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26 Feb. 2019 EFAMA reports on ownership of investment funds in Europe [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its first report entitled "Ownership of Investment Funds in Europe". The research found that investment fund ownership grew by 150% during the 2008-2017 period to €11.7tn, mostly held by insurance co
26 Feb. 2019 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ships back a British national for first-ever FATCA conviction [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A British national, the first to be convicted of violating the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the U.S., been shipped back to England by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers. Ad
26 Feb. 2019 Unlisted natural resources assets under management have grown fourfold to reach $668bn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As natural resources market grows in leaps and bounds, unlisted natural resources assets under management have grown fourfold since 2009. According to 2019 Preqin Global Natural Resources Report, the unlisted natural resources market has grown tremendously over the
26 Feb. 2019 2018: Stellar year for private real estate funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Driven by strong fundraising and deal activity, 2018 has proven to be a stellar year for private real estate. The fund managers and investors alike are positive about the asset class in 2018, said a study. The 2019 Preqin Global Real Estate Report found that fund m
26 Feb. 2019 Most UCITS strategies are in positive territory so far in February: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most (80%) among 31 UCITS strategies composed by Lyxor Cross Asset Research are in positive territory so far in February. Trend followers are on track to deliver their best monthly performance since August 2018 according one benchmark (the SG trend index), said Lyxo
26 Feb. 2019 eVestment: hedge fund assets rise in January [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors pulled a modest $1.66 billion from the global hedge fund industry in January. However, strong hedge fund performance almost across the board in January offset those redemptions, lifting total industry assets to $3.214 trillion, according to the just-re
25 Feb. 2019 RAM Active Investments expands in Italy: A new office in Milan and a new head of sales retail [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - RAM Active Investments SA (RAM AI), systematic asset manager based in Geneva, with 4 billion euros of assets under management, strengthens its presence in Italy with the opening of its office in Milan and announces the appointment of Gianluca Carnevale Garè as Head of Sal
25 Feb. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.42% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2019 measured 3.42%, up from 2.70% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2019 was 3.42%, an increase compared to 2.71% reported for the same period ago for February 20
25 Feb. 2019 2018 saw record fundraising in unlisted infrastructure industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted infrastructure had a strong 2018, as funds secured a record amount of capital and assets under management (AuM) hit an all-time high of $491bn. According to 2019 Preqin Global Infrastructure Report, this growth does not look set to slow in 2019: a lar
25 Feb. 2019 Private debt industry shows significant growth potential [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private debt industry as an asset class has matured considerably in recent years, reaching $769bn in assets under management as of the end of June 2018, a report said. Furthermore, there is still considerable room for growth in the industry: just 25% of institutions
25 Feb. 2019 80% of institutional investors plan to maintain or increase allocation to hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite the majority (55%) of surveyed institutional investors reporting disappointment with the 2018 return of hedge funds, the defensive properties a hedged portfolio can offer in 2019 are leading to signs that investors are weighting back into hedge funds, said Preq
25 Feb. 2019 Private equity fundraising to see slower growth this year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unprecedented activity which has characterized the private equity industry in recent years is likely to slow in the months ahead, said a report. According to 2019 Preqin Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report, although fundraising has exceeded $400bn ann
22 Feb. 2019 The flaw of lumping hedge funds together: Macro, credit and relative value actually posted gains in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The negative returns for the hedge fund industry as a whole in 2018 have masked an improvement in the overall environment for the asset class. While equity strategies funds did experience losses for the year, macro, credit and relative value strategies all made ga
22 Feb. 2019 Pantera Capital raises $125m for new venture fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Pantera Capital, an investment firm focused on blockchain and digital currencies, has recently successfully raised over $125 million for its third venture fund. The fund is set to invest in companies that have been in the crypto space for a while, instead of focusin
22 Feb. 2019 SS&C poaches Citco CIO for hedge fund admin business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: SS&C Technologies Holdings has appointed Joseph Maxwell as technology head of SS&C GlobeOp's hedge fund administration group, to lead the firm's hedge fund technology and fund administration business. Maxwell is from rival fund administrator Citco, where he
22 Feb. 2019 The rise of emerging markets hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Emerging Markets hedge funds, including China, Latin America and Russia-focused funds, surged to begin 2019, with the "risk on" sentiment representing a sharp contrast from late 2018 and reversing steep losses from 4Q. According to the newly released HFR Asian Hedg
21 Feb. 2019 Barclay CTA Index begins 2019 in negative territory [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures stumbled out of the gate to start 2019, with the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, down 0.43% for the month. All but two of the Barclay Managed Futures indices were in negative territory for January, as CTA funds were generally unable to b
21 Feb. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generates its highest return since September 2010 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds started 2019 positively, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generating its highest return since September 2010 (+3.82%). "This helped to reverse the losses faced in the final quarter of 2018 (-4.91%) and increased the three-year annuali
21 Feb. 2019 Northern Trust expands sustainable investing team in EMEA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm Northern Trust Asset Management has hired Valeria Dinershteyn as a sustainable investing strategist based in Amsterdam. The appointment reaffirms the firm's ongoing commitment to providing investors with sustainable investing solution
20 Feb. 2019 Hedge funds off to a strong start - Barclay Hedge Fund Index climbs 3.88% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor optimism spurred by a variety of favorable conditions pushed hedge funds to a solid start in 2019 with a 3.88% return in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. All of Barclay's 31 hedge fund
20 Feb. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 2.32% in January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.32% in January, as the risk-on sentiment returned to the market, propelling the MSCI AC World Index (Local) up 7.36% during January. Throughout 2018, hedge fund managers posted losses of 4.08%, outperforming the global equi
20 Feb. 2019 Investors keep redeeming from hedge funds: Global AUM now $2,309bn as of January 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at US$2,309.2 billion as of January 2019, up roughly 0.7% during the month, in contrast to how the industry lost 6.3% of its assets in 2018. According to Eurekahedge, the final asset flow figu
19 Feb. 2019 CTAs dramatically increase their long fixed income positions: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs have dramatically increased their long fixed income positions over the last quarter in the hedge fund space, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. However, the report said that it is concerned about the impact a bond trend reversal might have on their performance go
19 Feb. 2019 Alternative risk premia funds may have reached $200bn in AUM, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are now from $150bn to $200bn of assets in global alternative risk premia (ARP) funds following a long/short, multi-strategy approach, estimated a survey by MJ Hudson Allenbridge. This estimate excludes strategy offerings by investment banks, pointed out the M
18 Feb. 2019 Survey says institutional investors see future in initial coin offerings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 19% of surveyed institutional investors believe that digital assets will be regularly invested and traded in by 2021, said a survey by the Global Blockchain Business Council. According to the poll of 71 institutional investors worldwide, 41% of respondents will star
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