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28 Nov. 2018 Monroe Capital raises $1.33bn for private credit fund III [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Monroe Capital LLC has wrapped up its latest private credit fund after collecting $1.33 billion from limited partners, marking the largest fundraise in firm history. The Chicago-based specialty lender said in a release that the new fund will provide debt financing f
27 Nov. 2018 50 South adds to PE team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 50 South Capital Advisors has named Aaron Gillum, Molly Brister and Maureen "Mo" Wilkie to the private equity group, enhancing the firm's ability to search for and evaluate private equity investment opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia that fit clients' needs. B
27 Nov. 2018 BCS Global Markets launches prime platform for Russian capital markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Russia's broker dealer BCS Global Markets announced the launch of a synthetic prime brokerage platform that gives investors simplified access to Russian capital markets. The new Portfolio Swap product that provides universal access to the Russian capital markets
27 Nov. 2018 Digital assets trading platform Omniex partners with crypto custody provider Kingdom Trust [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The institutional investment and trading platform for crypto-assets Omniex has extended its integration with industry custody providers to include the crypto custody provider Kingdom Trust, which has $12bn in assets under custody. The San Francisco-based institutio
27 Nov. 2018 L/S Equity strategies remain under pressure in November: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the hedge fund space, Long/Short Equity Strategies struggled and underperformed other hedge fund strategies, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. It said that their market beta and the protracted rotation in risk factors proved to be a serious hurdle since the beginn
26 Nov. 2018 Broadridge launches fund and broker solution for SEC Rule 30e-3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - To help fund companies and broker-dealers effectively implement SEC Rule 30e-3, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., a global Fintech leader, announced an industry solution to drive down costs of fund report delivery. SEC Rule 30e-3 will permit fund companies to m
26 Nov. 2018 Investec Asset Management adds to sustainability team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investec Asset Management has further invested in its sustainable investment capability by appointing Deirdre Cooper as a portfolio manager. With a specific focus on renewable energy, electrification and resource efficiency within Investec's established Natural Resources
26 Nov. 2018 FAANG Goes Bang: What goes up, must come down and vice versa too? [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The tech behemoths is in a sea of red right now as FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, now called Alphabet) have experienced violent losses during the recent market selloff. For more than a year, those five major stocks have turned in outsta
26 Nov. 2018 Merchant Commodity Fund up 16% in October on energy trades [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: The Merchant Commodity Fund, a commodity hedge fund run by Doug King, was up 16% in October according to figures seen by the Financial Times. According to the paper, the $
23 Nov. 2018 DeVere launches a new crypto fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial advisory firm DeVere, which claims to have over $10 billion under advice and management, has officially launched an actively managed crypto investment fund. DeVere Group, which has over 80,000 clients in 100 countries, stated on its website that the new
23 Nov. 2018 US boutique Cooper Creek Partners launches 'transformation'- focused L/S equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US investment house Cooper Creek Partners has launched its long-running North America Long Short Equity fund on MontLake's Ucits platform. The employee owned hedge fund manager said that with assets in excess of USD110 million at launch, North America Long Shor
22 Nov. 2018 SYZ Asset Management creates a Scientific Advisory Board to further enhance systematic strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management (SYZ), the institutional management arm of the SYZ Group, has created a pioneering Scientific Advisory Board to enhance the quality of its systematic investment strategies. The newly formed board will leverage the insights of two leading academics
22 Nov. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: November notifications 3.96% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2018 measured 3.96%, down from 2.66% in October. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2018 was 3.96%, a favorable reading in view of seasonal norms and essentially unchanged from
22 Nov. 2018 POLARIS Investment Advisory offers access to Deerpath Capital differentiated US direct lending strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In collaboration with Luxembourg-based LIS as AIFM, POLARIS Investment Advisory AG, as placement agent for Europe, is offering institutional investors a Reserved Alternative Investment Funds (RAIF) advised by an affiliate of Deerpath Capital Management, LP. The strat
22 Nov. 2018 Hedge funds with $7bn outflows following tough October: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: October saw hedge funds notch worst performance. Investors removed an estimated -$7.13bn from the global hedge fund industry in October, pushing year-to-date (YTD) flows firmly negative at -$10.09bn, says eVestment. According to the October 2018 eVestment Hedge Fun
22 Nov. 2018 Hedge fund indices post worst returns in October since 2011 [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: Two months shy of the year-end, hedge funds have averaged poor performance after a period of volatility and equity market declines (except for Latin American hedge funds which did well in the wake of the Brazilian election). This is a time of opportunity for strategies tha
21 Nov. 2018 Alternative UCITS funds faced rough weather in October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative UCITS funds suffered during October's market correction with almost every strategy index showing a negative performance on average, according to LuxHedge's latest market overview. The LuxHedge Global Alternative UCITS Index posted a loss of -1.67%, bring
20 Nov. 2018 Hedge funds redemptions surge to $39.1 billion in September, highest in more than 5 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds endured their heaviest outflows in more than five years in September despite record highs in U.S. equity indexes and strong consumer sentiment, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. Data from more than 5,000 hedge funds in the BarclayHedge database
20 Nov. 2018 Investcorp launches Strategic Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading manager of alternative investments, today announced the launch of its Strategic Capital Partners strategy, which will focus on minority equity investments in mid-sized alternative asset managers. To guide the Strategic Capital Partners busines
20 Nov. 2018 Barclay CTA Index loses 1.29% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 1.29% loss in October. Year to date, the Index is down 2.87%. "Although many traders were able to profit from the US dollar's strength against most of the major currencies, the profit
20 Nov. 2018 Industrials sector becomes magnet for activists in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Industrial companies are now predicted to be most in demand from activist investors according to the findings of global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal's (A&M) latest analysis and predictor of shareholder activism in Europe. The study titled "A&M Activi
20 Nov. 2018 Crestline Investors raises $600m for new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crestline Investors, credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager, has closed its latest fund at $600 million. The fund will focus on Crestline's portfolio financing strategy, which is managed by Crestline's Fund Liquidity Solutions team. The fund's
20 Nov. 2018 John Paulson's hedge fund to buy stake in $238bn asset manager from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BrightSphere Investment Group has announced that Paulson & Co agrees to buy a substantial majority stake in BrightSphere held by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. The multi-boutique asset management company with approximately $238 billion of assets under manageme
20 Nov. 2018 CTAs' deleveraging is mostly over: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In early November, CTAs' involvement in the oil prices demise was milder: they unloaded what they had left in crude futures, and kept only marginally long positions in heating and gasoline oil futures, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. "CTAs' deleveraging domi
19 Nov. 2018 Canadian mutual funds are getting ready to launch liquid alternatives, hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional mutual fund managers will be interested in diversifying the investment solutions on their shelf by adding liquid alternative funds to their product line-up as Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) implemented new reforms, says Scotiabank. Aming at ma
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