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19 Dec. 2019 Canadian insurance major Sun Life acquires 80% stake in London alternative manager InfraRed Capital for $390m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian insurance major Sun Life Financial Inc is acquiring an 80 percent stake in InfraRed Capital Partners, a London-headquartered global infrastructure and real estate investment manager, for 300 million pounds ($390 million) to expand its asset management unit.
18 Dec. 2019 Standards Board for Alternative Investments publishes co-investments memo [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo on co-investments which was developed by the Standards Board's Governance Working Group. The Standards Board is the global standard-setting body for the alternative investment industry, prov
18 Dec. 2019 Fidelity launches cryptocurrency business for European institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS), the cryptocurrency arm of Fidelity Investments, has formed a new UK entity to sell cryptocurrency services to European clients. The fund manager has offered custody and trading tools to financial institutions in the US since
18 Dec. 2019 FS Investments to acquire money manager fund Chiron Investment Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment manager with $24bn assets under management (AUM), FS Investments said it agreed to acquire the global multi-asset investment boutique Chiron Investment Management. Chiron, which has roughly $1.8 billion in assets under management, is led
18 Dec. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 7.27% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 7.27% end of November 2019, supported by the risk-on sentiment among investors and accommodative central bank policies throughout the year. Roughly 33.2% of the hedge fund managers comprising the index have recorded double-di
17 Dec. 2019 The AMF Enforcement Committee fines Bloomberg LP for dissemination of false information [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its decision of 11 December 2019, the Enforcement Committee fined Bloomberg LP €5 million for disseminating information that it ought to have known to be false, and which was likely to secure Vinci's share price at an abnormal or artificial level. On 22 Novem
17 Dec. 2019 Hedge funds saw $1.9bn in net inflows in October, reversing a 4-month redemption trend [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds saw $1.9 billion in net inflows, reversing a four-month redemption trend and despite major outflows in the U.S. and China, said BarclayHedge. However, Brexit fears were curbed in the U.K., which experienced $2.9 billion in inflows. According to the Bar
17 Dec. 2019 Pacific Current Group and Kudu Investment invest in Pennybacker Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The multi-boutique asset management firm Pacific Current Group and Kudu Investment Management, a capital provider for asset and wealth management firms together invested in the real estate private equity firm Pennybacker Capital Management. Terms of the deal were n
16 Dec. 2019 Sustained high level of net sales of European bond funds in Q3 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the third quarter of 2019. Highlights on the developments during the third quarter in
16 Dec. 2019 French regulator reviews asset management cybersecurity systems [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The AMF has published a review of its thematic inspections of the cybersecurity systems in place in asset management companies. In accordance with its supervision priorities for the current year, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers reviewed the cybersecurity systems
16 Dec. 2019 Americans want a debt-free life: Fidelity New Year Financial Resolutions Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to Fidelity Investments' 2020 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, 84% of individuals said they would prefer to reduce their debts than lower their computer or phone screen time. Reducing debt emerged as a prominent focus throughout this year's study
16 Dec. 2019 43% of investors interested in bitcoin are women: Grayscale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 43% of the U.S. investors interested in Bitcoin are women, according to a survey from Bitcoin fund operator Grayscale. Within that segment, a further 80% were intrigued by Bitcoin's growth potential and even more significantly, the vast majority (93%) indicated tha
13 Dec. 2019 FundRock names Simon Gunson as UK managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock Group has appointed Simon Gunson as managing director of its UK entity, FundRock Partners. Gunson has 25 years of financial services experience and knowledge of the European funds market and the funds services business. Simon has worked in the financial serv
13 Dec. 2019 OMERS names Blake Hutcheson its new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) announced the appointment of Blake Hutcheson as its new CEO effective June 1, 2020. Hutcheson is currently President and Chief Pension Officer, and will succeed Michael Latimer, who is retiring after two decades
13 Dec. 2019 Meg McClellan steps into the newly created role of head of private credit at J.P. Morgan Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Meg McClellan was named managing director and head of private credit at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. It is a newly created position, said the asset manager with $146 billion in alternative assets under management. Ms. McClellan, whose new role is effective Jan. 1,
13 Dec. 2019 Cindicator launches crypto hedge fund based on hybrid intelligence [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FinTech firm Cindicator Capital has announced the launch of a quantitative crypto hedge fund powered by hybrid intelligence. According to the company's announcement, it uses enhanced machine learning models and hybrid intelligence data to forecast and thus making in
13 Dec. 2019 Are large US cities are financially strong enough to weather a recession? [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said that most of the largest 25 US cities would be able to weather a recession of similar severity as the 2008-09 downturn without a material adverse credit impact. The rating agency's analysis shows that 17 of
12 Dec. 2019 Asia-Pacific investors withdrew a total $19.2bn from hedge funds for first nine months in 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a period of significant political unrest in Asia-Pacific - investors withdrew a total $19.2bn from hedge funds in Q1-Q3 2019, said Preqin said. Singapore-based Swiss-Asia Financial Services has generated the highest cumulative net return of 314.69% YTD (as of Septe
12 Dec. 2019 French boutique Napoleon launches futures-based bitcoin fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Napoleon Bitcoin Fund, a Specialized Professional Fund under the French law, with daily liquidity, created on 8 th November 2019, is one of the first regulated vehicles in the world offering exposure to the performance of Bitcoin, the main digital asset. With an exper
12 Dec. 2019 State Street survey finds most institutions bullish on digital assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A survey of US asset managers and asset owners conducted by State Street Corporation predicts the continued prevalence of digital assets. Digital assets continue to come a long way in gaining credibility among institutions, with only six percent of survey responden
12 Dec. 2019 Study reveals what institutional investors are actually paying [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A study uncovered what investors are actually paying versus managers' published fee schedules along with a reflection on 2018 fee trends across various asset classes and mandate sizes in active and passive management. The Institutional investment consulting firm Ca
11 Dec. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.40% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After two straight down months, the managed futures industry reversed course in November posting a 0.40% monthly return, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, CTA funds posted a 5.04% return through th
11 Dec. 2019 China: Private equity and venture capital assets under management (AUM) clocks $600bn at a YoY growth rate of 36% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Greater China's staggering $600bn in Private equity and venture capital (PE & VC) assets under management (AUM), up 36% from the previous year, suggests an industry transitioning impressively. Yet, this latest rate of year-on-year growth is the slowest since 2014.
11 Dec. 2019 Hedge fund firm Perceptive Advisors raises first venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund firm Perceptive Advisors closed its inaugural venture capital fund, the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund, at $210million. The investment firm with a long history of funding publicly traded and later-stage privately held life sciences compa
11 Dec. 2019 Nasdaq launches global green, social and sustainability bond platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nasdaq, a global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, has launched a new platform to boost investor access to environmental, social and sustainability bonds in n an effort to help promote sustainable investing. The exchange has launched a venue
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