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29 May 2009

Conyers Hosts Launch Function in Brazil

Over 100 of São Paulo’s senior legal and business executives attended a launch function held by offshore financial law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman, in celebration of the formation of their new Brazil partnership.

The event was held on at the newly re-opened Casa Fasano Jardins on Haddock Lobo.

While addressing the audience Conyers Chairman, John Collis, spoke of the firm’s international growth. "Over the past decade, Conyers has seen a marked increase in the use of offshore structures by South and Latin American clients, as well as clients seeking to do business in those regions. The decision to open in São Paulo is part of the firm’s strategy of positioning itself in the world’s leading financial centres in order to provide responsive, timely and thorough advice to clients."

“We are pleased to have the regulatory approval to move ahead with the São Paulo office, which will facilitate even greater personal contact with our clients.”
Alan Dickson, managing partner of Conyers’ São Paulo office, said.

The new São Paulo office is located on Rua Jeronimo Da Veiga, 384 and will provide general corporate, company and commercial advice, with particular emphasis on investment funds, public company listings, initial public offerings and holding company incorporations providing clients with direct access to the jurisdictions of the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Mauritius.

Larger/Younger Hedge Funds Reported Better Returns for 2008: Study

While previous research has confirmed the widely held belief that emerging funds tend to outperform older and larger funds, hedge fund performance in 2008 saw a partial reversal of that trend, according to PerTrac Financial Solutions in its third annual study that examines hedge fund returns, volatility and risk, based on age and size.

“Last year was a difficult one for hedge funds of all ages and sizes, but once again we saw younger funds outperforming older ones, confirming our findings from earlier studies,” said Meredith Jones, managing director at PerTrac. “However, when it comes to hedge fund performance as a function of fund size, we saw a reversal of the trend established from 1996 through 2007. During 2008, funds with the least assets actually performed the worst, while larger funds posted better returns.”

As in past studies, PerTrac conducted two different analyses: one based on a fund’s asset size, and the other based on a fund’s age. Monthly hedge fund returns were compiled from leading hedge fund databases and analyzed using the proprietary PerTrac Analytical Platform software. In each analysis, funds were re-categorized into one of three assets under management (AUM) size groups: up to $100 million; $100 million to $500 million; and over $500 million. The funds were also categorized into one of three age groups: up to 2 years; 2 to 4 years; and over 4 years. The mean fund return was calculated for each group in each month, creating three size-based monthly indexes and three age-based monthly indexes. Various risk and return statistics were calculated on the returns of each index to evaluate historical performance, and Monte Carlo simulations were run on each index to indicate probable ranges of future returns and drawdowns.

Small Hedge Funds Underperformed Larger Funds for the First Time Since Beginning of Study Data.

The study reveals that small funds averaged a loss of -17.03% in 2008, while medium-sized and large funds fared better, with average losses of -16.04% and -14.10% for the year, respectively. However, over the full history of the indexes, from 1996 through 2008, small funds performed best, with an annualized return of 13.05% versus 9.99% for medium-sized funds and 9.28% for large funds. Along with its stronger returns, the small fund index also showed greater volatility over the 13-year period with an annualized standard deviation of 6.96% versus just 5.92% and 6.05% for the medium-sized and large fund indexes, respectively.

“There are several possible reasons why small funds underperformed their larger peers for the first time ever in 2008. Due to losses across the board, hedge funds experienced heavy redemption requests last year. Larger funds generally have more cash on hand and greater access to lines of credit than small funds, better enabling them to handle redemption requests without compromising their portfolios’ performance,” noted Jones. “The recent market crash also appears to have prompted a ‘flight to quality’ among investors, with surveys indicating that hedge fund investors have become more interested in larger, more ‘institutional’ funds. So it’s likely that smaller funds had to deal with relatively greater redemptions than did their larger peers. We also noted a larger differential in the number of large managers reporting in both the prior and current studies, with a larger percentage of small managers participating in both updates. As a result, there is heavier survivor bias in the large fund group. Other possible reasons include infrastructure considerations, greater reliance on beleaguered prime brokers, and larger redemptions from poor performers pushing more managers into lower asset bands.”

“However, one year does not make a trend,” concluded Jones. “It will be interesting to see whether the small funds’ underperformance in 2008 proves to be a short-term exception to the rule or the start of an official trend.”

Young Funds Continued to Outperform Older Funds in 2008

An examination of the relationship between fund age and performance revealed no surprises for 2008. Hedge funds with the shortest track record continued their trend of superior performance last year as the young fund index lost -11.31% for the year compared to much larger losses of -19.46% and -17.85% by the mid-age and older fund indexes, respectively. Over the full history of the indexes from 1996 through 2008, young funds have generated an annualized return of 15.74% while mid-age and older funds have trailed with annualized returns of 11.48% and 10.12%, respectively. Young funds have also fared best from a risk perspective over the long term; the young fund index has produced an annualized standard deviation of just 6.47% over the 13-year period while the mid-age and older fund indexes have proved more volatile with annualized standard deviations of 7.11% and 6.72%, respectively.

The new study is the latest in a growing body of research produced by PerTrac Financial Solutions for the investment community. The company is devoted to advancing the study of hedge funds and other investments by publishing original research as well as providing free access to their PerTrac Analytical Platform software to academic professors, students, and selected researchers through the PerTrac Educational Use Program.

Editing by Alex Akesson

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Future of Hedge Funds Highlighted at the 6th Annual SS&C Hedge Fund Symposium

More than 85 hedge fund professionals last week attended the 6th Annual Hedge Fund Symposium hosted by financial software provider SS&C Technologies in London.

The panel was moderated by Richard Greensted, Editor of Script Issue, and participants included Simon Hookway, CEO of MSS Capital and Managing Partner of MAG capital; Jon Mills, Partner at KPMG; Duncan Crawford, Head of Capital Introductions, Prime Brokerage at Newedge Group; Peter Astleford, Partner at Dechert; and Joe Seet, Senior Partner at Sigma Partnership.

"The proposed directive on alternative investment funds was prepared in too great a hurry and is too ambitious." Peter Astleford, Partner at Dechert, advised on the topic of regulation, "However there are some useful parts that will help restore confidence to the industry and improve marketing opportunities in Continental Europe."

