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18 Apr. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.60% in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.60% in March, outperforming the -0.17% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
18 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund flows turn positive in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund flows turned positive in February, as a January stock market rebound, hopeful signs in U.S.-China trade talks and indications of a pause in U.S. interest rate hikes spurred investors to reverse a five-month trend of net redemptions. The hedge fund industry
18 Apr. 2019 Hedge fund assets surge in Q1 to to $3.18tn but still below 2018 record high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund industry assets increased during the first quarter to $3.18tn as of March 31, 2019 (Q1) driven primarily by strong investment performance overcoming continued net outflows. Total capital invested in hedge funds surged in the first quarter of 2019, paring
18 Apr. 2019 Venture capital investment declines in Asia as mega-deals decelerate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After Asia's impressive run in 2018 that set record high, economic uncertainty and trade concerns appear to have taken a toll on venture capital (VC) investment in Asia during the first quarter of 2019. VC investment in Asia fell in Q1'19, dropping from $21.4b
18 Apr. 2019 Willis Towers Watson says investment community should redouble stewardship efforts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The investment industry should substantially step up its game when it comes to stewardship, according to a new research paper by Willis Towers Watson. The paper looks at six large asset managers who collectively manage assets in excess of US $17 trillion: Bl
17 Apr. 2019 London leads Siemens Atlas of Digitalization as most 'digitally ready' global city [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Siemens has launched a new web-based application which reveals the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalization and develop new ways of living, working and interacting. The Atlas of Digitalization is based around the interconnected themes of
17 Apr. 2019 D. E. Shaw Group approved for private fund management license in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm, announced today that it has been granted a license to develop and market onshore investment products to investors in China. The Private Securities Investment Fund Manager (PFM) license is issued by
17 Apr. 2019 Global hedge funds record net growth with $55bn performance gains and $32.3bn investor redemptions in first quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) has grown by $22.7bn as of March 2019, said the April 2019 Eurekahedge Report. Redemption pressure eases as quarter-on-quarter investor flows from the hedge funds industry dropped by 65.9%. Investors redee
17 Apr. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.65% in March [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures remained in positive territory in March with a 1.65% return for the month according to the Barclay CTA Index. March's CTA fund performance brought managed futures back into the black for the year, with a 1.48% year-to-date return through the end of
17 Apr. 2019 Diversity key to venture capital market buoyancy in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In Europe, the diversity of venture capital (VC) investments across individual jurisdictions helped to maintain the robustness of the VC market despite local uncertainties like Brexit in the UK, said a research report. Overall VC capital investment reached $6.5bn
16 Apr. 2019 CME Group launches ENSO data insights to aid best execution financing for hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CME Group, the diverse derivatives marketplace, announced that it has launched ENSO Data Insights, a community benchmarking tool which leverages ENSO's alternative data set to help customers make more informed investment decisions. ENSO Data Insights provides hedg
16 Apr. 2019 After months of rollercoasting, the alpha environment for hedge funds is normalizing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After months of rollercoasting the environment for alpha normalized, however with persisting constraints, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. Witnessed by a plunge in equity correlations and a weaker share of stock returns attributable to broad market moves, investo
16 Apr. 2019 Hedge funds extend winning streak for third consecutive month [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued their winning ways in March with a third straight month of positive returns as Fed interest rate stance and U.S.-China trade talk progress fuel investor enthusiasm. March's hedge fund return was 0.67%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index
15 Apr. 2019 Linedata survey finds asset managers seek data 'quick wins' as performance fears persist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The results of Linedata's ninth Global Asset Management Survey reveal a desire to capitalize on quick wins from data analytics and digitization to protect investment and operational performance against the potential for further market dislocation. After the implementa
15 Apr. 2019 Global VC investment takes a hit in the first quarter: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global venture capital (VC) investment industry took a major hit in the first quarter of 2019, according to a report by KPMG. Overall venture capital (VC) investment dropped from record heights of $71bn in Q4'18 to $53bn in Q1'19, due to a decline in Ch
12 Apr. 2019 Mercer's latest climate change report identifies short and long term solutions for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, announces the findings of its updated climate scenario investment model in the report,
12 Apr. 2019 US venture capital industry enjoys solid start in 2019: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US investors deployed $32.6bn in venture capital (VC) funding across 1,853 deals, registering 10.5% increase in volume and a 22.5% decrease in count compared to 1Q 2018. Angel & seed deal value reached $1.9bn in the first quarter, but saw the greatest decline in d
12 Apr. 2019 State-backed venture capital Ben Franklin tokenizes Philadelphia Investment Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania launched the Global Opportunity Philadelphia Fund, or GO Philly Fund, with $15m committed. Ben Franklin is leveraging Securitize as the fund's compliance platform for issuing and managing digital sec
11 Apr. 2019 Melanion Capital launches seeding program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Paris-based Melanion Capital is inviting early-stage hedge fund managers to apply for seed capital and to work in partnership with the Melanion Group. Successful app
11 Apr. 2019 BEX Capital raises $365 million for fund-of-funds secondaries [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BEX Capital, the first investment firm focused exclusively on fund-of-funds (FoF) secondaries, today announced the close of BEX Fund III, with total commitments of $365 million. This was the first and final close of BEX Fund III, with fundraising completed in the
11 Apr. 2019 Man Group: Slight outflows in Q1 offset by investment gains [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Man Group, one of the world's largest managers of hedge funds, reported that first-quarter funds under management (FUM) increased 4% to $112.3bn. The British hedge fund firm said that positive investment movement of $4.5bn, partially offset by net outflows of $0.
11 Apr. 2019 UK fund investors flee to Dublin and Luxembourg with GBP62bn as Brexit looms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK investors have moved a net GBP62bn of their fund investments outside the UK since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, according to the latest Fund Flow Index (FFI) from Calastone. According to a press release from the global funds transaction network, in March
11 Apr. 2019 YieldStreet acquires Carlyle-backed Athena for $170m to add art financing to its alternative investment platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Yieldstreet, a closely held digital wealth management platform, acquires Athena Art Finance from Carlyle Group and co-investors in a deal valued at $170m. With this acquisition, YieldStreet, which raised $62m in February to further open to a wider base of investors
11 Apr. 2019 Hedge funds end March up +0.87% - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained an average of +0.87% in March, the third consecutive month of positive returns according to March eVestment hedge fund performance data. Q1 2019 year to date (YTD) gains of +5.40% are the industry's best aggregate returns since the start of 20
10 Apr. 2019 iCapital partners with Nasdaq to create marketplace for private funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: iCapital Network, an alternatives investment platform for wealthy investors, is working with Nasdaq Private Market (NPM) to create a marketplace for individual investors to sell their private equity fund stakes. The NPM platform will offer liquidity solutions to a
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Yieldstreet, a closely held digital wealth management platform, acquires Athena Art Finance from Carlyle Group and co-investors in a deal valued at $170m. With this acquisition, YieldStreet, which raised $62m in February to further open to a wider base of investors

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  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Alternative UCITS trends: asset outflow and growth in quant strategies[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The market for alternative UCITS, the more hedge fund-type of UCITS funds, has doubled since 2008, but underwent its first outflow since then in 2018. According to LuxHedge's database, it now stands at €400bn ($452bn), with about 1,400 funds. Despite the outflo