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17 May. 2017 Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance publishes first global cryptocurrency benchmarking study [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This is the first study to systematically investigate key cryptocurrency industry sectors by collecting empirical, non-public data. The study gathered survey data from nearly 150 cryptocurrency companies and individuals, and it covers 38 countries from five world regions.
17 May. 2017 The 9 most active investors in Bay Area startups [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Prateek Mehrotra, Chief Investment Officer at Endowment Wealth Management,writes on Harvest Exchange: It's true that more and more start
17 May. 2017 ISS, Glass Lewis join activist hedge fund voting the blue proxy card in fight with Arconic [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Two major Arconic Inc. investors, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass, Lewis & Co., have recommended their clients to use the using the "BLUE" proxy card at Arconic's 2017 Annual Meeting this May 25th. The call is a crucial boost to activist hedge fund
17 May. 2017 PivotalPath expands hedge fund manager ratings [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: PivotalPath, a technology-driven hedge fund investment consultant has expanded its hedge fund rating system. 'Quality of Performance' (PQP), a proprietary quantitative manager rating system now includes 1,300+ hedge funds, located on its technology platform, Pi
16 May. 2017 CalPERS's increase in internally managed funds results in big cost reductions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) reported annual ongoing costs for its investment operations have declined by approximately $404 million since fiscal year 2010-11. The annual CEM Benchmarking survey also found that CalPERS is a low-cost sys
16 May. 2017 Hedge funds attract net inflows of $20bn (+3.2%) in Q1 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry saw net inflows totalling $19.7bn in Q1 2017, ending five successive quarters of net outflows for the industry, according to research house Preqin. The influx of investor capital, combined with a consistent run of positive performance for the
16 May. 2017 Eurekahedge reports hedge fund index up 3% YTD, investor appetite pick-up [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the May 2017 Eurekahedge Report, the key highlights for April 2017 are: - Hedge funds were up 0.64% in April with 2017 year-to-date gains coming in at 3.00%. Investor appetite for hedge funds has picked up pace since the start of the year, with net inflow
16 May. 2017 Hedge funds gained +0.46% in April (+3.76% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.46% for the month (+3.76% YTD), while the S&P 500 rose +0.91% (+6.49% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.34% (+5.96% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index moved higher by +2.30% (+
16 May. 2017 UBS Asset Management hires Suni Harford as head of investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Suni P. Harford will join UBS Asset Management (UBS AM) as Head of Investments in July 2017. She will be responsible for c.500 investment employees and oversee approximately US$600 billion in assets under management across both traditional and alternative asset class
16 May. 2017 This hedge fund's picks returned 52% in Q1 and you've never heard of It [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Dr. Ian Dogan, Founder of Insider Monkey, writes on Harvest Exchange: You've probably read a million stories abo
16 May. 2017 CTAs outperform again as event driven flies higher [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: CTA hedge fund strategies outperformed in the week covering 02 May to 09 on the back of supportive risk appetite conditions, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. Global macro funds also delivered positiv
16 May. 2017 Activist hedge fund Elliott wants to end BHP Billiton's chronic underperformance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: American activist hedge fund Elliott Management issued a scathing attack against Australian resource company BHP Billiton and called for the immediate halt to the firm's chronic underperformance, review of entire petroleum strategy and a new approach on the planned
16 May. 2017 Majority of insurers reduced hedge fund holdings in 2016 because of performance concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The insurance industry continued their pullback from hedge funds in 2016 because of rising investor concerns about performance, a special report by A.M. Best showed. The study added that the retreat by the insurance industry from hedge funds was widespread, with 65%
16 May. 2017 Saemor's pro-momentum stance resulted in strong input from long book [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Saemor Europe Alpha Fund returned 4% in April, thanks to its Growth and Quality styles as well as its Momentum strategies, while Fair Value and Cyclical Value metrics ended in the red. According to the managers at
15 May. 2017 OPIM & Legend Arb to launch first iron ore quant fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Ltd, a player in the asset management industry, has partnered with Legend Arb Asset Management Ltd to launch its first commodities focused, Cayman-domiciled hedge fund for professional investors. Legend Arb CT Equity Fund's objective is to
15 May. 2017 Hedge funds report contrasting performances in April on Euro gains, French elections [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The French election, the appreciation of the Euro against the U.S. dollar, the slowdown in U.S. economic growth and Frexit fears all contributed to the contrasting performance of hedge funds in April across all strategies,
15 May. 2017 Comment: Five Universal Laws Of Human (Investment) Stupidity [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Real Investment Advice writes on Harvest Exchange: In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley pub
12 May. 2017 Hedge funds post further gains of 0.76% in April (+4% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned 0.76% in April, its sixth consecutive month of gains, taking 2017 YTD and 12-month performance to 3.99% and 10.67% respectively. In contrast to the wider benchmark, macro strategies have posted two consecutive mon
12 May. 2017 The A&P Emerging Manager Index produced a positive return of 1.10% for April 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge funds posted another positive performance for April, with their fourth consecutive month of gains so far this year. Global financial markets also recorded gains, larg
12 May. 2017 HFRI Emerging Markets Index up 1.6% in April and 7.8% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in Emerging Markets extended their 1Q surge into April, with performance led by Emerging Asia, including India and China. The HFRI EM: India Index climbed +5.63 percent in April, extending the 2017 gain to +22.1 percent and representing the strongest
12 May. 2017 Revenge of the Humans: How Discretionary Managers Can Crush Systematics [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Leigh Drogen, Founder and CEO at Estimize, former Quant Hedge Fund Manager, writes on Harvest Exchange: This is th
12 May. 2017 Hedge funds returned +0.66% in April (+3.04% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: One-third of the way into 2017, hedge funds are performing well, returning +0.66% in April and +3.04% year-to-date (YTD), according to the just-released April 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. All major strategies were positive in April, and only one
11 May. 2017 ETFGI reports assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach record $4tln as of April 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally broke through the US$4 trillion milestone at the end of April 2017, according to preliminary data from ETFGI's A
11 May. 2017 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.34% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.34% in April, underperforming the 0.42% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
11 May. 2017 Hedge funds demand value from service providers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are continually reviewing their relationships with fund administrators, fund custodians, prime brokers, fund auditors, fund marketers and law firms to ensure that they are getting the services they need. A quarter of all hedge fund managers surveyed by
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