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23 Feb. 2015 Court appoints receiver to take over Jacob Keith Cooper hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A federal judge has appointed a receiver to take over the hedge fund of Jacob Keith Cooper after he was found to have used investors money to pay a fine for fraudulent activities,
23 Feb. 2015 Investors withdraw $2.5bn from Carlyle’s hedge fund unit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Carlyle Group’s hedge fund unit, Claren Road Asset Management, recorded about $2.5bn in outflows since October last year after it was burned from its bet on mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that resulted to sharp losses last year. A report by
20 Feb. 2015 Venus Capital launches a direct lending fund for India [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Venus Capital Management, Inc. has launched the Venus India Structured Finance Fund, which invests in Venus India Asset-Finance Private Limited, a Non-Banking Financial Company registered with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The NBFC provides direct loans to small and
20 Feb. 2015 Man Group mulls buying hedge fund NewSmith [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: World’s largest listed hedge fund manager Man Group is finalizing details to acquire London-based asset manager NewSmith which is 40% controlled by Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. A report by the
20 Feb. 2015 Total hedge fund assets increased 0.22% in January - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Total hedge fund assets under management have increased slightly for the month of January, bringing the industry's total assets under management to $3.033 trillion, according to the latest hedge fund asset flows data from eVestment. Investors were pickie
20 Feb. 2015 Old Park's $300m Maestro hedge fund continues winning streak with positive gains in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London-based hedge fund Old Park Capital's $300m Maestro Managed Futures Strategy continues its winning streak and returned 0.53% in January, the company said in a letter to investors. Maestro ended 201
20 Feb. 2015 Japan Post to assess banking portfolio [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: According to a Reuters report, Japan Post Holdings co. plans to review its $1.7 trillion banking unit asset portfolio. The review marks a significant shift b
19 Feb. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.03% in January as 
macro funds profit from market turmoil [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.03% overall in January 2015, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “Central banks took center stage in January’s financial turmoil as the Swiss
19 Feb. 2015 Cayman Court of Appeal reverses $111m judgment against Weavering directors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal reversed the decision of a local court which held that the directors of the Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund were liable for willful neglect or default, and has set aside the $111m judgment against them. International law firm
19 Feb. 2015 Equity hedge, event driven led hedge funds gains in mid-February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains through mid- February, led by equity hedge and event driven strategies, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +1.08% whi
19 Feb. 2015 Update: The UK FCA is placing the alternative fund management sector under greater scrutiny [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: We heard last week that the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s enforcement division was, as of 26 January, investigating 67 f
18 Feb. 2015 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 0.07% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have started 2015 in the black, but only just. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained only 0.07% in January, following a challenging year for hedge fund performance. Still riding the wave of solid returns through 2014 are CTAs, posting 3
18 Feb. 2015 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes January up 0.81% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad Index”) finished up 0.81% for the month of January. Press Release
18 Feb. 2015 Fund managers bullish on Europe’s quantitative easing as hedge funds achieve early 2015 gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey has found that global investors are significantly more positi
18 Feb. 2015 Big hedge funds dropped Alibaba in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some of the biggest hedge funds in the U.S. have reduced or completely unloaded their shares in China's Alibaba Group Holding in the fourth quarter of last year, anticipating a drop in the e-commerce company’s earnings in the last quarter that sent its shares
18 Feb. 2015 UCITS HFS Index starts year on positive note with 1.09% gains in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UCITS HFS Index started the year on a positive note gains of 1.09% in January after finishing 2014 with a modest performance of 1.62%. Index provider 2n20 said th
18 Feb. 2015 Laven Partners releases UCITS guide [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Laven Partners has released a new guide to forming and investing in UCITS funds. UCITS funds are distributed across 86 countries. The guidebook aims to provide a clearer picture on UCITS formation and investing, highlighting both the costs and advantages to the
17 Feb. 2015 Societe Generale Prime Services acquires stake in GMEX Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services – formerly Newedge – has announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (GMEX Group). Following the investment by Deutsche Börse Group AG, Societe Generale becomes the secon
17 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund returns crawl into the black in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have started 2015 in the black, but only just. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained only 0.07% in January, following a challenging year for hedge fund perfor
17 Feb. 2015 Hong Kong-Shanghai stock link is attracting few users [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Only a few or less than one-third of Hong Kong’s long-only fund managers are using the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect more than two months after its much-publicized launch in November. The link was designed to provide easy access for international investors in
17 Feb. 2015 370 hedge funds shut down in Europe in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: European-focused hedge funds are closing down at a record pace because of rising cost, declining profits and waning number of new investment leads, data from Eurekahedge showed. A report by the
17 Feb. 2015 Hedge funds raise short positions in sterling, USD [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have increased their short positioning on the GBP and USD over the last three months. Along with the JPY and the EUR, the GBP is the most aggressively shorted currency by CTA and macro managers, said Lyxor Asse
16 Feb. 2015 Shearman & Sterling promotes two hedge fund partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Shearman & Sterling congratulates John Adams on his election to the partnership and John Reiss on his promotion to counsel. “We look forward to continuing to serve our investment funds clients.”
16 Feb. 2015 Towers Watson clients double smart beta strategies to $40bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients globally allocated over $8bn to smart beta strategies during 2014, bringing the total exposure to around $40bn (in 550 portfolio
16 Feb. 2015 Hedge fund manager Bill Browder says Putin’s net-worth could reach $200bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hermitage Capital Management co-founder and once the largest foreign investor in Russia, William (Bill) Browder, estimated Vladimir Putin’s net-worth at $200bn and described the Kremlin leader as at the center of corruption in Moscow. In an
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