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14 Jun. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index falls -1.27% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -1.27% in May, underperforming the -0.68% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
14 Jun. 2019 EJF Capital joins Artivest platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global alternative asset manager EJF Capital LLC is the latest firm to join the Artivest platform, delivering its opportunity zone solution to financial advisors and high-net-worth investors. Arlington, Va.-based EJF Capital is a global alternative asset management fi
14 Jun. 2019 Private equity leads in allocations by family offices [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The majority of family offices investors target private equity (61%) or real estate (57%), reflecting wider industry trends across private capital and mirroring family offices' activity since 2016, said a report. Preqin, which tracks over 1,000 family offices wit
14 Jun. 2019 Asset managers with more advanced technology are growing over twice as fast as peers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The asset managers with the most advanced technology operating models continue to outperform their peers in terms of revenue growth, driven by accelerated adoption of cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. Fund managers implementing te
13 Jun. 2019 Managed futures ease off in May but still up 2.27% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures were unable to maintain momentum in May as the battering equity markets and oil prices took from trade wars and tariffs contributed to CTA funds dropping 0.19%. For the year-to-date, CTA funds remained in positive territory through the end of May,
13 Jun. 2019 Hedge funds relatively resilient in May thanks to their defensive stance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The recent escalation in trade wars took a heavy toll on risk assets in May and the Tech sector underperformed the U.S. equity market while Chinese stocks suffered a heavy blow, said Lyxor research report. Meanwhile, the bond market rally has proved unstoppable, e
13 Jun. 2019 EM-focused Global Macro strategies outperform other hedge fund strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: EM-focused Global Macro strategies also outperformed other hedge fund strategies since the beginning of the market turmoil, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. They managed to deliver slightly positive returns in May according to the Lyxor UCITS Peer Group. "Our
13 Jun. 2019 The real estate industry in India is expected to reach a market size of $1tn by 2030: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The real estate industry in India is expected to reach a market size of $1tn by 2030, up from $120bn in 2017, and to contribute 13% of the country's GDP by 2025, said a report. "India has historically been a non-traditional investment market, particularly in
12 Jun. 2019 StatPro acquires ESG research and index business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StatPro Group plc, the AIM listed provider of cloud-based portfolio analysis and asset pricing services for the global asset management industry, has acquired the environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and index business unit (ECP") from ECPI Group Srl for a
12 Jun. 2019 Hedge funds down in May but 42% of funds book profits amidst re-escalating US-China trade war [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index slumped 0.63% in May as hedge fund managers struggled to generate returns during the risk-off month. According to Eurekahedge, the Trump administration's decision to raise tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports signalled the esc
11 Jun. 2019 Hedge funds' four month run of positive performance ends in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global trade disputes and oil price downturns took a toll on hedge funds in May, bringing an end to the industry's four-month run of positive returns. For the month, the hedge fund industry was down 1.47%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge
11 Jun. 2019 Managed futures retreat in May, says Societe Generale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs struggle in May as many markets pulled back slightly from established trends, said Societe Generale its updates to its family of managed futures indexes. The SG CTA Index was down -2.36%, however it still remains in positive territory for the year at +2.22%.
11 Jun. 2019 Global smart beta adoption rates among institutional investors hit a record 58% in 2019, up 10% YoY [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global smart beta adoption rates have reached a record high of 58% in 2019, 10% higher than 2018. Notably, in 2019 nearly eight in 10 (78%) asset owners have implemented, are evaluating or plan to evaluate a smart beta index-based strategy, according to FTSE Russ
10 Jun. 2019 Barings raises $943m for Barings Asset-Based Income Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $317bn global financial services firm Barings held the final close of its Barings Asset-Based Income Fund (BABIF), which raised $943m in commitments. "BABIF has raised $943m in commitments from existing and new institutional investors including public and priva
10 Jun. 2019 UK investors keen to diversify into global and EM investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Seven of the top 10 most-viewed investment universes in May by UK investors and consultants were globally focused and three were emerging markets-focused, according to eVestment Advantage Viewership Report. Among the fastest rising universes viewed on eVestment by
08 Jun. 2019 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index Index fell -1.5% in May as global equities post steep losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund performance fell in May, posting the first monthly decline for 2019, as global equities suffered steep losses amidst ongoing trade negotiations and the inversion of the US yield curve, according to data released by HFR®. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite
07 Jun. 2019 IMDDA releases second annual survey on sexual harassment in investment management industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA), an exclusive investor-based organization dedicated to the professionals who perform investment and operational due diligence programs, announced that it has begu
07 Jun. 2019 FBI launches cyber security awareness campaign [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a campaign called "Protected Voices initiative" designed to mitigate the risk of cyber influence operations targeting U.S. elections. Complemented by short videos, the campaign is also aiming to educated
07 Jun. 2019 Advent International raises $17.5bn for ninth global PE fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity firm Advent International said that it has completed raising funds for its ninth global private equity fund, GPE IX, with commitments of $17.5bn, surpassing the earlier target of $16bn. Advent's previous global fund, GPE VIII, closed on $13bn in 201
07 Jun. 2019 Third Rock Ventures raises $770m for its largest life sciences fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Biotechnology venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures has raised $770m for its fifth fund, a sign that investor interest in funding early-stage science continues unabated despite volatile public markets. The investment vehicle, the largest ever raised by Third Ro
06 Jun. 2019 Ray Dalio, David Rubenstein and Marc Lasry to headline second annual Greenwich Economic Forum [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Economic Forum (GEF) announced that its annual event will be taking place at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel on November 5-6, 2019. GEF will once again gather an elite group of leaders from global finance, business, government, media, and culture t
06 Jun. 2019 Australian private capital industry reaches $30bn AUM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital firms have amassed a record AUS$30 billion in assets under management after a wave of fundraising last year, and are ready to deploy billions in dry powder on local deals. The new record follows a strong year of fundraising, accor
06 Jun. 2019 US Senate confirms Heath Tarbert as CFTC chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US Senate confirmed Treasury Department official Heath Tarbert as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, making him the second Trump-appointed official to lead the top derivatives regulator. Tarbert, a Republican, has served as Treasury assistan
06 Jun. 2019 Unlisted closed-end funds (CEF) market reaches $53bn in assets under management in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The size of the unlisted closed-end funds (CEF) market has grown steadily since 2014, ending 2018 at nearly $53 billion in assets under management, said a report. Interval funds in number and assets continue to outpace tender-offer funds, according to a new report
06 Jun. 2019 EFAMA reports strong rebound in UCITS and AIF net assets sales in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Fund and Asset Management Association's (EFAMA) Quarterly Statistical Release for the first quarter of 2019 reports a strong increase in net assets of UCITS and AIFs, driven by the rebound of financial markets. Net assets of UCITS increased by 7.8% to
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