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16 Feb. 2017 Global economy may experience stronger growth than last year, and higher inflation [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to AllianceBernstein (AB), an investment management and research firm with $478bn in client assets, recent data suggest that the cyclical backdrop for the global economy continues to brighten. Due to structural headwinds, global growth and inte
15 Feb. 2017 Asian hedge funds topped performance of Asian equity market indices in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge funds topped the performance of volatile regional Asian equity market indices for both 4Q and FY 2016, led by strong gains across Event-Driven, Relative Value Arbitrage and Macro strategies. At the same time, total hedge fund capital invested in Asian hedg
15 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds enter 2017 on positive note with 0.84% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started the year on a positive note, up 0.84% during the month of January. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 1.49% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American hedge fund managers toppe
15 Feb. 2017 Equity and bond volatility are different - A need for deeper thinking [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, CIO AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: A key issue with asset allocation and r
15 Feb. 2017 Asset inflow into Alternative UCITS remains strong [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Alternative UCITS market keeps showing strong growth. In January 2017, financial technology and consulting firm LUXHEDGE recorded a net inflow of 5.2 bn EUR in Assets under Management with the strongest rise occurring in Fixed Income Arbitrage (+2.8 bn EUR), Global M
14 Feb. 2017 Alter Domus acquires Carta Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alter Domus, a leading provider of Fund and Corporate Services, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients announced it has signed an agreement to
14 Feb. 2017 Bermuda retains status as global captive insurance leader [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda remains the world leader in the captive insurance industry based on 2016 statistics released by Bermuda Monetary Authority, said the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). Year-end BMA figures indicate Bermuda had 776 active captive licences on its register.
14 Feb. 2017 Copper Rock Capital Partners appoints Tom Grant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Copper Rock Capital Partners, a global equity investment manager, announced today the addition of Tom Grant, CFA, a Senior Research Analyst, to the investment team. Mr. Grant will be responsible for fundamental research coverage and generating investment ideas for all of
14 Feb. 2017 How will Trump affect the Global Macro / Managed Futures World? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Today, we published our 2017 Managed Futures/Global Macro Outlook, and there'
14 Feb. 2017 All hedge fund strategies in positive territory in first half of February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor hedge fund index was up 0.4% as of the week ending 07 February (-0.1% YTD) and all strategies were in positive territory, Lyxor Asset Management reported. Event driven outperformed (0.5%) during the same
13 Feb. 2017 Survey shows that blockchain could become mainstream in just a couple of years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blockchain will become adopted in the financial post-trade area in three to five years, according to almost half (48%) of the membership base of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group. In addition, just over a quarter (29%) of members believe blockchain will becom
13 Feb. 2017 Poor average performance among equity long/short UCITS in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital has published its Q1 2017 Alternative UCITS Barometer, a focused quarterly survey analysing the current demand trends of Alternative UCITS allocators in the market today, which provides some insight into the momentum for alternative asset managers in the UCITS
13 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds gained +1.96% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +1.96% for the month (+1.96% YTD), while the S&P 500 rose +1.79% (+1.79% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +0.62% (+0.62% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index moved higher by +4.30% (+
13 Feb. 2017 Pension Fund Perils: Why conventional pairing of LDI with De-risking Glide Paths produces inferior outcomes [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Michael Ashton, Managing Principal of Enduring Investments, writes on Harvest Exchange
10 Feb. 2017 Castle Hall integrates SwissAnalytics into its global due diligence platform; launches RiskDiligence service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Castle Hall Alternatives, the Due Diligence Company, today announced that it has reached an agreement to integrate SwissAnalytics within Castle Hall's global due diligence platform. Under a comprehensive user rights and intellectual property agreement, Castle Hall has
10 Feb. 2017 Endowment models - Bogle simplicity a winner but maybe that was just luck? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski of AMPHI Research and Trading writes on Harvest Exchange:Everyone likes to follow what endowments are doing because there is t
10 Feb. 2017 Credit Suisse AM says commodities slightly gain in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Credit Suisse Asset Management said that commodities posted a slight gain in January amid the changing global political environment and uncertainty surrounding the path of energy prices. Nelson Louie, Global Head of Commodities for Credit Suisse Asset Management
09 Feb. 2017 80% of financial firms expect transformative impact of blockchain and adoption within 3-5 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new report, Blockchain in Financial Markets: Gaining an Edge, released today by Bain & Company in partnership with Broadridge Financial Solutions, reveals that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is gaining significant momentum in financial markets. More than 80 percent
09 Feb. 2017 Goldman Sachs to shut down London hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs is shutting down its London hedge fund and has told its team there to pack their bags and move to New York, the Financial Review said citing a
09 Feb. 2017 Gold's Outlook and Trumponomics [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Sprott Asset Management writes on Harvest Exchange: During 2016, gold markets shook off three consecutive years of pr
09 Feb. 2017 Five most frequent compliance topics identified in OCIE examinations of investment advisers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In an SEC Risk Alert on Tuesday, the US Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) provided a list of the five compliance topics most frequently identified in deficiency letters that were sent to SEC-registered investment advisers. They are:
08 Feb. 2017 Bespoke Brexit deal for financial services seen as cherry picking and unacceptable to EU 27 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A former UK Foreign Office official has warned the City's financial services sector that any carving out of a sector-based agreement as part of a post-Brexit trade deal is likely to be seen as 'cherry picking' and unacceptable to the European Union's remaining mem
08 Feb. 2017 Albright Stonebridge Group's Warren joins Heard Capital board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - William Heard, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Heard Capital LLC, announced today that Michael Warren, Managing Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) in Washington, D.C., will join the Heard Capital LLC Board of Advisors. As ASG Managing
08 Feb. 2017 BTIG expands fixed income group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BTIG, have hired Darren Haines, George Brickfield and Michael Miele to the Fixed Income Credit Group. Based in New York, they will leverage their expertise and deep network of relationships to help launch BTIG's credit platform. Mr. Haines joins BTIG as a Managi
08 Feb. 2017 MFA & Context conference review: The Pulse of the Managed Futures / Global Macro World [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Despite no snowfall since Mid-December in Chicago, we witnessed a solid eight of nine day
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