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16 Sep. 2016 Hedge fund launches, liquidations fell in 2Q as industry post steady gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund launches and liquidations fell in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, releas
16 Sep. 2016 Merger arbitrage leads IndexIQ indexes on the upside [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The IQ Hedge Indexes reported modest gains in August across the hedge fund strategies in August , led by the IQ Hedge Merger Arbitrage Index, which was up 1.12% (+3.57% YTD). The IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index was the only down index, declining -0.06% (+3.83% YTD).
15 Sep. 2016 Institutional investment flows $120 billion in the red [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The institutional investment industry saw asset outflows of $120 billion in the second quarter of the year, following $75.1 billion pulled from the industry in the first quarter of the year, according to eVestment Traditional Asset Flows Report covering 2Q 2016. Outflows
15 Sep. 2016 Fund administrator MainstreamBPO expands into UK and Europe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Australian based fund administrator MainstreamBPO Limited group has announced its expansion into the UK and Europe following receipt of in principle regulatory approval from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) to act as a Fund Administrator in Malta.
15 Sep. 2016 Tages Capital launches alternative risk premia fund with initial institutional investment of $100m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tages Capital, one of Europe's leading specialist alternative asset managers, has announced the launch of Tages Alternative Risk Premia Fund (the 'Fund), a fund focused on the rapidly growing area of alternative risk premia. The Fund offers investors access to Tag
15 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds record returns of 0.97% in August (+4.67% YTD) in longest winning streak since 2012 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After six successive months of gains, the hedge funds industry recorded its longest period of monthly gains since the 12 consecutive months of gains in June 2012-May 2013, according to data provider Preqin. The P
15 Sep. 2016 California’s alternative assets industry expands to record $732bn in AuM [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The growth in the number of California-based managers has led to an increase in assets under management in the state, according to data provider Preqin. The private capital industry (including venture capital) has
15 Sep. 2016 SS&C to acquire Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services business [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial services software provider SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., is to acquire Wells Fargo Global Fund Service (GFS), a provider of administration, middle-office, operations and cash/collateral management services to alternative investment managers, for an un
14 Sep. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: August performance 0.73%; Capital Movement Index: September net flows advance 0.38% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2016 measured 0.73%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.38% in September. “SS&C GlobeOp’s Capital Movement In
14 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds flat in August, up 2.50% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were flat to marginally negative at 0.06% during the month of August with much of this weakness led by underlying CTA/managed futures and macro mandated hedge funds. On the other hand, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index (Local
14 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds are not trying to find women managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Recruiters say that hedge funds are not really focused on hiring women, reported Business Insider. Michael Goodman of recruiting firm Long R
14 Sep. 2016 Wilshire reports drop in funding levels of 109 US retirement systems [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Wilshire Consulting, the institutional investment advisory and outsourced-CIO business unit of Wilshire Associates Inc., estimates the ratio of pension assets-to-liabilities, or funding ratio, for the city and county pe
13 Sep. 2016 Alpha UCITS Platform launches CLO focused fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alpha UCITS Platform has launched the Fair Oaks Dynamic Credit UCITS Fund in partnership with Fair Oaks Capital Limited. It is the first UCITS Fund focused on the global market for Collateralised Loan Obligations. Fair Oaks Capital Limited is an independent
13 Sep. 2016 Alder Capital hires John Parkin to head product management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alder Capital DAC, the Dublin-based, systematic investment manager, announces the appointment of John Parkin in the newly created role of Head of Product Management and, as part of this new role, the Company’s intention to open its first overseas office in London*. Once o
13 Sep. 2016 Republic Wealth partners with ActiveAllocator for holistic asset allocation and portfolio construction [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Austin’s Republic Wealth Advisors has announced a strategic alliance with Active Allocator, Inc. to deliver cutting-edge asset allocation and portfolio construction methods to Republic’s clients and others. Active Allocator owns and operates ActiveAllocator.com,
13 Sep. 2016 JPAM study suggests fiscal policy to play more active role in economies and markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A paper released by J.P. Morgan Asset Management has suggested that fiscal policy will play a more active role in heading off negative outcomes for economies and markets in the coming years. Moreover, the change in policy is unlikely to pose a grave challenge to the
13 Sep. 2016 Soros' firm advises on SolarCity funding round [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SolarCity, the California-based clean energy firm backed by Elon Musk, has completed a $305 million equity financing round. A private investment fund affiliated with Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd. and advised by Soros Fund Management LLC provided the equity inv
13 Sep. 2016 CTAs rally as U.S. economic data fell below expectations [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: CTAs outperformed in the week as of Sept. 06 while global macro managers underperformed, both differently impacted by the U.S. dollar weakening, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor CTA Broad I
13 Sep. 2016 Commodities fell in August, led by agriculture and metals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Credit Suisse Asset Management, the asset management unit of financial services provider Credit Suisse AG , said that commodities declined in August, largely driven by supply fundamentals and evo
13 Sep. 2016 Thoma Bravo closes Fund XII on $7.6bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chicago-based firm Thoma Bravo has closed its latest flagship fund on $7.6 billion. The fund was at its hard-cap and was oversubscribed. The firm will use Fund XII to expand its portfolio of technology investments. Some of Thoma Bravo's recent investment
12 Sep. 2016 NewAlpha invests via its fintech fund in Unilend, the leading French player in P2P lending to SMEs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An expert in investments targeting the entrepreneurial financial industry, NewAlpha Asset Management launched the first French venture capital fund dedicated to Fintechs in November 2015. By investing €2.5 million in Unilend, the fund makes its third investme
12 Sep. 2016 UBS Asset Management's real estate equity and debt funds continue to impress in 2016 GRESB assessments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Asset Management's Global Real Estate business is pleased to announce its results in the 2016 GRESB Real Estate and Real Estate Debt assessments, which measure the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios worldwide, including property funds and com
12 Sep. 2016 Alternative asset managers and investors deepen partnership through greater alignment of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative asset managers are changing their business models and exploring a broader set of arrangements designed to improve the alignment of interest between themselves and their investors, according to a new survey by the Alternative Investment Management Association (
12 Sep. 2016 AIMA survey: Hedge fund managers put more effort in aligning interests with investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Alternative asset managers are adopting old ways and finding news ways to attract investors and show better alignment of interests, through the use of high water marks, hurdle rates, sliding fee scale, claw-backs, longer lock-ups, transparency, and skin-in-th
12 Sep. 2016 Family offices reduce hedge funds, include more impact investing as succession becomes greater challenge [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Family offices are reducing their holdings in hedge funds and adding private equity. A study by UBS Group AG in tandem with London-base
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