On a more positive note for the industry, Jon Mills, Partner at KPMG, commented, "There really are plenty of reasons for the hedge fund industry to be optimistic in 2009 and beyond - we are seeing improving performance during Q1, institutional investors continuing to allocate assets to alternative investments, a healthy pipeline of new fund launches and recognition from regulatory bodies that hedge funds were not the cause of the financial crisis."

"Although the alternatives industry as well as the global financial services industry as a whole is going through arguably the biggest change it has seen, there are still many challenges and opportunities for the remaining participants,” host of the event Edwin Parker, Business Development Manager of SS&C Funds Services EMEA, an independent Fund Administration service provider, explained. “Alternative investments will continue to remain a pivotal part of any investment portfolio diversification. Having the right service provider and technology partner helps ensure that managers stay ahead of the game. As one of the largest independent administrators globally, SS&C Fund Services delivers big firm resources with small firm responsiveness."

28 May 2009

AIMA To Mobilise Hedge Fund Industry On EC Directive

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – the global hedge fund industry association – has announced plans to mobilise the world’s hedge fund industry on the European Commission’s draft directive for Alternative Investment Fund Managers.

“There are provisions in this directive with potentially serious consequences for managers, investors, service providers and advisers internationally." Andrew Baker, AIMA CEO, said, "As the global trade body for the industry it is right therefore that AIMA takes the lead in mobilising resources in order to secure the best possible outcome for the industry on the directive."

"The feedback we’re getting from our members, who manage more than 75% of hedge fund industry assets globally, is that the draft directive has created enormous confusion. Because of the lack of proper consultation the directive presumes a structure for the industry which bears little relationship to reality. Implementation in its current form could prove to be unworkable. It also appears to be in conflict with much of existing EC financial services legislation." Baker said.

"We will therefore call for urgent effort to be devoted to re-drafting this directive." Baker continued, "To achieve this, AIMA will be announcing a series of initiatives to mobilise the industry. We will not oppose everything in the directive; some of the provisions, such as manager authorisation and registration, are already supported by us and measures which increase transparency to assist the authorities in the understanding of systemic risk issues are to be welcomed."

"We want to work with the Commission, EU governments and the European Parliament on this. We are not opposed to the directive per se, we just want the final directive to be practical and realistic.” Baker concluded.

27 May 2009

Europe's Top 50 Hedge Fund Firms

Alpha Magazine unveiled the 2009 Europe Hedge Fund top 50, showing that that Europe was not immune to investor angst over hedge funds. A wave of investor withdrawals shapes the magazine's annual ranking of the 50 biggest European single-manager hedge fund firms, as total assets fell to $285 billion as of January 1, 2009, from $405 billion a year earlier, a 30% drop.

Europe's hedge fund business may be looking at an encouraging longer-term picture, however. The region boasts five of the world's 20 biggest hedge fund firms -- led by two London-based powerhouses, Brevan Howard Asset Management and Man Investments.

Brevan Howard's total assets surged from $21 billion at the end of 2007 to $26.8 billion when this year began, elevating the firm from third to first in Alpha's 2009 Europe Hedge Fund 50. Man Investments had a similarly strong year; its overall assets grew from $20.9 billion to $24.4 billion, lifting the firm two rungs to second place.

The two top European hedge fund firms in last year's ranking have been taken down a few notches. Barclays Global Investors falls from No. 1 to No. 3, and GLG Partners drops from No. 2 to No. 8; the firms saw their assets drop, respectively, 35 percent and 52 percent.

Alpha's Europe Hedge Fund Top 5

Rank Firm Total Capital ($ millions)
1 Brevan Howard Asset Management $26,840
2 Man Investments 24,400
3 Barclays Global Investors 17,000
4 BlueBay Asset Management 16,700
5 Bluecrest Capital Management 13,273

Click on Alpha's 2009 Europe Hedge Fund 50 to view the complete rankings of all 50 firms.

How the Ranking Was Compiled

For Alpha's 2009 Europe Hedge Fund 50, data was gathered through questionnaires completed by hedge fund managers, supplemented by extensive Alpha staff research. We provide each manager's total assets under management as of January 1, 2009, unless otherwise indicated. Where possible, we also show assets at the individual fund level, with 2008 net returns, for the five biggest funds run by a firm.

Barclay Hedge Fund Rankings Rate Tranen #1 in Fixed Income Asset Backed Lending

British Virgin Islands based hedge fund manager Tranen Capital took the lead in the Fixed Income - Asset-Backed Lending category for March 2009 with a return of 2.49%.

In addition to the March performance, the fund, 'Tranen Capital Alternative Investment Fund Ltd.' posted a YTD (through April) change in NAV of 11.5%.

“Investors are keenly aware of the dismal and unstable returns from the major financial markets. They are demanding alternatives and absolute returns. The Barclay ranking certainly highlights the strategy’s excellent returns but more importantly, it demonstrates that the funds’ performance is non-correlated to financial markets. The Fund’s NAV has increased 27% since July 2008, which has been independently determined by our actuaries, Data Life, and confirmed by our Administrator Commonwealth Fund Services. Additionally, we have also recently delivered our first independent audit to investors, “says Kenneth Landgaard, Portfolio Manager.

Tranen Capital’s strategy is to trade life insurance policies in the Life Markets Space, more commonly referred to as the Life Settlements Market. The Life Markets Space enables seniors to sell their life insurance contracts for more than the cash surrender value than they would otherwise receive from the Insurance Company. The credit crisis has helped create more supply as Seniors (65 or older) are looking for other ways to generate cash. In fact, the life settlements market is expected to grow to over $160 billion over the next several years, according to a Sanford Bernstein report.

Arthur Bowen, Director and in-house counsel explained, “The growth in the life settlement market confirms the validity of this asset class and we continue to see great interest from institutional investors. These sophisticated investors understand the strategy and they appreciate that Tranen has gone to great lengths to provide an institutional quality product with a great level of transparency.”

Tranen Capital offers qualified offshore investors access to the Tranen Capital Alternative Investment Fund Ltd. with a 1% acquisition fee and a 20% incentive fee. The minimum investment is $100k USD.

26 May 2009

MENA Equity Fund Launch

Hedge fund manager, Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management, is launching its first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) equity fund, the Luxembourg domiciled 'Elite MENA Equity Fund'.

