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05 Apr. 2019 CTAs have strong March: Societe Generale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: All Societe Generale CTA indices posted positive performance in March bringing the CTA Index and Trend Index back on track for 2019 year to date. Societe Generale Prime Services said that it has been the best month for CTAs since the beginning of last year, in ter
04 Apr. 2019 Tikehau Capital brings on Nithin Johnson for biz dev [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tikehau Capital the alternative asset management and investment group, today announced the appointment of Nithin Johnson as Executive Director of Business Development based in New York. Johnson will support the growth of Tikehau Capital's North American business by devel
04 Apr. 2019 Canadian asset manager Ninepoint Partners launches Ninepoint Trade Finance Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's alternative asset manager Ninepoint Partners has launched Ninepoint Trade Finance Fund. The fund was launched together with US-based alternative asset management company Highmore Group Advisors acting as Advisor to originate and underwrite transactions th
04 Apr. 2019 Ontario Teachers' posts 2.5% return for 2018 amid most volatile markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) returned a net 2.5% in 2018, bringing its total assets to C$191.1bn ($140.1bn) as of Dec. 31. Toronto-based pension fund said in a press release that its return was above its custom benchmark's 0.7% return.
04 Apr. 2019 Shorting Lyft? That'll cost you. [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Lyft shares have been on a bit of a ride since Friday's IPO. Shares were up 8.7% following their debut at $72 a share, only to tumble this week ending Wednesday at $70. That volatility has also made Lyft shares the most expensive US equity to borrow, accor
04 Apr. 2019 New hedge funds are significantly raising minimum investment levels: Study [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Minimum investment amounts required by newly launched funds have skyrocketed as new managers are seeking out more start-up capital to counteract their rising bills, said the 'Seward & Kissel 2018 New Hedge Fund Study'. To launch their enterprises on a stable
03 Apr. 2019 BNY Mellon and BlackRock partner on client service tech [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and BlackRock, through its BlackRock Solutions business, announced today a strategic alliance to deliver integrated data, technology, and asset management servicing capabilities to common clients. These new capabilities integrate BN
03 Apr. 2019 Dawn Capital leads $10M funding round for derivatives analytics platform OpenGamma [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OpenGamma, a leader in derivatives analytics, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding led by early-stage fintech and B2B software venture capital firm Dawn. The funding round includes participation from existing investors Accel, CME Ventures and ex-SunGu
03 Apr. 2019 Global Impact Investing Network publishes standards guide [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), today launches its Core Characteristics of Impact Investing, four tenets that define the growing space of impact investing and will provide financial markets with greater clarity on what constitutes credible impact investing pra
03 Apr. 2019 Joe DaGrosa and David Neithardt launch DaGrosa Capital Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today veteran investment executives, Joe DaGrosa and David Neithardt, have launched DaGrosa Capital Partners, established to manage their public securities investments for their respective family offices as well as those of their co-investors. In partnership with General
03 Apr. 2019 Tikehau Capital appoints Frédéric Giovansili as deputy CEO of Tikehau IM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tikehau Capital, the alternative asset management and investment group, has appointed Frédéric Giovansili as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Tikehau Investment Management, the company's primary asset management platform, with effect from 1 April 2019. Reportin
03 Apr. 2019 Winston & Strawn poaches DLA's Goldstein for project finance practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Winston & Strawn has hired Jason Goldstein as a partner in the firm's New York office. An industry leader in stadium finance, Jason is highly regarded in the areas of project finance and development, as well as real estate finance and management. He joins Winston from DLA
03 Apr. 2019 Advisors & Partners joins UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative assets specialist Advisors & Partners today announced that it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, on the 18th of March 2019, joining more than 2,300 other institutions around the world that have publicl
03 Apr. 2019 Investor allocation to UCITS products to remain stable: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Approximately one-quarter of a surveyed investor base allocated to UCITS products in 2018, relatively stable in comparison with previous years, revealed a survey of institutional investors by JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s capital advisory group. The institutional inv
03 Apr. 2019 Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index reports best quarter in nearly a decade [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index gained 1.50% in March and 14.11% for the quarter, according to Wilshire Associates Incorporated, a global financial services firm. Without dividends reinvested, the index had an estimated market value gain of $375bn for March
02 Apr. 2019 Man Group poaches GAM's Jon Rickert to head European Private Debt [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Man Group has hired the investment director at GAM Jon Rickert as head of European private debt to support the expansion of its global private markets business, Man GPM. The role is new. Rickert, who led GAM's real estate debt business for the last three years
02 Apr. 2019 BlackRock shakes up private capital industry, raises $2.75bn for long term fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world largest asset manager BlackRock said it would begin investing in private companies with a new fund that is designed to be less risky than traditional buyout funds. BlackRock said that it raised $2.75bn of seed capital for its Long Term Private Capital (LT
02 Apr. 2019 Investors consider increasing alternative risk premia exposure significantly in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Overall, interest in alternative risk premia strategies has tempered last year, likely due to stagnant performance in 2018 revelead a survey of institutional investors by JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s capital advisory group. However, the institutional investor survey fin
02 Apr. 2019 Hedge funds' Q1 return of +2.5% extends run of positive performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context were both equity and bond markets rallied in Q1, hedge funds delivered returns close to +2.5%, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. According to the Lyxor Global UCITS peer group, high beta strategies such as Special Situations, EM-Global Macro and direct
01 Apr. 2019 Private equity continues to invest in UK despite Brexit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private equity firms are continuing to invest in the UK, despite the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, according to a new report from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments. eFront's research showed
01 Apr. 2019 PineBridge Investments makes Ahern Global CFO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PineBridge Investments, a private global asset manager, today announced the appointment of Tracie E. Ahern as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Ahern will join the firm's management committee and will be responsible for further developing and refining the firm's financial stra
01 Apr. 2019 Most hedge fund strategies experience positive returns in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most hedge fund strategies experienced positive returns so far in Q1, as the first quarter of 2019 is coming to an end, said Lyxor. The recent turnaround in the global monetary stance, led by the Fed and more recently by the ECB, has further fueled the fixed income
01 Apr. 2019 Most hedge fund investors to maintain or increase hedge fund allocations despite crowding concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite a turbulent 2018 marked by poor performance and market volatility, Institutional investors are swarming to hedge funds this year. According to J.P. Morgan Capital Advisory Group's 16th annual Institutional Investor survey, investors plan to continue to uti
29 Mar. 2019 Hypur Ventures launches $500m cannabis fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hypur Ventures, an Arizona-based venture capital fund dedicated to investing in the legal cannabis industry, announced it's rolling out a half-billion-dollar cannabis investment fund intended to inject even more capital into the legal cannabis industry. The $500m H
29 Mar. 2019 Hunt Capital acquires Peak 8 Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Connecticut-based alternative credit manager Peak 8 Asset Management was acquired by Texas-based real asset investment firm Hunt Capital Holdings. Financial terms of the deal were not divulged, said a press note. Peak 8 tends to institutional clients. It oversa
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