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31 Oct. 2016 Lyxor: Frenzied M&A activity to support event driven strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - October was a supportive month for Global Macro funds, which almost erased their year to date losses in a single month, according to the Lyxor Weekly Brief research note. The top contributors to their stellar performance last month included a short duration stance in fixe
31 Oct. 2016 Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) to hold information session on November 8 in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), the standard setting body for the hedge fund industry, has seen growth in its North American signatory base in 2016, which now counts for 42% of the more than 125 hedge fund managers, overseeing approximately $1 trillion in assets, t
31 Oct. 2016 Deloitte: Now is the time for hedge funds to consider impact investing [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report out from Deloitte's Center for Financial Services argues that now is the time for hedge funds to consider impact investing. Report authors suggest that impact investments can provide a new source of alpha in an otherwise challenging market for h
31 Oct. 2016 Up 45.35% since 2014 launch, Austin value manager proves humans and computers are complements not competitors [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Andrew Oskoui, CFA, Portfolio Manager & Principal at Austin based Blue Tower Asset Management, writes on Harvest: Blue Tower believes that humans and computers are complements not competitors and thus applies advanced analytics to classic value investing. The Blue To
31 Oct. 2016 E. Lee Hennessee, hedge fund pioneer, dies at 64 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: E. Lee Hennessee, 64, former Managing Principal of the Hennessee Group has been found dead at her home in the Trump Plaza West Palm Beach. Hennessee is reported to have been found by her husband and business partner Charles Gradante on Saturday. The body ha
31 Oct. 2016 Oaktree’s CFO and principal to retire [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Two senior executives are leaving investment manager Oaktree Capital Group, and are being replaced. At the same time, the firm reported an increase in net income, and a slight increase in assets under management from last quarter.
31 Oct. 2016 Quant manager moves to Geneva wealth management firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Aris Wealth Management S.A. has appointed Alexandre M. Andreani as chief investment officer and head of quantitative strategies. Andreani will oversee and develop strategic asset allocation products dedicated to institutional investors in Switzerland.
28 Oct. 2016 Auspice Capital Advisors launches GAS - the only ETF tied to Canadian Natural Gas globally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd., an alternative investment manager, has announced the launch of the Canadian Natural Gas Index ETF and the Canadian Natural Gas Index. Together, they allow investors and market participants to actively monitor and speculate outright on the p
28 Oct. 2016 French working group enacts seven measures to make Paris more attractive to international investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In a continuing effort to promote France as an alternative financial centre to London after Brexit, a working group has just come up with seven measures to make Paris a more attractive centre for international investors. The quirkily-named "FROG" group
28 Oct. 2016 $14m connected to proceeds of $230 million fraud uncovered by Magnitsky traced to Canada [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some $14m of suspected illicit proceeds connected to the $230m Russian fraud uncovered by Hermitage’s murdered Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, have been traced to Canada, said
27 Oct. 2016 VolX launches “Big Data” risk solution with 1600 risk indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The VolX Group (VolX), architects of RealVol Instruments and Indices, has launched 1,600 risk indices. This new offering allows market participants access to the data they need to manage asset-specific and systemic risk in the marketplace. VolX is the first index com
27 Oct. 2016 Monsoon Capital to launch long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Monsoon Capital said it would launch its new India fundamental long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund (MIDAS), on November 1, 2016. Both the Delaware limited partnership (for US taxable investors) and the offshore fund (for non-US investors and tax-exem
26 Oct. 2016 Assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach new record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$40.33 billion at the end of Q3 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s Q3 2
26 Oct. 2016 Northern Trust hires head of global fund services for Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust said that it has appointed Caroline Higgins as head of its Global Fund Services business in Asia. From her Hong Kong base, Higgins will focus on bringing Northern Trust’s range of tailored fund servicing solutions to Asia-based investment manager
26 Oct. 2016 Comment: Perception versus Reality [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Michael Lebowitz from 720 Global writes on Harvest Exchange: When asset valuations are extended well beyond historical norms, as they are today, some investment managers elect to take a more defensive and cautious posture than the consensus. In “Bubbles and Elevators”, we
26 Oct. 2016 Study: No direct relationship between hedge fund leverage and volatility and downside risk [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A joint study by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the CAIA Association suggests that adding leverage to an alternative investment fund does not necessarily increase the risk. AIMA is the global representative for alternative asset manager
26 Oct. 2016 Law firm alerts Platinum Partners’ investors about hedge fund’s bankruptcy, capital recovery [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: International law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP issued an alert to Platinum Partners LP Funds investors about the firm’s flagship hedge fund filing for bankruptcy. Hagens Berman issued the alert
26 Oct. 2016 Investcorp buys 3i Group’s debt business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Bahrain-based Investcorp will buy the debt management business of 3iDM, from UK-based 3i Group PLC for approximately $227 million. The deal will add $12 billion in AUM to Investcorp, bringing the firm's total AUM to approximately $23 billion. The acquis
25 Oct. 2016 Walkers 2016 Fundamentals event at the Harvard Club, NY [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Tuesday 1 November international law firm Walkers will host its annual New York investment funds seminar, Walkers Fundamentals. The seminar has become a permanent fixture on the calendar for the investment funds industry, attracting investment fund managers a
25 Oct. 2016 Fourth-Quarter hedge fund strategy outlook from K2 Advisors: Favorable dispersion presents opportunity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - K2 Advisors writes on Harvest Exchange - for US investors only: Dispersion in valuations, dispersion in security prices, dispersion in currencies, dispersion in earnings. The point is, ladies and gentleman, that dispersion—for lack of a better word—can be good
25 Oct. 2016 The Sohn Conference expands to Sydney [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Sohn Conference Foundation has made a partnership with the founders of the Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference to create the Sohn Australia – Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference. This premier event will bring together some of the best and bri
25 Oct. 2016 Barclay CTA Index down 0.40% in September (+0.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 0.40% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.10% year to date. “The US Fed, in spite of its hawkish tone, opted to hold rates steady which roiled financial markets,” says Sol Waksm
25 Oct. 2016 Hedge fund Elliott Associates rejects GE's tender offer for SLM Solutions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist investor Elliott Associates, the hedge fund run by Paul Singer, and Elliott International, have rejected GE Germany Holdings AG's $1.4bn tender offer to takeover 3D printing company SLM Solutions Group AG. Elliot Associates, Elliott International and it
25 Oct. 2016 Hedge funds flat in third week of October, long/short equity outperforms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were flat as of the week ending 18 October (-1.0% YTD), with L/S equity funds outperforming (+0.3%) during the same period, said Lyxor Asset Management. Directionality paid off as markets were risk-on.
25 Oct. 2016 Francisco Partners closes Agility Fund on $600M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Francisco Partners, a technology focused private equity firm, has closed a new fund - The Agility Fund - on $600 million. The fund will be focused on making smaller investments in technology companies. "Our natural process of meeting companies has consist
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