Investors can invest alongside the family office of Majid Al Futtaim and gain access to the services of the portfolio management team responsible for the MENA equity investments. The Majid Al Futtaim family office has seeded the fund with Dh550 million ($150 million), making it one of the largest MENA equity funds available to investors.

"Investors deserve to have the best home for their money in both turbulent and stable investment environments." Iyad Malas, Chief Executive, Majid Al Futtaim Asset Management, said, "By opening the doors to the services of the portfolio management team responsible for Majid Al Futtaim's family office, we offer investors a tried and tested place to invest. The Elite MENA Equity Fund offers investors an opportunity to invest with a team whose performance speaks for itself."

The new ‘long-only' open-ended fund aims to achieve long-term asset growth and capital preservation through a ‘Risk-Managed Growth' approach to MENA investments.

The Change Imperative for Hedge Fund Reporting: Webinar

Principal at Rothstein Kass, Charles F. Plaveczky will be speaking at a webinar for hedge fund managers interested in meeting the growing demands for increased reporting transparency and control, according to fund manager and host Confluence.

“As the April 30 hedge fund financial reporting cycle clearly demonstrated, prevailing error-prone manual processes for hedge fund reporting are far too brittle and inflexible—and they lack the scalability to meet increasingly complex reporting requirements,” said Plaveczky. “The pressure for greater flexibility and control will only increase with the adoption of additional reporting rules, and challenge current processes even more.”

The webinar entitled “The Change Imperative for Hedge Fund Reporting” and will take place on Friday, May 29 at 11:00 am EDT.

Kirk Botula, Chief Operating Officer of Confluence, will also provide information on new hedge fund reporting trends and challenges, discussing processes to maximize accuracy, efficiency and control in the reporting process as hedge funds deal with a variety of reporting requirements—such as FAS 157 fair market reporting, FAS 161 disclosures about derivative instruments and hedging activities, and how new International Financial Accounting Standards from IASB will challenge prevailing back-office reporting processes.

“Multiple stakeholders are demanding greater reporting diligence from hedge funds and their administrators. Regulators are clearly focused on greater transparency, investors are demanding additional disclosures and more frequent reporting, and accounting and auditor firms are mandating improved process control and documentation,” said Botula. “Hedge funds must consider how technology and automation can improve their reporting processes in order to provide the speed, control and flexibility needed to weather a new era of reporting transparency and control.”

Hedge fund companies and their fund administration service providers can register for this complimentary webinar at Individuals who register will also receive Confluence’s new whitepaper, Hedge Fund Reporting: The Change Imperative.

25 May 2009

S&P Research Arm Bought By Hedge Fund Provider

Hedge fund research provider, Guidepoint Global, LLC, has acquired tech and media company, Vista Research, Inc. from Standard & Poor’s.

“In the current economic climate, investors and business decision makers are increasingly seeking on-demand knowledge and insights through expert networks,” said Albert Sebag, CEO of Guidepoint Global. “Guidepoint’s acquisition of Vista, a pioneer in the expert network field, gives our clients access to one of the most comprehensive primary research networks in the world, delivered with the single-minded focus on customized service that they have come to expect.”

Guidepoint has over 130,000 global experts and a compliance framework supported by a proprietary IT platform, as well as one of the most advanced online client interfaces.

With the acquisition of Vista Research, Guidepoint Global said it will expand its team of client service professionals and recruiters to support a client base that includes many of the world’s leading private equity firms, mutual funds, hedge funds, strategy consultancies and multinational companies.

22 May 2009

Tel Aviv Conference to Serve as International Economic Collaboration Platform

West Palm Beach ( - The organizing committee of The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is to host more than 500 of the leading securities regulators and economic experts from more than 65 countries at this year's conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 8-11.

"We are honored to host the world's leading regulatory experts, from Albania to Zambia, in Israel for this important event," said Spokeswoman Yael Almog. "Israel 's sophisticated local market regulation and high levels of investor protection make it a great setting for this historical event. We believe that IOSCO 2009 will not only help restore strength in the world’s regulatory system, but more importantly, it will foster renewed confidence among the international investment community."

Conference participants include SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, S&P President Deven Sharma and UK FSA Chairman Lord Adair Turner and Mario Draghi, Governor of Banca d’talia and Chairman of the Financial Stability Forum.

The conference provides the opportunity, IOSCO said, for regulators from both emerging and developed markets to address the global effects of the financial crisis on the financial and securities system and the stability of the world economy. In addition, it will emphasize the role emerging markets will play in the global recovery process and will outline the need and importance for new partnerships between developed and developing markets.

The conference will be hosted by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).

21 May 2009

Stanford Completes Second Phase of Hedge Fund Case Study

The second phase of a hedge fund business model case study has been finalized by the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. GlobeOp is the first hedge fund administrator to be featured in a case study developed for classroom use by Stanford.

‘GlobeOp: Structuring for Hedge Fund Growth, 2003-2008’ follows the initial study that documented GlobeOp’s foundation, strategic decisions and activities during the first three years following its foundation in 2000.

The new chapter documents GlobeOp’s five-year growth from a young business with 400 employees and 82 hedge fund clients, representing more than $26 billion in assets under administration (AuA), to a publicly-listed company with a global service network on three continents. Today GlobeOp employs 1,600 people in 10 facilities worldwide and serves more than 180 clients representing $91 billion in AuA.

"The five-year period discussed in the new chapter details strategic milestones for GlobeOp that were also important learning experiences for us as entrepreneurs and as a service provider." Hans Hufschmid, CEO of GlobeOp, said, "As it concludes at the beginning of a year of unprecedented turmoil for our clients and financial markets in general, we hope this latest installment will provide students with useful insight into the vision, nimbleness and innovation needed as market opportunities and challenges develop. With new market fundamentals now emerging, we believe the focus on client service and transparency detailed in the case study will position us well for the future."

Professor Glenn R. Carroll, who led the study, noted that, "This second GlobeOp case provides an exceptional opportunity to see how an entrepreneurial start-up in financial services was transformed into a mature global organization without losing its technological advantage. We are very grateful to GlobeOp for allowing us access and know that students everywhere will gain from studying the case.”

The case study was supervised by Professor Carroll, Laurence W. Lane professor of Organizations in the Graduate School of Business and (by courtesy) professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University; and written by Victoria Chang, a Graduate School of Business researcher.

