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04 Feb. 2021 Majority of institutional investors to cut bond exposure in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New research found that just over half (51%) of institutional investors plan to reduce their exposure to bonds this year. The majority (65%) cited the rising risk of default while 41% anticipate higher inflation. "Nearly two in three (65%) see default risk rising th
03 Feb. 2021 Trading platforms enjoy record growth of customers in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data researched by shows that the world's biggest trading platforms enjoyed record growth in 2020. Social trading firm eToro added the highest number with 5 million new users in 2020, a 38.46% increase from 2019. Robinhood enrolled 3 million new
03 Feb. 2021 Wilshire announces launch of Hypatia Women Hedge Fund Index, powered by Wilshire [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire announced the launch of a new Powered by Wilshire index, the Hypatia Women Hedge Fund Index. Created and owned by Hypatia Capital, calculated and maintained by Wilshire, the index is designed to measure performance of women managed hedge funds that meet certain c
03 Feb. 2021 Short squeeze stockbrokers and hedge funds face proposed antitrust class action [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed an antitrust class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of retail investors in federal court against 35 defendants, including Robinhood, E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade, Melvin Capital, Citadel, Sequoia Capital, and others. The plaintiffs allege tha
03 Feb. 2021 PSG wraps up inaugural Europe fund at $1.5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Growth investment major PSG has closed its inaugural European fund, PSG Europe, on its €1.25bn ($1.5 billion) hard-cap. The fund, which was oversubscribed, received commitments from existing and new PSG investors, including state pension funds, sovereign wealth fun
03 Feb. 2021 North American venture capital deal value hits $182bn in 2020, up 29% YoY [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North American venture capital deal value reached $182bn by 2020's end, up 29% from 2019, with an annual average growth rate of 14% since 2016, said a study. According to Preqin, COVID-19 couldn't stop venture capital deal-making in North America. Total deal value
02 Feb. 2021 Hedge fund commitments from US public pensions total $12.5bn during 2020 with net $1.7bn of flows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, hedge funds were touted as a way to navigate the resultant market dislocations and distress. US pensions awarded $9bn to hedge funds in H1 amidst market uncertainty but as worst-case scenarios did not materialise in H2, equity market
02 Feb. 2021 Research: The future of tokenisation in alternative investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM), together with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) and Liquefy, a Hong-Kong based tokenisation platform, released a new research paper that provides key insights into the benefits and challenges inherent
02 Feb. 2021 Asia Pacific PE/VC dry powder sets new record at $476bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia Pacific PE/VC capital reserves, or 'dry powder', has reached a record level of more than USD476 billion as of November 2020, representing 25% of the global total, above Europe (19%), according to alternative asset data provider Preqin. Dry powder alloc
02 Feb. 2021 Global VC investments value hits $120bn in Q4 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital (VC) investments during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 remained robust and were nearly at pre-COVID levels, despite the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and slow economic recovery. According to GlobalData, the number of VC deals witnessed a
01 Feb. 2021 Optima focuses on three key strategies for 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dixon Boardman, CEO and Founder, Optima Asset Management and Vice Chairman, Forbes Family Trust, is highlighting three strategies that not only stood out last year but also promise significant opportunity going forward. "These were not 'flashes in the pan'. Rather, they s
01 Feb. 2021 APAC region announces 1,835 M&A deals during Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region remained inconsistent during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020, said a report by GlobalData. A total of 1,835 M&A deals were announced in the APAC region during Q4 2020, revealed the report
01 Feb. 2021 European VC deal value up 14.8% to hit record €42.8bn across 9,341 deals in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European VC deal value hitting a new annual record of €42.8 billion across 9,341 deals, representing a 14.8% YoY increase in value from the previous record set in 2019, said a study. According to PitchBook's 2020 Annual European Venture Report, firms raised €19.
31 Jan. 2021 Levine Leichtman Capital Partners adds to investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Levine Leichtman Capital Partners announced today that it has expanded its U.S. Investment Originations Team with the hiring of Debbie Habib as a Director. Ms. Habib will be based in LLCP's New York office and is responsible for the origination of new investment oppor
31 Jan. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends 2020 +10.6% on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended December, 2020, up 2.2 3 % MOM on an asset weighted basis and up 4.50% MOM on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Ca
29 Jan. 2021 Hamilton Lane to acquire 361 Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Leading private markets investment management firm Hamilton Lane today announced plans to acquire the business of 361 Capital, LLC, a Denver-based boutique alternative asset management firm. The acquisition aims to expand Hamilton Lane's presence and capabilities in t
29 Jan. 2021 VC investment in the Asia-Pacific region remained strong with $25.2bn in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In its strongest performing quarter of the year, Asia attracted $25.2 billion in VC investment in Q4'20 - up from $24.4 billion in Q3'20, said a study. "VC investment in Asia continued to rebound in Q4'20, driven primarily by a continued surge in invest
29 Jan. 2021 Europe: Dry powder for direct lending far outstrips other private debt strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Direct lending funds targeting Europe stand to benefit from tighter lending criteria at eurozone banks, said a report by Preqin. As per the report, over the past eight years, direct lending has emerged as the dominant strategy of Europe-focused private debt, with as
28 Jan. 2021 Schonfeld names CIO Ryan Tolkin CEO/CIO, appoints Danielle Pizzo as chief strategy officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Schonfeld Strategic Advisors has appointed Ryan Tolkin as Chief Executive Officer in addition to his current role as Chief Investment Officer. The firm has also appointed Danielle Pizzo, the firm's Head of Investment Business Strategy, as Chief Strategy Officer; he wi
28 Jan. 2021 Global M&A volume down in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The decline in global M&A activity started moderating towards the end of Q4 2020, said a study by GlobalData. According to the study, the global mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal volume continued to decline during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020. However, there is
28 Jan. 2021 The Americas attracts over half of global VC funding in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Americas accounted for more than half of VC investment globally during Q4'20, with $41 billion of investment across 2,725 deals, according to KPMG. It was $44.7 billion in Q3'20. Of this amount, the US accounted for $38.8 billion across 2,526 deals, sai
27 Jan. 2021 Investcorp launches iPartners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced that it has launched Investcorp iPartners, its new FinTech investment platform that enables its investors to browse, assess and invest in Investcorp's private equity, rea
27 Jan. 2021 Investors redeemed $58bn from hedge funds in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors removed an estimated $9.74 billion from hedge funds in the final month of 2020, said eVestment. YTD redemptions are estimated to be $58.76 billion. The total estimated industry AUM sits at $3.360 trillion. Since 2008, only once have net flows been positive
27 Jan. 2021 Investment earnings generate 71% of public pension revenue [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For the fiscal year 2020, earnings on investments accounted for 71% of public retirement system revenues, according to a survey. The share of revenues that comes from investment earnings edged up from 69 percent a year earlier, while the employer contribution dipped
27 Jan. 2021 2020 CTA Challenge: And the winner is AG Capital Investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global macro investment firm AG Capital Investments' Discretionary Global Macro Program secures the #1 spot in the 2020 CTA Challenge, beating out the other 114 participating Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) programs for the year. According to a press stateme
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  3. PE/VC: SOKA-BAU to raise private markets allocation with first move in private debt, Biotech deals tumble to lowest in a decade over regulatory fears[more]

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  5. PE/VC: A record year in private equity drives competition for lucrative industries, The power law - how venture capital ate the stock market, Europe's unicorn herd multiplies as VC investment more than doubled in 2021, Platform private equity deals could be 'fraught with risk'[more]

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