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23 Jun. 2015 BNY Mellon: Alternative investments diversify portfolios but some advisors still wary [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The majority of advisors intend to continue recommending alternative investments over the next year, yet believe the asset class has underperformed since the economic crisis, according to a new survey from Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company. The study,
22 Jun. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 0.17% in May (+1.83% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 0.17% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.83% year to date. “Global interest rates pushed higher and created losses for managers that were positioned for lower rates, particularly in
22 Jun. 2015 Edmond de Rothschild Capital Holdings hires Gideon Nieuwoudt as Director of Alternative Investment Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Edmond de Rothschild Capital Holdings, a pioneer of absolute return hedge fund strategies including a fund with a record dating back to 1969 and with $6.5 billion in assets across a range of strategies, today announced that Gideon Nieuwoudt, former Managing Director and p
22 Jun. 2015 Gottex launches Multi-Asset Growth Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Asset Management (UK) Limited, one of the leading independent global asset management groups, has launched its Multi-Asset Growth Fund. The Fund will be managed by James Hughes, who joined Gottex from HSBC last year specifically to develop the range of mul
22 Jun. 2015 New rules for hedge fund firms could transform Australian sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Australia has taken a decisive step towards its advancement as a global investment market, with the smooth passage of the Investment Manager Regime (IMR) legislation through the Australian Parliament. The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the
22 Jun. 2015 Hedge fund launches rise as HFRI tops U.S. equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose to the highest level in three quarters in 1Q15, as strong performance industry - wide drove both total global hedge fund capital and the total number of hedge funds to record levels. Hedge fund launches totaled 264 in 1Q15, the highest leve
22 Jun. 2015 How hedge funds are managing Greece [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last Friday, the German chancellor called for a deal between Greece and its creditors (the EU Commission, the ECB and the IMF) before Monday’s emergency EU summit. Greece's government made a last-minute offer on reforms.
22 Jun. 2015 Hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel to be Senior Economic Advisor to Rand Paul campaign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mark Spitznagel, Founder and CIO of tail risk hedge fund Universa Investments, is joining the Rand Paul campaign as Senior Economic Advisor. Spitznagel is also the author of The Dao of Capital, which explains his investing philosophy integrating Austrian Economi
19 Jun. 2015 MUFG Investor Services to acquire UBS Global Asset Management's Alternative Fund Services business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing group of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has reached an agreement with UBS Global Asset Management to acquire its Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business. “This transaction is part of our strategy to build MUF
19 Jun. 2015 Swiss hedge fund manger predicts oil price spike [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Insch Capital Management, a Lugano-based alternative investment manager, is predicting brent crude will trade above $82.00 per barrel by February 2016. The fund says the prediction is based on its analysis of a series of technical, chart-based and fundamental in
19 Jun. 2015 SEC charges 36 firms for alleged fraudulent municipal bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed formal charges against 36 municipal underwriting firms for violations in municipal bond offerings. The cases are the first brought against underwriters under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation
18 Jun. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.92% in May (+4.58 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.92% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 4.58% year to date. “Developed market equities lead the way to a profitable month for most hedge fund strategies,” says Sol Waksman, founde
18 Jun. 2015 AFLI appoints Denise Voss as chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) today announced the appointment of Denise Voss as chairman of ALFI. Ms Voss takes up the position, which will initially run for two years, with immediate effect. "I am very excited about this appoin
18 Jun. 2015 Simmons & Simmons launches legal platform for emerging hedge fund managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: International law firm Simmons & Simmons has launched a
18 Jun. 2015 Update: SEC wants to monitor fund managers’ use of social media [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is proposing rules which would require fund managers to disclose a list of their social media accounts on their Form ADV filings. Last month, the SEC
18 Jun. 2015 Several hedge funds ramp up positions in Alibaba [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alibaba’s aggressive expansion in the U.S. is attracting hedge funds, reports Seeking Alpha. The report says that Discovery Capital currently has a $730m
18 Jun. 2015 Activist hedge fund ValueAct’s stake in Valeant earns 2100% profits [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ValueAct Capital Management generated some 2100% returns from its investments in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl since 2006. ValueAct sold 4.2 million shares of Valeant in brokers' transactions on the NYSE, ranging from $219 to $230.60 per share after buying them a
18 Jun. 2015 Franklin K2 Alternative Strategies Fund tops $1.3bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Franklin Templeton's liquid alternative offering Franklin K2 Alternative Strategies Fund has raised some $1.3 billion since 2013. The firm claims that K2 represents the fastest growing fund launch of any type in the past five years,
18 Jun. 2015 Two Goldman veterans to launch dedicated private debt hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Two Goldman Sachs veterans are to launch Firebreak Capital later this year, a dedicated private debt hedge fund focusing on the opportunity set wrought by finan
17 Jun. 2015 Eurekahedge: Hedge fund assets reach $2.23tln in first five months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The June 2015 Eurekahedge Report has been released. Key highlights for May 2015: - Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$92 billion in the first five months of 2015, with one-third of this increase coming from new in
17 Jun. 2015 How MiFID II may impact asset managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the related Regulation (MiFIR) are the next revisions of EU legislation due to take effect at the beginning of 2017, according to Dechert, a global financial law firm. And although its greatest imp
17 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds are putting more cash into China’s distressed assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds are forming a beeline in China’s distressed assets, as banks seek to offload huge volumes of bad loans amidst a slowing economy, reported
17 Jun. 2015 Greenwich Associates highlights increasing focus of buy side to leverage TCA for alpha generation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A report by Greenwich Associates has found that 90% of institutional investors or equity trading desks actively use transaction cost analysis (TCA) to measure trade effectiveness, identify outliers and to meet rep
17 Jun. 2015 Global investors take 'risk-off’ stance amid Grexit and interest rate concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 207 global investors with an aggregate $562bn in assets under management has found that the majority of them are concerned about a Greek default and a possible bubble in Chinese equities. The June
16 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds surpass 2014 performance in first five months of 2015 - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continue their run of solid performance with a fifth straight positive month, returning 1.01% in May. This means hedge funds have now returned 5.44% for 2015 YTD, compared to 4.60% for the whole of 2014. All leading single-manager hedge fund strategies
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