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26 Jul. 2012 Ex-Nomura trader Payer to launch $250m Asia hedge fund [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Former Nomura Holdings Inc managing director Jean-Noel Payer, 36, is planning to launch a $250m Asia-focused volatility hedge fund that intends to take advantage of price swings in Asian
25 Jul. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index -1.53% in June (-8.45% YTD) on asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended June 2012 down 1.53% (-8.45% YTD) on an asset weighted basis, and down 1.56% (-5.78% YTD) on an equal weighted basis, compared to the S&P 500 (CAD-adjusted), which is up 2.32% that month (7.82% YTD). Monthly re
25 Jul. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index rose +0.11% in June (+2.0 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended modestly higher in June on average as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index rose +0.11% for the month. Arbitrage strategies were the best performers during the month, returning an average of +1.03%. The GGHFI’s gain of +0.11% lagged global equi
25 Jul. 2012 Altin's portfolio reveals defensive use of diversification to beat economic turmoil [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, today disclosed its entire hedge fund portfolio
25 Jul. 2012 Spain and Italy re-introduce bans on short selling [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The regulatory bodies of Spain and Italy have re-introduced bans on short-selling, only months after allowing the practice. Spain’s ban on short selling will last until October 23, 2012, while the Italian ban on the short sale of certain financial stocks
24 Jul. 2012 Oakum Bay Capital receives strategic minority investment from White Mountains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Oakum Bay Capital, a New York-based alternative investment firm formerly known as KVO Capital Management, today announced that it has agreed in principle to a strategic minority investment by White Mountains Insurance Group (NYSE: WTM). This investment will allow Oakum Ba
24 Jul. 2012 Cash manager Horizon urges investors to understand risk in cash and margin accounts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Horizon Cash Management said today it urges investors to adopt best practices and perform ongoing due diligence to fully understand the risks associated with their cash and margin accounts held at the firms in which th
24 Jul. 2012 Man’s interim results show net outflows hit asset base and produced statutory loss [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Man Group’s interim figures to June 30th showed a drop in funds under management from $58.4bn to $52.7bn over six months, reflecting net outflows of capital with sales of $7.2bn and redemptions of $9.6bn. Peter Clarke, Chief Executive of Man, said, in a
24 Jul. 2012 Diversification may not be key according to Towers Watson [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Robin Penfold and Craig Baker of Towers Watson have arrived at the conclusion that diversification is not necessarily key in equity investors’ portfolios. The pair presents their findings in their paper,
24 Jul. 2012 Survey finds London’s financial status will not be affected by AIFMD [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A survey by compliance consultants the IMS Group has revealed that the alternatives industry is uncertain as to how the arrival of The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will impact on investment firms. The survey was conducted among a grou
24 Jul. 2012 HSBC: Weather is on 'steroids’, impacting grain prices for now [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: We all know about this year’s weather, which is so far proving to be quite difficult in certain areas. There are heat waves in the U.S. and Australia, droughts and floods in India and Brazil, more floods in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. This week-
24 Jul. 2012 Funds crowd into crude oil and other commodities, continue to short the Euro [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Hedge funds are moving heavily into crude oil and other commodities according to a new report
24 Jul. 2012 Negative rating for Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg puts increased pressure on Euro and financial markets [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Bloomberg reports today that hedge fund manager John Paulson of Paulson & Co has told his clients that he believes there is a 50%
24 Jul. 2012 BlackRock’s Bob Doll says US growth should remain positive [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Doll, Senior Advisor to BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with $3.56tln in assets under management as at end June 30, 2012, said that to suggest that the US economy is heading into a re
23 Jul. 2012 Hatteras Funds to hold five-city "Meet The Managers" forum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hatteras Funds, a boutique alternative investment specialist providing unique alternative investment solutions for financial advisors and their clients, will host a series of forums across the U.S. for financial advisors, home office research teams and consultants to meet
23 Jul. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund index fell 0.9% in June (+1.6% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar Inc, a provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for June 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through May. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly 1,000 he
23 Jul. 2012 Gottex’s LUMA managed account platform partners with Southport Harbor to be its U.S. representative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LUMA Solutions Services Limited (LUMA), a Gottex Solutions Services subsidiary (GSS), which operates a leading European platform offering managed accounts services for UCITS III, European onshore and offshore funds, has recently engaged in a strategic non-exclusive partne
23 Jul. 2012 Savile Finance’s two funds maintain positive performance [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Two Savile Finance Group’s funds closed the month of June up with their Bermuda-based Savile Opportunity Fund International up +1.04% last month (+4.69% YTD), and the U.S.-based Savile Opportunity Fund up +1
20 Jul. 2012 Recent CFTC rule changes will effect fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: A client-alert from New York-based law firm, Schulte, Roth & Zabel details four recent developments with respect to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) regulatory issues that directly affect fund managers: The SEC and CFTC approve
20 Jul. 2012 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index says total industry AuM down to $1.73tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 0.40% in June, as announced on Monday (Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index down 0.
20 Jul. 2012 GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 2.18% for July, down from 3.71% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for July 2012 measured 2.18%, down from 3.71% in June. "Forward redemptions remain low, this month's percentage being one of the lowest in the history of the Indicator,” said Bill Stone, Chairman and Chie
20 Jul. 2012 Trinity: There is no panacea from counterparty risk in today’s world [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trinity Fund Administration, the boutique Dublin-based fund administrator, issued the latest in a series of articles on corporate governance - Counterparty Exposure Risk. Given the recent news of Peregrine Financial Group (PFG), counterparty risk is a very timel
20 Jul. 2012 Gottex assets down 2.1% ($7.41bn) in Q2, flagship funds of hedge funds post positive returns YTD [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In today’s trading statement for the second quarter of 2012, Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd, an independent global fund of funds group incorporated in Guernsey and listed in Switzerland, revealed that its flagship fund of hedge fund products continue to
20 Jul. 2012 Kinetic Partners comments on draft UCITS V directive [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Kinetic Partners Dublin based member Killian Buckley has
19 Jul. 2012 After acquiring Hedge Fund Beta Business and team from Lyster Watson, Van Eck will offer Trackers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On June 29, 2012, Van Eck Associates Corporation acquired a Hedge Fund Beta business and team from Lyster Watson & Company, and will be offering a suite of strategies called Trackers. Trackers are hedge-style "beta" strategies based on indexes developed usin
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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

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    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

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    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

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  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added