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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
25 May. 2015 Tiger Global is top investor in Indian startups [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tiger Global Management is the top investor in Indian startups in the first four months of 2015, reported Times of India
25 May. 2015 Swiss regulator to put restraints on key executives who leave for the private sector [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Swiss financial regulator has put in place some constraints on its own key personnel wishing to transfer to the private sector. FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, revised its Personnel Ordinance earlier this month. The revision
22 May. 2015 Nomura adds to prime finance team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nomura has added two new executives to its U.S. prime finance team in New York. Ryan Donaldson has been named an executive director, responsible for hedge fund financing. He joins Nomura following 18 years at Goldman Sachs, where he held various financing
22 May. 2015 Activist hedge fund manager Carl Icahn says underweight Apple bets will hurt performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Carl Icahn has warned mutual funds that their underweight bets on Apple will eventually hurt their performance as the technology giant continues to improve. Apple remains the favorite position in the hedge fund industry with 191 hedge fun
22 May. 2015 Jared Cohen plans to launch distressed-debt hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Fortress Investment Group (FIG) managing director Jared Cohen has announced plans to launch a new distressed-debt hedge fund with the backing of his old boss, FIG co-chairman Pete Briger,
21 May. 2015 Law firm Walkers to enter fiduciary services business, expands to Bermuda [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - International law firm Walkers announced it will be re-entering the corporate and fiduciary services business with the launch of Walkers Professional Services in mid-June. The firm will also be expanding its global legal footprint to Bermuda, where it plans to open an off
21 May. 2015 Health care stocks top hedge fund buys in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers bought the largest volume of healthcare stocks in Q1, according to S&P Capital IQ’s latest
21 May. 2015 SEC introduces new asset manager report rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: On Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to seek comment on a new rule requiring bond funds to report the vulnerability of their holdings in relation to interest-rate changes, reported
21 May. 2015 Z Capital pushes for Affinity Gaming sale [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Las Vegas-based Affinity Gaming is under new pressure to sell according to a letter sent by Z Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Z Capital is the largest shareholder of the company with an approximately 40% stake. Z made an offer to buy the remaining
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