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21 Jul. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.63% in June; (+0.65% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 0.63% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 0.65% at mid-year. “The US Federal Reserve and Bank of England announced that interest rates will be rising soon, while the European Central Ban
21 Jul. 2014 Full compliance still some way off as AIFMD authorisation deadline arrives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research by BNY Mellon, an investment management and investment services, highlights a compliance shortfall among alternative investment funds (AIFs) on the eve of the deadline for Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) authorisation. While 82 p
18 Jul. 2014 Inflow of $56.9bn in H1-2014 increased total hedge fund industry capital globally to $2.8tln+ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund capital surged to an 8th consecutive quarterly record in 2Q14 as investors allocated across most hedge fund strategies, according to the latest HFR® Global Hedge Fund Industry Report, released today by HFR, the established global le
18 Jul. 2014 Global wealth managers surge with buoyant AuM and profitability [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Private Banking Benchmark 2014 from Scorpio Partnership finds buoyant growth across the top 25 firms worldwide, which experienced an average percentage change of 11.3% in assets under management in 2013. Together, this league of wealth titans now collectively m
18 Jul. 2014 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gains 0.33% through mid-July, 3.27% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted strong gains through mid-July, extending prior month's gains, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +0.33%.

 HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +0.62% through mid-July, 2014, with p
18 Jul. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.41% in June (+3.76% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 1.41% in June, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 3.76% in 2014. “As investor’s shrugged off a downward revision of first quarter GDP and focused instead on the positive economic news coming
18 Jul. 2014 Hedge fund asset flows reach new highs, topping $3tn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After surpassing an all-time peak AUM in April and reaching $3tn in May, new flows and performance further lifted assets in June to $3.032tn, according to the latest asset flow data from eVestment. New flows into equity and credit funds drove H1 2014 to the indu
18 Jul. 2014 Preqin: hedge fund managers still worried about AIFMD [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The deadline for AIFMD registration in Europe is fast approaching - July 22 is the big day. New research from Preqin shows that hedge fund manager concerns about the Directive continue to climb, as those who waited until the last minute are now faced with a dau
18 Jul. 2014 Sovereign wealth and global macro investing expert Andrew Rozanov leaves Permal [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Andrew Rozanov, managing director and head of sovereign advisory at Permal, left the firm this week. The departure was confirmed by Alastair Crabbe, a Permal spokesman. He joined Permal Investment Management
17 Jul. 2014 Investigations on how broker courted Libyan business may affect Harbinger Capital [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Compagnie Financière Tradition is under investigation, according to U.S. and Swiss press reports. The Swiss-listed firm – also known as Tradition Financial Services – which is one of the world’s leading int
16 Jul. 2014 One-third of fund managers may be unprepared for 22nd July AIFMD deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An independent survey conducted by Confluence, the global leader in investment data management automation for the asset management industry, has found that with one week to go, respondents believe a third of the fund managers targeted by the Alternative Investment Fund M
16 Jul. 2014 Hedge fund standards board granted membership in IOSCO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) has been granted Affiliate Membership of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the international body that promotes high standards of regulation in the world’s securities markets. More than 120
16 Jul. 2014 Strong investor interest for multi-strategy funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capital Asset Management, the investment manager and promoter of the MontLake UCITS Platform, is delighted to present the 15th edition of the quarterly ML Capital Alternative UCITS Barometer (Barometer). The Barometer is designed to help identify and anticipate key t
16 Jul. 2014 SEC Commissioner Piwowar hints at SEC/FSOC turf war in remarks [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), was created as a group of regulators with the aim of doing things like 'monitor systemic risk' and decide which financial firms could pose significant systemic risk if they were allowed to take on overly
15 Jul. 2014 Fund managers and insurance mediation: the hidden deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In addition to the fast approaching deadline for AIFMD, all fund managers must be well aware that next Monday, 21 July 2014, is the
15 Jul. 2014 Last chance for alternative fund managers to apply for AIFMD authorisation before July 22nd deadline [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative fund managers have just one week to apply for authorisation under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) as the July 22nd deadline looms, warns Bovill, the specialist financial services regulatory consultancy. Bovill explains tha
15 Jul. 2014 Hedge funds continue appetite for equities, cautious on U.S. credit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Lyxor Asset Management showed that the majority of hedge fund managers expect the equities markets in the U.S. and Europe to sustain its rally on the back of accommodative monetary conditions recently reite
15 Jul. 2014 CalPERS posts 18.4% return year-to-date [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) reported a preliminary 18.4 percent return on investments for the 12 months that ended June 30, 2014. CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at more than $300bn. Alternative strategies
15 Jul. 2014 SEC charges Ernst & Young with violating independent auditor rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Ernst & Young with violations of independent auditor rules for lobbying activities at the firm. Ernst & Young has agreed to pay more than $4 million to settle those charges, according to a statement. T
14 Jul. 2014 Head of Texas Teachers Emerging Manager Program departs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Stuart Bernstein, director of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Emerging Manager Program, has elected to return to the private sector and join former TRS Directo
14 Jul. 2014 KKR takes minority stake in hedge fund BlackGold Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - KKR & Co. L.P., a leading global investment firm, and BlackGold Capital Management, a credit-oriented hedge fund specializing in energy and hard asset investments, today announced that KKR is acquiring a 24.9% interest in BlackGold. Financial terms of the transaction were
14 Jul. 2014 Cayman Islands former London director cleared of lobbying [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Commissioner for Standards in the UK’s House of Lords has cleared the Cayman Island’s former London office director Lord Blencathra of breaking the rules by lobbying Parliament and MPs. The Commissioner has found that Lord Blencathra did not in reality lobb
11 Jul. 2014 South African hedge funds performed well in June [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds serviced by Peregrine Holdings’ unit Peregrine Capital performed well for June, much in line with positive market sentiment all around. Resources led the way this
11 Jul. 2014 Hedge fund performance turns positive [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After two months of losses, hedge funds achieved gains in all strategies in May with the median fund increasing 1.01% for the month, according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Deutsche Bank. Globally, emerging markets equity funds led the recovery gain
11 Jul. 2014 Event driven strategies outperform over the first half of 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Event driven strategies, driven by the success of activists outperformed within the hedge fund cohort for the month of June, Q2, and the first half of 2014 according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. Overall hedge fund performance was al
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