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20 Feb. 2017 Northern Trust to acquire Fund Services Units of UBS in Luxembourg and Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Group AG and Northern Trust Corporation announce that UBS AG has entered into an agreement for Northern Trust to acquire UBS Asset Management's fund administration servicing units in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The acquisition will enable Northern Trust to exp
20 Feb. 2017 Tages Capital launches third single-strategy UCITS alternative fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, in partnership with Madrid based Cygnus Asset Management, announced the launch of the Tages Cygnus Europa Event Driven UCITS Fund, the third sub-fund of Tages International Funds SICAV, a UCITS compliant umbrella fund structure. Cygnus Asset Management
20 Feb. 2017 Top hedge funds exit energy, consumer discretionary and healthcare in Q4: S&P [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to S&P Global Market Intelligence's review of Q4 2016 filings by pure play hedge funds, the top hedge funds dropped their holdings of energy, consumer discretionary and healthcare, as well as, but to a lesser degree (in millions of dollar
20 Feb. 2017 Latin America, high yields and Asia Pacific strategies dominate hedge fund returns in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Latin America (+7.04%), high yield (5.63%), and Asia-Pacific (+5.06%) strategies dominated hedge fund performance in January, data provider Hennesee Fund Research said. The bottom three strategies for the mont
20 Feb. 2017 Paper: The real market skill for many hedge funds may be with their timing of volatility and not returns [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: For many investment strategies, the difference between a good and a b
17 Feb. 2017 MiFID II: The regulatory barrier to innovation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Patricia Regnault, Europe head of asset management at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, responds to interim findings in the UK FCA's Asset Management Market Study around barriers to entry, innovation and technological advances, ahead of
17 Feb. 2017 Gramercy appoints Bradshaw McKee as managing director of Capital Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management LLC, a $5.8 billion dedicated emerging markets investment manager, today announced the appointment of Bradshaw McKee to the position of Managing Director, Capital Solutions and Distressed Portfolio Manager. Mr. McKee has over 24 years of dist
17 Feb. 2017 Hedge fund investor redemptions accelerate through 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite hedge funds returning 7.40% over 2016, investors continued to withdraw capital over the year; the industry saw overall net asset outflows totalling $110bn in 2016. Preqin's latest research finds that the rate of redemptions accelerated through the year, from n
17 Feb. 2017 Comment: Rickety Rationale for Commodity Investing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: More than a few are likely to be confused and/or upset when and if commodity prices go on a tear hi
17 Feb. 2017 HgCapital closes two funds on GBP3.1 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: European private equity firm HgCapital has closed two funds on GBP3.1 billion. Both funds - HgCapital 8 and Mercury 2, were oversubscribed. HgCapital 8 closed with GBP2.5 billion after only 5 months in market, having launched in September 2016. HgCapital Me
17 Feb. 2017 SSGA promotes Engel to Global Active Quantitative Equities Team CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation, has promoted Olivia Engel to the newly-created role of deputy chief investment officer for its Global Active Quantitative Equities (AQE) team. Engel, who currently serves as
16 Feb. 2017 Does air quality in Beijing have anything to do with the property market in Australia? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: Does air quality in Beijing have anything to do with the property market in Australia? The answer is probably yes. L
16 Feb. 2017 Fixed income hedge fund strategies outperform as interest rates rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The stronger economic data and higher inflationary pressures helped push bond yield to continue outperforming in recent weeks, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest report. Philippe Ferreira, senior cross asse
16 Feb. 2017 Global economy may experience stronger growth than last year, and higher inflation [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to AllianceBernstein (AB), an investment management and research firm with $478bn in client assets, recent data suggest that the cyclical backdrop for the global economy continues to brighten. Due to structural headwinds, global growth and inte
15 Feb. 2017 Asian hedge funds topped performance of Asian equity market indices in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge funds topped the performance of volatile regional Asian equity market indices for both 4Q and FY 2016, led by strong gains across Event-Driven, Relative Value Arbitrage and Macro strategies. At the same time, total hedge fund capital invested in Asian hedg
15 Feb. 2017 Hedge funds enter 2017 on positive note with 0.84% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started the year on a positive note, up 0.84% during the month of January. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 1.49% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American hedge fund managers toppe
15 Feb. 2017 Equity and bond volatility are different - A need for deeper thinking [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, CIO AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: A key issue with asset allocation and r
15 Feb. 2017 Asset inflow into Alternative UCITS remains strong [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Alternative UCITS market keeps showing strong growth. In January 2017, financial technology and consulting firm LUXHEDGE recorded a net inflow of 5.2 bn EUR in Assets under Management with the strongest rise occurring in Fixed Income Arbitrage (+2.8 bn EUR), Global M
14 Feb. 2017 Alter Domus acquires Carta Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alter Domus, a leading provider of Fund and Corporate Services, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients announced it has signed an agreement to
14 Feb. 2017 Bermuda retains status as global captive insurance leader [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda remains the world leader in the captive insurance industry based on 2016 statistics released by Bermuda Monetary Authority, said the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). Year-end BMA figures indicate Bermuda had 776 active captive licences on its register.
14 Feb. 2017 Copper Rock Capital Partners appoints Tom Grant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Copper Rock Capital Partners, a global equity investment manager, announced today the addition of Tom Grant, CFA, a Senior Research Analyst, to the investment team. Mr. Grant will be responsible for fundamental research coverage and generating investment ideas for all of
14 Feb. 2017 How will Trump affect the Global Macro / Managed Futures World? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Today, we published our 2017 Managed Futures/Global Macro Outlook, and there'
14 Feb. 2017 All hedge fund strategies in positive territory in first half of February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor hedge fund index was up 0.4% as of the week ending 07 February (-0.1% YTD) and all strategies were in positive territory, Lyxor Asset Management reported. Event driven outperformed (0.5%) during the same
13 Feb. 2017 Survey shows that blockchain could become mainstream in just a couple of years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Blockchain will become adopted in the financial post-trade area in three to five years, according to almost half (48%) of the membership base of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group. In addition, just over a quarter (29%) of members believe blockchain will becom
13 Feb. 2017 Poor average performance among equity long/short UCITS in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ML Capital has published its Q1 2017 Alternative UCITS Barometer, a focused quarterly survey analysing the current demand trends of Alternative UCITS allocators in the market today, which provides some insight into the momentum for alternative asset managers in the UCITS
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