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04 Feb. 2016 First Names Group appoints Head of Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First Names Group is delighted to announce it has appointed Jean Pierre (JP) Koolmees as Head of its Asian operations. This key hire marks a significant milestone for the business, as it looks to build its presence throughout Asia. The appointment is effective immediately
04 Feb. 2016 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index down -2.58% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted sharp losses in January led by declines in Oil and global equities, though steep intra-month losses in both were narrowed by strong gains in final trading days of the month. Global equities posted steep declines for the month led by Biotech
03 Feb. 2016 As much as 15% of UCITS funds could be closet indexers - ESMA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority has put out a new statement alleging that as much as 15 percent of the UCITS industry are made up of funds that are essentially closet indexers. This means that investors could be paying active management fees for a
03 Feb. 2016 Computer-driven hedge funds make money during January’s selloff [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Commodity trading advisers (CTAs) that use computer programs to guide how they trade, made millions of dollars during last month’s market selloff on the back of declining oil prices and global equities and big moves in currencies. Data provider
02 Feb. 2016 Neil Tofts launches the Mygale Event Driven UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - ML Capital have launched of the Mygale Event Driven UCITS Fund, a European focused event driven equity strategy hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading
02 Feb. 2016 42 of the most important global stocks can’t produce alpha for hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new report by Morgan Stanley claims that some of the world’s largest hedge funds can’t make money from 42 of the most important stocks in the world in the S&P 500, reported
02 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds shed some but still outperform markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: January started the year with a brutal decline in the markets but a recent rebound in risk assets fuelled event driven managers and pared hedge fund losses which the strategy registered earlier last month, Lyxor Asset Mana
01 Feb. 2016 Preqin: hedge funds grow in 2015 despite concerns about performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s 2016 Global Hedge Fund Report finds that 2015 was another challenging year for the industry, during which the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark recorded gains of 2.02%, compared with 4.65% in 2014. Despite this, total industry AUM increased by $178bn to
01 Feb. 2016 AIMA calls for regulatory reforms to support nonbank lending [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Commission must prioritise non-bank finance and deeper capital markets as part of its regulatory review, according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). AIMA made the comments in its response to the European Commission’s C
01 Feb. 2016 Currency hedge funds fell in December but still on the black last year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds declined in December but still posted positive performance in 2015 according to Parker Global. The Parker FX Index reported a -0.51% return last month but ended the year up +1.41%. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.23% in December.
29 Jan. 2016 Legends Fund adds VR Global as new Legend [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, the largest independent hedge fund specialist in the Netherlands, has added VR Global Offshore Fund Ltd. to its flagship Legends Fund. VR Global is run by Richard Deitz, supported by a team of nearly 40 people and offices in London, New York, M
29 Jan. 2016 Captive Alternatives launches new insurer Madison RE [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Captive Alternatives, the insurance consultancy that pioneered the Protected Captive™ business model, announced today the launch of Puerto Rico International Insurer Madison RE, I.I. Madison RE, I.I. was formed to provide an innovative new captive creation and management
29 Jan. 2016 Asian institutional investors getting sophisticated with their ETF portfolios [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian institutional investors are demonstrating a high degree of sophistication when it comes to raising their investments in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a Greenwich Associates debut study on Asian ETFs has found
27 Jan. 2016 Peter Grauer to join Blackstone’s board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blackstone has announced that Peter Grauer has joined its board of directors. Mr. Grauer has been the Chairman of Bloomberg, the global business and financial information company, since March 2001 and joined Bloomberg full time as President and Chief Executive Officer in
27 Jan. 2016 Agecroft Partners to host new hedge fund conference to benefit Hedge Fund Cares and World Pediatric Project [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agecroft Partners announced that all profits from its new conference Gaining the Edge - 2016 Hedge Fund Marketing Leadership Summit taking place on April 28th at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City will be donated to non-profit charities that benefit children. Hedge Fund
27 Jan. 2016 SEC refunds hedge fund Level Global $21.5m in settlement money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A federal court ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to refund the now defunct hedge fund Level Global Investors $21.5m in settlement money arising from an insider trading probe in 2011, reported the
27 Jan. 2016 Group of hedge funds made money betting against Chinese yuan [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of U.S. and London-based macro hedge funds made money when they correctly predicted that China would devalue the yuan between 20 and 50 percent, reported
26 Jan. 2016 Multi-strat hedge fund Deimos hires Franzen as portfolio manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deimos Asset Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, announced today that Richard Franzen has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. At Deimos, Franzen will focus on managing a pairs-based trading strategy. Prior to Deimos,
26 Jan. 2016 Despite redemptions in December, hedge funds end 2015 above $3 trillion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Despite a rocky December that led to redemptions, the latest asset flows report from eVestment shows that the hedge fund industry managed to end the year above $3 trillion in total industry AUM. Investors removed about $24.6 billion from hedge funds in December,
26 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds show resilience amidst market turmoil [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds showed resilience in challenging market conditions according to the Lyxor Hedge Funds Index, which was down slightly at -0.4% for the week ending January 12 – 19 (-1.2% YTD). Performance was supported by CTAs,
25 Jan. 2016 Barclay CTA Index down -1.19% in December; CTAs end 2015 with an overall -1.43% loss [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.19% in December according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index was down 1.43% in 2015. “European Central Bank easing in December fell short of investor expectations, and markets promptly registered disappoin
25 Jan. 2016 Synchronicity Futures hires three new executives for its Detroit office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Synchronicity Futures, LLC, a directional strategy CTA founded in July 2015, announces the addition of three new professionals to its Detroit office. Brandon Fluegel has been named Chief Strategy Officer, focusing on strategy optimization, global macro research
25 Jan. 2016 Study: Multi-manager liquid alts funds underperform traditional fund of funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new report out from New York-based investment consultant Beachhead Capital Management shows that alternative multi-manager mutual funds underperform the HFRI Fund of Funds Index over time. Proponents of this type of liquid alternative often counter with the idea that lo
25 Jan. 2016 Activist hedge fund manager David Einhorn to get one board seat at SunEdison [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager David Einhorn will get one board seat at SunEdison in a deal that would give his Greenlight Capital more say in determining the direction of the troubled energy developer,
25 Jan. 2016 Hedge funds outperform equities, bonds in 2015 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An analysis of alternative money managers with aggregate assets of $1.1tln has shown that hedge funds across the globe outperformed stocks and bonds on a risk-adjusted basis last year. That was the finding of global hedge fund industry trade association the
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