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06 Jun. 2019 Australian private capital industry reaches $30bn AUM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity and venture capital firms have amassed a record AUS$30 billion in assets under management after a wave of fundraising last year, and are ready to deploy billions in dry powder on local deals. The new record follows a strong year of fundraising, accor
06 Jun. 2019 US Senate confirms Heath Tarbert as CFTC chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US Senate confirmed Treasury Department official Heath Tarbert as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, making him the second Trump-appointed official to lead the top derivatives regulator. Tarbert, a Republican, has served as Treasury assistan
06 Jun. 2019 Unlisted closed-end funds (CEF) market reaches $53bn in assets under management in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The size of the unlisted closed-end funds (CEF) market has grown steadily since 2014, ending 2018 at nearly $53 billion in assets under management, said a report. Interval funds in number and assets continue to outpace tender-offer funds, according to a new report
06 Jun. 2019 EFAMA reports strong rebound in UCITS and AIF net assets sales in Q1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Fund and Asset Management Association's (EFAMA) Quarterly Statistical Release for the first quarter of 2019 reports a strong increase in net assets of UCITS and AIFs, driven by the rebound of financial markets. Net assets of UCITS increased by 7.8% to
05 Jun. 2019 Investment companies need to reimagine for whom and how they create sustainable value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Only a small proportion of asset managers have measured and actively manage their own culture, according to a research paper by the Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI) entitled The asset manager of tomorrow.
05 Jun. 2019 State Street appoints head of North American asset-owner business team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rob Baillie was named head of State Street Corp. (STT)'s asset-owner business team for North America. Baillie assumes this newly created leadership role in addition to his current responsibilities leading State Street's businesses in Canada, where the company
05 Jun. 2019 Hedge fund adviser Deer Park Road to pay SEC $5m penalty for compliance failures [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Colorado-based investment adviser Deer Park Road Management Company LP, a private fund manager in the mortgage-backed securities space, has agreed to pay a $5m penalty for compliance failures related to the valuation of fund assets, reported the
05 Jun. 2019 SEC uncovers Ponzi Scheme through fictitious hedge fund at frat house in Georgia [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: A recent college graduate at the University of Georgia has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with orchestrating a Ponzi scheme through a fictitious hedge fund over the last
05 Jun. 2019 Study shows alignment between seeders and hedge fund managers is improving [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: US law firm Seward & Kissel has just published its Seed Transaction
04 Jun. 2019 Selling a stake in a PE management company is fine, say LPs, depending on the GP's motivation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two thirds of investors will support a GP decision to sell a stake in its management company if it is to facilitate generational change at the business or to strengthen the resources the manager focuses on its market, according to the 30th edition of Coller Capital's Glob
04 Jun. 2019 Serge Harry joins CQS as group chief financial officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The investment management firm CQS announced that Serge Harry has joined CQS as Group Chief Financial Officer. He will report to Xavier Rolet, CQS' Chief Executive Officer, and he will join the CQS Executive Committee. Serge will also oversee the Human Resources fu
04 Jun. 2019 CTA strategies end in positive territory in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative strategies performed reasonably well in May given the adverse conditions, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. Hedge fund strategies were down last week and for the full month of May on the back of adverse market conditions. Yet, alternative strategies perf
04 Jun. 2019 UBP joins force with Rothschild & Co for private equity launch [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss group Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has signed a partnership with investment bank Rothschild & Co to provide a private equity fund for private and institutional clients. Through this partnership UBP will benefit from Rothschild & Co's experience in private equi
04 Jun. 2019 AI seen to revolutionize financial services more than blockchain next five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 94% of UK-based financial services industry decision-makers believe that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the most potential to revolutionise the sector over the next five years, considerably ahead of blockchain (53%) and the Internet of Things (24%). A survey am
03 Jun. 2019 Blackstone strikes the largest private real estate deal in history, buys Singapore-based GLP for $18.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment manager Blackstone has struck the largest private real estate deal in history when it signed a deal to buy the US warehouses portfolio of Singapore-based GLP for $18.7bn, including debt. The transaction to acquire assets from three of GL
03 Jun. 2019 Marathon Asset Management raises $360m for new aviation fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based credit investment manager Marathon Asset Management has announced the closure of its first fund -Marathon Aviation Fund - amounting to $360m, solely dedicated to aviation leasing. The new strategy, which was oversubscribed, will focus on leasing the
03 Jun. 2019 The United States is top source of traffic to crypto exchanges globally [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States has ranked as the top country contributing traffic to cryptocurrency exchanges. A study showed that 24.5% of all exchange traffic originates in the United States. Japan comes next in web traffic going to crypto exchanges, according to research co
03 Jun. 2019 Shinnecock Partners launches alternative fine art lending fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Shinnecock Partners, a family office investment boutique, has launched an open-ended, standalone dedicated alternative art lending fund (ALF) building on its seven-year non-bank lending history and fine-art secured lending experience. According to Alan Snyder, mana
31 May. 2019 HFRI China hedge fund Index up 16% YTD through April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chinese hedge funds have posted record gains into mid-2019, dominating the risk-on sentiment-fueled surge of Emerging Markets performance that has led the industry through mid-year, as reported with the release of the HFR Asian Hedge Fund Industry Report and the
31 May. 2019 Angelo Gordon closes latest fund at $2.75bn, exceeding its target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Angelo Gordon, a $33bn alternative investment firm focused on credit and real estate investing, announced that it has raised over $2.75bn in equity commitments for its most recent U.S. real estate fund, AG Realty Value Fund X, exceeding the fund's $2.5bn target. A
31 May. 2019 iM Global Partner and Dynamic Beta investments launch Managed Futures Strategy ETF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: iM Global Partners and New York-based hedge fund advisory firm Dynamic Beta Investments have rolled out an actively-managed managed futures exchange traded funds (ETF) . The iM DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF (DBMF) comes with an expense ratio of 0.85% and lists
31 May. 2019 Net institutional outflows totaled -$22.8bn in Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Long-only asset managers reported Q1 2019 institutional assets under management of $26.8tn, said eVestment. According to eVestment Q1 2019 Traditional Asset Flows Report, net institutional flows totaled -$22.8 n in Q1 2019 and -$499.0bn over the past four quarter
31 May. 2019 Global investor confidence rises in May by 6.6 points to 79.5 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investor confidence rose to 79.5 points during May, up 6.6 points from April, yet overall sentiment towards markets remained low. While European and North American investor confidence increased to 76.7 and 92.5 points respectively, in Asia it dropped by 4.
30 May. 2019 Adams Street Partners closes debut private credit program with $1.1bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adams Street Partners, a private markets investment management firm with $37 billion of assets under management, announced today it has successfully completed fundraising for its inaugural Private Credit program with approximately $1.1 billion of capital available to depl
30 May. 2019 AI founder says 90% of investment signals from AI algos, alternative data are false [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alpha Vertex, a financial technology company, sees untapped opportunity in advanced natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning tools to extract information - such as investment signals - from unstructured, text-based datasets with broad coverage. To tap
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