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21 Jan. 2019 Crypto exchange Binance enters European markets with JTC, Carey Olsen support [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance, which claims to be the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has expanded into the European market with its entry into the Island of Jersey, a self-governing dependency of Great Britain. The offshore law firm Carey Olsen has provided legal and regulato
18 Jan. 2019 Investors in hedge funds redeem $22 bln in 4Q 2018, highest quarterly outflow since 3Q 2016 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total hedge fund industry capital declined from the prior quarter record as investors redeemed capital, equity markets posted record losses, and financial market volatility surged. Investors redeemed an estimated $22.5 billion (0.7 percent of industry capital) from h
18 Jan. 2019 Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index ended 2018 down 2.93% in second loss year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index, that covers insurance-linked securities (ILS) hedge fund strategies, ended 2018 down 2.93%, recording its second consecutive year of losses after 2017, during which the index slumped 5.60%. The catastrophic losses incurred by Hu
18 Jan. 2019 Global hedge fund industry AUM stood at $2.336tn as of December 2018: Eurekahedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2.336tn as of December 2018, down roughly 4.5% throughout the year, placing 2018 as the worst year for the global hedge fund industry since the global financial crisis. According to Eureka
17 Jan. 2019 Preqin: Dry powder in PE reaches $2tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - At the end of June 2018, private capital dry powder - the capital available for fund managers to deploy - surpassed the $2tn mark to reach $2.10tn. Geographically, the majority of dry powder is still targeting North America, although that proportion has been declining in
17 Jan. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.30% in December, (-2.85% 2018) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, posted a 0.30% rate of return in December. For the year the index was down 2.85%. Equity market volatility contributed to a challenging year for many managed futures indices. Currency v
17 Jan. 2019 Man GLG appoints three portfolio managers in London and Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man GLG, the discretionary investment management business of Man Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of three portfolio managers within its long-short equity team - Nick Longcroft, Matteo De Paulis, and Julien Sallmard. Nick will be based in Hong Kong and focus
17 Jan. 2019 Orchard Global Asset Management raises $2.5bn in Taiga Special Opportunities Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Orchard Global Asset Management (OGAM), an alternative investment management firm with a focus on opportunistic fixed income and structured credit transactions, announced that it has closed the Taiga Special Opportunities Fund after raising $2.5bn in capital commitments.
17 Jan. 2019 Fieldfisher launches Cummings Fisher, a hedge fund, derivative and alternative investment management-focused law firm [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - European law firm Fieldfisher has launched specialist law firm Cummings Fisher focusing on hedge funds, derivatives and the alternative investment management sectors. Cummings Fisher is led by its three principal partners: Managing Partner Claire Cummings, who founded
17 Jan. 2019 Thornburg launches long/short equity UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Thornburg Investment Management, a global investment firm with $41 billion in assets under management, today announced the launch of Thornburg Long/Short Equity Fund, a UCITS fund domiciled in Dublin, Ireland. The Fund is based on an investment strategy launched in 20
17 Jan. 2019 Barclay Hedge Fund Index drops 2.61% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds dipped 2.61% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. The loss was less significant, however, than that of the S&P 500 Total Return Index, which dropped 9.03% in December. For the ye
17 Jan. 2019 ICO tokens lost 54% of $24bn value: BitMEX Research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The value of initial coin offering (ICO) tokens has reduced by 54% from starting figure of $24bn, said a latest research by cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX. At peak valuation, these token allocations were valued at over $80bn. However, BitMEX Research notes that "in
17 Jan. 2019 Hedge fund aggregate down 3.85% in 2018 but 8.6% of funds post double digit returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 3.85% in 2018, after five consecutive months of losses. It ended the month of December down 1.31%. According to Eurekahedge Report, concerns over the US treasuries yield curve inversion and further Fed tightening in 2019 tr
17 Jan. 2019 Volatility driving new opportunities for certain hedge fund strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After the lowest equity market volatility in 100 years, financial markets are undergoing a regime change to a new, higher volatility norm, helping generate trading opportunities for certain hedge fund strategies as the relationship among stocks, rates and credit spread
16 Jan. 2019 Hedge funds close 2018 with -3.42% losses, first negative year since 2011 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds faced another tough month in December 2018, with losses increasing. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned -2.27% in December, bringing the 2018 full-year losses to -3.42%, the first negative year since 2011. According to the report
16 Jan. 2019 Currency.com launches tokenised security platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Currency.com, a Gibraltar-based trading platform for tokenised securities, has launched what it claims to be "the world's first fully-functional trading platform for tokenised securities." The newly-launched platform allows investors "trade, invest in, and benefit
16 Jan. 2019 Hong Kong and Luxembourg regulators sign funds recognition agreement [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Luxembourg's Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the mutual recognition of funds (MRF). The agreement will allow eligible Hong Kong p
15 Jan. 2019 State Street names new APAC head [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global custodian State Street Corporation has named Ian Martin as the new head of Asia-Pacific, in addition to his current responsibilities as head of global services in the region. He succeeds Wai-Kwong Seck who, after eight years in the role has decided to pursue
15 Jan. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index outperforms HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index in December [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned -1.59% in December, outperforming the -1.93% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management, the global investme
15 Jan. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp says hedge fund flows show investors' belief in funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for December 2018 measured -1.35%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.69% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index of -1.69% for Janu
15 Jan. 2019 L/S Equity strategy outperforms last week: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The L/S Equity strategy outperformed last week, mostly from their beta, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. According to Lyxor's Cross Asset Research team, funds' returns were homogeneously red in December, and green in January. Yet, a number of funds, trading oriented,
14 Jan. 2019 Canterbury Consulting rolls out fund of hedge funds with EnTrustPermal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The investment advisory firm Canterbury Consulting, which oversees more than $18.3bn, is setting up a fund of hedge funds for its clients. The consultant announced in a press release that it is working with New York-based hedge fund and alternative asset manager EnT
14 Jan. 2019 Alternative asset managers bullish on 2019 fund rising environment: Fitch [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising should remain strong in 2019 as investors seeking higher yields in a low-interest-rate environment are broadly interested in the space, Fitch Ratings reported. However, alternative asset managers are seeing rising levels of uninvested capital as realizat
11 Jan. 2019 Merger of two operational due diligence firms [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Operational Due Diligence (ODD) specialist firms HedgeAssist LLC and Catalina Partners LLC combined forces on January 1, 2019 to further enhance their ODD offerings to investors in, and managers of, alternative investment funds. The combined firms' professionals Arne
11 Jan. 2019 SEI expands UK institutional team with appointment of head of alternative lead generation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: SEI has appointed Katherine Lynas as Head of Alternative Lead Generation and Defined Benefit Consultant Relations for its Institutional Group as part of its UK institutional team expansion plan. Lynas will be responsible for managing SEI's relationships with U.K. f
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