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30 Jan. 2018 CTAs leading hedge fund surge in early 2018 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are starting the 2018 with an extension of their winning streak as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 1.6% up to January 23 with CTAs outperforming. Models extended their gains, fostered by supportive trend following conditions in the equity and commodity
29 Jan. 2018 BNP Paribas Asset Management launches Global Equity Absolute Return Strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announces the launch of Parvest Global Equity Absolute Return Strategy (Parvest GEARS), a sub-fund of the Parvest UCITS V SICAV registered under Luxembourg law. With equity valuations considered expensive at current market levels
29 Jan. 2018 Pendo Systems targets the insurance sector with their proven Pendo Machine Learning Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pendo Systems, led by industry veteran Pamela Pecs Cytron, today announced their intention to target the Insurance sector with their Pendo Machine Learning Platform (PMLP). With advanced machine learning capabilities at its core, the Pendo Machine Learning Platform is a u
29 Jan. 2018 Survey reveals investment managers greatest implementation challenge around MiFID II [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Close to 50 percent of investment managers and consultants surveyed at Northern Trust's annual Regulatory and Depositary conference cited client reporting as the greatest implementation challenge presented by MiFID II. The survey of more than 100 attendees at the
29 Jan. 2018 Bullcoin Foundation launches ICO for cryptocurrency hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Bullcoin Foundation has launched last week an initial coin offering (ICO) for a cryptocurrency hedge fund that will offer a diversified portfolio of more than 50 high-potential cryptocurrencies. In a
29 Jan. 2018 Machine learning behind Aussie hedge fund's solid outperformance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Goldsky Asset Management, an Australia-based hedge fund specializing in quantmental and behavioral science focused global equity investing, is reporting a perfect year in 2017 with positive gains every month. Goldsk
26 Jan. 2018 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.80% in December (+9.68% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.80% for the month (+9.68% YTD), while the S&P 500 rose +0.98% (+19.51% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.44% (+25.57% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index rose +0.43% (+28.29% YT
26 Jan. 2018 DiligenceVault partners with AIMA, AITEC, ILPA, UNPRI [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DiligenceVault, a data-driven platform for investment research and due diligence, is excited to announce a partnership milestone in digitization and standardization of industry data. DiligenceVault has signed agreements with the following thought leaders: Alternative Inve
26 Jan. 2018 Amplify ETF 'joins' Blockchain BLOK 50 Global Index [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Amplify ETF, an active ETF based on blockchain-based technology, can now be tracked in the recently launched Blockchain BLOK 50 Global Index, a joint collaboration between Emerita Capital Indices and EQM Indexes
26 Jan. 2018 NACUBO-Commonfund study: educational endowments feel long-term return pressure, alts rebound [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Data gathered from 809 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE) show that participating institutions' endowments returned an average of 12.2 percent (net of fees) for the 2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2
25 Jan. 2018 Alger launches Alger 25 Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fred Alger Management, Inc. is pleased to announce a further expansion of its suite of focused portfolios with the launch of the Alger 25 Fund. The Fund is a focused portfolio of approximately 25 high-conviction stocks managed by Dr. Ankur Crawford, Senior Vice President
25 Jan. 2018 Lord Abbett brings on new managing partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lord Abbett & Co. LLC an independent, privately held investment firm, has announced the appointment of a new Managing Partner to lead the organization. At the quarterly Lord Abbett's Partners' meeting on January 18, 2018, Daria L. Foster, Managing Partner, stated h
25 Jan. 2018 Infinity Capital Partners acquires Collins Capital fund of hedge funds portfolio [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Infinity Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based alternative investment firm, today announced it has acquired the fund of hedge funds business of Miami-based Collins Capital. The transaction, which closed on December 29, 2017, underscores Infinity's long-term outlook for hedg
25 Jan. 2018 Equities strategies dominated hedge fund industry asset flows in 2017 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Net flows into the hedge fund industry in 2017 ended at $30.13 billion, according to eVestment's newly released year-end Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. The industry also saw the lightest level of redemptions in December since 2010, unloading $8.35 billion.
24 Jan. 2018 CTAs outperform as commodities rise [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: CTA (commodity trading advisor) strategies had a strong week as indicated by the Lyxor CTA Broad Index being up 1.4% from 09 January to 16 (+3.5% YTD). Particularly the commodity bucket - long positions on aluminum and short on wheat and corn - was doing well,
23 Jan. 2018 Paper: High-testosterone hedge fund managers significantly underperform low-testosterone guys [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Yan Lu from the University of Central Florida-Department of Finance and Melvyn Teo, Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business, published a paper using facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) as a proxy for pubertal testosterone and showing that high-
23 Jan. 2018 VanEck to acquire Think ETF Asset to further expand its product offerings in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: VanEck , the global asset manager with $46bn in assets under management, is acquiring the Dutch ETF issuer, Think ETF Asset Management B.V., bringing the number of VanEck-sponsored UCITS-ETFs avai
23 Jan. 2018 Preqin: Hedge funds up 11.41% to gain highest level since 2013, all 12 months positive [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: It's 12 for 12 for hedge funds last year, according to the latest information released by data provider Preqin. In its Hedge Fund Update report, Preqin said that the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark has
22 Jan. 2018 Sector ARC Advisors wins Coquest 2017 CTA challenge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dallas-based Coquest Inc., a full service brokerage and alternative investment consulting firm, announced today that Sector Arc Advisors is the winner of the 2017 Coquest CTA Challenge, claiming the top spot in its first year of participation. Sector Arc's Global Lean Hog
22 Jan. 2018 Hedge funds end 2017 with strongest capital inflows since 2015 to a record $3.2tln [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds space ended 2017 with the strongest capital inflows since 2Q15 driving total assets to the new record of $3.21tln or an increase of $59bn, the sixth consecutive quarterly record for total industry capital. In its latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Indu
19 Jan. 2018 Lovell Minnick adds two managing partners, promotes four [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lovell Minnick Partners (LMP), a private equity firm specializing in the financial and business services sectors, today announced a series of leadership team and new Partner appointments designed to further evolve its management and governance structure and to address con
19 Jan. 2018 ICE and Blockstream launch crypto product [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, and Blockstream, a leader in blockchain technologies and financial cryptography, announced today the launch of the Cryptocurrency Data F
19 Jan. 2018 Global hedge funds up 1.88% by mid-January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As predicted, the hedge funds space has maintained its growth momentum with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index and the HFRX Market Directional Index posting gains of +1.88% and +2.01%, respectively through mid-January. In its first report this year, data tracker
19 Jan. 2018 China and India hedge funds lead 2017 performance (+35%) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused and domiciled hedge funds reported the strongest gains in the industry last year as the overall hedge funds space experienced a positive aggregate return of +8.83%, according to the
18 Jan. 2018 ACOLIN and HUGO enter into a Joint Venture to Reinforce Global Fund Distribution Infrastructure Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ACOLIN Fund Services AG (Zurich) and HUGO Fund Services SA (Geneva) announce the strengthening of their partnership and the combination of their businesses in the form of a joint venture thereby significantly enhancing the two companies' positioning within the global fund
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