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17 Jan. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark up 11.58% in 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - All hedge fund structures posted strong performance at the end of 2019. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +2.00% in December, bringing the 2019 return to +11.58%. Funds of hedge funds gained 1.32% in December, generating a 2019 return of +8.34%, the
17 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds return to net redemptions in November with $4.7bn in industry outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a one-month reprieve, the hedge fund industry returned to net outflows in November with $4.7 billion in redemptions, a reversal from October's $1.9 billion in industry inflows. November's redemptions represented 0.2% of industry assets, according to the Barclay
17 Jan. 2020 Venture capital investment in the U.S. in 2019 hits $136.5bn, says KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital (VC) investment in the U.S. continued strong during Q4 2019, totaling $34.2 billion across 2,215 deals, said a study. For the year, VC investment reached $136.5 billion, second only to 2018's $140 billion raised, revealed the latest edition of Ventur
17 Jan. 2020 VC investment hits record levels in Canada: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's venture capital (VC) market crossed the US$1-billion threshold in the fourth quarter for the second time in a row to finish 2019 at an all-time record of US$4.6 billion. Canadian VC investment totaled US$1.17 billion in the fourth quarter, up 30 percen
17 Jan. 2020 Despite some pretty notable flops, VC had a good year in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Venture Capital had some pretty epic failures in 2019. But even with a few speedbumps, new data from PitchBook shows that VCs ended the year with deal activity on par with 2018's record setting figures. VC's posted $250 billion worth of exits - 80% of wh
16 Jan. 2020 Optima and Forbes Family Trust launch healthcare and biotechnology strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Optima Asset Management, in association with Forbes Family Trust, has announced the launch of the Optima Healthcare and Biotechnology strategy. The new strategy will be managed by five highly accomplished portfolio managers with extensive experience investing in hea
16 Jan. 2020 Hedge fund and private equity investors to focus 2020 due diligence efforts on alternative data compliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Corgentum Consulting, a provider of operational due diligence reviews and background investigations, announced the results of a new investor and operational due diligence (ODD) analyst survey. 83% of those surveyed indicated that they anticipated continuing to increase
16 Jan. 2020 Family office allocation to hedge funds slips in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices allocation to hedge funds suffered a drop from 28% in 2018 to 22.4% in 2019, said a study. According to Peltz International Survey, in comparison to the 2018 survey results, the allocation to equities and fixed income increased while the allocation to
16 Jan. 2020 HarbourVest Partners beats $2bn target to close its Fund XI at $2.61bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets asset manager closed its latest alternative investment flagship fund, HarbourVest Fund XI, with $2.61 billion, exceeding its $2 billion fundraising target. The new fund is also 74% larger than its predecessor, HarbourVest Fund X, which cl
16 Jan. 2020 Lexington Partners raises record $14bn for its newest alts fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based global alternative investment manager Lexington Partners closed Lexington Capital Partners IX (LCP IX), an alternative investment fund that invests on the secondary markets, at $14 billion, surpassing its $12 billion target. The manager of secondary
16 Jan. 2020 KKR raises $2.2bn for its second next-gen technology growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American global investment firm KKR has closed its second Next Generation Technology Growth Fund at $2.2bn. The fund will be targeting blossoming business areas such as fintech, digital media and data services in Europe, North America and Israel, KKR said. The
16 Jan. 2020 Stone Point Capital hauls in $7bn for eighth flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based private equity firm Stone Point Capital has closed its eighth flagship fund - Trident VIII - on $7 billion, surpassing a $6.5 billion hard cap. The General Partner and affiliated entities committed more than $350 million. Trident VIII received
15 Jan. 2020 Barclay CTA Index closes 2019 with a gain of 5.15% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry closed the year with a second consecutive profitable month and rose 0.20% in December 2019, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the full year, CTAs returned 5.15%. "A fourth mo
