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FundPeak — Information portal about managed futures investments. CTA Database, news and education about alternative investments through commodity trading advisors.

Greenwich Alternative Investments – has been providing qualified institutional investors access to and information on the hedge fund space. As one of the oldest and most extensive hedge fund databases in existence, Greenwich is pleased to now offer it’s database to outside managers and qualified investors.

HedgeACT – HedgeACT provides a web-based platform for fund managers and qualified investors. The platform facilitates information flow and analytical tools for investors, as well as a mechanism for fund managers to promote their funds and effectively market to the thousands of registered investors on HedgeACT.

Hedge Connection – Hedge Connection  is a marketing solution for the hedge fund industry. Our online fund database is powered by Morningstar and provides investors with access to over 7,000 hedge funds, fund of funds and CTAs.

HedgePo – is an invitation-only web portal which enables institutional investors to discover, monitor and connect with the global universe of investment managers. Equally, the portal provides a means for investment managers to build long-term relationships with potential investment partners.

HFR database – provides comprehensive hedge fund data, performance reports and indices to help investors make wise investment choices

Infovest21 – is an information services company for the hedge fund industry. Efficient delivery of information, cutting-edge technology and a niche focus are the themes to the innovative services provided. News, manager interviews, white papers, surveys and industry events provide the qualified investor, the institutional investor, and the alternative investment manager with customized information.

Mercer –  is a global database on investment managers for institutional investors. The information in this database supports Mercer’s global research on investment managers and the manager searches that we perform for our clients.

MorningStar Hedge Fund Data Manager  – The Morningstar Hedge Fund database supports a range of Morningstar solutions investors, advisors and institutions use when making investment decisions. Many of these products contain comprehensive data about other types of investments, such as stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and separate accounts to facilitate comparisons and provide an integrated representation of a portfolio.

Preqin – Preqin provides industry-level fund performance data covering over 10,000 investment vehicles, with 7,000 reporting monthly returns. Fund-by-fund performance information is also available, including all of the most sought-after and secretive funds. Gain a market overview, viewing a snapshot of overall performance across various time periods, or compare funds to fully customizable benchmarks by strategy, fund structure, geography and more.

Conferences:

Context

CTA Expo

CTA Intelligence

FIA

Investment News Alternative Investments Conference

MFA

NIBA

Opalesque – Another list of Hedge Funds conferences

SALT

Trader’s Fulcrum

Exchanges:

CBOE Futures Exchange – CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE®) is the home of volatility futures, featuring futures on the CBOE® Volatility Index (VIX®). CFE is owned by CBOE Holdings, Inc. and trades on CFE are cleared by The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). CFE is an all-electronic, open access market model with dedicated market makers and market participants providing liquidity.

CME – We couldn’t create this list without including the exchange itself, which offers a quick view on how the markets are doing. However, you cannot download data, and some data can be slightly delayed as its used for more of a quick check in, opposed to an indicator.

Eurex – Eurex publishes a wide range of robust data, covering everything from end-of-day settlements to intraday prices. How was the day? The daily trading statistics provide a reliable source of all volumes in EUR, traded contracts and open interests of all Eurex Exchange products .It records daily and also accumulated data.

ICE – And we couldn’t mention CME without ICE.  You need accurate, reliable information quickly? ICE Data delivers objective and transparent market data so you can calculate and minimize the risk. Hundreds of market activity reports are available from ICE’s markets to keep you informed and up to date.

LME –  The London Metal Exchange is the world centre for industrial metals trading and price-risk management.

NASDAQ OMX NLX – covers 26 markets, 3 clearinghouses, and 5 central securities depositories, supports Equities, Options, Fixed income, Derivatives, Commodities, Futures, and Structured products.

NYSE LIFFE – Established in 1982 as the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, Liffe is a leading market for European interest rates, agricultural commodities, single stock and equity index futures and options. All Liffe contracts are cleared by ICE Clear Europe.

Regulators/Associations:

AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association)

CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association)

CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)

FOX (Family Office Exchange)

MFA (Managed Funds Association)

NFA (National Futures Association)

SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)

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