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06 Sep. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.51% in August (+2.29% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global equity markets posted gains for the 3rd consecutive month in August, with significant sector contributions from Energy and Telecom and geographic contributions from Italy and Spain; Asian equities experienced mixed performance. Trading volumes declined throughout t
06 Sep. 2012 New study sees clearly growing trend in hedge fund risk management [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Investors and hedge fund managers are all paying a lot more time and attention to the exercise of risk management, especially since the scare of ’08. So the new white paper, published today by alternative assets administrator
05 Sep. 2012 SunGard identifies ten asset management trends affecting the fund management industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Martin Boyd, president of SunGard’s asset management business said, “The lines between institutional asset managers and alternative investors are becoming increasingly blurred due to investment strategies, priorities and goals becoming aligned. The relocation of assets to
05 Sep. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index up 0.53% in August, 2.37% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 0.53% in August 2012 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
05 Sep. 2012 Hedgebay calls on hedge fund managers to take advantage of secondary market platforms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedgebay, the pioneer of the secondary hedge fund market, has called on hedge fund managers to take advantage of secondary market platforms, claiming that they can provide a permanent source of funding. The call comes in the wake of a recent survey<
05 Sep. 2012 Brummer to launch European hedge fund that capitalizes on 'global financial imbalances’ [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Sweden’s largest hedge fund manager Brummer and Partners with $14bn in assets under management, is set to launch one of Europe’s biggest hedge funds this year that requires longer monetary
05 Sep. 2012 Commonfund Institute releases new white paper on endowment fundraising [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nonprofits have to "raise the bar" in fund-raising according to a new Commonfund white paper, "Essential not Optional: A str
05 Sep. 2012 ISDA publishes guidance on OTC counterparties agreements [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) recently published Tri-party IA Notices as part of its ongoing roll-out of documentation developed in response to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The notices have been publis
05 Sep. 2012 SEC charges California man for giving hedge fund manager inside information [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today charged a California man with illegally tipping a hedge fund manager with inside information about Nvidia Corporation’s quarterly earnings that he learned from his friend who worked at the company. According to the
04 Sep. 2012 AIMA releases 2012 AIMA Canada Handbook [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The Canadian chapter of the Alternative Asset Management Association (AIMA Canada) has released the 2012 AIMA Canada Handbook. The handbook provides a good overview of the Canadian hedge fund industry and in addition to having informative essays on virtually all
04 Sep. 2012 PerTrac updates its reference toolkit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PerTrac, has announced that it has updated its reference toolkit,
04 Sep. 2012 Newedge extends clearing services to OTC interest rate swaps [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, has announced that it has been approved for membership to clear over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate swaps (IRS) at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Achieving authorization means Newedge is the fir
04 Sep. 2012 Study of Canadian hedge funds and mutual funds finds hedge funds hedge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Using hedge fund data drawn from Hedge Fund Research, and mutual fund data from Morningstar, Indian academic Amitesh Kapoor from Lovely Professional University has produced a
04 Sep. 2012 New hedge fund offers crossover appeal to both green and Islamic investors [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Communications and consultancy firm Sustainable Options Ltd has announced the launch of the Sustainable Resources Fund, an open ended hedge fund that offers appeal to both green and Islamic investors. Th
04 Sep. 2012 Spain makes first bank rescue - Bankia to get $5.66bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a
03 Sep. 2012 The Ucits Alternative Global Index returns 0.18% in August, 0.68% year to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.18% in August bringing its year to date performance to 0.68%, while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is up 0.12% bringing its yearly performance to -1.46%. In August, 5 out of 11 strategies indices return positive perfor
03 Sep. 2012 Hedge Fund Journal's Europe 50 published [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Fund Journal has published the 7th Edition of its Europe 50, in association with Newedge Alternative Investment Solutions. The survey lists the leading European hedge fund managers ranked by single manager assets at 30 June 2012. Unsurprisingly, the growth in he
03 Sep. 2012 Future Capital Partners strengthens team ahead of investment activity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Future Capital Partners (“FCP”), the £6 billion ($9.5bn) alternative investment boutique, has appointed James Pargeter to its business development team as it gears up for a product push in Q4. James joins as Business Development Manager with specific responsibilit
03 Sep. 2012 Fund of hedge funds Altin announces half year results [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ALTIN, the $270m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, announced its half year results for 2012 after close of market on 30 August 2012. During the first half of the year, ALT
03 Sep. 2012 Easing of ad ban to change hedge fund landscape [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – The easing on the ban on "general solicitation" and "general advertising" under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, enacted 5 April 2012 will have a major impact on hedge funds and will likely change the industry’s landscape, said a partner and a
03 Sep. 2012 UK FSA issues new consultation paper outlining potential short selling rule changes [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has released a new consultation paper that details new rules for short selling. The regulator has also opened a comment period on the paper and prop
03 Sep. 2012 Lyxor AM appoints Bernstein as head of Business Development for North America [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Global asset manager and investment solutions provider Lyxor Asset Management has appointed Michael Bernstein head of North American Business Development. In a
31 Aug. 2012 Matrix closes UCITS funds and Asian fund, returns money to investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Matrix Group is closing both its UCITS platform and its Asia sub-fund later this year. According to a repor
31 Aug. 2012 Hedge funds bet on French bonds as economy borders on recession [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are beginning to bet on French bonds as the country is on the brink of a recession and fund managers began to look for increases in borrowing costs. Reuters is
30 Aug. 2012 SEC proposes rules that allow hedge funds to advertise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today proposed rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings. The propose
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