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23 Oct. 2019 Institutional investors plan to continue to utilize hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While sentiment toward hedge funds has become increasingly critical after a turbulent 2018, investors plan to continue to utilize hedge funds as a primary source of alpha generation in 2019 - and to increase their overall asset allocation to hedge funds - according to
23 Oct. 2019 TPG Sixth Street rakes $2.2bn hard cap close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TPG Sixth Street Partners, the credit business that's part of buyout giant TPG, closed its first late-stage growth fund, TSSP Capital Solutions, at its $2.2 billion hard cap. In addition to commitments from the Sixth Street team, the fund raised approximately $2.2
23 Oct. 2019 417 private debt funds seek an aggregate $177bn in capital in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fundraising market for private debt remains crowded at the start of Q4, with 417 private debt funds seeking an aggregate $177bn in capital, said Preqin. Although slightly down from the start of Q3, both figures remain very high compared with historical totals a
23 Oct. 2019 Institutional investor demand for commercial real estate at 7-year high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global institutional investor appetite for commercial real estate is the highest it's been in seven years, despite concerns about asset valuations and weakening economic growth, said a survey. Average target allocations to real estate increased 10 basis points
23 Oct. 2019 White paper: Supporting investment thesis for secondary funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Secondary funds offer faster return of capital, wide diversification, and a notable downturn protection that might fit those who want to invest in a countercyclical way today, says Moonfare GmbH, a German private equity plat
22 Oct. 2019 Melanion Capital hires hedge fund manager Dan Costinescu through seeding program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Melanion Capital, the Paris-based independent alternative investment management company, has appointed Dan Costinescu as a portfolio manager. Mr. Costinescu, who has been
22 Oct. 2019 Total hedge fund assets decline modestly to $3.24tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund capital was narrowly changed for the 3Q19, falling from the prior quarter record with flows mixed across strategies as investors navigated heightened fixed income risk and volatility, as well as fluid political developments across the U.S., Europe, the UK
22 Oct. 2019 Ropes & Gray adds private equity partner in New York [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Scott A. Abramowitz has joined the firm as a partner in its 350-lawyer New York office. Mr. Abramowitz expands Ropes & Gray's preeminent private equity practice, which represents clients in both multibillion-dollar and mid
22 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund redemptions continue in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund redemption trend stretched to three straight months in August as the industry experienced $11.3 billion in outflows. August's redemptions represented 0.4% of industry assets and were an increase from July's $8.1 billion in industry outflows, according t
22 Oct. 2019 Lyxor expects active strategies to lead again in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Active strategies' relative performance in Q3 was slightly weaker than in Q2, though uneven across regions, says Lyxor. "Going forward, we expect a sense of déjà vu in Q4. A respite in uncertainties could yet again spur, for a time, a greater focus on micro develop
22 Oct. 2019 Manulife Investment appoints two global heads of alternatives secondaries [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Jeff Hammer and Paul Sanabria joined Manulife Investment Management as senior managing directors and global co-heads of the firm's new private capital secondary investment business. The investment arm of Toronto-based insurer Manulife Financial Corp, the appoin
22 Oct. 2019 Private equity fund performance falters in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data from eFront shows that private equity performance faltered a bit in 2019. LBO fund performance dipped from the record levels seen in 2017. For the US, active LBO funds are performing well when compared with the historical average, but the correctio
21 Oct. 2019 CTAs down -2.6% in September due to long positioning on fixed income [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs were down -2.6% in September due to their long positioning on fixed income, while Global Macro strategies were up +1.4%, Lyxor said. Concurrently, Event-Driven and L/S Credit strategies were slightly up (+0.2 and +0.3% respectively) and L/S Equity strategies we
18 Oct. 2019 CTAs and macro strategies lead the pack for the six-month return to September [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted their first negative quarterly return for the year in Q3, 2019 with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark losing 0.21% . Among single manager fund types, CTAs produced the highest return (+1.37%), compared with the significant gains of 2
18 Oct. 2019 The number of hedge funds launched in Q3 declined to 67 from 121 the previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional single-manager funds accounted for 84% of all hedge funds launched in Q3 2019, in line with the statistics from Q2 2019, when such funds accounted for 87% of funds launched, said Preqin. However, there has been a steep decline in the number of hedge fun
18 Oct. 2019 Global corporate debt with negative yields swells to $19tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As investors search for richer returns in riskier assets after recent interest rate cuts by central banks, the corporate debt market has been swelling. Low-interest rates are encouraging companies to take on a level of debt that risks becoming a $19 trillion timeb
18 Oct. 2019 Aging population to affect global investment allocations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors have identified the aging population as the top trend affecting global investment allocations over the next 30 years, according to the latest Investcorp annual survey. Seventy-eight percent of 185 institutional investors surveyed cited the a
17 Oct. 2019 Institutional investors in Canada, U.S., and the U.K are warming to responsible investing, says a survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles by institutional investors in Canada, the US, and the UK is rising according to a new survey. RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)'s annual survey on responsible investing trends found that more
17 Oct. 2019 Fixed income and ESG indexes lead growth in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Index Industry Association (IIA) has announced the results of its third annual global index survey, revealing that the number of indexes globally has decreased year on year by 20 per cent. The IIA figures reveal 2.96 million indexes globally. According to the I
17 Oct. 2019 Private real estate fundraising momentum continues in Q3; $121bn secured so far in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate fundraising momentum continued in Q3; $121bn has been secured so far in 2019, keeping the year on track to break the annual fundraising record, according to Preqin. Continuing the trend of capital consolidation, only 48 funds closed in the quarte
17 Oct. 2019 Highland Capital Management LP files for bankruptcy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Highland Capital Management LP has filed for bankruptcy ahead of a potential judgment in favor of investors in Highland's shuttered Crusader fund, according to court filings. Highland decided to unwind Crusader in 2008 after taking heavy losses on high-r
16 Oct. 2019 Natural resources fundraising in Q3 2019 secured $8.2bn, making it the worst quarter in over five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Natural resources fundraising throughout 2019 has been lackluster, and Q3 2019 was no exception. Only 18 funds held a final close, bringing the year-to-date total to 79 funds closed, said Preqin quarterly update on natural resources. The total capital raised by thes
16 Oct. 2019 European M&A activity to fall from $567bn in 2019 to $427bn in 2020, a 25% decline [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A study predicts that the European M&A activity is expected to fall from $567 billion in 2019 to $427 billion in 2020, a 25% decline. Many factors have impacted European deal activity, including the slowdown in global trade, Germany's economic slowdown, and of cour
16 Oct. 2019 Managed futures funds down 1.48% in September, but up 6.08% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the Barclay CTA Index, managed futures funds reversed course from the prior month's gains in September and declined 1.48%. Trends prove hard to find during the month making it difficult for many CTAs to find their footing, BarclayHedge pointed out. "The
15 Oct. 2019 Hedge funds gain 0.32% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds returned to the black in September, posting an industrywide monthly return of 0.32%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was up 1.87% in September.
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