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22 Nov. 2018 Hedge fund indices post worst returns in October since 2011 [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: Two months shy of the year-end, hedge funds have averaged poor performance after a period of volatility and equity market declines (except for Latin American hedge funds which did well in the wake of the Brazilian election). This is a time of opportunity for strategies tha
21 Nov. 2018 Alternative UCITS funds faced rough weather in October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative UCITS funds suffered during October's market correction with almost every strategy index showing a negative performance on average, according to LuxHedge's latest market overview. The LuxHedge Global Alternative UCITS Index posted a loss of -1.67%, bring
20 Nov. 2018 Hedge funds redemptions surge to $39.1 billion in September, highest in more than 5 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds endured their heaviest outflows in more than five years in September despite record highs in U.S. equity indexes and strong consumer sentiment, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. Data from more than 5,000 hedge funds in the BarclayHedge database
20 Nov. 2018 Investcorp launches Strategic Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading manager of alternative investments, today announced the launch of its Strategic Capital Partners strategy, which will focus on minority equity investments in mid-sized alternative asset managers. To guide the Strategic Capital Partners busines
20 Nov. 2018 Barclay CTA Index loses 1.29% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 1.29% loss in October. Year to date, the Index is down 2.87%. "Although many traders were able to profit from the US dollar's strength against most of the major currencies, the profit
20 Nov. 2018 Industrials sector becomes magnet for activists in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Industrial companies are now predicted to be most in demand from activist investors according to the findings of global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal's (A&M) latest analysis and predictor of shareholder activism in Europe. The study titled "A&M Activi
20 Nov. 2018 Crestline Investors raises $600m for new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crestline Investors, credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager, has closed its latest fund at $600 million. The fund will focus on Crestline's portfolio financing strategy, which is managed by Crestline's Fund Liquidity Solutions team. The fund's
20 Nov. 2018 John Paulson's hedge fund to buy stake in $238bn asset manager from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BrightSphere Investment Group has announced that Paulson & Co agrees to buy a substantial majority stake in BrightSphere held by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. The multi-boutique asset management company with approximately $238 billion of assets under manageme
20 Nov. 2018 CTAs' deleveraging is mostly over: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In early November, CTAs' involvement in the oil prices demise was milder: they unloaded what they had left in crude futures, and kept only marginally long positions in heating and gasoline oil futures, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. "CTAs' deleveraging domi
19 Nov. 2018 Canadian mutual funds are getting ready to launch liquid alternatives, hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional mutual fund managers will be interested in diversifying the investment solutions on their shelf by adding liquid alternative funds to their product line-up as Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) implemented new reforms, says Scotiabank. Aming at ma
19 Nov. 2018 Silver Castle rolls out crypto funds for institutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Israel cryptocurrency investment firm for institutional and accredited investors Silver Castle is launching two new crypto funds for institutional investors. The crypto-focused firm anticipates that the funds will reach $50m before the year ends. According to
16 Nov. 2018 HFRI China Index posts steep decline as equities, renminbi losses accelarate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chinese hedge funds posted sharp declines in October as both global equities and the Renminbi fell. The HFRI Emerging Markets: China Index lost -7.76% in October, the steepest monthly decline since retreating -9.9% in January 2016, and brought down the YTD 2018 return to
16 Nov. 2018 L/S Equity strategies bear the brunt of the turmoil: Lyxor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a sharp correction in risk assets for the second time this year, equity markets initiated a rebound by the end of October. Initially caused by fears the U.S. economy was overheating, the market later focused on profit warnings during the earnings season, es
16 Nov. 2018 FundRock Management Company acquires SEB Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock Management Company S.A. has completed the acquisition of SEB Fund Services S.A. from Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The deal was first announced on May 22nd and concludes following regulatory approval of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier.
16 Nov. 2018 Commonfund launches diversity office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the launch of its Diversity Office. By fostering an environment that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential
16 Nov. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 3.06% in October (-1.90 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds gave up 3.06% in October according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 6.84% decrease in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is down 1.90%, while the S&P has gained 3.01%. "Slowing growt
16 Nov. 2018 Maples Fiduciary adds two [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fiduciary, a division of MaplesFS and leading global provider of specialised fiduciary, entity formation and management, insurance and administration services, has announced the addition of strategic hires. Campbell Congdon and Wendy Zhang have joined to serve as i
16 Nov. 2018 Winning and losing change fund managers' behavior, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Winning or losing streaks - making profits every day or losing money every day - played with managers' heads and changed their behavior to the detriment of their portfolios, revealed a new research. Essentia Analytics, which studies neuroscience and economics to he
16 Nov. 2018 Hong Kong crypto hedge fund bucks the trend with 77% upside YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic said that its proprietary investment portfolio recorded year-to-date returns of 77% as of October 31, against a backdrop of major losses in the cryptocurrency market. The company outperformed that marke
15 Nov. 2018 Index Industry Association survey reveals 3.7 million indexes globally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Index Industry Association (IIA), the first-ever trade association for the index industry, today announced the results of its second annual global index survey. The IIA is the only industry body to quantify the complete index universe and according to its latest analy
15 Nov. 2018 New Hazeltree paper reveals and quantifies the benefits of active treasury management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hazeltree, the leading provider of integrated buy-side treasury management solutions, has released a paper detailing how active treasury management could yield as much as 65 basis points of incremental alpha for asset managers. The paper, "The Value of Active Treas
15 Nov. 2018 IOSCO seeks feedback on proposed framework for assessing leverage in investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is requesting feedback on a proposed framework to help measure leverage used by investment funds which in some circumstances could pose financial stability risks. The proposed framework,
15 Nov. 2018 Azvalor launches Spain's first 'Multi-manager' Equity Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Azvalor Asset Management is launching its Managers Fund - a novel investment offer for its co-investors. Managed by Javier Saenz de Cenzano, 'Azvalor Managers Fund' is a global equities fund which will invest internationally through the best investment ideas of thorou
15 Nov. 2018 Evidence highly informed traders are driving cryptocurrency prices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research has found evidence that informed traders and investors' information asymmetry is driving the huge price swings in cryptocurrencies. Daniele Bianchi and Alexander Dickerson, of Warwick Business School, used intraday prices and volume data to investigate w
15 Nov. 2018 What role has passive management left for active? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Studies by the Lyxor Dauphine Research Academy show that active management benefits from the readier availability and greater use of passive tools. The increased role of index-based investing is more an opportunity than a threat for active managers. It creates a more
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