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24 Apr. 2012 Hedge funds add value to balanced portfolios but investment process and strategies are important [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – In SEB Group’s latest report titled, "Hedge funds – avoiding a simplistic approach," the Nordic bank which describes itself as a relationship bank, has concluded that hedge funds add value to ba
24 Apr. 2012 Funds move out of the dollar - BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Currency positions remain sizable and volatility is expected to remain high according to a new
24 Apr. 2012 SEC charges former CalPERS CEO and friend with falsifying letters in $20m placement agent fee scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the former CEO of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), Federico R. Buenrostro and his friend Alfred J.R. Villalobos with scheming to defraud an investment firm into paying $20 m
23 Apr. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund returns of 3.3% for first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar, a provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for March and for the first quarter as well as estimated asset flows through February 2012. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted com
23 Apr. 2012 Agecroft: JOBS ACT will revolutionize hedge fund marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The new JOBS Act, recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, is designed to make it easier for small businesses to raise capital and create new jobs in the current economy. An indirect beneficiary of this legislation is the hedge fund industry, as it will
23 Apr. 2012 Asian hedge fund managers are ignoring the impact of Fatca [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The majority of hedge fund managers in Asia are not clearly digesting the full impact of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) and are ignoring its consequences, particularly to their operations, according to
23 Apr. 2012 Hedge fund founder Brian Kim gets 15 years for Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Brian Kim, founder of the now defunct hedge fund Liquid Capital Management, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by New York Supreme Court Judge, Charles H. Solomon, today after being convicted of charges that his fund was really a Ponzi scheme. He was convicted o
23 Apr. 2012 Father and son hedge fund managers fined $4.8m over false statements [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Boston-based hedge fund manager and his son will pay $4.8 million to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over making false statements about the fund’s performance. According to the SEC, Gabriel Bitran founded GMB Capital Management in 2005 w
20 Apr. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 1.5% in Q1; less hurdles, more dispersion for hedge funds that quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - During the first quarter of 2012, the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is up 1.5% (-0.5% in March), characterized by increased dispersion among Hedge Fund strategies in March: +0.6% for Lyxor Merger Arbitrage Index vs -0.35% for Lyxor Special Situations Index within Event-Dr
20 Apr. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index -0.33% MTD in April (+2.80% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity and commodity markets declined for the first half of April, as volatility spiked on renewed European sovereign debt concerns and weak US employment data. Spanish bond yields rose above six percent, while US yields fell across the curve, credit widened and the doll
19 Apr. 2012 Scipion Capital opens commodities trade finance fund to US investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Scipion Capital (“Scipion”), the Africa investment specialist, has opened its Commodity Trade Finance (CTF) Fund to US investors for the first time, as the first step in a concerted effort to expand its investor base in the US. In particular, the firm will be targeting US
19 Apr. 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends March -4.06% (-3.77% YTD) on an asset weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended March 2012 down 4.06% (-3.77% YTD) on an asset weighted basis and down 2.06% (-0.26% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. Broader market equity indices advanced in the US while they retreated in Canada. Gains in the US continu
19 Apr. 2012 HFR: Total hedge fund assets increased to $2.13tln in Q1-2012 due to $16bn in allocations and 5% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Total investor capital allocated to hedge funds in Q1 2012 exceeded $16 billion, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.), the global leader in the indexation, analysis and aggregation of the global
19 Apr. 2012 Och-Ziff to release 2012 Q1 results on May 2 [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – One of the world’s largest institutional alternative asset management firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, is to release its Q1 results and dividends on May 2 prior to the opening of the New York Stock
19 Apr. 2012 BlackRock Q1 earnings positive, despite investor caution [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, released its quarterly earnings report today. Net income increased to $572m, or $3.14 per share, from $568m, or $2.89 per share, in the same quarter a year before. Overall revenue declined $33m or 1%, to $2.2bn. Revenue
18 Apr. 2012 Fairhills Group rounds out management team, continues strategy expansion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Fairhills Group announced today that it has hired Mr. Steven DiNunzio, CFA as Principal and Chief Financial Officer. Fairhills Group is a New York-based alternative asset management firm originally founded as the family office of Mr. Edward Bronson, a veteran principal in
18 Apr. 2012 Citi awarded mandate to provide hedge fund middle and back office services for Guggenheim Investment Advisory [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Citi has been awarded a mandate from Guggenheim Investment Advisory, a division of Guggenheim Partners, to provide a complete suite of services including middle office, fund administration and custody for Guggenheim’s hedge fund investment platform. “We are p
18 Apr. 2012 UK-based $350m managed currency hedge fund C-View in international asset raising push [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: C-View, the UK-based discretionary currency trading hedge fund manager, today announced that it has selected alternative assets marketing firm MCAM Group to raise capital for the C-View Currency Managed Account Program (CMAP) and for the C-View Emerging, Developing and M
18 Apr. 2012 EDHEC hedge fund indices underperformed the stock market in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In March, the stock markets continued to rise for the fourth consecutive month. The S&P 500 gained 3.29%, registering a 12.59% progression since the beginning of 2012. Equity implied volatility dropped sharply, settling at a level (VIX: 15.5%) near to a one year low.
18 Apr. 2012 Newedge CTA Index down 1.88% in March (-0.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices.
18 Apr. 2012 BofA Merrill Lynch fund manager survey finds fresh EU concerns prompt move to 'risk off' [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors have scaled back both risk-taking and their expectations for global growth after concerns about European Union (EU) economies resurfaced, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Survey of Fund Managers for April. Investors are returning to cash, with a net 6
18 Apr. 2012 Clifford Chance reports that Dutch court action has clarified 'prudent person’ rule [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: In a Client Briefing, law firm Clifford Chance reports that the Court of Rotterdam recently nullified a binding instruction
17 Apr. 2012 Barclay CTA Index down 1.21% in March (-0.23% YTD); two-thirds of CTAs report losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.21% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 0.23% after the first three months of 2012. “Losses for March were widespread, as 66 percent of reporting managers ended the month in the loss column,” sa
17 Apr. 2012 Eurekahedge report finds hedge funds enjoying best quarter in two and a half years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The April edition of the Eurekahedge Report finds that: Long/short equity, multi-strategy and relative value funds witnessed their best quarter in two and a half year
17 Apr. 2012 AIMA finds substantial differences between EC draft AIFMD and ESMA advice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has published detailed analysis of the European Commission’s draft implementing rules for the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) which shows substanti
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund replicators evolve[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  5. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo