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19 Jun. 2012 Lyxor partners with Koris to offer investment solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management (Lyxor) and Koris International launch a commercial and marketing partnership to design investment solutions for distribution across continental Europe based off the funds available on the Lyxor Managed Account Platform. The partnership will last at
19 Jun. 2012 Most EDHEC hedge fund indices failed to escape market turmoil in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a rather quiet month of April, markets in May experienced the first significant shock in the year 2012, and switched back to a stress regime reminiscent of September 2011, in the context of the persistent euro-zone turmoil. Stocks suffered a huge setback (S&P 500: -
19 Jun. 2012 High octane Chenavari continues to perform despite difficult month [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: May results for the range of funds from Chenavari Investment Managers showed a net performance of 1.11% in May for the European ABS Strategy, bringing the year to date figure to 10.56%. The annualized return of the European ABS strategy (Toro Capital IA - A Share
19 Jun. 2012 Diversification research introduces new explosive index [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: New research from Ineichen Research and Management AG examines diversity and introduces the Financial Explosivity Index. In a lengthy report entitled Diversification? W
19 Jun. 2012 Australian M&A: Tyndall AM completes integration of Causeway [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Richard Lourey, Head of Real Assets at Tyndall Investment Management Limited, a multi-specialist investment manager of Australian investment funds based in Melbourne, announced today that the integration of Caus
18 Jun. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index drops 2.98% in May (+1.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 2.98% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 1.77% in 2012. “Falling equity prices worldwide weighed heavily on hedge fund performance in May,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of Barcla
18 Jun. 2012 GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index reports 0.43% gross performance for May (+4.15% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2012 measured 0.43%. Current month flash estimate 0.43%* Year-to-date (YTD) performance 4.15%* Last 12 month (LTM) performance 2.25%* Live to date (LTD) performance 65.31%
15 Jun. 2012 RBC Hedge 250 Index down 1% (est.) in May (+2.34% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of May 2012 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of -1.00 per cent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 2.34 per cent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month.
15 Jun. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 1.33% in May (+2.61 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished down 1.33% for the month of May. Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is calculated monthly. May, April and YTD 2012 performance numbers are listed below and are availa
15 Jun. 2012 HFR: Hedge fund launches, liquidations accelerated in Q1 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New hedge fund launches in 1Q12 increased to a level not reached since 2007 as hedge fund capital rose to a record level of $2.13 trillion, according to the latest Market Microstructure Industry Report, released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.),
15 Jun. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund index down 0.55% in May (+0.96% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Upate - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is in positive territory at the end of May 2012 in spite of a slightly negative performance of -0.55% during that month (+0.96% in 2012). 5 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by Lyxor CTA Short Term (
15 Jun. 2012 Newedge CTA Index up 2.97% in May (+2.48% YTD) [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.
15 Jun. 2012 KPMG and AxiomSL form alliance to assist investment advisers faced with new regulatory requirements including Form PF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, and a leader in the Financial Services sector, has formed an alliance with Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc. (AxiomSL), a global provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, to address new regulatory requireme
15 Jun. 2012 Eastern Caribbean Court dismisses Fairfield's BVI appeals [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: There is an important new ruling emerging from offshore courts as part of the sweeping Bernie Madoff fraud case. The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has dismissed Fairfield Sentry Limited's appeals and upheld two previous judgments of the BVI Commercial Cou
15 Jun. 2012 Law firm advises on likely impact for fund managers of a country leaving the Eurozone [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Partners at law firm Dechert have addressed the issue of how a Eurozone event such as the exit of a country from the Eurozone would affect investment managers. As the news grows increasingly gloomy on the likely continuation of the Eurozone in its current state, D
14 Jun. 2012 Hedge fund flows as measured by GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.60% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows as measured by the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.60% in June. "Solid net flows into hedge funds continued in June," said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive o
14 Jun. 2012 Greenwich Associates: Asian institutions defy global de-risking trend [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Institutional investors in Asia are going against the de-risking trend that has taken hold among their counterparts in Europe and the United States by shifting portfolio assets out of cash and domestic fixed income and into higher volatility asset classes including equiti
14 Jun. 2012 Old Mutual bond manager introduces 'Facebunds’ and calls a turn in government bond markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Stewart Cowley, manager of the Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond Fund has written a strongly worded note comparing the Facebook IPO with the German government bond market, or 'Facebunds’ as he calls them. "If regulators think the Facebook initial public off
13 Jun. 2012 Citi Prime Finance survey: Institutional investment increase, competition with long-only funds could lead to significantly more assets in hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets invested with hedge fund firms could more than double by 2016, according to a just-released survey from Citi Prime Finance. The study finds that pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutional investors are increasingly embracing the risk management
13 Jun. 2012 Citi Prime Finance releases new survey of Liquid CTAs, Macro strategies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Citi Prime Finance has released a new white paper that illustrates the result of a recent survey conducted by the firm on the Liquid CTA/Macro parts of the indust
13 Jun. 2012 Buy-side firms threaten to stop using swaps over fees - Tabb Group [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Investors and firms are entering the era of transparent, cleared swaps. However, some firms are threatening to stop using swaps as fees have risen to cover the costs of clearing these activities. The capital requirements for using swaps may also be difficult for t
12 Jun. 2012 Hedge funds outperform 8.08% in May, Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up +2.23% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds were down for the third consecutive month in May amid broad declines in global markets. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index lost 1.24% during the month, bringing the year-to-date (YTD) May return to 2.23%. In comparison the MSCI World Index was down by 9.32%.
12 Jun. 2012 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds redeemed $5.1 Billion in April 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $5.1 billion (0.3% of assets) in April, reversing a $2.8 billion inflow in March. Based on data from 3,042 funds, the April TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report esti
12 Jun. 2012 Unigestion adds to UK team to meet growing demand [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of Unigestion’s commitment to provide clients in the UK with investment solutions which reflect an understanding of their particular investment needs the company announces the appointment of Frances Smyth as Director, Institutional Clients, United Kingdom. Fr
12 Jun. 2012 AlphaClone Hedge Fund Long/Short Index shows broad hedge fund equity positions [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Research firm AlphaClone has released new data showing where hedge funds are positioned in equities. According the company, the AlphaClone Hedge Fund Long/Short Index, shows that managers continue to ove
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