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20 May. 2016 BlackRock expands investment portfolio, alternatives, hires Mark Wiseman [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $4.737tln investment management firm BlackRock is expanding its investment portfolio and alternatives with the hiring of Mark Wiseman as senior managing director and a member of the Global Executive Commit
20 May. 2016 Investors are considering greater investment in emerging hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors are considering greater investment in emerging hedge fund managers in reaction to the recent underperformance of many blue-chip hedge funds versus historical returns, claimed a new paper by Worth Venture Partners
19 May. 2016 IMDDA launches due diligence series [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA) announced today a series of programs to educate investors on operational and investment management due diligence. The programs have been created and development by academics and industry professionals to provide
19 May. 2016 Managed futures traders slightly fell in April on trend reversal in bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A trend reversal in the bond markets triggered a slight decline in profits for managed futures traders as BarclayHedge reported that the
19 May. 2016 Hedge funds gain through mid-May despite weak U.S. employment data, slew of concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A slew of issues, including a weak U.S. employment report, mixed earnings and continued uncertainty regarding both near term outlook for Asian economic growth and the June Brexit vote have driven the global financial markets to decline through mid-May. But hedge fun
18 May. 2016 Product differentiation remains key to getting on fund lists [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asset managers need to come up with unique and differentiating product ideas to make it to distributors' product shelves that are increasingly dominated by big brand names. Having the right product fit and how to differentiate their funds from peers were among the
18 May. 2016 Improving sales in the U.S. uplift hedge funds in first two weeks of May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recouped losses in the first week of this month and were up 0.5% as of May 10 (-2.7% YTD), fuelled by macro managers that were up 1%, Lyxor Asset Management said. The macro strategy was supported by the str
18 May. 2016 Hedge funds’ strong rally in April moves industry in positive territory for first time this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rallied strongly in April moving the industry into positive territory for the first time this year, with the Barclay Hedge Fund Index gaining 1.05% during the month and 0.07% YTD, said data provider Barc
18 May. 2016 Most U.K. executives not prepared for 'Brexit’ despite fears of disorderly exit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A big number of corporate executives in the U.K. have not taken any actions to mitigate the negative effects of a "Brexit" on their companies despite fears that the move would be disorderly and potentially volatile process, a study by
17 May. 2016 Hedge funds up 0.88% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eurekahedge reported that hedge funds were up 0.88% in April. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds gained 0.39% - 51.4% of managers were in the red in April 2016 year-to-date compared to 21.2% of managers who posted negative year-to-date returns over the same period in 20
17 May. 2016 Tages Capital launches first single strategy UCITS alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, in partnership with Fore Research & Management, announces the launch of the Tages Fore UCITS Fund, a global credit long/short fund which will form the 1st sub-fund of Tages International Funds SICAV, a UCITS-compliant umbrella fund structure domiciled i
17 May. 2016 Illinois Teachers Retirement System appoints Adrian Lee & Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adrian Lee & Partners, the leading active currency manager for institutional investors, has been appointed by Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS Illinois) to manage $500 million of their foreign currency exposure. The mandate’s objective is to protect TRS Illino
17 May. 2016 Distressed, long/short credit strategies led hedge funds in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed and long/short credit strategies led hedge funds to positive territory in April with the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ending
16 May. 2016 Institutions display long-term confidence in hedge funds with 53% set to increase exposure [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long-term confidence in hedge funds remains strong amongst the institutional investor community, with a majority of investors saying they would continue investing in the asset class. A survey by Citi Prime Finance showed that 63% of investors and intermediaries, pri
16 May. 2016 Russia gives hedge funds sigh of relief with best returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In a surprising development, the often shaky Russian market is providing hedge funds the opportunity they need, a shot in the arm in today’s volatile environment. Data from eVestment showed that Russian assets posted the returns amongst emerging markets with the Rus
16 May. 2016 Asset manager China Post Global looking at opportunities in expanding Asian ETF market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based asset manager China Post & Capital Global Asset Management Limited is looking at opportunities in the Asian ETF market with the introduction of an integrated trading and portfolio management platform. To take advantage of the ETF opportunities in
13 May. 2016 Hedge funds in positive territory for first time this year, with 0.70% gains YTD as of April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds finally hit positive territory year-to-date for the first time this year as the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 0.70% as of end April (+1.44% last month). This is the second month this year since March that hedge funds posted positive g
13 May. 2016 Canada proposes Sergei Magnitsky bill to sanction human rights crimes, corruption [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Conservative Party of Canada on Thursday introduced the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Sergei Magnitsky Law) bill in House of Commons and the Senate to sanction human rights crimes and corrupt practices. In a statement,
12 May. 2016 StepStone acquires Swiss Capital: Launches StepStone private debt and StepStone hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Group LP, a global private markets advisory and asset management firm, today announced it will acquire Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. Completion of the consolidation will fo
12 May. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: April performance 1.19%; Capital Movement Index: May net flows advance 0.53% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2016 measured 1.19%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.53% in May. “Hedge funds saw positive net flows this past
12 May. 2016 Arb’ managers feeling pressure from collapsing merger deals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: So-called 'arb’ traders, or hedge fund managers who focus on merger arbitrage strategy, are feeling pressure as corporate merger deals are collapsing left and right, unlike in 2015 when the amount spent on mergers totaled $4.7tln, reported the
12 May. 2016 UCITS HFS Index continues modest recovery, up 0.12% in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After the UCITS HFS Index broke its negative trend in March it continued its recovery with gains of 0.12% in April, reported 2n20.com AG. The broad index started negatively
11 May. 2016 Hedge fund Verde Asset posts 1.76% rise in April on hope of new Brazilian government [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brazil’s largest hedge fund firm Verde Asset Management SA on Tuesday reported a 1.76% consolidated gain for its Verde FIC FIM in April on hopes that President Dilma Rousseff will be replaced with a more market-friendly administration, reported
11 May. 2016 Duterte presidency in the Philippines offers opportunities, continued growth - hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Contrary to what his rivals have been saying during the campaign period, foreign investors, particularly hedge fund managers, are not worried of an impending Rodrigo Duterte presidency in the Philippines. Indeed, fund managers who are investing in Philippine s
11 May. 2016 Everest Insurance offers transactional risk, management liability insurance to PE and hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Everest Re has launched the Alternative Solutions Group at Everest Specialty Underwriters offering transactional risk insurance as well as professional and management liability insurance on both a primary and excess basis to private equity firms and hedge funds.
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