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01 Aug. 2012 Ho Ho and Qi Shou join the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Hedge Fund Association [more]
The Shanghai Hedge Fund Association (SHFA) announced that they have two new advisors, Ho Ho and Qi Shou, in the International Advisory Council. The SHFA is a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the industry’s growth in Shanghai and China. Based in Shanghai, the fin
31 Jul. 2012 SS&C GlobeOp launches e-Investor aimed at alternative fund groups [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies, a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the general availability of SS&C GlobeOp’s new investor document processing and management solution, e-Investor, for hedge funds, fund of funds, private equi
31 Jul. 2012 New hire for Concept Capital Markets' institutional sales team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Concept Capital Markets, LLC has hired a team of seasoned sales professionals to complement its existing institutional sales and trading effort. Joining the firm are Edwin Leon, Scott Klym, Francis Fiolek, Michael Sepe and Peter Walsh. The team will operate from Concept C
31 Jul. 2012 Compliance and legal firms examine implications of FATCA [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act also known as FATCA, is a U.S. tax legislation that was enacted in 2010 and due to come into force on January 1, 2013. Among other things, the purpose of FATCA is to compel non-U.S. banks, financial intermediaries, investment
31 Jul. 2012 Laven Partners comments on the LIBOR case, calling for better deterrence and a change in culture [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In a strongly worded white paper entitled
30 Jul. 2012 Sanford Brown to become managing director of business development at Alternative Investment Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Alternative Investment Group, a $1.6 billion alternative investment management firm that invests globally in long/short equity and event-driven strategies, today announced the appointment of Sanford Brown as Managing Director of Business Development. In his new
27 Jul. 2012 Infovest21's new white paper says some large funds of funds may suffer slow death [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its just released white paper, "What's Ahead for Funds of Funds?" Infovest21 examines the current environment for funds of funds; various ways funds of funds have been providing value; as well as opportunities, challenges and outlook for small
27 Jul. 2012 Parker FX Index down -0.99% in June, (-1.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.99% return for the month of June. All fifty programs in the Index reported June results, of which twenty-one reported positive results and twenty-nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.42 % in June. The
26 Jul. 2012 A 6% increase in assets under management announced by Union Bancaire Privée for first half of 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée, has announced an increase in its assets under management, which totalled CHF 76 billion (USD 80 billion) as at 30 June 2012, representing a 6% rise compared with the end of 2011 (CHF 72 billion). This increase is the result not only of net inflows f
26 Jul. 2012 Australian bonds offer safe haven during financial crisis while their savers switch to self-managed pension pools [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Melbourne, Australia headquartered investment researchers Zenith Investment Partners’ Alternative Review reflects that in these troubled times, countries with apparently low risk of default - such as Australia - are seeing their 10 year bonds on a glide path to z
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

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