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15 Mar 2010

UCITS Hedge Fund Strategy Index up 0,93% in first two weeks of March

HedgeCo News - The UCITS Hedge Fund Strategy Index gained 0,93% within the first two weeks in March 2010, every strategy except fixed income and market neutral were positive, Global macro not only being the most successful strategy in 2010 but also in March with gains of 2,85% so far.

The other most successful strategies in March are convertible (+1,75%), CTA (+1,70%) and L/S equity (+1,54%), the latter turning positive ytd for the first time.

The UCITS HFS Index Series is the first index family that tracks all UCITS funds using hedge fund strategies. The UCITS HFS Index Series includes all UCITS III funds that apply absolute return strategies, have more than 10 Million Euros of assets under management, offer at least weekly liquidity and have reported numbers for more than one month. Index tracking funds, long-only and 130/30 strategies are excluded.

The indices are calculated on every 5th, 10th and 15th business day and at the end of each month by the index calculator Structured Solutions AG.

There have been 8 UCITS hedge fund launches since January 2010.

New Ticonderoga Launch As Hedge Funds Embrace ETFs

HedgeCo News - Institutional broker dealer, Ticonderoga Securities has launched an exchange traded funds (ETF) desk, led by industry veteran William Bauer. Bauer joins Ticonderoga with more than 18 years of institutional equity and derivative sales and trading experience, with five years focused on ETFs.

“Hedge funds and money managers are increasingly embracing ETFs as a superior product with greater transparency and liquidity,” said Bauer. “As this continues, Ticonderoga will be positioned well for growth.”

The new group will specialize in market making capabilities for institutional investors moving in and out of ETFs. The team will also advise clients on portfolio-trading issues, provide analysis and strategy, and assist in order execution through strong collaboration with the firm’s Sales & Trading Desk. As head of the ETF Desk, Bauer will focus on building out the ETF platform over the next several months, adding support staff, assistant traders and sales traders focused on ETF sales.

Bauer comes to Ticonderoga from Knight Capital, where he was a Director in ETF sales and trading. Before that, he was Vice President in sales and trading on the ETF market-making desk at Newedge Financial LLC, and also served as Vice President in sales and trading at RBC Capital Markets. Bauer attended University of Hartford with a focus on economics and finance.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010

The Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010, "Generating Alpha in Challenging Times", is being held March 18th, in New York City. The event will review recent performance of multi-strategy hedge funds, at panel "Generating Market-Beating Returns Under the Watchful Eye of the SEC".

Dow Jones reported: "The average hedge fund lagged behind the nearly 3% return of the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index return in February. The hedge funds that beat the market tended to be multi-strategy, according to both hedge fund databases and fund managers' letters to investors. Daniel Loeb's Third Point Offshore fund was up 3.2% for February and 6.9% for the year through February, according to HSBC Private Bank; the fund is multi-strategy."

Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact the organizers by sending an email to