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10 Aug. 2018 World Bank preps for world's first blockchain bond [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The World Bank has chosen the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to be the sole arranger of the first bond globally "to be created, allocated, transferred and managed using blockchain technology." The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia
09 Aug. 2018 S&P Dow Jones Indices launches index family for Risk Parity Strategy [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: S&P Dow Jones Indices today announced the launch of the S&P Risk Parity Indices, its first index family designed to replicate a multi-asset risk parity strategy. Delivering an alternative for market participants, the S&P Risk Parity Indices index portfolios are compris
09 Aug. 2018 Investor group led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and Thomas H. Lee Partners acquire Dun & Bradstreet for $6.9bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: An investor group led by led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, will acquire business data provider Dun & Bradstreet. Dun & Bradstreet shareholders will receive $145.00 per share, which puts the acquisition price at
09 Aug. 2018 ESG adoption on the rise among U.S. asset owners: Callan survey [more]
By Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 43% of U.S. asset owners have incorporated environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decisions, up from 37% in 2017 and 22% in 2013, said Callan's sixth annual ESG survey report. According to the survey, the percentage is the highest
09 Aug. 2018 Record pace in crypto fund launches bring total to now 466 [more]
By Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: It appears that the bear market, falling cryptocurrency prices and an uncertain regulatory environment during the first seven months of 2018 did not stop 96 new crypto hedge funds and venture capital funds from getting launched. If this trend that translates t
08 Aug. 2018 BlueMountain snags Fir Tree's Troeller for private infrastructure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Scott Troeller has joined the firm as a Portfolio Manager to source, evaluate, and execute infrastructure-related private investments, with an initial focus on e
08 Aug. 2018 Investor appetite for hedge funds on the rise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new survey from Credit Suisse shows that investors are coming back to hedge funds after a rough few years. The survey, entitled "Back In The Saddle", polled over 275 institutional investors globally representing $1.04 trillion in hedge fund investments. Parti
08 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds gain in July; Blockchain, credit risk premia surge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Equity Hedge, Relative Value Arbitrage lead HFRI for the month; HFRI Healthcare Index leads all indices YTD, topping Nasdaq Composite Hedge funds posted gains in July to begin the second half of 2018, recovering the narrow decline from June, and effectively navi
07 Aug. 2018 Co-Investing and hedge fund secondaries boom with Morgan Stanley raising $516m for new fund [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP), an investment team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has closed the unit's latest investment fund, the Riverview Strategic Opportunities Fund III ("SOF III" or the "Fund") with over $500 million in commitme
07 Aug. 2018 European commodity hedge fund shines with 25% YTD return [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Northlander Commodity advisors is having an run with a YTD return of 24.80% through May. The 7.8% returns made in May came primarily from carbon emissions trading. The $251m fund, launched in March 2012 with seed capital from a large U.S.-based institutional investor
07 Aug. 2018 Emerging biotech hedge fund approaches first full year with 42% gains [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A biotech hedge fund run out of New York and launched in July last year returned +25% in 2017 and is up 13% YTD to the end of May. That's a total gain of 42%, compared t
06 Aug. 2018 Orchid Asia reopens China hedge fund to investors [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Orchid Asia Group is reopening its China alternative investment offering to external investors, according to an email seen by Opalesque. The Orchid China Master Fund ($), which has a track record of 10 years and manages $265m, had up until May annualised 12.8%
03 Aug. 2018 Crayhill Capital Management names Sloan Sutta as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crayhill Capital Management LP, an alternative asset management firm that specializes in private credit investments, announced today the appointment of Sloan Sutta as Managing Director. Mr. Sutta will be a senior member of Crayhill's investment team, and his respo
03 Aug. 2018 Hong Kong SFC cautions against disguised margin financing [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), in the course of its ongoing supervision of licensed corporations (LCs), has observed that some LCs carrying on asset management activities may have aided and abetted unlicensed affiliates or third parties to provide
03 Aug. 2018 Morningstar says Liquid Alternatives have yet to prove themselves [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: In a new research paper from Morningstar published today, Jason Kephart and Maciej Kowara put alternative funds to the test. Though still relatively new, few alternative mutual funds have conferred meaningful diversification benefits in recent years, and the last five ye
02 Aug. 2018 Philipp Hensler named president and COO of Epoch Investment Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Epoch Investment Partners, the $42.2-billion-under-assets investment arm of TD Bank, announced today that Philipp Hensler joined the firm as President and Chief Operating Officer. Timothy Taussig, who co-founded the firm in 2004, stepped down and will retire in at the end
02 Aug. 2018 OCC begins accepting National Bank Charter applications from FinTech companies [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will begin accepting applications for national bank charters from nondepository financial technology (fintech) companies engaged in the business of banking. "Over the past 150 years banks and the federa
02 Aug. 2018 IOSCO issues recommendations to help trading venues manage extreme volatility [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today published eight recommendations to assist trading venues and regulatory authorities in the implementation of mechanisms to manage extreme volatility and preserve orderly trading. F
02 Aug. 2018 GAM gates redemptions from its absolute return bond strategy following manager suspension [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Swiss investment manager GAM said today that all subscriptions and redemptions in its unconstrained/absolute return bond funds (ARBF) have been suspended as of 31 July 2018. The gating comes as investors have started rushing for the exits following the
01 Aug. 2018 Man Group reports net inflows of $8.3 billion in first half of 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key points from Man Group's interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 Funds under management (FUM)1 of $113.7 billion (31 December 2017: $109.1 billion) Net inflows of $8.3 billion (H1 2017: net inflows $8.2 billion) Investment movem
01 Aug. 2018 First Wall Street research firm starts accepting Bitcoin payments via BitPay [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Fundstrat Global Advisors, a leading independent Wall Street research organization, is the first research firm to start accepting bitcoin from clients around the world. Fundstrat has implemented BitPay, the largest global blockchain payments provider. Fundstrat is one of
31 Jul. 2018 AllianceBernstein broadens access to alts with iCapital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AllianceBernstein L.P. a leading global investment firm with $540 billion in assets under management, today announced an agreement with iCapital Network to provide a white label platform that will enable high-net-worth (HNW) investors at Registered Investment Advisory fi
31 Jul. 2018 GAM suspends absolute return manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM announced today the suspension of Tim Haywood, investment director business unit head for the unconstrained/absolute return bond strategy following an internal investigation. The issues relate to some of his risk management procedures and his record keeping in certain
30 Jul. 2018 Man Group names Jason Mitchell co-head of responsible investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the global active investment management firm, today announces the appointment of Jason Mitchell as Co-Head of Responsible Investment. Together with Steven Desmyter, Co-Head of Responsible Investment, Jason will oversee responsible investment activities across M
30 Jul. 2018 OPIM launches China long/short hedge fund with L Squared Management [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: OP Investment Management (OPIM), a leading hedge fund platform based in Hong Kong, is partnering with L Squared Management, to launch Long-Term Leader Fund I SP. The Fund i
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