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01 Feb. 2017 High Yield: Equity-Like Returns... With Half the Risk? (white paper) [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: AllianceBernstein writes in Harvest Exchange: Investors often think of high-yield bonds as just another part of their fixed-
31 Jan. 2017 Private Equity assets under management approach $2.5tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The total assets under management for the private equity industry* have grown to a record $2.49tn as of June 2016 (the latest figures available). Preqin’s 2017 Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report finds that industry assets rose from $2.39tn as of the
31 Jan. 2017 Hedge fund industry surpasses $3.2tn in 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets held by hedge funds globally reached a record $3.22tn as of the end of November 2016, according to Preqin’s 2017 Global Hedge Fund Report. Investor outflows through the year totalled $102bn, and at the end of the year, a record 66% of hedge fund investors sai
31 Jan. 2017 33% since 2013: What's driving the rise of ESG investing? [more]
Matthias Knab: Jade Huang, Portfolio Manager, Calvert Research and Management, writes on Harvest Exchange: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is one of th
30 Jan. 2017 A side effect of China's debt binge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Richard Turnill, Global Chief Investment Strategist of BlackRock writes on Harvest Exchange: China has been on a debt binge lately, fueling its stabi
27 Jan. 2017 LendingRobot launches robo-fund that will challenge traditional hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: LendingRobot, the first robo-advisor for Alternative Lending built for individual investors, has announced the launch
26 Jan. 2017 Value fund URI Capital Partners returns 27.66% net in 2016 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Brian Pitkin writes on Harvest Exchange: URI Capital Partners, is a long only, highly concentrated fund that seeks long term outperformance by
26 Jan. 2017 White white paper explores hedge fund, buy-side trends toward active treasury management [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Integrated buy-side treasury management solutions provider Hazeltree has published a new whitepaper that explores the trends and benefits of active treasury management and the increased interest among buy-side firm
26 Jan. 2017 Former Bridgewater exec launches alternative mutual fund with risk premia protection features [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative mutual funds provider Context Asset Management has announced the launch of its Context Strategic Global Equity Fund, signaling the firm's expansion of its liquid alternative platform. Context provid
26 Jan. 2017 TPG brings on Bradford Berenson as general counsel [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Fort Worth, TX and San Francisco-based private equity firm TPG has brought on Bradford Berenson as general counsel. Benson joins the firm from General Electric where he was Vice President and Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legal Policy. Berenson will be based
25 Jan. 2017 AlphaCore doubles staff, advisory assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlphaCore Capital, a La Jolla, Calif. based investment adviser, announces today the acquisition of a San Diego-based registered investment adviser, and the addition of five new team members. The firm’s expansion will double assets under advisement, with approximatel
25 Jan. 2017 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.35% in December (-1.06% 2016) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders gained 0.35% in December according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Overall, the Index lost 1.03% in 2016. Seven of Barclay’s eight CTA indices gained ground in December. The Barclay Financial/Metals Index was up 1
25 Jan. 2017 Greenwich Alternative Investments: Hedge funds finish 2016 up 4.61% on global equities' rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds finished December 2016 up 1.05%, its third-best month of the year after March and July, said Greenwich Alternative Investments. For the whole year, the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index gained 4.61%. In its monthly report, Greenwich said that the pos
25 Jan. 2017 Blackstone closes latest Strategic Partners fund on $7.5 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Strategic Partners Fund Solutions the secondaries arm of Blackstone has closed its latest fund on $7.5 billion. This is the seventh fund for Strategic Partners. The group began investing out of the fund in May and has already closed some transacti
25 Jan. 2017 Steel Partners to raise $500M fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Los Angeles-based firm Steel Partners is planning to raise a new $500 million hedge fund, the S-III Opportuniity Fund. The fundraise would be the first new fund for activist investor and Steel Partners founder, Warren Lichtenstein, in over twenty years. The fund
25 Jan. 2017 Family offices see event driven hedge funds, emerging markets as promising in 2017 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by data provider Peltz International has found that family offices see event driven and emerging markets as having the most potential for growth this year. Peltz' Sentiment Survey polled some
25 Jan. 2017 Value Partners gets $4 million fine from Hong Kong regulator [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded Value Partners Group and its Hong Kong subsidiary, and fined them $2m
25 Jan. 2017 Hayne Leland recipient of the 2016 IAQF/Northfield Financial Engineer of the Year Award [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hayne Leland, Arno Rayner Professor Emeritus of Finance and Management at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has been named the 2016 IAQF/Northfield Financial Engineer of the Year (FEOY). A pioneer in the field of modern corporate f
24 Jan. 2017 J.P. Morgan signs deal for actively managed ETFs without daily holdings disclosure [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPAM) has initiated a deal with Precidian Investments regarding the latter's patented intellectual property relating to the offering of actively-managed, periodically-disclosed exchange-traded funds (ETFs). JPAM has signed a letter
24 Jan. 2017 Event driven hedge funds start 2017 on the right foot but CTAs down on Trump [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Event driven hedge funds started 2017 on the right foot as the Lyxor Event Driven Broad Index was up 0.2% from 10 January to 17 and rose 1.9% YTD, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. However, the Lyxor
24 Jan. 2017 Joint AIMA-Preqin study shows hedge funds beat stocks and bonds in 2016 on risk-adjusted basis [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque: A joint study by the industry body Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and data provider Preqin showed that hedge funds outperformed equities and bonds in 2016 on a risk-adjusted basis, producing net gains for their investors worth around $120bn. Hed
24 Jan. 2017 Fred Alger Management relaunches ESG fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Fred Alger Management, a $19.5 billion investment firm, has relaunched its ESG fund. Formerly the Alger Green Fund, the Alger Responsible Investing Fund is broadening its investment criteria and has added Gregory S. Adams, CFA as Portfolio Manager
24 Jan. 2017 GMO names new CEO, adds head of investments role [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Boston-based asset manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. (GMO) has named a new CEO. Scott Hayward, former CEO of Quantitative Management Associates will take over in the role on February 13, 2017. Hayward will take over for Peg McGetrick, a board member who
23 Jan. 2017 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.22% in December (+6.20% 2016) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 1.22% in December according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index ended 2016 with a gain of 6.20%. All but one of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices gained ground in December. The European Equities Index led t
23 Jan. 2017 Small cap value/special sits hedge fund Artko Capital up 33.2% net in 2016 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Peter Rabover, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Artko Capital, writes on
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