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07 May. 2019 Adam S. Aderton named co-chief of SEC's Asset Management Unit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Adam S. Aderton has been named Co-Chief of the Division of Enforcement's Asset Management Unit, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds
07 May. 2019 Pension's increased equity and alternative investment risk doesn't match the reward [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The state and local pension funds have been increasing their allocations to riskier assets since 2001 but the higher risk has not translated into higher returns. According to a report from Fitch Ratings, riskier assets like private equity, real estate and hedge fun
07 May. 2019 TPG nabs $1.6bn for technology growth equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TPG, a global alternative assets firm, closed its $1.6bn TPG Tech Adjacencies fund(TTAD), exceeding the venture capital and growth equity fund's $1.5bn fund's hard cap. TTAD is a new investment vehicle focused on capital solutions for the technology indus
07 May. 2019 CTAs outperform hedge fund strategies in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The month of April saw CTAs outperforming hedge fund strategies for the second month in a row. According to the Lyxor CTA peer group, the strategy was up 1.6% last month, bringing year-to-date performance close to 5%. CTAs benefitted in April from the robust
06 May. 2019 Global venture capitalists' FinTech investing declines in Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investing by venture capitalists in financial technology startups declined during the first quarter of 2019, said a study. The Global Insights Report Q1 2019 revealed that FinTech companies backed by venture capitalists closed 445 deals globally, raising $6.3bn,
06 May. 2019 Over two-thirds of high net worth individuals invest in cryptocurrencies or want to invest [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A recent study carried out by deVere Group revealed that 68% of high net worth individuals (HNI) are into cryptocurrencies. The global financial advisory body service polled 700 individuals with at least GBP1m ($1.3m) in investable assets and found as a result tha
03 May. 2019 Cinven raises $11bn for seventh fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Cinven, the private equity owner of fashion giant Kurt Geiger, has raised EUR10bn ($11bn) for its latest (seventh) buyout fund in less than four months. The company said the fund reached its hard cap in less than four months and attracted more than 180 investors fr
03 May. 2019 22% of institutions own digital assets, including crypto funds: Fidelity survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost half of institutional investors consider digital assets to be worthy of holding in portfolios, according to a survey commissioned by Fidelity Investments. 22% of survey respondents already have exposure to digital assets (including crypto funds) and 47% of i
02 May. 2019 Investors keep faith in hedge funds despite 2018 returns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2019 finds that investors were largely unsatisfied with performance in 2018. Half of them thought their inv
02 May. 2019 First of its kind incubation program starts with 12 promising blockchain startups in Switzerland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - This week, the first edition of the CV Labs Incubation Program has started in the heart of the Crypto Valley in Zug, Switzerland. Out of 500 applications, 12 startups were selected and have relocated to Zug for the ten-week program. The blockchain projects receive u
02 May. 2019 Credit Suisse investor survey reveals increasing capital flows to hedge funds and alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An increasing number of allocators are integrating hedge funds into their overall portfolio, said Credit Suisse's 2019 survey of hedge fund investors. Credit Suisse polled 311 global institutional investors with $1.12tn in hedge fund investments. 42% of investors
02 May. 2019 Singapore Fund purchases US$140M Digital Ventures portfolio [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Axiata Digital Sdn Bhd, the digital services arm of Axiata Group Bhd, is selling its digital ventures portfolio at a valuation of US$140 million (about RM579 million) to Pegasus 7 Ventures Pte Ltd. Axiata Group Berhad, a Malaysian telecommunications conglomerate,
01 May. 2019 Brexit: 20% of investors seek advice on moving UK financial assets overseas [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than 20 per cent of clients of one of the world's largest independent financial advisory organisations have sought advice on moving UK assets out of Britain since the Brexit vote in 2016. The alarming statistic from deVere Group, which has more than 80,000 clien
01 May. 2019 Industry body AIMA publishes Guide Book to clarify role of responsible investment in hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), in partnership with Simmons & Simmons, has today published its Responsible Investment Primer to provide an overview as to how hedge fund managers may approach responsible investment, and to encourage dialogue betw
01 May. 2019 Cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud top $1.2bn in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crypto criminals and fraudsters stole more than $1.2 bn through cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud in the first quarter of 2019, a report revealed. Criminals stole more than $356m from exchanges and infrastructure during this period, according to a report by c
01 May. 2019 Investors are upbeat about alternatives as the prepare for more market volatility [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The 2019 Context Allocator Trends Report revealed strong demand for alternative investment strategies, with 72 percent of respondents noting they are optimistic about the industry and 97 percent planning to increase or maintain their net positions in alternative
01 May. 2019 35% of Swiss asset management institutions manage hedge funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: According to the Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association (SFMA)'s just published report called Alternative Investments in Switzerland, Swiss asset management institutions o
30 Apr. 2019 Preqin: Investors remain confident in private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2019 finds that the prospects for private equity in 2019 are positive. Nine out of 10 investors are satisfied with the performance of the asset class, and 31% intend to invest more in private equity in 2019 than in 2018.
30 Apr. 2019 GoldenTree Asset Management raises $1.7 billion for third distressed fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldenTree Asset Management, a global credit manager, today announced that it has closed on $1.7 billion in commitments for GoldenTree Distressed Fund III. The fund employs a private equity draw down structure and will focus on primarily global distressed opportunities in
30 Apr. 2019 Sanlam UK takes over Thesis Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services business Sanlam UK has agreed to acquire Thesis Asset Management, which has £1.2bn ($1.56bn) under management. The deal, which is for an undisclosed fee, means Thesis' private client business, distribution network, direct support teams and Pa
30 Apr. 2019 Study finds difference between quoted fees and negotiated fees depend on strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: How much institutional investors pay in traditional asset management fees continues to be a hot topic, but hard data about the difference between what asset managers say they charge and actual fees charged has been difficult to come by. According to eVestment's new
30 Apr. 2019 Global private equity investors maintain momentum in UK, despite Brexit qualms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region kickstarted 2019 with a heathy inflow of capital from global General Partners (GPs), characterized mainly by large-sized deals. From January 1 to March 15, 2019, aggregate capital deployed by global GPs into the reg
29 Apr. 2019 Crypto hedge funds AUM up 40% in Q1 but most funds manage only $10m or less [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The crypto hedge funds companies increased all of their holdings in around 40% during Q1 2019, said a study. According to a recent report made by Circle this is a sharp contrast with the last quarter of 2018, which was basically very awful for most investors.
29 Apr. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +0.43% in March [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As financial markets responded favorably to the US Federal Reserve's shift away from its monetary tightening bias during Q1, the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.43% for the month (+5.70% YTD). Most economic indicators remained tepid, although China displayed
26 Apr. 2019 Robust capital markets recovery brings net total UCITS assets over EUR16tn mark in February 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIFs for February 2019. 29 associations representing 98 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provided
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