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01 Apr. 2016 Currency hedge funds gain 0.91% in February (+1.55% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds had a good month in February as the Parker FX Index reported a +0.91% return for the period (+1.55% YTD). At least 29 of the 31 programs in the index reported February results, of which 18 reported positive results and 11 incurred losses.
31 Mar. 2016 ESMA publishes UCITS remuneration guidelines [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final Guidelines on sound remuneration policies
31 Mar. 2016 Hedge fund Appaloosa asks court to remove SunEdison’s appointed executives at Terraform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund Appaloosa Management on Tuesday asked the Delaware Chancery Court to remove four SunEdison Inc., appointed executives at TerraForm Power’s Conflicts Committee alleging that SunEdison has violated its fiduciary obligations,
31 Mar. 2016 Institutional investors increase allocations to hedge funds but want to see greater risk controls - survey [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Context Summits latest allocator survey shows that institutional investors plan to increase their allocations to hedge funds but want to see greater risk controls. 81 percent of investors say they want to see a clear investment process from managers and 71 perce
31 Mar. 2016 State Street to acquire GE Asset Management for $485 million [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based State Street will acquire GE Asset Management for $485 million, according to a statement from the firm. This announcement follows GE’s previous announcement in September that it would explore opportunities to sell GEAM to another leading investment
30 Mar. 2016 OMNI Partners launches UCITS version of global macro strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Partners LLP, the London-headquartered investment manager, announces the launch of the Omni Macro UCITS Fund on the IAM Investments ICAV platform. The UCITS Fund will follow a similar strategy to Omni’s existing commingled offshore fund, the Omni Macro Fund.
30 Mar. 2016 Hedge funds on a hot streak as FOMC is dovish on the industry [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recorded another strong week up +0.3%, with all strategies in positive territory, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.3% as of end Mar. 22 (-2.1% YTD), Lyxor Asset Management said. Lyxor added that CT
29 Mar. 2016 Fund of hedge funds launches and AUM decline in 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of fund of hedge funds launches declined in 2015, with the falling level of capital invested in the space, as fund managers saw little scope for new products to enter the market last year, reported data provider
29 Mar. 2016 GLG hedge fund seen to post windfall gains from shorting William Hill [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund giant GLG Partners, owned by Man Group, is expected to reap windfall profits from shorting William Hill after the bookmaker’s stocks plunged 11pc last week, the largest one-day decline of the bookie in over seven years, reported the
28 Mar. 2016 U.S. sides with Argentina, imperils hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Department of Justice has practically sided with Argentina after issuing a "friend of the court" or amicus curiae brief on Wednesday, throwing its support to New York federal judge Thomas Griesa’s decision to lift the injunction against the struggling count
28 Mar. 2016 Preqin: Hedge fund of fund assets decline in 2015 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund of fund assets declined by $12bn over 2015, wiping out gains made in 2014, according to the latest asset flows research from Preqin. The hedge fund of funds industry ended 2015 with a total of $807bn in AUM. According to the report, trends like co
24 Mar. 2016 Rhode Island dumps hedge fund Luxor Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island has announced it would exit one of its hedge funds on recommendation of industry consultant Cliffwater. The state’s pension fund unanimously voted on Wednesday to redeem all its investments at Luxor Capital after
24 Mar. 2016 New investments in hedge funds slow to a trickle [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New investments in hedge funds slowed to a trickle in February coming in at $4.4 billion – with performance losses of $24.5 billion dropping overall industry AUM to $2.94 trillion, according to the just-released February 2016 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Rep
23 Mar. 2016 Hedge fund industry raises $1.5 million to prevent and treat child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Help For Children (HFC), one of the most globally renowned charitable organizations associated with the hedge fund industry, raised $1.5 million at its 18th Annual Hedge Funds Care New York Benefit on March 10th, with all proceeds benefiting programs to prevent and treat
23 Mar. 2016 United Continental pilots accuse hedge funds of 'wanting to pillage’ airline’s coffers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The leaders of United Airlines’ pilot association have accused two activist hedge funds of planning to raid the United Continental’s profits by insisting on appointing an "outsider" on its board, reported
22 Mar. 2016 Online PE marketplace iCapital Network to buy HedgeFocus from Credit Suisse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, a financial technology platform that provides the high-net-worth market with access to alternative investments, and Credit Suisse has announced that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement pursuant to which iCapital has acquired the HedgeF
22 Mar. 2016 Commodity multi-strategy Argon Capital Management appoints new partners and portfolio managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Argon Capital Management, LP, a commodity multi - strategy alternative asset management firm founded in 2015, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Halpern as Partner and Chief Risk Officer, and of John Curran, Andrew Suckling and Pasha Bahadori as Partners and Seni
22 Mar. 2016 Foundry Partners acquires small and mid cap value team from Dreman Value Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Foundry Partners, LLC, has added to its Cleveland office with its acquisition of the Small and Mid Cap Value team from Dreman Value Management, LLC. The Dreman team brings approximately $700 million in assets under management on behalf of institutional and high net-w
22 Mar. 2016 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.74% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 1.74% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 2.89% after two months in 2016. “A 25 percent decline in natural gas, an 11 percent rally in gold, and a continuing ‘Brexit’ decline
22 Mar. 2016 Long/short equity and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperform last week [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long/short equity and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperformed in the week ending March 16 (+0.8%), fuelled by accommodative stance from central banks, Lyxor Asset Management said. Both strategies benefited
22 Mar. 2016 Evanston Capital examines smart beta returns in new paper [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Peter Hecht, Managing Director at Evanston Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm with approximately $5 billion in assets under management, has released a new white paper looking at the return prospects of smart beta products. Smart beta
21 Mar. 2016 Narcissistic artists sell more art – for more money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The pricing of artwork is often left up to the experts, but are they being swayed by unconscious signals the artists may be giving in the presentation of their work? A new study inThe European Journal of Finance finds narcissism is positively associated with market perfor
21 Mar. 2016 SS&C says hedge fund exit requests rise in third straight month this March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2016 measured 4.26%, up from 3.27% in February. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2016 was 4.26%, an increase from 3.27% for February 2016. The 4.26% for March 2016 was also an
21 Mar. 2016 Dexion Capital changes its name to Fidante [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following Fidante Partners’ acquisition of Dexion Capital Holdings Limited in July 2015, the combined business announces that it is rebranding as Fidante Partners. The business will operate as Fidante Partners and Fidante Capital. It comprises an international
21 Mar. 2016 US insurer buys 25% stake and allocates $150m to San Francisco hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Doctors Company, the largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer in the United States, has announced the selection of Pier 88 Investment Partners to manage $150 million USD in a convertible bond fund strategy and the purchase of a 25% equity position in Pier 8
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