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29 Jun. 2017 Pantheon examines the shrinking market for public equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pantheon has published new research that looks at the phenomenon and causes of shrinking public markets. The number of publicly listed companies in the U.S. has roughly halved since 1996 and the authors of the research, Cullen Wilson and Brian Buenneke, explain why they b
29 Jun. 2017 Pantera Capital to launch $100m Initial Coin Offering (ICO) hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain technology and digital currency-focused investment firm Pantera Capital is planning to launch a $100m hedge fund that is focused in tokens that supports blockchain protocols. According to
29 Jun. 2017 Private Advisors closes debut real assets fund above target [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternative investment firm Private Advisors has closed its first Real Assets Fund on $250 million, beating its target. The fund will invest in small specialist managers and thematic co-investments. "The natural resource private equity market has evolved dr
28 Jun. 2017 Stockholm based hedge fund group IPM launches fund for US market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IPM, one of the fastest growing Systematic Macro Managers this year, has launched a Delaware feeder fund to respond to increased demand from a large pool of investors in the US wanting easy access its flagship macro strategy. The fund which was seeded on 1 June by IPM wil
28 Jun. 2017 Dyal Capital acquires minority interest in $2.5bn credit hedge fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Atalaya Capital Management, a private credit and special opportunities alternative investment manager, announced today that the firm has entered into a primary transaction with Dyal Capital Partners, a division of Neuberger Berman Group. Dyal will become a passive, non-vo
28 Jun. 2017 White Oak Equity Partners acquires minority interest in ROW Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - White Oak Equity Partners, a private equity investor focused on acquiring minority GP interests in hedge funds, has announced that it has acquired a minority interest in ROW Asset Management, a systematic quantitative global macro investment firm with over $800 million in
28 Jun. 2017 Scaramucci lands role at the Ex-Im Bank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SkyBridge founder Anthony Scaramucci has finally landed a role in the Trump administration. Politico reported today, that the former hedge fund of fun
28 Jun. 2017 APS Asset's hedge funds outperform benchmarks in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management said that most of its hedge funds outperformed their benchmarks in May with its flagship returning APS Japan Alpha Fund 7.93% (gross) during the month compared
28 Jun. 2017 Ex-BlueBay manager joins Ares' credit division [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Peter Higgins has joined Ares Management as a partner and portfolio manager in its credit group in London.  Higgins was most recently with BlueBay Asset Management, a $51bn+ European manager of fixed income credit and alternative investment strategies, wh
27 Jun. 2017 European hedge fund market contracts in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry faces a challenging environment in Europe, with overall assets under management declining in 2016, and net asset outflows continuing through Q1 2017. As of the end of 2015, hedge fund managers in the region held $674bn in AUM; this declined to $657
27 Jun. 2017 NewAlpha announces final closing of FinTech Venture Capital fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NewAlpha Asset Management, an expert in investments targeting the entrepreneurial financial industry worldwide, launched the first French venture capital fund dedicated to Fintech companies in November 2015. Following the injection of €15m in capital by the French Te
27 Jun. 2017 Nomura Asset Management expands AI effort [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. (NAM), one of Japan's leading investment managers, and Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced that they have conducted a proof of concept (PoC) study to exami
27 Jun. 2017 PSAM acquires stake in CdR Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM), a leading global alternative asset manager, has purchased a minority stake in CdR Capital, a UK and Geneva headquartered private investment office. The stake allows PSAM, which employs a research based fundamental investment appr
27 Jun. 2017 Global macro hedge funds lose on sharp drop in oil prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global macro hedge funds suffered losses due to the sharp fall in oil prices and the drop in U.S. and U.K. Treasury yields, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Global Macro Index fell -1.0% from 13 June to 20 June (-3.4% YTD). The Lyxor
27 Jun. 2017 State pension plans see liabilities increase in 2016 - Wilshire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The funding ratio of state pension plans dropped four percentage points to 69 percent in fiscal year 2016, according to Wilshire Consulting. A year ago, Wilshire Consulting's annual state funding report uncovered a funding ratio of 73 percent. "U.S. stock pe
26 Jun. 2017 BlueMountain Capital Management adds head of equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm with $22 billion in assets under management, continues to build and diversify its equities business, with the addition of Lance Rosen as Head of Equities effective July 10, 2017.
26 Jun. 2017 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.40% in May (+3.28% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds reported a composite return of +0.40% in May, further extending their win streak. Performance was somewhat subdued across most strategies as managers navigated choppy markets in equities and energy. US Equities recovered quickly from a mid-month sell
23 Jun. 2017 QUALGRO ASEAN-focused fund spins out from the Gordian Capital platform as QUALGRO VC grows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Qualgro and Gordian Capital announced the spin out of the QUALGRO ASEAN FUND I, L.P. from the Gordian Capital platform. Since 2005, Singapore-based Gordian Capital has provided a regulated, physical and operational infrastructure for institutional quality teams seeking to
23 Jun. 2017 Comment: Is China's yield curve signaling a further economic slowdown? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: PIMCO writes on Harvest Exchange: Why China's yield curve became inverted and what it means for the economy. In the bond
23 Jun. 2017 Event driven hedge funds continue upward climb [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven hedge funds continue their upward climb gaining 5.1% year-to-date supported by the catch-up in financials and in less crowded smaller caps, which offset some losses in healthcare positions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was flat during the period (+0.4% YT
23 Jun. 2017 Tages Capital closes Helios Fund on €250M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tages Capital SGR has closed its Tages Helios Investment Fund on €253 million. Tages Helios is a renewable energy investment fund focused exclusively on the Italian solar infrastructure sector and represents one of the largest fundraisings dedicated to the secto
23 Jun. 2017 Trinitas Capital Management closes investment from Pine Brook [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Trinitas Capital Management, a Dallas-based collateralized loan obligation (CLO) manager, today announced that Pine Brook, an investment firm has closed its previously announced $250 million line of equity commitment in the company. "We believe that Pine Br
22 Jun. 2017 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.06% in May (+0.67% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.06% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has lost 0.67%. Four of Barclay's CTA indices had gains in May, and four had losses. The Financial/Metals Traders Index was up 0.88%, S
21 Jun. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund index gains 0.50% in May, 4.13% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained 0.50% in May according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 4.13% in 2017. The Barclay Hedge Fund Index has now been profitable for seven months in a row, with a cumulative gain of 6.10%. The Barclay Technology I
21 Jun. 2017 Asia focused hedge funds offer great opportunities, says Agecroft Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - For the first time in several years, investors have begun expressing an interest in opportunities in Asia. Investors have shared increasing concerns about the high valuations of both the US equity and fixed income markets (pushed further by the Trump rally in the U.S. eq
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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Statsure Financial launches captive insurer for hedge funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund managers have a new option for protecting their business. Launching this week at the annual MFA Conference, Statsure Financial is offering a captive insurance solution for hedge fund managers. Many large companies have captive insurers - insurance

