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16 Aug. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 33: Regulatory Coming to America US instigates major study into Mifid II [more]

From IR Magazine: In the latest impact of Mifid II coming to America, a major investigation concentrating on research for small issuers has been successfully instigated by US politicians, on the back of the US coming closer to the European regulation. The US lower House of Congress, the House of Representatives, has passed a bipartisan bill requiring the SEC to study the provision of in...

09 Aug. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 32: People Amherst hires new CIO, moves investment office to Boston, Penn State taps Montana CIO to oversee school's long-term investment pool, Bond PM joins Pimco in client adviser role [more]

Amherst hires new CIO, moves investment office to Boston From Institutional Ivestor: Amherst College has appointed a Cambridge Associates managing director as the chief investment officer of its nearly $3 billion fund, the school announced Thursday. Letitia Johnson had been the endowment and foundation team lead at Cambridge since 2015. She will succeed current Amher...

02 Aug. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 31: Investing Hedge funds dump oil as fragile calm settles on Mideast, Lone Pine Capital stock-pickers explain why they're investing in Tiffany and Nintendo [more]

Hedge funds dump oil as fragile calm settles on Mideast From Reuters: Hedge funds sold oil last week, reversing most of the purchases made the week before, as tensions in the Middle East reached a fragile equilibrium and prospect of armed conflict receded. Hedge fund and other money managers were net sellers of 65 million barrels of futures and options l...

26 Jul. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 30: Bill Miller's hedge fund surges 46% riding Amazon, Bitcoin wave [more]

Legendary investor Bill Miller is bringing his winning touch to the hedge fund business. The fund that he launched three years ago has gained 46% in the first half of this year, according to an investor document seen by Bloomberg. That's enough to make plenty of people in the hedge fund industry jealous. Miller, 69, has found success by following the same playbook he used during hi...

19 Jul. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 29: Regulatory New PFIC regs released, relevant to ILS & hedge fund reinsurance strategies [more]

From Artemis: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury has published a new set of proposed regulations relating to passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), which are relevant to many in insurance and reinsurance, but have particular relevance to certain ILS and hedge fund reinsurer strategies it seems. The updates to the proposed regulation of passive foreig...

12 Jul. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 28: Crypto U.S. market regulator issues guidance on custody of digital asset securities, Bitcoin's stunning growth makes it investable, admits legendary hedge fund manager, Institutional investments rise with bitcoin volatility. Wait, what?, Can blockchain build a better bank? Experts weigh in - The Ledger, Cryptocurrency startups get partial green light from Washington, Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces more backlash, China's central bank developing own digital currency in response to Libra [more]

U.S. market regulator issues guidance on custody of digital asset securities From Reuters: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday issued a notice on broker-dealer custody of digital asset securities, amid industry requests for clarity on whether they can hold such assets under federal securities laws. The SEC's statement, issued i...

05 Jul. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 27: PE/VC Platforms aim to take private equity giants to the masses, Global private equity war chest swells to record highs as new money pours in, Basel's unlikely victim Venture capital [more]

Platforms aim to take private equity giants to the masses From PE News: One evening last September, more than 100 high-net-worth investors, family offices and private market professionals crammed into an exclusive business members' club in London and heard the owners of a new company promise to "fundamentally change" the private equity industry....

28 Jun. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 26: New Launches Remiges Ventures sets sights on $150m for Fund II, Dawn Capital Opportunities Fund closes at $125m, Houston's Mercury Raising $125m fourth fund, Luxembourg-based Maor raises $100m Israel tech fund [more]

Remiges Ventures sets sights on $150m for Fund II From Altassets: Pharmaceutical-focused early stage investment house Remiges Ventures is looking to raise up to $150m for its second fund. Remiges invests in early-stage companies involved with the discovery and development of pharmaceutical drugs, according to its website. Despite being based in the US, the firm also ...

21 Jun. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 25: New Launches Hedge fund Cheyne raises $1.12bn for stressed loan fund, Private equity groups prepare to unleash mega funds, TCV, Warburg veterans launch new growth equity firm Farview, Carlyle closes European real estate fund at $604m, Consumer brand-focused H Ventures registering two new funds, Catalys Pacific targets $100m for first VC healthcare fund [more]

Hedge fund Cheyne raises $1.12bn for stressed loan fund From FT: London-based hedge fund Cheyne Capital has raised €1bn ($1.12bn) for a new fund that will aim to profit from European banks selling down their loan portfolios to meet new accounting and regulatory standards. The Cheyne European Strategic Value Credit fund, run by Anthony Robertson, w...

