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The Eurekahedge Report - August 2014
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The August 2014 Eurekahedge Report contains qualitative and quantitative analyses on the industry's assets flows and performance over the past month, with a special feature on key trends in global hedge funds.

Asset Flows Update for the Month of July 2014
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Hedge funds finished the month of July in the red with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.10% (2.82% year-to-date), outperforming the MSCI World Index which declined 0.83% from rising geo-political tensions between Russia and the west, and concerns over Portugal’s banking sector weighed in on investor sentiment. Despite strong second quarter growth numbers in the US, anxiety continues to grow regarding the timing for the Fed’s abandonment of its zero-interest-rate policy following dissenting opinions on the issue in the recent FOMC meeting.
Hedge Fund Performance Commentary for the Month of July 2014

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Hedge funds edged lower to close 0.10% down by the end of July, following underlying markets as the MSCI World Index lost 0.83% during the same period. Equity markets around the world saw mixed gains, with the strongest performers being Asia Pacific and Latin America while North America and Europe suffered losses. North American and European stock indices actually traded higher during July despite rising geo-political tensions between Russia and the west before taking a steep dive in the closing week, finally giving way as a slew of international crises weighed in on investor sentiment, including but not limited to: Israel’s strikes on Gaza, Portuguese bank bailout, trade sanctions against Russia and the Ebola epidemic in Africa.
2014 Key Trends in Global Hedge Funds

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Global hedge funds have maintained a level of growth comparable with the strong gains seen in 2013, with robust allocation activity totalling US$65.3 billion in the first half of 2014. Combined with excellent performance-based gains of US$40.3 billion delivered by hedge fund managers this puts the current assets under management (AUM) of the industry at a new high of US$2.12 trillion. The global hedge fund population now stands at 10,844 funds strong as at June 2014.
The Billion Dollar Interview with Quantedge Global Fund

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Eurekahedge talks to Quantedge Global Fund.
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Hedge Funds: All Eyes on the World Cup (and Reinsurance)

Martin Mankabady, Clyde & Co

The World Cup was fantastic and surpassed all expectations. It is a shame that England could not also have surpassed expectations. Amidst all the coverage of the event, there was one interesting article in the press, which did not cover the usual ground of match reports, injury updates and post-mortems of England’s or Brazil’s performance – it was an article on how hedge funds are investing in the football sector and will continue to do so. The interest generated by the World Cup is only likely to whet the appetite of such investors even further.
Reporting Red Tape - Australia's Superannuation Reporting Requirements

Mark McFarlane, Alex Elser and Laura Foster, King & Wood Mallesons

The public’s equivocal attitude to superannuation investments makes the high regulatory burdens imposed on superannuation funds to report their portfolio holdings hard to rationalise. In light of the continuing uncertainty regarding these reporting requirements, this article looks at the current superannuation fund asset reporting requirements and asks what, if anything, all of the red tape achieves for members.
Shariah Compliant Funds Seek a Safe Haven in Brazilís Free Trade Zones

Alexandre Ferreira Lopes, Maalouf Ashford & Talbot

With expansion plans charted beyond core market horizons in the Middle East and Malaysia, Islamic finance is setting its sights on finding a safe haven to dock in southern waters. Banco do Brasil, Latin America’s biggest bank by assets, is ready to welcome these explorers with the launch of Brazil’s first Shariah compliant equity fund. Alexandre Ferreira Lopes guides us through these new waters.
Widening the Scope: the SEC Turns Its Attention to Alternative Mutual Funds

Nicholas Lewis, McGuireWoods LLP

In a recent speech to the Practising Law Institute’s Private Equity Forum, Norm Champ, Director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, discussed the SEC’s increasing attention to the growth in ‘alternative mutual funds’, or open-end mutual funds that feature investment strategies more typically seen in private funds. Similar to recent speeches and discussions related to the SEC’s oversight of hedge funds, previously discussed in this newsletter last November, Champ’s speech contained useful guidance about the types of risks the SEC is monitoring in the alternative mutual fund space, but it also conveyed that the SEC will be ramping up inspection into whether investment advisers to these funds are fully complying with their duties.
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  The Eurekahedge Report - August 2014  
     
  Asset Flows Update for the Month of July 2014  
     
  Hedge Fund Performance Commentary for the Month of July 2014  
     
  2014 Key Trends in Global Hedge Funds  
     
  The Billion Dollar Interview with Quantedge  
     
  Hedge Funds: All Eyes on the World Cup (and Reinsurance)  
     
  Reporting Red Tape - Australia's Superannuation Reporting Requirements  
     
  Shariah Compliant Funds Seek a Safe Haven in Brazilís Free Trade Zones  
     
  Widening the Scope: the SEC Turns Its Attention to Alternative Mutual Funds  
     
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