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31 Oct. 2017 CISDM Equal Weighted Hedge Fund Index up 1.09% for September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UMass Amherst's Isenberg School of Management's Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM) has released its September Equally Weighted Hedge Fund Index. The CISDM Equal Weighted Hedge Fund Index was up 1.09% for the month of September. These are t
31 Oct. 2017 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index slightly up as global macro outperforms [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index gained a modest +0.4% from 17 October to 24 (+3.4% YTD), with global macro managers outperforming as they benefitted from short rate allocations, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Bri
31 Oct. 2017 Comment: Kardashians and Tails [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Janus Henderson Investors writes on Harvest Exchange: The S&P 500 index reached its pre-financial crisis high the same week that the Kardashians debuted on TV.
30 Oct. 2017 Luxembourg funds hit $4tn AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) announces that assets under management of Luxembourg domiciled funds reached EUR 4 037.14 billion (EUR 4.037 trillion) as at 30 September 2017. This represents a 7.9% increase since the beginning of this year and is m
30 Oct. 2017 Fairtree Capital launches 'quantamental' equity long short retail hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: South-Africa based investment management firm Fairtree Capital has launched the Fairtree Protea Global Equity Long Short IDS Retail Hedge Fund. The fund, to be managed by Jean Pierre Verster, is Fairtree's third hedge f
30 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds edge up in September as tension in Korean Peninsula cools down [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea cooled down in September, offering some respite and contributing to improved investor confidence that helped advanced the
30 Oct. 2017 Artificial intelligence is the coming disruption on Wall Street [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Artificial intelligence is transforming financial services across customer support, research and sales and trading. But as it boosts productivity and lowers costs for banks and financial service firms, AI will also threaten financial service jobs-about 15% of which
27 Oct. 2017 Eaton Partners opens New York City Office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eaton Partners, a leading placement agent and advisor to alternative investment firms around the world and a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF), announced today the opening of its ninth global office location. The new office will be located at 78
27 Oct. 2017 Net sales of UCITS and AIF close to historical peaks in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for August 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided u
27 Oct. 2017 Litigation finance specialist Pravati Capital launches third fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Litigation finance specialist Pravati Capital has launched Pravati Credit Fund III, LP to capitalize on opportunities in the burgeoning litigation finance sector. Litigation finance is the area where participants involved in some sort of legal action either require or des
27 Oct. 2017 Minerva Capital Management launches hybrid hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Minerva Capital Management, the New York based Asset Manager, today announced the launch of a new Fund, the Minerva Catalyst Strategies LP Fund. Minerva is a deep value, bottoms-up, long-biased, hands-on activist fund. The founder and CEO Stanford Silverman commented,
27 Oct. 2017 Prophecy Asset Management Allocates to Birch Island Capital's launch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prophecy Asset Management, LP, a New York-based allocator and seed capital source for equity long/short hedge fund managers, has allocated $30 million to a portfolio created by Birch Island Capital, a private investment firm in Cambridge, MA founded by a team of current M
27 Oct. 2017 Preqin: Fund of hedge funds turn to consolidation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Over the past decade the funds of hedge funds industry has seen a long-term decline in AUM, falling to $798bn in June 2017, as investors have become increasingly sophisticated and withdrawn capital in favour of investing directly themselves. As industry assets have dwindl
26 Oct. 2017 FundSeeder names former Mesirow executive CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundSeeder Investments has announced the addition of Gary Klopfenstein as its Chief Investment Officer. Klopfenstein will also assist FundSeeder Holdings executive management team to provide his expertise in the areas of investment strategy across both traditional and alt
26 Oct. 2017 Amita Schultes joins Perella Weinberg Partners Agility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Agility, the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer business of Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP), today announced Amita Schultes, PhD has joined the Firm as a Managing Director. Dr. Schultes, who will be based in New York, will be a member of Agility's Investment Team, worki
26 Oct. 2017 Arion Investment Management launches the 'Raptor Commodities Fund' [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Arion Investment Management, the London based commodity specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of its first strategy to be invested in a fund structure. The strategy will be run via a Maltese SICAV and called the Raptor Commodities Fund. Raptor is a discretiona
25 Oct. 2017 NewAlpha behind launch of Paris' first physical FinTech incubator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - NewAlpha Asset Management announced the launch of Swave, the first physical incubator, entirely dedicated to FinTech firms and managed by Paris&Co with the support of the F
25 Oct. 2017 Changing of the guards at BlackRock Capital to boost alternative investment products [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: There is a changing of the guards at BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation (BICC). BICC Chief Financial Officer Donna Milia is leaving the company. She will be replaced by Michael Pungello, co-head of BlackRock's Global Alternatives Operations group. Pungelo
24 Oct. 2017 Cary Ho joins CVC Credit Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CVC Credit Partners announced today that Cary Ho will join the firm as the Global Head of CLO Origination and Managing Director. Cary will be based in New York and will report to Gretchen Bergstresser, Head of US Performing Credit, and work alongside the CVC Credit Partne
24 Oct. 2017 eVestment: Hedge fund assets hit new highs [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) continue to hit record highs, driven by strong performance, according to the just-released September and 3Q 2017 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Investor redemptions of $2.5 billion in September were offset by per
24 Oct. 2017 IndexIQ reduces management fee for multi-strategy hedge fund ETF to 53 basis points [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment solutions provider IndexIQ has reduced the management fee for its $1bn IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI) by 29% to 53 basis points, a 22-basis point reduction. The waiving of a po
24 Oct. 2017 Upward equity momentum boosts CTAs as earnings season begins [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.4% from 10 October to 17 (+2.9% YTD), with CTAs outperforming, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. Lyxor explained that the momentum in equities contributed to CTAs
24 Oct. 2017 Blue Wolf Capital closes fourth fund on $540M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Blue Wolf Capital has closed its fourth fund on $540 million. The fund was oversubscribed and closed at its hard cap. Blue Wolf now manages over $1.2 billion in capital and capital commitments. Blue Wolf Capital was founded in 2005 by former N
24 Oct. 2017 Swarm Fund opens public token sale for self-governed cryptocurrency fund platform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Swarm Fund, a decentralized capital marketplace providing cryptocurrency investors access to high-return, institutional-style investment funds backed by real-world assets, said it has opened its public token sale fro
23 Oct. 2017 Malta starts consultation to develop framework for regulated Professional Investor Funds investing in virtual currencies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In line with the Government's policy to develop the digital economy, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") is considering the manner in which further rules may be introduced to ensure investor protection and market integrity in the context of investments in virt
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