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24 Apr. 2017 Conway Investment Research gains operational control of Guggenheim Alternatives Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Conway Investment Research, LLC announced that it has acquired operational control of the Guggenheim Alternatives Platform from GP Feeder Fund Management, LLC. The platform, which provides qualified investors access to global alternative investment solutions, is now known
24 Apr. 2017 Butler students launch Bermuda-based captive insurer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An American university has chosen Bermuda as its domicile for the first known student-run captive insurance company. Students enrolled in the Davey Risk Management & Insurance Program at Butler University's Lacy School of Business in Indianapolis, IN, were grant
24 Apr. 2017 French Election Result: Not Yet a Done Deal [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Franklin Templeton Investments writes on Harvest Exchange: On paper, the result of the final round of the French election now looks to be
24 Apr. 2017 Allocators increase demand for alternative assets, new strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits of more than 200 institutions and family offices, representing prominent fund of funds, endowments, pensions, sovereign wealth funds and private investors, has found that these sectors are still committed to maintain their allocations to
24 Apr. 2017 Alternative asset firm YieldStreet surpasses $100m of loans funded in less than 8 quarters [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative asset investment platform YieldStreet reported that it has surpassed $100m in loans funded in less than eight quarters from accredited investors and single family offices. YieldStreet was founded by Milind Mehere and Michael Weisz. In a
24 Apr. 2017 Heard Capital sees 'great opportunity despite the headlines' [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Heard Opportunity Fund LLC, a hedge fund that invests in the telecom, media, technology, financials, industrials and energy sectors, returned 6.7% in 2016, and 33.8% since its July 2011 inception - compared to the HFRX Equity Hedge Index's respective
24 Apr. 2017 Aris Wealth' quant indices fare well [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Last year, Geneva-based Aris Wealth Management launched indices sponsored by Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. These indices replic
21 Apr. 2017 How will blockchain impact the financial industry? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Johan Hillebrand writes on Harvest Exchange: Distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain, has been gaining a lot of attention as
21 Apr. 2017 Hedge fund assets rise three consecutive quarters to a record $3.07tln [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets reached $3.07 trillion in the first quarter of 2017 as the industry sustained its expansion to a third consecutive quarterly record as investors increased allocations to event driven and quantitative, trend-following systematic macro strategies, da
21 Apr. 2017 Market environment supportive of alternative strategies as global macro exposure to European equities hit five-year high [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Equities and energy commodities peaked in early March as risk appetite has faded lately. The moves follow a strong quarter for risk assets, said Lyxor Asset Management in its latest Hedge Fund Briefs. Lyxor AM Seni
21 Apr. 2017 Macquarie to buy the UK's Green Investment Bank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Macquarie-led consortia of investors will privatize and acquire the UK's Green Investment Bank, a government-backed bank that uses public funds to invest in environmentally sustainable projects. The £2.3 billion ($2.9 billion) deal will keep the bank going
21 Apr. 2017 Schroders to acquire Adveq [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: British Asset Manager Schroders will acquire Swiss private equity firm Adveq for an undisclosed sum. Reuters was first to report news of the transaction. The deal will close in the second half of this year and Adveq will assume the name Schroders Adveq. Adv
21 Apr. 2017 Lithuanian Parliament introduces Magnitsky legislation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lithuanian Parliament on Thursday introduced a Magnitsky bill proposing to refuse entry to Lithuania to persons who have been involved in human rights abuses, money laundering and corruption. The bill is the initiative of Gabrielius Landsbergis, MP, chairman
20 Apr. 2017 French election has investors globally on knife edge, with future of EU in the balance [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Janus Capital Group writes on Harvest Exchange: The French presidential elections represent the greatest sou
20 Apr. 2017 Hedge fund Man Group reports 10% rise in assets in Q1, sees alpha opportunities ahead [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest listed and UK-based hedge fund firm Man Group has reported that its assets under management rose 10% in the first quarter of this year, helped by positive market moves and recent acquisition. Luke Ellis, chief executive officer of Man Group,
20 Apr. 2017 Volcker calls on global and US policymakers to stay committed to financial reform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former U.S. Federal Reserve board Chairman Paul A. Volcker and author of the Volcker Rule has called on global and U.S. policy makers to renew their commitment to a shared financial reform program. Volcker made the call in a speech he delivered at the 2017 Bretton W
20 Apr. 2017 Hedge funds show resilience amid political and geopolitical stress [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds proved resilient with most strategies being positive in the first half of April this year amid political and geopolitical uncertainties, Lyxor Asset Management said in its latest Weekly Briefing. The L
20 Apr. 2017 Investors allocate $15.7 billion to hedge funds in March [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors allocated $15.7 billion in new money to hedge funds in March, according to the latest asset flow data from eVestment. March inflows were the industry's largest positive numbers in 20 months and total industry AUM now stands at $3.107 trillion. The
19 Apr. 2017 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.34% in March (+2.29% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.34% in March with Q1 2017 gains coming in at 2.29%. Investor subscriptions have picked up pace since the start of the year, with net inflows coming in at US$26.1 billion. North American hedge fund industry AUM reached a US$1.53 trillion record hi
19 Apr. 2017 Stone Point Capital and KKR acquire majority stake in wealth manager Focus Financial Partners [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stone Point Capital and KKR have acquired a majority stake in wealth management firm Focus Financial Partners. Both KKR and Stone Point placed Focus Partners' value at approximately $2bn. Under the deal, the selling shareholders include Focus' existing private equit
19 Apr. 2017 Financial markets remain calm amidst political uncertainty, monetary support plays key role [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The financial markets remain calm as if oblivious of the political uncertainties shaping the world currently, says Jeanne Asseaf-Bitton, global head of cross asset research at Lyxor Asset Management, a European-based a
18 Apr. 2017 Highland hires Greywolf's Krytzer to expand institutional business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based alternative investment management firm that, together with its affiliates, has approximately $15 billion in assets under management, announced today that Damon Krytzer, CFA has joined the firm as managing director, supporting bu
17 Apr. 2017 State public pension funds' portfolios increasingly complex [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts examining investments by the 73 largest state public pension funds finds that a shift to more complex investments has significantly increased fees, volatility, and potential losses. The analysis also estimates that $4 billion in i
17 Apr. 2017 Rebuilding Asset Allocations by Investing in US Infrastructure: Benefits for European institutional investors [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Standish Mellon Asset Management Company writes on Harvest Exchange: For European institutional investors, US infrastructur
17 Apr. 2017 Sprott AM to sell Canadian diversified fund business to management-led group [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Toronto-based asset management company Sprott Asset Management LP (SAM) has entered into an agreement to sell its Canadian diversified fund business to a management-led group. Under the deal, the new group will have
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