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16 May. 2018 Ardian raises $800M for first infrastructure fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, today announces that it raised more than US$800 million for its first infrastructure fund dedicated to the US and other OECD American countries. The fund marks Ardian's continued expansion into the American market. The
16 May. 2018 Hedge funds earn windfall from Facebook in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds earned a windfall after $1.3 billion in net purchases of Facebook in the first quarter despite the data scandal which hit the social media giant in March, reported
16 May. 2018 CTAs gain in April as U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarchs impact commodity prices [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Barclay CTA Index posted a modest 0.23% gains in April with year-to-date performance still down at -1.42%, BaryclayHedge said in its latest report. Barclay
15 May. 2018 IronChain Capital launches first-of-its-kind mutual fund-like cryptocurrency index fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IronChain Capital announced the launch of two innovative mutual fund-like cryptocurrency index funds: IronChain MiX10 and IronChain MiX10 Institutional. Both Funds will track the MiX10 Index, a market cap weighted index that tracks up to the 10 largest cryptocurrencies (w
15 May. 2018 Tradecraft Capital launches actively managed long crypto fund with a medium-term time horizon [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cryptocurrency-focused investment and hedge fund management firm Tradecraft Capital has launched its first fund. The Tradecraft Crypto Asset Fund is a actively-managed portfolio of concentrated, high-convicti
15 May. 2018 Hedge funds gain as risk appetite returns with both CTAs and macro funds turning long on dollar [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted positive returns last week as risk appetite returned led by CTAs, mainly thanks to their long energy and bond positions, Lyxor Asset Management said in its weekly briefing. Merger funds also benefi
14 May. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.49% in April (+0.30 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds gained 0.49% in April according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 0.38% gain in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index remains up 0.30%, while the S&P has lost 0.38%. "Increasing tension in the midd
14 May. 2018 CalPERS CIO to leave pension at the end of the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System today announced that Ted Eliopoulos, CalPERS' chief investment officer (CIO), is leaving the pension fund in order to relocate to the East Coast to be closer to family. A search for his permanent replacement will
11 May. 2018 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 for April 2018 measured 0.16%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.46% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index showed a gain of 0.46% f
11 May. 2018 Third Point adds to its short book [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Dan Loeb is adding to his short book. Thursday on an earnings conference call for Third Point Reinsurance, Loeb said that the market regime shifted in the first quarter of this year leading him to add to his short position. His comments on the call echoed s
11 May. 2018 Oregon based Blockchain hedge fund manager up 259.65% net through April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stonegate Capital said that its Stonegate Octic All-Weather Blockchain Master Fund returned 259.65% net of fees as of April this year compared to its benchmark, the HFRI Cryptocurrency Index which is down 17.48%
09 May. 2018 Good Returns & Inverdale Capital Management launch program for impact investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Good Returns, the Dallas-based hybrid social enterprise whose unique philanthropic model for businesses helps create sustainable social impact, and Inverdale Capital Management, an asset management firm focused on alternative investments, today expanded their existing par
09 May. 2018 Hedge fund FORT names president, head of IR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FORT LP, a multi-strategy quantitative investment adviser founded in 1993 by Yves Balcer and Sanjiv Kumar, announced that veteran asset management executive Stu Bohart is joining the firm as President, based in New York. He is one of several new executive appointments mad
09 May. 2018 Preqin: Private equity investors double down in Q1 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor appetite for private equity has remained high in 2018, despite concerns about pricing and future returns. Ninety-two percent of investors indicated at the end of 2017 that they intended to commit as much or more capital in 2018 as in the previous year, and over a
09 May. 2018 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -0.05% 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 -0.05% in April, underperforming the 0.09% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
09 May. 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments acquires Hark Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aberdeen Standard Investments today announced that it has completed the acquisition of specialist financing company Hark Capital from Enhanced Capital Group, LLC for an undisclosed sum. Hark provides loans to mid-life and end of life private equity and venture capital
08 May. 2018 Hedge funds snap two-month performance decline, post gains in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rebounded in April to snap a two-month performance decline, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advancing 0.38%, bringing YTD performance to 0.39% through April and t
07 May. 2018 UCITs-compliant hedge funds gain in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: UCITS compliant hedge funds gained in April with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index ga
04 May. 2018 Activist hedge fund Elliott Management steps up exposures in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Paul Singer's activist hedge fund firm Elliott Management is ramping up its exposures in Europe as it looks for opportunities in the region by pushing management shake-up, merger deals, and company break-ups to provide more value for shareholders. A review of El
03 May. 2018 Malta proposes mandatory Financial Instrument Test for ICO and virtual currencies services [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is considering the introduction of a Financial Instrument Test as a mandatory requirement under the Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA), applicable both within the cont
03 May. 2018 Hedge funds post slight gains in April on mixed results from global financial markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted slights gains for April, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index and the HFRX Absolute Return Index both gaining 0.09%, data provider Hedge Fund Research said in its mo
02 May. 2018 David Einhorn's flagship hedge fund down 1.1% in April but finally makes money on Tesla short [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: David Einhorn's flagship hedge fund extended its downward spiral in April and fell 1.1% during the month to further expand its year-to-date losses to 14.9%, according to a report by
01 May. 2018 BlackRock snags two from GSAM for secondaries unit [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Reuters is reporting that BlackRock has recruited two executives from Goldman Sachs Asset Ma
01 May. 2018 Updated: Scaramucci to return to SkyBridge after HNA deal falls through [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After traversing one of the more unique political and financial career paths of recent memory, Anthony Scaramucci is set to return to SkyBridge, a fund of funds he founded after a buyout deal with Chinese conglomerate HNA fell through.
01 May. 2018 Hedge funds fell in sync with market slump last week [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were down in sync with the market downturn last week, according to Lyxor Asset Management's latest Weekly Briefing. It added that CTAs underperformed due to their long exposures to U.S. equities and their l
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