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12 Feb. 2020 Venture capital-backed fintech companies deals surpass $3bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Powered by digital innovations like mobile internet, blockchain, and big data, financial technology (fintech) is transforming financial services. Digital technologies are helping financial service providers to introduce more efficient, personalized services while e
12 Feb. 2020 Italy's Eurizon rolls out $3.7bn alternatives boutique [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Eurizon, the asset management company of Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo Group, introduced Eurizon Capital Real Asset SGR. The new company specializes in alternative asset classes and focuses on the real economy, said a press release. Eurizon Capital Real Asset has
12 Feb. 2020 Australia's Perpetual goes with Thornburg on fixed income [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Australia's Perpetual has invested in Thornburg's Multisector Opportunistic credit strategy. The Multisector Opportunistic strategy is global and income-oriented with a flexible mandate. The portfolio invests in a combination of income-producing secu
11 Feb. 2020 Hedge fund managers record modest returns as concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak escalate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.17% in January, outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local), which lost 0.90% over the same period. Equity markets started the month on a positive note, supported by the de-escalation of t
11 Feb. 2020 ICR launches ESG due diligence services to help private equity and venture capital firms assess ESG risk for portfolio company investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, today announced the launch of ICR ESG Diagnostics, a comprehensive Environmental, Social & Governance analysis to help private equity and venture capital firms identify and assess corporate ESG issues during the i
11 Feb. 2020 The infrastructure investor pool reaches 4,000 institutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The make-up of the investor universe has not changed significantly in recent years, but the overall pool is expanding as investors look to infrastructure for stable returns, said a study. The infrastructure investor pool consists of almost 4,000 institutions as of
11 Feb. 2020 Global pensions loading up on alternative investments says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global pension funds remain committed to increasing their exposure to private equity, real estate, and other alternatives, says a study. A new report from Willis Towers Watson's Thinking Ahead Institute revealed that the shift to alternative assets continues apace
11 Feb. 2020 Private debt takes off in Asia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused private debt AUM has increased consistently over the past six years, more than doubling from $27bn at the end of 2014 to $57bn at the end of 2019, says Preqin. Traditionally a bank-financed market, Asia has endured much economic change in recent years,
10 Feb. 2020 HFRI mixed in January as virus contagion fears drive volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in January, as fears of contagion related to the coronavirus drove global equity market volatility into month-end. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a narrow decline of -0.19 percent for January, with declines in Equity
10 Feb. 2020 Despite 50% drop in hedge fund and CTA launches, some see more demand for actively managed strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Looking ahead, as investors brace for further volatility in equity markets, Preqin expects to see more demand for actively managed strategies. "And as competition intensifies, watch for further consolidation in a rapidly evolving industry," revealed the 20
10 Feb. 2020 Brookfield raises $20bn for its infrastructure investing fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Canadian investment giant Brookfield Asset Management said it raised US$20 billion for a massive new fund dedicated to infrastructure, exceeding its $17 billion target and the $14 billion it raised for its previous infrastructure fund, which closed in July 2016.
10 Feb. 2020 Assets under management in private debt reach $812bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management (AUM) in private debt, the youngest asset class in the private capital universe, have grown consistently each year and, as of June 2019, reached a record of $812bn. Private debt is now the third-largest asset class in private capital, ahe
10 Feb. 2020 Hong Kong: 2 in 3 employees have 'unfavourable' view of corporate culture of their employer [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most employees in Hong Kong find their company culture 'weak' as the leaders remain 'out of touch' with what workers truly want. Hong Kong professionals are most affected by long work hours and ineffective leadership, says a recent study. &quo
07 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds using artificial intelligence/machine have more than doubled since 2016 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of systematic hedge funds launched in 2019 that use artificial intelligence/ machine learning (AIML) is over double the proportion in 2016 (23% vs. 10% respectively), said Preqin. In a tough fundraising environment, AIML can help fund managers to di
07 Feb. 2020 Alternatives AUM crosses $10tn milestone despite challenging market conditions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternatives industry has just set a new record: global assets under management (AUM) have surged to $10.31tn. According to Preqin, the industry is now well on its way to meeting Preqin's 2018 forecast of $14tn in AUM by 2023. Mark O'Hare CEO, Preqin said
06 Feb. 2020 Private equity assets under management (AUM) crosses the $4tn threshold in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity industry's assets under management (AUM) crossed the $4tn mark, which puts private equity on course to reach $5tn in AUM by the end of 2022. The asset class is benefiting in part from widespread anticipation of a market downturn among both fund m
06 Feb. 2020 Institutional investors taking the concept of ESG seriously with hedge fund managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: An increasing number of institutional investors are requiring their hedge fund managers to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the course of their investment activities, said a study. According to a new report by KPMG, such investors no
06 Feb. 2020 The unlisted infrastructure industry AUM to hit $1tn by the end of 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted infrastructure funds assets under management (AUM) hit record highs in 2019, and the growth of the industry shows no signs of slowing as infrastructure boom set to continue in 2020, said a report. The unlisted infrastructure industry is in the middle of
05 Feb. 2020 Mindful Wealth completes VCC pilot programme with MAS, re-domiciles CLO fund to Singapore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mindful Wealth, an asset management company with around US$600 million under management, successfully completed the VCC Pilot Programme with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and re-domiciled one of its funds Avenida CLO Equity Fund from the Bahamas to Singapore.
05 Feb. 2020 Cowen to integrate prime brokerage business of Global Prime Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cowen Inc. has entered into an agreement to cooperate with Global Prime Partners Ltd (GPP) to transition GPP's International Prime Brokerage business to Cowen. Cowen and GPP will work together to implement this transition efficiently and with a commitment to best serve G
05 Feb. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned a net 11.45% in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned a net 11.45% in 2019, only the second time in six years that performance has hit double digits. "Hedge fund performance improved in 2019, but long-term returns lag behind public indices," said the Pre
05 Feb. 2020 Natural resources assets under management surpass $760bn in 2019, a new record [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strong fundraising and AUM numbers, boosted by mega-infrastructure funds investing in energy, masked a challenging landscape for natural resources funds, said a study. In 2019 natural resources assets under management (AUM) surpassed $760bn, a new record, accordin
05 Feb. 2020 Private real estate fund raising hit an all-time high at $151bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors seeking real estate's steady cash flows poured more capital into the sector, driving the total amount of private real estate funds raised to $151bn, an all-time high. According to a report by Preqin, the increase in dry powder- along with a 5.3% rise in u
04 Feb. 2020 Institutional investor returns reach a 10-year high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Returns for institutional investors to reach a 10-year high in 2019 on account of the robust gains in domestic and international equity markets. The median plan in the Northern Trust Universe finished with an 18.2% return for the year and a 4.9% return for the three
04 Feb. 2020 Blackstone poaches chief technology officer from Barclays [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest private equity firm Blackstone Group has appointed John Stecher, formerly group chief technology officer and group innovation officer at Barclays, as its chief technology officer. Before serving as CTO and chief innovation officer at Barclays, St
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