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01 Oct. 2020 Quantica Capital launches Gold denominated CTA share class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Swiss-based systematic investment manager Quantica Capital will launch a Gold (XAU) denominated share class in its offshore Quantica Managed Futures Fund. The share class will offer access to Quantica's systematic trend-following QMF Program and will use futures and forwa
30 Sep. 2020 Eric Stein to become Eaton Vance fixed income CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eaton Vance Corp. today announced the appointment of Eric A. Stein, CFA, as Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, of Eaton Vance Management (EVM), effective November 1, 2020. Mr. Stein will replace Payson F. Swaffield, CFA, who previously announced his intention to ret
30 Sep. 2020 John Pavese joins New York Life Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life Investments today announced the appointment of John Pavese as head of Global Relationship Management. Based in New York, Mr. Pavese will report to Jac McLean, head of U.S. Distribution. In leading the Global Relationship Management team, Mr. Pavese will focu
30 Sep. 2020 Hedge fund launches rise through mid-2020 amidst HFRI surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose from a near-record low in 1Q20, as investor risk tolerance began to recover from the global coronavirus pandemic volatility, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR. New hedge fund launches totaled a
30 Sep. 2020 Man AHL receives approval for QFII license in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man AHL, Man Group's diversified quantitative investment engine, today announces that it has received approval for a qualified foreign institutional investor license in China. The QFII license will allow Man AHL's investment strategies based outside of China to ga
30 Sep. 2020 Advent International raises $2bn for the latest private equity fund for Latin American company bets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm Advent International closed its latest fund, Advent Latin American Private Equity Fund VII (LAPEF VII), at $2 billion. The global private equity investor said in a news release that it has raised a total of $22 billion in private equity cap
30 Sep. 2020 European manager AUM down 1.5% to $11.7tn in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management held by European money managers fell 1.5% to €10.4 trillion ($11.7 trillion) in the first six months of 2020, as markets rebounded following the COVID-19-related downturn, said a study. According to Moody's Investors Service, a slum
30 Sep. 2020 German institutional investors turn to alternative asset classes as COVID-19 highlights their value [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative assets are playing an increasingly important role in German institutional investor portfolios, with most of the respondents to the German Association for Alternative Investments' (BAI) annual survey increasing their exposure to alternatives in 2019.
30 Sep. 2020 H.I.G. Capital rakes in $1.3bn for the latest lower mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global alternative asset management firm H.I.G. Capital has closed buyout fund H.I.G. Capital Partners VI at $1.3 billion. The alternative money manager with $40 billion of equity capital under management said in a press release that the Fund closed with aggregate c
29 Sep. 2020 Hedge funds have maintained their strong performance since end-March supported by equity market recovery [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended August 2020 up 2.02% on an equal-weighted basis, and 1.43% on an asset-weighted basis, driven by the strong performance of the global equity market as seen from the 5.54% return of MSCI ACWI (Local) over the same period. On a year to date bas
29 Sep. 2020 American Equity, Värde Partners and Agam Capital Management form strategic partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a leading issuer of fixed index annuities, Värde Partners, Inc., a leading global alternative investment firm, and Agam Capital Management, LLC, an insurance solutions provider, announced they have reached agreement in prin
29 Sep. 2020 Citco launches data services platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies today announced the launch of Citco Data Services, a new premium, web-based data integration and reporting platform designed to empower clients in improving transparency, unearthing efficiencies and driving real business value through actionab
29 Sep. 2020 Janelle Woodward joins MacKay Shields as president [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MacKay Shields, a global asset manager focused on fixed income and equity investing, today announced the appointment of Janelle Woodward, CFA, as President. Reporting to Jeffrey Phlegar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Woodward will work with Mr. Phlegar in over
29 Sep. 2020 Private foundations rebound with 17.4% returns in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private and community foundations reported an average return of 17.4 percent in 2019 while participating community foundations reported an average return of 18.2 percent. Both represented a dramatic reversal of 2018's average return of -3.5 percent for private found
29 Sep. 2020 Renewable energy and Telecom are the most pandemic-resilient infrastructure sub-sectors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While infrastructure as a possession course has actually shown to be highly pandemic durable, there are significant distinctions in the performance of various industries, according to a new white paper from investment firm Foresight Group. The new study into the re
28 Sep. 2020 Net assets of worldwide investment funds increased by 9.8% in Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets increased by 9.8 percent to EUR 51.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2020, said a report by European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Worldwide net cash flow to all funds amounted to EUR 818 billion, compar
25 Sep. 2020 Institutional investors eyeing buyouts and special situations strategies say a new survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors remain highly engaged with private capital markets, even as the impact from COVID-19 lingers and the U.S. presidential election looms large, said a survey. According to a new survey from Eaton Partners, the strategies getting the most attenti
25 Sep. 2020 Family office focused L Squared closes Fund III at $500m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: L Squared Capital, a California growth investor launched by a pair of Chicago Growth Partners execs, has closed its oversubscribed third fund, L Squared Capital Partners III LLC, with just over $500 million of capital. Family offices make up the vast majority of Fu
25 Sep. 2020 CLSA closes fourth Japan fund at $450m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CLSA Capital Partners (CLSA CP) has closed its fourth Japan mid-market private equity fund at $450 million after approximately three months in the market. The vehicle - Sunrise Capital IV - was significantly oversubscribed with existing investors accounted for 82% o
24 Sep. 2020 Billions flow into hedge funds in August, nearly 60% of funds see new money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a four-month string of asset outflows from hedge funds in March through June, hedge funds continued in asset-recovery mode in August, with investors adding $7.36 billion to the industry last month, according to the just-released August 2020 eVestment Hedge Fund Asse
24 Sep. 2020 Asia hedge funds increase their headcount in 2020 despite COVID [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds in Asia have continued to increase their headcount and still have an appetite to hire more talent despite the economic uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, said a survey. The coronavirus pandemic saw Asia hedge funds promote work-life balance and invest i
24 Sep. 2020 Longitude Capital raises $585m in its largest-ever fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Health-care venture capital firm Longitude Capital has rounded up its largest fund yet after having a string of portfolio companies go public or be acquired, raising $585 million to invest in biotechnology and other medical startups. "The Longitude Venture Partners
24 Sep. 2020 Franklin Templeton creates new unit with QS Investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Franklin Templeton will combine recently acquired QS Investors, a Legg Mason subsidiary, with Franklin Templeton Multiasset Solutions (FTMAS) business into a single consolidated unit. Effective Oct. 1, the combined business, called Franklin Templeton Investment Sol
24 Sep. 2020 The majority of Americans believe sustainable funds can offer higher returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A majority (55%) of Americans are more likely to invest in sustainable funds for their more attractive return profile, according to the annual Schroders Global Investor Study. The survey, of more than 23,000 investors globally, including 2,000 in the U.S., found th
24 Sep. 2020 SPAC boom: The amount raised jumps three times to $40bn in 2020 compared to the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The special acquisition company (SPAC) segment has boomed this year, with Sir Richard Branson's latest high-profile vehicle taking the number launched in 2020 to 104 and the amount raised to a combined $40bn. According to Preqin, the amount raised is already mor
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