This latest case study segment documents how GlobeOp established a significant presence in India to provide clients with 24/5 services through scale and time zone optimization; hired a chief operating officer to create structured people and process management; and became a publicly-listed company. It also discusses the development of GlobeOp’s focus on people, processes and technology and the creation of new revenue streams through unbundled services in response to new market opportunities.

The study can be accessed on the on the GlobeOp website, it will be distributed by Harvard Business School Publishing.

Hedge Fund Performance for April 2009

In a preliminary hedge fund performance report for April 2009 and asset flows through March, morningstar reported the largest one month-return since January 2006—bringing hedge fund returns into positive territory for 2009.

"Over the last two months, the bulls have dominated the markets, and stories of green shoots in the economy colored the financial media. The rally was led by higher-risk asset classes, including small-cap, financial sector, and emerging market stocks, as well as high-yield bonds and leveraged loans. Many hedge fund managers weren't confident in the sustainability of the rally, and invested with a more conservative market exposure," said Nadia Papagiannis, Morningstar hedge fund analyst.

U.S. convertible bonds benefited from the trend toward higher-risk, low-credit-quality investments. According to the Merrill Lynch All U.S. Convertibles Index, these securities enjoyed their best month since 1987, with speculative-grade convertibles returning more than double the gains of investment-grade securities. The Morningstar Convertible Arbitrage Hedge Fund Index, the best-performing Morningstar hedge fund index this year, rose 5.1% in April and 12.5% year to date.

Also in the lower-quality field, the Morningstar Distressed Securities Hedge Fund Index increased 2.1% in April, the largest since the beginning of the credit crunch in mid 2007.

In emerging market equities, Eastern European countries produced the best returns in April, although this region is still recovering from its early 2009 nosedive. The only losers in April were the Morningstar Global Trend and Global Non-Trend Hedge Fund Indexes, which dropped 1.7% and 0.5% respectively.

According to Morningstar’s database, hedge funds overall continued to show a decline in outflows. In January, investors withdrew more than $29 billion from hedge funds, but February outflows totaled less than $6 billion, while March's preliminary figure showed an even lower amount, at $3.6 billion. Despite the overall March trend of outflows, developed Asia equity hedge funds actually had net inflows of $4.1 billion in March, and investors were rewarded. The Morningstar MSCI Japan Hedge Fund Index increased 2.5% in April, while the broader Morningstar Developed Asia Equity Hedge Fund Index jumped 5.2%.

Hedge Fund Industry Expert Hired to run Distressed Mortgage Securities Tool

LoanInsights, a San Francisco-based financial services and technology company, has hired James Sias as Director of Business Development. Sias will be responsible for working with banks, hedge funds and US government entities to help them leverage the newly launched LoanInsights SMART (Secured Mortgage Asset Resolution Tool).

The new SMART platform enables financial institutions, investors and the government to value and manage optimally the $1 trillion-plus in so-called “toxic assets” that are a primary cause of the nation’s severe economic downturn and continue to be a major drag on the hoped for recovery.

"James’ real-world experience will be critical to our efforts in reaching out to hedge funds, banks and other investors to demonstrate how our new tools can help them effectively and profitably manage their distressed mortgage assets,” said Jonathan Strike, President and Co-Founder of LoanInsights. “In addition, with his deep knowledge of the mortgage industry and underlying process, James clearly understands what the various players need to do now to solve the toxic assets problem and help get credit flowing again."

The LoanInsights team has been working for the past eight months with investor groups, including hedge funds and private investors, to test the SMART process and technology platform in beta mode. During this time, the investors realized an unleveraged annual return on equity in excess of 30% on those portfolios analyzed and liquidated through the platform. In addition, the homeowners who were part of the program refinanced into lower, fixed-rate mortgages, and in some cases actually reduced their overall mortgage balances.

20 May 2009

Hedge Funds & ‘Open Source Intelligence’

Hedge funds, private equity firms are using “political intelligence” to monitor tax reform, SEC registration, TARP, TALF and PPIPs, according to the OSINT Group, a boutique advisory firm based in Washington specializing in “open source intelligence” (OSINT).

The US Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, the SEC and Congress are all playing a major role in rapidly evolving monetary policy and regulatory change across the international financial marketplace, OINST said. Those institutions, along with the IMF and World Bank, make Washington DC the financial centre for policy decisions and breaking financial news.

“To understand what financial and political leaders are doing today and planning for tomorrow, institutional investors need to do more than monitor news and data services. They need to know more. They need answers to questions from a consistently reliable source of insight into the world of politics and policy,” said Michael Bagley, a principal with the OSINT Group.

“When you need to understand policy and politics accurately and consistently, we take the guesswork out of the analysis. Top corporations and foreign governments set a very high standard for the outside counsel they retain for managing risk and unearthing new opportunities,” Bagley said. “We consult with a group of experts from the ranks of lobbying, academia, industry, journalism and law who are skilled in every major area of policy and politics. Our 'political intelligence' unit is built on a single powerful idea: to provide institutional investors with accurate, actionable and timely information created by the currents of political forces and regulatory decisions.”

The group was established to assist government and commercial sector clients in the energy and financial industries with unique “open source” intelligence collection and delivery. In addition to technology used by the US Intelligence Community, the firm uses its network of relationships and personal connections in Washington to gather “political intelligence” for clients who need to better understand how the US Government will influence the international markets with new financial-sector regulation and legislation.

Hedge Funds & The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Leading alternative investment firms are adopting best practices for their funds with an eye to the Sarbanes-Oxley act*, hedge fund provider, TKS Solutions said in an announcement, also launching a new system specifically designed for hedge funds.

*The act was created in 2002 as a reaction to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals including those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. A new, quasi-public agency, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or PCAOB, charged with overseeing, regulating, inspecting and disciplining accounting firms in their roles as auditors of public companies.

"New regulations are not the only issue funds have to deal with" says Ron Kashden, president of TKS Solutions. "With the tight capital market many investors are demanding more flexibility in their fee structure and liquidity terms. The days of complacent investors willing to lock in their capital for years at a time may be over. Funds that have always allowed for annual and even quarterly redemptions are finding that they have to offer monthly liquidity to attract new capital. While this makes sense from a business stand-point, it introduces accounting complexities that are wreaking havoc in the back office. Simple tasks, such as accruing management fees, can quickly become an arduous calculation when funds that charge quarterly allow redemptions on a monthly basis.

