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07 Jun. 2012 UBP to buy Swiss asset management branch of Banco Santander - Le Temps [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: UBP is to buy the Swiss asset management branch of Banco Santander, according to Swiss and Spanish media reports. Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), the Geneva-headquartered Swiss bank, confirmed t
07 Jun. 2012 May’s market dramas suit Conquest Capital’s investment approach [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The $755m investment firm Conquest Capital Group has reported returns for the $612m Conquest Macro of 14.95% in May while the $136m Conquest Managed Futures Select returned 12.59% over the month. The figures gave the Macro fund a year to date return of a loss of 2
07 Jun. 2012 Hedge Fund Association submits comment letter to the SEC calling for clearer rules for vetting investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: In a comment letter submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, the Hedge Fund Association reiterated its support for provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business St
06 Jun. 2012 EDHEC research paper reveals benefits of diversifying equity portfolios with volatility derivatives [more]
Following the collapse of worldwide equity markets in 2008, and the subsequent rally in long positions in equity volatility, interest has grown in the possible use of equity volatility derivatives as diversifiers for traditional and alternative portfolios. In a new publication entitled “The Benefits
06 Jun. 2012 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index down -1.48% in May (+2.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Greenwich Alternative Investments announced today that the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index dropped 1.48% in May, reducing its year to date performance to +2.30%. Managed futures strategies performed best last month (+2.70%), followed by global macro funds (+1.38%).
06 Jun. 2012 Peregrine figures show South African hedge funds are bucking the trend [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: South African based provider of prime services and wealth manager, Peregrine Holdings, has revealed end May estimated returns for their portfolio of South African equity-centric hedge funds, rel
06 Jun. 2012 Neuberger Berman reports AUM of $199bn in Q1 [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Independent and employee-controlled asset management firm Neuberger Berman, reported that 91% of the firm's equity and fixed income assets outperformed their benchmarks over a 10-year period ending March 31 and al
05 Jun. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posts decline of -1.69% in May (1.52% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets declined sharply in May as European sovereign debt and bank liquidity concerns resulted in a sharp increase in investor risk aversion; mixed economic data in US and disappointing results of large technology IPO also contributed to investor concerns.
05 Jun. 2012 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 1.50% in May (0.88% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed down 1.50% in May as most of the index component strategies reported negative results for May. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which seek to enable investor
05 Jun. 2012 Citi survey shows investors’ interest in CTA and Macro Strategies accelerated following 2008 financial crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors’ attention to Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) and to currency focused Macro hedge funds accelerated in recent years, particularly after the 2008 Financial Crisis, increasing market share to 14% of combined industry AUM at the end of 2011, up from 10% in 2007 a
05 Jun. 2012 UCITS Index shows loss of 1.36% in May and year to date loss of 0.10% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is down -1.36% in May bringing its year to date performance to -0.10%. The UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is also down -1.25% bringing its yearly performance to -1.64%. For the first time this year, the UAI Global is negative on Y
05 Jun. 2012 Lampe, Conway & Co. adds Patrick Keane as chief marketing officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lampe, Conway & Co. announced that Patrick M. Keane has joined the firm as a senior member of the investment team. Mr. Keane will lead the firm’s effort to broaden and strengthen its institutional investor base. Mr. Keane comes with over twenty-five years of investment ex
05 Jun. 2012 Och-Ziff’s master hedge funds drop in May [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The four 'most significant’ Och-Ziff master hedge funds reported an estimated decline in May but the firm’s assets remained unchanged since April, data released by institutional alternative asset manager Och-
05 Jun. 2012 Oregon pension funds commits $250m to second Asia hedge fund [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The State of Oregon’s investment council has announced its commitment to allocate a total of $250m to a second Asian hedge fund managed by U.S. private equity firm KKR, reports indicated. According to
05 Jun. 2012 Hedge funds crowd crude, downside risk lingers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Hedge funds have started selling off their long positions in crude oil, however downside risk remains should funds opt to unwind those positions according to a
04 Jun. 2012 DTCC calls for increased public-private information sharing to protect capital markets from cyber attacks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: DTCC testified before a Congressional subcommittee that federal agencies and the financial sector must expand information sharing on cyber-threats to more effectively protect the capital markets from attack. DTCC also called for restarting the Government Information Shari
04 Jun. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (“LAB”) index down 2.32% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Credit Suisse LAB Index was down 2.32% in May according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the performance
04 Jun. 2012 Swiss hedge fund Insch Capital Management relocates to Lugano [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque, New York: Swiss asset management company, Insch Capital Management, announced that it has relocated to Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland today. The move follows a 2010 move to Zug. At that time, the firm founded Insch
04 Jun. 2012 Horizons ETFs launches the worlds first black swan ETFs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc. and its affiliate AlphaPro Management Inc. have launched two new exchange traded funds (ETFs) that give retail investors the opportunity to hedge against black swan events. Horizons Universa Canadian Black Swan ETF and the Horizo
31 May. 2012 U.S. asset manager Whitebox Advisors opens London office, hires senior portfolio manager [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Minneapolis, Minnesota-based SEC registered Whitebox Advisors, a $2.3bn investment advisor, has recently set up shop in London to raise its presence in Europe and provide better leverage in capturing glob
31 May. 2012 Islamic compliant ETF firm seeks investment to build international business [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: According to industry sources, Saeid Hamedanchi, Chief Executive Officer of ShariahShares,is preparing the launch a family of Shariah compliant ETFs on the US and European Exchanges. Founded in 2010, ShariahShares is a California based provider of Islamic Shariah
30 May. 2012 Hedge funds investing in Russia, India and Latin America lead first quarter gains as HFRI Emerging Markets Index returns 7.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging Markets hedge funds posted their strongest start to a calendar year since 2006 with the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index posting an industry-leading gain of +7.3 percent in 1Q12, according to the latest HFR Emerging Markets Industry Report released toda
30 May. 2012 Parker FX Index down -0.59% in April (-0.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.59% return for the month of April. Fifty-two programs in the Index reported April results, of which twenty-one reported positive results, thirty incurred losses and one manager was flat. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0
30 May. 2012 Hedge funds get into 30-yr treasuries [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are aggressively buying 30-yr T-bonds futures by ~500% to $7.2bn notional up from $1.2bn notional last week according to a
30 May. 2012 SEC charges Miami hedge fund adviser with misleading investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Miami-based Quantek Asset Management LLC with making false representations to investors that executives in the firm had invested some of their own money
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