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16 Jan. 2020 KKR raises $2.2bn for its second next-gen technology growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American global investment firm KKR has closed its second Next Generation Technology Growth Fund at $2.2bn. The fund will be targeting blossoming business areas such as fintech, digital media and data services in Europe, North America and Israel, KKR said. The
16 Jan. 2020 Stone Point Capital hauls in $7bn for eighth flagship fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based private equity firm Stone Point Capital has closed its eighth flagship fund - Trident VIII - on $7 billion, surpassing a $6.5 billion hard cap. The General Partner and affiliated entities committed more than $350 million. Trident VIII received
15 Jan. 2020 Barclay CTA Index closes 2019 with a gain of 5.15% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry closed the year with a second consecutive profitable month and rose 0.20% in December 2019, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the full year, CTAs returned 5.15%. "A fourth mo
15 Jan. 2020 IM Global Partner takes 20% stake in European equities specialist Zadig [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iM Global Partner today announced the forthcoming acquisition of a 20% interest in Zadig Asset Management, an independent European equities specialist with $1.8 billion AUM and 15 employees based in London and Luxembourg. Zadig Asset Management will be the sixth Part
15 Jan. 2020 Fund selector board rises concerns that daily liquidity cannot always be sustained [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Members of the International Advisory Board for Fund Selection (IAB) recently raised concern that investors expected daily liquidity from asset classes that could not always support it. Meeting recently in Madrid the IAB, which is sponsored by the Spanish funds' platf
15 Jan. 2020 iMaps Capital Markets launches its first actively managed Exchange Traded Instrument as retail public offering on Vienna Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The first ETI (Exchange Traded Instrument) under the public offering issuance program of Liechtenstein's iMaps ETI plc starts trading on the MTF of the Vienna Stock Exchange. The Haack Performance ETI was launched for the asset manager PP Asset Management, which is
15 Jan. 2020 Daily FX volume increased 40% over the last decade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The year 2019 showed a return of a strong upward trend in the global foreign exchange market. After the dip recorded in 2016, daily turnover in the global FX market reached $6.6 trillion this year. According to LearnBonds.com research, recent data shows a 40% increase
15 Jan. 2020 Siguler Guff closes Small Buyout Opportunities Fund IV at $1.58bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private investment firm Siguler Guff & Co. has raised $1.58bn for a fourth fund - Small Buyout Opportunities Fund IV - to invest with small buyout managers and directly in their portfolio companies. The New York-based multi-strategy private equity investment firm
15 Jan. 2020 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 10.70% in 2019, the largest annual return since 2013 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The hedge funds industry gained 10.70%, the largest annual return since 2013 when the Barclay Hedge Fund Index gained 11.12%. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index posted a 31.49% return in 2019. BarclayHedge reported that hedge funds finished 2019 on a high
15 Jan. 2020 Infrastructure fundraising hit an all-time high in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The infrastructure fundraising market reached new heights in 2019 as a total of $98bn was raised from investors as 88 funds closed. According to Preqin, it included a $22bn fund raised by Global Infrastructure Partners - the largest infrastructure fund ever closed
15 Jan. 2020 US venture capital investment sees $136.5bn in 10,777 deals last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US venture capital investment totaled $136.5 billion at the end of 2019 in 10,777 deals, exceeding $130 billion for the second year in a row, according to a report released by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). However, the figure is dow
15 Jan. 2020 Man Group appoints Robert Furdak as CIO for ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Robert E. Furdak was named chief investment officer (CIO) for environmental, social and governance (ESG) at Man Group, the global active investment management firm. It is a new position to further bolster the firm's broader commitment to responsible investment (RI)
14 Jan. 2020 GoImpact to launch Singapore's first VCC ESG Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - GoImpact announced plans to launch the "GOIMPACT CAPITAL (SINGAPORE) VCC". The Fund will be established under Singapore's recently launched Variable Capital Companies
14 Jan. 2020 BIS expands membership and collaboration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is to expand its central bank membership base and to increase collaboration in its work as a forum for international cooperation and as a hub for central banks and other financial authorities. The BIS Board of Directors has
14 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds push their YTD returns up 8.58% in 2019 to record the strongest year since 2013 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.52% in December, supported by the underlying equity market performance which pushed the MSCI ACWI (Local) 2.57% higher over the same period. The year-to-date (YTD) return went up to 8.58%. The FTSE 100 edged 2.67% higher du
14 Jan. 2020 Global real estate fundraising sets new record in 2019 at $151bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global real estate fundraising exceeded $150bn for the first time in 2019, says a recent study by the research firm Preqin, as the 295 funds have reached a final close through the year secured a collective $151bn. "Real estate fundraising hit a new high in 2019,
14 Jan. 2020 Natural resources fundraising crosses $100bn in 2019 but number of funds down [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Natural resources funds closed in 2019 secured $109bn, on par with the $107bn raised in 2018. But the number of funds closed that focus exclusively on pure natural resources strategies is falling. A total of 128 vehicles closed through the year, down from a peak of
14 Jan. 2020 Esma puts EU alternative fund industry at $6.5tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Europe's financial watchdog European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) said that the European alternative investment funds (AIFs) saw their value increase by 11% to €5.8 trillion ($6.5tn). Nearly 40% of assets under management in the EU funds industry is mad
13 Jan. 2020 Willis Towers Watson's Asset Management Exchange hires senior J.P. Morgan executive [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asset Management Exchange (AMX), an institutional platform for investors and asset managers, announced the appointment of Dr Kerrie Mitchener-Nissen as Head of Product. Mitchener-Nissen joins AMX, which manages over $9.5 billion in assets, to lead a growing team o
13 Jan. 2020 Asia's first compliant crypto fund - Circle Fund - has emerged [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - As the digital currency market matures from wild speculation to trust and integrity, a new crypto hedge fund has emerged - the first to be compliant in Asia. Circle Fund i
13 Jan. 2020 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index up 0.66% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.66 per cent in December, underperforming the 1.22 per cent monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index.
13 Jan. 2020 Private equity funds raised $600bn in 2019: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Strong fundraising, robust deal markets, and positive investor sentiment means the private equity funds industry finishes the decade with another banner year, says Preqin report. Private equity funds closed in 2019 raised almost $600bn. This is the fourth year in a
13 Jan. 2020 Nuveen creates $21bn private capital platform with Churchill Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nuveen, the $1 trillion investment manager owned by TIAA, is bringing its private equity and junior capital group together with Churchill Asset Management, its middle-market senior loan and unitranche financing business, to create the direct access platform. The mo
13 Jan. 2020 Private debt fundraising lagged in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: More than 200 private debt funds closed in each year from 2015 to 2018. But 2019 fundraising lagged, and at the end of the year just 152 funds have reached a final close, said Preqin. Fundraising has also dropped to $107bn, the lowest annual total since 2015. Lower
10 Jan. 2020 Hedge funds close out 2019 with returns of +9.74%; Russia, China, Brazil funds shine brightest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry returned +1.75% in December, bringing aggregate 2019 full-year returns to +9.74%, according to the just-released eVestment December 2019 hedge fund performance data. 2019 marked the industry's best aggregate returns since 2013, when the
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