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02 Nov. 2016 Swiss-Asia’s rising alternative funds sustain growth despite global economic slowdown [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss-Asia Financial Services (Swiss-Asia), Singapore’s independent financial services platform which provides dedicated incubation services to hedge funds, announced that rising alternative funds incubated on the platform has sustained growth despite global economic
02 Nov. 2016 New UNC research finds activist hedge funds deliver returns only during takeovers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Activist hedge funds often push the management teams they target to pursue a sale of the company, which is the only reliable strategy for generating a return for themselves and the shareholders of the companies they target, according to “Activism Mergers,” a new study rel
02 Nov. 2016 Comment: Speaking while female - is lack of diversity holding hedge funds back? And why do men feel discriminated against? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Texas Wall Street Women have published on Harvest Exchange: To begin, communication is such an essential part of life and a critical component to career success, and it seems speaking while female puts us at a disadvantage. We are more likely to be interrupted and
02 Nov. 2016 Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management buys controlling stake in Aeolus Capital Management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Aeolus Capital Management Ltd. (ACM) and its affiliated entities. Elliott
02 Nov. 2016 Mirae Asset unit, Horizons ETFs, signs deal to acquire Recon Capital Advisors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Mirae Asset Global announced that its subsidiary, Horizons ETFs Management (USA), has formalized a deal to acquire Recon Capital Advisors (RCA). Horizons USA is one of the largest collective families of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the w
01 Nov. 2016 First trade executed via robo-adviser service in Southeast Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Singapore’s accredited investors today executed the first trades on a robo-adviser platform in Southeast Asia. The purchase of a position in the diversified risk All Weather Portfolio was the first on the WeInvest robo-adviser platform, partnered with Lighthouse Canton in
01 Nov. 2016 Comment: Ignoring the Cost of Committed Capital: How PE funds can overstate LP returns by up to 50% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kelley Rytlewski, Founder on Nextvest, a community of family offices and private investors jointly pursuing direct investment and co-investment opportunities, writes on Harvest: Private equity funds are the widely accepted investment strategy for pensions, endow
01 Nov. 2016 World’s largest fund managers see first decline in assets since 2011 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 asset managers fell in 2015 for the first time since 2011, according to research conducted by Pensions & Investments (P&I), a U.S. investment newspaper, and Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company.
01 Nov. 2016 New York union officials involved in hedge fund Platinum’s misconduct and racketeering scheme charged in court [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The law firms of Newman Ferrara LLP and Seelig Law Offices, LLC have filed a lawsuit on behalf of active and retired correction officers against the Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) executive board, its indicted former president Norman Seabrook and
01 Nov. 2016 Survey finds acceptance and support for shareholder activism continues to increase across all constituencies [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Leading law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) today announced key findings from its 2016 Shareholder Activism Insight report, published in association with Activist Insight and FTI Consulting. The report, which surveyed the views of 37 of the leading activists in the marke
31 Oct. 2016 Lyxor: Frenzied M&A activity to support event driven strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - October was a supportive month for Global Macro funds, which almost erased their year to date losses in a single month, according to the Lyxor Weekly Brief research note. The top contributors to their stellar performance last month included a short duration stance in fixe
31 Oct. 2016 Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) to hold information session on November 8 in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), the standard setting body for the hedge fund industry, has seen growth in its North American signatory base in 2016, which now counts for 42% of the more than 125 hedge fund managers, overseeing approximately $1 trillion in assets, t
31 Oct. 2016 Deloitte: Now is the time for hedge funds to consider impact investing [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new report out from Deloitte's Center for Financial Services argues that now is the time for hedge funds to consider impact investing. Report authors suggest that impact investments can provide a new source of alpha in an otherwise challenging market for h
31 Oct. 2016 Up 45.35% since 2014 launch, Austin value manager proves humans and computers are complements not competitors [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Andrew Oskoui, CFA, Portfolio Manager & Principal at Austin based Blue Tower Asset Management, writes on Harvest: Blue Tower believes that humans and computers are complements not competitors and thus applies advanced analytics to classic value investing. The Blue To
31 Oct. 2016 E. Lee Hennessee, hedge fund pioneer, dies at 64 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: E. Lee Hennessee, 64, former Managing Principal of the Hennessee Group has been found dead at her home in the Trump Plaza West Palm Beach. Hennessee is reported to have been found by her husband and business partner Charles Gradante on Saturday. The body ha
31 Oct. 2016 Oaktree’s CFO and principal to retire [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Two senior executives are leaving investment manager Oaktree Capital Group, and are being replaced. At the same time, the firm reported an increase in net income, and a slight increase in assets under management from last quarter.
31 Oct. 2016 Quant manager moves to Geneva wealth management firm [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Aris Wealth Management S.A. has appointed Alexandre M. Andreani as chief investment officer and head of quantitative strategies. Andreani will oversee and develop strategic asset allocation products dedicated to institutional investors in Switzerland.
28 Oct. 2016 Auspice Capital Advisors launches GAS - the only ETF tied to Canadian Natural Gas globally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd., an alternative investment manager, has announced the launch of the Canadian Natural Gas Index ETF and the Canadian Natural Gas Index. Together, they allow investors and market participants to actively monitor and speculate outright on the p
28 Oct. 2016 French working group enacts seven measures to make Paris more attractive to international investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In a continuing effort to promote France as an alternative financial centre to London after Brexit, a working group has just come up with seven measures to make Paris a more attractive centre for international investors. The quirkily-named "FROG" group
28 Oct. 2016 $14m connected to proceeds of $230 million fraud uncovered by Magnitsky traced to Canada [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some $14m of suspected illicit proceeds connected to the $230m Russian fraud uncovered by Hermitage’s murdered Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, have been traced to Canada, said
27 Oct. 2016 VolX launches “Big Data” risk solution with 1600 risk indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The VolX Group (VolX), architects of RealVol Instruments and Indices, has launched 1,600 risk indices. This new offering allows market participants access to the data they need to manage asset-specific and systemic risk in the marketplace. VolX is the first index com
27 Oct. 2016 Monsoon Capital to launch long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Monsoon Capital said it would launch its new India fundamental long/short equity fund, Monsoon India Dynamic Alpha Fund (MIDAS), on November 1, 2016. Both the Delaware limited partnership (for US taxable investors) and the offshore fund (for non-US investors and tax-exem
26 Oct. 2016 Assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach new record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the leading independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, today reported assets invested in active ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$40.33 billion at the end of Q3 2016, according to data from ETFGI’s Q3 2
26 Oct. 2016 Northern Trust hires head of global fund services for Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust said that it has appointed Caroline Higgins as head of its Global Fund Services business in Asia. From her Hong Kong base, Higgins will focus on bringing Northern Trust’s range of tailored fund servicing solutions to Asia-based investment manager
26 Oct. 2016 Comment: Perception versus Reality [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Michael Lebowitz from 720 Global writes on Harvest Exchange: When asset valuations are extended well beyond historical norms, as they are today, some investment managers elect to take a more defensive and cautious posture than the consensus. In “Bubbles and Elevators”, we
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