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26 Nov. 2020 The number of unicorn companies jumped to 500, combined market value over $1.5tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2013, when the term unicorn emerged, only 40 private companies had a valuation of one billion dollars in the world. Since then, the number of these financial giants surged, rising to a new record in 2020. According to data presented by, the number
26 Nov. 2020 Active ETFs and ETPs gather a record $58.69bn in YTD net inflows as of the end of October 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that actively managed ETFs and ETPs saw net inflows of US$7.28 billion during October, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record level US$58.69 billion
26 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund investor outflows light in October; outflows adding up for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors removed approximately -$5.04 billion from hedge funds in October, according to the just-released eVestment October 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Compared to overall hedge fund industry AUM, which stood at $3.148 trillion at the end of October, this is a sm
26 Nov. 2020 Swedish pension fund giant AP1 and LGIM launch sustainable EM equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish pension fund Forsta AP-fonden, better known as AP1, has seeded what it describes as "the next generation of index funds" for emerging markets responsible investors, in partnership with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). The L&G Emerging Market Eq
26 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund AUM surpasses pre-COVID-19 levels, pushing to a new industry high of $3.7tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) have finally surpassed pre-COVID-19 levels, pushing to a new industry high of $3,696bn, said a report by Preqin. This record figure can primarily be attributed to improved performance in September (+5.17%, as measured by the
26 Nov. 2020 US public pensions up commitments to hedge funds by $2.2bn in Q3, taking the YTD total past $10bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Interest in credit hedge funds takes YTD allocations past $10bn: US public pensions increased gross commitments to hedge funds by $2.2bn in Q3, taking the YTD total past $10bn, said a study. According to HFM Insights' latest report, credit and real estate hedge
25 Nov. 2020 Early-stage funding rounds dominate VC investment landscape in APAC during Q3 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite volatile market conditions, venture capital (VC) investors seem to continue placing bets on promising start-ups as the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the rate of digital adoption by companies across sectors. Against this backdrop, early-stage fundi
25 Nov. 2020 Emerging markets hedge fund assets eclipse record as cryptocurrencies surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, particularly those investing in China, extended YTD gains into 4Q20 as EM hedge fund capital reached a new record, driven by gains in EM regional equity markets and surging cryptocurrencies. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index ga
25 Nov. 2020 EU "did not properly consider conflicts of interest" on BlackRock ESG contracts, Ombudsman criticises [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The EU did not properly consider conflicts of interest when it hired the US investment manager BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, to advise on environmental regulation for banks, the European Union watchdog said on Wednesday. European Ombudsman Emily
25 Nov. 2020 ESG becomes mainstream for investment managers in developed markets: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) has become mainstream in developed markets driven by regulations and investor demand, but further adoption and integration into the investment lifecycle requires greater transparency and trust in the data, said Preqin. "
25 Nov. 2020 HIG Europe Capital Partners III closes on $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset management firm HIG Capital has held a final close for HIG Europe Capital Partners III, its European lower-mid-market fund, on €1.1bn ($1.3 billion). The vehicle started fundraising at the beginning of July with a €1bn target. The fund
24 Nov. 2020 $100bn in fresh financing deployed to world's businesses in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private credit managers will provide borrowers with more than $100bn of fresh financing during 2020, according to new research published by the Alternative Credit Council (ACC) and Allen & Overy LLP (A&O). The ACC's 6th annual Financing the Economy research p
24 Nov. 2020 Steady inflows into UCITS equity funds in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data of UCITS and AIFs for September 2020. Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research
24 Nov. 2020 Institutional investors added significantly and widely to fixed income strategies in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Long-only asset managers reported Q3 2020 institutional assets under management of $30.0 trillion, according to the just-released Q3 2020 eVestment Traditional Asset Flows Report. Net institutional flows totaled -$23.2 billion in the most recent quarter and -$59.9 billion
24 Nov. 2020 BlackRock to buy Aperio for $1.05bn in cash [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest asset manager BlackRock is acquiring buy Aperio Group LLC, an investment management services provider, from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and Aperio employees for $1.05 billion in cash. BlackRock, in buying Aperio, is betting on growin
23 Nov. 2020 Hedge funds see $2.8b in redemptions in September, snapping three-month inflow streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry flows reversed course in September 2020 as the industry's $2.8 billion in redemptions ended a three-month inflow trend. The industry had brought in $5.6 billion in new assets in August. September's outflows represented 0.1% of industry assets, accor
23 Nov. 2020 Alternative assets industry set to grow the most in Asia Pacific over next five years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The alternative assets industry is set for continued growth in every region over the next five years, despite the challenges posed by market uncertainty. Preqin's Future of Alternatives 2025 AUM growth models find that APAC will be the fastest-growing region -
23 Nov. 2020 Asia: Distressed debt funds aggregate capital targeted down 69% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While the number of distressed debt funds in the market globally has swelled to a record high, debt managers in Asia prefer to market opportunistic investments through direct lending vehicles that employ blended strategies, according to Preqin. "Globally, private de
23 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund strategies, in particular L/S Equity, and CTAs, benefit from momentum biases [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Several hedge fund strategies have momentum biases, in particular L/S Equity, and CTAs. Because this rotation took place in a bullish environment, most hedge fund strategies ended the week in positive territory, said Lyxor. Directional L/S Equity (+1.2%) benefitted
20 Nov. 2020 Crestbridge announces change in senior leadership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dean will relocate to Jersey, from London, in April 2021 to take up the role subject to regulatory consent and will work closely with Graeme and Crestbridge's senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition prior to taking up the role as CEO in July 2021. Dean H
20 Nov. 2020 Asia-Pacific's private market AUM to grow to $4.97tn in 2025, at a world-beating CAGR of 25.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific's private market AUM will grow from $1.62tn in 2019 to $4.97tn in 2025, at a world-beating CAGR of 25.2%, forecasts Preqin. This is faster than any other region and more than twice the forecasted growth rate of 9.8% for global private markets. Historic
19 Nov. 2020 New distressed debt fund poised as billions go bad [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Distressed debt and special situations specialists Arbitrium Capital Partners formally opened its doors in Sydney today, poised to find turnaround deals among the thousand
19 Nov. 2020 flovtec appoints Dr. Daniel Diemers to the Board of Directors, successfully closes Seed financing round [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - flov technologies AG (flovtec), a Switzerland based technology company that provides liquidity solutions to digital assets exchanges and token issuers, has announced that in June 2020 the shareholders have elected Dr. Daniel Diemers to the Board of Directors. The for
19 Nov. 2020 Central Park Group, partners with Select Equity Group to offer institutional long/short international equity strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Central Park Group, LLC, an independent investment advisory firm delivering private clients access to institutional hedge fund, private equity, real estate and fund-of-funds talent, announces the launch of CPG Cooper Square International Equity, an international (ex-US) l
19 Nov. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 3.25% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge funds were down 0.05% in October, outperforming the global equity market by 2.24% for the second consecutive month. In year-to-date terms, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.25%, compared to -3.29% of the MSCI ACWI, with around 70% of the constituen
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