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GlobeOp Hedge Fund Index Offers Timely Window On Liquidity And Investor Sentiment

Vendor says there is a lack of independently confirmed industry data against which hedge fund managers and investors can benchmark their allocations and performance.

GlobeOp Financial Services will offer an independent monthly window into hedge fund capital flows with the launch next week of its planned series of GlobeOp Hedge Fund Indices. "There is a real lack of independently confirmed industry data against which hedge fund managers and investors can benchmark their allocations and performance," said Hans Hufschmid, chief executive officer, GlobeOp Financial Services.

"GlobeOp is the first administrator to publish independent fund liquidity and investor sentiment data. This transparency was produced by combining our significant platform of assets under administration with our data management expertise. As a publicly listed company, we periodically report our assets under administration (AuA)," Hufschmid said.

"We also summarize aggregate subscription, redemption and performance figures for our clients' funds. It was therefore a logical next step to apply the same rigor and controls to repackage a subset of this data into consistent, timely indices focused on capital movements for administration clients. Later this year, we anticipate adding further indices, including performance measurement," he added.

The first two Indices will provide monthly reports based on actual and anticipated capital movement data independently collected from all hedge fund clients for whom GlobeOp provides administration services.

While individual fund data is anonymized by aggregation, Index data will be based on the same reconciled fund data GlobeOp uses to produce fund net asset value (NAV) reports. GlobeOp's total assets under administration represent approximately eight to 10 percent of the estimated assets currently invested in the hedge fund sector. The investment strategies of the funds in the Indices span a representative industry sample.

On the eighth business day of each month the GlobeOp Capital Movement Index will report on investments, or capital movements, into and out of hedge funds on the GlobeOp administration services platform.

Data is based on actual subscriptions and independently calculated and confirmed from real capital movements, and published only a few business days after they occur.

The GlobeOp Capital Movement Index consists of the cumulative monthly net of subscriptions to and redemptions from hedge funds administered by GlobeOp, divided by the total assets under administration (AuA) for GlobeOp's administration clients. The Index was set at 100 on December 31, 2005.

Dr. William Fung, visiting research professor of Finance, Hedge Fund Centre, London Business School, said: "Central to hedge fund research is the relationship between performance and capital flow. Understanding this relationship is key to answering important questions such as the effect of liquidity in hedge fund investing and the interplay between capacity and future performance. Research progress into these critical questions has historically been handicapped by the lack of reliable, unbiased data." Melanie Rodier has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for over 10 years, covering business and finance, general news, and film trade news. Prior to joining Wall Street & Technology in April 2007, Melanie lived in Paris, where she worked for the International Herald ... View Full Bio

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