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04 Jan. 2019 Vine Alternative Investments Group wraps up fourth fund at $608m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Vine Alternative Investments Group, which invests in the media and entertainment sector, has closed its fourth fund at $608m, beating its $600m target. Fund IV's limited partners include European, Canadian and U.S. public pension plans, endowments, i
04 Jan. 2019 Institutional money is flowing into cryptocurrency slowly and steadily, says Circle [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Circle, the global internet finance company built on blockchain technology, says that institutional money is flowing into cryptocurrency, but adoption is coming slowly, not in "the major sweeping manner some in the industry had exuberantly predicted." Acc
03 Jan. 2019 American Beacon partners with Man Group to launch new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American Beacon Advisors has announced the launch of the American Beacon AHL TargetRisk Fund, a newly organized mutual fund based on the existing Man AHL TargetRisk multi-asset program. A press note from American Beacon, a provider of investment advisory services t
03 Jan. 2019 Global investor confidence dips in December by 2.8 points [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global investor confidence continued to fall in December. The State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) retreated to 79.8, down 2.8 points from November's revised reading. According to State Street Global Exchange, confidence among North American investors wa
03 Jan. 2019 Steinbrugge says hedge funds' future is in Asia [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Agecroft's 10th annual list of top trends By Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA - CEO, Agecroft Partners: The hedge fund industry is dynamic, and participants are best served by anticipating, rather than reacting to, change. Informed by our contact with more than
02 Jan. 2019 Pac-12 Conference opens to private equity investment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Pac-12 Conference, a group which runs sporting events for colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest is opening itself to partial investment from private equity, according to
31 Dec. 2018 Lampert makes eleventh hour bid to save Sears [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Sears CEO and hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert has cobbled together a $4.6 billion hail mary bid to save the troubled retailer. The proposal would have Lampert's hedge fund ESL Investments buy the company keeping it whole. If the bid is not accepted, liquid
28 Dec. 2018 The Strategic Group buys Paskewitz Asset Management [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Strategic Group, a Puerto Rico-based private equity firm, has acquired Paskewitz Asset Management, a registered commodity trading adviser. No financial terms were disclosed. Through an affiliated special purchase acquisition vehicle (The Strategic Funds, LLC),
28 Dec. 2018 Exchange Traded Alternative Funds to launch with zero management fee on Toronto Stock Exchange [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Accelerate Financial Technologies announced the filing of a preliminary prospectus for its initial suite of exchange traded alternative funds that will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. "Recent regulatory changes have allowed Accelerate to bring to the market
24 Dec. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 4.86% in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2018 measured 4.86%, up from 3.96% in November. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for December 2018 was 4.86%, a year-over-year increase from the 4.18% reported a year ago for December 201
24 Dec. 2018 59% of hedge fund managers report outflows for the year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With investors pulling an additional $6.68 bn from hedge funds around the world, November marked the global hedge fund industry's third consecutive month of outflows. According to the just-released November 2018 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, year to da
24 Dec. 2018 Performance of hedge fund strategies year-to-date ranges from +4% to -7% as of end-November: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to broad benchmarks, few strategies managed to end the year in positive territory. CTAs and L/S Equity strategies underperformed, on the back of trend reversals in equity markets in particular, said a monthly video report from Lyxor Research team. On a pos
21 Dec. 2018 Global assets under management (AuM) rose 11% to $88.5tn: McKinsey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global assets under management (AuM) for money managers rose 11%, hitting a record $88.5tn in 2017, said just-released annual review by McKinsey. "While market appreciation accounted for a significant proportion of this growth, the industry sustained healthy l
21 Dec. 2018 Hedge funds redeem $20.7bn in October, pushing AUM below $3tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund redemptions slowed in October after spiking to a five-year high the month before, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. Barclay said the redemptions from hedge funds hit $20.7bn (-0.7% of assets) in October, a month after outflows surged to a fi
20 Dec. 2018 Campbell Lutyens appoints Fred Han [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell Lutyens, one of the leading global private capital advisors, has further strengthened its global secondaries advisory team in the US with the appointment of Fred Han as a Principal. The firm has the largest secondary advisory team globally and its US team has adv
20 Dec. 2018 Barclay CTA Index ekes out 0.01% gain in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, now a division of Backstop Solutions, indicates a small profit of 0.01% in November. Year to date, the Index is down 3.00%. "Although the November return for the Index was right at zero perce
20 Dec. 2018 Only 27 million people or companies currently own Bitcoin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While there are 460 million Bitcoin addresses, only 27 million people or companies currently own Bitcoin, Chainalysis found. And only 20% of Bitcoin that moves is exchanged between two parties, said a report. According to Chainalysis report, between August and Octob
20 Dec. 2018 Activist crypto hedge fund Layer1 launched, backed by Digital Currency Group and Peter Thiel [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Layer1, a cryptocurrency investment firm, announced that it has received $2.1m in seed funding from, amongst other people, PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel. The San Francisco-based company claims to have an executive team with wide-ranging experience across the tech se
20 Dec. 2018 Hedge Connection rolls out virtual investor-introduction event series [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Connection is planning to launch a series of virtual investor-introduction events, beginning January 21, 2019. The 2019 Fintroz Forum Series is designed around Hedge Connection's patented Capital Club investor-introduction service and will connect allocators
20 Dec. 2018 Mirabaud expands into South America with Galloway acquisition [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: Mirabaud Asset Management acquired Galloway Gestora de Recursos Ltda., an investment manager based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Galloway Capital Management Ltd on 17 December. Mirabaud (MAM), which has offices throughout Europe, is the investment arm of the Mirabaud Group
19 Dec. 2018 Hedge Funds slid 0.28% in November, however seven strategy indices still positive [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Funds slid 0.28% in November according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge versus a 2.04% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is down 2.42%, while the S&P has gained 5.11%, pointed out Ba
19 Dec. 2018 FundRock appoints AMF veteran Xavier Parain as new CEO [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FundRock has appointed Xavier Parain as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from 7 January 2019. Parain brings knowledge of the regulatory landscape and the funds ecosystem, as well as expertise in regulatory topics, FundRock, an independent third party UCITS
19 Dec. 2018 MFS names Ted Maloney CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: MFS Investment Management has appointed Edward M. "Ted" Maloney as chief investment officer, effective January 1, 2019. He will succeed Michael Roberge, who will continue to lead MFS as chief executive officer. Maloney will report to Roberge and join the fir
18 Dec. 2018 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declines -2.36% as of November 2018 year-to-date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined 2.36% as of November 2018 year-to-date, in contrast to the 8.45% gain made in 2017, which turned out to be the best year for hedge funds and equity markets since 2013. The first quarter of 2018 saw the return of market volatili
18 Dec. 2018 Worldwide investment fund assets increased to $58.47tn in Q3 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest International Statistical Release, which describes the developments in the worldwide investment fund industry during the third quarter of 2018. The main developments in Q3 2018 c
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