14 Jun. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 24: Institutional Investors Texas Teachers commits $1.6bn to 7 alternative funds, Alaska Permanent sets $2.9 billion in alternatives allocations for fiscal year 2020, How Texas Teachers sizes up startup managers, Infrastructure investing 'evolution not revolution' for CalSTRS, official says, Institutions piling into infrastructure across N. America, Saudi investment fund PIF 'has $300bn in assets and counting' [more]

Texas Teachers commits $1.6bn to 7 alternative funds From PIonline.com: Texas Teacher Retirement System, Austin, committed $1.6 billion in May to seven alternative investment strategies, all managed by existing money managers, a transaction report showed. The largest allocation - $800 million - was from the $145.4 billion fund's real assets portfolio ...

07 Jun. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 23: Study shows alignment between seeders and hedge fund managers is improving [more]

B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: US law firm Seward & Kissel has just published its Seed Transaction Deal Points study. The study shows that, in seed d...

31 May. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 22: New Launches Lioness Capital seeks to defy the odds as hedge funds struggle, Accel-KKR to raise $2.55bn for sixth fund, Värde Partners pulls in $633m for Fund XIII, UnityPoint Health launches $100m venture fund to invest in early-stage growth startups, MaC Venture Capital to raise $100m early-stage venture capital fund, Boutique seed investor Fika Ventures has raised $76m for its sophomore investment fund, Chicago Ventures raising $75m fund [more]

Lioness Capital seeks to defy the odds as hedge funds struggle From Bloomberg: A one-time adviser to hedge funds is now getting in on the act, joining several women opening their own firms this year. Asli Ay is starting a hedge fund focused on political and policy-related events after a career of providing insights on how government actions can impact invest...

24 May. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 21: Investing Hotshot active fund managers will soon have a way to play the ETF game, US hedge fund Coatue may lead $120m funding in Faasos parent, David Tepper's Appaloosa sharply boosts bet on U.S. stocks, 3 big-name pot stocks money managers dumped in the first quarter, Secretive investment firm Lone Pine Capital is quietly minting tech unicorns in Seattle, Hedge fund Marshall Wace is a secret winner in the Amazon-led $575m funding round for food-delivery company Deliveroo [more]

Hotshot active fund managers will soon have a way to play the ETF game From CNBC: ActiveShares, a product built by financial innovation firm Precidian Investments, received an SEC nod that its so-called nontransparent ETFs should be approved. A marked break from the norm, nontransparent ETFs would mask the underlying securities, a key hang-up that's kept active ...

17 May. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 20: People Hedge funds raid BNP's shuttered prop desk amid talent race [more]

From Bloomberg: BNP Paribas SA's closure of its proprietary-trading desk has triggered a hiring frenzy for the world's biggest hedge funds. Citadel has recruited Mathieu Gaveau, who was head of rates at BNP's Opera Trading Capital division until it was shut down in January. Paolo Nicolosi, a senior foreign-exchange trader at the unit, has joined Brevan Howard Asset Manage...

10 May. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 19: Redemptions hit quant king AQR in performance slump [more]

From Financial News: AQR Capital Management, one of the biggest quantitative fund managers, is undergoing a prolonged performance downturn that has led to investors withdrawing increasing amounts in 2019. The Connecticut-based firm, which manages both hedge funds and mainstream long-only funds, had a difficult 2018; fewer than half of its 41 mutual funds delivered positive returns in wh...

03 May. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 18: Cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud top $1.2bn in Q1 [more]

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crypto criminals and fraudsters stole more than $1.2 bn through cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud in the first quarter of 2019, a report revealed. Criminals stole more than $356m from exchanges and infrastructure during this period, according to a report by cryptocurrency security firm CipherTrace. Among these losses, exit scams-which ...

26 Apr. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 17: News Briefs DE Shaw to revert to '3 and 30' model as cost pressures bite, Lyft's IPO disaster is good news for tech IPOs, Jones Zafari group The 'virtual family office' comes of age, The rise of 'super carry' unsettles private equity investors [more]

DE Shaw to revert to '3 and 30' model as cost pressures bite From FT: DE Shaw is ratcheting up the cost of its flagship $14bn hedge fund despite falling fees across the asset management industry, highlighting the still-ravenous demand enjoyed by top quantitative investment groups. The hedge fund industry has come under pressure to cut fees, aft...

