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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.
15 Oct. 2019 Eric de Montgolfier appointed as new Invest Europe CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Invest Europe has appointed Eric de Montgolfier as new CEO to lead the world's largest association of private capital providers and investors. De Montgolfier will take the helm at Invest Europe, the association representing Europe's private equity, venture capital, in
15 Oct. 2019 Global buyout deals rebound in Q3 2019 in terms of value: 1,157 transactions worth a combined $86bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a strong showing in 2018, global buyout deal momentum slowed in the opening quarters of 2019 amid challenging economic and geopolitical conditions. Q2 2019 recorded the second-lowest aggregate deal value since 2014. However, buyout deals have rebounded in Q3 2
15 Oct. 2019 Every hedge fund strategy was down in early October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: October was off to a rocky start with all strategies delivering negative performances during the period under review (up to October 8th), Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. Global equities slid (MSCI World down -2.6%) as the ISM (Institute for Supply Management) report
15 Oct. 2019 Infrastructure funds raise $8.4bn in Q3 in dramatic fall from record $44bn in Q3 of 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Infrastructure fundraising experienced a dramatic slowdown in Q3 2019 compared to the preceding quarter, Preqin data showed. While 19 funds reached a final close, they secured only $8.4bn collectively, the lowest quarterly figure since Q2 2016. However, across the
14 Oct. 2019 Private equity funds secure $163bn in Q3 2019, surpassing the $138bn of previous quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Appetite for private equity remains strong, despite escalating US-China trade tensions and an impending Brexit. The third quarter of 2019 saw private equity funds securing $163bn in aggregate capital, far surpassing the $138bn raised in Q2 2019, said Preqin in its
14 Oct. 2019 Venture capital deal activity declines in every quarter since Q2 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a record-breaking Q2 2018, venture capital deal activity has declined in every quarter since. Q3 2019 saw no respite from this, recording a total of 3,269 deals worth a combined $52bn, according to Preqin Quarterly Update on Venture Capital. This compar
11 Oct. 2019 Man Group's Funds under management decline to $112.7bn in Q3 while still up 4% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - British hedge fund manager Man Group reported funds under management (FUM) of $112.7 billion at 30 September 2019, down from $114.4 billion at the end of June, after net outflows of $1.1 billion and currency losses of $1.3 billion more than offset investment gains of $70
11 Oct. 2019 Privium Fund Management brings on Hemavathi for investment services in Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Privium Fund Management has hired Vanessa Hemavathi as Head of Investments Services for Asia. She joins from Inflection Point Intelligence, where she spearheaded global growth of the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program. At Privium, she will be pivotal to developing bus
11 Oct. 2019 Fundraising for the once-hot asset class private debt is cooling down [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Once-booming asset class private debt funds secured just $22.1 billion, in the third quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly haul since the first three months of 2018. The $22.1 billion fundraise for that quarter followed 2017's blockbuster fourth quarter, which recor
11 Oct. 2019 U.S. institutional investors warming up to ESG investing: Callan survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. institutional investors are starting to catch up incorporating ESG factors into investment processes, according to the Callan's seventh annual ESG survey. 42% of U.S. institutional investors incorporated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors i
10 Oct. 2019 B2C2 launches gold-Bitcoin product [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - B2C2, one of the largest cryptocurrency liquidity providers and the leader in electronic OTC trading, today announced it has launched the market's first product for trading gold directly against Bitcoin (XAU/BTC). The launch marks the beginning of B2C2's expansion bey
10 Oct. 2019 BNPP AM backs Napoleon Capital on absolute return quantitative fund launch [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: French asset management BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has supported compatriot fintech firm Napoleon Capital on the launch of an absolute return quantitative strategy investing in global equities. The Napoleon World Equities AR Dynamix Fund offers exposure
10 Oct. 2019 Venture capital investments in the U.S. set for a second-highest year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. venture capitalists are expected to pour over $100 billion into startups for a second straight year, following the record sum invested in 2018, said PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. During the first three quarters of the year, venture capital firms had already i
10 Oct. 2019 Most asset managers experience fall in their brand value [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the largest asset managers worldwide are experiencing stagnant or declining interest in their corporate brands revealed a study. The Peregrine Communications' Global 100 report into the integrated marketing performance of the asset man
10 Oct. 2019 UNICEF launches cryptocurrency fund supported by Ethereum Foundation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, announced that it has launched a cryptocurrency fund and become the first United Nations organization to hold onto its crypto donations. Without converting them into fiat, the fund will hold two cryptocurrencies - B
09 Oct. 2019 Hedge funds see two consecutive months of negative returns, still positive for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aggregate hedge fund industry performance slipped into the red again in September, with the industry returning -0.11% last month, according to the just-released eVestment September 2019 hedge fund performance figures. This marked the second consecutive month of negat
09 Oct. 2019 Hedge fund managers down 0.32% in September, bringing YTD to 5.6%, says Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were down as the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index lost 0.32% in September, dragging their year-to-date return to 5.67% despite the recovering investor risk sentiment, which pushed the global equity market up 2.04% over the month. The MSCI ACWI (Loca
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