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18 Mar. 2020 Barclay CTA Index posts 0.22% loss in February: BarclayHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry reversed course in February, turning from January's gains into negative monthly territory losing 0.22%, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. CTAs remain in the black for the year-to-dat
18 Mar. 2020 Top 10 global venture capital investors participated in more than 1,200 funding rounds in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A majority of top global venture capital (VC) investors witness growth in investment volume but a decline in value in 2019, said a report. According to GlobalData, six out of the top 10 global VC investors showcased year-on-year (YoY) growth in the number of invest
18 Mar. 2020 U.S. companies lead the world in tech investment, raise $99.3bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US continues to lead the world in tech investment for another year. In 2019, GBP81.9bn ($99.3bn) was raised by US tech companies. China closely follows for total investment at £32.2bn, and then the UK at £10.1bn, revealed a study. According to Tech Nation Report
17 Mar. 2020 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Funds benchmark suffered significant loss of -2.21% in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global outbreak of COVID-19 and falling oil prices hit hedge funds hard in February, said Preqin. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Funds benchmark suffered significant losses (-2.21%) in February, compared to January's modest gains (+0.62%), caused by the global
17 Mar. 2020 Raleigh's Captrust acquires $5.5bn advisory firm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Raleigh, NC-based Captrust Financial Advisors has acquired Welch Hornsby, a Montgomery, Alabama-based advisory firm with $5.5bn in assets under advisement, of which $1.75bn are discretionary assets under management. Welch Hornsby performs wealth management and reti
17 Mar. 2020 Seven of the twenty largest infrastructure investors are based in Canada [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada is at the forefront of the infrastructure investment landscape. Of the top 20 largest infrastructure investors globally, seven are located in Canada, pointed out Preqin. Between them, these top institutions have invested a total of $106bn in the infrastructur
16 Mar. 2020 Private debt soars to incredible heights: 1,764 fund managers now active [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The youngest asset class in the private capital universe, private debt has soared to incredible heights since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Assets under management (AUM) have grown consistently each year and, as of June 2019, reached a record $812bn, according
13 Mar. 2020 Hedge funds in the red in February, but ahead of other benchmarks; China-focused funds in the green [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge funds industry posted aggregate performance of -2.53% in February 2020 bringing YTD returns to -2.82%, according to the just-released eVestment February 2020 hedge fund performance data. While disappointing on the face of it, the aggregate figure is w
13 Mar. 2020 Private debt takes off in Asia: AUM doubled in five years to $57bn at the end of 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt market takes off in Asia as businesses expand and financing opportunity follows, said a study. The private debt AUM has increased consistently over the past six years, more than doubling from $27bn at the end of 2014 to $57bn at the end of 2019, sa
13 Mar. 2020 Hedge funds report significant inflows for January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors allocated an estimated $10.38 billion to hedge funds to begin 2020, said eVestment. According to the report, the inflow was significant in terms of size for January, and the breadth of products receiving assets. Total industry AUM rose to an estimated $3.
12 Mar. 2020 Barclay Hedge fund index down 2.8% in February, -3% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund losses picked up in February 2020 with the industry down 2.81% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was down 8.2% for the month. For th
12 Mar. 2020 SWFI releases global asset owner survey for March 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SWFI's latest survey data for Q1 2020 has been compiled and is ready for release. SWFI secured business intelligence from CIO's, Strategists, Economists, and Portfolio Managers from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and endowments. The survey was taken
12 Mar. 2020 AUM for the natural resources industry surpasses $750bn, and continue to grow in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: AUM for the natural resources industry has surpassed $750bn and looks set to continue growing during 2020, said a study. Of that, natural resources and timberland funds accounted for $230bn, up from $81bn at the end of 2009, according to the Preqin report 'Inves
12 Mar. 2020 Merger arbitrage hedge funds show remarkable resilience despite global volatility [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger arbitrage is proving the most resilient hedge fund strategy amid the continued global volatility sparked by the coronavirus outbreak, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. "The ability of the strategy to protect capital in bad times is something we underlined
12 Mar. 2020 Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates quietly amasses $3.6bn for 17th fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has raised $3.6 billion for its 17th venture fund, the largest in the more than 42-year history of the firm. The new fund will focus on early-stage investments in technology and health care and brin
11 Mar. 2020 OPIM launches Global Macro Fund named Waterflow Fund SPC [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OP Investment Management Limited (OPIM), Asia's leading hedge fund platform, is partnering with Waterflow Capital to launch Waterflow Fund SPC, which is Cayman-domiciled and for professional investors only. Managed by Mr. Shui JIANG and Mr. Minghan JIANG, the Fund
11 Mar. 2020 Hedge fund managers posted strongest monthly outperformance over global equities since 2009 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.63 in February, outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which lost 7.82% over the same period. Roughly 34.7% of the underlying constituents of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index post
11 Mar. 2020 Cerulli: Alternative managers need to adapt their fee structures in response to increasing price sensitivity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates' latest report, European Alternative Investments 2020: Matching Different Demands, shows that the crowded marketplace and decreasing risk-adjusted returns are putting pressure on alternative asset managers, with investors questioning why they should pay
11 Mar. 2020 ESG data market worth to reach $1bn in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The market for environmental, social and governance (ESG) data could reach $1 billion by 2021, said a research report. Opimas report 'ESG Data Market: No Stopping Its Rise Now', says that the market topped $617 million in 2019. The research group projects a
11 Mar. 2020 87% infrastructure investors say 2019 met or exceeded their expectations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Infrastructure investors are pleased with recent performance, but concerns over asset pricing are pushing them further up the risk spectrum, said a report. According to Preqin, the vast majority of surveyed investors are happy with the performance of their infrastr
11 Mar. 2020 Pimco takes over Allianz Real Estate, forming $100bn unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment management firm Pacific Investment Management (Pimco) is taking over management of Allianz Real Estate, forming a combined unit with $100 billion in assets. Allianz Real Estate will become part of Pimco's Private Strategies platform withi
10 Mar. 2020 Real estate investors look to higher-risk strategies and emerging markets for better performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors in real estate are extremely satisfied with the performance of their portfolios in 2019 by comparison with other asset classes, said a study. According to Preqin, twenty-one percent of those surveyed said that performance exceeded their expectations in 20
10 Mar. 2020 Sovereigns under threat by the dual impact of COVID-19 and oil price shock [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sovereign credit fundamentals and ratings already under pressure from the coronavirus outbreak may be further hit by the oil price shock. According to Fitch Ratings, the dual impact of COVID-19 and the latest oil price collapse will affect countries depends on their
10 Mar. 2020 Nasdaq acquires institutional investment fintech firm Solovis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States stock exchange operator Nasdaq announced the acquisition of Solovis, a provider of multi-asset class portfolio management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. With this Nasdaq will offer Solovis' solutions through Nasdaq's eVestment group, broadening
10 Mar. 2020 Aon acquires Willis Towers Watson in all stock deal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson have announced a definitive agreement to combine in a $30 billion all-stock transaction. Willis Towers Watson will come under the Aon banner. The combined company will have an $80 billion valuation. Aon will maintain operat
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