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11 Mar. 2019 SkyBridge's Troy Gayeski appointed to co-CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SkyBridge Capital, a leading alternative investments firm, today announced the promotion of Troy A. Gayeski, CFA to Co-Chief Investment Officer alongside Ray Nolte. In his new role, Troy will join Ray overseeing the firm's investment activities. As Senior Portfolio
11 Mar. 2019 K2 Advisors launches alts fund for Canadian investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Franklin Templeton Investments Canada today introduced Franklin K2 Alternatives Fund to provide investors with access to alternatives investments in a mutual fund format. The fund uses a multi-strategy approach in seeking to dampen volatility and offer downside protection
11 Mar. 2019 EnTrust Permal rebrands as EnTrust Global [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EnTrustPermal - one of the world's largest hedge fund investors and a leading alternative asset manager headquartered in New York and London - announced that it has rebranded the firm as EnTrust Global. The timing and nature of the firm's rebranding is a direc
11 Mar. 2019 European Commission agrees to sustainable investment disclosure framework [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States today on new rules on disclosure requirements related to sustainable investments and sustainability risks. The agreed rules will strengthen and improve the
11 Mar. 2019 Private equity and venture capital assets touch $28bn in India [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: India-based private equity and venture capital fund firms' assets under management (AuM) have almost tripled from just $10bn at the end of 2008 to $28bn as of June 2018. According to Preqin, this growth has accelerated since 2015, spurred by strong fundraising mome
11 Mar. 2019 UAE authorities enact fund passporting rules to promote domestic funds market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Several authorities have joined announced a new fund passporting facility following the enactment of relevant legislation and rules to facilitate the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE in a bid to strengthen the development of th
11 Mar. 2019 Net assets of UCITS and AIF declined in 2018 in Europe [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net assets of UCITS declined by 4.6% to EUR9,284bn as 24 European countries recorded a decline in net assets in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). Net assets of alternative investment funds (AIF) drop
11 Mar. 2019 Copenhagen Fintech Accelerator invests in Singapore-based platform fund manager [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based AI open-platform fund manager Noviscient has been selected as one of eight winners and the first Asian startup to join the Copenhagen Fintech Accelerator. The Singaporean-Danish FinTech tie continues to pave the way for strong startup collaboration -
11 Mar. 2019 CTAs improve in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following a challenging start to the year, CTA Indices showed signs of improvement with over half of trend constituents in positive territory in February. The SG CTA Index was up by 0.42%, whilst the SG Trend Index was up by 0.81%, said Societe Generale Prime Servic
08 Mar. 2019 SoftBank launches $5bn tech fund for Latin America [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Japan's SoftBank Group (SBG) is launching a $5bn fund to invest in technology companies in Latin America, it said, ramping up its tech ambitions beyond its huge Vision Fund. The new fund will be headed by SoftBank's Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure, it sai
08 Mar. 2019 February strongest month of gains for hedge funds since 2012 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended strong January gains into February, leading the broad-based HFRI to the strongest start to a calendar year since 2012. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +1.4% in February, with gains across all main strategies, as well as in
08 Mar. 2019 Vanguard to roll out its first actively managed ESG fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vanguard Group, which manages $5.2tn in global assets, has created its first actively managed environmental, social and governance (ESG) fund, which will be added to its current ESG offerings. The Vanguard Global ESG Select Stock Fund will be managed by Wellington
08 Mar. 2019 Global macro hedge fund gains on energy bets [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Kazmarck Capital's Opportunities Program, a global macro absolute return strategy, returned 1.47% in February, mainly thanks to its investments in energy. It is up 7.5%
07 Mar. 2019 Kintaro Capital receives license from Malta Financial Services Authority as a private investment fund for cryptocurrencies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Malta-based Kintaro Capital has become one of the first EU crypto funds to receive its license from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), licensing it as a private investment fund (PIF) for cryptocurrencies and listed equities. The formal approval of its PI
07 Mar. 2019 Private capital fundraising in emerging markets hits record levels in 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private capital activity in emerging markets is at record levels, according to the latest report from EMPEA. In 2018, private capital vehicles across all emerging markets raised USD90 billion and invested a disclosed USD70 billion, representing year-over-year in
07 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund strategies experience a symmetric move: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In recent weeks, market conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode, says Lyxor in its monthly Hedge Fund Brief. Risk assets bottomed out at the turn of the year, and since then, global equities were up by 15%. Interestingly, the rebound in equit
07 Mar. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +3.75% in January 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +3.75% for the month of January 2019, said monthly hedge fund review from Hennessee group. The top three strategies for the month were Latin America (+10.13%), Asia Pacific (+9.45%) and Healthcare and Biotech (+7.88%). While, th
06 Mar. 2019 Resonanz Capital: New specialist in alternative investments launching with mandates worth more than EUR1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge funds are not really seen as a German specialty, with management and advisory functions generally entrusted to Anglo-American experts. The eight-strong team led by V
06 Mar. 2019 Who's the richest? A look at 2019's top-ranking billionaires shows decrease in billionaires and their combined wealth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are 2,153 billionaires on the 2019 list of Forbes 33rd annual ranking of the world's billionaires, down from 2,208 in 2018. The total combined net worth of this year's billionaires is $8.7 trillion, down from $9.1 trillion in 2018. This represents the first d
06 Mar. 2019 Nut Tree Capital Management crosses milestone of $1bn in AuM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for A Square: Nut Tree Capital Management, a alternative manager within Investcorp's Hedge Fund Partnership platform, has reached $1bn in assets under management (AuM). Based in New York, Nut Tree is an alternative credit investment manager that launched
05 Mar. 2019 Octogone and Firmus announce strategic alliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The internationally based Octogone Group and the Panama-based Firmus Broker & Asset Management Inc. have entered into a strategic alliance to provide services in wealth and asset management to their private, institutional and corporate clients. This alliance offers po
05 Mar. 2019 Global blockchain spending to grow 88.7% YoY to reach $2.9bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The amount spent on blockchain technology by businesses seeking to utilise the trust-enhancing features of distributed ledgers is expected to grow to $2.9 billion in 2019. This would represent a growth of 88.7% over the $1.5 billion spent on the technology during 2018.
05 Mar. 2019 Emerging markets rally caught hedge fund managers off guards: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The summer 2018 Emerging Markets (EM) crisis which targeted EM markets displaying weak financial equilibrium caught EM hedge fund managers off guards. It led EM L/S Equity strategies to accelerate their de-risking, which proved insufficient to weather the year-end stor
04 Mar. 2019 Europe: Net sales of UCITS and AIFs nose-dives -76% to EUR221bn for 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net sales of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) amounted to EUR221bn in 2018, compared to EUR940bn in 2017, according to The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). EFAMA also found UCITS net sales reached EUR115bn, compared to EUR738bn in
04 Mar. 2019 KKR poaches Goldman's Asian investment bank chairman Kate Richdale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KKR, global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, has hired Kate Richdale, the chairman of investment banking at Goldman Sachs in Asia, to boost its Asia-Pacific presence. In this role, Ms. Richdale will work with KKR's senior leadership t
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