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15 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds extended their losing streak to a second consecutive month in February, posting a loss of -0.3% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their losing streak to a second consecutive month in February, posting a loss of -0.3% as markets priced in the rapidly escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising expectations for faster monetary policy tightening globally. Managed futures and macr
15 Mar. 2022 Omni Event Fund commences trading as Kryger Capital following the change of ownership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Event Fund, the hard catalyst focused event-driven fund managed by Omni Partners LLP, has commenced trading as Kryger Fund following the planned acquisition of the Omni Event business by its long-standing Chief Investment Officer, John Melsom. Following the change of
15 Mar. 2022 KKR rakes in $17bn for global infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KKR, the American global investment company that manages multiple alternative asset classes, closed its latest infrastructure fund, KKR Global Infrastructure Investors IV, at $17 billion. The fund will make global infrastructure investments, with a focus on OECD cou
14 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds see second consecutive month of negative returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business had an aggregate return of -0.17% in February, according to the just released eVestment February 2022 hedge fund performance data. This is the second consecutive month of negative returns, which put the hedge fund industry at -1.91% year-to-
14 Mar. 2022 Crestline Investors pulls in $3.6bn across a trio of new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager Crestline Investors announced that it has closed a series of funds across multiple strategies with commitments totaling more than $3.6 billion. The asset manager said in a press release, it closed its Crestline
11 Mar. 2022 Global Capital equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets to garner $20tn in net new money in eight years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: From now until 2030, domestic equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets will garner nearly $20 trillion in net new money, almost four times more than the $4.5 trillion in net flows into international equity, fixed income, and alternatives markets over the same per
11 Mar. 2022 Listed U.S., Canada asset managers' revenue leap 43.4% in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Publicly-traded U.S. and Canadian money managers tracked by strategy consultant Casey Quirk produced record aggregate revenue of $84.3 billion in 2021, up 43.4% from the prior year, fueled by double-digit equity market appreciation in the U.S. and developed markets.
10 Mar. 2022 Oaktree acquires majority stake in private credit firm 17Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Management, an American global asset management firm specializing in alternative investment strategies, acquired a majority stake in London-based private credit firm 17Capital. 17Capital specializes in providing non-dilutive capital to high-quality p
10 Mar. 2022 Four scenarios of Russia-Ukraine war's potential implications [more]
Opalesque Geneva: In its latest Focus report authored by CIO Charles-Henry Monchau, Syz, a boutique Swiss private bank headquartered in Geneva, considers four scenarios. These scenarios, which have diff
10 Mar. 2022 Buyout firm Carlyle to buy Todd Boehly's CBAM for $787m in credit investment push [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Carlyle Group, the American multinational private equity, alternative asset management, and financial services corporation, is acquiring the portfolio of assets from credit manager CBAM Partners, an affiliate of Eldridge, in a $787 million in a deal that would make the
10 Mar. 2022 Time to focus on alternatives and proactive risk management, says UBP [more]
Opalesque Geneva: According to UBP, a Swiss private bank, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine now threatens to create far-reaching commodity shocks for the global economy, drawing a parallel between the OPEC crude oil embargo in 1973 and this year's emerging supply shock as Western countr
09 Mar. 2022 APAC venture capital investments in fintech surge to a record high of $15.69bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture capital investments in APAC-based fintech surged to a record high of $15.69 billion in 2021, more than double the prior year's figure of $5.87 billion, said a study. While this growth followed subdued funding activity in 2020, the 2021 figure also repres
08 Mar. 2022 Women hold just 12.9% of senior positions in alternative investments industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new report published by Preqin, the global leader in alternative assets data, tools, and insights, the Women in Alterna
08 Mar. 2022 Macro hedge funds led industry gains in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Macro hedge funds led industry-wide gains in February, extending the strong start to 2022 by again posting negatively-correlated gains as financial market volatility surged across equity, fixed income, commodity, and currency markets as Russia invaded Ukraine. The HFRI 50
08 Mar. 2022 U.S. funding ratio of '$20 billion club' rises to 93.8% in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The average funding ratio of 19 U.S. publicly listed corporations with more than $20 billion in global pension fund liabilities totaled 93.8% at the end of 2021, up from 86.2% at the start of the year, said a study. According to Russell Investments' annual analysis
07 Mar. 2022 HarbourVest raises $1.6bn for ninth Europe, Asia fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global private markets investment specialist HarbourVest has closed its ninth Europe and Asia fund-of-funds at USD 1.6bn, above the target size of USD 1.25bn. The US-private equity firm said that the fund, HarbourVest International Private Equity Partners IV (HI
04 Mar. 2022 Asia-Pacific Fintech investment reaches $27.5bn in 2021 across a record 1,165 deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fintech investment in the Asia-Pacific region reached US$27.5 billion in 2021 across a record 1,165 deals, said a study. While total investment fell well shy of 2019's peak, it was almost twice the US$14.7 billion seen in 2020, according to the report '
04 Mar. 2022 Cornell Capital wraps up sophomore fund at $1.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cornell Capital, the investment firm launched by former Goldman Sachs veteran Henry Cornell, has beaten its target of $1.5 billion for its sophomore private equity fund with $1.7bn final close. According to the private equity firm based in New York and Hong Kong, th
03 Mar. 2022 EQT launches $5.6bn core infrastructure fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nordic private markets giant EQT is planning to raise €5bn ($5.6bn) for a new longer-hold fund targeting core infrastructure companies that provide essential services mainly in Europe and North America. Stockholm-based private equity firm said in a press statement
03 Mar. 2022 Morgan Stanley raises $2bn for the latest private equity fund North Haven Capital Partners VII [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The American multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley said that its private equity unit Morgan Stanley Capital Partners has raised $2 billion for its latest private equity fund North Haven Capital Partners VII (NHCP VII) from investor
02 Mar. 2022 Inflexion raises $3.3bn for new mid-market buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Inflexion Private Equity Partners has held a final close on its Buyout Fund VI at the hard cap of GBP 2.5bn ($3.3 billion), almost double the size of its predecessor. The mid-market specialist said in a press release that the new fund will invest in businesses in
02 Mar. 2022 Accel-KKR seals $1.35bn growth capital fund targeting tech industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The American technology-focused private equity firm Accel-KKR announced the successful completion of Accel-KKR Growth Capital Partners IV, a $1.35 billion growth capital fund. The new fund includes a $100 million commitment from the firm's employees, said a pre
01 Mar. 2022 French and Dutch market authorities publish a joint analysis of the impact of the short selling ban at the onset of the Covid-19 crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Returns, volatility and market depth: the Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) and the Autoriteit Financiele Markten (AFM) have examined the effects of the temporary ban applying to French securities by comparing their respective markets. In March 2020, as the pand
01 Mar. 2022 Man Group reports $13.7bn inflows to new AUM high of $148.6bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British hedge fund manager Man Group said assets hit another record at the end of last year, bolstered by $13.7 billion in net inflows and performance gains up from $1.8 billion in 2020. According to a press release from the asset management company, assets under m
01 Mar. 2022 Sustainable bonds hit $1tn mark, 20-times the size of 2015 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In 2021, sustainable bonds reached $1trn, growth spearheaded by green bond issuance. This represents a 20-fold rise from 2015 and accounts for 10 percent of global debt markets, said a study. "Sustainable bond issuance is now more than 20-times the size of 201
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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

  3. The Big Picture: With the war, E, S, and G have collectively moved back to the fore[more]

    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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