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04 Jan. 2013 ETF Fund flows Dec 2012: US ETF inflows hit a record $188B in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: IndexUniverse just released its December 2012 ETF Fund Flows data. The full report can be accessed by clicking here. Highlig
04 Jan. 2013 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 0.99% in December (+3.38% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 0.99% in December as each of the seven index component strategies reported positive results for the month. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which se
04 Jan. 2013 JP Morgan Asset Management releases quarterly market outlook [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Dr. David P. Kelly of JP Morgan Asset Management has released his quarterly market outlook, the first of 2013. The deck, which is c
04 Jan. 2013 SEC drops insider trading case against former Berkshire trader [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opted not to file charges against David L. Sokol, a one-time top lieutenant at Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway for insider trading. The n
03 Jan. 2013 The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 fiscal cliff disaster averted [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: After furious round-the-clock year end negotiations, lawmakers determined to act before the U.S. stock markets opened after the New Year’s holiday, passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act). This legislation, which President Obama promised to sign, averts t
03 Jan. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index Up 1.13% in December (+3.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.13% in December according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance of
03 Jan. 2013 IFG Trust and Corporate Group buys the Moore Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The IFG Trust and Corporate Group has now concluded the acquisition of Moore Group following receipt of regulatory approval from the Jersey Financial Services Commission ("JFSC"). The acquisition marks a signific
03 Jan. 2013 Real-time public reporting of swap transactions and swap dealer registration underway - CFTC [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that both real-time public reporting of swap transactions and swap dealer registration, began on December 31, 2012. Public reporting of swaps and swap dealer registration was one of the most noteworthy
02 Jan. 2013 2013 will see senior managers being held more accountable for failing to keep up with regulation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Director of AutoRek, Jim Muir, believes that as the financial landscape continues to evolve, more directives will be dictated by Europe and there will be a movement towards holding
31 Dec. 2012 State Street reports an increased appetite for alternatives from institutions [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new report from State Street, The Asset Owner’s Perspective:
31 Dec. 2012 Fiscal Cliff talks stall out with only hours before the deadline, Asian markets drop [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Members of Congress were still unable to come to a deal as of the end of their working day on Sunday. Meetings continued within both caucuses into the evening hours, and Congress is expected to officially resume at 11am Eastern. In a statement Sunday night, Majorit
28 Dec. 2012 Swedish equity and Danish fixed income funds best Nordic performers in Novemeber [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: With 2 in 3 Nordic Hedge Funds having reported their November performance by December 27th, the Nordic Hedge Fund Index (NHX) is up 0,26% for the month and 3,46% for the full year 2012. Best performing sub index for the month was NHX fixed income gaining 1,19% supported by
28 Dec. 2012 News from Australia: MST Capital, 90 West get superfund mandates, Acorn launches Asia fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - "This has been one of the most boring years in hedge funds that I have encountered in my twenty-odd years in the industry," says Damien Hatfield, director of Triple A Partners, a Sydney-based alter
27 Dec. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up 0.5% (est.) in November (4.8% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Morningstar Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, reports preliminary hedge fund performance for November 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through October. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite
27 Dec. 2012 Hedge funds’ disappointing decade for some [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Economist is wondering why the Nobel Foundation plans to increase its investment in hedge funds. After all,
27 Dec. 2012 NYSE sells to ICE for $8bn, deal still needs regulatory approval [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has agreed to sell the exchange to a smaller rival - ICE for $8bn. ICE is based in Atlanta, and is offering a mix of cash and shares to NYSE Euronext,although the deal still needs regulatory approval. According to
21 Dec. 2012 Parker FX index up 0.15% in November (-1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.15% return for the month of November 2012. Forty-three of the forty-seven programs in the Index reported November results, of which twenty reported positive results and twenty-two incurred losses, and one was flat. On a risk-adjusted
21 Dec. 2012 New Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index commentary offers insight into November hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 0.64% in November. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of November. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as measured
21 Dec. 2012 Federal court upholds CFTC registration and reporting rules for registered funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In a decision handed down on December 12, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia turned aside a challenge that the Investment Company Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had brought to new rule and rule amendments affecting registered fu
21 Dec. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November down 0.16% (-4.66% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2012 down 0.16% (-4.66% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and up -0.71% (-2.92% YTDT) on an equal weighted basis.
21 Dec. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gains +0.75% through mid-December (3.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted gains through mid-December 2012, as reflecting cautious optimism and improved investor sentiment with regard to political and macroeconomic uncertainty of the US fiscal cliff and the European banking and sovereign debt crisis. Equity market
21 Dec. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2012 measured 6.19%, up from 5.19% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2012 measured 6.19%, up from 5.19% in November. "Expected year-end month-on-month redemptions are higher in December," said Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SS&C
21 Dec. 2012 Adoption of AIFMD Level 2 Regulations: not everybody is happy about it [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - As Europe has just adopted Level 2 Regulations for the AIFMD and its Paris-based watchdog has just issued consultation papers to fine tune the Directive, EU member states can now start preparing for the implementation of the Directive due in July 2013 into the
20 Dec. 2012 SunGard survey: Asset managers faced with challenge of achieving scale and staying focused on their area of expertise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The SunGard Asset Arena 360 Boutique Asset Manager survey recently examined the prospects for institutional boutique asset managers, the obstacles that lay ahead, as well as strategies for growth in an increasingly challenging cost-pressured industry. Download the full
20 Dec. 2012 Prime Brokerage platform at SEB reveals 20% growth in 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern European banking group SEB announced a 20% increase in mandates on its Prime Brokerage platform over the last 12 months. The platform has attracted 70 new hed
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