19 Apr. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 16: Institutional Investors Here's how much public pensions are in the hole by per U.S. resident, Swedish pension giant awards $1.5bn PE mandate, CalSTRS on lookout for private equity investment consultants, Baltimore Fire & Police commits to LaSalle value-added real estate fund, US, European institutional investors plan to pile into China's capital markets, survey finds [more]

Here's how much public pensions are in the hole by per U.S. resident From Value Walk: A lthough some government agencies have demonstrated a desire to deal with the pension crisis, the problem of unfunded liabilities continues to get worse year after year. A new report pegs U.S. public pensions' unfunded liabilities at nearly $6 trillion as of 2018. That amou...

12 Apr. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 15: Hedge fund Renaissance pulls back on hunt for market trends [more]

From FT: Renaissance Technologies, one of the world's most influential and secretive hedge fund firms, has sharply cut back its use of strategies that bet on patterns in futures markets, a big sign of such strategies' waning popularity. US-based Renaissance, founded by former cold war codebreaker Jim Simons and with about $60bn in assets, reduced its use of such strategies in ...

05 Apr. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 14: Investors should rethink automatic portfolio rebalancing, study says [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Can automatic rebalancing end up doing investor portfolios more harm than good? A new study from Man Group suggests that automatic rebalancing can mean that investors sell out of profitable investments at exactly the wrong time. "Rebalancing is an active strategy that can actually end up making the impact of drawdowns on a portfolio worse...

29 Mar. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 13: Caymans' AML requirements still a bit up in the air [more]

B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Cayman Islands' anti-money laundering (AML) requirements are still a bit up in the air, according to Bill Prew, CEO/founder at Indos Financial. Even though all open-ended, Cayman-domiciled hedge funds had to appoint three AML officers by September, there are still grey areas in such ...

22 Mar. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 12: Half of real estate investors are considering investing in opportunity zone funds (OZFs) in 2019 [more]

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A survey found that 51% of real estate investors were considering investing in opportunity zone funds (OZFs) in 2019, while a further 12% are interested in the longer term. A less widely publicized part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the US was the creation of 8,700 "opportunity zones" - distressed areas in which capital gains tax on...

15 Mar. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 11: Legal Showtime wants Wall Street performance coach's copyright suit against 'billions' creator thrown out [more]

From Dadline: Showtime has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it, Billions creator Andrew Ross Sorkin and others by a Wall Street performance coach who claims to be the inspiration for a key character on the drama series. Denise Shull, who wrote the 2012 nonfiction book Market Mind Games, filed a copyright infringement suit in January claiming that the defendants "r...

08 Mar. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 10: Tikehau Capital doubles AUM in two years, expands to New York [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Paris-based Tikehau Capital reported total AUM of over €22bn as of Dec. 31, 2018 - more than doubling its AUM within two years. The alternative asset manager focuses on private debt, real estate, private equity and liquid strategies. Tikehau, had set a goal of €21bn of asset under management by this point, but the firm says it was bolstered by ...

01 Mar. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 9: Institutional Investors Indiana Public Retirement allocates $507m to 7 managers, Washington State Investment Board pumps another $1.8bn into alternatives, South Carolina commits $400m to 3 managers, Finland set to merge municipal and private pension systems [more]

Indiana Public Retirement allocates $507m to 7 managers From PIonline.com: Indiana Public Retirement System, Indianapolis, announced commitments and investments totaling $507 million to nine alternative investment strategies run by seven managers from the system's $28.7 billion defined benefit plan. Investment officers of the fund, who have investment di...

22 Feb. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 8: Performance This small Austin based hedge fund founded by a successful Polish entrepreneur is beating market by recognizing growing moats [more]

From Value Walk: Lukasz Tomicki, the founder of Austin, TX-based LRT Capital, had a life-changing moment after he achieved a degree of success. This led him into the hedge fund business where his emerging strategy has outperformed the major stock and hedge fund indices, he told ValueWalk. How the fund outperforms "the markets" speaks to recognizing a long term trend in growing a "mo...

