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18 Jun. 2015 Activist hedge fund ValueAct’s stake in Valeant earns 2100% profits [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: ValueAct Capital Management generated some 2100% returns from its investments in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl since 2006. ValueAct sold 4.2 million shares of Valeant in brokers' transactions on the NYSE, ranging from $219 to $230.60 per share after buying them a
18 Jun. 2015 Franklin K2 Alternative Strategies Fund tops $1.3bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Franklin Templeton's liquid alternative offering Franklin K2 Alternative Strategies Fund has raised some $1.3 billion since 2013. The firm claims that K2 represents the fastest growing fund launch of any type in the past five years,
18 Jun. 2015 Two Goldman veterans to launch dedicated private debt hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Two Goldman Sachs veterans are to launch Firebreak Capital later this year, a dedicated private debt hedge fund focusing on the opportunity set wrought by finan
17 Jun. 2015 Eurekahedge: Hedge fund assets reach $2.23tln in first five months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The June 2015 Eurekahedge Report has been released. Key highlights for May 2015: - Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$92 billion in the first five months of 2015, with one-third of this increase coming from new in
17 Jun. 2015 How MiFID II may impact asset managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the related Regulation (MiFIR) are the next revisions of EU legislation due to take effect at the beginning of 2017, according to Dechert, a global financial law firm. And although its greatest imp
17 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds are putting more cash into China’s distressed assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds are forming a beeline in China’s distressed assets, as banks seek to offload huge volumes of bad loans amidst a slowing economy, reported
17 Jun. 2015 Greenwich Associates highlights increasing focus of buy side to leverage TCA for alpha generation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A report by Greenwich Associates has found that 90% of institutional investors or equity trading desks actively use transaction cost analysis (TCA) to measure trade effectiveness, identify outliers and to meet rep
17 Jun. 2015 Global investors take 'risk-off’ stance amid Grexit and interest rate concerns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 207 global investors with an aggregate $562bn in assets under management has found that the majority of them are concerned about a Greek default and a possible bubble in Chinese equities. The June
16 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds surpass 2014 performance in first five months of 2015 - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds continue their run of solid performance with a fifth straight positive month, returning 1.01% in May. This means hedge funds have now returned 5.44% for 2015 YTD, compared to 4.60% for the whole of 2014. All leading single-manager hedge fund strategies
16 Jun. 2015 Award winning Swiss fund of hedge funds launched niche credit fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Specialized fund of hedge funds manager Ayaltis has launched its new fund, Narrapuno SPC Convergence, in May. The new fund combines investment opportunities in direct lending and selected structured credi
16 Jun. 2015 Long/short equity strategy leads hedge fund gains in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long/Short Equity managers led the hedge fund performance in May as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended the up +0.65% (+4.1% YTD), the latest data from Greenwich Associates said. "Global equity market
16 Jun. 2015 All hedge fund strategies occurred losses first week of June but outperformed bonds and equities [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Equity and bond markets experienced renewed tensions last week as the European markets saw higher selling pressure than U.S. markets, which was a negative for global macro managers as they have sizeable long European equities positions in their portfolios, accord
16 Jun. 2015 Fund structures in Luxembourg attract private fund managers at New York roadshow [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund and private equity structures in Luxembourg are continuing to attract managers to the region despite concerns that the AIFMD has put the brakes on European investing, according to presenters at a recent alternatives roadshow held by the Luxembourg Pri
15 Jun. 2015 Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finishes up 0.83% in May (+3.35% YTD) [more]
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15 Jun. 2015 Australian stock broker Charlie Aitken to launch $300m global conviction hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Charlie Aitken’s new hedge fund firm, Aitken Investment Management, will start trading next month, with backing from high-net-worth investors. Among them is the wealt
15 Jun. 2015 Intel hires AllianceBernstein to manage alternative investment portfolio [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Intel, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker, has hired AllianceBernstein to manage its two alternative investment portfolios, a custom target-date series and a global diversified fund, which had previously been managed internally. AllianceBernstein took o
12 Jun. 2015 10 women from six countries to receive scholarship in advanced alternative investments education [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ten women from six different countries are this year’s recipients of the 2015 100WHF/CAIA Scholarships, according to 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF), Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (PAAMCO), and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA
12 Jun. 2015 Mario Draghi denies ECB giving privileged information to hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has denied accusations that one of ECB’s board members gave market-sensitive information hours before they were made public to select hedge fund managers and bankers,
11 Jun. 2015 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up +1.2% in May (+3.93% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.2% in May. 10 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index, the Lyxor LS Equity Long Bias Index, and the Lyxor Global Macro Index (all up +1.9%). >>
11 Jun. 2015 Hedge funds up 0.35% in May, YTD returns to +3.36% - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aggregate hedge fund performance rose 0.35% in May, adding to an overall positive YTD figure of +3.36% according to eVestment. Equity exposure supported hedge fund returns throughout May, but systematic strategies were adrift as major trends slowed and shifted.
11 Jun. 2015 Trium launches investor-friendly multi-strategy hedge fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Trium Capital, a London-based a specialist alternative asset manager, launched and seeded a new Multi-Strate
11 Jun. 2015 New Jersey hedge fund manager charged for swindling investors out of $5m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against 58-year-old hedge fund manager Nicholas Lattanzio of Montclair, New Jersey, for allegedly misappropr
11 Jun. 2015 South African hedge funds will not be taxed by converting to CISCA before end-September [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As previously reported on Opalesque, the South African Ministry of Finance declared hedge funds collective investment schemes under the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (CISCA) as from 1st April, 2015. All existing South African hedge funds now have
11 Jun. 2015 Salient acquires Forward Management [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque: Texas-based Salient Partners has acquired Forward Management, in a deal that will create a $27 billion diversified asset management firm. The combined entity will still do business under the Salient banner, and will provide a range of liquid and real asset solutions to
10 Jun. 2015 NY hedge fund veteran Kevin Heller joins James Alpha Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kevin Heller, a NY based veteran in alternative investments, has joined James Alpha Management, a diversified asset management firm specializing in identifying, seeding, and growing alternative investments for institutional and individual investors. James Alpha has recent
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