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09 Jan. 2020 Hedge fund Aksia acquires rival firm TorreyCove Capital Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment consulting firm Aksia LLC, which focuses on hedge funds and private markets, acquired a rival firm called San Diego-based TorreyCove Capital Partners, which is based in San Diego. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020. The terms o
09 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds post the best return in a decade in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $3.24 trillion hedge fund industry produced its best one-year performance in a decade, said Hedge Fund Research. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite (FWC) index returned 10.4% in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, the highest since 2009 when the index returned 20%. F
09 Jan. 2020 DWS Group acquires 25% stake in Arabesque AI to attempt to predict stock price movements [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Deutsche Bank's asset management arm DWS Group has acquired 24.9% stake in a UK technology firm Arabesque AI Lt making use of artificial intelligence (AI) to attempt to predict stock price movements. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both parties have agreed to
09 Jan. 2020 Former Carlyle Group executive Bryan Corbett to head the U.S. hedge fund group MFA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed Funds Association (MFA), a hedge fund lobby group in the United States, named Bryan Corbett its new president and chief executive officer. Corbett succeeds Richard H. Baker, who has served in the position since 2008. Mr. Corbett begins his new role on Janua
08 Jan. 2020 Hong Kong SFC provides licensing guidance for private equity firms and family offices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued guidance on the licensing obligations of private equity (PE) firms and family offices which conduct business in Hong Kong. In a circular to PE firms seeking to be licensed, the SFC provides more information about the
08 Jan. 2020 Platinum Equity rakes in $10bn for its fifth flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. buyout firm Platinum Equity Partners raised $10 billion for its largest fund yet, surpassing an $8 billion target. The vehicle puts Los Angeles-based firm among a select group of private equity shops to have raised at least $10 billion for a single fund.
08 Jan. 2020 Vistria Group wraps up third private investment fund at $1.11bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vistria Group, an investment firm co-founded by a friend of former President Barack Obama, is nearing the close of its third fund at $1.11 billion. The Chicago, IL-based private investment firm focused on the middle market said in a press release that capital commi
08 Jan. 2020 Franklin Resources's Fiduciary Trust Company buys $6bn RIA Athena Capital Advisors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Massachusetts-based $6 billion registered investment adviser (RIA) Athena Capital Advisors is merging into global wealth manager Fiduciary Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton. The merger transaction will expand Fiduciary Trust's offerings, "furthe
07 Jan. 2020 Assets in the European ETFs/ ETPs industry broke through the $1 trillion milestone at the end of 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets in the European ETFs/ ETPs industry broke through the $1 trillion milestone at the end of 2019 as the sector approaches the 20th anniversary of the listing of the first ETF in Europe, according to new research from ETFG. •At the end of 2019, the European ETFs/E
07 Jan. 2020 H.I.G. WhiteHorse closes loan fund at $1.1bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: HIG WhiteHorse, the credit affiliate of global alternative asset management firm HIG Capital (HIG), has closed the HIG WhiteHorse Principal Lending Fund with capital commitments of approximately USD1.1 billion. The direct lending fund, according to a press note fr
07 Jan. 2020 Systematic Global Macro strategies appear to be more sensitive to equities than usual [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the hedge fund space, Lyxor believes that Global Macro and Merger Arbitrage strategies are the most appealing hedge against a worst-case scenario of renewed geopolitical tensions. In Q2-15, such strategies outperformed while CTAs suffered a sharp drawdown, said
07 Jan. 2020 Agecroft Partners predict hedge fund AUM to increase but most will go to top 5% of managers [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Agecroft Partners release 11th annual predictions of top trends in the hedge fund industry Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends through their contact with more than 2,000 institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organization
06 Jan. 2020 Pinebridge hits $396m final close for debut direct lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based global asset manager PineBridge Investments has raised the capital through a fund and separately managed accounts. The Fund closed with capital commitments of $396 million, and combined with a leverage facility through Wells Fargo Bank, NA, has $
03 Jan. 2020 Wilshire 5000 ends 2019 with record $7.5tn annual gain, fueled by gains four quarters in a row [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index, the original pure and complete measure of the U.S. stock market, rose 2.93 percent in December, 9.08 percent fourth quarter and 31.02 percent for the year, closing 2019 at 32,948.41. This quarter's performance marked the fourth c
03 Jan. 2020 Almost eight in ten millennial investors prioritize responsible investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A global study found 77% of millennial investors around the world consider environmental, social and governance concerns are their top priority when considering investment opportunities. The global poll of 1,125 millennials (people born from the early 1980s to early
03 Jan. 2020 Big gains have not improved funded status for U.S. corporate pensions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. companies reaped their biggest return on pension plan assets in 16 years last year, but the funded status for corporate pensions is stagnant. A new analysis from Willis Towers Watson shows that despite a 19.8 percent average investment return, the decline in
31 Dec. 2019 EV Growth closes debut $250M fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EV Growth, a Singapore headquartered venture capital firm, has hit the hard cap of its first fund at US$250 Million, exceeding the firm's initial US$150 Million target. This milestone is the result of the firm's admission of new Limited Partners (LPs) which include severa
31 Dec. 2019 SP Funds launches suite of Sharia compliant ETFs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SP Funds, a boutique asset management firm specializing in socially responsible and halal investing, has launched the first family of Sharia-compliant equity and fixed income ETFs. Initially made up two funds, SP Funds' ETF family is designed to provide investors of a
31 Dec. 2019 Commonfund adds three to board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a leading asset manager for nonprofit organizations, endowments, foundations and public pension investors, today announced the appointment of Nicole Arnaboldi, Mamak Shahbazi and David Thomas to the firm's Board of Trustees. Ms. Arnaboldi, Ms. Shahbazi and Mr.
31 Dec. 2019 Venture capital firm EV Growth closes first fund at a hard cap of $250m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based venture capital EV Growth has closed a $250 million funding round, exceeding the firm's initial $150 million target. The inflow of commitments come from Singapore's Temasek, an undisclosed sovereign wealth fund in Asia, as well as several Asia-based
30 Dec. 2019 US private equity firms hold approximately $2.4tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firms are holding approximately $2.4 trillion, while US corporations have access to about $2.2 trillion in cash, said a study. Non-financial companies have raised about $6 trillion in debt during the last decade, said a study by PwC on US Deals. Av
30 Dec. 2019 Seven out of 10 American investors have regrets for 2019: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Seven in 10 investors (70%) - defined as Americans who currently have money in investment accounts - experienced some form of regret when it came to their investment strategy in 2019. Investors wish they had done something different this year to increase their retur
27 Dec. 2019 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November up 4.8% YTD on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2019 up 1% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 1.62% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian
24 Dec. 2019 Kennedy Wilson wraps up sixth US real estate fund at $775 mln [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Beverly Hills-based real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson has secured $775 million in capital commitments. The group has now closed fundraising for the Kennedy Wilson Real Estate Fund VI, which is focused on value-add real estate investments. "Institu
24 Dec. 2019 Europe: UCITS and AIFs net sales sharply rebound in October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Fund and Asset Management Association (Efama) posted its latest monthly data which shows a sharp rebound in net sales of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) in October, up to €43bn ($48bn) from €25bn in September. UCIT funds registered net inf
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