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20 Nov. 2018 Crestline Investors raises $600m for new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crestline Investors, credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager, has closed its latest fund at $600 million. The fund will focus on Crestline's portfolio financing strategy, which is managed by Crestline's Fund Liquidity Solutions team. The fund's
20 Nov. 2018 John Paulson's hedge fund to buy stake in $238bn asset manager from Chinese conglomerate HNA Group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BrightSphere Investment Group has announced that Paulson & Co agrees to buy a substantial majority stake in BrightSphere held by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. The multi-boutique asset management company with approximately $238 billion of assets under manageme
20 Nov. 2018 CTAs' deleveraging is mostly over: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In early November, CTAs' involvement in the oil prices demise was milder: they unloaded what they had left in crude futures, and kept only marginally long positions in heating and gasoline oil futures, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. "CTAs' deleveraging domi
19 Nov. 2018 Canadian mutual funds are getting ready to launch liquid alternatives, hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Traditional mutual fund managers will be interested in diversifying the investment solutions on their shelf by adding liquid alternative funds to their product line-up as Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) implemented new reforms, says Scotiabank. Aming at ma
19 Nov. 2018 Silver Castle rolls out crypto funds for institutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Israel cryptocurrency investment firm for institutional and accredited investors Silver Castle is launching two new crypto funds for institutional investors. The crypto-focused firm anticipates that the funds will reach $50m before the year ends. According to
16 Nov. 2018 HFRI China Index posts steep decline as equities, renminbi losses accelarate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chinese hedge funds posted sharp declines in October as both global equities and the Renminbi fell. The HFRI Emerging Markets: China Index lost -7.76% in October, the steepest monthly decline since retreating -9.9% in January 2016, and brought down the YTD 2018 return to
16 Nov. 2018 L/S Equity strategies bear the brunt of the turmoil: Lyxor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following a sharp correction in risk assets for the second time this year, equity markets initiated a rebound by the end of October. Initially caused by fears the U.S. economy was overheating, the market later focused on profit warnings during the earnings season, es
16 Nov. 2018 FundRock Management Company acquires SEB Fund Services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock Management Company S.A. has completed the acquisition of SEB Fund Services S.A. from Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The deal was first announced on May 22nd and concludes following regulatory approval of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier.
16 Nov. 2018 Commonfund launches diversity office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the launch of its Diversity Office. By fostering an environment that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential
16 Nov. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 3.06% in October (-1.90 YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge Funds gave up 3.06% in October according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 6.84% decrease in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is down 1.90%, while the S&P has gained 3.01%. "Slowing growt
16 Nov. 2018 Maples Fiduciary adds two [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 the addition of strategic hires. Campbell Congdon and Wendy Zhang have joined to serve as i
16 Nov. 2018 Winning and losing change fund managers' behavior, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Winning or losing streaks - making profits every day or losing money every day - played with managers' heads and changed their behavior to the detriment of their portfolios, revealed a new research. Essentia Analytics, which studies neuroscience and economics to he
16 Nov. 2018 Hong Kong crypto hedge fund bucks the trend with 77% upside YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic said that its proprietary investment portfolio recorded year-to-date returns of 77% as of October 31, against a backdrop of major losses in the cryptocurrency market. The company outperformed that marke
15 Nov. 2018 Index Industry Association survey reveals 3.7 million indexes globally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Index Industry Association (IIA), the first-ever trade association for the index industry, today announced the results of its second annual global index survey. The IIA is the only industry body to quantify the complete index universe and according to its latest analy
15 Nov. 2018 New Hazeltree paper reveals and quantifies the benefits of active treasury management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hazeltree, the leading provider of integrated buy-side treasury management solutions, has released a paper detailing how active treasury management could yield as much as 65 basis points of incremental alpha for asset managers. The paper, "The Value of Active Treas
15 Nov. 2018 IOSCO seeks feedback on proposed framework for assessing leverage in investment funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is requesting feedback on a proposed framework to help measure leverage used by investment funds which in some circumstances could pose financial stability risks. The proposed framework,
15 Nov. 2018 Azvalor launches Spain's first 'Multi-manager' Equity Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Azvalor Asset Management is launching its Managers Fund - a novel investment offer for its co-investors. Managed by Javier Saenz de Cenzano, 'Azvalor Managers Fund' is a global equities fund which will invest internationally through the best investment ideas of thorou
15 Nov. 2018 Evidence highly informed traders are driving cryptocurrency prices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research has found evidence that informed traders and investors' information asymmetry is driving the huge price swings in cryptocurrencies. Daniele Bianchi and Alexander Dickerson, of Warwick Business School, used intraday prices and volume data to investigate w
15 Nov. 2018 What role has passive management left for active? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Studies by the Lyxor Dauphine Research Academy show that active management benefits from the readier availability and greater use of passive tools. The increased role of index-based investing is more an opportunity than a threat for active managers. It creates a more
14 Nov. 2018 Sustainable investing is catching up with institutional investors: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 81% of institutional investors surveyed now have a sustainable mandate as part of their formal investment policy, said a survey. Close to 1/3 of respondents have someone on their team dedicated to the sustainable investing space, revelead the 2018 Bright Harbor Glo
14 Nov. 2018 Hedge fund flows advance by +0.64% in November 2018: SS&C [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for October 2018 measured -3.07%. However, hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.64% in November. According to Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive
14 Nov. 2018 Quant unit of Prudential's funds arm buys Sushil Wadhwani hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Prudential Financial's funds arm PGIM is acquiring former Bank of England policymaker Sushil Wadhwani's computer-driven hedge fund. The London-based quantitative macro-focused investment management firm Wadhwani Asset Management (WAM) will become part of QMA, the
13 Nov. 2018 South Korean investors looking to invest in alternative assets funds around the globe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - South Korea-based investors are looking beyond the domestic market to invest in alternative assets funds around the globe, according to intelligence provider Preqin. Preqin tracks 154 institutional investors in South Korea, more than either Singapore or Hong Kong, of whic
13 Nov. 2018 Despite October bloodbath, 30% of global hedge funds avoid losses during the month with long volatility strategies up 4% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index slumped 2.19% in the volatile month of October 2018, bringing year-to-date returns down to -2.08%. The MSCI AC World Index (Local) declined 7.33% in what turned out to be the worst month for both the hedge fund industry and the glob
13 Nov. 2018 Cappitech MiFID II industry survey finds high percentage of non-compliance in best execution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cappitech, a leading provider of regulatory reporting and intelligence technology for the financial services industry, announced the results of a survey of over 100 European buy- and sell-side compliance decision-makers. The survey examined how MiFID II regulation h
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