Adding to the complexity, TKS said, is that fund administrators are reporting new fee structures with innovative loss-recovery provisions. While this adds pressure for portfolio performance, it also provides the fund with a revenue source to live off of in bad times. Managing these intricacies necessitates accounting tools and practices that funds may not have required historically. Yesterday’s spreadsheets are giving way to sophisticated software packages specifically tailored for the back-office needs.

From an operational perspective, the hedge fund industry is finally growing up, TKS said. Their ad-hoc practices, more appropriate to a "mom and pop" shop than a sophisticated financial enterprise, are being replaced with a regulatory best practices framework and the expert systems used by their institutional counter parts.

TKS Solutions works with partners worldwide to serve its customer base of leading hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity firms, administrators and management companies, ranging from $50 million up to $20 billion under management.

19 May 2009

FRSGlobal to Work With Hedge Funds On New Regulations

Hedge fund risk and regulatory compliance solutions provider, FRSGlobal, is preparing to work with the hedge fund industry to help it comply with the new wave of global regulations expected to be in place later this year.

Compliance experts within FRSGlobal's Centre of Risk & Regulatory Excellence (CoR2E) are actively monitoring the discussions taking place at the various U.S. regulatory agencies and are ready to advise hedge funds on the best ways to automate their reporting processes as soon as any new legislation is enacted.

"U.S. regulators are demanding more oversight of the hedge fund industry which means that registration is imminent, "Richard Ferrari, FRS Vice President, commented, "Hedge funds are going to be subject to far greater scrutiny than ever before. Whether it is increased transparency around the trading and valuation of OTC derivatives and structured products or the amount of leverage being taken on, regulators are going to require comprehensive, timely and accurate reporting, a requirement that hedge funds typically have little experience of.

"While the exact form of regulatory reporting is still to be finalized, it is clear from our discussions with market participants and U.S. governing bodies that there is going to be an overwhelming need for the kind of flexible risk and regulatory reporting tools developed by FRSGlobal that have helped hundreds of banks worldwide meet the their regulatory needs over the past twenty years. This experience and expertise is now going to be available to the hedge fund industry."

FRSGlobal's unified platform has coverage for over 30 countries.

18 May 2009

Properties Searched in UK/Cayman Hedge Fund Investigation

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Friday conducted searches on two residential properties (one in Kent, the other in Surrey) assisted by the City of London Police, in connection with its investigation into an alleged fraud involving the recently collapsed hedge fund, Weavering Capital.

Two men, aged 43 and 45, were arrested and have been taken to a police station for questioning.

Hedge fund Weavering Capital launched in March 2009, acting as investment advisor to a Cayman Islands incorporated hedge fund, Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Limited. The Macro Fund was understood to have funds under management of around $639 million in late 2008.

The investigation is currently focused, the SFO said, on certain interest rate swap transactions between the Macro Fund and a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, Weavering Capital Fund Limited, which appears to be a related third party, which inflated the apparent Net Asset Value of the Macro Fund. More details to be released as the case proceeds.

Hedge Fund Backed Korean-American for Boston Mayor?

Hedge fund donors are behind Sam Yoon, candidate for mayor of Boston, according to the Boston Globe.

South Korea born, Yoon is already among the most prominent Korean-Americans in elected office, along with the mayors of Irvine, Calif., and Edison, N.J. He has used his stature to raise his profile as a political activist, the paper reported.

A Korean-American hedge fund manager in New Jersey last gear gave $100,000 with which Yoon founded a political action group, Asian Political Leadership Fund.

Yoon has spent $60,000 from the fund to run ads in Asian-language newspapers for candidates nationwide, including Hubert Vo, a Vietnamese-American state representative in Texas; Ashwin Madia, an Indian-American Iraq war veteran who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Minnesota; and Barack Obama.

17 May 2009

Convertible Arbitrage: Shifting Gears - Review

Convertible Arbitrage: Shifting Gears, a new 15 page white paper released by Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, examines the reasons behind the Convertible Arbitrage meltdown in 2008 and the factors driving the strategy’s recent turnaround.

Convertible Arbitrage went from being one of the worst-performing strategies in the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index (“Broad Index”) in 2008, to one of the best-performing strategies in the first quarter of this year. Many believe that the fundamental and technical reasons for convertibles’ devaluation in 2008 may correct as credit markets begin to stabilize and if deleveraging continues to abate. Convertible Arbitrage: Shifting Gears discusses the strategy’s ability to generate positive returns both during the declines in equity markets in January and February, as well as during the global market rallies in March and April.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Convertible Arbitrage funds were caught in a “perfect storm” of fundamental and technical difficulties following the fall of Lehman Brothers, resulting in a decline of 25.5% in the period from September 1 to December 31, 2008.

In January, convertible bond yields were atypically more attractive than straight bond yields with similar maturity and seniority in the capital structure.

Although yields have dropped since their highs at the end of 2008, the resurgence of new issuances as well as continued cheapening of the asset class points to Convertible Arbitrage as a strategy that may continue to rebound in 2009 if conditions in the credit markets continue to improve.

Volatility trading of the strategy was curtailed during the large declines in 4Q 2008 and early 2009, but may come back later in the year if equity markets stabilize, albeit with a reduction in the use of leverage.

Convertible Arbitrage registered one of the best performances in the Broad Index for 1Q 2009, returning 7.7%.

And in summary, as a result of the dramatic market events in the last four months of 2008, convertible bond valuations have dropped, possibly creating investment opportunities on both absolute and relative bases.

Factors to consider are:

— Attractive yield levels have persisted through the first quarter of 2009 while credits spreads have widened as many investors were forced to delever

— Equity volatility may remain high in 2009, which could make the convertible bonds an attractive way to gain exposure to stocks

— For equity crossover investors, convertibles have been trading in some instances for small premiums above their conversion value, providing for some a yield-generating equity substitute that has seniority in the capital structure to common equity

— On the credit side, many single name convertible bonds have been in the position of trading at higher yields than straight debt from the same issuers with similar maturities and seniority in the capital structure, thereby providing the equity option at no cost (with some even trading below their bond floor)

So in summary, volatility trading, usually an important aspect of the Convertible Arbitrage strategy, has been curtailed due to the reduction in the use of leverage, the low level of new issuances at the start of 2009, and the weakness of the equity markets in January and February, while the credit play has garnered more attention due to the overall appreciation in the convertible bond market.

