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24 Mar. 2022 North American pension funds top-ranked in performance among the peer group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North American pensions funds have the highest risk-adjusted returns in 2021 and are the top-ranked peer group of asset owners, such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. According to an analysis by EDHECinfra and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), other peer gro
24 Mar. 2022 Activist hedge fund Ortelius confronts Trecora Resources [more]
Opalesque Geneva: Ortelius Advisors, an activist hedge fund based in New York City, has this week delivered an open letter to stockholders of Trecora Resources, a petrochemicals company based in Texas. The investor claims that Trecora's results are disappointing and that the company refuses t
23 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds navigated another turbulent month for the global economy and markets with the average fund losing 0.3% - down 1.6% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor capital flowed out of the hedge fund industry in February, reversing the positive movement in January. Redemptions outweighed allocations by $3bn last month, but year-to-date flows remain positive to the tune of about $8bn after high January inflows, said HFM hed
23 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds continue winning investor favor, raking in another $11.29bn in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to inflows in January bringing in $11.29 billion in new assets, 0.24% of hedge fund industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Industry AUM was relatively
23 Mar. 2022 Biodiversity Pledge initiative hits $14tn backed by 89 financial firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After launching in 2020, the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge initiative is now backed by 89 financial firms committed to improving and sharing knowledge, and engaging with companies on biodiversity. With its latest additions of five new signatories - Société Général
22 Mar. 2022 Grayscale launches smart contracts fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Grayscale Investments, the world's largest digital currency asset manager, today announced the launch of Grayscale Smart Contract Platform Ex-Ethereum Fund, Grayscale's 18th investment product and third diversified fund offering. GSCPxE provides investors with exposur
22 Mar. 2022 Weinburg Foundation gets new CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation today detailed the planned transition within the role of chief investment officer. Current CIO Jonathan Hook will retire from the Weinberg Foundation effective August 31, 2022. He will be succeeded by David Gilmore, Deputy Chief
22 Mar. 2022 SEC's Longo joins Ropes & Gray [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced today that Amy Jane Longo has joined the firm's 400-lawyer litigation & enforcement practice as a partner. Amy will be based in Ropes & Gray's new Los Angeles office. With extensive first-chair experience prosecuting and defen
22 Mar. 2022 Pritzker Private Capital expands team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pritzker Private Capital, a leader in family direct investing, today announced two recent promotions and the hiring of a new controller to build the firm's technology, human resources and finance teams. These team members are essential to PPC's internal operations and sup
22 Mar. 2022 Climate change central or significant factor of investment for institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For three-quarters (75%) of investors, climate change is now central to or a significant factor in their investment policy, a steep increase from only 34% two years ago, says a survey. According to a climate survey released Monday by Dutch asset manager Robeco, net
22 Mar. 2022 SEC proposes that registrants disclose climate change risks [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed long-awaited rule changes on Monday that would require listed companies to supply certain climate-related disclosures to their investors and the go
21 Mar. 2022 Investor ETFS and activist hedge fund Lion Point ask for change of directors and CEO at WisdomTree [more]
Opalesque Geneva: ETFS Capital and Lion Point Capital nominated three candidates to WisdomTree Investment's board of directors on Friday, in their latest attempt to create sweeping changes within the underperforming ETF asset manager. Failure to reach an agreement, they said, means they will
21 Mar. 2022 CFTC: markets are reacting and operating well but there remain unknowns [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The ongoing tragedy in Ukraine has resulted in extreme volatility and, at the same time, record trading volume on global markets, Rostin Behnam, the chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
21 Mar. 2022 OECD reports on the implications of the war [more]
Opalesque Geneva: According to the OECD, the economic implications of the war in Ukraine could reduce global GDP growth by more than 1 percentage point and push up global consumer price inflation by 2.5 percentage points in the first year. Those implications should be tackled with fiscal support,
18 Mar. 2022 Europe's first Metaverse thematic ETF lists on London Stock Exchange [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: ETC Group and HANetf announced, through their partnership, the launch of the ETC Group Global Metaverse UCITS ETF (ticker: METR). The new Metaverse ETF went live on the London Stock Exchange on the 17th March 2022 and is passported for sale across Europe, making it Europ
18 Mar. 2022 HFRI Emerging Markets Index falls on geopolitical turmoil, Crypto currencies pare gains [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Emerging Markets hedge funds fell to begin 2022, led by a steep decline in the HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Europe Index, as Russia invaded Ukraine, oil prices spiked, severe sanctions were imposed on Russia, the Russian Rouble collapsed, the Russian stock market remained clo
17 Mar. 2022 BEX Capital closes fund IV on $765M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BEX Capital, the first investment firm focused exclusively on secondaries in private equity fund-of-funds (FoF), secondaries funds and co-investment funds today announces the close of BEX Fund IV at $765 million. This was the first close of BEX Fund IV, with fundra
17 Mar. 2022 86% of investors plan to invest the same or more in private capital over next 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Across private capital, an average of 90% of LPs globally said performance had met or exceeded expectations, compared with 72% of hedge fund investors. While competition for assets, valuations, and rising interest rates top the list of investor concerns, more than a third
17 Mar. 2022 European buyout giant EQT acquires Baring Private Equity Asia for $7.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity firm EQT AB struck a 6.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) cash and stock deal to buy rival private-equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA), a big bet on the growth of Asia's private markets. According to Bloomberg, it's the biggest takeove
17 Mar. 2022 CTAs are generating positive returns despite volatility [more]
Opalesque Geneva: Some CTA/managed futures strategies are doing well so far this year. According to data provider HFM, managed futures posted their third consecutive month
17 Mar. 2022 The end of the UK TTP is nigh [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The end of the UK FCA's Temporary Transitional Power (TTP), on 31 March 2022, is of particular interest to AIFMs marketing funds in the UK and UK portfolio managers of AIFs (al
16 Mar. 2022 Managed futures return 0.95% in February and 1.61% so far in 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry enjoyed its third consecutive period of gains with a 0.94% return in February, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, CTAs are up 1.61% through February 28th.
16 Mar. 2022 Hedge fund industry significantly outperforms broad markets through a dreadful start to 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry gave up a bit of ground in February, falling back -1.00% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the second consecutive month, hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500
16 Mar. 2022 South African hedge fund benefits from long book in February [more]
Opalesque Geneva: A hedge fund in Johannesburg that focuses on South African equities benefited from its long book in February and remains buoyant about the country's economic prospects. The 36ONE Offshore Portfolio, a Caymans-domiciled feeder fund that feeds into an equity long/short
16 Mar. 2022 Active ETFs and ESG strategies gaining momentum with global investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Actively managed strategies are in demand among global ETF investors, and global interest is gaining pace, said a study. According to Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH)'s ninth annual Global ETF Investor Survey, which polled 386 ETF investors from the U.S., Europe (inclu
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

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    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

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