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11 Mar. 2019 Copenhagen Fintech Accelerator invests in Singapore-based platform fund manager [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based AI open-platform fund manager Noviscient has been selected as one of eight winners and the first Asian startup to join the Copenhagen Fintech Accelerator. The Singaporean-Danish FinTech tie continues to pave the way for strong startup collaboration -
11 Mar. 2019 CTAs improve in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following a challenging start to the year, CTA Indices showed signs of improvement with over half of trend constituents in positive territory in February. The SG CTA Index was up by 0.42%, whilst the SG Trend Index was up by 0.81%, said Societe Generale Prime Servic
08 Mar. 2019 SoftBank launches $5bn tech fund for Latin America [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Japan's SoftBank Group (SBG) is launching a $5bn fund to invest in technology companies in Latin America, it said, ramping up its tech ambitions beyond its huge Vision Fund. The new fund will be headed by SoftBank's Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure, it sai
08 Mar. 2019 February strongest month of gains for hedge funds since 2012 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended strong January gains into February, leading the broad-based HFRI to the strongest start to a calendar year since 2012. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +1.4% in February, with gains across all main strategies, as well as in
08 Mar. 2019 Vanguard to roll out its first actively managed ESG fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vanguard Group, which manages $5.2tn in global assets, has created its first actively managed environmental, social and governance (ESG) fund, which will be added to its current ESG offerings. The Vanguard Global ESG Select Stock Fund will be managed by Wellington
08 Mar. 2019 Global macro hedge fund gains on energy bets [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Kazmarck Capital's Opportunities Program, a global macro absolute return strategy, returned 1.47% in February, mainly thanks to its investments in energy. It is up 7.5%
07 Mar. 2019 Kintaro Capital receives license from Malta Financial Services Authority as a private investment fund for cryptocurrencies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Malta-based Kintaro Capital has become one of the first EU crypto funds to receive its license from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), licensing it as a private investment fund (PIF) for cryptocurrencies and listed equities. The formal approval of its PI
07 Mar. 2019 Private capital fundraising in emerging markets hits record levels in 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private capital activity in emerging markets is at record levels, according to the latest report from EMPEA. In 2018, private capital vehicles across all emerging markets raised USD90 billion and invested a disclosed USD70 billion, representing year-over-year in
07 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund strategies experience a symmetric move: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In recent weeks, market conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode, says Lyxor in its monthly Hedge Fund Brief. Risk assets bottomed out at the turn of the year, and since then, global equities were up by 15%. Interestingly, the rebound in equit
07 Mar. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +3.75% in January 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +3.75% for the month of January 2019, said monthly hedge fund review from Hennessee group. The top three strategies for the month were Latin America (+10.13%), Asia Pacific (+9.45%) and Healthcare and Biotech (+7.88%). While, th
06 Mar. 2019 Resonanz Capital: New specialist in alternative investments launching with mandates worth more than EUR1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Hedge funds are not really seen as a German specialty, with management and advisory functions generally entrusted to Anglo-American experts. The eight-strong team led by V
06 Mar. 2019 Who's the richest? A look at 2019's top-ranking billionaires shows decrease in billionaires and their combined wealth [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are 2,153 billionaires on the 2019 list of Forbes 33rd annual ranking of the world's billionaires, down from 2,208 in 2018. The total combined net worth of this year's billionaires is $8.7 trillion, down from $9.1 trillion in 2018. This represents the first d
06 Mar. 2019 Nut Tree Capital Management crosses milestone of $1bn in AuM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for A Square: Nut Tree Capital Management, a alternative manager within Investcorp's Hedge Fund Partnership platform, has reached $1bn in assets under management (AuM). Based in New York, Nut Tree is an alternative credit investment manager that launched
05 Mar. 2019 Octogone and Firmus announce strategic alliance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The internationally based Octogone Group and the Panama-based Firmus Broker & Asset Management Inc. have entered into a strategic alliance to provide services in wealth and asset management to their private, institutional and corporate clients. This alliance offers po
05 Mar. 2019 Global blockchain spending to grow 88.7% YoY to reach $2.9bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The amount spent on blockchain technology by businesses seeking to utilise the trust-enhancing features of distributed ledgers is expected to grow to $2.9 billion in 2019. This would represent a growth of 88.7% over the $1.5 billion spent on the technology during 2018.
05 Mar. 2019 Emerging markets rally caught hedge fund managers off guards: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The summer 2018 Emerging Markets (EM) crisis which targeted EM markets displaying weak financial equilibrium caught EM hedge fund managers off guards. It led EM L/S Equity strategies to accelerate their de-risking, which proved insufficient to weather the year-end stor
04 Mar. 2019 Europe: Net sales of UCITS and AIFs nose-dives -76% to EUR221bn for 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net sales of UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) amounted to EUR221bn in 2018, compared to EUR940bn in 2017, according to The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). EFAMA also found UCITS net sales reached EUR115bn, compared to EUR738bn in
04 Mar. 2019 KKR poaches Goldman's Asian investment bank chairman Kate Richdale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: KKR, global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, has hired Kate Richdale, the chairman of investment banking at Goldman Sachs in Asia, to boost its Asia-Pacific presence. In this role, Ms. Richdale will work with KKR's senior leadership t
01 Mar. 2019 Institutional investors redeemed $517.5bn from traditional investments in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net institutional flows totaled -$234.4bn in the fourth quarter pushing full year 2018 redemptions past the half tn mark to -$517.5bn, said eVestment. Long-only asset managers reported Q4 2018 institutional assets under management of $23.81tn, according to the just
01 Mar. 2019 DarcMatter joins forces with Hana Financial to expanding Korean institutional investor footprint [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FinTech platform for alternative investments DarcMatter (DM) has announced a partnership with South Korea's bank holding company Hana Financial Group (HFG). DarcMatter claims that the partnership solidifies it as a key partner in providing enhanced access to exc
01 Mar. 2019 Hedge fund and private equity sectors are is still dominated by men: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Women are still underrepresented in the workforce when it comes to hedge fund and private equity sectors, new data released by Preqin showed. Less than one in five hedge fund professionals are women, according to a report released by Preqin. And the number drops to
28 Feb. 2019 MAPFRE AM launches an investment fund based on behavioural economics [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MAPFRE AM is launching the 'MAPFRE AM Behavioral Fund' - a fund that aims to exploit pricing inefficiencies in European equities caused by the behaviour of market participants. MAPFRE AM has developed a proprietary methodology for identifying opportunities caused by i
28 Feb. 2019 Balance Point Capital Partners names Eric Dale as Partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Balance Point Capital, a leading provider of capital to lower middle market companies, has announced that Eric J. Dale has joined the firm as a Partner. Dale brings extensive legal and transactional experience, having most recently served as Chief Legal Officer and Ch
28 Feb. 2019 Citco launches center of excellence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies, a leading provider of asset servicing solutions to the global alternative investment industry, today confirmed its on-boarding of additional commitments from longstanding client EQT, a leading global investment firm with more than €50 billion
28 Feb. 2019 Four women in private equity raise a $1.5bn for their four funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN) announced that its Members - Adele Oliva (1315 Capital), Hollie Haynes (Luminate Capital Partners), Kristina Heinze (ParkerGale) and Kate Mitchell (Scale Venture Partners) - have each successfully closed a new fund.
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