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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds struggle with insufficient returns, overcapacity: hedge fund news, week 32

Saturday, August 13, 2016

In the week ending 12 August, 2016, a survey by Barclays has found that hedge funds assets are declining on insufficient returns because of overcapacity; the Barclays study added that the number of hedge funds are on track to shrink this year. The industry is slowing as returns are down and investors are pulling their money out of the funds. However, data from Eurekahedge showed that hedge funds grew by $19.9bn in 1H despite losses of $5.2bn during the period. Total capital invested in Asian hedge funds decreased to $109.7bn in 2Q, bringing Asian hedge fund capital to the lowest level since 3Q13;

Bill Ackman made $113m as Valeant share prices jump. North Castle Partners has closed its sixth focused fund on $300m, after just over six months; and Mariner Investment has announced the closing of a $503m collateralized loan obligation.

Starwood Capital Group is raising capital to launch a new $6bn ‘panic fund’; Somar Global Fund soft-launches an equity hedge fund with focus on secular changes; Bill Miller is severing ties with Legg Mason after more than three decades to focus on his new hedge fund; Nuveen and Artivest have formed a partnership to launch a new alternatives platform; Parantoux is launching in mid-August a China-centric event-driven long/short fund; and Shaunak Khire ......................

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