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05 Jun. 2012 Och-Ziff’s master hedge funds drop in May [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The four 'most significant’ Och-Ziff master hedge funds reported an estimated decline in May but the firm’s assets remained unchanged since April, data released by institutional alternative asset manager Och-
05 Jun. 2012 Oregon pension funds commits $250m to second Asia hedge fund [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The State of Oregon’s investment council has announced its commitment to allocate a total of $250m to a second Asian hedge fund managed by U.S. private equity firm KKR, reports indicated. According to
05 Jun. 2012 Hedge funds crowd crude, downside risk lingers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Hedge funds have started selling off their long positions in crude oil, however downside risk remains should funds opt to unwind those positions according to a
04 Jun. 2012 DTCC calls for increased public-private information sharing to protect capital markets from cyber attacks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: DTCC testified before a Congressional subcommittee that federal agencies and the financial sector must expand information sharing on cyber-threats to more effectively protect the capital markets from attack. DTCC also called for restarting the Government Information Shari
04 Jun. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) index down 2.32% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 2.32% in May according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance
04 Jun. 2012 Swiss hedge fund Insch Capital Management relocates to Lugano [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Swiss asset management company, Insch Capital Management, announced that it has relocated to Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland today. The move follows a 2010 move to Zug. At that time, the firm founded Insch
04 Jun. 2012 Horizons ETFs launches the worlds first black swan ETFs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc. and its affiliate AlphaPro Management Inc. have launched two new exchange traded funds (ETFs) that give retail investors the opportunity to hedge against black swan events. Horizons Universa Canadian Black Swan ETF and the Horizo
31 May. 2012 U.S. asset manager Whitebox Advisors opens London office, hires senior portfolio manager [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Minneapolis, Minnesota-based SEC registered Whitebox Advisors, a $2.3bn investment advisor, has recently set up shop in London to raise its presence in Europe and provide better leverage in capturing glob
31 May. 2012 Islamic compliant ETF firm seeks investment to build international business [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: According to industry sources, Saeid Hamedanchi, Chief Executive Officer of ShariahShares,is preparing the launch a family of Shariah compliant ETFs on the US and European Exchanges. Founded in 2010, ShariahShares is a California based provider of Islamic Shariah
30 May. 2012 Hedge funds investing in Russia, India and Latin America lead first quarter gains as HFRI Emerging Markets Index returns 7.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging Markets hedge funds posted their strongest start to a calendar year since 2006 with the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index posting an industry-leading gain of +7.3 percent in 1Q12, according to the latest HFR Emerging Markets Industry Report released toda
30 May. 2012 Parker FX Index down -0.59% in April (-0.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.59% return for the month of April. Fifty-two programs in the Index reported April results, of which twenty-one reported positive results, thirty incurred losses and one manager was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0
30 May. 2012 Hedge funds get into 30-yr treasuries [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are aggressively buying 30-yr T-bonds futures by ~500% to $7.2bn notional up from $1.2bn notional last week according to a
30 May. 2012 SEC charges Miami hedge fund adviser with misleading investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Miami-based Quantek Asset Management LLC with making false representations to investors that executives in the firm had invested some of their own money
30 May. 2012 UK FSA issues record £3m fine against hedge fund boss [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK has banned Alberto Micalizza, manager of London-based Dynamic Decisions Capital Management from conducting regulated financial business and fined him £3m for failing to run his business prudently. The regulator has a
29 May. 2012 TrimTabs and Informa report managed accounts had net inflows of just $34.9bn in first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TrimTabs Investment Research and Informa Investment Solutions Plan Sponsor Network said that separately managed accounts received estimated net inflows of $34 billion in this year's first quarter, reversing outflows of $104.6 billion in the last two quarters of 2011.
29 May. 2012 Treasury Group invests in Evergreen Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Treasury Group Limited (TRG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired a minority equity interest in Evergreen Capital Partners Pty Ltd (Evergreen), a Melbourne based absolute return manager. This investment by TRG builds upon the existing relationship between TRG and E
29 May. 2012 Global Perpectives finds AIFMD will cause the death of the traditional hedge fund [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Shane Brett, managing director of Global Perspectives has written about the arrival of AIFMD in a
29 May. 2012 Brevan Howard may not like Geneva after all [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Since the UK declared it would increase the tax rates for personal income above GBP150,000 per year from 40% to 50%, starting in April 2010, several hedge fu
29 May. 2012 Tax concerns see hedge funds fleeing India [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds and several foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have packed up their bags and left India on concerns over the proposed tax rules that India plans to implement that could impact on their investments. According to a report by
28 May. 2012 EDHEC paper claims regulators and decision-makers organised the crisis of 2008 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Writing in the latest issue of the EDHEC-Risk Institute’s newsletter, Noël Amenc, Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School and Director, EDHEC-Risk Institute asks:
28 May. 2012 SEC halts fraudulent investment scheme by New York-based fund manager [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted a fraudulent investment scheme being run by Jason J. Konior and his two firms. The SEC alleges that since at least November 2011, the two firms raised approximately $11 million by selling investors limited par
25 May. 2012 SEC charges Northern California fund manager in $60 million scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: John A. Geringer a Northern California fund manager was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with running a $60 million investment fund like a Ponzi scheme and defrauding investors by touting imaginary trading profits instead of reporting the act
24 May. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite AW index up 0.2% in April (3.3% YTD), hedge funds leak $655m in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for April as well as estimated asset flows through March 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of n
24 May. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished April with only 4 out of 10 strategies in positive territory [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 0.04% in April, though it is still showing +4% year to date. A new report from
23 May. 2012 Commonfund names Brett Lane as Managing Director, hedge fund group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for institutional investors, today announced the appointment of Brett Lane as Managing Director, reporting to A. Nicholas (Nick) De Monico, CEO, Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group. “Brett is an integral addition to C
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial reporters often tout new funds and investments as uncorrelated investments, but few can say they are uncorrelated to everything but weather. Enter Blue Sky Alternative's water fund which invests in the permanent rights to Australia's water. Sev

  2. Regulatory – Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades, Alternative funds to get SEC test for leverage, liquidity[more]

    Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades From Thelawyer.com: A recent Wall Street Journal article — ‘Activist investors often leak their plans to a favoured few’ — focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analy

  3. …And Finally – This week's least competent criminal is Austrian[more]

    From ABCnews.go.com: A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation. Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Sp

  4. Investing – Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures, Marcato Capital Management makes new bet on Dillard’s[more]

    Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures From Law360.com: Hedge funds have joined the rush to real estate deals and development in recent months to close the financing gap left by tightening bank standards, but attorneys say many aren't prepared for the disclo

  5. Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media[more]

    The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, and by hedge funds to enhance