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14 May. 2019 CalPERS names Greg Ruiz to lead private equity program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System announced today that Greg Ruiz will join the pension fund as its new managing investment director for private equity. Ruiz has extensive experience in private equity investing, having worked across multiple sector
14 May. 2019 UK, Europe tips hedge fund redemptions to $11B worldwide in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds proved unable to turn February's net inflows into a two-month trend, as March saw $11.0 billion in hedge fund redemptions worldwide, a dramatic shift from February's $12.1 billion in inflows. Hedge funds' March outflows represented 0.4% of hedge fund asse
14 May. 2019 150 surviving crypto hedge funds post 46% median loss in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A report by PwC, based on conversations with managers at around 100 largest global crypto hedge funds, showed that crypto hedge funds suffered a median -46% loss last year. "2018 was a challenging year in crypto markets, with Bitcoin down -72%. The median crypto fu
14 May. 2019 Hedge funds expect inflows again in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2019 measured 0.90%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.33% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for May 2019 rose 0.33% re
14 May. 2019 Event Driven/Activist strategies lead hedge funds up almost 10% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns, following a five-month string of aggregate declines closing out 2018. According to eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance data, the YTD 2019 industry average g
13 May. 2019 Hedge funds gains in April bring YTD return to +7.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With all round gains across all main strategies led by Event-Driven and Macro in April, Hedge funds extended gains from the strongest 1Q since 2006. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.6% for the month, bringing the YTD return to +7.2%, said HFR.
13 May. 2019 Irish administrated fund assets grow 200% since 2008, combined value touches EUR4.2tn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The value of fund assets under administration in Ireland has grown by over 200% since 2008, with the overall value of Irish-domiciled and non-domiciled funds reaching a combined value of €4.2tn by the end of 2018, said a report. Growth has been faster amongst Iris
13 May. 2019 Guernsey event-driven hedge fund up 10% YTD, to gain from Lighthouse takeover [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Helium Rising Stars Fund, which follows an event-driven, special situations strategy, returned +3.4% in April in its GBP share class (3.2% in its CHF class), and announced that its largest fund holding had received a cash offer. The fund's co-investment advis
10 May. 2019 Blackstone poaches Goldman alum Tanya Barnes for new social good initiative [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group hired Tanya Barnes, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs Group, as a Managing Director to lead a new impact investing strategy, as pension plans and other institutions seek to put money into more businesses with social and envi
10 May. 2019 UK watchdog FCA bans and fines five directors for pension advice failings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UK watchdog Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned and fined five directors from three advice firms for their roles in pension transfer advice that affected some 2,000 customers. Two of the three firms involved - Financial Page and Henderson Carter Assoc
10 May. 2019 Hedge funds up +1.26% in April extending rebound - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns according to the just-released eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance data. Hedge funds are up +6.52% year to date through 2019, representing the industry
09 May. 2019 Commonfund Capital closes 2nd secondaries fund at $450M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund Capital today announced the closing of its second secondaries fund, Commonfund Capital Secondary Partners II. The fund closed with $450 million of capital commitments sourced from investors including endowments, foundations, pension plans, insurance pool
09 May. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in April (5.22% YTD) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.13%in April, supported by the global equities which advanced on encouraging economic data and accommodative central bank policies. According to Eurekahedge, positive earnings surprises helped renew investors' optimism
09 May. 2019 Societe Generale CTA index up +4.74% by April 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following on from an improvement in February and a strong March, April has been another positive month for CTAs, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was up 2.76%, and now it's firmly in positive territory for 2019 y
09 May. 2019 Preqin: Hedge funds laggard when it comes to ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund firms continue to be laggard compared to other alternative investment firms when it comes to cuddling environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-oriented investing strategies, a new report from Preqin revealed. Although a significant proportion (65%) of
08 May. 2019 TA Associates raises $8.5bn for thirteenth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TA Associates has raised $8.5bn for the one-and-done final close of its thirteenth flagship private equity fund (TA XIII), which will focus on investing in middle-market growth companies. TA XIII exceeded its $7.5bn target, the Boston-based private equity firm sa
08 May. 2019 European private equity investments hits new record, up 7% to $90bn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity investment in Europe has hit a new record, increasing 7% year-over-year to reach €80.6bn ($90.22bn), said a report. Private equity funds invested in over 7,800 companies, also a new record, with 86% of the total made up by small and medium-sized
08 May. 2019 Affiliated Managers Group takes stake in alternative investment manager [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The asset management company Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) is purchasing an equity stake in $4bn Garda Capital Partners, a Minneapolis asset manager specializing in fixed-income relative-value strategies. After the closing of the transaction, the senior partners
07 May. 2019 GoldenTree Asset Management names Christopher Hayward as President [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldenTree Asset Management, a global credit manager, announced that Christopher Hayward has been named Partner, President and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Hayward succeeds Robert Matza who is retiring. Mr. Hayward brings more than 27 year
07 May. 2019 Nasdaq names Carlyle's Lauren Dillard head of global information services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nasdaq today announced an update to its executive leadership team. Lauren Dillard, most recently Head of Investment Solutions at The Carlyle Group, will join Nasdaq as Head of Global Information Services (GIS). As announced separately, Bjørn Sibbern, former Executive Vice
07 May. 2019 Hedge Fund Association elects 2019 board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Association, a leading international nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, has announced the results of its 2019 Global Board of Directors election. HFA members elected four new Global Directors, each serving 3-year terms: Rajpal Arulpragas
07 May. 2019 Adam S. Aderton named co-chief of SEC's Asset Management Unit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Adam S. Aderton has been named Co-Chief of the Division of Enforcement's Asset Management Unit, a national specialized unit that focuses on misconduct by investment advisers, investment companies, and private funds
07 May. 2019 Pension's increased equity and alternative investment risk doesn't match the reward [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The state and local pension funds have been increasing their allocations to riskier assets since 2001 but the higher risk has not translated into higher returns. According to a report from Fitch Ratings, riskier assets like private equity, real estate and hedge fun
07 May. 2019 TPG nabs $1.6bn for technology growth equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: TPG, a global alternative assets firm, closed its $1.6bn TPG Tech Adjacencies fund(TTAD), exceeding the venture capital and growth equity fund's $1.5bn fund's hard cap. TTAD is a new investment vehicle focused on capital solutions for the technology indus
07 May. 2019 CTAs outperform hedge fund strategies in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The month of April saw CTAs outperforming hedge fund strategies for the second month in a row. According to the Lyxor CTA peer group, the strategy was up 1.6% last month, bringing year-to-date performance close to 5%. CTAs benefitted in April from the robust
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