraged
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