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Why do Investors Love Large Hedge Funds?
Apr 24/14
It’s the always present question mid-size and start-up funds ask themselves day in and day out. Why do investors keep plowing money into the largest of the large hedge funds when the statistics have shown time and again that t...Read more



Can Absolute Return and Hedge Funds Turn it Around?
Apr 24/14
Hedge funds have seen their slowest start to the year since the financial crisis in 2008 and yet investors continue to allocate funds to the asset classHedge funds have seen their slowest start to the year since the financial cr...Read more



AIMA PUBLISHES NEW AIFMD IMPLEMENTATION GUIDES
Apr 17/14
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Hedge funds end 'record' ag commodity buying spree
Apr 15/14
Hedge funds' longest run of bullish positioning by agricultural commodities in recent history ended as investors took profits on gains, as well as placing more bets on falling prices. Managed money, a proxy for speculator...Read more



Funds of Funds Fundraising in Q1 2014 - April 2014
Apr 15/14
During Q1 2014, Preqin recorded 19 fund of funds vehicles holding a final close and raising an aggregate $3.6bn. The total capital raised has dropped slightly in comparison to the fundraising data from Q1 2013, whereby 18 fund...Read more



Funds of Funds Fundraising in Q1 2014 - April 2014
Apr 15/14
During Q1 2014, Preqin recorded 19 fund of funds vehicles holding a final close and raising an aggregate $3.6bn. The total capital raised has dropped slightly in comparison to the fundraising data from Q1 2013, whereby 18 fund...Read more



Funds of Funds Fundraising in Q1 2014 - April 2014
Apr 15/14
During Q1 2014, Preqin recorded 19 fund of funds vehicles holding a final close and raising an aggregate $3.6bn. The total capital raised has dropped slightly in comparison to the fundraising data from Q1 2013, whereby 18 fund...Read more



Funds of Funds Fundraising in Q1 2014 - April 2014
Apr 15/14
During Q1 2014, Preqin recorded 19 fund of funds vehicles holding a final close and raising an aggregate $3.6bn. The total capital raised has dropped slightly in comparison to the fundraising data from Q1 2013, whereby 18 fund...Read more



2013 AIMA Canada Research Award Winners Announced
Apr 15/14
Paper Shows Value of Option-Implied Information in Portfolio Construction The Alternative Investment Management Association-Canada Inc. (AIMA Canada) today announced the winners of the 2013 AIMA Canada Research Award. Thi...Read more



AlphaNorth's Hedge Fund Back on Top - Ranked #1 in Globefund Database Over the Past 5 Years
Apr 14/14
AlphaNorth Asset Management's flagship hedge fund – The AlphaNorth Partners Fund's (the "Fund") Class F shares ranked #1 (excluding ETFs) across all fund categories in the Globefund database which consists of over 19...Read more



Hedge funds attract US$30 billion in Q1
Apr 09/14
Hedge funds sealed the first quarter of the year with another month of negative returns, down 0.18% in March as managers navigated through a choppy start to the year. Read: Global hedge fund AUM hits record high However,...Read more



The perfect storm: Why alts make sense
Apr 02/14
High equity prices, low bond yields and geopolitical risk all make this once-shunned allocation a new staple The modern financial advice industry may have never experienced a time when the case for allocating assets int...Read more



Canada regulator seeks wiretap powers for insider-trading cases
Mar 28/14
Canada's largest capital markets regulator is pushing for an amendment to the country's Criminal Code that would allow investigators to use wiretaps to investigate insider trading. Such a step would give Canadian investigator...Read more



CAPITAL MARKETS FUEL ECONOMIC GROWTH – NEW PAPER
Mar 20/14
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Global hedge fund AUM hits record high
Mar 19/14
Hedge funds posted their best performance in the last 12 months, up 1.79% with fund managers delivering performance-based gains of US$15 billion and recording net asset inflows of US$11 billion during the month, according to...Read more



Hedge Funds’ Assets and Appetite Seen Growing
Mar 17/14
Hedge funds’ assets under management and their appetite for investments, including equities, are expected to grow this year, according to a new survey. Credit Suisse released its sixth annual Hedge Fund Investor Survey, title...Read more



