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02 Aug. 2018 OCC begins accepting National Bank Charter applications from FinTech companies [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will begin accepting applications for national bank charters from nondepository financial technology (fintech) companies engaged in the business of banking. "Over the past 150 years banks and the federa
02 Aug. 2018 IOSCO issues recommendations to help trading venues manage extreme volatility [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today published eight recommendations to assist trading venues and regulatory authorities in the implementation of mechanisms to manage extreme volatility and preserve orderly trading. F
02 Aug. 2018 GAM gates redemptions from its absolute return bond strategy following manager suspension [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Swiss investment manager GAM said today that all subscriptions and redemptions in its unconstrained/absolute return bond funds (ARBF) have been suspended as of 31 July 2018. The gating comes as investors have started rushing for the exits following the
01 Aug. 2018 Man Group reports net inflows of $8.3 billion in first half of 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key points from Man Group's interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 Funds under management (FUM)1 of $113.7 billion (31 December 2017: $109.1 billion) Net inflows of $8.3 billion (H1 2017: net inflows $8.2 billion) Investment movem
01 Aug. 2018 First Wall Street research firm starts accepting Bitcoin payments via BitPay [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Fundstrat Global Advisors, a leading independent Wall Street research organization, is the first research firm to start accepting bitcoin from clients around the world. Fundstrat has implemented BitPay, the largest global blockchain payments provider. Fundstrat is one of
31 Jul. 2018 AllianceBernstein broadens access to alts with iCapital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AllianceBernstein L.P. a leading global investment firm with $540 billion in assets under management, today announced an agreement with iCapital Network to provide a white label platform that will enable high-net-worth (HNW) investors at Registered Investment Advisory fi
31 Jul. 2018 GAM suspends absolute return manager [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM announced today the suspension of Tim Haywood, investment director business unit head for the unconstrained/absolute return bond strategy following an internal investigation. The issues relate to some of his risk management procedures and his record keeping in certain
30 Jul. 2018 Man Group names Jason Mitchell co-head of responsible investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group, the global active investment management firm, today announces the appointment of Jason Mitchell as Co-Head of Responsible Investment. Together with Steven Desmyter, Co-Head of Responsible Investment, Jason will oversee responsible investment activities across M
30 Jul. 2018 OPIM launches China long/short hedge fund with L Squared Management [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: OP Investment Management (OPIM), a leading hedge fund platform based in Hong Kong, is partnering with L Squared Management, to launch Long-Term Leader Fund I SP. The Fund i
27 Jul. 2018 Ogier's Hashimoto joins AIMA Japan Exec Committee [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Skip Hashimoto, managing director of Ogier Global in Tokyo, joined the Executive Board and Committee of the Japanese Chapter of AIMA, a global organisation providing leadership and representation to thealternative investment industry, in June 2018. Skip said: "I
27 Jul. 2018 Oasis Management to acquire China hedge fund [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque for New Managers: Oasis Management Company Ltd. today announced its agreement to acquire Petrel Capital Management Ltd., a Greater China-focused investment firm founded in 2015 by Rawen Huan
26 Jul. 2018 Institutional assets available to asset management firms in Asia topped $3 trillion for the first time [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: According to Greenwich Associates, institutional assets available to asset management firms in Asia topped $3 trillion for the first time this year as central banks, large pension funds and other institutional investors continued diversifying their portfolios and outsour
25 Jul. 2018 European Blockchain spending to reach $3.5bn by 2022 with finance as largest and fastest-growing sector [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: According to IDC's new Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide, Europe will be the second-largest investor in blockchain technologies. With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 80.2% for 2017-2022, Europe will increase its spending from around $400 million
24 Jul. 2018 Leon Cooperman to convert Omega Advisors to a family office at year end [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Omega Advisors Leon Cooperman is packing it in. The high profile hedge fund manager is returning investor money at the end of the year and converting the hedge fund into a family office. The $3.6 billion hedge fund already includes a significant portion of partn
24 Jul. 2018 eVestment: Hedge fund asset flows go negative [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors withdrew an estimated $7.88 billion from global hedge funds in June 2018, bringing overall Q2 2018 net flows for the industry to -$5.43 billion, according to the just-released eVestment June and Q2 2018 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. This was the indu
23 Jul. 2018 Wilshire Funds Management adds two [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire Associates, a leading global, independent investment consulting, investment management and services firm, today announced the appointment of two senior investment professionals, Suehyun Kim and Rebekah Chow, to the team at Wilshire Funds Management. These
23 Jul. 2018 Northern Trust adds to private equity administration platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust announced today it has developed enhanced reporting and analytical tools to provide private equity managers with greater transparency into fund operations, delivering on-demand data and customized views of portfolio information. The sophisticated rep
23 Jul. 2018 GAM Investments makes senior hire for the US distribution team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM Investments announced today the hire of Maggie Gresio as managing director of business development covering the institutional market in the US. She joins in July and will be based in New York, reporting to Gary Droscoski. Maggie joins from Man Group where she was
23 Jul. 2018 BlueMountain Capital Management hires two veterans for private healthcare strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Ameya Agge and Matt Jameson have joined as senior investing professionals to source, evaluate, and execute healthcare-related private investments. Both are newly
23 Jul. 2018 MPI adds to fund analysis platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Markov Processes International (MPI), a leading provider of investment research, technology, analytics and indices for the global investment management industry, today announced the release of Stylus Pro 11.4, the latest version of its flagship investment analytics softwa
23 Jul. 2018 Hong Kong's asset and wealth management business reached US$ 3,108 billion in 2017 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) released the findings of its annual Asset and Wealth Management Activities Survey, previously known as the Fund Management Activities Survey, which shows that the asset and wealth management business in Hong Kong
19 Jul. 2018 Majority of hedge fund pros use AI/machine learning in investment strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Artificial intelligence and machine learning are reshaping the alternative investments landscape, but professional financial managers still make the most pivotal decisions. That's the conclusion of the latest Barclay Hedge Fund Manager/Investor Survey, a quarterly report
18 Jul. 2018 Point72 hedge fund rises 7% in 1H [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Steven Cohen's hedge fund continues with its winning formula as the Point72 Asset Management returned nearly seven percent in the first six months of the year despite a flat performance in June, reports
16 Jul. 2018 Northern Trust launches alternative fund services business in North America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust announced today it has launched North America Alternative Fund Services. This new group combines established private equity and hedge fund services businesses to deliver market-leading capabilities that address the complex operational and strategic needs of
16 Jul. 2018 Impax launches Pax Global Opportunities Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Impax Asset Management LLC, investment adviser to Pax World Funds (Pax), today announced the launch of the Pax Global Opportunities Fund (PXGOX), sub-advised by its London affiliate, Impax Asset Management Ltd. This is the first product introduction since Pax World Manage
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