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ENSO opens London office

Wed, 14/05/2014 - 10:05

ENSO, a provider of market intelligence and analytics for fund managers, has opened its new European headquarters in London. »

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SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index down 0.59 per cent in April

Tue, 13/05/2014 - 15:33

The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2014 measured -0.59 per cent. »


Commodity market continued upward trajectory in April

Tue, 13/05/2014 - 12:22

Commodities increased in April as positive fundamentals continued to support returns, according to Credit Suisse. »


Coin Capital launches Bitcoin-focused hedge fund

Tue, 13/05/2014 - 12:08

Coin Capital Management has launched a Bitcoin-focused hedge fund, Coin Capital Partners, which will buy and hold the virtual currency in an institutional grade environment. »

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Clearstream sees five per cent increase in assets under custody

Tue, 13/05/2014 - 06:00

The overall value of assets under custody held by Clearstream on behalf of customers registered an increase of five per cent to EUR 12.1 trillion in April 2014 compared to EUR 11.6 trillion in April 2013.


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Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.7 per cent in April

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:11

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down 0.7 per cent in April, with six out of 12 Lyxor Indices ending the month in positive territory. »


Man Group FUM rises to USD55bn

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:11

Funds under management (FUM) at Man Group IMS totalled USD55 billion at 31 March 2014, up from USD54.1 billion at the end of December 2013, according to the company’s latest interim management statement. »


Courant Capital Management offers products to external investors

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:23

New York City-based alternative asset manager Courant Capital Management has secured an asset allocation from an affiliate of a Bermuda-based reinsurance and diversified investment firm.   »


IntercontinentalExchange launches 64 energy contracts

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 14:08

IntercontinentalExchange Group is to introduce 64 new energy futures and options contracts on 12 May, subject to the completion of necessary regulatory and governance processes. »


Counterpoint Asian Macro fund reaches USD122m AUM

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 12:02

City Financial’s Asia Macro hedge fund, Counterpoint, has launched with over USD120m in assets, making it one of the largest Asian hedge funds – and the largest Asian macro fund – to launch in the last 12 months. »


EDI launches African Economic Data Service

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 06:44

Exchange Data International (EDI), a provider of global securities data, has launched the African Economic Data Service (AFED), a source of macroeconomic and financial data for all 54 countries in Africa. »

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UK hedge fund industry booms despite wider slowdown in Europe

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 16:31

The majority of European hedge fund managers that have set up business over recent years have been in the UK, data from Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst shows. »


SGX enhances commodities product offering

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 14:04

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is building up its bulk commodity product offerings with nine more derivative contracts over the next two months, subject to regulatory approval. »

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Why are hedge fund assets reaching all time highs while they underperform the S&P 500?

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 12:27

By Donald A Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners – There is a constant flow of articles in the media articulating that hedge funds have performed badly because they have underperformed the S&P 500 index. Many of these articles suggest that it is just a matter of time before investors wise up and begin redeeming from these over-priced investments. »

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FNEX surpasses USD40bn in listed alternative investments

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 12:01

FNEX has aggregated in excess of USD40 billion in alternative investment opportunities including investments in businesses, real estate, hedge funds and managed futures accounts. »


Hedge funds get USD11.2bn in March

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 10:06

Hedge funds took USD11.2 billion (0.5 per cent of assets) in March, down from a three-year high of USD24.9 billion (1.2 per cent of assets) in February, according to BarclayHedge and TrimTabs. »

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Four out of seven IndexIQ hedge fund replication indices positive in April

Wed, 07/05/2014 - 06:01

Four of the seven IndexIQ Investable Hedge Fund Performance Indices – a proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indices – recorded positive performance in April. »


Mixed results for Market Vectors Hedge Fund Beta Indices in April

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:02

The Market Vectors Hedge Fund Beta Indices experienced mixed results in April with two of the six indices seeing positive returns, one remaining flat and the other three ending the month in negative territory. »

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Credit Suisse LAB Index up 0.11 per cent in April

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 12:01

The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index, which aims to reflect the performance of the overall hedge fund industry, finished up 0.11 per cent in April. »

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BATS Global Markets reports US equities market share of 20.7% in April

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:41

BATS Global Markets  (BATS) has reported a 20.7% US equities market share in April, up from 10.9% a year ago. »

HedgeCo joins forces with GEMS Kenmar-Olympia Group

HedgeCo joins forces with GEMS Kenmar-Olympia Group

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:51

Just weeks before the launch of HedgeCoVest, its new liquid alternatives platform, HedgeCo has secured a new strategic investment from GEMS Kenmar-Olympia Group. »


Columbia Management launches Mortgage Opportunities Fund

Fri, 02/05/2014 - 06:00

Columbia Management has launched the Columbia Mortgage Opportunities Fund (CLMZX), an open-end fund which will invest across a full range of mortgage-related and other structured securities.  »


Institutional investors turn to smart beta indices for investment utility, says Russell survey

Thu, 01/05/2014 - 16:45

Institutional investors are turning to smart beta indexes for their investment utility, helping to achieve broader portfolio objectives such as risk reduction and return enhancement more than basic cost savings.  »


Eze Castle Integration guides hedge funds through cybersecurity planning

Thu, 01/05/2014 - 14:41

Eze Castle Integration has expanded its Information Security Consulting Service to help firms satisfy the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cybersecurity guidelines.  »

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Where next for UK property yields?

Wed, 30/04/2014 - 14:06

Today’s UK property market is gaining momentum. Just a quick look at IPD numbers shows that the last six months returned 8.8% compared to 4.8% six months before (as at 31 March 2014). Competition for assets is fierce with many Managers on behalf of their clients looking to deploy increasing amounts of capital. In such an environment, yields are falling fast, and in some cases, approaching historic lows. But where next and are they factoring in all the good news, asks Kirtan Patel, Chief Investment Officer of Cordea Savills… »

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Europe leads North America in smart beta adoption, says Russell survey

Tue, 29/04/2014 - 06:30

Global adoption of smart beta strategies among the largest institutional investors is strong and growing, with Europe leading North America. »

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Virtus launches three multi-manager alternative mutual funds

Mon, 28/04/2014 - 14:02

Virtus Investment Partners has launched three multi-manager alternative mutual funds that will employ a range of hedge fund and alternative strategies. »


Luxembourg central bank sponsors LuxCSD for role in Global LEI System

Mon, 28/04/2014 - 11:51

The Central Bank of Luxembourg is sponsoring LuxCSD for a key role in the establishment of the new Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) System which global regulators hope will bolster the safety of the financial system. »

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WAM's Russia-focused quant strategy outperforms market

Mon, 28/04/2014 - 06:05

German family office and BaFin-regulated investment adviser Wermuth Asset Management's (WAM) Russia-focused quant strategy has significantly outperformed a peer group of 50 since its inception, a trend which has continued in the first quarter of 2014. »

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The Bahamas: Adaptive and Innovative

Fri, 25/04/2014 - 11:14

Earlier this year, the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) hosted its annual International Business and Finance Summit (IBFS) under the theme “Bahamas Advantage: Survival of the Fittest”.  »

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