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04 Dec. 2017 JP Morgan launches first single-strategy alternative beta ETF [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: J.P. Morgan Asset Management is launching its first single-strategy alternative beta ETF, the JPMorgan Event Driven ETF (JPED). The JPED is designed to complement to complement core hedge fund allocations, provide targeted exposure within a portfolio, achieve lower
01 Dec. 2017 GTIS Partners and CalSTRS launch joint venture [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based real estate private equity firm GTIS Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) have launched a joint venture to initially invest $204 million in homebuilding and residential lot development, nationwide. The JV
30 Nov. 2017 Churchill Asset Management closes loan fund on $1.1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Churchill Asset Management, a provider of senior and unitranche debt financing to private equity-owned middle market companies, has completed fundraising for Churchill Middle Market Senior Loan Fund, LP, its inaugural fund as part of Nuveen with over $1.1 billion in commi
30 Nov. 2017 Oregon Investment Council picks Adrian Lee & Partners to manage $2 billion currency programme [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adrian Lee & Partners, the leading active currency manager for institutional investors, has been appointed by the Oregon Investment Council as its Currency Overlay Manager for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. As part of the mandate, AL&P will implement a
30 Nov. 2017 Large institutional investors expect alternatives to rise but challenges loom [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of large institutional investors expecting allocations to alternatives to increase over the next 12 months went up to 53% from 39% reported two years ago, a survey commissioned by BNY Mellon in October has found. The survey, conducted by FT Remark, interv
30 Nov. 2017 Crypto Asset Management lists first actively managed U.S. crypto asset fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Delaware-based asset and fund management company, Crypto Asset Management (CAM) said that the Class T shares of its feeder fund Crypto Asset Fund (CAF), is now listed in Bloomberg under the ticker CA
30 Nov. 2017 eVestment: Hedge fund asset flows turn negative in October [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: After a string of strong performance this year, some hedge fund investors may be doing a bit of profit-taking, with redemptions of -$2.9 billion from hedge funds in October, according to the just-released eVestment asset flows report. However, performance gains
29 Nov. 2017 GoldenTree closes $734 Million CLO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldenTree Loan Management and its affiliated investment manager GoldenTree Asset Management, announced the closing of a $734 million collateralized loan obligation to be managed by GLM. The CLO, GoldenTree Loan Management US CLO 2, is the second to be issued under Golden
29 Nov. 2017 Maples Fund Services Taps Tyne to lead biz dev in North America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider and division of MaplesFS, has announced the appointment of Brendan Tyne as Head of Business Development for North America. Mr. Tyne brings over 20 years of experience in the asset management in
29 Nov. 2017 J O Hambro multi-asset team launches new income fund, adds to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Active asset manager J O Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM) has launched its Global Income Builder (GIB) investment strategy. The new strategy is managed by JOHCM's Multi-Asset team, led by Giorgio Caputo, which was bolstered by the recent hires of Senior Fund Manager Robe
29 Nov. 2017 The Adamas Ping An Opportunities Fund completes first close [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adamas Asset Management (Adamas) announced today the completion of the first closing of the Adamas Ping An Opportunities Fund, a vehicle mainly providing loans to companies in Greater China. This is the third fund from Adamas and the first fund from the joint venture
29 Nov. 2017 DMS Governance launches U.S. regulatory compliance services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DMS Governance today announced the launch of its U.S. Regulatory Compliance services, designed to support U.S. based investment advisers in improving the quality and increasing the ease of compliance with their regulatory responsibilities. The DMS' U.S. Regula
29 Nov. 2017 Preqin: Price swings make challenging environment for CTAs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pricing volatility in currency and energy markets has created a challenging performance environment for CTAs in 2017 so far. As at the end of September, the Preqin All-Strategies CTA benchmark has recorded year-to-date losses of 0.04%, compared to gains of 8.04% for the A
29 Nov. 2017 JMP Group takes minority position in Astor Investment [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Harvest Capital Strategies, the asset management subsidiary of investment banking and alternative asset management firm JMP Group LLC has taken a minority position in Astor Investment Management LLC, a Chicago-based reg
29 Nov. 2017 OPIM, Golden Finger launch Cayman-domiciled CTA macro hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based hedge fund platform OP Investment Management Ltd. (OPIM) has teamed up with Golden Finger (Cayman) Fund Company to launch Goldenfinger Global No.4 Fund SP (Sunrise SPC), a Cayman domiciled hedge fun
29 Nov. 2017 Financial services industry slow to embrace growth-driving initiatives, attract future investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by BNY Mellon's Pershing has found that the financial services industry has yet to fully embrace initiatives that will make it relevant to the next generation of investors. The study titled,
28 Nov. 2017 Risk appetite rebound pushes most hedge fund strategies up [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rebound in risk appetite was supportive for most strategies, in particular, CTAs, macro and special situations, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index jumped 0.8% from 14 Nov
27 Nov. 2017 Net sales of equity funds supported by positive economic and geopolitical outlook in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for September 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provide
24 Nov. 2017 IOSCO report provides new data on global hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today published its Report on the Fourth IOSCO Hedge Fund Survey, which provides regulators new insights into the global hedge fund industry and the potential systemic risks this industry may po
24 Nov. 2017 Dr Hanspeter Bader, Baldomero Falcones, Dr Thomas Friese and Matthias Knab join POLARIS Investment Advisory AG as Senior Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - POLARIS Investment Advisory AG announced the appointment of Dr Hanspeter Bader, Baldomero Falcones, Dr Thomas Friese and Matthias Knab as Members of its Senior Advisory Board. "We are delighted to have gained such renowned and globally-networked experts for our compan
24 Nov. 2017 China Renaissance adds strategies focusing on China's high-growth sectors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: China's biggest financial institution, China Renaissance, is expanding its asset management business with a range of strategies and approaches to investing in companies across high-growth sectors of China's econo
23 Nov. 2017 Prime Capital Aviation Debt Fund enables aviation debt investments for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prime Capital has successfully launched the Prime Capital Aviation Debt Fund (PCAD), a SICAV-SIF-subfund of Prime Capital Debt SCS in Luxembourg. The fund will invest in senior, aircraft-backed loans. With the first closing we are pleased to announce that several insuranc
23 Nov. 2017 Lyxor AM fears resurgent geopolitical threats could hamper economic growth [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The resurgent geopolitics in the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe could potentially jeopardize the economic growth that has shifted to high gear this year, Lyxor Asset Management said. So far in 2017, economic activity
22 Nov. 2017 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: November notifications 3.91% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2017 measured 3.91%, up from 2.69% in October. "SS&C's Forward Redemption Indicator continues to trend favorably on a year-over-year basis, coming in at 3.91% for November 2017, compared to 4.25% a ye
22 Nov. 2017 Blue Sky's hedge fund division secures new mandate for its global macro strategy [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian listed diversified alternative asset manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited said that its hedge fund unit has partnered with Equinox Funds and Deutsche Bank to secure a fresh mandate for
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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The emergence of a late-cycle economy in the U.S., the mystery of inflation and growth from a domestic and global perspective, and the potential for alternative investments to prosper against a backdrop of rich valuations, low yields, and higher volatility are the t

