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Vote now! Hedgeweek Global Awards 2018

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:34:58 +0000

Voting for the for the 2018 edition of the annual Hedgeweek Global Awards is now open. These prestigious awards recognise excellence among hedge fund managers and service providers around the world.

Uniquely, our awards are based on a 'peer review system' whereby our readers – including institutional and high net worth investors as well as managers and other industry professionals at fund administrators, prime brokers, custodians and advisers – are invited to elect a 'best in class' in a series of categories via an online survey.

Please make your nominations by completing this survey. 

Please note that you can self-nominate and participate in more than one category.

Award winners will be the companies with the most votes in each of the categories at the end of the voting period. The Hedgeweek Global Awards 2018 provide an excellent opportunity to highlight a company you feel has excelled during the past 12 months and provides a key marketing opportunity for winners. 

The Awards ceremony in London in March 2018, will be covered, along with profiles of the winning companies, in a Hedgeweek Awards Special Report that is distributed to investors and intermediaries globally.

We look forward to announcing the winners in due course.



Over three quarters of hedge fund managers in positive territory so far in 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:43:36 +0000

Hedge funds were up 1.28 per cent in October with 2017 year-to-date gains coming in at 6.99 per cent – roughly 77 per cent of fund managers are in positive territory year-to-date, while almost 32 per cent have posted double digit gains.

That’s according to the October 2017 Eurekahedge Report which reveals that total hedge fund assets grew by USD158.64 billion over the past ten months with USD85.4 billion attributed to investor inflows, while managers posted performance-based gains of USD73.2 billion. The industry's total assets currently stand at USD2.38 trillion. Investors have been selective in their allocations across strategies with long/short equities and arbitrage hedge funds seeing stronger subscriptions year-to-date.
Smaller funds managing assets in the range of USD100-500 million have raised almost USD28 billion this year, while the billion dollar club has accounted for USD48 billion in inflows as investor appetite for hedge funds continues to improve.
AUM for the North American hedge fund industry has reached a record high of USD1.59 trillion as of October 2017. Investor subscriptions for 2017 year-to-date stood at USD51.7 billion, with USD43.7 billion of performance-based gains recorded over the same period of time.
Distressed debt managers posted their fifth consecutive month of redemptions, totalling USD1.1 billion while recording modest performance-based gains of USD1.1 billion on a year-to-date basis, seeing its asset base contract by USD0.33 billion year-to-date.
As of October 2017 year-to-date, Asian funds have recorded a growth in AUM of USD19.2 billion, with USD13.1billion accounted for by performance-based gains while the remainder, roughly USD6.1 billion, came through net investor allocations. Asia ex-Japan managers were up 18.55 per cent for the year, led the table among regional peers with underlying Greater China and Indian managers up 26.66 per cent and 23.62 per cent year-to-date respectively. Japan focused funds were up 10.77 per cent over the same period.
Latin American Hedge fund Index has posted the highest three and five-year annualised returns compared to its underlying market as represented by MSCI EM Latin America Index IMI (Local).


Institutional investors and hedge fund managers expect tax reform to boost equities and the deficit

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:32 +0000

A new survey of institutional investors and hedge fund managers has found that nearly seven in ten survey participants expect that equity markets will rise if tax reform is enacted by the US Congress and an even greater percentage expect that budget deficits will also rise.

In addition, only 12 per cent of managers and investors believe that corporations will use their tax savings to expand operations or add jobs.
“Fund managers and institutional investors are strongly bullish when it comes to how tax reform would help equity prices,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “But, at the same time, there is little belief that the current tax reform proposals will improve the deficit or be used to grow the economy in general.”
Survey participants were asked their opinion on what would happen to equity markets if the president received what he wants in the tax bill and 68 per cent expect the market to gain. Only 16 per cent expect either a small or sharp drop in prices while 16 per cent called for no change.
Survey respondents were also asked how they expected companies to apportion their tax savings and only 12 per cent expect that corporations will expand their facilities or hire more workers with their tax savings. The great majority (78 per cent) of respondents felt that corporations will increase stock buybacks or dividends, make acquisitions, or invest in more automation.
“While managers and investors expect that the adoption of tax cuts will have a positive impact on the markets and GDP, they do not believe by a long shot that these gains will result in increased investment in plant and equipment or a rise in employment,” says Ole Rollag (pictured), Managing Principal of Murano Systems. “This could be problematic for Congress, which is likely to be sensitive to any perception that tax reform will not benefit the great majority of Americans.”


Hedgewire US-only 17/11/17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:35:49 +0000

Newsletter Items: Trends and innovation in Luxembourg fund servicesICE launches Trading of NYSE FANG+ Index Futures contractEEX acquires 100 per cent of Powernext October was best month of the year so far for Alternative UCITs, says LuxHedgeVisible Alpha acquires Alpha ExchangeNeuberger Berman obtains China private fund manager licenseQuant fund Goldsky Asset up 16.05 per cent YTDILPA partners with eFront to deliver Data Intelligence platform to membersHighland Capital Management adds to executive leadership team1Sharpe Capital closes USD500m investment fundResearchPool appoints partner and CMOLuxembourg: Hub of European fund industryEmbracing technological innovation to transform asset managementLuxembourg’s strength is its regulatory backboneAn AIFM that speaks your languageA solution for fund disclosure requirements under MiFID II and PRIIPsLuxembourg set to benefit from ‘Brexit effect’The delegated ManCo model is still the way to goLuxembourg’s limited partnership regime covers all optionsThe Reserved Alternative Investment Funds Act one year on Banner: 1768176817681768176817681768Skyscraper: 176917691769[...]