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17 Jun. 2020 BNP Paribas adds to sustainable finance team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Christina Cho and Anne van Riel will act as Co-Heads for Sustainable Finance Capital Markets Americas at BNP Paribas. Christina has been with the bank in London for over 12 years, where she was a senior DCM banker in the SSA team. Anne joins BNP Paribas after 11 years
17 Jun. 2020 eVestment: Hedge funds positive in May +2.54% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund business posted an average +2.54% return for May, according to the latest eVestment hedge fund performance data. The rebound last month wasn't enough to turn the tide for the industry, which is down -5.36% YTD. However, roughly one-fourth of
17 Jun. 2020 Global hedge fund industry AUM declines by $204.7bn in May 2020 YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has declined by $204.7 billion as of May 2020 year-to-date. Net outflows for Q1 stood at $85.9 billion, which compares to the $94.7 billion of net outflows in Q4 2018, said Eurekahedge Report. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaine
17 Jun. 2020 Rockpoint racks up $5.8bn for two US real estate funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rockpoint Group, a Boston-based real estate private equity firm and registered investment adviser has completed a final closing of its latest opportunistic vehicle, Rockpoint Real Estate Fund VI, with $3.8 billion in equity commitments. The fund well exceeded its $3 bi
17 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund returns with a gain of +2.89% in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds built upon April's strong returns, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returning +2.89% in May as global markets began to regroup. It reduced 2020 YTD losses to 2.95% and brought the 12-month return to +1.80% said Preqin's Hedge Fund
17 Jun. 2020 Sterling Group reels in $2bn for its fifth private equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Operationally focused middle-market private equity firm the Sterling Group has closed its fifth flagship private equity fund on a $2 billion hard cap, exceeding a predecessor that raised $1.25 billion in 2015. Founded in 1982 and based in Houston, Sterling is a midd
16 Jun. 2020 Assets in global ETFs/ETPs again over the $6tn milestone at the end of May 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in the global ETFs/ETPs industry have increased by 4.7%, from US$5.84 trillion at the end of April 2020, to US$6.10 trillion at
16 Jun. 2020 Barclay CTA Index flat in May (up 1.44% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As financial markets continued their recovery and economies began to reopen from COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, managed futures were able to capture a small profit in May, gaining 0.04% according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Sol
16 Jun. 2020 Hedge fund performance up +1%, L/S Credit and Global Macro strategies outperform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance was up +1% so far in June, according to Lyxor Peer Groups. The period under review (up to June 9th) excludes the most recent trading days which saw renewed market volatility. The report said that L/S Credit and Global Macro strategies outperfo
16 Jun. 2020 US financial professionals expect year-end returns more like 2018 than 2008 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Even with signs of a market recovery, financial professionals revealed that their 2020 return expectations more closely resemble the modest declines seen in 20181 than in 2008, when the S&P plunged 37% and the MSCI posted a loss of 40.33%. Financial professionals,
16 Jun. 2020 93% hedge fund industry players working entirely and/or mostly from home: AIMA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Approximately 93% of hedge fund managers are working entirely (68%) and/or mostly from home (25%), as of June 1, according to a survey conducted by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). The remaining 8% of the 67,000 employees worldwide at the r
15 Jun. 2020 Captrust buys $1.6bn Lakeside Wealth Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Captrust Financial Advisors, an independent registered investment advisor, has added Chesterton, Indiana-based Lakeside Wealth Management, a wealth management firm with $1.6 billion in assets under management. The Chesterton, Indiana-based said in a press release th
12 Jun. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 3.17% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2020 measured 3.17%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.33% in June. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for June 2020 of 0.33% in
12 Jun. 2020 Impact investment market reached $715bn heading into 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $715 billion global impact investing market, or assets devoted to investing to achieve positive social and environmental impact as well as a financial return, is maturing, driven by strong performance and better measurement said a study. According to the survey
12 Jun. 2020 Asset managers neglecting risks of biodiversity loss [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Report from ShareAction finds that none of the world's 75 largest asset managers have a dedicated biodiversity policy, while many are still underplaying climate risks. The report by London based NGO pointed out that asset managers have a lot more to learn about
11 Jun. 2020 Hedge funds gain 2.71% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Stock markets carried April's momentum into May and hedge funds were among the beneficiaries posting a 2.71% monthly return, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Inde
11 Jun. 2020 Hedge funds managers up 2.16% in May, cut YTD loss to 2.53% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were up 2.16% in May, reducing their year-to-date loss to 2.53%, said Eurekahedge. Market optimism towards the resumption of economic activities and supportive monetary and fiscal policies boosted the performance of risk assets during the month.
10 Jun. 2020 Most of the institutional investors see the appeal of digital assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The overwhelming majority of investors are interested in digital assets, said a study. A survey conducted by asset-management giant Fidelity said that some 4 out of 5 institutional investors find "something appealing" about digital assets, but resistance
10 Jun. 2020 City of London Investment Group acquires US closed funds specialist Karpus [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global fund manager City of London Investment Group (CLIG) has agreed on an all-share takeover of US fund manager Karpus Management Inc. CLIG's money management subsidiary, City of London Investment Management Co., has $5 billion in assets under management.
10 Jun. 2020 Institutional investors stay confident in asset managers amidst COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Majority of Most institutional investors are still confident in their external money managers during the economic downturn that has come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, said a survey. Globally, 76% of institutional investors stated that they have faith in t
10 Jun. 2020 Activists appetite for bargains reduced after market volatility [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Activists have not shown the same appetite for bargains than in previous selloffs, said Lyxor. A V-shaped market rebound and rich valuations are not providing a large universe of oversold stocks. Moreover, given that the full effects of the pandemic on businesses h
09 Jun. 2020 Balbec Capital raises $1.2bn for latest global credit fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Balbec Capital, LP, a global alternative asset manager with expertise sourcing and investing in bankrupt and insolvent credit, has completed the final close of InSolve Global Credit Fund IV, L.P. (the Fund), with total commitments of approximately $1.2 billion. This excee
09 Jun. 2020 Alternatives Investment Funds continued to attract net new money in the first quarter of 2020 despite Covid-19 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the first quarter of 2020 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member countries.
09 Jun. 2020 InstarAGF wraps up sophomore infrastructure fund at $1.2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian alternative money manager InstarAGF Asset Management closed its flagship infrastructure fund InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure II at $1.2 billion. The private capital management firm said its second North America infrastructure investment - InstarAGF Essen
09 Jun. 2020 90% of US private equity fund managers bullish on distressed fund deal flow [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly all private equity managers expect to see a surge in distressed fund deals over the coming year, said a new survey. "An overwhelming majority (90%) of US private equity fund managers expect to see a rise in the volume of distressed fund transaction activity o
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