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07 Nov. 2017 Paper: The role of strategy distinctiveness in hedge fund performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abstract This paper proposes a new measure of strategy distinctiveness for hedge funds, termed the Dispersion Contribution Index (DCI). This measure is based on a fund's return-distance from the mean return of same-style funds. We find that funds with more distinc
07 Nov. 2017 Hedge funds close October on positive note as cautious central banks push markets up north [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds closed October on a positive note as markets kept on heading north, supported by very cautious central banks, multiplying evidences of a macro-acceleration, and by decent earnings reports. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.4% from 24 October to 31(+3.
07 Nov. 2017 Quantamental based hedge fund Goldsky Asset up 16.05% through September, beating its benchmark [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Quantmental and behavioral science based hedge fund focusing on global equities Goldsky Asset Management was up 16.05% through September, beating its index benchmark by 7.94%. Since inception
06 Nov. 2017 Mario Gabelli's GAMCO backs Gondor Capital hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire Mario Gabelli, the founder of the Gabelli Asset Management Company Investors (GAMCO Investors), is backing New York-based hedge fund management firm Gondor
03 Nov. 2017 Robert Mercer steps down from leadership role at Renaissance Technologies. [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Robert Mercer is stepping down from his role as co-chief executive of quantitative hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, the Financial Times is
01 Nov. 2017 William Candelaria joins DLA Piper's Finance practice in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DLA Piper announced that William Candelaria has joined the firm's Finance practice as a partner in the New York office. Candelaria has more than 20 years of experience advising on cross-border financings, with particular focus on Latin America. He has advised compani
01 Nov. 2017 Prelude Growth Partners launches, will focus on growth equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prelude Growth Partners today announced its launch as a private equity firm focused on providing growth capital and value-added operating support to high potential, fast-growing consumer brands. The firm is founded by Neda Daneshzadeh and Alicia Sontag, who bring a combi
01 Nov. 2017 Lodbrok Capital appoints industry veteran from CQS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lodbrok Capital, a specialised investment manager focused on the European credit market, has announced the appointment of Adam Sorab as Partner. This follows a period of organic growth and the successful launch of the Lodbrok European Credit Opportunities Fund in May 2017
01 Nov. 2017 Study says interaction between trading desk and portfolio managers is crucial [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by research and advisory firm Celent titled Managers Want Their Order Management and Portfolio Management to be One and written by Celent's Securities & Investments practice Senior Analyst Jay W
01 Nov. 2017 BNY Mellon Investment Management completes credit income fund IPO with $140m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon's investment management and wealth management unit
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
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