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16 Jun. 2022 Hedge funds fell for a second consecutive month in May with a -0.4% return, dragging YTD returns further into the red at -1.4% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds fell for a second consecutive month in May with a return of -0.4%, dragging year-to-date returns further into the red at -1.4%. A steeper than expected rise in US consumer prices in May raised concerns about aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserv
16 Jun. 2022 Sovereign direct investments hit record in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 broke records for the number of direct investments made by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), jumping from 316 in 2020 to 429 in 2021, a 50% increase year-on-year, and a 60% increase in the average number of deals in any of the previous five years, said a study. Ac
15 Jun. 2022 Study reveals institutional investors to replace retail investors as major holders of digital assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors are set to replace retail investors as the major holders of digital assets, according to new research from Grayscale Investments, the world's largest digital currency asset manager. Its international study found more than 7 out of 10 (71%) o
15 Jun. 2022 72% of US institutional investors likely to invest in private equity over the next year - 54% likely to invest in hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - There is little doubt that US allocators have had their heads turned by private markets in recent years. A host of institutions and private wealth investors have been recalibrating their alternatives portfolios to larger allocations in private markets and our survey of 43
15 Jun. 2022 Victory Park Capital raises $2.4bn for asset-backed opportunistic credit strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private credit specialist Victory Park Capital announced the final close of its latest fundraise for its Asset-Backed Opportunistic Credit strategy. A press release from the Chicago-headquartered global alternative investment firm said that the Fund is oversubscrib
15 Jun. 2022 Asia-Pacific private capital AUM to hit $2.25tn by 2026 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific private capital AUM is forecasted to reach $2.25tn in 2026, representing a 15.0% CAGR from 2021, said a study. According to Preqin's 2022 Alternatives in APAC Report, private equity and venture capital is expected to continue to grow their share of
15 Jun. 2022 Top 10 countries gaining and losing millionaires in 2022 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UAE has become the focus of intense interest among affluent investors and is expected to see the highest net influx of high-net-worth-individuals (HNWIs) s globally in 2022, with 4,000 forecast - a dramatic increase of 208% versus 2019's net inflow of 1,300 and one
14 Jun. 2022 Hedge funds and private equity the alternatives of choice for US investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With Intelligence's investor intentions data from April 2022 identified private equity (72%) and hedge funds (54%) as the alternative asset classes most likely to see inflows from US investors in the coming mont
14 Jun. 2022 Hedge funds eager to prove that short-selling is a legitimate ESG strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A study published by the Managed Funds Association indicates that targeted short-selling campaigns could slash up to $140 billion in capital expenditure at the biggest carbon emitters in the S&P 500 Index by pressuring them to clean up their acts. Incorporating shor
14 Jun. 2022 CTAs survive May's wild ride [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Commodity prices except for oil retreated during May 2022 owing to the concern over an impending global recession driven by the hawkish Federal Reserve and geopolitical uncertainty. The
13 Jun. 2022 Kudu acquires stake in Gramercy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kudu Investment Management, LLC, has acquired a minority interest in Gramercy Funds Management, LLC. The majority of the proceeds will be reinvested into Gramercy's investment strategies, further aligning the firm with its limited partners. The terms of the transactio
13 Jun. 2022 Bitcoin's price to skyrocket by the year-end, says Devere Group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial advisory and asset management firm Devere Group has forecasted a bull run and a significant bounce in the price of bitcoin in the 4th quarter of this year. Nigel Green, founder and CEO of the Financial consultatory and possession monitoring company said in
13 Jun. 2022 Biospring Partners brings in $245m for the debut fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New B2B life science investor Biospring Partners announced the closing of its debut fund with north of $245 million in capital commitments from pension plans, fund of funds, endowments and foundations, and family offices. According to a press release from the grow
10 Jun. 2022 US PE firm Lovell Minnick takes majority stake in wealth manager London & Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US private equity (PE) house Lovell Minnick Partners (LMP) has agreed to buy a majority stake in London & Capital, a specialist wealth and asset manager working with private and institutional clients. As part of the transaction, London & Capital's management team w
10 Jun. 2022 Family offices are increasing investments in private equity, real estate, and private debt [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Family offices are reducing fixed income allocations and increasing investments in private equity, real estate, and private debt, sacrificing liquidity for returns, according to a recent report by UBS. Family offices globally are in a new era of strategic asset alloc
10 Jun. 2022 The SPAC bubble is bursting [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The SPAC bubble is bursting, according to Charles-Henry Monchau, CIO at Zyz, a banking and asset management group in Switzerland. "With monetary policies tightening, speculative bubbles are bursting one after the other," he says. "SPACs are no exception." The SPAC bu
09 Jun. 2022 Hedge fund industry trims losses in May shedding -0.66%, -5.88% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted a loss of -0.66% in May, though losses narrowed from April's decline of -2.35% according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index eked out a
09 Jun. 2022 Hedge funds fell for a second straight month in May amid rising uncertainty over geopolitical and economic tensions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined -0.52% in May 2022, trailing behind the S&P 500 which eked out a 0.01% return over the same period. Widespread investor caution and uncertainty over both geopolitical and economic tensions continued to linger as inflation rema
09 Jun. 2022 Private equity returns at near-record levels of 16% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of investors reporting net annual returns of over 16% across the lifetime of their private equity portfolios has reached near-record levels, said a study. According to Coller Capital's latest Global Private Equity Barometer. 42% of Limited Partners (
09 Jun. 2022 A new survey reveals ESG as a top private equity priority [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Half of the private equity (PE) fund managers said they will dedicate the greatest share of their capital over the next six months toward setting up impact funds or investing in targets with environmental, social, and governance themes said a survey. According to BD
08 Jun. 2022 BKCoin further institutionalizes with president, CTO and BD/IR appointments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BKCoin Capital, the institutional crypto investment firm at the forefront of the digital assets revolution, announces three senior appointments: Paul Magahis, as President, Adriano Caloiaro, as Chief Technology Officer, and Leanna Haakons, as Director of Business Developm
08 Jun. 2022 Energy, commodity hedge funds extend 2022 gains; HFRI 500 outperformance of Nasdaq expands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds produced mixed declines in May as volatility across global equity, bonds and commodity markets accelerated, with equities falling into correction territory amidst many investors positioning for the US economy to enter recession as a result of generational infl
08 Jun. 2022 Rockefeller acquires Spearhead Capital's wealth business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Florida-based boutique financial services division of Spearhead will become The Bostwick Walters Group within Rockefeller Global Family Office, which has $1.5 billion in assets. The deal accelerates Rockefeller's expansion, building on previous acquisitions as
08 Jun. 2022 Hedge funds double investments in crypto assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite the tremendous volatility in the sector, there are many more traditional hedge funds investing in crypto and more specialist crypto funds being created as the digital asset class gains acceptance, said a survey. Of traditional hedge funds surveyed, 38% are
07 Jun. 2022 Omni Partners appoints head of private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Omni Partners LLP, the London based alternative investment management firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Gallagher-Powell as Head of Private Equity. In this newly created position Charles will report to Omni's founder, Steven Clark. Charles joins
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  1. Alts managers sitting on over $2.5tn+ of dry powder[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve