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19 Mar. 2018 Swiss volatility hedge fund returns 6% in February [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Volatility may have made a brief appearance early last month to reach levels above 50% and wipe away large sums from investors' pockets, but since, it has continued to decline across major equity, bond and currency markets; it is now at 16% on the S&P. So
19 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds end positive streak, down 0.08 in February [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The positive streak ended. Ironically, it ended at the time of heightened market volatility that hedge funds have been hoping for. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark said that the hedge funds' winning streak came to an end in February 2018, with
19 Mar. 2018 John Paulson, once the industry's largest hedge fund, to return some investors' money [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson is reported to be retuning some of his investors' money as a number of his hedge funds continue to suffer setbacks, reports
16 Mar. 2018 SBAI creates North American committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has established a North American Committee of leading alternative investment managers and institutional investors to direct the SBAI's efforts in the region. The SBAI is the global standard setting body for the alter
16 Mar. 2018 Maitland brings on Ferrara as senior client service manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm, has announced the appointment of its newest Senior Client Service Manager, Frank Ferrara, as part of the continued expansion of its private equity fund administration services. Frank will work alongside David Dwy
16 Mar. 2018 MUFG adds Rodman as head of structured solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG today announced that Scott Rodman has joined the firm as the Head of Structured Solutions for the Americas. In this role, Scott will further develop the firm's structured financing business, while also adding value to MUFG's structured derivatives operations.
15 Mar. 2018 Gidante establishes strategic partnership and acquires minority stake in investment manager Latigo Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fidante Partners, an international investment management business, and Latigo Partners, L.P., a fund manager specializing in event-driven investing, announced that Fidante has acquired a minority stake in Latigo. As part of the transaction, the Life division of Fidante's
15 Mar. 2018 JTC lists on the London Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Independent fund, corporate and private client service provider JTC has today been admitted to trade as a public company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Having announced its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) last week and having raised a sign
15 Mar. 2018 NRI to start providing service for managing alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced that the company has begun providing services, namely eFrontInvest in Japan. eFrontInvest, developed by eFront is for managing alternative investments.
15 Mar. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down -0.88% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index February 2018 measured -0.88%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.42% in March. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index gained 0.42% for March 2018, so
15 Mar. 2018 Blockchain and crypto-focused firm Digital Assets gets seeded by Vestigo Ventures [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Digital Assets Data, a company that seeks to bring data, information and transparency to cryptoassets, including currencies, platforms, applications, side chains, security tokens, and initial coin offers (ICOs) through subscription services to hedge funds and other
15 Mar. 2018 BNY Mellon's fund management unit adds bond fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon Investment Management said it added the BNY Mellon Insight Core Plus Fund to its distribution platform. The fund follows an actively-managed multi-sector bond strategy which seeks to deliver attractive risk-adjusted performance over an investment cycle an
15 Mar. 2018 SEC charges Theranos CEO Holmes with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has charged Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos and its former President Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about t
15 Mar. 2018 eVestment: Hedge funds down -2.01% in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were down -2.01% in February, according to the just-released eVestment Hedge Fund Performance Report. February's results might give some investors pause coming off strong 2017 performance and the positive January 2018 returns that started off the ye
14 Mar. 2018 Blackstone acquires minority stake in real estate investment manager [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group said that its Blackstone's Strategic Capital Holdings Fund has acquired a passive, minority equity stake in Boston-based global real estate investment management firm Rockpoint f
14 Mar. 2018 Study: New hedge fund launches veer away from equity strategies, discount fees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by international law firm Seward & Kissel has shown that the dramatic reshaping of the hedge fund landscape continued in 2017 as the number of new funds using equity-based strategies fell sharply for the second year in a row. The law firm's annual
14 Mar. 2018 CTAs fell in February as trend reversals hit equities, oil and metals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The trend reversals in February hit equities, oils, and metals bringing losses to CTA strategies, according to Barclayhedge. The Barclay CTA Index fell 2.89% last month, extendi
13 Mar. 2018 Bitwise's passive crypto fund is up 50% in just four months since launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bitwise Asset Management's passive cryptocurrency fund is on a roll. The San Francisco-based company said that its digital currency-focused HODL fund, a passively managed index fund comprised of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, is up 51% si
13 Mar. 2018 Balance of risks shifting positively, to favor emerging market, Asian assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is shifting the balance of risks positively and this has important implications on emerging markets and Asian assets, said
12 Mar. 2018 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -2.15% In February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -2.15% in February, outperforming the -2.42% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liqu
12 Mar. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 1.53% in February (+0.52% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds lost 1.53% in February according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 3.69% decline in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index remains up 0.52%, but lags the S&P which has gained 1.83%. "Reports of incr
12 Mar. 2018 Investcorp announces strategic partnership with Shoals Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investments, today announced its strategic partnership with Shoals Capital Management, which currently manages approximately $160 million. Investcorp and other institutional investors, including a large U.S. pensio
12 Mar. 2018 MPI and Barclayhedge join forces to launch hedge fund index business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markov Processes International (MPI), a leading provider of investment research, technology and analytics for the global investment management industry, today announced the launch of its next-generation hedge fund index business, MPI Hedge Fund Indices. The new business l
09 Mar. 2018 Preqin's most consistent top performing hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Drawing on data compiled for the 2018 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report, Preqin has created league tables of the most consistent performing hedge funds. These league tables do not seek in any way to endorse these funds, but rather to illustrate those that have performed the
08 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds fall 1.8% in February for first time since October 2016 as global equities decline [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended their 15-month winning streak as the broad-based HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell 1.8% in February as global equities declined, said data tracker Hedge Fund Rese
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