15 Jan. 2020 IM Global Partner takes 20% stake in European equities specialist Zadig [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iM Global Partner today announced the forthcoming acquisition of a 20% interest in Zadig Asset Management, an independent European equities specialist with $1.8 billion AUM and 15 employees based in London and Luxembourg. Zadig Asset Management will be the sixth Part
15 Jan. 2020 Fund selector board rises concerns that daily liquidity cannot always be sustained [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Members of the International Advisory Board for Fund Selection (IAB) recently raised concern that investors expected daily liquidity from asset classes that could not always support it. Meeting recently in Madrid the IAB, which is sponsored by the Spanish funds' platf
15 Jan. 2020 iMaps Capital Markets launches its first actively managed Exchange Traded Instrument as retail public offering on Vienna Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The first ETI (Exchange Traded Instrument) under the public offering issuance program of Liechtenstein's iMaps ETI plc starts trading on the MTF of the Vienna Stock Exchange. The Haack Performance ETI was launched for the asset manager PP Asset Management, which is
15 Jan. 2020 Daily FX volume increased 40% over the last decade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The year 2019 showed a return of a strong upward trend in the global foreign exchange market. After the dip recorded in 2016, daily turnover in the global FX market reached $6.6 trillion this year. According to LearnBonds.com research, recent data shows a 40% increase
15 Jan. 2020 Siguler Guff closes Small Buyout Opportunities Fund IV at $1.58bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private investment firm Siguler Guff & Co. has raised $1.58bn for a fourth fund - Small Buyout Opportunities Fund IV - to invest with small buyout managers and directly in their portfolio companies. The New York-based multi-strategy private equity investment firm
15 Jan. 2020 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 10.70% in 2019, the largest annual return since 2013 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry gained 10.70%, the largest annual return since 2013 when the Barclay Hedge Fund Index gained 11.12%. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index posted a 31.49% return in 2019. BarclayHedge reported that hedge funds finished 2019 on a high
15 Jan. 2020 Infrastructure fundraising hit an all-time high in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The infrastructure fundraising market reached new heights in 2019 as a total of $98bn was raised from investors as 88 funds closed. According to Preqin, it included a $22bn fund raised by Global Infrastructure Partners - the largest infrastructure fund ever closed
15 Jan. 2020 US venture capital investment sees $136.5bn in 10,777 deals last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US venture capital investment totaled $136.5 billion at the end of 2019 in 10,777 deals, exceeding $130 billion for the second year in a row, according to a report released by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). However, the figure is dow
15 Jan. 2020 Man Group appoints Robert Furdak as CIO for ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Robert E. Furdak was named chief investment officer (CIO) for environmental, social and governance (ESG) at Man Group, the global active investment management firm. It is a new position to further bolster the firm's broader commitment to responsible investment (RI)
14 Jan. 2020 GoImpact to launch Singapore's first VCC ESG Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - GoImpact announced plans to launch the "GOIMPACT CAPITAL (SINGAPORE) VCC". The Fund will be established under Singapore's recently launched Variable Capital Companies
14 Jan. 2020 BIS expands membership and collaboration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is to expand its central bank membership base and to increase collaboration in its work as a forum for international cooperation and as a hub for central banks and other financial authorities. The BIS Board of Directors has
14 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds push their YTD returns up 8.58% in 2019 to record the strongest year since 2013 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.52% in December, supported by the underlying equity market performance which pushed the MSCI ACWI (Local) 2.57% higher over the same period. The year-to-date (YTD) return went up to 8.58%. The FTSE 100 edged 2.67% higher du
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    Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies LLC has produced the greatest investment returns of any hedge fund. Now, it also may be facing an unusually painful tax headache. Last week, Renaissance sent a letter to its current and former employees warning that the Internal Revenue Service could force them

  3. D.E. Shaw's Orienteer strategy posts double-digit returns this year, EcoR1 puts up big gains as the hedge fund scoops up biotech, Ex-hedge fund BlueCrest extends winning run with 50% gain[more]

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