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19 May. 2015 Pierre-Edouard Coiffard joins as Managing Director of the global consultancy firm Laven Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners, a global integrated consultancy servicing the financial industry, has been joined by Pierre-Edouard Coiffard as Managing Director within Laven Partners’ Operations Consulting department. Pierre-Edouard will use his experience in designing inno
19 May. 2015 Survey: North American institutions eye European infrastructure investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North American institutions are planning long-term investments in foreign infrastructure and are pumping billions of pounds into Europe, a report from Armstrong International reveals today. Based on a survey of 305 North American institutional investors in the
19 May. 2015 Societe Generale Prime Services launches portfolio margining for clients trading with CME Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services, formerly Newedge, today announced it now offers CME Group portfolio margining for its clients. This enhancement enables its clients to treat cleared IRS contracts and exchange traded futures contracts as a single portfolio, resulting in r
19 May. 2015 Hedge funds show dispersion in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have exhibited high performance dispersion since the end of April, both at the strategy and the fund level. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index posting a flat performance, up 0.06%, but this number is hiding significant discrepancies behind the scenes, reporte
19 May. 2015 Single manager hedge funds gain 1.28% in April (+4.23% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Single-manager hedge funds returned 1.28% in April and are providing YTD returns of 4.23%, according to the Preqin Hedge Fund Performance. However, the report added that the rec
19 May. 2015 Feroz Dewan leaves Tiger Global, launches own firm [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Feroz Dewan and Caleb Watts, two partners at Tiger Global Management are leaving the firm according to a statement. Dewan was the head of public equity investing at Tiger, and his departure signals a significant shift in management of the firm. Dewan plans to s
19 May. 2015 Barclays Americas execs launch Intrepid Financial Partners, will focus on energy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Intrepid Financial Partners has launched as a specialist merchant bank for the energy sector. The firm is founded by energy sector investment banker Hugh "Skip" McGee III. The firm will work with companies and investors in the energy sector to provide merger &
18 May. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.27% in April (+2.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.27% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.22% year to date. “Sharp trend reversals in commodity and bond markets, coupled with a rapid unanticipated decline in the value of the US D
18 May. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.25% in April (+3.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 1.25% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 3.82% year to date. “Rising stock prices provided the tailwind for equity hedge funds in April,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of Bar
18 May. 2015 IT holdings drive value of activist hedge fund Jana Partners by $2.2bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund Jana Partners has reported that the value of its U.S. public equity holdings jumped by $2.2bn in Q1 to reach $11.5bn on the back of its investments in information technology companies, reported
18 May. 2015 John Paulson buys $800m stakes in American International Group [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson’s New York-based hedge fund, Paulson & Co., bought a stake valued at $800m in American International Group (AIG) in the first quarter of 2015. This is his latest wager on the insurance industry, reports
18 May. 2015 Hedge funds dumping oil position as OPEC may raise supply level [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and oil speculators are losing faith in the oil rally on concerns the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will increase supply to its highest level since 2012, according to
15 May. 2015 Blackstone Group acquires minority stake in hedge fund Magnetar Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A hedge fund unit of the Blackstone Group has confirmed that it has acquired a minority stake in the $13.6bn Magnetar Capital, which is run by former Citadel trader Alec Litowitz. According to the
15 May. 2015 Everest Capital emerging markets team resurfaces at RWC [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: RWC Partners confirms that it has hired a 15 person investment team previously at Everest Capital to establish a new Emerging, Frontier and Asia equity business. To support the team, RWC Partners has established a new office in Miami and is in the process of es
14 May. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds lose $850m in March and redeem $34.6bn in past six months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that the hedge fund industry redeemed $850 million (0.03% of assets) in March 2015, a turnabout from February’s inflow of $5.4 billion (0.2% of assets). “Redemptions from hedge funds totaled $34.6 billion over the pa
14 May. 2015 HFRI China Index up +13% in April (18.76% YTD); Asian hedge fund capital surges to 750bn RMB [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in China surged to a record monthly gain in April, as trading volume on the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program soared and the Chinese Central Bank reduced interest rates, with the HFRI China Index up +13.0 percent in April 2015, the strongest m
14 May. 2015 Ridgeback Capital injects $15m into Prima Biomed [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: American hedge fund Ridgeback Capital Investments, which is run by renowned healthcare sector investor Wayne Holman, has injected $15m into Prima Biomed in exchange for convertible notes, various media reported.
14 May. 2015 Long/short strategies limit risk while 'staying in the game’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque: According to Bob Rice, senior advisor to Neuberger Berman and managing partner at New York-based Tangent Capital, long/short strategies limit equity risk while staying "in the game." Rice made the com
13 May. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.52% in April (3.42% YTD) as emerging markets lead hedge fund gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds registered their fourth consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.52% in April 2015 while the MSCI World Index gained 1.25% during the month. Key takeaways for the month of April 2015
13 May. 2015 Short Bund pays off for global macro hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds lost stream in the first week of May and gave back some gains as the bond market rout took its toll on systematic managers, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its 12 May
12 May. 2015 Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services calls for industry standards in reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services today called on the hedge fund industry to leverage technology and adopt clearer industry standards in data management to help close a gap in transparency expectations between fund managers and investors. The recommendation fol
12 May. 2015 NEPC: Investment committee diversity and size top issues for endowments and foundations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The diversity and size of fund investment committees rank as two top factors for endowments and foundations when they consider new allocations according to the latest survey from NEPC. The
11 May. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.41% in April, 3.20% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended April 2015 up +0.41% driven by strong global equity markets. Global equity markets as measured by MSCI EAFE were up 3.73%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were down -0.36%. Hedge Fund Strat
11 May. 2015 Asia Pacific stock Exchange signs MOU with China Beijing Equity Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In an important step towards its goal to build capital flows and act as a gateway between Australian and Asian capital markets, Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Beijing Equity Exchange (CBEX). APX
11 May. 2015 Belgium proposes to fight 'vulture’ funds praying on indebted developing countries [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The main political parties in Belgium have put forward a bill to fight so-called vulture funds that targets indebted countries. This comes at the heel of a bank accounts freeze order recently obtained by NML Capital. The bill is a reaction to what is hap
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