This has resulted in a shift in focus for many arbitrageurs, as they take advantage of opportunities on the long side of the credit market, tactically resorting to hedges to contain certain risks. With the fundamental and technical problems that impaired the strategy’s performance in September and October’s environment showing signs of abating, Convertible Arbitrage could be poised for a rebound over the next 12-24 months, although Credit Suisse/Tremont believes there may be some bumps along the way.

15 May 2009

SEC Proposes to Further Strengthen Safeguards of Investor Funds

The SEC has proposed rule amendments to substantially increase protections for investors who entrust their money to investment advisers, hedge funds and FoHF's.

The SEC is seeking public comment on the proposed measures, which are intended to ensure that investment advisers who have “custody” of clients’ funds and securities are handling those assets properly, investment law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, said.

“These new safeguards are designed to decrease the likelihood that an investment adviser could misappropriate a client’s assets and go undetected,” said SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. “That’s because an independent public accountant will be looking over their shoulder on at least an annual basis.”

The additional safeguards proposed by the SEC include a yearly “surprise exam” of investment advisers performed by an independent public accountant to verify client assets. In addition, when an adviser or an affiliate directly holds client assets, a custody control review would have to be conducted by a PCAOB-registered and inspected accountant.

The SEC’s proposed rule amendments, if adopted, would promote independent custody and enable independent public accountants to act as third-party monitors.

Public comments on today’s proposed rule amendments must be received by the Commission within 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register. The full text of the proposed rule amendments will be posted to the SEC Web site soon, the law firm said.

14 May 2009

Ex Hedgie To Build and Run World's Largest Solar Project

Former hedge fund manager, Mitchell Dong, and his new company, Mohave Sun Power, LLC, has announced plans to build a solar project, operating what it says will be the world's largest solar-thermal power plant on land in northwest Arizona.

Dong got in trouble last year with the SEC over some alleged improper trading with his hedge fund Chronos, he was however, able to settle the issue without litigation.

Sunlight will be collected using mirrored troughs and focused on a tube of oil running through the center of the troughs. The oil will be transported back to a central facility where it will be used to generate steam. Some of the energy will be stored in molten salt tanks until it is needed during peak energy times.

"It's a synthetic oil heated to 800 degrees by the sun's light," Dong said. "There are rows and rows of these collectors, and this 800-degree oil is pumped to a central power block, a central location where that hot oil goes to a boiler. It makes steam and drives a single steam turbine."

Dong said some of the generated heat will be stored in molten salt that will allow the plant to generate power at night when cloud cover diminishes solar radiation. However, the company must first settle the sensitive issue of groundwater, as well as obtaining the permits and approval at the federal, state and local level.

MENA Multistrategy Hedge Fund Launch

Alternative asset manager, Duet Group, has launched the first Middle East and North Africa (MENA) multistrategy hedge fund "Duet MENA Opportunities Fund". The new fund will target both equity and fixed income markets in the MENA region and will be managed by Duet MENA Limited, a DIFC licensed asset manager.

Rabih Sultani, Chief Investment Officer, will manage the fund under the leadership of Hedi Ben Mlouka, Chief Executive Officer of Duet MENA. Rabih brings over 9 years of fund management and research experience across equities and fixed income.

"The investment team has one of the longest established track records in the Middle East." Hedi Ben Mlouka said, "The current unfolding crisis has created unprecedented opportunities in global markets. Such opportunities appear to be even more eye-catching in the MENA region, and we, Duet Group, are well positioned to take advantage of these prospects for our clients. I am pleased to announce that Duet's commitment to the Middle East has led to the allocation of significant capital to the fund from existing shareholders and clients".

The new hedge fund will deploy three main investment strategies: Conviction, Relative Arbitrage and Opportunistic trading. These will be premised on pricing dislocations and valuation imbalances that are created from time to time under the influence of economic, political and capital flow factors.

The hedge fund manager has $2 billion of equity under management and their flagship hedge fund 'Duet Global Opportunities Fund' was awarded Best Equity Market Neutral Fund of the year in 2007 by Euro Hedge and HFM.

13 May 2009

BNY Mellon is Hedge Fund Administrator of The Year, Wins 7 Awards

Along with an award for Hedge Fund Administrator of the year for their alternative investment services (AIS), the Bank of New York Mellon received 6 other awards at the International Custody & Fund Administration (ICFA) Global Awards 2009 in London.

BNY Mellon also received the award for White Paper of The Year for 'Inside the Engine Room', published in June 2008, which examined the operational challenges and opportunities for Nordic institutions.

The Global Awards judging panel included Dr Werner Frey, CEO of the European Securities Forum and Angela Knight, CEO of The British Bankers Association.

"Receiving both the Hedge Fund Administrator and Broker Dealer Custody & Clearing Provider awards shows that the industry has a profound appreciation of how we continue to meet the needs of our clients as their business models converge and evolve." Art Certosimo, Head of Alternative Investment & Broker-Dealer Services, said, "We are offering a unique combination of administration, custody, collateral management and liquidity services that enables our clients to deliver the services and transparency that investors are seeking."

QPRC Patent Asset Hedge Fund Launch

Intellectual Property Asset Manager, Quest Patent Research Corporation, (QPRC) has entered into an exclusive capital management agreement with a newly formed Delaware limited liability company, PSI Capital Management, LLC. (PSI) to launch a new patent asset hedge fund, Patent Strategies I Fund, LP.

Domiciled in New York, with $250,000 as minimum investment, the fund has a 2% management fee, a 2 year lockup period and JP Morgan Chase as custodian. The launch comes with a new website.

Jon Scahill, QPRC President, and Joby A. Hughes, minority PSI owner will serve as the Principals of PSI. Under the terms of the agreement, QPRC, through PSI, will be solely responsible for researching, selecting and monitoring investments and deciding on when and how much to invest or withdraw from a particular investment. The new fund has an investment strategy of acquiring interests in patent assets and generating revenues from licensing activities relating to patent assets.

