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22 May. 2019 Rockefeller enters European market launching two UCITS funds based on equity ESG strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rockefeller Asset Management, a division of Rockefeller Capital Management, is now offering its equity investment strategies to European investors with the launch of a UCITS regulated fund structure. The first UCITS funds, seeded by prominent, long-term European in
22 May. 2019 Hedge funds post positive returns in April, highlighting the strong industry-wide performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued to make substantial gains in April, said a latest report from Preqin. Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +1.67%, beating March's +0.62% return. This pushes the YTD figure to +6.98% and the 12-month return to +2.82%.
22 May. 2019 Al Gore's Generation IM closes $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, announced that it has closed a $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund for growth investments. The sustainable investment management firm with approximately $22bn
22 May. 2019 With lacklustre performance, distressed debt hedge funds raise only $2.5bn in 2019 so far [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The market conditions suggest a potential opportunity for distressed debt funds, but fundraising has yet to pick up, said a report by Preqin. Distressed debt has long been a major component of the private debt industry. At the time of the Global Financial Crisis (G
21 May. 2019 Investors shift $14bn to Event Driven, Asia and Emerging Markets hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors redeemed an estimated $1.36bn from hedge funds in April 2019, bringing YTD flows to a negative $18.15bn, according to eVestment's April 2019 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Meanwhile, strong hedge fund performance was additive to industry assets in April,
21 May. 2019 Institutional investors feel more prepared for a bear market than in 2007: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are self-assured when it comes to navigating the next bout of market volatility, said a study. Roughly 95% of the 75 institutional investors surveyed reported being at least somewhat confident in their organization's readiness to successful
21 May. 2019 Long/short credit hedge fund strategies resilient in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context where rising trade uncertainties have interrupted the rally in risk assets, L/S Credit strategies have been resilient in May so far, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Such resiliency took place despite a widening in High Yield (HY) credit spreads, by ap
20 May. 2019 Alternatives 4 Children announces UK chapter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternatives 4 Children (A4C), the highly successful Dutch industry charity that has raised more than a million Euros since inception, has announced that it is launching a UK chapter. A4C raises funds for projects involved in improving the living standards of chi
20 May. 2019 Bermuda industry groups applaud EU for removal from list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda's global industry groups have welcomed the decision by the Economic & Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels to remove Bermuda from a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions after all sectors worked collaboratively with Bermuda's government and regulator
20 May. 2019 40% of enterprises willing to spend $5m or more in new blockchain initiatives over next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 86% of senior executives interviewed believe that blockchain technology is broadly scalable and will eventually achieve mainstream adoption, said a survey. Deloitte's 2019 Global Blockchain Survey revealed that the 'blockchain gets down to business'. It sai
17 May. 2019 Marlin Equity Partners announces strategic minority investment by Blackstone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, announced that Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group has made a passive, minority investment in the firm. Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group is part of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) and speci
17 May. 2019 Managed futures posted another positive month in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures posted another positive month in April with a 0.85% return according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Nine of BarclayHedge's 10 CTA indices had gains in April. Year to date, the Barclay CTA Index has
17 May. 2019 LaSalle and Artivest announces partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LaSalle Investment Management has partnered with Artivest to expand its reach into the retail market for privately placed U.S. value-add real estate investment programs through a closed end vehicle. LaSalle is a leading institutional investment manager focused on real est
17 May. 2019 Fundrock opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock has opened a new branch in Singapore headed by Timothy Walkley, Managing Director - Asia Markets. Tim has been involved in the investment management industry for over 20 years with a significant experience in Asian markets. He has been actively involved in C
17 May. 2019 Natixis finds tailwinds for ESG, but a lack of standards hampers adoption [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half (56%) of investors globally, including 61% in the US, believe companies that demonstrate higher integrity will outperform, according to a new report on Environ­mental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment issues released today by Natixis Investment Manage
17 May. 2019 JMP OppZone Services debuts platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JMP OppZone Services, a dedicated business focused exclusively on financial and administrative support related to Opportunity Zone (OZ) investing, today announced the launch of an industry-first administrative platform for OZ investors, project sponsors and entrepreneurs.
17 May. 2019 Private equity real estate grows from strength to strength but turbulent months seen ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity real estate (PERE) industry reached a record $900bn in assets under management as of June 2018, marking a new high for a sector that has grown from strength to strength in recent years, said Preqin. Fundraising has remained strong, deal making
17 May. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternatives Index up 0.98% in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.98 per cent in April, outperforming the 0.66 per cent monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "April marked a continuation of gains across risk assets, buoyed by economic growth, low volatility and a favo
16 May. 2019 Mary D'Souza, former managing director at GE Capital, joins Star Mountain as a senior advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sar Mountain Capital, a specialized investment manager focused exclusively on the large and underserved U.S. lower-middle market, is pleased to announce that longtime personal investor across multiple Star Mountain funds Mary D'Souza has now also become a Star Mountain Se
16 May. 2019 European venture capital industry records strongest quarter ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European companies raised €5.1 billion of venture capital funding during the first three months of 2019, an increase of 76% year-over-year, and marking the strongest first quarter ever recorded, says financial market data company Refinitiv in a new review. Despite
16 May. 2019 Hedge funds up 1.21% in April with only a handful of sectors in the red [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended their run of positive returns to four straight months in April, returning 1.21% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, said that by comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index ro
16 May. 2019 State Street names Amelia Fawcett lead director [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American financial services and bank holding company State Street Corporation has appointed Amelia Fawcett as independent lead director after its annual governance structure review. Fawcett most recently served on the Board's Executive Compensation, Risk and Techno
15 May. 2019 The global hedge fund industry AUM grows by $27bn as of April, Asia funds up almost 8% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $27bn as of April 2019 year-to-date said Eurekahedge in its May 2019 report. Final Q1 2019 net outflows figure stood at $46.4 bn, just under half of the investor redemptions totalling $94.7 bn seen in the final quarte
15 May. 2019 Merger Arbitrage demonstrates its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger Arbitrage again demonstrated its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. "This is a strategy on which we have maintained an Overweight stance over the recent quarters despite the recent underperformance," it
15 May. 2019 Emerging markets see highest expected returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After five years of negative performance, Emerging Markets have some of the highest expected returns, said a report by eVestment. In its in latest annual Capital Market Assumptions report, eVestment said that from the nine consultants analyzed, on average, Emerging
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