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21 Jan. 2015 AIMA to hold inaugural Asia regional forum in Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, will be holding its inaugural Asia-Pacific regional forum this week in Hong Kong, on Thursday 22 January. As AIMA's first regionally themed forum, "AIMA
21 Jan. 2015 Investors allocate record $76.4bn into hedge funds in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors increased their allocations to hedge funds in 4Q 2014 with $3.6bn in new capital bringing the full year of inflows to $76.4bn. 2014 was the highest calendar year of inflows since 2007 as financial market volatility soared into year-end led by a steep decli
21 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds BlueCrest, Comac also hit by Swiss franc [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The surge in the Swiss franc has claimed more casualties. Michael Platt’s $15bn hedge fund BlueCrest Capital Management announced it was closing a trading book run by Peter Von Maydell after sustaining significant losses from the 41% surge in Swiss franc’s valu
21 Jan. 2015 Comment: Entering 2015, US equity values are at fair valuation levels [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to LJM’s President and founder Anthony Caine, 2015 is the first year in seven years where easy monetary policy will be reversed. The Federal Reserve ceased its bond-buying program in 2014 and is postured to increase interest rates. However, the implication
21 Jan. 2015 Houlihan Lokey adds to hedge fund team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey has hired Patrick Collins to the firm’s financial sponsors group as a Managing Director. In this role he will focus on the firm’s hedge fund and financial sponsor clients, with a specific concentration on those clien
20 Jan. 2015 ALTIN issues tradeable put options [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of Directors of ALTIN AG, the Swiss alternative investment company, has decided, in line with the media release of 15 January 2014, to implement a further share buyback for the purpose of a capital reduction through the issuance of tradable put options. The put
20 Jan. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 0.18% in December (+3.16% 2014) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.18% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge The Index was up 3.16% in 2014. “Renewed concerns of a Greek exit from the European Union, plummeting oil prices, and swooning Russian financial markets took a
20 Jan. 2015 EU to launch new long term investment fund vehicles for retail and professional investors in 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new and innovative fund product called ELTIF or European Long Term Investment Fund is seen to boost European long-term investments in the real economy, especially infrastructure. The product will be available six months after the publication in the EU Official
20 Jan. 2015 Court convicts Magnus Peterson for collapse of Weavering hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A UK court convicted Magnus Peterson for his role in the collapse of the $600m hedge fund firm Weavering in 2009. The conviction of Peterson is one of the most high profile cases handled by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). According to
19 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds see the Fed to maintain an 'accommodative stance’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of more than 80 hedge fund managers (total AuM above $1tln) found that a majority of them believe that the Federal Reserve would maintain an accommodative stance in 2015 as monetary policy has been a key driver of financial markets over the last few years.
19 Jan. 2015 Marko Dimitrijevic to close largest of his Everest hedge funds due to Swiss franc rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: He survived at least five emerging market debt crisis. But Marko Dimitrijevic of Everest Capital announced he is closing his largest hedge fund, the Everest Global Fund, after losing virtually all its money last week when the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced i
19 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund managers' commentaries to be soon written by machines? [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A writing software developed by Narrative Science called Quill, is taking over jobs of journalists and may also relieve analysts and fund managers from writing financial reports by turning numerical
16 Jan. 2015 While all core hedge fund strategies delivered gains in 2014, aggregate returns lowest since 2011 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry ended 2014 with a 3.78% profits, the lowest annual return since the 1.85% loss seen in 2011, according to Preqin’s forthcoming 2015 Global Hedge Fund Report. It said that most hedge funds fai
15 Jan. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ‐0.27% (est.) in December, ‐0.17% for 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.3% in December 2014 (YTD -0.2%). 3 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.5%), the Lyxor L/S Equity Variable Bias Index (+1.2%), the Lyxor Merger Arb
15 Jan. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.09% in December, 3.46% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended December 2014 up +0.09%. Global equity markets were negative in December with the MSCI World Index down -1.75% and the S&P 500 down -0.25%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were up +0.94%.
15 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Daniel Thibeault faces civil charges for misappropriating $16m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed criminal charges against Framingham-based Daniel Thibeau
15 Jan. 2015 Group of hedge funds set to profit on Depfa Bank bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of New York-based hedge funds, including Aristeia Capital LLC, Caspian Capital LP, Scoggin Capital Management and Venor Capital Management LP, are set to get majority of the $871m debt buy-back package that the parent company of German bank Depfa is offering
15 Jan. 2015 Lyxor launches emerging market UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management has partnered with Capricorn Capital Partners to launch the Lyxor/Capricorn GEM Strategy Fund. By adding this new UCITS-compliant long/short global emerging market equity strategy, Lyxor further
15 Jan. 2015 Solomon Kumin launches hedge fund Folger Hill with $1bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Solomon "Sol" Kumin, the former chief operating officer of Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, is launching his own hedge fund, Folger Hill Asset Management LLC, with about $1bn in assets. According to a
14 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds were shock absorber in early New Year trades [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, said that hedge funds acted as shock absorbers during the wide market gyrations recorded at the beginning of 2015 as the year started with a large risk-off move and high volatility on all a
14 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Raging Capital gains 2.8% in 2014 'after frustrating year’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: 2014 was a "frustrating year that could have gone much better," said William C. Martin, chairman & chief investment officer at Raging Capital Management, as his Raging Capital Master Fund, Ltd. gained 2.8% last
14 Jan. 2015 With $124bn 2014 was biggest year for CLO issuance ever [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market reached $121bn in 2014 involving 237 deals, the largest on record for CLO issuance, according to the latest report by international law firm Appleby. In Appleby’s
13 Jan. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge: hedge funds got $10.2 billion in November, January–November inflows largest since 2007 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that inflows to the hedge fund industry rebounded to $10.2 billion (0.4% of assets) in November from $1.1 billion (0.05% of assets) in October. “Hedge funds took in $107.6 billion in the first 11 months of 201
13 Jan. 2015 Swiss hedge fund platform Fundbase obtains FINMA approval [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By the end of December 2014, Fundbase Fund Services AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pfaeffikon-based Fundbase Holding AG, received approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to act as representative and distributor of foreign collective in
13 Jan. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 4.57% in 2014, with Asia ex-Japan outperforming regional mandates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds closed the final month of the year in positive territory with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up another 0.25% in December while the MSCI World Index finished the month down 0.80%. In 2014 as a whole, hedge funds were up 4.57%, falling behind underlying marke
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