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12 Mar. 2020 Barclay Hedge fund index down 2.8% in February, -3% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund losses picked up in February 2020 with the industry down 2.81% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was down 8.2% for the month. For th
12 Mar. 2020 SWFI releases global asset owner survey for March 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SWFI's latest survey data for Q1 2020 has been compiled and is ready for release. SWFI secured business intelligence from CIO's, Strategists, Economists, and Portfolio Managers from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and endowments. The survey was taken
12 Mar. 2020 AUM for the natural resources industry surpasses $750bn, and continue to grow in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AUM for the natural resources industry has surpassed $750bn and looks set to continue growing during 2020, said a study. Of that, natural resources and timberland funds accounted for $230bn, up from $81bn at the end of 2009, according to the Preqin report 'Inves
12 Mar. 2020 Merger arbitrage hedge funds show remarkable resilience despite global volatility [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger arbitrage is proving the most resilient hedge fund strategy amid the continued global volatility sparked by the coronavirus outbreak, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. "The ability of the strategy to protect capital in bad times is something we underlined
12 Mar. 2020 Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates quietly amasses $3.6bn for 17th fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has raised $3.6 billion for its 17th venture fund, the largest in the more than 42-year history of the firm. The new fund will focus on early-stage investments in technology and health care and brin
11 Mar. 2020 OPIM launches Global Macro Fund named Waterflow Fund SPC [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Limited (OPIM), Asia's leading hedge fund platform, is partnering with Waterflow Capital to launch Waterflow Fund SPC, which is Cayman-domiciled and for professional investors only. Managed by Mr. Shui JIANG and Mr. Minghan JIANG, the Fund
11 Mar. 2020 Hedge fund managers posted strongest monthly outperformance over global equities since 2009 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.63 in February, outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which lost 7.82% over the same period. Roughly 34.7% of the underlying constituents of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index post
11 Mar. 2020 Cerulli: Alternative managers need to adapt their fee structures in response to increasing price sensitivity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates' latest report, European Alternative Investments 2020: Matching Different Demands, shows that the crowded marketplace and decreasing risk-adjusted returns are putting pressure on alternative asset managers, with investors questioning why they should pay
11 Mar. 2020 ESG data market worth to reach $1bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The market for environmental, social and governance (ESG) data could reach $1 billion by 2021, said a research report. Opimas report 'ESG Data Market: No Stopping Its Rise Now', says that the market topped $617 million in 2019. The research group projects a
11 Mar. 2020 87% infrastructure investors say 2019 met or exceeded their expectations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Infrastructure investors are pleased with recent performance, but concerns over asset pricing are pushing them further up the risk spectrum, said a report. According to Preqin, the vast majority of surveyed investors are happy with the performance of their infrastr
11 Mar. 2020 Pimco takes over Allianz Real Estate, forming $100bn unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment management firm Pacific Investment Management (Pimco) is taking over management of Allianz Real Estate, forming a combined unit with $100 billion in assets. Allianz Real Estate will become part of Pimco's Private Strategies platform withi
10 Mar. 2020 Real estate investors look to higher-risk strategies and emerging markets for better performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors in real estate are extremely satisfied with the performance of their portfolios in 2019 by comparison with other asset classes, said a study. According to Preqin, twenty-one percent of those surveyed said that performance exceeded their expectations in 20
10 Mar. 2020 Sovereigns under threat by the dual impact of COVID-19 and oil price shock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign credit fundamentals and ratings already under pressure from the coronavirus outbreak may be further hit by the oil price shock. According to Fitch Ratings, the dual impact of COVID-19 and the latest oil price collapse will affect countries depends on their
10 Mar. 2020 Nasdaq acquires institutional investment fintech firm Solovis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States stock exchange operator Nasdaq announced the acquisition of Solovis, a provider of multi-asset class portfolio management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. With this Nasdaq will offer Solovis' solutions through Nasdaq's eVestment group, broadening
10 Mar. 2020 Aon acquires Willis Towers Watson in all stock deal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson have announced a definitive agreement to combine in a $30 billion all-stock transaction. Willis Towers Watson will come under the Aon banner. The combined company will have an $80 billion valuation. Aon will maintain operat
09 Mar. 2020 HFRI 500 Relative Value gains in February as global equities plunge on contagion fears [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in February, led by fixed income-based Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, as global equities and commodities suffered steep declines on spreading coronavirus contagion fears. The investable HFRI 500 Relative Value Index gained +1.
09 Mar. 2020 Private debt: Performance expectations low amid concerns over pricing pressure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt investors are more optimistic than they were at the end of 2018, but performance expectations have been lowered amid concerns over pricing pressure, said a report by Preqin. Among investors Preqin surveyed across all asset classes in November 2019, thos
09 Mar. 2020 Windham Capital launches ESG Risk Scaling Strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based asset management firm Windham Capital Management has launched the Windham ESG Risk Scaling strategy. The asset management firm specializing in risk-based solutions said that its ESG strategy is designed to deliver meaningful protection to a diversified
06 Mar. 2020 SBAI publishes a memo on conflicts of interest between parallel funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a memo on addressing potential conflicts of interest between parallel funds, which was developed by the Standards Board's Governance Working Group. The Standards Board is the global standard-settin
06 Mar. 2020 Angel Island Capital closes $440m second credit opportunities fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Golden Gate Capital-backed credit firm Angel Island Capital has raised around $440m for the close for AIC Opportunities Fund II. The San Francisco-based multi-strategy credit investment advisor and portfolio company said that the fund is AIC's inaugural third-party
06 Mar. 2020 86% of private equity investors plan to maintain or increase capital commitments in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors on the hunt for yield continued to commit capital to private equity in 2019, boosting total fundraising to $595bn, according to a study. Preqin Investor Outlook AlternativeAssets H1 2020 said that 2019 was the third year in a row that the amount secured
06 Mar. 2020 Petershill in talks to invest in Permira [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Petershill, an investing unit within Goldman Sachs that makes minority investments in asset managers, is in talks to invest in British private equity house Permira. The Wall Street Journal
06 Mar. 2020 CalSTRs CEO set to retire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes will retire in September. Ehnes made the announcement during a board meeting at the pension system today. Ehnes joined CalSTRS as CEO in February 2002. Ehnes is currently chairman of the FTSE Green Industries Advisory Committee and vi
05 Mar. 2020 Alternatives investor appetite holds steady in the face of challenging market conditions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Strong performance across most asset classes has kept satisfaction high, according to Preqin: Preqin's Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H1 2020* finds that investors are generally satisfied with performance in 2019. A minimum of 71% of investors in each
05 Mar. 2020 Reverence Capital Partners hits a $1.2bn hard cap for financial services fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused Reverence Capital has hit a $1.2bn hard cap for the final close of its latest investment vehicle, Reverence Capital Opportunities Fund II. The New York-based firm was initially seeking $750m for Fund II but was able to surpass this amount
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