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08 May. 2012 Winton Capital's Bill Miller joins Drury Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bill Miller, former Head of European Sales for leading hedge fund Winton Capital has joined Princeton based CTA Drury Capital as Head of Global Sales with responsibility to push further the Drury Capital brand in North America, Europe and the Far East. Drury Capital wa
08 May. 2012 Man Group names Dr. Douglas Greenig as new AHL CRO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group plc, the global alternative investment manager, announced an addition to the management team at AHL, its industry-leading quantitative managed futures manager. Dr. Douglas Greenig will become AHL’s Chief Risk Officer and a member of the AHL Manageme
08 May. 2012 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declines -0.36% in April (+4.42% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted a narrow decline to begin 2Q12, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index declining by -0.36 percent in April, according to data released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.), the leading provider of data, indices and analysis of the global hedge
08 May. 2012 Lipper research highlights difficulties in picking outperforming actively managed funds [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A report from Lipper by Ed Moisson, head of UK and Cross-Border Research, examining how successful actively managed mutual funds in Europe have been in out-performing indices over the past twenty years, finds that typically 40% of equity funds out-perform their be
08 May. 2012 Two reports find that opportunities and challenges lie ahead for alternative funds industry [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Professional services firm, Towers Watson, has published two reports on the hedge fund industry in recent weeks. The first, Hedge Fund Investing – Opportunities and Chal
08 May. 2012 The Auditors Oversight Law 2011 comes into force on the Cayman Islands [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Cayman Islands’ law firm Appleby has published an update on The Auditors Oversight Law 2011 which was passed by the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands in September 2011 and came into force on 1 May 2012, by Governor’s Order. Appleby partner Sherice Arm
08 May. 2012 Study reveals that current practices in fund governance are falling short of ideal [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A study published earlier this year examined the data on Cayman domiciled funds to get an indication of governance practices and found that 31% of funds do not have any external directors.
08 May. 2012 Hedge funds cut equity exposure across strategies - BofA Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market Neutral funds sold market exposure to 1% net short from 6% net long. This is the first time they went net short since February. Equity Long/Short also sold market exposure to 21% from 28% net long according to a
07 May. 2012 World Bank's IFC invests $55m in commodities house Armajaro Trading [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Armajaro Trading, a London-based soft commodity trading house and supply chain manager, received a $55m investment from International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund. IFC will receive a return of 7.5% ab
04 May. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index Global down -0.47% in April (1.27% YTD); most single strategy indices negative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -0.47% in April 2012 bringing its year to date performance to 1.27%, while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is down -0.75% bringing its yearly performance to -0.39%. It is the second consecutive negative month for the UA
04 May. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index falls 0.25% in April (+4.17% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index fell 0.25% (est.) in April 2012 (+4.17% YTD). Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights  Long-Short Credit funds lead all strategies, gaining 0.90%  Long-Short Equity managers decline 0.75% on average, lagging other str
04 May. 2012 Benefits of actively managed portfolios to remain important as the bull market narrows, says Lyxor Research [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: During the first quarter, risky assets’ bounce off last October lows has been remarkable, according to new research from Lyxor Asset Management. The firm cites the European debt deal and a stronger US economy as catalysts for increasing investor confidence. Take
04 May. 2012 Och-Ziff earnings down slightly this quarter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Quarterly profits were down slightly for New York-based Och-Ziff in Q1. The company is a publicly traded hedge fund and private equity firm. According to the earnings report taxes cut into the company's overall profit but assets continued to grow. The company
03 May. 2012 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.33% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 0.33% in April as most of the index component strategies reported negative results for April. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which seek to enab
03 May. 2012 New French seeding platform Emergence makes first investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The newly launched EMERGENCE seeding platform, created in early 2012 with the backing of seven major French institutional investors, and managed by internationally recognized seeder NewAlpha Asset Management, announces its first seeding partnership with Eiffel Investment
03 May. 2012 Direct Access to acquire Discovery Capital Management and its funds of managed accounts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – New York-based Direct Access Group, LLC (Direct Access), a diversified institutional financial services enterprise, announced that it will acquire Discovery Capital Management, LLC (Discovery) (New York). The acquisition is the first transaction following the appointment
03 May. 2012 Arnold closes down Centaurus energy hedge fund after 10 years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: John D. Arnold, who founded energy-trading hedge fund firm Centaurus Advisors, LLC in 2002 with $8m, is retiring and closing down his fund. Arnold, 38, said in a letter to investors that he plann
03 May. 2012 HFRX: Hedge funds report lukewarm performance in April [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Hedge funds posted small positive gains in April 2012 as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.12% during the month (and +3.27% YTD) with contributions from macro and relative value strategies. Indeed, the HFRX Macro/CTA Index was up 0.43% (but still dow
03 May. 2012 AIMA opens New York office [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, opened an office in New York City; this is the Association’s first ever office in the United States. "Its opening will enable us to better service our growing
02 May. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) index down 0.27% in April (+1.94% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 0.27% in April 2012 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 t
02 May. 2012 Largest funds continue to dominate hedge fund industry, according to PerTrac’s annual database study [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: PerTrac has published the latest edition of its annual database study and found that the so-called "billion dollar club" is still the great colossus of the hedge fund world. While single manager hedge funds with
02 May. 2012 Cass Business School research finds that currency momentum strategies yield "striking" annual returns of 10% [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new study of currency momentum risk and returns shows profits are attractive but offer no free lunch for investors, says the co-author of the report, Professor Lucio Sarno of Cass Business School. The s
02 May. 2012 Hedge funds aggressively buying 2 year treasuries [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are aggressively buying two year treasuries according to the latest data from
02 May. 2012 Markets embark on a period of sustained improvement - Credit Suisse [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Global markets have embarked on a period of sustained improvement according to a new report from Stefan Keitel, Global Chief Investment Officer for Asset Management and Private Banking, Credit Suisse. Keitel notes that renewed growth in the US and China along with
01 May. 2012 Highland Capital adds Jill Naponic to business development team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, L.P., one of the largest global alternative investment management firms, today announced that Jill Naponic, CPA, has joined the firm as a Business Development Associate. Ms. Naponic will be responsible for business develo
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