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11 May. 2017 ETFGI reports assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally reach record $4tln as of April 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ETFs/ETPs listed globally broke through the US$4 trillion milestone at the end of April 2017, according to preliminary data from ETFGI's A
11 May. 2017 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.34% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.34% in April, underperforming the 0.42% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
11 May. 2017 Hedge funds demand value from service providers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers are continually reviewing their relationships with fund administrators, fund custodians, prime brokers, fund auditors, fund marketers and law firms to ensure that they are getting the services they need. A quarter of all hedge fund managers surveyed by
11 May. 2017 Comment: Three Undeniable Reasons Why You Should Invest in Africa [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Vintage Value Investing writes on Harvest Exchange: You feverishly open your mailbox to look at your latest financial report. What
11 May. 2017 TH Real Estate adds two to debt team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $97 billion real estate investment firm TH Real Estate, the global real estate investment arm of TIAA Global Asset Management, has added two senior executives to its debt team, in newly created roles. Mike Jameson is joining the firm as a Managing Director
11 May. 2017 GoldPoint Partners closes fourth mezzanine fund on $1.3 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: GoldPoint Partners, a private equity affiliate of New York Life Investments, has closed its fourth mezzanine fund on $1.3 billion, an approximate 25 percent increase from its predecessor fund. GoldPoint runs a program of middle market mezzanine investing,
10 May. 2017 Hedge funds flat but Event-Driven and L/S Equity strategies continue upward trend [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were mostly flat from the week covering April 25 to May 2 as performance was hampered by the shortfall of global macro managers who had maintained short positions on the EUR vs. USD and long positions on commodities (energy and metals). Year-to-date, th
09 May. 2017 Hedge funds continue four-month streak with 0.54% gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted their fourth consecutive month of gains this year, up 0.54%1 during the month of April. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) were up 1.17% over the same period. The Macron vs. Le Pen run-up to the French pr
09 May. 2017 Silvan Wyss to head wealth management for the SYZ Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss banking group SYZ announces the appointment of Silvan Wyss as its new Head of Wealth Management. Before joining SYZ, Mr Wyss held a number of senior positions, including a role at Credit Suisse. He will be replacing Fabian Dufresne, who is retiring after over 10
09 May. 2017 EFA Group strengthens management team with senior private debt hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EFA Group has bolstered its management team with the hire of two highly respected industry players, both with strong backgrounds in credit and the development of trade-related bank transactions. Alain Vignon has been appointed as Executive Board Member of EFA Group's
09 May. 2017 Meson Capital up 13.6% in Q1, adds machine learning tools [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Ryan Morris, President at Meson Capital Partners, writes on Harvest Exchange For the quarter our performance was 13.6% vs. indices of 3.8% HFRI Hedge Fund Eq
08 May. 2017 BlackRock positive on European shares following French elections [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year old centrist and a former Rothschild banker, won the French presidential election yesterday and will start in his new role within a week. That he won against Marine Le Pen, who stands for protectionism and leaving the European Union
08 May. 2017 Family offices staffing up for direct private equity investments [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of family offices are hiring personnel for direct private equity investments, with 81% of them have at least one person working full time sourcing and evaluating direct investments with 51% devoting two or more people to this activity full time. That
08 May. 2017 TPG makes unsolicited bid for Australian newspapers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity firm TPG and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board have mounted an unsolicited bid for Fairfax Media, an Australian media company which runs several papers of record in the country. TPG has offered $0.95 cents per share for several of Australia&
08 May. 2017 Comment: Who needs alternatives like managed futures the most? Underfunded state pensions [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchan
05 May. 2017 Hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia post strongest quarterly performance since 2Q15 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia, specifically in India and China, posted the strongest quarterly performance since 2Q15, benefitting from improving investor expectations for global growth and favorable currency market trading in 1Q17, according to the latest HFR
05 May. 2017 Sovereign wealth funds' investments in real estate continues to grow steadily [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The amount of money invested by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) into real estate continues to grow steadily according to statistics collected by data provider Preqin. The newly-launched 2017 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fun
05 May. 2017 A brand is a hedge fund manager's most valuable asset, especially for small funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Vincent Au, the Portfolio Manager at New York-based hedge fund management firm Gondor Capital Management, said th
05 May. 2017 US House committee approves Choice Act [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: After three days of debate, the House Financial Services Committee narrowly voted yesterday to approve a Republican bill called the Financial CHOICE Act, that would replace about 40 provisio
05 May. 2017 Fund buyers anticipate volatility [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Anticipating higher levels of volatility and low yields, the vast majority of professional fund buyers, including discretionary portfolio managers and fund of funds, favor active management and alternative investments for alpha generation, according to a new sur
04 May. 2017 Alternative asset space posts record number of fundraising and marketing professional hires [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative asset management firms hired a record high of 251 fundraising and marketing professionals in the first quarter of this year, according to data from the Context Jensen Partners' Q1 2017 newsletter. Context Jensen Partners (CJP) is a global corporate advis
03 May. 2017 Omni Secured Lending III beats fundraising target at final close [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Partners LLP, the London-headquartered investment manager, has surpassed its asset raising target and held the final close for the third vintage of its secured lending strategy, Omni Secured Lending III. Omni raised just over £340 million for its third vintage.
03 May. 2017 Special situations hedge funds gained the most ahead of French election [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The first round results of the French election shifted markets back to a risk-on mode and supported hedge funds. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.4% in the week from 18 April to 25 April 2017 (+0.9% YTD), Lyxor Asset
03 May. 2017 Hedge funds up in April as global markets gain by European elections, U.S. technology [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global financial markets posted gains in April led by US technology and driven by optimism over European election results, data provider Hedge Fund Research said in its monthly report. Hedge funds posted positive returns last month with the HFRX Global He
02 May. 2017 What's behind the run-up in emerging market bonds? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: BlackRock writes on Harvest Exchange: This year has seen a resurgence of interest in emerging market (EM) bonds. Many investors who had
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Over the past decade, investors have steadily increased investments in emerging markets private funds. Allocations to the cohort have increased from $93 billion in December 2006 to $564 billion in September 2016, according to data from research firm Preqin. Howe

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