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29 Aug. 2012 Parker FX Index up +0.77% in July (-0.59% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.77% return for the month of July. Forty-six of the fifty programs in the Index reported July results, of which twenty-nine reported positive results and seventeen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up +0.33% in J
29 Aug. 2012 Paulson assures investors he is still in the game [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – John Paulson, whose hedge fund firm has nearly $20bn in assets under management, on Tuesday assured his investors that he is still very much in the game and that his gold bets are expected to pay off, during a conference call sponsored by the Bank of America, var
29 Aug. 2012 Shanghai bourse may allow sunshine funds to list [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The Chinese official newspaper China Securities Journal has reported that the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) is mulling allowing so-called "sunshine" private trust funds to list on the exchange under certain conditions, in a move to further boost the bourse away f
29 Aug. 2012 Hong Kong seeks to add electronic trading regulations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a consultation paper on the regulation of electronic trading and has requested comments by September
28 Aug. 2012 PerTrac: Hedge funds’ assets climbed to $2.317tln in H1-2012 (in 14,013 funds) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Single-manager hedge funds, which include commodities trading advisors, withstood market swings, macroeconomic uncertainties and regulatory reforms in the first half of 2012, increasing their reported assets under management by 5.23% to $1.892 trillion, according to a stu
28 Aug. 2012 SMEs are switching to Renminbi for Chinese business according to Deutsche Bank survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A growing number of companies are switching to Chinese currency Renminbi (RMB) for their Chinese business according to a representative survey carried out by Deutsche Bank among companies in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Currently, 20% of companies carry out their
28 Aug. 2012 SEC charges former Sky Bell hedge fund manager Gary Marks for misrepresentations [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. financial watchdog on Monday filed a settled civil action before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against hedge fund manager Gary
28 Aug. 2012 CFTC issues final rules on swaps and swap dealer requirements [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today approved final rules to improve the risk management procedures of swap dealers and major swap participants. As Opalesque has
28 Aug. 2012 Funds move into 10 year treasuries [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that hedge funds are begin
27 Aug. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse: Total hedge fund industry AUM down to $1.75trn in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 1.42% in July. A new monthly commentary offers insight into hedge fund performance through the month of July. Some key findings from the report include: Hedge funds, as measured by
27 Aug. 2012 CFTC seeks to pull registration of fraudulent CTA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is seeking to revoke the registration of Texas-based CTA, Growth Capital Management LLC, following a fraud case being brought against the firm's principals by the regulator. In July, a judge for the U.S. Distric
27 Aug. 2012 Co-head of Citadel's global equities group to leave hedge fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Jeff Runnfeldt, co-head of Citadel LLC’s global equities group, is leaving after a decade at the hedge fund, according to a Bloomberg
24 Aug. 2012 High frequency trading rules in Germany - comments by Eurex and Simmons & Simmons [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: "You could almost have the impression high-frequency trading has become a public enemy, not just in Germany but also in France and other European countries. As a result, in Germany and beyond the concept of “slowing down the market” has become very popular,&q
24 Aug. 2012 Citigroup Private Banking pulls out of Paulson fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bloomberg is reporting that Citigroup Private Banking is redeeming money invested with billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson.
23 Aug. 2012 HFR: Number of emerging markets hedge funds reached record high in Q2-2012 (1,073 funds, up 3.5% since Q2-2011) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The number of Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds reached a record high in 2Q12, overcoming the headwinds of volatile performance and investor redemptions, according to the latest HFR Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR, the
23 Aug. 2012 Plural Investments to close in September as founder needs more flexible mandate [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Another hedge fund bites the dust. On Thursday, New York-based hedge fund Plural Investments, which was founded by former SAC Capital’s CR Intrinsic division chief executive officer Matt Grossman, said it would close shop by the end of September. According t
23 Aug. 2012 Comment: Switzerland may cease being the financial centre it once was [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Myet Zaki, author of several books on the Swiss financial system and chief editor of Bilan, a Geneva-based financial weekly, forecasts gloom and doom for Switzerland, which she says will be weakened by the end of banking secrecy, financial scandals,
22 Aug. 2012 Hedge fund investors opt for credit strategies, redemptions continue in July [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund assets increased 2.1% in July to $2.53tn , but investor redemptions persisted for the fourth month in the last five, accounting for outflows of $9.2bn, according to new data from eVestment. Traditional institutional account inflows were light in Q2 and i
22 Aug. 2012 Comment: US-China accounting standoff could have substantial implications if not resolved by year-end [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Phil Niles, director at Butterfield Fulcrum, a fund administrator, examined the potential impact of the US-China accounting standoff on hedge funds and investment managers in its most recent
21 Aug. 2012 Newedge CTA index up +3.05% in July (+2.20 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. July performance for the Newedge Indices was generally positive.  Trend followers, as modeled by the Newedge Trend
21 Aug. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.34% in August, up from 2.18% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for August 2012 measured 3.34%, up from 2.18% in July. "Forward redemptions increased in August which is typical as we approach quarter end but redemption notices remained at moderate levels indicating c
21 Aug. 2012 Notz Stucki gets new head, tidies up for fiscal transparency – Le Temps [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva : Notz Stucki, an asset management house founded in 1964 and head-quartered in Geneva, is revamping its business model a little as the latest generation comes to the throne. Beat Notz, Notz Stucki
21 Aug. 2012 Elementum announces two new hires to strengthen its legal, compliance and operational structure [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – An independent alternative investment manager that specializes in collateralized natural event reinsurance investments announces two new hires to strengthen its legal, compliance and operational infrastructure.
20 Aug. 2012 Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index up 1.9% in July and 3.7% YTD, sector leaked $6.5bn in June [more]
Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for July as well as estimated asset flows through June 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly 1,000 hedge funds in the
20 Aug. 2012 100 Women in Hedge Funds to give Carlyle co-CEO David Rubenstein its 2012 Effecting Change Award [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), a leading non-profit organization for professionals in the Alternatives industry, today announced that it has named David M. Rubenstein as the recipient of its 2012 Effecting Change Award. Mr. Rubenstein will receive the award at 100WHF

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