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29 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds down 0.67% in September as higher inflationary pressure weighed on sentiment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of September down 0.67% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 0.77% on an asset-weighted basis, said Eurekahedge. Market risk sentiment shifted lower due to concerns over rising inflation driven by supply chain bottlenecks and the dev
29 Oct. 2021 Investor flows show CTA appeal in Q3 moving into Q4, but faltering long/short funds post losses and lose flows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor flows show CTA appeal in Q3 moving into Q4: HFM's Managed Futures Index finished Q3 up 7.6% YTD following a -0.3% return in September. The Q3 result leaves it trailing HFM's Global Composite Index by 1.5 percentage points YTD through September, with the wider ind
29 Oct. 2021 Global VC investment soars past $170bn in 3rd-straight record quarter [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global VC investment showed no signs of stopping in Q3 2021, setting a record for the third-straight time with $171.7 billion across 8,682 deals. According to the Q3 2021 edition of KPMG's Venture Pulse, an incredible amount of dry powder, increasing participat
29 Oct. 2021 Nautic Partners raises $3bn for its tenth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nautic Partners has raised $3 billion at its hard cap for its Nautic Partners X private equity fund. The latest middle-market buyout fund is the firm's 10th private equity fund in its history. The previous fund, Nautic Partners IX, closed at its hard cap of $1.5 bil
29 Oct. 2021 Firms failing to address ESG issues risk losing investors, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly half (49%) of investors say a company's failure to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues might prompt them to divest their investment in the company. PwC's 2021 Global Investor ESG survey revealed that 59% of investors having more than a
29 Oct. 2021 Net flows to alternative credit investments in 2020 up 9.9%, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fourth annual report by Gapstow on the demand for alternative credit investments among US public pension plans focuses on the calendar year 2020 and therefore captures the significant impact of COVID-19 on investment decisions. According to the report, net flows
28 Oct. 2021 SBAI publishes a toolkit for the implementation of ESG in different alternative asset classes [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), a global alliance of alternative investment managers and allocators and custodian of the Alternative Investments Standards, released the next instalment of its work on Responsible Investment. A toolkit for asset mana
28 Oct. 2021 $3.1tn of private capital AUM committed to ESG investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are $3.1tn of private capital assets under management (AUM) by firms that are committed to ESG investing as of October 2021, said a study. This compares with $8.52tn of private capital AUM globally or 36% of the total, said Preqin's ESG in Alternatives Report
27 Oct. 2021 Analysis reveals top 10 most shorted UK stocks and most active fund managers for shorting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New analysis from ETP provider GraniteShares, which offers a range of 3x short and 3x leveraged ETPs on popular UK and US stocks, reveals that as of 25 th October 2021, Cineworld Group, the world's second-largest cinema chain, was the most shorted UK listed company.
27 Oct. 2021 Cerulli: Advisors are open to increasing alternative allocations, but barriers remain [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Advisors recognize the benefits of allocating to alternative investments; however, barriers remain to their use, according to Cerulli's latest white paper, Advisor Use of Alternative Investments in 2021, produced in collaboration with Blue Vault, and based on an inaugural
27 Oct. 2021 Hedge fund managers return -0.44% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers returned -0.44% in September, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned -3.55% during the month. In terms of 2021 performance, global hedge funds were up 8.14%, recording the strongest September year-
27 Oct. 2021 Gaining the Edge announces charity events to improve networking across January Florida Cap intro conferences [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: In mid-January 2022, South Florida will host thousands of alternative investment fund managers and investors attending multiple capital introduction conferences. Opalesque is a Media Partner and supports the Gaining the Edge conference in West Palm Beach Jan 19-21.
27 Oct. 2021 Growth technology investor White Star Capital holds $360m final close for Fund III [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: White Star Capital, a multi-stage global technology investment platform, announced it has secured $360 million for its third flagship fund, to invest in exceptional entrepreneurs building ambitious, global businesses. Its original target was $300 million. The VC fir
27 Oct. 2021 How hedge funds can weather fourth quarter's choppy markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In its latest 'Fourth-Quarter Hedge-Fund Strategy Outlook', K2 Advisors said as we move into the fourth quarter (Q4), markets are in a tug-of-war involving various good news versus bad news debates. Hedge funds are well-placed to outperform other assets classes in a
26 Oct. 2021 Zug-based asset manager Tramondo strengthens team with two experienced investment specialists [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tramondo Investment Partners AG, a bank-independent Zug, Switzerland-based investment boutique, announces that it has hired Mr. Urs Eilinger and Mr. Andreas Gassmann as Senior Relationship Managers. In their roles, Urs Eilinger and Andreas Gassmann will be responsible
26 Oct. 2021 China's Ping An raises $750m for overseas private equity investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: China Ping An Insurance Overseas Holdings, the main offshore investment and asset management platform of Ping An Insurance Company, announced that it has raised $750 million in total for two funds for overseas private equity investments. The two funds - Ping An Glob
26 Oct. 2021 South Korea: PEVC AUM doubles in two years, reaching record $113bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The South Korea-focused private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) industry has experienced accelerated growth, as its assets under management (AUM) reached a record $113bn as of December 2020, nearly doubling in two years, said a study. According to the Preqin A
26 Oct. 2021 Co-head of Blackstone's hedge fund business to resign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: John McCormick, co-head of Blackstone's hedge fund unit plans to leave the firm. Joseph Dowling, the other co-head, will become sole head of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, the world's largest funds-of-hedge-funds business. The Wall Street Journal
25 Oct. 2021 Maximon has launched its 100 million Longevity Co-Investment Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Switzerland-based Maximon has announced the launch of its Longevity Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), which already had its first closing in the founder's share class at CHF 6 million. The Fund invests in venture companies founded by Maximon, the Swiss longevity company bu
25 Oct. 2021 Gordian Capital chooses SS&C to support leading alternatives platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced Gordian Capital, Asia's leading institutional fund management platform, with AUM USD7bn, has expanded its relationship with SS&C in Singapore and Japan. The platform, which leverages SS&C GlobeOp for fund administration, has a
25 Oct. 2021 Hedge funds outperform broader equity markets in September as value rebounds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds outperformed broader equity markets in September, rising against a backdrop where the S&P 500 (SP500) declined 4.6%. The PivotalPath Hedge Fund Composite rose 0.1% in September, resulting in a 7.4% YTD increase. This was against a backdrop of widely decl
25 Oct. 2021 Banner Ridge raises $1bn secondaries fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Secondaries private equity specialist Banner Ridge Partners has almost doubled its AUM by collecting $1bn for its latest secondaries fund. Banner Ridge Secondary Fund IV (BRP IV) is the latest fund to be raised as part of the firm's flagship secondary program.
25 Oct. 2021 Real estate funds raise aggregate capital of $39.2bn in Q3 2021, up 46% on Q3 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and deal activity have both improved in the real estate industry as the property market is slowly recovering from the blow it received during the pandemic, said a study. According to the Q3 2021 Real Estate Quarterly Report published by Preqin, confidenc
22 Oct. 2021 VALK surges to $4bn deals on platform in the past year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private market digital platform VALK is building for expansion after achieving $4 billion-plus in assets and deals managed on its platform in a year as it continues rapid growth which has seen more than 70 financial institutions across Europe, North America, the Middle Ea
22 Oct. 2021 Redemptions and performance in September pull hedge funds back from record AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors pulled $7.99 billion from the global hedge fund industry in September, according to the just-released eVestment September 2021 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Investor redemptions, coupled with a dip in performance in September (-0.57% aggregate return for the bu
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