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11 Aug. 2017 Record breaking Japanese GDP: expected economic growth for six straight quarters [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Ahead of the release of Japan's preliminary Q2 2017 GDP figures on Monday, 14 August, Katsunori Kitakura, lead strategist at SuMi TRUST, forecasts continued growth, marking the first time in 11 years that the country's economy has grown for six straight quarters:
11 Aug. 2017 China leads emerging Asia to greater role in capital markets [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: Over the next 12 to 24 months, we expect that Asia, led by China, will become a far more
11 Aug. 2017 Managed futures post solid gains in 'unspectacular' July but still down for the year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: All of the CTA sectors gained last month as managed futures managers post 0.64% returns during an "unspectacular" July, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHed
10 Aug. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Rises 1.11% in July (+5.48% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds gained 1.11% in July according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The index has risen every month this year and is up a cumulative 5.48% for 2017. "July was another winning month for the hedge fund industry as the S&P 500 and the NAS
10 Aug. 2017 eVestment: hedge funds see 9th consecutive month of gains [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry returned an average +1.21% in July 2017, bringing year-to-date (YTD) returns to +4.77%, according to the just-released July 2017 eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. July marked the ninth consecutive month of positive aggregate indust
08 Aug. 2017 Neudata releases version 2 of its "Scout" Digital Alternative Data Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neudata Limited has released the much-anticipated Version 2 of its very popular online Neudata Scout digital data intelligence platform. The company provides hedge funds and other institutional investment managers with metadata about the vast array of alternative datasets
08 Aug. 2017 Wealth industry boosts AUM and brings cost under control [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Scorpio Partnership's latest edition of the highly anticipated Global Private Banking Benchmark shows a tale of two halves for the global wealth industry. The leading assessment of KPIs in wealth management highlighted that private banks successfully navigated regulat
08 Aug. 2017 Hedge funds slightly down in last week of July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly down last week, with global macro and CTA returns visibly moving in the opposite direction. The Lyxor Global Macro Index was down -0.8% from 25 July to 01 August which has brought its year-to-date performance to -4.3%, Lyxor A
08 Aug. 2017 Comment: The long, unwinding road of quantitative easing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Burgess, Chief Investment Officer EMEA and Global Head of Equities, Columbia Threadneedle Investments writes on Harvest Exchange: Quantitative easing has s
07 Aug. 2017 Prime Capital plans more UCITS after Gateway Target Beta UCITS Fund tops EUR 100m two years after launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Just before its second anniversary, the systematic "Gateway Target Beta UCITS Fund" has exceeded 100 million Euro in assets under management, a crucial hurdle for many institutional investors. This milestone event can largely be attributed to the attractive p
07 Aug. 2017 Factor Fitness: Understanding equity exposures [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Equity factors are increasingly used by investors to help guide their portfolio al
03 Aug. 2017 Beachwood Group to shutter amid Platinum Partners fallout [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Reuters is reporting that Beachwood Group will shutter after facing reputational issues following the collapse of hedge fund Platinum Partners. Beachwood is a group of
03 Aug. 2017 Melody Capital Partners' Gueikian joins Monroe Capital to launch special situations strategy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cesar Gueikian, founder and former managing director of secondaries firm Melody Capital Partners, has joined Monroe Capital to launch a special situations strategy. Together with Managing Director, Aaron Peck, they will lead the firm's new special situations cre
03 Aug. 2017 Utah hedge fund trading on legal insider information up 33% net in one year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A small hedge fund based in Park City, Utah, aptly called The Insiders Fund, is gaining worldwide recognition for generating remarkable returns through its use of insider information. The fund managed by veteran investor Harvey Sax, reported one-year returns of
03 Aug. 2017 Factor investing capacity: Are factor strategies getting too popular? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: BlackRock writes on Harvest Exchange: As investors continue to add factor-based strategies to their portfolios, industry
02 Aug. 2017 Winston & Strawn nabs LatAm practice from Chadbourne & Parke [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn LLP announced the addition of the highly regarded New York-based Latin America Practice from Chadbourne & Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Nine veteran partners and one newly named partner will join Winston's New York office. The group brings significan
02 Aug. 2017 Cheyne Capital launches distressed credit business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cheyne Capital, the London-based alternative asset manager, announces the launch of a new sub-investment grade credit business, SVC. The team will be run by Anthony Robertson, formerly Head of Leveraged Finance at BlueBay Asset Management, who joins as CIO of the st
02 Aug. 2017 Merger arbitrage hedge fund strategies outperform in July [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event-driven and fixed income hedge fund strategies outperformed from 18 July to 25, and year-to-date, Lyxor Asset Management said. The Lyxor Event Driven Broad Index gained 0.5% during the period (+6.8% YTD), while th
02 Aug. 2017 What fraction of Smart Beta tracking error is Dumb Beta? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AlphaBetaWorks writes on Harvest Exchange: Our earlier articles discussed how some smart beta strategies turn out to be merely
01 Aug. 2017 Study signals the need for buy side firms to consolidate operations, meet continuing market pressures [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by investment management solutions provider SimCorp and commissioned by InvestOps signals the need for buy side firms to consolidate their operations and to meet the continuing market pressures under the current environment. The whitepaper, titled
01 Aug. 2017 ETC Global closes $68m financing agreement for build out of global clearing services [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ETC Global Group said that it has completed a $68m financing facility in committed capital to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. and Quantlab Investments LLC along with their affiliates. ETC Global made the financing agreement on behalf of its subsidiary companies, E
31 Jul. 2017 NRI and Mizuho Bank complete proof-of-concept on AI for derivatives contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, in collaboration with Mizuho Bank, Ltd., today announced the completion of a proof-of-concept (PoC) project developed to examine the applications of artificial intellige
31 Jul. 2017 Sustained demand for UCITS and AIF in May 2017, supported by favourable environment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for May 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided us w
28 Jul. 2017 Neuberger Berman closes $450 million CLO risk pool [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, today announced the final closing of its CLO risk retention vehicle, Neuberger Berman Loan Advisers, with approximately $450 million of committed capital. Through Neuberger Berman Loan Adv
28 Jul. 2017 Oaktree's Howard Marks issues another cautionary tale [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Oaktree's co-chairman Howard Marks' latest memo is another cautionary one that advoca
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