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15 Sep. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.07% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2021 measured 1.07%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.40% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's
15 Sep. 2021 97% of fund managers say they get at least one custom DDQs from investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DiligenceVault, a digital diligence platform that delivers data collection and information exchange solutions for asset owners, allocators and fund managers, released its latest whitepaper entitled "2021 Manager Survey: How RFPs and DDQs Get Done." The pape
15 Sep. 2021 Survey reveals the growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes, including infrastructure (41% of investors), private equity/debt (38%), and real estate (37%), said a BNP Paribas survey. The ESG Global Survey 2021 of 356 asset owners, official institutions, and asset ma
14 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds advanced in August as global equities rallied driven by the dovish stance of the Federal Reserve [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.80% in August 2021, trailing behind the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 2.45% over the same period. Despite persistent concerns over the spread of the Delta variant and inflation, global e
14 Sep. 2021 Notz Stucki becomes NS Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based asset management group Notz Stucki becomes NS Partners. This shift will be marked by a visual identity makeover, with a refashioned logo and a new slogan. The change is a response to the company's development over the past few years. Indeed, for th
14 Sep. 2021 British buyout firm CVC to acquire secondaries manager Glendower Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK private equity giant CVC Capital Partners agreed to acquire secondaries manager Glendower Capital in a deal, creating a combined company with total assets under management of about 113 billion euros ($134.2 billion). The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Glen
14 Sep. 2021 Veteran infra investor Whitehelm Capital bought by real assets specialist Patrizia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European real assets manager Patrizia is set to acquire infrastructure manager Whitehelm Capital and the combination of the two businesses creating an asset manager with more than €50bn in assets under management. According to a press release from the global real as
13 Sep. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 1.23% in August, +10% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry generated an average return of 1.23% in August 2021, which may have pushed its winning streak into double-digits, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year to date, the Ba
13 Sep. 2021 MSCI appoints global head of ESG and climate indexes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MSCI Inc., a provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announced today the appointment of Melissa McDonald as Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes, effective September 7, 2021. Based in London, Ms. McDonald wil
13 Sep. 2021 Brevan Howard hires CMT Digital CEO to lead crypto venture investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, a global alternative investment management platform, announced that Colleen Sullivan, CEO and co-founder of CMT Digital, will shortly join to lead the firm's private and venture investment activities in crypto. Additionally, Ms. S
13 Sep. 2021 Vast majority of hedge funds see positive returns in August, India-focused funds lead the business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The aggregate return for the global hedge fund business was +0.77% in August, a return to positive territory following a dip into the red in July, according to the just-released eVestment August hedge fund performance data. The vast majority of mangers reporting to e
13 Sep. 2021 All-cash transactions between U.S PE sellers and target companies soars 89.3% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Year-to-Aug. 31, the number of all-cash transactions involving U.S.-based private equity sellers and target companies soared 89.3% to 301 compared to the same period in 2020, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. The number of stock deals over the same peri
10 Sep. 2021 Record assets and net inflows of $9.73tn and $834bn in ETFs and ETPs in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI reports that record assets and net inflows of US$9.73 trillion and US$834 billion in ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of August. ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$94.64 billion during August, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US
10 Sep. 2021 Mariner Wealth Advisors acquires The Pinnacle Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mariner Wealth Advisors, a national wealth advisory firm headquartered in Kansas City, announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Cincinnati-based RIA, The Pinnacle Group, in a deal that closes Sept. 24, 2021. This is Mariner Wealth Advisors' fifth
10 Sep. 2021 Morgan Stanley raises $3.1bn for global real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI), the private real estate investment arm of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has raised $3.1 billion for a new fund dedicated to global real estate bets. The North Haven Real Estate Fund X Global (G10) exceeds its ori
10 Sep. 2021 Asset managers see record revenue, AUM growth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Publicly-traded asset managers in North America and Europe seeing continued record growth in revenue and assets under management in the second quarter following strong market appreciation. "Recovering from the bleak early days of the COVID-19 health crisis, listed a
09 Sep. 2021 Hedge funds gain as political risks rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Equity Hedge tops strategy performance as HFRI posts 10th gain in 11 months following uncertainty around Afghanistan, stimulus, spending and reopening increase. Hedge funds advanced in August, despite increasing risks associated with instability in Afghanistan and exp
09 Sep. 2021 Nesvold Capital acquires substantial, minority stake in Republic Capital Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nesvold Capital Partners (NCP), a merchant bank that specializes in the financial services industry, announced that it has acquired a substantial, minority stake in Republic Capital Group, an investment bank that focuses on the investment management, securities, and finte
09 Sep. 2021 Alpine Investors raises $2.25bn for latest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alpine Investors said it capped its eighth fund at $2.25 billion, surpassing its $1.7 billion target less than four months after the launch date. The San Francisco-based firm's Alpine Investors VIII LP is more than double the size of its predecessor, which closed o
08 Sep. 2021 Dr. Craig Gordon launches alternative investment firm GordonMD Global Investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Craig Gordon, MD, a licensed physician with over a decade of buy-side experience managing global biopharmaceutical portfolios, has launched GordonMD Global Investments. Th
08 Sep. 2021 ESG product gold rush brings dangers of mis-selling scandals - Capco [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ESG product gold rush brings dangers of mis-selling scandals - Capco In recent years the growth in products marketed on the basis of their strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials has exploded. More than half the money - a total of €1.4 trillion - tha
08 Sep. 2021 SBAI appoints Paula Volent of The Rockefeller University to its Board of Trustees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) announced today the appointment of Paula Volent, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Rockefeller University, to its Board of Trustees. Mario Therrien, Chair of the SBAI stated: "We are absolutely de
08 Sep. 2021 Advisors rely on actively managed strategies to navigate unsettled markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As choppy markets reflecting both optimism and uncertainty about an unfolding recovery, financial advisors are relying heavily on actively managed strategies to navigate the road ahead, said a study. According to a PGIM Investments survey of more than 500 financial
08 Sep. 2021 Hub International acquires Millennium Advisory Services [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Millennium Advisory Services, a Virginia-based Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) is the latest asset management firm to join Hub International Limited's growing retirement and private wealth division. The insurance brokerage and financial services firm headq
07 Sep. 2021 The global wealth management market to grow 10.7% CAGR to reach $3.43tn by 2030 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global wealth management industry was worth $1.25 trillion in 2020 and is expected to reach $3.43 trillion by 2030, manifesting a CAGR of 10.7% from 2021 to 2030, said a study. According to the report by Allied Market Research, the rapid demand for alternative i
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