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11 Oct. 2012 Megan Corcoran joins Maples Fund Services from GlobeOp [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS, has expanded its U.S. operations with the hire of Megan Corcoran, Director of Business Development, Americas. Based in New York, Megan will focus on expanding opportunities for continued growth of the fund services business in
11 Oct. 2012 Hedge fund performance up, inflows down according to SS&C GlobeOp [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for September, 2012 measured 1.11%. The SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index is an asset-weighted, independent monthly window on hedge fund perfor
11 Oct. 2012 AIMA launches Middle Eastern initiative [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AIMA is seeking to create a network for managers and service providers in the Middle East that can give the local industry a voice in terms of engaging with investors and its relations with policymakers and regulators. The in
11 Oct. 2012 HedgeMark creates two positions to strengthen services in the Americas and EMEA [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent hedge fund managed account platform and risk analytics provider HedgeMark, an affiliate of BNY Mellon, the world's largest provider of asset custody, administration and related services with
10 Oct. 2012 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.79% in September (+5.99% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 1.79% in September, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 5.99% year to date. “In spite of news that highlighted continuing economic deterioration in the US, Europe, and China, investors remained in
10 Oct. 2012 BlueMountain Credit Opportunities Fund I closes with $1.4bn in commitments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: BlueMountain Capital Management a private investment firm with over $10 billion in assets under management today announced the closing of the BlueMountain Credit Opportunities Master Fund I LP the firm’s most recent and largest longer-dated credit fund, with over $1.4 bil
10 Oct. 2012 Cerulli: Households with $100k-$500k in investable assets are sweet spot for asset managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to The Cerulli Edge-Retirement Edition, 3Q Issue, most households with between $100,000 and $500,000 in household investable assets for retirement have not developed a formal retirement income plan or engaged with a financial advisor. "This
10 Oct. 2012 Commonfund names Eric W. Kolts as Managing Director, Commodities Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Commonfund, an investment manager for institutional investors, today announced the appointment of Eric W. Kolts as Managing Director in its Commodities Group. Mr. Kolts will be based in Wilton, CT and report to Tyler Stevens, Managing Director, Commodities Group.
10 Oct. 2012 SEC to require "presence exams" for new investment advisers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is sending a letter to new investment advisors telling them they will now be required to take a "presence exam," as part of its ne
09 Oct. 2012 eVestment HFN: Securitized credit funds returned +13.73% YTD versus +4.94% for the hedge fund aggregate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: eVestment|HFN today announced that securitized credit funds are among the hedge fund industry’s best performing sub classification in 2012, according to their latest sector focus report. Securitized credit funds returned +13.7 percent year-to-date (YTD) through September c
09 Oct. 2012 Newedge launches enhanced FX prime brokerage platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Newedge announced today the launch of a new Foreign Exchange (FX) Prime Brokerage (PB) platform. While forex has been a part of the company’s suite of prime brokerage services for institutional clients, this enhanced version will provide institutional clients with access t
09 Oct. 2012 Eurekahedge: Hedge funds up 2.63% during 3Q 2012 (+4.23% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: September was another winning month for hedge funds as the sector posted its third consecutive month of positive returns. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.02%1 in September and 2.63% dr 3Q 2012 while September year-to-date the index is up 4.23%. Global markets ral
09 Oct. 2012 Hennessee Group reveals index gain of 1.26% in September, 5.03% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC, an adviser to hedge fund investors, announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +1.26% in September (+5.03% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +2.42% (+14.56% YTD), the Dow Jones I
09 Oct. 2012 PerTrac study reveals large hedge funds perform better in down years but small funds outperform generally [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from
09 Oct. 2012 Hedge funds lever up - Bank of America Merrill Lynch [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have reversed a nine month trend, increasing leverage 5.4% year-on-year (YOY) according to new research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research. According to Mary Ann Bartels, lead hedge fund analyst at BofAML, leverage is up $286.6bn in Aug
08 Oct. 2012 Greenwich report finds hedge funds are cutting budgets on trading desks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds appear to be moving aggressively to take down costs associated with their trading desks in the midst of a prolonged period of depressed trading activity, according to the results of a new study by Greenwich Associates. To assist institutions in assessi
08 Oct. 2012 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index gains 0.2% in September (+2.2% YTD) as momentum continues for alternative strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index gained 0.2% in September 2012 (+2.2% in 2012). 11 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Event Driven - Special Situations Index (+2.2%) and the Lyxor L/S Equity – Long Bias Index (+1.5%).
08 Oct. 2012 The Willis Pension scheme selects Towers Watson for £100m ($161m) hedge fund portfolio [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Trustees of the £1.5 billion Willis Pension Scheme have chosen Towers Watson to manage a large portion of its hedge fund portfolio on a fiduciary basis, following a competitive tender. The portfolio, which will ha
08 Oct. 2012 Seven executable offshore Renminbi FIX Benchmarks added to the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FTSE, the global index provider, and Cürex Group, a developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange liquidity with global exchange
08 Oct. 2012 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 1.1% in September (+4.7% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Indsutry Update - Hedge funds posted their strongest monthly performance since February to conclude 3Q12, led by Equity Hedge strategies as investor sentiment improved on positive developments in the European banking and sovereign debt crisis, as well as US stimulus efforts, according to d
08 Oct. 2012 Germany passes bill to curb high frequency trading [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva – On 26 September 2012, the Federal Government of Germany published its official draft law to reduce the risks arising from high frequency trading (HFT). The HFT-Act constitutes a revision of the draft act published by the German Ministry of Finance dated 29 July
08 Oct. 2012 Dechert summarises the update on QFII rules in China and new steps to encourage foreign investment [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Dechert's Financial Services and Corporate Groups has published an extremely detailed
05 Oct. 2012 The Netherlands is the first European country to implement AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This week Dutch Parliament approved the law, which implements the EC Directive dealing with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The Netherlands is the first European country which implemented this important new piece of regulation created to lim
05 Oct. 2012 Credit fund assets hit all time high in Q3 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit strategies posted their eighth positive month of performance in the first nine months of the year leading all major exposures during the quarter, +3.8%, and the year, +8.7%, according to new data from eVestment | HFN. Credit fund assets reached a new all ti
05 Oct. 2012 September summary from FRM finds hedge funds holding their own despite frustrating markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The latest 'Early View’ from FRM, Man Group’s $19.5 billion fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, finds that September wasn’t too hard on hedge funds with the sector posting positive perfo
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  4. Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report

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