15 Feb. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 7: New Launches Royal London launches new Greetham fund, Direct lending specialist unveils multi-manager credit fund, PeakSpan Capital announces final close for Fund II on $265m, Mubadala's venture capital unit to launch $400m European fund, Lazard offers Scandinavian bond fund [more]

Royal London launches new Greetham fund From FT Adviser: Royal London's Multi Asset Strategies is the latest fund to be launched for Trevor Greetham and his eight-strong multi-asset team. It targets annualised total returns of cash, defined as the Sterling Overnight Index Average, plus 4 per cent over five-year rolling periods - aiming to capture marke...

08 Feb. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 6: UK hedge funds to prepare their senior managers for new regulatory regime [more]

B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Sani Jackson, London-based director at Optima Partners, a global regulatory compliance and risk management firm, warns UK-based fund managers of some (non-Brexit related) regulatory issues they cannot ignore this year. The UK FCA's ...

01 Feb. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 5: New Launches New hedge fund launches slowed 2019, An Ex-Nomura trader starts hedge fund at Tencent-backed firm, Lowes launches structured investment strategies fund, Kindred Ventures launches maiden fundraise with eyes on $50m, China's CITIC Capital to raise $2bn investment fund, Greenline Ventures launches second innovative fund [more]

New hedge fund launches slowed 2019 From Business Insider: Becoming a hedge-fund manager in 2019 is harder than ever before. Increased costs for technology, data, and compliance staff, along with tougher regulatory standards, have made it more challenging to launch a fund without a strong pedigree or a big-name supporter. These pressures are coupled with continued d...

25 Jan. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 4: Opinion Can you beat Warren Buffett's investment returns using data? [more]

From Seeking Aplha: The ideal hedge fund portfolio would use leverage to take a variety of uncorrelated risks that all cancel each other out, leaving the fund with little to no net exposure. For example, if you could invest in enough items with no correlation to the business cycle, like earthquake bonds and reinsurance, your return increases linearly, but your risk only increases logarit...

18 Jan. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 3: Institutional Investors Institutional investors plot large property allocations, Qatar Investment Authority aims to reach $45bn in U.S. investments, Louisiana Teachers assigns $200m, SoftBank move to slash WeWork investment sends shockwaves [more]

Institutional investors plot large property allocations From FT: Institutional investors plan to make large allocations to property in 2019, taking them closer to their desired targets. At least €72.4bn of new capital is expected to flow into real estate this year, according to a survey of 144 institutional investors and 10 fund of fund managers, con...

11 Jan. 2019 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 2: Gundlach's Forecast for 2019 [more]

Jeffrey Gundlach said that 2019 will mark the start of a period when bond markets must recon with the rising federal deficit. In his most passionate comments ever on this topic, he said the exploding national debt and liabilities involving pension funds, state and local government governments and Social Security have reached a stage that is "totally unthinkable." Gundlach is th...

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  1. Regulatory: Coming to America: US instigates major study into Mifid II[more]

    From IR Magazine: In the latest impact of Mifid II coming to America, a major investigation concentrating on research for small issuers has been successfully instigated by US politicians, on the back of the US coming closer to the European regulation. The US lower House of Congress, the House o

  2. Study: Quantitative investment strategies: Theory vs practice[more]

    From All About Alpha: When pitching an investment product with a backtested history the frequent response from potential investors is that they have never seen a bad backtest. Naturally this is true as there is no point in marketing a strategy with a poor backtest as investors have zero interest in

  3. 6 out of 10 investors seek to move assets from UK amid brewing of perfect storm[more]

    Opalesque Industry Update - Six out of 10 investors are now actively seeking to move assets out of Britain as a perfect storm looks set to hit the UK economy, reveals a new poll. The survey of more than 740 clients carried out by deVere Group, one of the world's largest independent financial

  4. Investing: Hedge funds take record short bets against Aston Martin, Investor sentiment reaching reversal point, says Lipper,It's time to buy into this long-suffering strategy, Investors, 'starved for returns,' flood private markets in search of high-growth opportunities[more]

    Hedge funds take record short bets against Aston Martin From FT: Hedge funds have taken record short positions in the debt and equity of Aston Martin, betting that the luxury carmaker will continue to struggle after one of the most disastrous stock market debuts of recent years.

  5. Crayhill Capital Management closes $100M transportation financing in Mexico[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private credit shop Crayhill Capital Management is providing a senior secured credit facility of up to $100 million to Mutuo Financiera, a vehicle fleet leasing company focused on clean energy passenger transportation in Mexico. Crayhill Capital Management is l