Ontario pension plans are now able to hold unlimited amounts of U.S. government securities
Mar 17/14
Ontario pension plans are now able to hold unlimited amounts of U.S. government securities. Pension plans registered in Ontario are prohibited from directly or indirectly investing o...Read more



Hedge fund AuM to reach new peak, according to Credit Suisse survey
Mar 13/14
Hedge fund Assets under Management (AuM) will grow by 12% or $300 billion to reach an all-time high of $2.8 trillion, according to the sixth annual Credit Suisse investor survey. These inflows come as the hedge fund industr...Read more



Hedge funds recover from January’s losses
Mar 12/14
Hedge funds were up 1.83% in February, recovering from losses in the start of the year as the MSCI World Index posted gains of 3.87% during the month. Key takeaways: All investment strategies yielded positive returns duri...Read more



Hedge funds look to put strategies into ETFs to lure more investors
Mar 11/14
More client-hungry hedge fund managers are looking to put their investment strategies to work in exchange-traded funds, a move that could exponentially expand their pool of investors but requires them to slash investment man...Read more



Hedge funds raise Brent oil bets to highest since October
Mar 11/14
Hedge funds and other large speculators last week raised their bets on a rise in Brent crude oil prices to the highest level since October, exchange data showed, highlighting the effect of Ukraine tensions on sentiment. Mon...Read more



Hedge funds guard data more, give clients new reason to grumble
Mar 10/14
After years of complaining about high fees and lackluster returns, hedge fund investors have something new to grumble about: It is getting harder to see even the most basic data about what's happening with their money. Big-...Read more



Hedge fund self-service; the ultimate hedge fund app
Feb 26/14
It has been the elusive terrain of many a software developer and hedge fund marketer, but giving investors and managers the ultimate hedge fund sourcing solution has been the dream revisited by many over the years and 2014 i...Read more



Sprott Bets on Mexico as Hedge Fund Boosts Bonds: Canada Credit
Feb 25/14
Sprott Asset Management LP is betting Canada’s bond market will be on the losing side of a deepening North American rivalry with Mexico for the fruits of a recovering U.S. economy. Michael Craig, fix...Read more



Hedge fund exit requests rise slightly in February
Feb 24/14
Hedge fund investors asked to pull out just slightly more money in February than they did the previous month, largely sticking with their managers to help them navigate financial markets, data showed on Friday. The pe...Read more



Hedge funds start 2014 in negative territory
Feb 24/14
According to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds made a loss of 0.17 per cent in January 2014, the benchmark’s first month in negative territory since August 2013. The decline in equity markets led to negative returns ...Read more



ETFs cash in by copying hedge fund stock picks, but some see risks
Feb 24/14
Small investors who have longed to benefit from the brains of top hedge fund managers can now purchase those same stock picks without paying hefty fees or tying up a large amount of money. The catch is that Global X Funds and...Read more



Hedge Fund Association Announces 2014/2015 Board Election Results
Feb 24/14
Hedge Fund Association Announces 2014/2015 Board Election Results   Mitch Ackles elected to second term...Read more



Index returns blew past hedge funds in 2013
Feb 24/14
While the S&P 500 rewarded investors with a 32.4% return in 2013, hedge funds investors got 9.8%, says Business Insider. Most of the underperformance is from short positions the funds held, says BI. Had the funds...Read more



Hedge fund assets to top US$3 trillion by year end
Feb 20/14
Nearly half of institutional investors increased their hedge fund allocations in 2013 Hedge fund assets are expected to top US$3 trillion by the end of 2014, according to Deutsche Bank's latest annual alternative ...Read more



Alts: Are They ‘Alternative’ Anymore?
Feb 14/14
Over the last couple years, we’ve written time and again about the mainstreaming of alternative investments with the rise of alternative mutual funds and ETFs. But data released by Cerulli Associates gives even more crede...Read more



Hedge funds beat index in January
Feb 12/14
Hedge funds were down 0.44% in January, outperforming underlying markets as the MSCI World Index declined 3.74% during the month with global markets off to a bumpy start in 2014. Key takeaways for January 2014: Hedge fu...Read more



Soros Tops Historical Hedge Fund Performers
Feb 11/14
The annual study from fund-of-funds firm LCH Investments found that the manager, who closed his firm to outside investment a few years ago, bests most of his peers over the long term. George Soros’ Quantum Endowment Fun...Read more



