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27 Sep. 2018 BeQuant Cryptocurrency exchange launches in Malta [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BeQuant Exchange, the cryptocurrency exchange for institutions and active traders, has announced the launch of its operations in Malta and opening of its new office on the island. BeQuant Exchange's Malta division, located in the heart of Malta's business district
26 Sep. 2018 Side letter study: Decline in fee discounts in the hedge fund landscape [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new study into the hedge fund industry's use of side letters-special agreements between hedge funds and their investors-shows a major shift in the hedge fund landscape. In the Seward & Kissel 2017/18 hedge fund side letter study the percentage of side letters contai
26 Sep. 2018 Google to allow advertisement for some regulated cryptocurrency trading sites [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alphabet Inc's Google is ending its sweeping ban on cryptocurrency-related advertising and said it would allow certain regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise in the United States and Japan. In a new update to its advertising policies, Google emphasized th
26 Sep. 2018 Nearly two thirds of limited partners (LPs) to increase their allocation to alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investments will be critical to long-term objectives with two-thirds of surveyed global limited partners (LPs) saying they expect to increase their allocation to the strategy for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019, said a new survey. The respondents o
26 Sep. 2018 JPMorgan blockchain payments project recruits 75 banks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: JPMorgan's payment project based on blockchain technology designed to speed up the exceptions process has welcomed more than 75 banks that are ready to participate in trials. The platform titled, 'The Interbank Information Network' (IIN) would be one of the
25 Sep. 2018 Alternatives now constitute nearly half of the average family office portfolio: UBS Survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS, in partnership with Campden Wealth Research, has today launched its annual report on family offices globally. The Global Family Office Report 2018 surveyed principals and executives in 311 family offices around the world, with an average size of USD 808 million
25 Sep. 2018 Unigestion expands cross asset solutions team with two manager hires [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boutique asset manager Unigestion has hired two investment managers for its cross asset solutions team, joining from Bridgewater Associates and EQ Investors. A press release from the $24.9bn boutique asset manager said that Salman Baig joined the firm in March from
25 Sep. 2018 Bank of New York Mellon to shutter hedge fund investment subsidiary EACM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon Investment Management, the Bank of New York Mellon Corp's asset manager, has announced its intention to close EACM Advisors, its multi-manager and fund of hedge funds investment manager based in Norwalk, Connecticut. As a fund-management subsidiary
25 Sep. 2018 Victory Capital to acquire $12bn alts specialist Harvest Volatility Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Multi-boutique asset manager Victory Capital has agreed to acquire the $12 billion derivative specialist Harvest Volatility Management for $300 million, making it 10th boutique purchased by Victory. The transaction was financed through a combination of debt, equity
25 Sep. 2018 Cryptoassets do not pose a global financial stability risk, says BIS [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new report from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) urges regulators to keep a close eye on the emerging Cryptoassets industry while acknowledging that it's currently not a risk to the global financial system. The report pointed out: "While cryptoassets
25 Sep. 2018 HedgeMark closes in on $17bn in platform assets, surpasses 100 active client accounts [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund dedicated managed account (DMA) platform unit of BNY Mellon, HedgeMark Advisors, has announced that it recently surpassed 100 active client DMA funds, marking a significant milestone in the firm's growth since beginning its service in September of 20
25 Sep. 2018 CalPERS names next CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalPERS has named Ben Meng as its new chief investment officer. The announcement follows news that current CIO Ted Eliopoulos was planning to retire and move to New York. Meng was previously at CalPERS for seven years with his last role as the investment dir
24 Sep. 2018 Halcyon Capital Management brings on Philip Raciti as head of U.S. performing credit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Halcyon Capital Management LP today announced the appointment of Philip Raciti as Head of U.S. Performing Credit and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Raciti will be based in New York and will report to Jason Dillow, Halcyon's Chief Investment Officer and Head of Credit, and Brian Y
24 Sep. 2018 Assets under management in Europe up 10% reaching $29.65tn in 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Total assets under management (AuM) in Europe increased by 10% in 2017 to EUR25.2tn ($29.65tn), said Asset Management Report published by European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) today. In relation to GDP, the value of AuM is estimated to have reached 147%
24 Sep. 2018 SYZ completes its wealth planning team by hiring an expert in financial and retirement planning [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Banque SYZ is rolling out its Wealth Planning offer by entrusting Pablo Astengo with its Financial Planning and Retirement Solutions business line for Swiss customers. The addition of this new expertise is at the center of the strategy deployed by Banque SYZ aiming t
24 Sep. 2018 A difficult summer for hedge funds, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although hedge funds' performance and alpha were honorable until the summer, they erased about 2.5% of alpha since June, with no turn in sight yet in September, according to Lyxor Weekly Brief. Lyxor analysis suggested that L/S equity funds were the primary culpri
24 Sep. 2018 Comcast has won the battle for Sky, hedge funds won jackpot too [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Comcast deal has been a bonanza for some hedge funds, as Sky shares more than doubled over the year. U.S. cable giant Comcast scored has emerged as the winner in the battle for European broadcaster Sky with an eye-watering $40 billion bid by beating Rupert Murd
24 Sep. 2018 Five times more Brazilians exposed to crytocurrencies than stocks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Brazil's Largest Brokerage Grupo XP, the operators of XP Investimentos SA, is all set to launch their own Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrency ecosystem with an exchange. According to Bloomberg, the financial services company Grupo XP is launching a cryptocurrency
21 Sep. 2018 Northern Trust's 5-year forecast sees economic conditions generating global stock returns in 5.5% - 8.8% range [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global economy will experience 2.5 percent real average annualized growth over the next five years, along with controlled inflation and accommodative monetary policy, according to Northern Trust's Capital Market Assumptions five-year outlook The firm predicts that,
21 Sep. 2018 Net UCITS sales turned positive again in July [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 July 2018. The main developments in July 2018 can be summarized as follows: UCITS and AIFs
21 Sep. 2018 OPIM Partners launches Prime Lens 35 mm Fund for professional hedge fund investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: OP Investment Management (OPIM) is partnering with Prime Lens Capital to launch Prime Lens 35 mm Fund, which is Cayman-domiciled, for professional investors only. According to a press release from the Asia's hedge fund platform, the fund will run a long-short
21 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund launches outpace liquidations now four quarters in a row [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although the total number of hedge fund launches was the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2008, the launches exceeded hedge fund liquidations. According to a Hedge Fund Research report, a total 125 funds liquidated during the three months through June, down 44%
20 Sep. 2018 First Blockchain Incubator launched in Crypto Valley [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In only a few years, the area between the Swiss cities of Zug and Zurich has established itself as the epicenter of the blockchain revolution, becoming home to over 600 companies associated with the new technology. Lakeside Partners, a leading startup investor and bl
20 Sep. 2018 BlackRock's Snell joins Tetragon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tetragon Credit Income Partners today announces that Scott Snell has joined its CLO business. Snell, the former Co-Head of BlackRock's US CLO business, brings nearly 16 years of experience within the US CLO industry and structured credit markets. "The CLO
20 Sep. 2018 UK Treasury Committee: "Wild West" crypto-assets should be regulated [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A British parliamentary committee has called on the government of UK to introduce regulation to protect investors from the current "Wild West" situation in the crypto-asset market. The Treasury Committee published a unanimously-agreed report on crypto-assets for i
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