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28 Mar. 2022 Thematic investing gains traction in Asia as the region launches 198 sector equity funds in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thematic investing has gained traction among Asian investors during the pandemic, evident from the net inflows of US$19.8 billion and US$19.3 billion gathered in 2020 and 2021, respectively, said a study. According to the report by Cerulli Associates, managers launc
25 Mar. 2022 New hedge fund launches rise as total industry capital surpasses historic milestone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund launches rose the highest level since 2017 as total industry capital remained above the historic $4 trillion milestone to begin 2022, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released today by HFR. An estimated 614 new funds launched in 202
25 Mar. 2022 Private markets AUM hits nearly $10tn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Total assets under management across private markets reached $9.8 trillion as of June 30, 2021, up from $7.4 trillion a year earlier, said a study. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, after a year of pandemic-driven turbulence that suppressed fundraising an
25 Mar. 2022 Venture capital investor Redalpine launches $1.08bn fund with evergreen structure [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European venture capital investor Redalpine is launching its next private equity fund with a target volume of CHF1 billion ($1.08bn) and an evergreen structure making it more attractive to a broader professional investor base. The Zurich-based early-stage VC firm sa
25 Mar. 2022 The passive investing super cycle could be coming to an end [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association has released a new report on what lies ahead for alternatives. The report notes that alternatives are expected to produce half of industry revenue in a few years, despite representing just 12% of th
24 Mar. 2022 Strategic Funds launches strategic commodity hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Puerto Rico-based hedge fund Strategic Funds LLC announced the launch of The Strategic Commodity Fund, a new private hedge fund that marries traditional and digital economy exposure by pairing opportunistic trading in conventional exchange-traded commodities with more
24 Mar. 2022 Major institutional investors ready to re-think portfolio strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About two-thirds (66%) of major global institutional investors are more worried now than two years ago about extreme events disrupting their investment strategies-and nearly as many (64%) believe investors need to completely re-think how they approach portfolio constru
24 Mar. 2022 North American pension funds top-ranked in performance among the peer group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North American pensions funds have the highest risk-adjusted returns in 2021 and are the top-ranked peer group of asset owners, such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. According to an analysis by EDHECinfra and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), other peer gro
24 Mar. 2022 Activist hedge fund Ortelius confronts Trecora Resources [more]
Opalesque Geneva: Ortelius Advisors, an activist hedge fund based in New York City, has this week delivered an open letter to stockholders of Trecora Resources, a petrochemicals company based in Texas. The investor claims that Trecora's results are disappointing and that the company refuses t
23 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds navigated another turbulent month for the global economy and markets with the average fund losing 0.3% - down 1.6% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor capital flowed out of the hedge fund industry in February, reversing the positive movement in January. Redemptions outweighed allocations by $3bn last month, but year-to-date flows remain positive to the tune of about $8bn after high January inflows, said HFM hed
23 Mar. 2022 Hedge funds continue winning investor favor, raking in another $11.29bn in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry returned to inflows in January bringing in $11.29 billion in new assets, 0.24% of hedge fund industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Industry AUM was relatively
23 Mar. 2022 Biodiversity Pledge initiative hits $14tn backed by 89 financial firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After launching in 2020, the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge initiative is now backed by 89 financial firms committed to improving and sharing knowledge, and engaging with companies on biodiversity. With its latest additions of five new signatories - Société Général
22 Mar. 2022 Grayscale launches smart contracts fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Grayscale Investments, the world's largest digital currency asset manager, today announced the launch of Grayscale Smart Contract Platform Ex-Ethereum Fund, Grayscale's 18th investment product and third diversified fund offering. GSCPxE provides investors with exposur
22 Mar. 2022 Weinburg Foundation gets new CIO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation today detailed the planned transition within the role of chief investment officer. Current CIO Jonathan Hook will retire from the Weinberg Foundation effective August 31, 2022. He will be succeeded by David Gilmore, Deputy Chief
22 Mar. 2022 SEC's Longo joins Ropes & Gray [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced today that Amy Jane Longo has joined the firm's 400-lawyer litigation & enforcement practice as a partner. Amy will be based in Ropes & Gray's new Los Angeles office. With extensive first-chair experience prosecuting and defen
22 Mar. 2022 Pritzker Private Capital expands team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pritzker Private Capital, a leader in family direct investing, today announced two recent promotions and the hiring of a new controller to build the firm's technology, human resources and finance teams. These team members are essential to PPC's internal operations and sup
22 Mar. 2022 Climate change central or significant factor of investment for institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For three-quarters (75%) of investors, climate change is now central to or a significant factor in their investment policy, a steep increase from only 34% two years ago, says a survey. According to a climate survey released Monday by Dutch asset manager Robeco, net
22 Mar. 2022 SEC proposes that registrants disclose climate change risks [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed long-awaited rule changes on Monday that would require listed companies to supply certain climate-related disclosures to their investors and the go
21 Mar. 2022 Investor ETFS and activist hedge fund Lion Point ask for change of directors and CEO at WisdomTree [more]
Opalesque Geneva: ETFS Capital and Lion Point Capital nominated three candidates to WisdomTree Investment's board of directors on Friday, in their latest attempt to create sweeping changes within the underperforming ETF asset manager. Failure to reach an agreement, they said, means they will
21 Mar. 2022 CFTC: markets are reacting and operating well but there remain unknowns [more]
Opalesque Geneva: The ongoing tragedy in Ukraine has resulted in extreme volatility and, at the same time, record trading volume on global markets, Rostin Behnam, the chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
21 Mar. 2022 OECD reports on the implications of the war [more]
Opalesque Geneva: According to the OECD, the economic implications of the war in Ukraine could reduce global GDP growth by more than 1 percentage point and push up global consumer price inflation by 2.5 percentage points in the first year. Those implications should be tackled with fiscal support,
18 Mar. 2022 Europe's first Metaverse thematic ETF lists on London Stock Exchange [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: ETC Group and HANetf announced, through their partnership, the launch of the ETC Group Global Metaverse UCITS ETF (ticker: METR). The new Metaverse ETF went live on the London Stock Exchange on the 17th March 2022 and is passported for sale across Europe, making it Europ
18 Mar. 2022 HFRI Emerging Markets Index falls on geopolitical turmoil, Crypto currencies pare gains [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Emerging Markets hedge funds fell to begin 2022, led by a steep decline in the HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Europe Index, as Russia invaded Ukraine, oil prices spiked, severe sanctions were imposed on Russia, the Russian Rouble collapsed, the Russian stock market remained clo
17 Mar. 2022 BEX Capital closes fund IV on $765M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BEX Capital, the first investment firm focused exclusively on secondaries in private equity fund-of-funds (FoF), secondaries funds and co-investment funds today announces the close of BEX Fund IV at $765 million. This was the first close of BEX Fund IV, with fundra
17 Mar. 2022 86% of investors plan to invest the same or more in private capital over next 12 months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Across private capital, an average of 90% of LPs globally said performance had met or exceeded expectations, compared with 72% of hedge fund investors. While competition for assets, valuations, and rising interest rates top the list of investor concerns, more than a third
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