  2. U.S. economy, inflation and alternative investments to dominate 2018 markets, says family office Wilmington Trust[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The emergence of a late-cycle economy in the U.S., the mystery of inflation and growth from a domestic and global perspective, and the potential for alternative investments to prosper against a backdrop of rich valuations, low yields, and higher volatility are the t

  3. Performance - Some hedge funds deliver double-digit gains for 2017, Brevan Howard's hedge fund suffers biggest annual loss in 2017, Crispin Odey's flagship hedge fund plummeted about 20% in 2017, Profits fall 90% at ex-Morgan Stanley banker's hedge fund, Fannie-Freddie overhaul might mint hedge fund riches, losses[more]

    Some hedge funds deliver double-digit gains for 2017 From Reuters/Investing.com: A handful of hedge funds ended 2017 with double digit returns, their investors said, at a time the $3 trillion industry took in fresh money and posted its best returns in years, industry data show. Act

  4. Investing - Hedge funds start 2018 with record $19 billion bet on the euro, Hedge fund Kora Management invests in Satin Creditcare[more]

    Hedge funds start 2018 with record $19 billion bet on the euro From Reuters.com: Hedge funds have kicked off 2018 with their biggest bet ever on the euro rising, a clear vote of confidence in the single currency but, with positioning so stretched, one which could backfire in the near ter

  5. News Briefs - Mobius to retire from Franklin Templeton, Authorities decrypt smart phone of Princeton grad charged with killing Manhattan hedge fund dad, Investigators seize (more) antiques from hedge-fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt's collection[more]

    Mobius to retire from Franklin Templeton Emerging markets pioneer Mark Mobius will be stepping down as executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group (TEMG) and formally retire from Franklin Templeton on 31 January. He will also be relinquishing his post as portfolio manager