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23 Jun. 2018 NFA takes emergency enforcement against Golden Point Capital Management and principal Glenn Graham [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The NFA announced today that it has taken an emergency enforcement action against Golden Point Capital Management LLC (Golden Point), an NFA Member commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor located in Chicago, Ill., and its sole principal and associated person
22 Jun. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: June notifications 4.17% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2018 measured 4.17%, up from 3.47% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2018 was 4.17%, an increase from the 3.59% reported for the same period a year ago for June 2017," said
22 Jun. 2018 CalSTRs makes Scott Chan deputy CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California State Teachers' Retirement System today announced the hiring of Scott Chan as the new deputy chief investment officer. Mr. Chan begins his tenure on August 1 and will report directly to CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman. "We conduct
22 Jun. 2018 Crestline Investors promotes Semple to partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestline Investors, Inc., a credit focused institutional alternative asset manager, has named Chris Semple a Partner of the firm. Semple, who joined Crestline in 2011 as Director and Associate Portfolio Manager, is a member of Crestline's Opportunistic and Private Credit
22 Jun. 2018 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index up +0.96% in May, year-to-date ahead of Dow, S&P500 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.96% for the month (+2.27% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +2.16% (+1.19% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.05% (-1.79% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +5.32%
22 Jun. 2018 Hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management cuts Kentucky Pension [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management has asked Kentucky's pension fund to redeem its $68.7 million investment because of changes in how the pension fund is handling its relationships with investment managers. The Kentucky Retirement System is
21 Jun. 2018 MSCI adds Saudi Arabia, Argentina to emerging markets index [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Index provider MSCI said it will reclassify Argentina and Saudi Arabia as emerging markets, a significant decision for markets in both countries. MSCI also said it would include Kuwait on its review list for next year. Every June, MSCI announces the results
21 Jun. 2018 Jim Rogers launches global macro ETF [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Legendary investor Jim Rogers is launching a new ETF, according to regulatory filings. The Rogers AI Global Macro ETF is launched in concert with E
21 Jun. 2018 Hedge fund launches exceed liquidations for third consecutive quarter [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge fund launches exceeded liquidations in 1Q 2018 for the third consecutive quarter, as both launches and liquidations fell through early 2018. An estimated 158 funds launched in 1Q18, down from 190 in 4Q 2017, the lowest quarterly new launch total since 153 funds wer
20 Jun. 2018 Northern Trust partners with Lumint on FX [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust announced today it has partnered with Lumint Corporation, an innovative provider of currency management services, to enhance its suite of foreign exchange (FX) solutions for asset managers and asset owners globally. The partnership with Lumint streng
19 Jun. 2018 Marc Lorin joins Coquest Advisors as Director of Strategic Relations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marc Lorin, a 28-year veteran of the investment management and managed futures industry, has joined Coquest Advisors LLC, a subsidiary of Coquest Inc., as Director of Strategic Relations. In that position, Mr. Lorin will be responsible for developing new business, working
19 Jun. 2018 Predata hires new head of financial markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Predata has hired Mars Spencer as VP of Financial Markets. Mars joins the Predata team with 20 years of experience, most recently in institutional trading software and technology sales and business development. In his role, Mars will be responsible for growing the fin
19 Jun. 2018 Hedge Funds lose $1.9 billion in April as outflows rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund investors turned cautious in April 2018, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator, even as theequities markets rebounded and volatility began to calm down. Industry assets leveled off at an all-time high of $3.0 trillion. Data drawn from more than 5,000
19 Jun. 2018 Tesla's Callman joins Macquarie [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group, today announced the appointment of Greg Callman as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Technology to lead the firm's efforts related to energy storag
19 Jun. 2018 Asia's leading institutional alternative funds platform expands into China with Shanghai Rep Office [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Gordian Capital today announced the establishment of a Shanghai Representative Office. The "Gordian Capital Limited Shanghai Representative Office" was established to suppo
14 Jun. 2018 Barclay CTA Index Slips 0.24% in May (-1.76% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.24% loss in May. Year to date, the Index is down 1.76%. "Large system traders were the hardest hit by trend reversals in fixed income, energy, sugar and cocoa prices," says Sol Waksm
14 Jun. 2018 Investment manager TSW triggers succession plan [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TSW, one of the nation's leading value-oriented investment managers, today announced the next steps of a planned succession process initiated in 2014 to ensure a seamless leadership transition that positions the firm for continued growth and stability. Frank Reichel,
13 Jun. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.90% in May (+1.16% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds were up 0.90% in May according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 2.41% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index is up 1.16%, while the S&P has gained 2.02%. "Biotech and information technol
13 Jun. 2018 Kevin Rodgers joins Arion Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Arion Investment Management, the London based commodity specialist, is pleased to announce that Kevin Rodgers has joined the company in the capacity of an independent Non-
13 Jun. 2018 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -0.27% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -0.27% in May, underperforming the 0.26% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
12 Jun. 2018 Nuveen names new Head of International Advisory Services, EMEA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nuveen, a leading global investment manager, appointed Rune Sanbeck as Head of International Advisory Services for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. In this newly created role, Sanbeck will lead Nuveen's strategy to deliver the firm's asset management expe
12 Jun. 2018 Alternative Investment industry believes sustainability reporting is increasingly important [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sustainability continues to be a hot topic issue. From the Paris Climate Accord, to the sourcing of food or the treatment of the individuals involved in the production of goods, sustainability has become an increasingly prominent issue in global news and can directly impa
12 Jun. 2018 Hedge funds continue recovery but fixed income, macro and AI hedge fund strategies report losses [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge fund managers ended May in the green, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.18% over the month, trailing behind the 0.84% gain posted by the MSCI AC World Index over the same period. Concerns over the US-China trade spat have somewhat diminished, with both sid
12 Jun. 2018 Survey: MiFID II is driving global standards for research unbundling [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A global poll of 418 fund managers representing over $30trn in AUM reveals research unbundling is expanding to the US and Asia. The trend is mostly seen as positive for end investors, although bad for brokers, while smaller companies are expected to be more nega
12 Jun. 2018 SEC's mixed messages prompt warning from institutional investors on conflict minerals [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC may be taking a more hands-off posture under the new administration, but institutional investors aren't about to let companies off the hook. A group of 47 institutional investors representing $1.2 trillion in assets issued a statement today cautioni
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