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28 Jun. 2017 APS Asset's hedge funds outperform benchmarks in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management said that most of its hedge funds outperformed their benchmarks in May with its flagship returning APS Japan Alpha Fund 7.93% (gross) during the month compared
28 Jun. 2017 Ex-BlueBay manager joins Ares' credit division [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Peter Higgins has joined Ares Management as a partner and portfolio manager in its credit group in London.  Higgins was most recently with BlueBay Asset Management, a $51bn+ European manager of fixed income credit and alternative investment strategies, wh
27 Jun. 2017 European hedge fund market contracts in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry faces a challenging environment in Europe, with overall assets under management declining in 2016, and net asset outflows continuing through Q1 2017. As of the end of 2015, hedge fund managers in the region held $674bn in AUM; this declined to $657
27 Jun. 2017 NewAlpha announces final closing of FinTech Venture Capital fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha Asset Management, an expert in investments targeting the entrepreneurial financial industry worldwide, launched the first French venture capital fund dedicated to Fintech companies in November 2015. Following the injection of €15m in capital by the French Te
27 Jun. 2017 Nomura Asset Management expands AI effort [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. (NAM), one of Japan's leading investment managers, and Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced that they have conducted a proof of concept (PoC) study to exami
27 Jun. 2017 PSAM acquires stake in CdR Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM), a leading global alternative asset manager, has purchased a minority stake in CdR Capital, a UK and Geneva headquartered private investment office. The stake allows PSAM, which employs a research based fundamental investment appr
27 Jun. 2017 Global macro hedge funds lose on sharp drop in oil prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global macro hedge funds suffered losses due to the sharp fall in oil prices and the drop in U.S. and U.K. Treasury yields, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Global Macro Index fell -1.0% from 13 June to 20 June (-3.4% YTD). The Lyxor
27 Jun. 2017 State pension plans see liabilities increase in 2016 - Wilshire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The funding ratio of state pension plans dropped four percentage points to 69 percent in fiscal year 2016, according to Wilshire Consulting. A year ago, Wilshire Consulting's annual state funding report uncovered a funding ratio of 73 percent. "U.S. stock pe
26 Jun. 2017 BlueMountain Capital Management adds head of equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm with $22 billion in assets under management, continues to build and diversify its equities business, with the addition of Lance Rosen as Head of Equities effective July 10, 2017.
26 Jun. 2017 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.40% in May (+3.28% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds reported a composite return of +0.40% in May, further extending their win streak. Performance was somewhat subdued across most strategies as managers navigated choppy markets in equities and energy. US Equities recovered quickly from a mid-month sell
23 Jun. 2017 QUALGRO ASEAN-focused fund spins out from the Gordian Capital platform as QUALGRO VC grows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Qualgro and Gordian Capital announced the spin out of the QUALGRO ASEAN FUND I, L.P. from the Gordian Capital platform. Since 2005, Singapore-based Gordian Capital has provided a regulated, physical and operational infrastructure for institutional quality teams seeking to
23 Jun. 2017 Comment: Is China's yield curve signaling a further economic slowdown? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: Why China's yield curve became inverted and what it means for the economy. In the bond
23 Jun. 2017 Event driven hedge funds continue upward climb [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven hedge funds continue their upward climb gaining 5.1% year-to-date supported by the catch-up in financials and in less crowded smaller caps, which offset some losses in healthcare positions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was flat during the period (+0.4% YT
23 Jun. 2017 Tages Capital closes Helios Fund on €250M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tages Capital SGR has closed its Tages Helios Investment Fund on €253 million. Tages Helios is a renewable energy investment fund focused exclusively on the Italian solar infrastructure sector and represents one of the largest fundraisings dedicated to the secto
23 Jun. 2017 Trinitas Capital Management closes investment from Pine Brook [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Trinitas Capital Management, a Dallas-based collateralized loan obligation (CLO) manager, today announced that Pine Brook, an investment firm has closed its previously announced $250 million line of equity commitment in the company. "We believe that Pine Br
22 Jun. 2017 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.06% in May (+0.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.06% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has lost 0.67%. Four of Barclay's CTA indices had gains in May, and four had losses. The Financial/Metals Traders Index was up 0.88%, S
21 Jun. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund index gains 0.50% in May, 4.13% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.50% in May according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 4.13% in 2017. The Barclay Hedge Fund Index has now been profitable for seven months in a row, with a cumulative gain of 6.10%. The Barclay Technology I
21 Jun. 2017 Asia focused hedge funds offer great opportunities, says Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - For the first time in several years, investors have begun expressing an interest in opportunities in Asia. Investors have shared increasing concerns about the high valuations of both the US equity and fixed income markets (pushed further by the Trump rally in the U.S. eq
21 Jun. 2017 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: June notifications 3.59% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2017 measured 3.59%, up from 3.08% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for June 2017 was 3.59%, reflecting a sharp drop from the 4.88% reported a year ago for June 2016," said Bill S
21 Jun. 2017 Fintech company Edgefolio partners with prime broker to hedge funds GPP [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GPP has started a joint venture with Edgefolio to provide a Capital Introduction service to its prime brokerage clients. Edgefolio's platform connects investors and hedge funds, creating technology-driven solutions for a traditionally conservative and fragmented industry.
21 Jun. 2017 One third of alternative investment managers yet to decide on how to pay for research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Six months ahead of the MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) implementation deadline, alternative asset managers still face uncertainty, with 34% of firms undecided for example on how to pay for research, according to a survey by the Alternative Investmen
21 Jun. 2017 Man Group names Steven Desmyter Head of Responsible Investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group today announces the appointment of Steven Desmyter as Head of Responsible Investment and Chair of Man Group's Responsible Investment Committee. This position recognises his instrumental role in developing and driving forward the firm's responsible investment cap
21 Jun. 2017 PSAM announces senior addition to investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP (PSAM), has announced that John McVeigh has joined the firm as a Deputy Portfolio Manager of U.S. Merger Arbitrage. John brings more than 12 years of investment experience in merger related situations to PSAM. Most recently, he was a Mana
21 Jun. 2017 Hedge funds gain through mid-June as global markets post mixed returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds posted gains through mid-June with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining +0.19% for the period (+2.53% YTD), Hedge Fund Research said in its latest report. Financial markets posted mixed performance during the same period, as the US Federal Res
21 Jun. 2017 Comment: How do you solve a problem like performance? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Meredith Jones of MJ Alternative Investment Research and Author: Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Outperform, writes on Harvest Exchang
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