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19 Sep. 2018 Less than 1% of crypto wallets hold 87% of all Bitcoins: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The vast majority of Bitcoins (BTC) are being held by a minority of investors and the Bitcoin circulating supply is controlled by cryptocurrency whales, finds a new study. "Over 87% of Bitcoins are stored in wallets that are above 10 Bitcoins ($60K+) - the to
18 Sep. 2018 Hennessee Group: Hedge funds gain +0.48% in August (+3.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.48% for the month (+3.60% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +3.03% (+8.74% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.16% (+4.44% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +5.70%
18 Sep. 2018 iCapital Network to acquire Bank of America alternatives feeder fund operations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, the financial technology platform democratizing alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals and their advisors, today announced it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire certain subsidiaries from Bank of America (NYSE: BAC
18 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund investors redeem $1.0 Billion in July, even as AUM hits new highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Outflows from the hedge fund industry slowed substantially in July amid mixed signals on trade and the global economy, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. Hedge fund industry assets rose to an all-time high of $3.1 trillion in July. Data drawn from more than
18 Sep. 2018 TCW's Simeone joins HarbourVest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Karen Simeone has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Based in Boston, Karen will join Managing Directors Jamie Athanasoulas and Peter Lipson to expand the firm's private credit busines
18 Sep. 2018 PGIM names Kathy Sayko chief inclusion and diversity officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PGIM has named Kathy Sayko as its next chief inclusion and diversity officer, effective Sept. 12. Sayko will succeed Cathy Verhoff, who is retiring at the end of the year. PGIM, among the world's top 10 asset managers with $1.2 trillion in assets under management as of Ma
18 Sep. 2018 NFA bars John Marc Schwaebe, orders Glenn Swanson to pay fine [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In two separate developments, the National Futures Association (NFA) barred John Marc Schwaebe, a former associated person, from membership for seven years and ordered Chicago, Ill. introducing broker Global Asset Advisors LLC and its principal Glenn Swanson to jointly pa
18 Sep. 2018 Institutional investors overhauling their portfolios and cutting costs [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new survey of 485 investors with assets approaching $8tn from investment consultant bfinance says asset owners are shaking up their portfolios to meet their return targets, adding more alternative and illiquid investments. The survey finds that the investors are
18 Sep. 2018 Elon Musk's SpaceX engineer starts own crypto exchange [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Joshua Greenwald, a former engineer with Elon Musk's aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has launched LXDX, which he claims to be institutional-grade public digital currency (cryptocurrency) exchange. As an engineer at SpaceX, Greenwald was charged with spearheading
17 Sep. 2018 SBAI announces new APAC Committee appointments and progress report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The APAC Committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) elected Ted Lee of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) as their new Chairman and Danny Yong of Dymon Asia Capital as their Vice-Chairman, in line with its rotating chairman system. T
17 Sep. 2018 Largest private debt fund managers dominate industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The top 100 largest private debt fund managers (by total capital raised in the last 10 years) drive the majority of activity in the industry. Although the top 100 managers represent just 15% of the number of firms that have raised a fund in the last decade, they repres
17 Sep. 2018 86% of private equity investors plan to maintain or increase their investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin's latest survey of institutional investors, over half (57%) allocate to private equity - the secondhighest proportion of any alternative asset class after real estate. With the vast majority (90%) of these investors finding that private equity
17 Sep. 2018 Performance in alternative assets: High returns, high expectations, hedge fund AUM at $3.58tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin's 2018 Performance Monitor finds that the industry's long-term performance still outpaces most other asset classes. Preqin's 2018 Alternative Assets Performance Monitor looks at the returns of the industry as well as within each asset class, and finds that fun
17 Sep. 2018 More than half of institutional investors are still uncomfortable with quant strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half of institutional investors are still uncomfortable with quantitative investment strategies, suggests a survey by Cambridge Associates, the global investment firm. Cambridge Associates says many investors are still sceptical of the benefits of quantitati
17 Sep. 2018 North America-focused hedge funds outperforms, Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark tops 8.93% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With the exception of Europe and the Preqin All Emerging Markets benchmark, 12-month hedge fund returns are higher than three-year annualized returns across all regions, according to 2018 Performance Monitor: Hedge Funds by Geographic Focus by Prequin. A statement
17 Sep. 2018 Millennial Men's crypto investments doubles those of women: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investing in crypto is dominated by young men. The Millennial women remain largely underrepresented in cryptocurrency. A recent survey that Circle held, which included over 3,000 people from the millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer generations, revealed that Millenni
17 Sep. 2018 Binance all set to roll out live money beta testing of Singapore Fiat Exchange tomorrow [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced it will start testing a fiat-to-crypto currency trading platform in Singapore, said its co-founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ). Zhao, who spread the news on social media, said that the testing will be launch
17 Sep. 2018 Investec to spin off and separately list asset management business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: South African bank Investec announced that it plans to spin-off the $142.5bn asset management arm Investec Asset Management (IAM) as a separate company to be listed in London Stock Exchange. In a stock exchange announcement, the banking group said there were "comp
17 Sep. 2018 European Central Bank: "No plans to issue crypto currency" (for now) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Central Bank (ECB) has "no plans" to issue its own digital currency, President Mario Draghi wrote in a letter addressed to member of European Parliament. "The ECB and the Eurosystem currently have no plans to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC
14 Sep. 2018 60% of European investors plan to increase alternative investments by 2018-end: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A latest study showed that 72% of European investors are optimistic about the future of the alternative asset management industry, with more than half (60%) planning to increase their net positions in alternative investments by the end of 2018. European institution
14 Sep. 2018 Blockchain can add $1tn to world trade in ten years: World Economic Forum [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain might be able to dramatically boost trade finance across the world, generating a whopping one trillion US dollars in international trade finance. A new joint research report by the World Economic Forum and the global management consultancy giant, Bain &
14 Sep. 2018 CTAs outperformed, delivered positive returns in August: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs outperformed and delivered positive returns in the range of 2-3% in the hedge fund space depending on the benchmark, according to Lyxor Hedge Fund Brief. The report added that CTAs' long exposures to bonds and equities were both rewarding. From a regiona
14 Sep. 2018 BitGo receives regulatory approval to start crypto custody services [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional-grade cryptocurrency security startup BitGo has received the green light from the South Dakota Division of Banking to act as a qualified custodian for digital assets - cryptocurrencies or other digital tokens. This makes the California-based crypto wa
13 Sep. 2018 Crayhill Capital brings on BBT's Hoefer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crayhill Capital Management LP, an alternative asset management firm that specializes in private credit investments, announced today the appointment of Stefan Hoefer as Managing Director. Mr. Hoefer will be a senior member of Crayhill's investment team. His respons
13 Sep. 2018 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.71% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.71% gain in August. Year to date, the Index has lost 1.43%. "Downtrends in agricultural markets, precious metals, and emerging market currencies provided a helpful tailwind for the 7
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