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19 Sep. 2019 Asset managers need to faster embrace advanced technology to be more profitable: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers need to embrace new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) distributed ledger technology (DLT) and robotic process automation (RPA), faster and more thoroughly to enable revenue growth, said the results of research from Accenture and the Inv
18 Sep. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 2.23% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An ongoing bond market rally that pushed 30-year US Treasury and German bond yields to all-time lows helped to propel managed futures funds to a profitable August with CTA funds returning 2.23% according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Bac
18 Sep. 2019 Investors turn to hedge funds for asset protection [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors are looking to the asset class to offer asset protection as they anticipate an equity market downturn, said Preqin Investor Update. The report on alternative assets during H2 2019, said that despite the underwhelming 12-month performance, hedg
18 Sep. 2019 Strong investment returns in 2018 help the US states' pension liabilities drop [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: America's state pension funds saw their adjusted net pension liabilities (ANPL) fall during the fiscal year 2018 thanks to strong investment returns during the previous fiscal year, said a report from Moody's Investor Service. "Continued favorable investme
18 Sep. 2019 Cinctive Capital Management debuts with backing from PAAMCO Launchpad [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: The founders of Diamondback Capital Management have launched a new fund - Cinctive Capital. The long/short equity multi-manager fund is starting out with over $1
17 Sep. 2019 European assets under management have more than doubled in the last decade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has just published the 11th edition of its Asset Management Report. The report aims to highlight the fundamental role of asset managers in the financial system and wider economy, channelling savings of European
17 Sep. 2019 Hub International acquires wealth manager Washington Financial [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hub International Limited, a global insurance brokerage and financial services firm known as "Hub," announced it has acquired the assets of Wash Financial LLC, which does business as Washington Financial Group (WFG). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Headqu
17 Sep. 2019 CTAs snap 6-months winning streak, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The rise in bond yields which started to take shape at the end of August accelerated in recent days and penalized CTAs' significant long bond positioning, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Meanwhile, recent political developments in the UK reduced the risk of a no-de
16 Sep. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index and Capital Movement Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2019 measured -0.43%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.21% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index rose 0.21% for S
16 Sep. 2019 Former Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan to become Man Group chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based hedge fund Man Group announced that the former Deutsche Bank chief executive John Cryan has been appointed as chairman. This follows Ian Livingston revealing his intention to quit the world's largest listed hedge fund group after less than four years in the
13 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds down 0.78% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted negative returns in August, dropping 0.78%, 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 1.58% in August. Despite the down mont
13 Sep. 2019 150 active crypto hedge funds manage $1bn AuM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Researchers at auditing powerhouse PwC estimates there to be around 150 crypto hedge funds, controlling about $1bn in assets. This excludes crypto index funds and crypto venture capital funds. Surveying the hundred largest funds by Assets Under Management (AuM), P
13 Sep. 2019 Commonfund launches diverse manager portal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Commonfund has launched a diverse manager portal designed to specifically to receive due diligence materials from women and minority managers investing in equities, fixed income and credit, real estate and hedge funds. Through the portal Commonfund aims to bette
13 Sep. 2019 Ardian Co-Investment raises $2.5bn for latest fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Paris-based buyout shop Ardian has raised $2.5 billion for its latest co-investment vehicle. The fund attracted more than 190 investors across Europe, the US and Asia, more than three times the size of Ardian Co-Investment's previous investor base. It also
12 Sep. 2019 Blackstone hauls in $20.5bn for largest global real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group said has raised the largest ever real estate fund, amassing $20.5bn to be invested in property assets around the world. Blackstone is also currently investing two regional opportunistic funds, the EUR7.9bn BREP Europe V and
12 Sep. 2019 Investors remain satisfied with recent performance of real estate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors remain satisfied with the recent performance of real estate, but also hesitate on future commitments to the asset class as they feel that asset valuations will depress future returns The Preqin Investor Update: Alternative Assets H2 2019 finds that the ou
12 Sep. 2019 State Street Global Advisors names Carlo M. Funk as head of ESG investment strategy for EMEA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $2.9tn asset manager State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has hired ex-BlackRock sustainable investment specialist Carlo M. Funk to head its environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategy in the EMEA region. The position is new. SSGA said in a s
12 Sep. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index down -0.27% in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned -0.27% in August, underperforming the 0.38 % monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternati
11 Sep. 2019 82% of surveyed hedge funds use alternative data, but not without concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over 80% of surveyed hedge funds are using alternative data for detailed industry analyses, though data cost and quality issues remain, said a study. According to Lowenstein Sandler's hedge fund industry survey, 82% of hedge funds are already using alternative
11 Sep. 2019 Lovell Minnick hits $1.28bn hard cap for fifth middle market fund close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners has hit a $1.28bn hard cap for the final close of its latest flagship fund. As private equity firms continue benefit from strong demand for alternative investments, Lovell Minnick Equity Partne
11 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds up 0.31% amid fierce trade tensions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have outperformed the equity markets in August amid tariff threats between China and the United States and slowing global growth. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.31% during the month compared to the MSCI ACWI stock index which ended August do
11 Sep. 2019 Emerging market debt specialist Philip Meier joins Gramercy [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Philip Meier has joined Gramercy Funds Management's London office as managing director and emerging markets debt portfolio manager. Gramercy, founded in 1998, is an emerging markets investment manager based in Greenwich, CT with offices in London and Buenos Aires
10 Sep. 2019 Blackstone promotes private equity COO Vik Sawhney to new global IR role [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity giant Blackstone has promoted Vik Sawhney, the chief operating officer of its PE business, as its first chief administrative officer (CAO), and the global head of its investor relations and business development arm, a newly created role. The New Yo
10 Sep. 2019 Macro hedge funds surge in August as global equities decline [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Macro hedge funds surged in August while the broader industry posted mixed performance as equity markets declined while the global supply of negative-yielding bonds swelled to over $16 trillion, with gains led by both fundamental and quantitative Macro strategies.
10 Sep. 2019 Former hedge fund professionals launch US Vegan Climate ETF today [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Beyond Investing, a vegan and cruelty-free investment platform, is launching the NYSE-listed US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker VEGN)
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