Monthly Archives: December 2015

Interview with Kelly Easterling, KPMG

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Kelly EasKelly Easterlingterling is an audit partner with KPMG serving the New York asset management practice. Kelly specializes in serving clients in the alternative investments industry including hedge funds and private equity funds. She advises clients on initial organizational structure and documentation, supervises audits and consults with management regarding various operations and audit matters.
Kelly began her career at Ernst & Young, where she served a broad range of client engagements. In 2002, Kelly joined Rothstein Kass to launch the Texas practice, and was promoted to principal in 2004. In 2008, Kelly transitioned from Office Managing Partner of the Firm’s Dallas-based office to Office Managing Partner of the Walnut Creek practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined KPMG as part of their acquisition of Rothstein Kass in July 2014 and relocated to New York in the fall of 2014. Read More

Fund of the Month December 2015: Oaks Emerging and Frontier Opportunities Fund

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Fund Strategy
The strategy of the fund is to invest in a long and short portfolio of equities in frontier and less developed emerging markets. The portfolio is managed bottom-up fundamental, taking advantage of the low levels of quality analysis of these companies to generate absolute performance on both long and short positions.
Asset allocation is determined by bottom-up company valuations rather than by macro views. The investment criteria for the short positions are a mirror of the long portfolio where the fund manager’s analysis is focussed on finding companies with strong management and corporate governance that are geared in to the excess economic growth created by the reform processes that many of these markets are experiencing. The management is always being met before an investment is made, the fund manager builds a financial model of the company and he populates the long portfolio with companies with strong revenue and earnings growth, strong cash-flow and low levels of debt.

Fund Chart

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UCITS HFS Index continues positive trend, up 0.26% in November 2015

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Albeit a slow-down the UCITS HFS Index continues its positive trend with gains of 0.26% in November 2015. The broad index got off on the right foot posting returns of 0.21% after the first week of trading. Things reversed in week two though as the UCITS HFS Index took losses of -0.32% and consequently turned negative from a month to date perspective. With week three nullifying the previous week’s losses by adding gains of 0.32% and week four adding another 0.05% to the monthly performance, a positive result was never in serious doubt. Of all funds tracked 63.64% reported gains in November 2015.
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