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17 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds raise short positions in sterling, USD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have increased their short positioning on the GBP and USD over the last three months. Along with the JPY and the EUR, the GBP is the most aggressively shorted currency by CTA and macro managers, said Lyxor Asse
16 Feb. 2015 Shearman & Sterling promotes two hedge fund partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Shearman & Sterling congratulates John Adams on his election to the partnership and John Reiss on his promotion to counsel. “We look forward to continuing to serve our investment funds clients.”
16 Feb. 2015 Towers Watson clients double smart beta strategies to $40bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients globally allocated over $8bn to smart beta strategies during 2014, bringing the total exposure to around $40bn (in 550 portfolio
16 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder says Putin’s net-worth could reach $200bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hermitage Capital Management co-founder and once the largest foreign investor in Russia, William (Bill) Browder, estimated Vladimir Putin’s net-worth at $200bn and described the Kremlin leader as at the center of corruption in Moscow. In an
16 Feb. 2015 Fake hedge fund manager Moazzam 'Mark’ Malik charged with stealing investors’ money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against purported hedge fund manager Moazzam "Mark" Malik with stealing money from his investors. According t
16 Feb. 2015 UK to introduce tougher tax rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The United Kingdom is set to implement a tougher set of tax rules to
13 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund performance down .03% in January, outperforms the S&P 500 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aggregate hedge fund performance was down .03% in January, outperforming the S&P 500 by 297 basis points, the most since January 2014, according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from eVestment. Funds focused on European markets were among the hardest hit in
12 Feb. 2015 Private equity liquidity constraints are easing, but investors’ needs are still unmet [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A sizable share of private equity investors believe the asset class has become more liquid, but few believe the advances are sufficient to meet current needs, according to the survey,
12 Feb. 2015 Maples Fund Services fulfils AIFMD Annex IV reporting requirements [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS, reports that it has successfully completed Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD) Annex IV reports for December 2014 for seven European Union jurisdictions, utilizing its regulatory reporting platform.
12 Feb. 2015 The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.4% in January, as reflation wind is blowing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.4% in January. 7 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+5.6%), the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index (+4.4%), the Lyxor Global Macro Index (+2.7%), the Lyxor L/S
11 Feb. 2015 Dallas-based Boardage Capital launches strategy focused on basic materials, mining and metals, and hires COO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Boardage Capital Management, LLC, announced the launch of its strategy focused on basic materials, mining and metals. Dallas-based Boardage seeded the investment approach with internal capital in October 2013. As part of the firm’s growth, Boardage also announced the addi
11 Feb. 2015 Tax paid by UK hedge fund industry at record level [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The tax contribution of the UK hedge fund industry has never been greater than it is today, according to new research from AIMA, the global hedge fund industry body. The hedge fund sector in the UK last year produced profits and income that have generated an estimate
11 Feb. 2015 Total capital managed by the Asian hedge fund industry stood at $119.75 billion at end 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asian hedge fund industry resumed strong capital growth in 4Q to conclude 2014 at a record level of capital, as Asian equity markets posted sharp advances heading into the new year. Total capital managed by the Asian hedge fund industry stood at $119.75 billion (¥
11 Feb. 2015 Salient Partners to acquire Forward Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Salient Partners L.P. announced today its proposal to acquire Forward Management, LLC, an independent, privately-held asset management firm based in San Francisco, California, and investment advisor to the Forward Funds. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined fi
11 Feb. 2015 TA Associates to acquire majority stake in NorthStar Financial [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm TA Associates is to buy a majority stake in Omaha, Nebraska-headquartered NorthStar Financial Services Group LLC and its nine subsidiary wealth management industry service providers. According to the
11 Feb. 2015 Man GLG to shut macro hedge fund after losing 9% in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Man Group Plc, the largest publicly traded U.K. hedge fund manager which managed $72.3bn at the end of September 2014, is shutting down its macro hedge fund after losing 9% in January, reports
11 Feb. 2015 David Tepper joins hedge fund activists to press for GM board seat, buyback [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper of Appaloosa Management has joined three activist hedge funds to push for a board seat in General Motors in an effort to press the company to repurchase some of its shares, reported
10 Feb. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +1.09% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Press Release Source BMC
10 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds shed $29.1 billion in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $29.1 billion (1.2% of assets) in December, its largest outflow since April 2009. “Hedge funds shed $12.5 billion in the second half of 2014, a sharp turnabout fro
10 Feb. 2015 Improving existing systems, data and risk management top concerns of asset managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Linedata, the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, has announced the results of its annual survey on the priorities and challenges facing the global asset management community. Upgrading incumbent systems and data man
10 Feb. 2015 BOX to launch realized volatility options on VolX patented concept [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BOX Options Exchange (BOX) and The VolX Group (VolX), architects of RealVol Products, announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement whereby BOX will list RealVol SPY
10 Feb. 2015 Leon Cooperman's hedge fund among industry's worst 20 this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors continues its "embarrassing" losses in January as the hedge fund fell 3.57% during the month, which earned it a distinction as one of the industry’s top 20 losers this early in 2015. Cooperman
10 Feb. 2015 Institutional investors, hedge funds raise $200m for Philippine-based Metro Pacific [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long-only institutional investors, hedge funds and domestic funds have banded together to raise $200m for Philippine-based Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MIPC), a unit of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Company Holdings, through an overnight equity private placement
09 Feb. 2015 Lyxor partners with Quantmetrics for AIFM managed account platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management announces a new partnership with Quantmetrics Capital Management to join Lyxor’s AIFM managed account platform. With this partnership, Lyxor will launch the first AIFMD-compliant strategy on its platform. Quantmetrics’ investment strateg
09 Feb. 2015 Commonfund brings on private equity specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a leading institutional investment manager, today announced the appointment of Jack H. Foster, Jr. as Managing Director, Private Equity Specialist. In this newly created position, Mr. Foster will work with institutional investors in the Eastern U.S. and Canada
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global macro hedge funds suffered losses due to the sharp fall in oil prices and the drop in U.S. and U.K. Treasury yields, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Global Macro Index fell -1.0% from 13 June to 20 June (-3.4% YTD). The Lyxor

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