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22 Oct. 2021 Redemptions and performance in September pull hedge funds back from record AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulled $7.99 billion from the global hedge fund industry in September, according to the just-released eVestment September 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Investor redemptions, coupled with a dip in performance in September (-0.57% aggregate return for the bu
22 Oct. 2021 Mariner Wealth acquires $700 million RIA Barley Mill Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Wealth Advisors, a national wealth advisory firm headquartered in Kansas City, announced that it has acquired Barley Mill Asset Management in Wilmington, Del. The acquisition marks the eighth deal since the firm began rapidly expanding in July with the acquisition
22 Oct. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measured 1.56% in October 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for October 2021 measured 1.56%, up from 2.45% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator reached an all-time record low of 1.56% for October 2021, making i
22 Oct. 2021 Private equity fundraising softens with 171 funds closed globally in Q3 2021, a drop of 15% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity has been performing well since the pandemic, but some signs of market softness may be appearing in Q3 2021, said a study. According to the Q3 2021?€?Private Equity Quarterly Report published?€?by?€?Preqin, fundraising numbers are slightly softer than
22 Oct. 2021 Dutch group Cardano buys $25bn sustainable asset manager Actiam [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Anglo-Dutch investment firm Cardano Group has agreed to acquire compatriot asset management firm, Actiam, from the Dutch insurance and reinsurance group Athora Netherlands N.V. for an undisclosed fee. The acquisition increases Cardano's assets under management
21 Oct. 2021 Global hedge fund capital steady as industry positions for inflation, rising rates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund industry capital increased narrowly in the third quarter as equity and interest rate volatility escalated, while managers and investors positioned for additional volatility through year-end. Spurred by $5.6 billion of net investor inflows, as well as marg
21 Oct. 2021 EQT launches $4.7bn EQT Future fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish private equity firm EQT has launched a €4bn ($4.7bn)-targeting impact-driven longer-hold fund to invest in mature, high-quality companies with market shaping impact potential. A portion of EQT Future fund's carried interest will be linked to achieving
21 Oct. 2021 Asterion's latest European infrastructure fund hits $1.7bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European infrastructure-focused manager Asterion Industrial Partners closed its latest European infrastructure fund, Asterion Industrial Infra Fund II, at €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), exceeding its €1.35 billion target. Asterion Industrial Infra Fund II FCR was regi
21 Oct. 2021 3,525 venture capital funds in market as of August 2021, up 40% since January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As of August 2021, 3,525 venture capital (VC) funds are in the market, a near 40% increase since January of this year, said a study. According to the Q3 2021 Venture Capital Quarterly Report published by Preqin, although Q3 fundraising data paled in comparison to e
20 Oct. 2021 Real estate investment managers experience mixed recovery from COVID-19 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The 2021 Global Management Survey, published by NAREIM, INREV and Ferguson Partners, paints a varied picture of real estate investment managers' recovery from COVID-19. In terms of 2020 financial performance, 38% of respondents recorded a 10% increase in EBITDA, while 32%
20 Oct. 2021 A record 337 infrastructure Funds targeting $235bn in capital in Q3 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As infrastructure outperforms nearly all other alternative asset classes, the value of aggregate capital targeted by funds in the market in Q3 2021 is up 15% from the start of the year, with a record 337 funds targeting $235bn in capital, said a study. According to
20 Oct. 2021 New Mountain Capital closes direct lending fund on $1.15 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New york-based New Mountain Capital has closed its latest direct lending fund on $1.15 billion - beating its target. New Mountain Guardian III BDC included a substantial investment from the general partner and employees of the firm. After leverage the fund w
19 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds returned 0.4% in Q3, up 9.5% YTD, after a difficult September for equity markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The HFM Global Index gained 0.4% in Q3, despite the S&P 500 posting its worst month since the start of the pandemic. The equity market falls in September and ongoing macroeconomic challenges saw equity and macro hedge funds finish the quarter in negative territory (-0.6%
19 Oct. 2021 Top 500 global money managers see assets grew 14.5% to hit record $119.5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The 500 largest global money managers in 2020 grew their combined assets under management 14.5% to $119.5 trillion, while boosting revenue, said the study. According to new research from Willis Towers Watson's Thinking Ahead Institute, the growing concentration amon
19 Oct. 2021 Quant hedge fund Aspect rolls out offshore China fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quantitative hedge fund and CTA pioneer Aspect Capital has unveiled a new systematic momentum-based investment strategy focused on Chinese financial and commodities futures. A press release from the global systematic investment manager said that the Aspect China Di
19 Oct. 2021 22 North American private debt funds secured $27bn in Q3, 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Weak fundraising in the private debt asset class during Q3 has also affected funds in the market, which are at record highs, said a study. According to the Q3, 2021 Private Debt Quarterly Report published by Preqin, despite a large increase in the number of funds in
19 Oct. 2021 Ares closes direct lending fund on $5.1 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Ares Management Corporation has closed its latest direct lending fund - Ares Private Credit Solutions II - on $5.1 billion. The fund, which was targeting $4 billion, hit its hard cap and is approximately 50% larger than its 2017 predecessor fund. "Upper mid
18 Oct. 2021 Starwood rakes in $10bn for distressed real-estate deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Miami, Florida-based Starwood Capital Group has raised $10 billion for its latest real estate fund, bringing the U.S. private investment firm's total assets under management to over $95 billion. The fundraise for Starwood Distressed Opportunity Fund XII exce
18 Oct. 2021 Natural resources asset class hits a new record with 428 funds targeting $224bn as of October 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 428 natural resources funds in the market are targeting $224bn as of October 2021-a new record for the asset class said a study. "This is despite a dip in growth for both unrealized value, and dry powder which is now at $304bn," said the Q3 2021?€?Natural?
15 Oct. 2021 Actis exceeds target to raise $6bn for energy infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Actis, a global investor in sustainable infrastructure, raised about $6 billion for a new fund to invest in power-generation projects across the world, particularly emerging markets. The London-based firm said it wrapped up Actis Energy 5 LP (AE5) with roughly $4.
15 Oct. 2021 90% of surveyed institutional investors plan to increase their allocation to private assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The vast majority of investors plan to increase their private assets exposures over the next 12 months, amid a growing focus on the benefits of diversification, said a study. 90% of respondents confirmed allocations would rise in one or more areas of private assets
14 Oct. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 0.43% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for September 2021 measured 0.43%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.02% in October. "SS&C GlobeOp's
14 Oct. 2021 Private equity to attract most investments over next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investors see continued opportunity within the private equity (PE) industry after a record-breaking year, as a survey revealed that half of the respondents (51%) expect PE to be the asset class LPs increase investment allocations the most over the next 12 m
14 Oct. 2021 Only half of U.S. institutional investors expect to meet target returns by 2025, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. institutional investors representing more than $12 trillion in AUM in a recent survey said they anticipate downward pressure on their ability to outperform against their return targets and only half of them expressed confidence that they would meet their expected
13 Oct. 2021 Apex closes ARM Swiss Representatives acquisition [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Apex Group Ltd., a global financial services provider, announces the close of the acquisition of ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR), following regulatory approval from FINMA. ASR, a leading provider of Swiss Representation and Distribution services to foreign fund man
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