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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
13 Apr. 2017 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index and Capital Movement Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index March 2017 measured 0.30%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.90% in April. "The increase of 0.90% for SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index
13 Apr. 2017 Other Voices: The lost decade for long/short hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - For years, investors have suspected they aren't getting the alpha they are paying for from long/short hedge funds. The underperformance might be even worse than they feared. Not only are they not capturing alpha, but investors aren't even getting all the be
13 Apr. 2017 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.06% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.06% in March, slightly outperforming the 0.03% return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
13 Apr. 2017 Federal Way Asset Management becomes Aptitude Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Federal Way Asset Management LP, an investment management firm offering both alternatives management and fiduciary management services with approximately $5.6 billion in assets, including $3.7 billion on a discretionary basis, today announced that it has changed its name
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  1. Mediobanca acquires majority stakes in Swiss hedge fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Listed diversified banking group Mediobanca SpA said it has acquired a majority stake in Geneva-based hedge fund firm RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), an active and alternative asset manager offering a range of act

  2. North America - Miami could attract hedge funds if SALT deductions axed[more]

    From Law360.com: For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani's greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he's sensi

  3. Northleaf Capital Partners closes debut private credit fund on $670M[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Northleaf Capital Partners has closed its debut private credit fund - Northleaf Private Credit I - on $670 million. The vehicle will invest in private credit transactions in Europe and North America, with a primary focus on lending to private equity-backed compa

  4. ...And Finally - The ongoing gun saga in the U.S.[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: As elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, gathered on Nov. 16 to discuss the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, one of those present asked if anyone had brought a gun to church. One man spoke up and said he c

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Credit Suisse Asset Management's NEXT Investors leads $6M Series A round for LUX Technology and Services[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Credit Suisse Asset Management's NEXT Investors has led a $6 million Series A funding round for LUX Technology and Services, a business and technology solutions provider for the alternative assets industry. The investment will be used to fuel growth of Trans