  2. Performance - Some hedge funds deliver double-digit gains for 2017, Brevan Howard's hedge fund suffers biggest annual loss in 2017, Crispin Odey's flagship hedge fund plummeted about 20% in 2017, Profits fall 90% at ex-Morgan Stanley banker's hedge fund, Fannie-Freddie overhaul might mint hedge fund riches, losses[more]

    Some hedge funds deliver double-digit gains for 2017 From Reuters/Investing.com: A handful of hedge funds ended 2017 with double digit returns, their investors said, at a time the $3 trillion industry took in fresh money and posted its best returns in years, industry data show. Act

  3. Investing - Hedge funds start 2018 with record $19 billion bet on the euro, Hedge fund Kora Management invests in Satin Creditcare[more]

    Hedge funds start 2018 with record $19 billion bet on the euro From Reuters.com: Hedge funds have kicked off 2018 with their biggest bet ever on the euro rising, a clear vote of confidence in the single currency but, with positioning so stretched, one which could backfire in the near ter

  4. News Briefs - Mobius to retire from Franklin Templeton, Authorities decrypt smart phone of Princeton grad charged with killing Manhattan hedge fund dad, Investigators seize (more) antiques from hedge-fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt's collection[more]

    Mobius to retire from Franklin Templeton Emerging markets pioneer Mark Mobius will be stepping down as executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group (TEMG) and formally retire from Franklin Templeton on 31 January. He will also be relinquishing his post as portfolio manager

  5. Comment - Seeding arrangements: Structure, approach, and the current market[more]

    From international law firm K&L Gates: Private fund growth has exploded over the last several years. While some areas are hotter than others, overall the industry has seen substantial growth. Existing managers have been able to launch larger funds and new managers have been able to successfully ente