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16 Sep. 2015 Alternative single manager funds more suitable for larger investors, multi-manager funds for small investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Many investors have been embracing more sophisticated alternative investment strategies since the global financial crisis, for more downside protection. And one important decision they have had to make was whether to use single manager or multi-manager funds.
16 Sep. 2015 Nearly 1,300 China hedge funds have shut down [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Nearly 1,300 of China’s hedge funds have shut down since the Chinese stock market plunge in August. But the worst is yet to come as Chinese authorities have introduced new restrictions on short selling and other hedging strategies, reported
16 Sep. 2015 New rules make banks more choosy on hedge fund clients [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: New regulatory rules are changing banks’ perspective and they are becoming more picky and choosy when providing prime brokerage services to hedge fund clients. Jon
16 Sep. 2015 UCITS HFS Index fell -1.28% in August (+0.67 YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative UCITS were not spared by the market turbulence in August. The UCITS HFS Index was down 1.28% during the month (+0.67% YTD). Dennis Drenjovski of 2n20.com
15 Sep. 2015 Arthur Bell expands to Ireland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Arthur Bell CPAs, a leading professional services firm dedicated to servicing the alternative investment industry, announced today that it has formed Arthur Bell Limited based in Ireland to better serve its international clients. This expansion follows the opening of an A
15 Sep. 2015 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes down 1.99% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished down 1.99% for the month of August.
15 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds post returns of -1.88% for August (+1.96% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned -1.88% for August, as market volatility saw most regions and strategies post negative returns. Returns for 2015 YTD have slipped to 1.96% overall, following the second consecutive month of negative performanc
15 Sep. 2015 SS&C acquires Primatics Financial [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the acquisition of Primatics Financial for approximately $122 million on a cash and debt free basis from The Carlyle Group. The ac
15 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds gain ahead of FOMC meeting [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds move higher with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index posting a positive return of 0.6% as of end Sept. 8 (YTD 0.3%) as equity markets recovered following the August sell off, Lyxor Asset Management said. The best co
15 Sep. 2015 Anthony Limbrick tells hedge funds to get ready for new era of increased volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anthony Limbrick, whose 36 South Capital was one of the few hedge funds which made money during the selloff in August, told hedge funds to prepare themselves for a new era in increased volatility as the recent market turbulence is a just a preview of what is to come
15 Sep. 2015 Japan hedge funds best performers among Asia funds in August [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index was down -0.35% in August (+4.99% YTD), whereas the Eurekahedge Asia ex-Japan Hedge Fund Index returned -5.1% (+2.8% YTD) and the Eurekahedge Greater China He
15 Sep. 2015 SEC settles with hackers trading on non-public press releases [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC announced a $30 million settlement today with Ukrainian-based Jaspen Capital Partners Limited and CEO Andriy Supranonok over trading on non-public information obtained by hacking press releases. More than 30 defendants are still being prosecuted in the s
15 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds extend bearish position in U.S. traded agricultural commodities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed that hedge funds have extended their bearish position in the top U.S.-traded agricultural commodities following a selldown in grains. In a report,
14 Sep. 2015 Comprehensive Standalone solution helps asset managers ease costs and risks while reducing hurdles to global expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEI has introduced a comprehensive new global regulatory risk and compliance platform that centralises handling of an investment firm’s regulatory and compliance functions across investment vehicles, products, and jurisdictions around the globe. SEI’s Investment Manager S
14 Sep. 2015 HFRI Emerging Markets Index fell -4.5% in August (-3.17% YTD) on sharp equity, currency losses [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets-focused hedge funds suffered sharp losses over the past three months as of end August as regional equity and currency markets fell dramatically, driven in part by the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan by the Chinese Central Bank, reported
14 Sep. 2015 Donald Trump says Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton 'are controlled by hedge funds’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Jeb Bush are receiving major donations from hedge funds and that the sector controls them. In an interview on
14 Sep. 2015 Strategic Preservation mulls closing fund to new investors, hires IR director [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Kirk Bostrom, founder and general partner of Strategic Preservation Partners LP (SPP) said, in an e-mail received by Opalesque, that his company may close its Strategic Preservation Fund to new investors in the coming we
11 Sep. 2015 John Paulson’s flagship hedge fund fell 4.2% in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson’s flagship hedge fund, Paulson Partners declined 4.2 percent during last month but remains in the black with 6.52 percent gains year-to-date, reported
11 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund aggregate returns down -2.19% in August - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds had a rough month in August, according to the latest performance data from eVestment which shows an aggregate return for the industry of -2.19%. The slide in August also brought overall year-to-date returns down to -0.95%. All asset-backed lendi
11 Sep. 2015 361 Capital soft closes 361Managed Futures Strategy Fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: 361 Capital has announced a soft-close on its 361 Managed Futures Strategy Fund. The soft close is in response to the fund meeting its capacity constraint of $1 billion in AUM. The counter-trend managed futures program will be closed to new investors beginning S
10 Sep. 2015 GSAM launches GS Absolute Return Multi-Asset Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today, Goldman Sachs Asset Management announced the launch of the Goldman Sachs Absolute Return Multi-Asset Fund, which seeks to generate consistent, attractive returns that are less dependent on the direction of traditional markets. The Fund invests across multiple asset
10 Sep. 2015 All Newedge managed futures indices posted negative performance in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a strong start to the second half of the year which saw the Newedge CTA Index rise over 3% in July, challenging market conditions resulted in a difficult month and all CTAs ended August 2015 in negative territory, according to the indices calculated by Societe G
10 Sep. 2015 NFA submits cybersecurity guidance proposal to CFTC [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 28, 2015 a proposed Inter
10 Sep. 2015 Catalyst Funds acquires Huntington Asset Advisors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Catalyst Funds, a US-based alternative-focused mutual fund company, announced on Wednesday the acquisition of Huntington Asset Advisors (HAA) from Huntington National Bank, effectively expanding its
10 Sep. 2015 Barnegat fixed income relative value hedge fund is one of the gainers in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $673 million Barnegat Fund is again back on the black. The fixed income relative value hedge fund generated 0.7% returns in August despite the market volatility during the month. Year-to-date, the fund is
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega