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27 Mar. 2019 New website to provide Opportunity Zone resources for investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OpZone.com, a new website designed to be the central resource for information about Opportunity Zones, launched today. The Opportunity Zone tax incentive was established by Congress to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.
27 Mar. 2019 SGG Group rebrands as IQ-EQ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SGG Group, the world's 4th largest investor services group, today announced a new name, visual identity and corporate website. SGG Group has rebranded to become IQ-EQ. IQ-EQ unites SGG, First Names Group, Augentius, Iyer Practice and Viacert under one single brand.
27 Mar. 2019 CreativeCap Advisors adds to emerging managers incubator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - CreativeCap Advisors the premier global asset management consulting firm - is expanding its business with the planned addition of dedicated operational and financial exper
27 Mar. 2019 Welton Investment Partners hires Basil Williams as first president [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Basil Williams joined systematic global macro specialist Welton Investment Partners as president, a new position. Williams joins Welton's senior leadership in managing the overall business, including oversight of the firm's investment products, operations,
27 Mar. 2019 Blockchain IoT market to reach $3.02bn by 2024: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain IoT market is estimated to grow from $1.13bn in 2019 to reach $3.02bn by 2024 and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 92.92%. Major factors driving the market growth are increasing adoption of IoT, growing need for IoT security, simplifying business
27 Mar. 2019 Natixis launches thematics affiliate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based multi-affiliate active investment group Natixis Investment Managers has launched a new boutique company that will specialise in thematic equity funds. Thematics Asset Management will provide investors with access to a wide range of high conviction and
27 Mar. 2019 UN calls out Blackstone's Innovation Homes for its role in exacerbating housing crisis [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The United Nations is calling out Blackstone for its role in exacerbating the housing affordability crisis worldwide. In letters sent to governments all ov
27 Mar. 2019 Dyal takes an interest in Steve Young's HGGC [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Dyal Capital Partners has acquired a passive non-voting minority stake in HGGC. The Palo Alto-based private equity firm makes investments in technology companies. HGGC is led by NFL hall of famer Steve Young. HGGC sad in a statement that the investment wou
26 Mar. 2019 US blockchain market to hit $41bn spending by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain market in the United States alone would surpass $41bn in the expenditure by the year 2025, said a market report. A new report released by Research and Markets forecasts that blockchain spending in the U.S. will report a compound annual growth rate (C
26 Mar. 2019 Re-weighthing EM-focused global macro and L/S credit strategies: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context where monetary conditions are more accommodative and sovereign bond yields are back to low levels, it seems appropriate to re-weight carry strategies such as EM-focused Global Macro and L/S Credit. "The views on these alternative strategies are aligne
25 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund launches and liquidations on decline while fund performance dispersion widens significantly in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge fund launches hit an 18-year low during 2018. The fund liquidations also declined during the year, hitting their lowest point since 2007. According to Hedge Fund Research (HFR) report, new hedge fund launches fell to conclude 2018, as the number of 4Q18 l
25 Mar. 2019 Cisco projects $9.7bn will be spent annually on blockchain projects by 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The blockchain has the potential to hold as much as 10% of the world's GDP, said 'Blockchain by Cisco' report. This means that several trillion dollars worth of value could be stored on both decentralized and permissioned blockchains by 2027. Cisco al
25 Mar. 2019 Fiera Capital to buy Integrated Asset Management for $74m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Montreal-based Fiera Capital announced that it is set to acquire Toronto-based Integrated Asset Management (IAM) for a total consideration of $74m. The CAD136.7bn ($102bn) global asset manager has agreed with IAM to buy all of the shares of the $3.1bn alternative a
25 Mar. 2019 Litigation funder Therium Capital to launch $430m fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Therium Capital Management, a Channel Islands-based litigation funder, is launching a new $430m fund, bringing the total value of its institutional investments to over $1bn. The fresh investment has been gleaned from two existing investors and, for the first time,
22 Mar. 2019 Aberdeen Standard and alternatives boutique Gresham House join forces [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), the fund management arm of Standard Life Aberdeen, has formed a joint venture (JV) with UK-based alternatives specialist Gresham House to target smaller listed companies. The JV, which will be owned 50:50 by Gresham and Aberdeen
22 Mar. 2019 Investors added $1.69bn to hedge funds in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors may have added $1.69bn to hedge funds in February but face a rough road in 2019 with net inflows still in the negative YTD for 2019, said the eVestment February 2019 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. February is traditionally a bellwether month for hedge fu
21 Mar. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: March notifications 3.49% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2019 measured 3.49%, up from 3.42% in February. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for March 2019 was 3.49%, an uptick from the record low March redemptions of 2.91% reported for the same perio
21 Mar. 2019 Singapore's Tembusu Partners to launch Chinese funds worth $149m in Guizhou [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Singapore-based Tembusu Partners Pte Ltd said it will launch several investment funds totalling at least RMB 1.0 billion (approx. $149m) after securing the first Qualified Foreign Limited Partner (QFLP) status awarded to a foreign fund management firm in China's Guiz
21 Mar. 2019 Barclay CTA Index Turns Upward for February +0.32% (-0.16% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures posted positive results overall in February with a 0.32% return for the month according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Despite February's positive results, however, the index is down 0.16% year to date
21 Mar. 2019 Private debt market continues to flourish and is expected to top $1.4tn in next five years: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite slowing growth, the private debt market continues to flourish and is expected to top $1.4tn within the next five years, said a report. Approximately $100bn was raised by private debt funds in 2015 and again in 2016, matching the high watermark previously s
21 Mar. 2019 Morgan Creek Digital makes strategic investment in Ikigai Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Creek Digital Assets (MCDA) has made a major new investment in another crypto-related firm. The hedge fund is committing to a new fund launched by Ikigai Asset Management (IAM). MCDA, founded by Mark Yusko, Jason A. Williams, and Anthony Pompliano, said in a
21 Mar. 2019 ESMA starts analysing EU alternative investment funds industry [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) reported that the EU alternative investment funds (AIF) sector in 2017, as measured by
20 Mar. 2019 Hedge funds continue strong start to 2019 with gains in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained +1.91% in February, continuing hedge funds' strong start in 2019. This has pushed the YTD return to +5.13% and increased the 12-month return to +0.85%. For the first time since April 2018, single-manager hedge fu
20 Mar. 2019 Hedge funds extend winning streak with a 1.24% gain in February as rising inflation fears are quickly put to rest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their winning streak to a second month with a February return of 1.24%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index rose 3.21% for the month. Year to date, hedge funds gained
20 Mar. 2019 Global hedge fund AUM at $2.3tn as investors redeem $15.1bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2,316.7bn as of February 2019, up roughly 1.1% year-to-date, in contrast to how the industry lost 6.3% of its assets in 2018. Final asset flow figures for January showed that hedge fund m
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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Albright Capital has adopted the International Finance Corporation's Operating Principles for Impact Management. The firm has also developed its own impact measurement system as part of the implementation of the principles. The IFC's principles were

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