Hedge funds outperform slumping stocks in January, burnish image
Feb 11/14
Hedge funds outperformed a slumping stock market in January with strategies from activism to volatility plays, helping buff the image of an industry criticized in the last years for its high fees and failure to top climbing ...Read more



Fiera Capital CEO honoured
Feb 06/14
Investment Executive’s sister publication names Jean-Guy Desjardins the 2013 Quebec Financial Person of the Year Jean-Guy Desjardins, CEO of Montreal-based Fiera Capital Corp. is Finance et Investissement's 2013 ...Read more



FATCA deal finalized
Feb 06/14
Canadian financial institutions won’t be required to report directly to American tax authorities, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Wednesday. Read: Who’s on the hook for FATCA? Canada’s reached an agreement with t...Read more



Will Funds of Hedge Funds Stage a Comeback in 2014?
Feb 04/14
Funds of hedge funds have been met with difficult challenges in the past six years due to mixed returns, capital outflows, a large number of fund closures and industry consolidation. As a result of higher fees and dampened per...Read more



Hedge Funds Raising Gold Wagers Dump Copper: Commodities
Feb 03/14
Hedge funds raised bullish gold wagers by the most since July and sold copper holdings as emerging-market turmoil boosted concern the global economy will slow and increased demand for precious metals as a haven. The net-long...Read more



Ross Smith expands executive team
Jan 30/14
Hedge fund manager appoints two co-CEOs Calgary-based hedge fund manager Ross Smith Asset Management Wednesday announce the appointment of both Joseph Perry and Chris Preston as co-CEOs.Perry is a 19-year veteran of...Read more



Rick Mercer makes fun of FATCA
Jan 28/14
The Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act may not seem like a topic ripe for comedy, but satirist Rick Mercer shows us anything is possible on Rick Mercer Report. FATCA’s unclear implications for Canadians were the subject of o...Read more



Investor requests to exit hedge funds fall in January
Jan 23/14
Hedge fund investors withdrawal requests in January were for a lower amount than last month, new data showed on Wednesday, as more clients stuck with their managers to navigate financial markets in the coming year. Th...Read more



Hedge funds' top five currency bets for 2014
Jan 21/14
Hedge funds think 2014 could be the year their currency bets finally pay off, after getting burned last year on trades ranging from the Australian dollar to the greenback. The influence of central banks and competition am...Read more



Hedge fund assets increase 13%
Jan 21/14
Total assets in the hedge fund industry increased by almost 13% during the year to breach the US$2.0 trillion mark, according to the Eurekahedge Report. And hedge funds had a great year of performance-based gains since 2010, ...Read more



Great year anticipated for hedge fund startups
Jan 20/14
Experience, available seed money, spinouts are among factors that could make for explosive 2014   2014 is shaping up to be one of the most active years for hedge fund launches since befo...Read more



AIMA's new CEO Jack Inglis to start 1 February
Jan 16/14
London – 16 January 2014: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has announced that Jack Inglis will take over as CEO of the organisation on 1 February 2014. Mr In...Read more



Women hedge fund managers outpace male rivals, again
Jan 15/14
Women hedge fund managers have outperformed their male rivals, on average, for the second year in a row, according to professional services firm Rothstein Kass which tracks the industry. From Jan. 1, 2013, through the end...Read more



Investors exit hedge funds at fastest rate in four years
Jan 14/14
Investors pulled out money from hedge funds at the fastest rate for more than four years in December, following a year in which many managers' performance disappointed, new data showed on Monday. The SS&C GlobeOp ...Read more



Hedge Funds Trail Stocks for Fifth Year With 7.4% Return
Jan 08/14
Hedge funds trailed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) for the fifth straight year as U.S. markets rallied to record levels. Hedge funds returned an average of 7.4 percent in 2013, after a gain of less than 0.1 per...Read more



Hedge funds get USD17.5bn in November
Jan 08/14
Hedge funds took in USD17.5bn or 0.9 per cent of assets in November, according to a report from BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research. This inflow was the highest in six months and the second-highest in the past t...Read more



Eric Sprott appointed to Order of Canada
Jan 08/14
Sprott chairman honoured for philanthropy Eric Sprott, founder and chairman of Toronto-based Sprott Inc.. is among the new appointments to the Order of Canada recently announced by the Governor General of Canada.Sprott w...Read more

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