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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
12 Jun. 2012 Goldman Sachs eyes sale of its hedge fund administration unit [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: US-based Goldman Sachs is In talks to sell its hedge fund administration unit to another US firm - State Street according to individuals with knowledge of the matter. Terms of the deal are not yet known, Bloomberg
11 Jun. 2012 Hedge Fund Association expands presence in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In its continuing effort to support the global hedge fund industry through education and advocacy, the Hedge Fund Association (the HFA) today announced that Adam J. Steinberg, a financial communications consultant in Beijing, has been tapped to serve as the new director of
11 Jun. 2012 SunGard identifies ten “big data" trends transforming financial services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Neil Palmer, partner of SunGard’s consulting services’ advanced technology business, said, “Financial services firms are consolidating data traditionally managed in silos in order to analyze risk exposure, comply with regulatory mandates, and use the data for multiple pu
11 Jun. 2012 Dexion Capital Guernsey strengthens team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fund administration and fund management firm Dexion Capital (Guernsey) Limited has appointed Robin Fuller as an Executive Director. Mr Fuller will work alongside the existing team of eight, which offers investment management and corporate services, and assist with
11 Jun. 2012 Amundi and Macquarie expand investment management relationship [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macquarie Investment Management (MIM) today announced that Amundi, through Amundi Alternative Investments’ Managed Account Platform, has awarded an €80 million mandate to MIM’s Fixed Income and Currency team to trade G101 currencies actively. For the past 20 years
11 Jun. 2012 Cube Capital launches real estate fund for Myanmar, Mongolia and Vietnam [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cube Capital, the $1.3 billion global alternatives investment firm, has launched the Cube Asia Frontier Fund (CAFF) to invest opportunistically in real estate in Myanmar, Mongolia and Vietnam. CAFF will focus on these inefficient frontier markets where select oppor
11 Jun. 2012 UCITS HFS Index experiences third monthly loss in a row, down -0.70% in May 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index continues its downward trend with a setback of -0.70% in May 2012 after its drop of -0.36% and -0.34% in April and March respectively. The largest part of the May loss is attributable to the first two weeks of trading in which the UCITS HFS Index took
11 Jun. 2012 Man Group remains cautious in its latest presentation to investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In its latest presentation to investors, Man Group has reported a difficult nine month trading period for themselves and indeed for the broader asset manageme
08 Jun. 2012 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index down 1.98% in May (+2.15% YTD), hedge funds protect capital as equity markets drop sharply [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -1.98% in May 2012 (+2.15% YTD), while the S&P 500 fell -6.27% (+4.19% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased -6.21% (+1.44% YTD), and the NASDA
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

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  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an

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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released new guidance letting investment funds and advisors use social media to promote client reviews. The guidance seeks to assist investment managers in developing compliance policies and procedures reasonably