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30 Jan. 2015 FX hedge funds gain 3.65% in 2014 on strong U.S. dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The strong U.S. dollar and the continued downward spiral of oil prices helped push FX hedge funds to gain 3.65% in 2014, said Parker Global Strategies. The Parker FX Index reported a +0.67% return for the month of D
30 Jan. 2015 Update: Hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi sentenced to 13 years in prison [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. court on Thursday sentenced convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi, 45, to 13 years in prison for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme in Connecticut that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, reports
30 Jan. 2015 Endowments average 15.5% return in FY2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Educational endowments, some of the leading investors in alternatives, averaged 15.5% return for FY2014, according to the latest NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. This is an increase over FY2013, which saw 11.7%. In total, the study looks at 832 institution
29 Jan. 2015 Citi Survey forecasts 30% decline in hedge fund industry profits due to poor performance in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry profits in 2013 reached $31.2 billion but poor performance in 2014 cut that figure by 30% to only $21.9 billion, a loss of nearly $10 billion, Citi estimates in their 3rd Annual Hedge Fund Industry Operating Metrics Survey. Institutionalizati
29 Jan. 2015 Executives said to leave Fortress after macro plunge [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chief Risk Officer Sherif Sweillam and portfolio manager Tye Schlegelmilch, are said to have resigned from Fortress this month according
29 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds Apollo and TPG win Caesars bankruptcy case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Delaware on Wednesday ruled that the bankruptcy of the operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp's would proceed in Chicago. The judge ruling resolved the odd situation of Caesars being in two bankruptcies at once. This was a vi
29 Jan. 2015 NewOak’s new hedge fund to focus on non-QM jumbo mortgage [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The asset management unit of NewOak, a U.S.-based financial advisory firm, announced the launch of a new private fund that focuses on buying newly originated, nonqualified residential mortgages with slightly weaker credit than a traditional prime jumbo loan. Des
28 Jan. 2015 Clearbrook Global Advisors hires head of hedged index strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Clearbrook Global Advisors, a privately held, independent investment advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Manit Rye as Managing Director and Head of Hedged Index Strategies. Mr. Rye will be based in the firm’s New York headquarters and report to Elliott Wisla
28 Jan. 2015 Fundbase obtains FINMA approval to represent and distribute foreign collective investment schemes in Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By the end of December 2014, Fundbase Fund Services AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pfaeffikon-based Fundbase Holding AG, received approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to act as representative and distributor of foreign collective in
28 Jan. 2015 Preqin: Private equity on pace to beat 2014 commitment totals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 2014 was the strongest year of private equity investments since the global financial crisis, yet the majority of private equity fund managers are looking to invest more this year. Preqin spoke to 260 firms* worldwide in November last year, and 55% claimed they would be
28 Jan. 2015 AIMA and CAIA launch series of hedge fund papers for pension fund trustees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, and the CAIA Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, have jointly published the first of a series of educational papers about hedge funds for pension f
28 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Bridgewater gains on back of Swiss franc move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $160bn hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates run by Ray Dalio posted a 4.5% gain this month through Jan. 16 in one of its hedge funds after benefiting from the Swiss National Bank's sudden decision to allow the franc to trade freely against the euro. Ac
28 Jan. 2015 Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report
28 Jan. 2015 Ohio hedge fund manager charged with $5.5m Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ohio-based hedge fund manager Geoffrey W. Nehrenz was accused of running a Ponzi scheme and defrauding his investors with an estimated $5.5m. Nehrenz, 36, was charged with one count of securities fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one c
28 Jan. 2015 Private credit catches the eye fixed income players [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new white paper from BroadRiver Asset Management places the future of fixed income in the private credit markets. "The rate of interest for traditional fixed income no longer matches the cost of offsetting lia
27 Jan. 2015 Research reveals hedge funds are optimistic about future [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new global survey commissioned by State Street amongst 235 hedge fund professionals reveals strong optimism within the industry. The findings show that respondents (55 percent) expect pension funds to increase their exposure to hedge fund strategies over the next five
27 Jan. 2015 Greenwich global hedge fund index -0.14% in December [more]
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27 Jan. 2015 CTAs post sharp gains, global macro stand to win from ECB’s expansionary move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The expansionary measures announced last week by the European Central Bank (ECB) to reflate the region’s economy pushed positive gains for CTAs and global macro strategies. Lyxor Asset Management said that the move has positive implications for hedge funds and was m
27 Jan. 2015 SEC joins chorus to reverse insider trading ruling [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has joined the chorus in asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling reversing the insider trading convictions of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The SEC
27 Jan. 2015 QInvest partners with Pioneer Investments to launch a sharia’a-compliant pan-European equity fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Qatar-based investment bank and Islamic financial institution QInvest has partnered with global asset management firm
26 Jan. 2015 Uber negotiating to raise $600 million from hedge funds and international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds and international strategic investors are negotiating with Uber to infuse at least $600m into the app-based transportation network and taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, California, which operates 54 countries, said
26 Jan. 2015 U.S. prosecutors appeal reversal of insider trading conviction of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: United State prosecutors, led by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its landmark ruling when it reverses the insider trading conviction of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, said
26 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing for fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing this week after pleading guilty to running a Connecticut-based fraud scheme several years ago, said
23 Jan. 2015 Newalpha AM raises $250m in seed capital for long-only strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the wake of the convergence between mainstream and alternative asset management, NewAlpha AM expands the scope of its activities beyond hedge funds to Long Only Equity funds. The success of this new orient
23 Jan. 2015 Anil Prasad to launch $500m macro hedge fund in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anil Prasad, the former global head of Citigroup’s foreign exchange unit, is readying to launch his own macro hedge fund called Silver Ridge Asset Management with $500m in initial assets in April,
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