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10 Jan. 2019 RD Legal names Amy Hirsch as portfolio manager, expands data analytics [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RD Legal, a leading investment management firm focused on post-settlement litigation finance, said today that it has named Amy B. Hirsch to the additional role of Portfolio Manager for the firm's strategies. Ms. Hirsch joined RD Legal in 2016 as Co-Chief Investment Offic
10 Jan. 2019 Nick Neri joins Circle Partners as VP [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nick Neri joined Circle Partners as Vice President of Business Development U.S. subsidiary. He brings 20+ years of industry experience within the traditional and alternative financial markets with an emphasis on Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Crypto Currency, Emerging Manag
10 Jan. 2019 Hennessee: Hedge funds lost -0.34% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index decreased -0.34% for the month (+0.13% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +1.80% (+3.50% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.7% (+2.71% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +0.34% (
10 Jan. 2019 Maples Fiduciary extends service offering to Jersey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fiduciary, a division of MaplesFS and leading global provider of specialised fiduciary, entity formation and management, insurance and administration services, has announced that it has received a Trust Company Business Licence from the Jersey Financial Services Co
10 Jan. 2019 Sterling Partners Quantitative Investments launches equity market neutral strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sterling Partners Quantitative Investments, an investment manager specializing in a variety of quantitative alternative investment strategies, announced today the launch of its Equity Market Neutral Strategy. SPQI is an affiliate of Sterling Partners, a diversified invest
10 Jan. 2019 Pine Brook promotes Ted Maa and Scott Schaen to partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pine Brook, a New York-based investment firm focused on building businesses in the financial services and energy sectors, today announced the promotions of Ted Maa and Scott Schaen to partner. "Ted and Scott have been with our firm for the better part of a decade,
10 Jan. 2019 Former Fidelity portfolio manager seeds long/short venture [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (FIAM) and Pioneer Investments fund manager Christopher Galizio has returned to fund management by seeding a long/short equity venture in partnership with LHA Ventures, a specialist US group. Galizio, who spent 13 years
09 Jan. 2019 Audax Group closes direct lending fund at $1.65bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Audax Group closed its Audax Direct Lending Solutions (DLS) Fund at $1.65 billion in capital commitments, exceeding its $1.25 billion fundraising target. The fund, managed by alternative money manager's private debt unit, makes debt investments in North American
09 Jan. 2019 Registered investment advisors saw 20% growth in 2018, clients seek advice on cannabis and ESG [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Volatile markets in 2018 drove more investors to seek out the guidance of independent registered investment advisors (RIAs), with RIAs citing nearly 20% growth, on average, both in assets and revenues in 2018. TD Ameritrade Institutional found in its latest RIA Sentim
09 Jan. 2019 2019 Hedge Funds outlook favoring low beta as a start: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Overall, alternative strategies appear attractive but dispersion across strategies might be high, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. "As we start 2019, we are positioned around three axes: reduce exposure to high beta strategies, reduce sensitivity to Momentum, and le
09 Jan. 2019 HFRI macro, CTA Indices post strong gains in December [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Defensive Macro hedge funds and quantitative, trend-following CTA strategies posted gains in the volatile month of December as global equities and many commodities suffered steep losses. According to a press release from Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (HFR), the HFRI Ma
08 Jan. 2019 North American hedge funds ended 2018 with their worst month post-crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.82%1 in December, outperforming the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which plummeted 7.61% in what turned out to be the worst month of 2018 for equities. The Federal Reserve continued to hike its funds rate in December and annou
08 Jan. 2019 Asia pushes its way to the forefront of venture capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 2018 has marked another record year for venture capital deal making, seeing 14,889 deals worth an aggregate $274bn. Preqin expects this figure to rise by up to 5% as more information becomes available, but nonetheless 2018's total deal value has surpassed the previ
08 Jan. 2019 Infrastructure deal activity stalls in 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2018, 2,454 infrastructure deals were made worth a total $322bn. Preqin expects 2018's figures to rise by up to 5% as more information becomes available. The year represents a slowing in activity from 2017, which saw 3,165 deals made for a total of $387bn. Renewa
08 Jan. 2019 GAM expands emerging markets equities team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM Investments today announced the appointment of Rob Mumford as investment manager on its global emerging markets equities team. Rob is based in Hong Kong and will work with Tim Love and Joaquim Nogueira. The team manages in excess of USD 970 million, as at 30 November
08 Jan. 2019 Equity strategies take top spot in December: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: All of the top viewed institutional investment strategies viewed by investors and consultants last month were equity strategies, according to eVestment's December 2018 Advantage Viewership Report. Meanwhile, all but one of the products that saw the most significant
08 Jan. 2019 Callan names Peter Keliuotis as head of alternative investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Peter Keliuotis has joined investment consultant Callan as executive vice president and head of alternative investments. The position is new. The institutional investment consulting firm, which advises on more than $2tn in total fund sponsor assets, said that Kel
08 Jan. 2019 Amplitude Capital's short term equity strategy up 42.74% in 2018 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: In December, Amplitude Vivace's A share class returned 4.32% with strong results from the vast majority of sectors and instruments, bringing the 2018 returns to 42.74%, according to a report obtained by Opalesque. Zug, Switzerland based Amplitude's total AuM stan
08 Jan. 2019 Starboard Value goes after Dollar Tree [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Activist fund Starboard Value has taken a new position in Dollar Tree. In a letter, the fund said that Dollar Tree could gen
07 Jan. 2019 Pensions Infrastructure Platform appoints Paula Burgess as new CEO [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paula Burgess was named CEO of Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), an infrastructure investment manager for U.K. pension funds. PIP said in a press release that Mike Weston - who has led the group since 2014 - has stepped down as CEO. Ms. Burgess was PIP&#
04 Jan. 2019 Vine Alternative Investments Group wraps up fourth fund at $608m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Vine Alternative Investments Group, which invests in the media and entertainment sector, has closed its fourth fund at $608m, beating its $600m target. Fund IV's limited partners include European, Canadian and U.S. public pension plans, endowments, i
04 Jan. 2019 Institutional money is flowing into cryptocurrency slowly and steadily, says Circle [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Circle, the global internet finance company built on blockchain technology, says that institutional money is flowing into cryptocurrency, but adoption is coming slowly, not in "the major sweeping manner some in the industry had exuberantly predicted." Acc
03 Jan. 2019 American Beacon partners with Man Group to launch new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American Beacon Advisors has announced the launch of the American Beacon AHL TargetRisk Fund, a newly organized mutual fund based on the existing Man AHL TargetRisk multi-asset program. A press note from American Beacon, a provider of investment advisory services t
03 Jan. 2019 Global investor confidence dips in December by 2.8 points [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investor confidence continued to fall in December. The State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) retreated to 79.8, down 2.8 points from November's revised reading. According to State Street Global Exchange, confidence among North American investors wa
03 Jan. 2019 Steinbrugge says hedge funds' future is in Asia [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Agecroft's 10th annual list of top trends By Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA - CEO, Agecroft Partners: The hedge fund industry is dynamic, and participants are best served by anticipating, rather than reacting to, change. Informed by our contact with more than
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