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05 Apr. 2018 Little Harbor Advisors launches ETF that calculates probability of change in price direction of U.S. equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investment firm Little Harbor Advisors, LLC has launched its first exchange-traded fund. The fund uses Bayesian statistical techniques to infer the probability of change in price direction of the broad U.S. equity market. The LHA Market State U.S. Tactical ETF applies t
05 Apr. 2018 Steven Cohen's Point72 invests in driver-less car software [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Steven Cohen's Stamford, Connecticut-based hedge fund Point72 Asset Management is investing in a Silicon Valley startup that is developing an artificial intelligence software for driver assistance and autonomous driving Cohen spearheaded the $15 million inve
04 Apr. 2018 Alternative investment firm Crestline Investors closes CLO on $409.6m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Institutional alternative investment management firm is closing a collateralized loan obligation (CLO) known as Crestline Denali CLO XVI, Ltd., by its Crestline Denali Capital unit on $409.6 million. Crestline
03 Apr. 2018 Corecommodity taps Jamison's Danter for managing director role [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CoreCommodity Management, an independent asset manager dedicated solely to commodities as an asset class, today announced that Lawrence Danter joined the firm as Managing Director. Mr. Danter's primary responsibilities will include marketing the firm's absolute return off
03 Apr. 2018 White Oak Equity Partners acquires minority interest in FCO Advisors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FCO Advisors, a leader in alternative municipal strategies with over $1 billion in assets under management, and White Oak Equity Partners, a private equity firm that purchases non-controlling GP interests in alternative asset managers, today announced that White Oak has a
03 Apr. 2018 Hirtle Callaghan appoints Mark Hamilton as CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hirtle Callaghan, pioneers of the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model, announced today that Mark Hamilton has joined the firm as Chief Investment Officer, reporting to CEO Ranji Nagaswami. In this newly created position, Mr. Hamilton, who most recently se
03 Apr. 2018 Steinbrugge: Rising short term interest rates should help some hedge fund strategy returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - By Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, Managing Partner Agecroft Partners: The Federal Reserve increased its target range for the federal funds rate by 25 bps to 1.50-1.75% on Wednesday, March 21. This marks the 6th incremental increase since December 2015 following the dramat
02 Apr. 2018 Apex Token Fund enters partnership to hedge against large scale macro-economic risks [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The first cryptocurrency investment fund of funds Apex Token Fund has partnered with Brad Chun and Neil Fillary of Shuttle Fund in recognition of the duo's development of a digital asset investment strategy that prepares for the worst possible economic scenarios
02 Apr. 2018 45% of institutions now invest in hedge funds, becoming their largest allocators [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are now the largest allocators in hedge funds with more than $2tln invested in the space, and over 5,250 institutions - 45% of the total institutional investor universe - actively invest in the asset class, a new study by data provider
31 Mar. 2018 Potential market downturn has institutional investors and family offices planning to increase allocations to alternative investments in 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Context Allocator Trends Report, based on a survey of more than 400 institutional investors and family offices, revealed strong demand for alternative investment strategies, with 70% of respondents planning to increase their allocations to alternatives in 2018 and 29%
29 Mar. 2018 Alger adds to investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fred Alger Management, Inc. announced today the addition of veteran international portfolio managers Gregory Jones, CFA, and Pragna Shere, CFA. They join the firm as Senior Vice Presidents and will serve as the new Portfolio Managers on the Alger International Growth and
29 Mar. 2018 Simon Finch joins Man Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the active investment management firm, today announces that Simon Finch is joining the firm as CIO of Credit at Man GLG, its discretionary investment management engine. In this newly created role, Simon will be responsible for Man GLG's credit business and
29 Mar. 2018 Quant Insight and Predata form strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quant Insight, the London-based macro analytics firm, and Predata, the New York-based predictive analytics platform, today announced a new strategic partnership whereby Predata will add its global geopolitical risk signals to Quant Insight's quantitative macro analyses fr
29 Mar. 2018 eVestment: Investors put $11.87bn into hedge funds in February [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors allocated an estimated $11.87 billion into hedge funds in February, continuing the trend of high demand for hedge fund products in the early months of 2018. This brings YTD inflows to $21.83 billion, according to the newly released February 2018 eVestm
28 Mar. 2018 New York Alternative Investment Roundtable announces partnership with BNY Mellon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The New York Alternative Investment Roundtable is pleased to announce BNY Mellon as its newest sponsor. BNY Mellon's Alternative Investment Services group provides a comprehensive range of support services for all aspects of the alternative investment industry, wit
28 Mar. 2018 Survey: Nonprofit investors raise concerns about global trade war [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new survey from Commonfund shows that nonprofit investors are concerned about the recent shift in US trade policy. Reflecting recent headlines, 42 percent of survey respondents cited trade wars and protectionism as the greatest risk to the global economy and m
27 Mar. 2018 Blackstone's hedge fund unit acquires passive minority stake in Kohlberg & Company [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone's Strategic Capital Holdings Fund, a unit of the Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), the firm's hedge fund solutions business that also specializes in acquiring stakes in leading alternative asset managers has acquired a passive, minor
26 Mar. 2018 Time to reinforce neutral fund allocations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Regarding trade, markets had remained confident thus far before abruptly correcting this week as the U.S. moved against China. After 7 months of investigation, Trump announced tariffs on about 1300 Chinese products worth $50bn to $60bn (about 2% of Chinese exports), in te
26 Mar. 2018 Net sales UCITS peaked in January, supported by very strong demand for equity funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIFs for January 2018. 29 associations representing 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided
26 Mar. 2018 J8 and Universal-Investment launch global absolute return fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UK manager J8 Capital Management and German investment company Universal-Investment have launched UI - J8 Global Absolute Return UCITS Fund. The subfund implements J8's award-winning global absolute return strategy, a scientifically-backed, systematic and rules-ba
26 Mar. 2018 deVere Group says Trump's trade war puts him on the wrong side of history, warns investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Independent financial advisor deVere Group CEO and founder Nigel Green said that President Donald Trump's trade tantrums put him on the wrong side of history and investors should review their
23 Mar. 2018 Hedge fund launches steady to begin 2018 as liquidations fall [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund launches exceeded liquidations in 4Q 2017 for the second consecutive quarter, as total hedge fund industry capital began 2018 at a record $3.21 trillion. An estimated 190 funds launched in 4Q, up from 176 in 3Q and in line with the number of 4Q16 launches, brin
23 Mar. 2018 SystematicEdge to join Privium Fund Management in Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Privium Fund Management announced that SystematicEdge is launching their Systematic Multi-Asset Class strategy on our SFC regulated platform based in Hong Kong. SystematicEdge is an investment solutions firm that specializes in systematic, multi-asset class strategies. Th
23 Mar. 2018 U.S. and Latin America portfolios were best performers in 2017 as allocations to alternatives fell to a multi-year low [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by asset management firm Natixis Investment Managers has shown that US and Latin American investors fared better than their global peers last year, reporting higher performance from their portfolios. In a
22 Mar. 2018 Merger and fixed income arbitrage strategies fail to provide protection in volatile market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The volatile markets in February hurt the equity space significantly, reports Lyxor Asset Management. For the first time in 15 months, the MSCI World ended the month in the red, down 3.5%. Philippe Ferreira, senior
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