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12 Jul. 2019 U.S. insurers pull back from hedge fund investments third consecutive year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For a third consecutive year, the U.S. insurance industry as a whole pulled back from hedge fund investments, by roughly $2bn in 2018 to $14.4bn. The the life/annuity segment reporting a year-over-year reduction of investments in hedge funds by more than 18%, mak
12 Jul. 2019 Corporate pension funding ticks up in last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate funding ratio for S&P 500 companies sponsoring defined benefit plans increased by 1.7 percentage points to 87.5% as of June 30, 2018, from 85.8% as of the end of fiscal year 2017. According to Wilshire Associates' 2019 Corporate Pension Funding Re
12 Jul. 2019 Private debt funds hit record with 420 vehicles but fundraising slows down [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New private debt funds have continued to come to market through Q2 2019, and there are now a record 420 vehicles on the road, according to Preqin quarterly update on private debt. Having spiked to $192bn at the start of the quarter, though, the total capital soug
12 Jul. 2019 Private equity real estate deals shrink both in number and total value in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a prolonged period of growth over much of the past five years, Q2 2019 has seen a contraction in both the number and total value of private equity real estate (PERE) deals. In the first quarter of the year, 2,308 deals were announced at a total value of $108
12 Jul. 2019 Austin's Vista Equity Partners raises $850m software buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Austin-based Vista Equity Partners has raised $850m for a fund that the private equity giant plans to use to buy up fast-growing software companies. Vista Equity Partners said that its Endeavor Fund II will focus on enterprise software companies with between $10m
11 Jul. 2019 Diginex takes reverse merger route to go public with an initial enterprise value of $276m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency and blockchain financial technology company, Diginex said that it is going public through a reverse merger with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp, the first Singapore-sponsored "blank cheque" company listed on Nasdaq. Upon completion o
11 Jul. 2019 Private real estate fundraising nosedives in 2Q 2019, hitting a five-year low [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate fundraising decreased significantly in Q2 2019 from the previous quarter, hitting a five-year low, Preqin said in its quarterly update on real estate. Forty-seven funds reached a final close, raising just $29bn, which marks a sharp decrease fro
11 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund assets under management reaches $3.56tn as of the end of Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After poor performance towards the end of 2018, investors have largely been reticent in their hedge fund investment, recording total industry withdrawals of $22.1bn in Q1 2019, Preqin said in its Insights. The recent performance gains in 2019, however, have driven
11 Jul. 2019 Unlisted infrastructure investment deals in Europe down 26%: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted infrastructure investment in Europe surpassed €100bn in annual deal value for the third time in 2018, with a reported total of €119bn invested, 58% more than in 2017 but just short of the 2015 record (€124bn). According to the latest Preqin report on alt
11 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund performance rebounds in June - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds rebounded in June with aggregate industry performance of +2.42%, according to the latest performance data from eVestment. Bringing year-to-date (YTD) average gains to +7.16%. All major strategies were positive in June. Event Driven - Activi
10 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds industry moves beyond '2 and 20' fee structure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As fund managers and investors focus on customisation and deeper partnerships to align interests, attention is no longer solely on fees. Results from a survey undertaken by AIMA and RSM show the classic '2 and 20' fee model is no longer the standard structure charged by
10 Jul. 2019 Europe's hedge fund industry hits $639bn of assets under management: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With €570bn ($638.83bn) of assets under management (AUM) Europe's hedge fund industry is truly significant, Preqin said in a report. 2018 was a tough year for hedge funds globally, and Europe was no exception: AUM declined from its peak of €625bn in Q4 2017 to €57
10 Jul. 2019 At almost $1.12tn, the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UK's alternative assets market is the largest and most active across the European continent. At almost €1tn ($1.12tn), the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets and sees more investment flow into its private markets than anywhere else in the re
10 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds up 1.82% in June, continuing positive performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued their positive performance in 2019 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaining 1.82% in June, supported by the strong equity market performance on the back of optimism over the progress of US-China trade talk. Despite mixed economic data d
10 Jul. 2019 OPIM launches Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge fund platform OP Investment Management (OPIM) announced that it is partnering with Qijian Global Investment Management to launch Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund SP. The fund is Cayman-domiciled and for professional investors only. Managed by Tian
09 Jul. 2019 Europe-based alternatives funds hit $1.82tn in assets under management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 has seen record activity across most alternative asset classes, and Europe-based alternative asset fund managers hold €1.62tn ($1.82tn) in AUM as of the end of June 2018 - up almost €300bn in just three years. Hedge funds remain the largest part of the Europea
09 Jul. 2019 60% of institutional investors support investment in long-term business prospects at the cost of short term lag [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 60% of institutional investors support investment that improves long-term business prospects, even if it diminishes short-term corporate performance, said a survey. More than two-thirds (67%) of the world's largest company CEOs say that they are likely to take
09 Jul. 2019 CTAs winning streak continues unabated bringing the year-to-date performance to +9.6% as of July 2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTA performance keeps creeping higher as the weekly performance at the turn of the month was +1.1% according to the Lyxor CTA Peer Group, bringing the year-to-date performance to +9.6% as of July 2nd. "Based on a benchmark with a longer track record (the SG Trend I
09 Jul. 2019 CTA/Trend-following and Activist strategies lead broad-based hedge funds gains in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +2.6% for June 2019, the strongest month since January, increasing the Index Value to 14,408, a record level according to data released by HFR. Hedge funds posted strong, broad-based gains in the month, with multiple a
08 Jul. 2019 Fitch issues warning on liquidity risk in European high-yield UCITS bond funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European high-yield bond fund sector "appears to be operating with significant liquidity risk", Fitch Ratings has cautioned. The credit rating agency analysed Europe's five largest UCITS high-yield bond funds, with combined assets under management of EUR43b
08 Jul. 2019 Natural resources industry struggles to generate momentum: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The natural resources industry has been struggling to generate momentum for some time. The natural resources fundraising hit a five-year low in Q1 2019, and Q2 has struggled to regain momentum, said Preqin in its Quarterly Update. Just 15 funds closed in the
08 Jul. 2019 Smaller infrastructure fund manager come under presser from larger peers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The infrastructure industry fundraising has been heavily cyclical in recent quarter as investors are generally looking to make fewer and smaller investments than they were 12 months ago, deal activity has been lacklustre for the past year. According to Preqin Quart
05 Jul. 2019 One third of investors in Japan have an ESG policy in place for their alternative investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost one-third of respondents (29%) have an environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy in place for their alternative investments, and another third plan to implement an ESG policy over the next five years, said a survey. The most common reason why survey
05 Jul. 2019 Private equity-backed buyout deals decline in Q2: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity-backed buyout deals market has been active in recent quarters, but Q2 2019 represented something of a decline in deal-making, Preqin said in its Quarterly-Update. Globally, 1,193 deals were announced in the quarter, worth a total of $75bn. This i
05 Jul. 2019 Venture capital deals nosedive in Q2 both in number and value of deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By the end of Q3 2018, the venture capital industry had already broken full-year totals to record the most active deal-making period of all time. Since then, though, both the number and value of deals have subsided. In Q2 2019, 3,263 deals were announced globally,
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