"QPRC’s management provides a unique resource for taking on intellectual property assets at any stage in their development." Hughes said, "As a market leader in the development of early stage intellectual property, QPRC is already in a position to manage and commercialize those types of assets. PSI provides QPRC additional financial resources to develop a wider array of assets to their fullest potential. It is exciting and an honor to be included in this next phase for QPRC.”

“Collaboration on this initiative with an individual of such caliber and performance as Hughes is a tremendous value." Scahill said, "This new partnership will further our ability to provide shareholders participation in a dynamic asset class, uncorrelated to the broader market.”

12 May 2009

Hedge Fund managers In Bermuda To Register By June 30th

Two new legislations were introduced in Bermuda January 1, requiring regulated financial institutions to comply with various obligations under the recently updated legislative framework, according to Cayman Islands law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman.

The firm said that the updated legislation defines 'Financial Institutions' as persons who, among other things, carry on the business of a 'fund administrator', or are 'operators' of investment funds.

The BMA expects Financial Institutions, under its supervision, to address their management of the relevant risks in a thoughtful and considered way, and to establish and maintain systems and procedures which are appropriate and proportionate to the risks identified.

Investment fund operators and fund administrators are required to appoint a Money Laundering Reporting Officer (“Reporting Officer”) to whom reports should be made and who shall have responsibility to make reports when suspicious circumstances require.

It is a requirement for “non-licensed persons” to register with the BMA by 30 June 2009 using the BMA’s prescribed form and paying the relevant fee. Failure to comply will result in their inability to carry on business activities, the firm said.

Hennessee: April Challenging but Hedge Funds Advance

Hedge fund adviser, Hennessee Group LLC, announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index advanced +3.84% in April (+5.02% YTD).

“April continued to be a challenging environment for hedge funds, as the market rally was driven by short covering and momentum, rather than changes in fundamentals,” commented Charles Gradante, Co-Founder of Hennessee Group. “While we have seen some improvement in data (most typically that the rate of deterioration is slowing), most funds remain conservatively positioned. Funds are cautious and will wait for fundamentals to improve before significantly expanding their net exposures.”

“Hedge funds underperformed again in April, but have still outperformed year to date. Volatility remains elevated with the S&P 500 experiencing a gain or loss greater than 8% each month this year,” said Lee Hennessee , Managing Principal of Hennessee Group . “Last year hedge funds did a good job of protecting capital, so they don’t need a huge rally to reach a new high water mark. Equity markets would need to double from current levels to reach their previous high.”

11 May 2009

Lipper: UK Hedge Funds led by Emerging Markets

UK-domiciled funds had a strong week to Friday May 8, led by global emerging markets products, according to data from Thomson Reuters research firm Lipper.

Asia Pacific funds also performed well, as did funds investing in European smaller companies. Global bonds, UK gilts and UK index-linked gilts were the only sectors to post negative returns in the week.

Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company, is a leading fund research and analysis organisation, providing independent insight on global collective investment including mutual funds, retirement funds, hedge funds, fund fees and fund expenses to the asset management and media communities.

8 May 2009

Proactive Preparations For Hedge Fund Regulation

In a white paper which was presented to high-level asset managers in New York by FinServ Consulting, 'Preparing for Alternative Asset Management Regulation', it is said that hedge funds should be prepared to identify, aggregate and report on counterparty risk exposures, enterprise-wide.

“The majority of hedge funds and private equity funds spent the latter part of 2008 and early 2009 instituting layoffs and shutting down projects. Now, in light of coming regulation, the heads of these funds will be faced with having to do more with less. Therefore, it is going to be critical that funds approach their compliance efforts in an organized and efficient manner,” said Howard Weinstein, Managing Partner of FinServ Consulting. “We recommend that funds identify a partner who can help them navigate these important steps. Ultimately, finding an experienced firm who has been through this process before will enable the fund to save both time and money.”

The paper outlines a roadmap for planning cost-effective, asset-building infrastructures to meet new rules, such as approaching new regulatory rules as opportunities, and facing compliance activities proactively, with a budget for meeting future requirements and exceeding investor expectations, particularly as investors return to the market.·

7 May 2009

MFA Supports the Registration of Hedge Fund Investment Advisors

In testimony before the House Financial Services Subcommittee “Perspectives on Hedge Fund Registration”, the Managed Funds Association (MFA) announced its support for the new push for mandatory registration of managers with the SEC.

"Though hedge funds were not the cause of the ongoing problems in our financial markets and our economy, MFA and our members share the commitment of policy makers to enact measures that will help restore stability to our markets, strengthen financial institutions and restore investor confidence." Richard H. Baker, MFA President and CEO, said, "We believe supporting mandatory registration for investment advisers is just one of the many important steps that can be taken towards these mutually shared goals."

Baker’s testimony stressed that while hedge funds are important to the capital markets and the financial system, the relatively small size and scope of the industry, with approximately $1.5 trillion in assets under management, did not pose significant systemic risk. He also stressed that hedge funds are substantially less leveraged than banks, have outperformed the overall market and have not sought any federal assistance.

“A registration framework that overwhelms the resources, technology and capabilities of regulators will not achieve the intended objective, and will greatly impair the ability of the regulator to fulfill their existing responsibilities, as well as their new responsibilities.

AIMA Guide to Sound Practices for Funds of Hedge Funds Managers

Global hedge fund association AIMA (The Alternative Investment Management Association), has published the world’s first global Guide to Sound Practices for Funds of Hedge Funds Managers.

The guide was developed by some of the world’s leading funds of hedge funds practitioners. It focuses on areas including risk management, due diligence, disclosure to investors, valuation, management of conflicts of interest and other operational issues. The group consisted of Unigestion, Financial Risk Management; Man Investments; Fauchier Partners; Pacific Alternative Asset Management; Ivy Asset Management; HDF Finance; Penjing Asset Management and Simmons & Simmons.

“AIMA has produced a huge body of work on sound practices and this was the ‘missing book in the library’." Andrew Baker, CEO of AIMA, and a member of the steering group, commented, "It is particularly important given recent events that there should be dedicated guidelines for funds of hedge funds managers. Funds of funds are a critical sector in the industry, are of particular interest to institutional investors, and it is right that AIMA has taken the lead in documenting sound practices. We hope that these guidelines that have been drawn up by such a distinguished and experienced group will be widely observed within the industry.”

