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16 Jun. 2021 Global Palladium Fund launches competitively priced physically backed metal exchange traded commodities (ETCs) on SIX [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Palladium Fund (GPF), which was founded in 2016 by Norilsk Nickel, the diversified mining company, has launched its four physically-backed metal Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs) on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX). The ETCs have some of the lowest charges in the Eu
16 Jun. 2021 Long Range Capital expands team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LongRange Capital, a private equity firm focused on building better businesses, today announced new team members that joined the firm over the past several months. Sunny Patel joined LongRange as Senior Principal, Taylor Elliott as Senior Associate, and Austin Marcus as A
16 Jun. 2021 BlackRock and iCapital Network expand partnership to include global wealth managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today iCapital Network and BlackRock announce the expansion of their existing relationship to increase accessibility to private market investments for wealth managers. The combination of BlackRock's private market investment products and iCapital's proven technology and s
16 Jun. 2021 LGT Capital Partners closes fifth secondaries fund on $4.5bn hard-cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss alternative asset management firm LGT Capital Partners has held a final close for its fifth private equity secondaries vehicle, Crown Global Secondaries V (CGS V), on its hard-cap of $4.5bn. More than 100 institutional backers, including pension funds, endowme
16 Jun. 2021 Insurance segments exposures to hedge funds increase 6% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The life/annuity and property/casualty insurance segments increased their exposures to hedge funds, leading to an overall 6% increase in insurance industry investments in 2020. According to the latest AM Best report, during 2020 the hedge fund market did not fall a
16 Jun. 2021 Sustainable funds in Europe doubled over the past three years [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data shows that the number of sustainable funds offered in Europe has doubled over the past three years. Sustainable fund products attracted 52% of all net new flows in 2020, and reflected 11% of total net assets domiciled in Europe at the end of the year.
15 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds score 7th consecutive month in the black with 1.08% returns in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry notched its seventh consecutive month in the black, posting a 1.08% return for the month of May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. In aggregate hedge funds outpaced the S&P 500 Tot
15 Jun. 2021 BlackRock raises $1.7bn for new infrastructure debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock Real Assets has raised $1.67bn for its inaugural global infrastructure debt strategy to finance data centers, toll roads, wind energy, and other infrastructure projects around the world. BlackRock wrapped up its Global Infrastructure Debt (GID) Fund at mo
15 Jun. 2021 Limited Partners returns from private equity at record high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Limited Partners' (LP) returns from private equity over their portfolios' lifetimes are at record levels, according to Coller Capital's latest Global Private Equity Barometer. Two-thirds of LP have now achieved overall net returns of between 11% and 15% from
14 Jun. 2021 $1.5tn US investment fund Invesco launches two cryptocurrency ETFs [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based investment management company Invesco, which manages assets worth nearly $1.5 trillion, has launched two cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs). According to the Atlanta-based investment management firm, roughly 80% of the Invesco Galaxy Blockc
11 Jun. 2021 PSERS Investigation deepens, union calls on CIO to resign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The battle over the Pennsylvania Public Employees' Retirement System is heating up. The pension system, which is under investigation by the FBI over potential misstatements and insider deals surrounding its investment strategy, was sued this week by a member of
11 Jun. 2021 Global investable assets reach record $250tn in 2020, despite COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite a year of economic uncertainty, financial assets, including stocks, bonds, and other investment funds, globally went up by 8.3% to reach a record $250 trillion in 2020, said a study. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), despite the pandem
11 Jun. 2021 State Street launches digital unit to capitalize on crypto craze [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: State Street Corporation is establishing a new division focused on digital finance to include services for crypto, central bank digital currency, blockchain, and tokenization. The American financial services and bank holding company with $40.3 trillion in assets und
11 Jun. 2021 ECB maintains bond-buying program [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Central Bank (ECB) announced on Thursday the coronavirus economic support plan would remain in place. Its key interest rates are unchanged, and the cen
10 Jun. 2021 Crypto startup Solana raises $314m in the token sale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Solana Labs, a developer of decentralized finance projects, raised $314.2 million of new funding in a private token sale to develop technology used in the fast-growing area of the cryptocurrency markets known as decentralized finance, or DeFi. The Blockchain startu
09 Jun. 2021 Emerging market hedge funds outperformed their developed market counterparts in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.10% in May 2021, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 0.83% over the same period. Headline inflation rose to 4.2% year on year in April, the high
09 Jun. 2021 DWS closes latest European infrastructure fund at $3.7bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: German asset management company DWS Group closed its third European infrastructure fund at its €3 billion ($3.7 billion) hard cap and ahead of its €2.5 billion target. The manager said the Pan European Infrastructure (PEIF III) was backed by new investors as well a
09 Jun. 2021 Shamrock Capital raises $1bn for Growth Fund V [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based investment firm Shamrock Capital closed its latest fund, Shamrock Capital Growth Fund V (SCGF V), at its $1 billion hard cap. The buyout and growth equity fund makes investments of $25 million to $200 million within Shamrock's core industries of m
08 Jun. 2021 The AMF Enforcement Committee fines a German company and its CEO for manipulating the price of a sovereign bond futures contract [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In its decision of 28 May 2021, the Enforcement Committee imposed a fine of €1.2 million on each of the respondents, Global Derivative Trading GmbH and its CEO, Thorsten Wagner, for manipulating the price of a French sovereign bond futures contract. Between 1 July an
08 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds extended gains in May amidst inflationary pressures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended performance gains in May for the eighth consecutive month as investor optimism accelerated regarding the US economic reopening and despite signs of building inflationary pressures in the US and Europe. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC)
08 Jun. 2021 Schroders launches $65bn private assets unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investment manager Schroders has combined all of its private markets capabilities under one banner as the newly formed Schroders Capital, which will have oversight for $65bn (£45.9bn) worth of assets. The British multinational asset management company said i
08 Jun. 2021 CSC Global acquires private capital fund administrator PEF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CSC Global Financial Markets, provider of specialized administration services to alternative asset managers across a range of fund strategies, has acquired private capital fund administrator PEF Services. A press release from the New Jersey-based PEF, which is one o
07 Jun. 2021 Ex Millennium and LMR Partners Portfolio Manager launches R Squared Global Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gordian Capital today announced the launch of the R Squared Global Fund managed by William Warner and Justin Leow. The Fund invests in liquid derivative instruments, using quantitative models to arbitrage systematic and structural inefficiencies in the market with strateg
04 Jun. 2021 Emerging markets hedge funds surge as global economy rebounds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, led by funds investing in China, India and the Middle East extended their 2020 surge into 2021 as EM hedge fund capital reached a new record, with performance driven by gains in EM regional equity markets and surging cryptocurrencies.
04 Jun. 2021 U.S. alternative asset managers: Fundraising reach new heights at $67.3bn in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to Moody's first-quarter report on U.S. alternative asset managers, total fundraising for Q1 2020 rose to $67.3 billion, a 22% increase from the same time a year ago, and 5% from Q4 2020. Meanwhile, total AUMwas up 36% year-over-year and 11% compared to
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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