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16 May. 2013 UK Treasury's Q&A publishes narrower focus on AIFMD implementation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Owl Regulatory Consulting reports that the UK Treasury’s recent 'Q&A’ on the transposition of the AIFMD has been reinforced this week by its Responses to the two Consultations that it published earlie
16 May. 2013 Bfinance risk management survey finds diversification is key for institutional investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: bfinance, the institutional investor consultancy, has published the results of its first Risk Management Survey of institutional investors responsible for assets under management of some $480bn, located in Europ
15 May. 2013 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.11% in April (+2.11%); systematic traders up 2.46% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures gained 1.11% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.11% year to date. “Rising prices for equities and debt securities were fueled by central bank easing, and coupled with falling commodity prices dr
15 May. 2013 RBC Hedge 205 Index up 0.08% in April, (+4.23% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of April 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 0.80 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Index to 4.23 percent. These returns are estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next mont
15 May. 2013 Drury Capital gains 8.13% in April (+14.39% YTD), defies commodities market sell-off [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Drury Capital defied the commodities market sell-off in April after its Diversified Trend-Following Program gained 8.13% last month (+14.39% YTD). This strong performance comes at a time when many commoditie
15 May. 2013 BofA Merrill Lynch’s investable hedge fund index up 0.93% month to date, 4.54% year to date [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest Hedge Fund Monitor from Bank of America Merrill Lynch finds that macros are c
15 May. 2013 Fund managers expect a slowdown in China but a continued boom in Japan [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest fund manager survey from BofA Merrill Lynch finds that investors are positioning themselves
14 May. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.75% in April (+4.96% YTD); Pacific Rim equities up 13.50% in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 0.75% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 4.96% year to date. “Equity markets rose again in April on indications of continued easing early in the month and positive earnings reports lat
14 May. 2013 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gains 0.79% so far in April (4.4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hedge funds were up +0.79% in April 2013 posting their fourth straight month of growth in April. Distressed Securities managers led all strategies, adding +2.98% during the month. Regionally, managers focusing on Asia’s developed markets also had a strong month, up +3.39%
14 May. 2013 Level Global founder Anthony Chiasson gets six and a half years for insider trading [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Level Global Investors’s founder Anthony Chiasson was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment for insider trading that earned him and his company $68m in illegal profits, Federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan said on Monday. During Chiasson’s sentencing, S
13 May. 2013 Ineichen Research launches weekly momentum monitor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ineichen Research & Management AG (“IR&M”) has announced the launch of a new service, the IR&M momentum monitor, a weekly momentum screening as part of its risk management research effort. The momentum monitor was
13 May. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.44% in April (YTD Gross 6.29%), hedge fund flows advanced 0.63% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2013 measured 1.44%. (Chart) Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.
13 May. 2013 Stream Capital hires Katherine Hill for increasing secondary private equity demand [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Stream Capital SA has hired Katherine Hill as Director covering secondary alternative investment fund transfers for their Geneva office. Katherine will be responsible for secondary transactions of hedge funds and private equity funds with a focus on secondary directs and
13 May. 2013 DTCC and Euroclear launch collateral service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Euroclear and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint collateral processing service which will significantly increase efficiency, reduce risk and support the growing collateral needs of industry pa
13 May. 2013 Peregrine Financial trustee claims 'viable’ claims against two banks [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Peregrine Financial’s court-appointed trustee Ira Bodenstein claims he has viable claims against JPMorgan Chase & Co and U.S. Bancorp, and said the banks did harm to clients of the now-defunct brokerage,
13 May. 2013 Zenith asks if the perceived expense of funds of funds is accurate [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Zenith Investment Partners’ Daniel Liptak examined the widely debated theory that funds of hedge funds are dead in this month’s issue of their alternatives newsletter. Starting from a piece in the March i
13 May. 2013 Terra Tech Corp. announces $5m equity enhancement program with Magna Group [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: California-based Terra Tech Corp., Inc is starting an equity enhancement program with Magna Group. Magna Group is a New York-based alternative investments firm that makes structured investments and provides
13 May. 2013 Macquarie University and the CAIA Association enter strategic partnership to advance alternative investment, hedge funds education [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Australia’s Macquarie University and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association have forged a strategic partnership to advance alternative investment and he
10 May. 2013 ZHAW: An encouraging first quarter 2013 for funds of hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Funds of hedge funds (FoHF) in Switzerland closed the first quarter on an encouraging note, and the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite Index gained 3.3% in the period under review. As a result, the last three quarters ended positively. So far there is no indication for any setb
10 May. 2013 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +0.28% in April (+5.09% YTD), in the bull market everyone hates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +0.28% in April 2013 (+5.09% YTD), while the S&P 500 advanced +1.81% (+12.02% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.79% (+13.24% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index climbed
10 May. 2013 Hedge funds on pace to double 2012 returns, long/short equity leads strategies - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: - Hedge funds are on pace to double 2012 returns after +1.04% gains in April and +4.6% through the first 4 months of 2013, according to new data from eVestment. Long/short equity funds, the industry group with the highest investor redemptions in 2012, are the best
10 May. 2013 Infovest21: Many family offices and small funds of funds are seeding hedge funds under the radar [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - In a special research report called "Start-Ups, Seeders and Strategic Stakes" (April 2013), Infovest21 analyses the trends and outlook within the hedge fund seeding community. Infov
09 May. 2013 Gottex and Astmax launch joint venture providing hedge fund services to Japanese clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Astmax Asset Management, Inc. (Astmax), an asset management firm based in Tokyo, and Gottex Fund Management Sarl, the in
09 May. 2013 FRM’s Early View reports broad returns across hedge fund strategies in April [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The latest "Early View" from FRM, Man Group’s $16.7bn fund of hedge funds and managed accounts business, finds that investors entered April on the back of a strong first quarter for risk assets, supported by cap
09 May. 2013 Academics’ analysis of Wikipedia usage could increase investment returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Wikipedia usage could have been used as an early warning sign of stock market movements, according to a new study published today in Scientific Reports. Researchers
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November