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14 Mar. 2018 Blackstone acquires minority stake in real estate investment manager [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group said that its Blackstone's Strategic Capital Holdings Fund has acquired a passive, minority equity stake in Boston-based global real estate investment management firm Rockpoint f
14 Mar. 2018 Study: New hedge fund launches veer away from equity strategies, discount fees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by international law firm Seward & Kissel has shown that the dramatic reshaping of the hedge fund landscape continued in 2017 as the number of new funds using equity-based strategies fell sharply for the second year in a row. The law firm's annual
14 Mar. 2018 CTAs fell in February as trend reversals hit equities, oil and metals [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The trend reversals in February hit equities, oils, and metals bringing losses to CTA strategies, according to Barclayhedge. The Barclay CTA Index fell 2.89% last month, extendi
13 Mar. 2018 Bitwise's passive crypto fund is up 50% in just four months since launch [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bitwise Asset Management's passive cryptocurrency fund is on a roll. The San Francisco-based company said that its digital currency-focused HODL fund, a passively managed index fund comprised of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, is up 51% si
13 Mar. 2018 Balance of risks shifting positively, to favor emerging market, Asian assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The announcement that U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is shifting the balance of risks positively and this has important implications on emerging markets and Asian assets, said
12 Mar. 2018 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -2.15% In February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -2.15% in February, outperforming the -2.42% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liqu
12 Mar. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 1.53% in February (+0.52% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds lost 1.53% in February according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 3.69% decline in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index remains up 0.52%, but lags the S&P which has gained 1.83%. "Reports of incr
12 Mar. 2018 Investcorp announces strategic partnership with Shoals Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investments, today announced its strategic partnership with Shoals Capital Management, which currently manages approximately $160 million. Investcorp and other institutional investors, including a large U.S. pensio
12 Mar. 2018 MPI and Barclayhedge join forces to launch hedge fund index business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markov Processes International (MPI), a leading provider of investment research, technology and analytics for the global investment management industry, today announced the launch of its next-generation hedge fund index business, MPI Hedge Fund Indices. The new business l
09 Mar. 2018 Preqin's most consistent top performing hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Drawing on data compiled for the 2018 Preqin Global Hedge Fund Report, Preqin has created league tables of the most consistent performing hedge funds. These league tables do not seek in any way to endorse these funds, but rather to illustrate those that have performed the
08 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds fall 1.8% in February for first time since October 2016 as global equities decline [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds ended their 15-month winning streak as the broad-based HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell 1.8% in February as global equities declined, said data tracker Hedge Fund Rese
07 Mar. 2018 ChinaAMC partners with TOBAM to develop unique Anti-Benchmark China A-shares investment capability [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - TOBAM, Paris-based research driven quantitative asset manager and founder of the Maximum Diversification approach and China Asset Management Company (ChinaAMC), a Chinese asset manager, announce today a strategic partnership to develop a unique Anti-Benchmark China A-shar
07 Mar. 2018 Majority of institutional investors satisfied with hedge funds in 2017 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A large majority of institutional investors are satisfied with their hedge fund portfolios with 72% indicating that their investments in the asset class met or exceeded their return expectations during 2017, according to Credit Suisse's
06 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds outperform as equity markets fell [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Most hedge fund strategies outperformed in the last week of February as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1% (+0.7% YTD), with event-driven posting the highest gains, Lyxor Asset Management said in its monthly report.
05 Mar. 2018 Lighthouse Investment and Mesirow Financial announce the sale of Mesirow's multi-manager hedge fund business to Lighthouse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lighthouse Investment Partners, LLC and Mesirow Financial has announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Lighthouse is expected to acquire substantially all of the assets of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, the multi-manager hedge fund division of Mesirow.
05 Mar. 2018 Hedge funds fell in February as global financial markets post steep declines [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell in February as the global financial market posted steep declines and US interest rates increased, data tracker Hedge Fund Research said. The HFRX Absolute Return decline
05 Mar. 2018 Class action filed against LJM Funds Management for alleged fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: An international law firm has initiated a class action suit against LJM Funds Management and its executives for allegedly making false and misleading statements in addition to failing to disclose materials in connection with the sale of the LJM Preservation and Grow
01 Mar. 2018 Mainstream Fund Services expands private equity offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global fund administrator Mainstream Fund Services, part of Mainstream Group Holdings, is expanding their organization to handle the firm's growing practice for closed-end funds (Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Real Estate). Jay Maher joins as CEO of Private Equi
28 Feb. 2018 Kensington rebrands Kensington Hedge Fund I to Kensington Alternative Strategies Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kensington Capital Partners is pleased to announce the rebranding of the Kensington Hedge Fund I to the Kensington Alternative Strategies Fund effective February 15, 2018. The Kensington Alternative Strategies Fund will continue to be known for its consistent and stable r
28 Feb. 2018 Cambridge Capital partners with Apex Token Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cambridge Capital, a hedge fund with a focus on cryptocurrencies, will be joining the Apex Token Fund, the first tokenized fund of funds. The firm's mixture of long- and short-term trading strategies will add profitability and security to Apex, allowing it to achieve
28 Feb. 2018 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up 2.66% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index was up again in January, posting a +2.66% gain to start the year. Performance was widespread as funds of all types took advantage of bullish sentiment across multiple asset classes and regions. Congress passed - and President Trump si
28 Feb. 2018 Maples Fiduciary appoints Guy Dominy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fiduciary, a leading global provider of specialised fiduciary and corporate administration services and division of MaplesFS, has announced the appointment of Guy Dominy as Director, Business Development in North America. Mr. Dominy brings extensive buy and
28 Feb. 2018 American Securities closes latest fund at $7 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - American Securities LLC, a leading U.S. private equity firm, today announced the first and final closing of American Securities Partners VIII, L.P with total capital commitments of $7 billion. American Securities closed the fund above the $6 billion target and at the har
28 Feb. 2018 Distressed debt hedge fund Magnolia Road Capital to close down [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Distressed debt hedge fund Magnolia Road Capital is shutting down operations after failing to raise capital. In a letter to investors, Jame Donath said he would return the bulk of their capital before the end of this year, reports
27 Feb. 2018 Scotiabank - Canadian Hedge Funds Up In January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended December 2017 up 0.84% MOM on an asset weighted basis and up 1.37% MOM on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Canadian Hedge Fund univ
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