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02 Jun. 2015 Backstop Solutions acquires Cogency software to expand capabilities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group – a provider of cloud-based solutions purpose-built for the institutional investment industry has announced it has acquired Cogency Software, a provider of accounting solutions for multi-manager investment firms. Cogency’s clients are s
02 Jun. 2015 New BNY Mellon white paper highlights transformative role of Big Data [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon, an investment management and investment services, has published a new white paper examining Big Data's credentials and its potential as a transformative tool in the current era of shrinking margins and ever-more sophisticated and powerful analytica
02 Jun. 2015 2015 could be year of M&A as hedge funds continue to post positive gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The current year is on track to be the best year for M&A ever, says Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Briefing. Lyxor cited Bloomberg data which showed that since the beginning of the year, global M&A volumes hav
02 Jun. 2015 FX hedge funds fell in April on weaker data of the U.S. dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: FX hedge funds declined in April as the U.S. dollar fell on weaker data, with nonfarm payroll data coming in significantly below expectations and the Q1 2015 GDP data below consensus. The Parker FX Index dropped
02 Jun. 2015 New alternative beta ETF aggregates hedge fund positions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment adviser Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors has announced the launch of three new exchange-traded funds that leverage the indices and research from Hedge Fund Research. In a
01 Jun. 2015 State Street appoints hedge fund veteran Effie Datson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced today the appointment of Effie Datson as global head of product for its Alternative Investment Solutions division. Datson’s initial focus will be on expanding the global footprint of InfraHedge, State Street’s $15 billion managed account
01 Jun. 2015 FTSE Russell and Research Affiliates launch new smart beta index series [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FTSE Russell, the global index provider, and Research Affiliates have announced the launch of new smart beta indexes: the FTSE RAFITM Equity Income Index Series. The benchmarks will track high dividend-paying stocks which are screened to target sustainable income. The in
31 May. 2015 Harbert Management Corporation raises EUR122 million for first European growth capital fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harbert Management Corporation, an investment management firm focusing on alternative assets, is pleased to announce the final closing of its first European private debt fund, the Harbert European Growth Capital Fund I ("HEGCF" or the "Fund&
29 May. 2015 Peter Weinberg joins Steben & Company as head of investor relations and marketing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Steben & Company, Inc., a leading provider of alternative investments, announced today that Peter Weinberg has joined the Firm as Head of Investor Relations & Marketing. “The success we have had with our funds creates the need for an increased focus on competitive
29 May. 2015 Alpha UCITS Platform launches Quantmetrics Multi Strategy UCITS Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantmetrics Capital Management LLP has launched on 4th May a UCITS version of its successful Quantmetrics Multi Strategy Fund on the Alpha UCITS Platform. The strategy has returned on average +14.75% net p.a. over the last 9 years. Quantmetrics is a London base
29 May. 2015 Liquid alternatives can help investors de-risk portfolios [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative asset management firm Forward Management, LLC said investors need to become familiar with liquid alternatives if they want to benefit from sophisticated risk management and asset alloc
29 May. 2015 Catalyst Funds surpasses $2bn in assets under management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The alternative-focused mutual fund firm Catalyst Funds has surpassed $2bn in assets under management (AUM). This represents a 100% growth in assets in the last 11 months. "Catalyst has worked hard to provide
28 May. 2015 Kames’ Milburn: Can high yield finally stop sowing seeds of its own destruction? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A shift to focus on refinancing existing debt, coupled with a tightening up of bank lending, could keep the high yield default cycle much more subdued in the next few years, Kames Capital’s Phil Milburn has said. While expectations are slowly mounting that high y
28 May. 2015 HFRI Russia Index jumps nearly 20% in three months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Volatile emerging markets hedge funds have returned to lead industry performance on the strong recovery of the Russian Rouble, higher oil prices, lowering of interest rates by the Chinese Central Bank, and a surge in trading volume on the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect
28 May. 2015 Paulson might get involved in Teva’s takeover bid battle [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Teva, the giant Israeli generic drug maker, might look to billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson in a $40bn takeover bid with Mylan, a rival company. Tevahas approached Mylan, a rival, with a $40bn takeover offer in a bid to create the world’s biggest gene
28 May. 2015 Liquidators of Thomas Priore’s hedge funds sue Barclays for $80m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquidators of the failed Cayman Islands-based hedge funds, ICP Strategic Credit Income Fund Ltd and ICP Strategic Credit Income Master Fund Ltd, have accused Barclays PLC of knowingly participating in a fraudulent transfer of more than $40m by the funds owner, Thom
28 May. 2015 Mass affluent and HNW segment represent 8% of global population, with assets accounting for +86% of liquid wealth [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Worldwide liquid onshore assets will exceed $100tln by no later than 2016, according to "The Global Wealth Market in 2015," a new white paper by DataMonitor Financial, but the market is not homogenous. The global wealth market has recovered from th
27 May. 2015 Aberdeen to acquire FLAG Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (Aberdeen) has entered into an agreement to acquire FLAG Capital Management, LLC (FLAG), a manager of private equity and real asset solutions with offices in Stamford CT, Boston, MA, and Hong Kong. This acquisition is in line with
27 May. 2015 92% of hedge fund industry capital concentrated among top 11% of fund managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry has now reached $3.16tn in assets as of the end of Q1 2015, but a growing proportion of these assets are concentrated among a small pool of large managers, reports Preqin. The “$1bn Club”, which now includes 570 managers, represents 11% of the
27 May. 2015 All hedge fund strategies rebounded last week as market conditions normalize [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After a difficult start this month, all hedge fund strategies ended last week in positive territory, as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index gained 0.9% (-0.2% MTD, 3.3% YTD). According to Lyxor AM’s latest Weekly Briefing, in t
27 May. 2015 Investment giants and hedge funds face off over Ocwen’s subprime loans [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment giants and a small group of hedge funds are fighting over subprime scraps, according to Bloomberg. Blackrock, Pimco an
26 May. 2015 Laven Partners promotes Tanja Ferri to Managing Director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners, a global consultancy servicing the financial services industry, has promoted Director Tanja Ferri as Managing Director of its Operations Consulting department.                       Ferri previously ran Laven’s offshore consulting and corporate governan
26 May. 2015 Hedge funds are bearish on agriculture [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are bearish on agriculture, particularly corn and soybeans despite better prospects on wheat because of weather scares in the U.S.,
26 May. 2015 SFC and CSRC launch Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) have signed a memorandum of regulatory cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds, which will allow eligible mainland and Hong Kong funds to
26 May. 2015 Hedge fund assets increase 0.71% in April - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest asset flows data out from eVestment shows that hedge fund assets are hovering around $3.125 trillion. Investors added $12.2 billion of new capital to the industry in April, while performance increased AUM by an estimated $9.9 billion. Inflows in M
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