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28 May. 2019 Canadian Institutional Investors to hike alternatives allocations: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian institutional investors are seeking to further increase their overall allocations to alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, real estate, private equity, infrastructure and private debt, said a study. Investors are focussing on transpare
28 May. 2019 Hedge funds managing well as the tech sector navigating troubled waters [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the U.S. aims to deglobalize the tech industry and protect its national interests, the tech sector is navigating troubled waters. The L/S Equity managers at Lyxor have managed the sudden tech sector repricing so far. Communication and tech positions remain d
27 May. 2019 Hedge fund industry grows to $3.56tn in Q1 with credit and macro registering inflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Marking the fourth consecutive quarter of outflows, $22.1bn left the hedge fund industry in Q1 2019 - and yet, despite this net capital withdrawal, industry assets under management (AuM) grew by 3.3% to reach $3.56tn. According to Preqin, despite only 37% of credi
24 May. 2019 CAIS adds four to team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CAIS, the leading financial technology platform connecting financial advisors with alternative asset managers, has added four senior-level team members to significantly expand and enhance its marketplace. Marco Riedl joins CAIS as Chief Product Officer to improve user exp
24 May. 2019 Investcorp to buy Mercury Capital Advisors to boost alternatives advisory business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investcorp, a provider and manager of alternative investment products, has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in the institutional capital raising and investment adviser Mercury Capital Advisors in a bid to boost its alternatives investment advisory capabilities. As pa
24 May. 2019 Private market investors and managers temper return expectations, new survey reveals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors and private-markets fund managers are tempering their expectations regarding future returns, revealed a new survey. 52% of the respondents surveyed in early 2019 by eVestment are expecting private equity fund returns to decline in the future
24 May. 2019 LGIM launches two sustainable investment funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has launched two sustainable investment multi-asset 'future world' fund aimed at investors seeking to diversify across asset classes whilst incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations
24 May. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +1.07% in April, up +6.83% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global equity markets rose in April, with encouraging economic data and ongoing dovishness from major central banks supporting appetite for higher risk assets. Corporate bonds outperformed government bonds. US equities advanced, supported by strong labour market d
24 May. 2019 French fund manager Scor Investment Partners buys London hedge fund firm Coriolis Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: SCOR Investment Partners has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the capital of UK based fund manager Coriolis Capital to expand Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) unit. With this first acquisition, SCOR Investment Partners is entering an important new phase in i
24 May. 2019 Tepper to convert Appaloosa to family office [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: David Tepper's Appaloosa LP will become a family office. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. People familiar with the matt
23 May. 2019 NFA suspends Golden Point Capital Management and Glenn Graham [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NFA has ordered Golden Point Capital Management LLC (Golden Point), an NFA Member commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor located in Chicago, Ill., and its sole principal and associated person Glenn Graham, to both withdraw from and not reapply for NFA membe
23 May. 2019 Sustainable funds attracts $26bn of net inflows worldwide in Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable, responsible, and impact investment funds continue to grow rapidly, attracting $26bn of net inflows worldwide during the first quarter of 2019. 2018 saw a record $76bn inflow and funds gain $102bn of inflows in the 15 months through March 2019, said a
23 May. 2019 Half of investment managers use alternative data, another quarter planning to do so this year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers are making greater use of "alternative" data sources, ranging from social media sentiment to crowd-sourced data, to gain an edge, said a study. 71% of asset managers believe that using alternative data gives them an investing edge over competitors,
23 May. 2019 EG Fisher joins Mariner co-CIO and head of liquid market strategies [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Edward G. (EG) Fisher III, 50, is to join Mariner Investment Group as co-chief investment officer and as head of liquid market strategies - the latter is reportedly a new title at the firm. Fisher has more than 29 years of industry experience and 18 years of proprie
22 May. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.21% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May 2019 measured 3.21%, up from 2.51% in April. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 3.21% for May 2019 was a strong result, coming in 26 basis points below the 3.47% reported for the same period a
22 May. 2019 Rockefeller enters European market launching two UCITS funds based on equity ESG strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rockefeller Asset Management, a division of Rockefeller Capital Management, is now offering its equity investment strategies to European investors with the launch of a UCITS regulated fund structure. The first UCITS funds, seeded by prominent, long-term European in
22 May. 2019 Hedge funds post positive returns in April, highlighting the strong industry-wide performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued to make substantial gains in April, said a latest report from Preqin. Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +1.67%, beating March's +0.62% return. This pushes the YTD figure to +6.98% and the 12-month return to +2.82%.
22 May. 2019 Al Gore's Generation IM closes $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, announced that it has closed a $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund for growth investments. The sustainable investment management firm with approximately $22bn
22 May. 2019 With lacklustre performance, distressed debt hedge funds raise only $2.5bn in 2019 so far [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The market conditions suggest a potential opportunity for distressed debt funds, but fundraising has yet to pick up, said a report by Preqin. Distressed debt has long been a major component of the private debt industry. At the time of the Global Financial Crisis (G
21 May. 2019 Investors shift $14bn to Event Driven, Asia and Emerging Markets hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors redeemed an estimated $1.36bn from hedge funds in April 2019, bringing YTD flows to a negative $18.15bn, according to eVestment's April 2019 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Meanwhile, strong hedge fund performance was additive to industry assets in April,
21 May. 2019 Institutional investors feel more prepared for a bear market than in 2007: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are self-assured when it comes to navigating the next bout of market volatility, said a study. Roughly 95% of the 75 institutional investors surveyed reported being at least somewhat confident in their organization's readiness to successful
21 May. 2019 Long/short credit hedge fund strategies resilient in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context where rising trade uncertainties have interrupted the rally in risk assets, L/S Credit strategies have been resilient in May so far, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Such resiliency took place despite a widening in High Yield (HY) credit spreads, by ap
20 May. 2019 Alternatives 4 Children announces UK chapter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternatives 4 Children (A4C), the highly successful Dutch industry charity that has raised more than a million Euros since inception, has announced that it is launching a UK chapter. A4C raises funds for projects involved in improving the living standards of chi
20 May. 2019 Bermuda industry groups applaud EU for removal from list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda's global industry groups have welcomed the decision by the Economic & Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels to remove Bermuda from a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions after all sectors worked collaboratively with Bermuda's government and regulator
20 May. 2019 40% of enterprises willing to spend $5m or more in new blockchain initiatives over next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 86% of senior executives interviewed believe that blockchain technology is broadly scalable and will eventually achieve mainstream adoption, said a survey. Deloitte's 2019 Global Blockchain Survey revealed that the 'blockchain gets down to business'. It sai
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