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30 Mar. 2017 CEFC China takes a stake in Cowen Group [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cowen Group, a financial services company and parent company of alternative investment manager Ramius will sell a 20 percent stake in the company to China Energy Company Limited (CEFC) for $100 million. CEFC will also provide $175 million in new debt financing t
30 Mar. 2017 Starwood partners with Shimao Property Holdings Limited on JV [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Starwood Capital Group is launching a new China-based joint venture with Shimao Property Holdings Limited. Shimao is a Chinese property developer and operator. Under the terms of the agreement, the venture will be owned 51 percent by Shimao and 49 percent by St
29 Mar. 2017 Comment: Emerging Markets - The Clouds Lift [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: As 2017 progresses and the priorities of the Trump administration take shape, the outlook for emerging markets (EM) h
28 Mar. 2017 Dechert hires Bradshaw away from Kirkland & Ellis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dechert LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Rob Bradshaw will join the firm as a corporate partner in the London office. He is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. "Rob's arrival is the next big step in our strategic plan for growth in our Lon
28 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds slightly falter as trend reversal hits markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds slightly faltered from 14 to 21 March as trend reversals have negative implications for some strategies. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.3% during the week (+0.9% YTD), while the Lyxor CTA broad index underperformed and lost 1.6% (-0.7% YTD). Mark
28 Mar. 2017 Genstar closes Fund VIII on $3.95 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: San Francisco-based Genstar Capital has closed its latest fund on $3.95 billion after just ten weeks in market. Fund VIII hit its $3.1 billion target and raised an additional $650 million of overage capacity from select limited partners. The General Partner
28 Mar. 2017 Comment: Why passive is a risky choice for global bonds [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AB (AllianceBernstein L.P.) writes on Harvest Exchange: Passive global bond investors may be getting more than they bargained for - in term
27 Mar. 2017 Year-on-year growth for Guernsey funds sector [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The total value of funds business in Guernsey grew by more than £28 billion last year. New figures from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) show that the net asset value of funds under management and administration in the island grew by £6.5 billion (2.
27 Mar. 2017 Arqaam Capital launches global macro hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Arqaam Capital, the specialist emerging markets investment bank, has announced it has launched a global macro multi-asset fund as part of its growth-led strategy and diversification into the alternatives space. The Arqaam Global Macro Fund is a global macro systemati
27 Mar. 2017 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +1.01% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers took advantage of February's bullish environment to extend their strong start to the year. The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index was up +1.01% as all but one of its constituent indices produced positive returns on the month. The S&P 500 (+3.97%) a
27 Mar. 2017 The Alternative Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: RCM Alternatives writes on Harvest Exchange: Our main issues are: it doesn't include Managed Futures and the periodic tab
24 Mar. 2017 Survey: Private markets push for better data [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private market consultants and limited partners have greater access to data than ever before but would still like to see improvements, according to a new survey from eVestment. According to the survey, which included responses from consultants and investors
24 Mar. 2017 Eric Mindich to shutter hedge fund Eton Park after difficult 2016 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Erich Mindich is shutting down his hedge fund Eton Park after losing 9% in 2016 and its assets falling by $2bn to the current $7bn, Reuters reported. Mindich told investors
24 Mar. 2017 Macro factors begin to fade, while company fundamentals emerge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Janus Capital Group writes on Harvest Exchange: Our risk measures and our company meetings are reflecting a change in attit
23 Mar. 2017 Luxembourg Stock Exchange and ALFI release second edition of regulations compendium [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Luxembourg Stock Exchange in cooperation with the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has announced today the publication of the second edition of the compendium of Luxembourg laws and regulations on investment funds. The compendium, which is availa
23 Mar. 2017 What will happen to Berkshire Hathaway after Warren Buffett? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Vintage Value Investing publishes on Harvest Exchange: Warren Buffett is arguably the most famous (and most successful) inves
23 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds pressed for lower fees, but still found to offer attractive risk-adjusted returns over the long term [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investor demands are compelling a majority of hedge fund managers to rethink their fee models and offer flexible conditions as the industry seek to rebuild investor confidence in the wake of a challenging 2016. A survey by data provider
22 Mar. 2017 Assets in global smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs reach record high of $560bn at the end of February 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm on trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported assets invested in Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally reached a new record high US$559.78 billion at the end of February surpassing the prior record of US$534
22 Mar. 2017 SS&C Forward Redemption Indicator hits lowest level since March 2012 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2017 measured 3.48%, up from 3.25% in February. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2017 was 3.48%, sharply lower than the 4.26% reported a year ago for March 2016. In fact, the 3.48% for March
22 Mar. 2017 Hedge funds await outcome of French elections, feel pinch on lower oil prices & weak dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds felt the pinch of lower oil prices and weak U.S. dollar as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was marginally down as of the week ending 14 March, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor He
22 Mar. 2017 CalALTs reviews best practice for hedge funds and private equity operations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTs)'s new white paper on best practices for hedge fund and private equity operations, today's inve
22 Mar. 2017 Outlook: Low current risks of global and US recessions [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Stephen Blumenthal, CEO of CMG Capital Management Group, writes on Harvest Exchange: I personally believe that recessions can be forecast in advance. While no indica
22 Mar. 2017 Smith Graham lifts out Five Mile Capital Partner's residential mortgage team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $6 billion, Houston-based asset manager Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors has acquired Five Mile Capital Partners' Residential Mortgage team, an alternative investment manager, led by Brian Tortorella, Managing Director. The acquisition is part of SG&#
22 Mar. 2017 Varde Partners Closes Fund XII on $1.74 Billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Varde Partners has closed its twelfth flagship fund on $1.74 billion. The firm invests in opportunities across a broad array of geographies, segments and asset types. The Fund's main areas of focus include opportunities across c
21 Mar. 2017 Standard Life snags State Street's Carlson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has added to its North American client relations team with the appointment of Larry Carlson as Director of Strategic Relationships. This is a newly created position within the company and he will be based in Boston
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An above-average proportion of Singaporean HNW wealth is allocated to alternative investments - the majority of which is held in hedge funds, according to the latest research by ReportLinker. In its report entitled, Wealth in Singapore: HNW Investors 2017

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    Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Flynt, a Swiss FinTech focusing on proprietary technology platform for private and institutional clients, has published a brief paper on "Investing in the world of robo-advice and passive instruments". As investors will become more reluctant to pay for investment advi