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29 Jun. 2015 Alternative investment industry could grow to $13.6tln in five years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Leading auditing and advisory group PwC said that the global alternative investment industry, which includes hedge funds, private equity and real assets, is set to increase to $13.6tln within the next five years. "Be
26 Jun. 2015 Senate wants to clamp down hedge fund-backed reinsurers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: United States Senator Ron Wyden on Thursday proposed a bill before the Senate Finance Committee requiring owners of hedge-fund backed reinsurance firms to pay more taxes or shift the focus of their portfolios, reported
24 Jun. 2015 Idinvest Partners closes private debt fund on €400m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Idinvest Private Debt III is a fund dedicated to the financing of European SMEs through mezzanine or unitranche. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the Fund will invest in business transfers, acquisitions and organic growth especially in exports. T
24 Jun. 2015 Saad Khalil joins New York Life as Head of Corporate M&A [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Saad Khalil has joined New York Life as vice president and head of corporate mergers and acquisitions for the company. Khalil is located in New York Life's Home Office in New York and will report to John Fleurant, EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Khalil
24 Jun. 2015 UCITS HFS Index slowly gains momentum, up 0.21% in May (2.71% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After barely being positive in April 2015, the UCITS HFS Index slowly gains momentum in May and posts returns of 0.21%: the fifth positive monthly result in a row. The broad index started negatively into the month, posting a loss of -0.12% after the first full week of tra
24 Jun. 2015 Wexford Capital selects Eze Castle Integration Private Cloud Platform to power operations, increase IT agility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eze Castle Integration, a leading provider of strategic IT solutions and private cloud services, announced that Wexford Capital LP has selected the Eze Private Cloud platform for its fully managed, enterprise-grade environment. Wexford Capital gravitated away from its on-
24 Jun. 2015 SYZ launches new global multi-asset OYSTER fund with active risk management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the SYZ Group, has launched OYSTER Multi-Asset ActiProtect, a new sub-fund of its Luxembourg SICAV (UCITS). Managed internally by the Multi-Asset team, the fund offers dynamic multi-asset m
24 Jun. 2015 Altegris: Advisors remain bullish on alternatives [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial advisors remain bullish on alternatives despite lackluster performance, according to a new survey from investment firm Altegris. According to survey respondants, 66 percent plan to increase their allocations to alternatives in the remainder of 2015.
23 Jun. 2015 McKay Brothers International launches lowest known latency microwave routes from Interxion London [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Interxion Holding NV, a European provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, has announced that McKay Brothers International has chosen Interxion’s Central London data centre campus to deploy the lowest known latency connections between the
23 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds, CTAs recover as equity markets show resilience [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: It was a positive week for hedge funds ending June 16, Lyxor Asset Management reported in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.3%, with all but one strategy ending in the black. "CTAs were th
23 Jun. 2015 BNY Mellon: Alternative investments diversify portfolios but some advisors still wary [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The majority of advisors intend to continue recommending alternative investments over the next year, yet believe the asset class has underperformed since the economic crisis, according to a new survey from Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company. The study,
22 Jun. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 0.17% in May (+1.83% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 0.17% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.83% year to date. “Global interest rates pushed higher and created losses for managers that were positioned for lower rates, particularly in
22 Jun. 2015 Edmond de Rothschild Capital Holdings hires Gideon Nieuwoudt as Director of Alternative Investment Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Edmond de Rothschild Capital Holdings, a pioneer of absolute return hedge fund strategies including a fund with a record dating back to 1969 and with $6.5 billion in assets across a range of strategies, today announced that Gideon Nieuwoudt, former Managing Director and p
22 Jun. 2015 Gottex launches Multi-Asset Growth Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gottex Asset Management (UK) Limited, one of the leading independent global asset management groups, has launched its Multi-Asset Growth Fund. The Fund will be managed by James Hughes, who joined Gottex from HSBC last year specifically to develop the range of mul
22 Jun. 2015 New rules for hedge fund firms could transform Australian sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Australia has taken a decisive step towards its advancement as a global investment market, with the smooth passage of the Investment Manager Regime (IMR) legislation through the Australian Parliament. The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the
22 Jun. 2015 Hedge fund launches rise as HFRI tops U.S. equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose to the highest level in three quarters in 1Q15, as strong performance industry - wide drove both total global hedge fund capital and the total number of hedge funds to record levels. Hedge fund launches totaled 264 in 1Q15, the highest leve
22 Jun. 2015 How hedge funds are managing Greece [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last Friday, the German chancellor called for a deal between Greece and its creditors (the EU Commission, the ECB and the IMF) before Monday’s emergency EU summit. Greece's government made a last-minute offer on reforms.
22 Jun. 2015 Hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel to be Senior Economic Advisor to Rand Paul campaign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Mark Spitznagel, Founder and CIO of tail risk hedge fund Universa Investments, is joining the Rand Paul campaign as Senior Economic Advisor. Spitznagel is also the author of The Dao of Capital, which explains his investing philosophy integrating Austrian Economi
19 Jun. 2015 MUFG Investor Services to acquire UBS Global Asset Management's Alternative Fund Services business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing group of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has reached an agreement with UBS Global Asset Management to acquire its Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business. “This transaction is part of our strategy to build MUF
19 Jun. 2015 Swiss hedge fund manger predicts oil price spike [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Insch Capital Management, a Lugano-based alternative investment manager, is predicting brent crude will trade above $82.00 per barrel by February 2016. The fund says the prediction is based on its analysis of a series of technical, chart-based and fundamental in
19 Jun. 2015 SEC charges 36 firms for alleged fraudulent municipal bonds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed formal charges against 36 municipal underwriting firms for violations in municipal bond offerings. The cases are the first brought against underwriters under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation
18 Jun. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.92% in May (+4.58 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.92% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 4.58% year to date. “Developed market equities lead the way to a profitable month for most hedge fund strategies,” says Sol Waksman, founde
18 Jun. 2015 AFLI appoints Denise Voss as chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) today announced the appointment of Denise Voss as chairman of ALFI. Ms Voss takes up the position, which will initially run for two years, with immediate effect. "I am very excited about this appoin
18 Jun. 2015 Simmons & Simmons launches legal platform for emerging hedge fund managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: International law firm Simmons & Simmons has launched a
18 Jun. 2015 Update: SEC wants to monitor fund managers’ use of social media [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is proposing rules which would require fund managers to disclose a list of their social media accounts on their Form ADV filings. Last month, the SEC
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