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16 Sep. 2013 Australia’s State Super Financial Services commits $200m to hedge funds [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Australia’s State Super Financial Services, one of the country’s leading financial planning companies with over 53,000 clients and more than $12bn in funds under management, has committed to invest at least $200m
16 Sep. 2013 European Commission, IMF officials weigh in on shadow banking [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: International bodies are weighing in on shadow banking. Last week, the European Commission released its roadmap for how it plans to handle risk from shadow banking activities and today, an IMF official in China said that shadow banking in China will not cau
13 Sep. 2013 Investor Analytics launches VisualVaR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor Analytics LLC, a global leader in risk analysis and risk management solutions, has announced the launch of VisualVaR™ – a new approach in communicating Risk using intuitive visual diagrams that explicitly reveal the amount of diversification in a portfolio
13 Sep. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Index returns 0.29% (est.) in August (6.82% YTD); Capital Movement Index shows September net flows up 0.42% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August, 2013 measured 0.29%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the
12 Sep. 2013 100 Women in Hedge Funds announces attendance of HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, at inaugural Hong Kong gala [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a leading non-profit organization for professionals in the alternative investments industry, is pleased to announce that HRH The Countess of Wessex will be the Royal Guest of Honour at 100WHF's inaugural Hong Kong Gala to be held on Novem
12 Sep. 2013 UCITS HFS Index takes slight losses, down -0.30% in August, 1.27% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a positive start into the second half of the year the UCITS HFS Index reports losses of -0.30% in August 2013. The broad index started positively into the month with gains of 0.29% in the first two days of August. The first full week of trading set the mood for the
12 Sep. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge: hedge fund industry took in net $8.2bn (0.4% of assets) in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in a net $8.2 billion (0.4% of assets) in July 2013, reversing an $8.9 billion outflow in June, according to estimates based on data from 3,327 funds. “July’s volume
12 Sep. 2013 HFR: Hedge fund launches and liquidations declined modestly in second quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge fund launches and liquidations both declined modestly in the second quarter, as US regulators eased restrictions on the marketing of hedge funds. A total of 288 new hedge funds launched in 2Q13, a slight decline from the 2
12 Sep. 2013 Swiss fund of funds Gottex’s AuM down 5.7% from last quarter (to $5.27bn) [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Gottex’s total fee-earning assets were $5.94 billion at 30 June 2013, compared to $6.36 billion at 31 March 2013, a decrease of 6.5%. This total consisted of $5.27 billion in assets under management (AuM) and LUMA GSS assets of $0.67 billion.
12 Sep. 2013 Sotheby’s reviews capital allocations, financial policies following activist hedge funds’ new stakes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Auction house Sotheby’s on Wednesday announced it would conduct a thorough review of its c
12 Sep. 2013 German long/short equity hedge fund Varus up 2.11% in August (+7.3 % YTD), expects strong finish in the last quarter [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia, for New Managers: The Cayman-domiciled Varus Capital Management's Varus Fund, which is advised by Heieck Siebrecht Capital Advisors, gained 2.11% last month (+7.3% YTD) and expects a strong fin
12 Sep. 2013 Preqin predicts strong growth on back of high returns for Asia Pacific hedge fund industry [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Preqin’s latest special report, Asia Pacific Hedge Funds, finds that the growing Asia Pacific hedge fund industry has outperformed all o
11 Sep. 2013 Cerulli finds institutions look to hedge funds for risk management and diversification [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutions look to hedge funds for risk management and diversification according to new research from Cerulli Associates, a Boston-based global analytics firm. "Numerous institutions are using he
11 Sep. 2013 Financial transaction tax ruled illegal in the EU, could have implications for US bill [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a legal opinion posted by Reuters, from a group of EU lawyers, the proposed financial transaction tax is illegal according to the Union's own laws. The EU Council's Legal Service argues
11 Sep. 2013 Global hedge funds down 0.32% in August, up 3.18% year to date reports Eurekahedge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The first view of August hedge fund returns from Eurekahedge revealed that they witnessed slightly negative returns in August amid increased risk aversion in global markets during the month. The Eureka
10 Sep. 2013 Thomas Rollinger takes helm at Red Rock Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A respected veteran in systematic managed futures has joined forces and taken the reins of an award-winning CTA. Thomas Rollinger, who worked alongside “godfather of the quants”, Edward O. Thorp, is now Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of
10 Sep. 2013 GPP expands in Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Global Prime Partners ("GPP"), the global prime brokerage boutique which specialises in supporting emerging managers, has further built out its sales team in Europe just weeks
10 Sep. 2013 EU UCITS and alternative investment funds can benefit from withholding tax exemption in France [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The French tax authorities recently rethought their withholding tax process. A withholding tax is a tax levied on income (interest and dividends) from securities owned by
10 Sep. 2013 Australian regulator says hedge funds do not pose systemic risk to financial system [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Australian hedge funds do not currently pose a systemic risk to the local financial system, an ASIC repor
10 Sep. 2013 Spartan’s Heap Fund rebrands as LSQ Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Toronto, Canada-based alternative investment firm Spartan Fund Management Inc. reported yesterday that the Heaps Fund, a quantitative long/short equity fund that is
10 Sep. 2013 Zenith's global long/short hedge fund list outperforms MSCI World Index [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Global long/short funds rated approved or above by Australia’s Zenith Investment Partners returned an average of 36.6% compared to the MSCI World index return of 32.8% for 12 months to 30 June 2
10 Sep. 2013 Syrian conflict drags hedge funds earning in August, HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index -0.73% (3.87% YTD) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The ongoing civil war in Syria and the uncertain military action by the U.S. and its allies, the weakness in emerging market equities and currencies, expectations of a US QE tapering and a decline in the US equity markets dragged hedge funds' earnings in Aug
09 Sep. 2013 First week in September saw hedge funds underperforming [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest Hedge
09 Sep. 2013 Zadig launches UCITS absolute return fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The independent asset management company, Zadig Gestion (Luxembourg) S.A. has launched a new Luxembourg-based UCITS fund on 4 September 2013 called the Active Risk Parity Fund. It is a new sub-fund within Zadig’s already s
09 Sep. 2013 Ex-JP Morgan Chase director named a partner at Finisterre Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Darren Walker has been named a partner at Finisterre Capital, the $1.6bln long/short emerging market total return specialist. Mr Walker was previously Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase, where he managed an emerging markets portfolio with an emphasis on sover
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