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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
22 Oct. 2012 IMQubator believes emerging hedge fund managers are better placed to generate premium returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Early stage managers are better positioned to benefit from current market conditions, according to Jeroen Tielman, CEO and Founder of IMQubator, a multi-strategy hedge fund incubation platform. Citing a new report from
22 Oct. 2012 AIMA calls for depositary passport in UCITS V position paper [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, has called for the establishment of a UCITS (Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) depositary “passport” regime in its Position Paper on the
22 Oct. 2012 Gottex Brokers Alternative opens US office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Brokers, an interdealer brokers in interest rate derivative products, announced today that it has opened its first office in the United States, focusing on brokerage services in the secondary market for alternative investments through its specialized entity Gottex
22 Oct. 2012 1,504 hedge fund advisers have registered with SEC since passage of Dodd-Frank [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported on Friday that the number of advisers to hedge funds and other private funds that have registered with the agency since the Dodd-Frank Act required mandatory registration in 2010, has reached 1,504. Thi
22 Oct. 2012 ESMA issues new guidance on short selling [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has provided a new question and answer document online as guidance concerning short selling rules in the eurozone. The Regulation pla
19 Oct. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index commentary offers insight into September hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.04% in September. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of September. Some key findings from
19 Oct. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measured 3.19% in October, down from 3.76% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for October 2012 measured 3.19%, down from 3.76% in September. "As we enter the last quarter, October Forward Redemptions follow the seasonal trend of being lower than September," said Bill Stone
19 Oct. 2012 Trinity: Managers need to verify who the investors are [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trinity Fund Administration, the boutique Dublin-based fund administrator, issued the latest in a series of articles on corporate governance: Investor Due Diligence in Alternative Investment (part 4) In an industry where reputation is one of th
19 Oct. 2012 Investors still putting money into emerging markets despite tepid performance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Middle East and Africa focused funds have been one of the best performing sub-sectors of the hedge fund industry in 2012, according to new data from eVestment. Emerging markets strategies outperformed in Q3 2012 with those investing in the Middle East & Africa pos
18 Oct. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index rose 0.7% in September, 4.8% YTD [more]
Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for September 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through August. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly 1,000 hed
18 Oct. 2012 Newedge CTA index down 0.86% in September, +0.10% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Newedge CTA Trend Sub Index was down 2.08% in September 2012, closing the third-quarter with nearly flat performance year-to-date. The index has been up as much as 5.5% and down as much as 2.0% in 2012. After September’s +0.98% return, the Volatility Trading Index h
18 Oct. 2012 EDHEC reports 2.76% September gain for emerging markets hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In September, stocks maintained their uptrend (S&P 500: 2.58%), with implied volatility near historical lows (VIX: 15.7%). High-grade bonds fell slightly (Lehman Global: -0.31%, Lehman US: -0.18%), while riskier fixed-income instruments strengthened significantly (Convert

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