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24 Mar. 2014 UK’s largest hedge funds growing bigger, controls 82% of assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.K. financial services industry regulator Financial Conduct Authority said the nation’s largest hedge funds are getting bigger and now control 82% of assets under management. In
24 Mar. 2014 RD Legal Capital to bet $100m Iran will pay for Beirut terror attack 30 years ago [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cresskill, New Jersey-based hedge fund RD Legal Capital is raising $100m to finance a litigation to collect some $1.8bn from the Iranian government over the killing of 241 American servicemen at a Marine barracks in Beirut in an Iranian-backed terror attack 30 years
21 Mar. 2014 Blue Skye acquires hedge fund Investment Science Asset [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Brisbane-based investment fund manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited said it has finalized details to acquire multi-award winning hedge fund Investment Science Asset Management, several media reports said. According to
21 Mar. 2014 French alternative asset manager says being French is a problem [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: ABC Arbitrage, a French trading group that runs an alternative asset manager specializing in arbitrage strategies, saw its net revenues go down by 46% from last year, reportedly due to central bank int
20 Mar. 2014 A third of all hedge fund managers changed service providers in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s global survey of over 100 hedge fund managers in December 2013 showed that managers have frequently changed the service providers working on their funds, including fund administrators, prime brokers, custodians, auditors and law firms. Almost half of respondent
20 Mar. 2014 Newedge Commodity Trading Index posts largest monthly gain in over three years, +1.78% in February (2.51% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announced the February performance for its suite of hedge fund indices. Commodity traders, as represented by the Newedge Commodity Trading Index, saw their largest monthly gain since December 2010, retu
20 Mar. 2014 Increasing capital markets' size could compensate for post-financial crisis decline in bank lending, says new paper [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capital markets are significant drivers of economic growth and increasing their size could compensate for the post-financial crisis decline in bank lending, according to new research by two leading academics commissioned by AIMA, the global hedge fund industry association
20 Mar. 2014 17% of hedge fund managers are currently subadvisors to '40 Act multi-manager funds, survey finds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Infovest21's just-released Eighth Annual Manager Snapshot Survey provides an updated profile of the typical hedge fund manager. The survey finds that commingled vehicles account for about 47% of the product base while customized mandates and retail prod
20 Mar. 2014 Investor interest in hedge funds surges to pre-financial crisis highs - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest investor asset flow data from eVestment shows that investors are piling into hedge funds like it's 2006. Investors allocated an estimated $41bn in February; the largest monthly allocation since eVestment began tracking monthly flows in October 200
20 Mar. 2014 Nathanaël Benzaken appointed chief executive officer for Lyxor in the U.S. [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset management firm Lyxor Asset Management on Thursday announced two senior management appointments within Lyxor AM Inc. The appointments will be effective in August this year. Lyxor said Nathanaël Benzaken was a
20 Mar. 2014 Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is raising $2bn for new global macro hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Disgraced former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he is raising $2bn for a macro hedge fund that will invest globally. Strauss-Kahn’s firm LSK & Partners, in tandem with DSK Global Investment Fund, will raise the capital in China,
20 Mar. 2014 Capital fundraising for alternative investment funds - challenging but still possible [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: EisnerAmper, a US-based accounting firm has released a new report on capital raising for alternative investment funds. The report details new re
19 Mar. 2014 Rothstein Kass publishes “Should I Go With the Flow Into Liquid Alts?” [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rothstein Kass (www.rkco.com), a leading professional services provider to the financial services industry, today announced the release of an article titled “Should I Go With the Flow Into Liquid Alts?” The piece, published by the Rothstein Kass Institute, the firm’s indu
19 Mar. 2014 Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services acquires Meridian Fund Services Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, a global asset administrator, announces the acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group, a fund administrator with $14bn of assets under administration (AuA). Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUF
19 Mar. 2014 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.03% in February (+1.32% YTD); volatile currency markets challenge traders [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 1.03% in February according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.39% in 2014. “A late-month rally in commodity prices and the continued uptrend in US Treasuries contributed to a profitable month for most CTA
19 Mar. 2014 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index decline -0.48% through mid-march (+0.86%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets posted declines through mid-March, as geopolitical uncertainty associated with the Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula increased, while weak economic data on Chinese growth also raised investor concerns. Global equity markets declined through mid-March, wi
19 Mar. 2014 Fortress to transform $13m bitcoin into a hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Fortress Investment Group (FIG) announced plans to transform its $13m stash of bitcoin into a $150m hedge fund that aims to target investors that support the digital currency. FIG was the first Wall Street firm to invest in bitcoin. According to
18 Mar. 2014 Hedge funds post net returns of 1.72%; (1.42% YTD) - Preqin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Using data taken from Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds added gains of 1.72% in February which takes the industry benchmark to 1.42% for the year to date. Despite gains of over 2% for some hedge fund strategies, hedge funds lagged wider equity markets and indices,
18 Mar. 2014 Hedge funds lose $1.95bn lawsuit against Porsche [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Some 23 hedge funds, including Viking Global Equities LP, Glenhill Capital LP and David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital, lost in their $1.95bn lawsuit against Porsche Automobil Holding SE which they accused of lying during its failed bid to take over Volkswagen AG in 2
18 Mar. 2014 After a run up, hedge funds reduce S&P500 exposure to a net short [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Following a big run up in recent weeks, hedge funds have cut their long exposures to the S&P500 back down to a net short, according to the latest
17 Mar. 2014 Maples Fund Services expands regulatory reporting service for AIFMD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider and a division of MaplesFS has extended its regulatory reporting service to incorporate Annex IV reporting for AIFMD. The new offering will provide an interactive solution for clients to streamline
17 Mar. 2014 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +2.46% in February (+2.18% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +2.46% in February (+2.18% YTD), while the S&P 500 gained +4.31% (+0.60% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose +3.97% (-1.54% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index jumped +4.98% (+3
17 Mar. 2014 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 2.00% in February; Up +1.59% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 2.00% in February, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 1.59% year to date. “Improving investor sentiment fueled by robust M&A activity and strong corporate earnings helped most global equity
17 Mar. 2014 Dubai eyes regulatory reform to attract domiciled funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Dubai is planning to relax its regulatory regime to attract more funds, including hedge funds and private equities, to move into the financial center to domicile, various media reported. The move will create a new class of funds in the
14 Mar. 2014 Niederhoffer’s CTAs up in January as short-term trends provide best opportunities [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Roy Niederhoffer, founder of R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, a registered CTA in New York, a short term trading strategy like his firm’s can do very well on both the long and short sides in equities during a volatile period. But it is not
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