SHINE as 100 Women in Hedge Funds' 2009 Beneficiary

Childrens educational program SHINE has been named UK Charity of the year by 100 Women in Hedge Funds and beneficiary of its Annual London fundraising event in October.

“It is always a difficult process to pick from many eligible beneficiaries, we believe in SHINE and are thrilled to help fund the important support they gives to educational programmes." Effie Datson, Chair of 100 Women in Hedge Funds in London, said, "SHINE is investing in a meaningful and measurable way in the future prosperity of the UK, while bringing hope, happiness, and a sense of achievement to children that might otherwise have been left behind. The work they does is vital - now more than ever.”

"It is not just another educational charity - it funds only those programmes which have a real and measurable impact on improving the educational attainment of those children and young people who face the greatest challenges in life.” Sarah Brown, Patron of SHINE, said.

100 Women in Hedge Funds serves over 10,000 alternative investment management investors and practitioners through educational, professional development and philanthropic initiatives. Since its first educational event in 2002, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 150 sessions globally, connected more than 150 senior women through Peer Advisory Councils and raised in excess of $15 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s health, education and mentoring.

6 May 2009

Dow Jones Halts Hedge Fund Publications

Due to poor market conditions in the distressed securities space, Dow Jones's hedge fund arm has suspended publication of the Dow Jones Hedge Fund Distressed Securities Strategy Benchmark.

The Dow Jones Hedge Fund Convertible Arbitrage Strategy Benchmark was also halted in January, 2009 and remains suspended until further notice. The remaining strategies—Equity Long/Short, Equity Market Neutral, Event Driven and Merger Arbitrage, will continue to be published on an end-of-day basis.

Launched in November 2003, the Dow Jones Hedge Fund Strategy Benchmarks measure individual hedge fund strategies. The six existing strategies are Equity Market Neutral, Convertible Arbitrage (suspended), Distressed Securities (suspended), Merger Arbitrage, Event Driven and Equity Long/Short . DJHFI provides style-pure, hedge fund strategy indexes that exhibit highly correlated component returns.

5 May 2009

Hedge Fund Citadel's Investment Banking Division Launch

Citadel Securities has added three former Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs senior investment bankers to the hedge fund company, at the same time launching Citadels Investment Banking division.

Todd Kaplan joined Citadel in March, he will assume the role of Head of Investment Banking for Citadel Securities. Brian Maier joins as Head of Industry Groups and Carl Mayer joins as Head of Leveraged Finance.

“By bringing Todd to Citadel Securities to head up our banking effort, we are executing our strategy of developing a leading, fully integrated, client-facing franchise across investment banking and institutional sales and trading," Rohit D’Souza, CEO of Citadel Securities said "Todd and his team are outstanding investment bankers with strong relationships who have experience across a broad spectrum of capital markets areas."

Commenting on the opportunities for Citadel in the marketplace, Kaplan said, "Now more than ever, corporations are looking for sound, actionable advice. With Citadel Securities’ unique set of assets, I look forward to building our investment banking operation as we provide innovative products and services to a broad group of clients in an increasingly complex environment.”

“We have the foundation of an exceptional team of esteemed banking professionals,” said D’Souza. “Together we will be able to deliver fully developed world class capabilities to meet our clients' needs.”

Hedge Fund Manager Rusciano Released on Bond

The Connecticut-based hedge fund manager who had his assets frozen by the SEC last month, Francesco Rusciano, was released on $500,000 bond to the custody of his parents after a court hearing in Bridgeport federal court.

According to the SEC's complaint, Francesco Rusciano solicited investments for two hedge funds, Ponta Negra Fund I, LLC and Ponta Negra Offshore Fund I, LTD, which is the principal of Ponta Negra Group, LLC, located at his residence in Stamford, Conn.

The hedge fund manager also sent out an e-mail to investors saying that his Ponta Negra hedge funds had $59 million in assets under management as of February 2009. According to the SEC's complaint, the hedge funds had less than $10 million.

The SEC says that Rusciano forged brokerage account statements to make it appear that another hedge fund account had more than $43 million in assets, when it had less than $3 million.

"Rusciano went to great lengths to deceive investors, and the SEC is committed to ensuring that money managers who provide inaccurate information to investors and fail to uphold their fiduciary duties are held responsible for their misconduct," said Rose Romero, Director of the SEC's Fort Worth Regional Office.

4 May 2009

MTM Looking To Offshore Hedge Fund Partner For US Real Estate Deal

US hedge fund manager MTM Global Financial Services is looking for an offshore hedge fund partner. In order to raise approximately $50 million in capital for a REIT fund focused on newer US residential real estate in state income tax free Florida, Texas, Nevada and Washington.

The fund manager says, "By creating a joint venture with an offshore mutual fund, hedge fund, or high net worth individual, MTM Global Financial Services will provide the acquisition services, along with the day to day operation of the real estate rental portfolios."

"This is a straight up deal, with huge upside, that will offer transparency and integrity for the investors." the President of MTM Global Financial Services said, "we seek a joint venture partner, that is results driven, that values their reputation, and knows a good thing when they see one. We think this could become a lucrative long term enterprise for all involved."

Swiss FoHF Announces Equity Buyback and Investment Program

Swiss alternative investment company ALTIN AG has said it intends to maintain its share price by buying back between 5% and 10% of its own shares, its Board of Directors has also approved a capital reduction program. The fund of hedge fund's management performance was predictably negative (-29.20%) in 2008, yet considerably higher than key stock market indices.

2008 proved a particularly harsh year for the financial markets, compounded by additional difficulties specific to the hedge fund industry. The severe credit crisis often forced hedge funds to fire-sell positions.

In addition, the increased correlation between hedge funds and equity markets did not protect them against falling stock markets. In performance terms, the year 2008 has thus been negative for hedge funds and ALTIN proved no exception with a -29.20% fall in its net asset value. However, in light of the losses incurred by world stock markets over the same period, this result is acceptable and hedge funds remain the best performing asset class over the medium term.

Invested in approximately 40 hedge funds, the company has chosen to avoid illiquid strategies that have caused the closing of a number of hedge funds, ALTIN’s manager has been favouring liquidity since 2007.