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17 May. 2019 Natixis finds tailwinds for ESG, but a lack of standards hampers adoption [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half (56%) of investors globally, including 61% in the US, believe companies that demonstrate higher integrity will outperform, according to a new report on Environ­mental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment issues released today by Natixis Investment Manage
17 May. 2019 JMP OppZone Services debuts platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - JMP OppZone Services, a dedicated business focused exclusively on financial and administrative support related to Opportunity Zone (OZ) investing, today announced the launch of an industry-first administrative platform for OZ investors, project sponsors and entrepreneurs.
17 May. 2019 Private equity real estate grows from strength to strength but turbulent months seen ahead [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity real estate (PERE) industry reached a record $900bn in assets under management as of June 2018, marking a new high for a sector that has grown from strength to strength in recent years, said Preqin. Fundraising has remained strong, deal making
17 May. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternatives Index up 0.98% in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.98 per cent in April, outperforming the 0.66 per cent monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "April marked a continuation of gains across risk assets, buoyed by economic growth, low volatility and a favo
16 May. 2019 Mary D'Souza, former managing director at GE Capital, joins Star Mountain as a senior advisor [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Sar Mountain Capital, a specialized investment manager focused exclusively on the large and underserved U.S. lower-middle market, is pleased to announce that longtime personal investor across multiple Star Mountain funds Mary D'Souza has now also become a Star Mountain Se
16 May. 2019 European venture capital industry records strongest quarter ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European companies raised €5.1 billion of venture capital funding during the first three months of 2019, an increase of 76% year-over-year, and marking the strongest first quarter ever recorded, says financial market data company Refinitiv in a new review. Despite
16 May. 2019 Hedge funds up 1.21% in April with only a handful of sectors in the red [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds extended their run of positive returns to four straight months in April, returning 1.21% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, said that by comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index ro
16 May. 2019 State Street names Amelia Fawcett lead director [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: American financial services and bank holding company State Street Corporation has appointed Amelia Fawcett as independent lead director after its annual governance structure review. Fawcett most recently served on the Board's Executive Compensation, Risk and Techno
15 May. 2019 The global hedge fund industry AUM grows by $27bn as of April, Asia funds up almost 8% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $27bn as of April 2019 year-to-date said Eurekahedge in its May 2019 report. Final Q1 2019 net outflows figure stood at $46.4 bn, just under half of the investor redemptions totalling $94.7 bn seen in the final quarte
15 May. 2019 Merger Arbitrage demonstrates its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Merger Arbitrage again demonstrated its ability to deliver positive returns in adverse conditions, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. "This is a strategy on which we have maintained an Overweight stance over the recent quarters despite the recent underperformance," it
15 May. 2019 Emerging markets see highest expected returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After five years of negative performance, Emerging Markets have some of the highest expected returns, said a report by eVestment. In its in latest annual Capital Market Assumptions report, eVestment said that from the nine consultants analyzed, on average, Emerging
14 May. 2019 CalPERS names Greg Ruiz to lead private equity program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The California Public Employees' Retirement System announced today that Greg Ruiz will join the pension fund as its new managing investment director for private equity. Ruiz has extensive experience in private equity investing, having worked across multiple sector
14 May. 2019 UK, Europe tips hedge fund redemptions to $11B worldwide in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds proved unable to turn February's net inflows into a two-month trend, as March saw $11.0 billion in hedge fund redemptions worldwide, a dramatic shift from February's $12.1 billion in inflows. Hedge funds' March outflows represented 0.4% of hedge fund asse
14 May. 2019 150 surviving crypto hedge funds post 46% median loss in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A report by PwC, based on conversations with managers at around 100 largest global crypto hedge funds, showed that crypto hedge funds suffered a median -46% loss last year. "2018 was a challenging year in crypto markets, with Bitcoin down -72%. The median crypto fu
14 May. 2019 Hedge funds expect inflows again in May [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for April 2019 measured 0.90%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.33% in May. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for May 2019 rose 0.33% re
14 May. 2019 Event Driven/Activist strategies lead hedge funds up almost 10% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns, following a five-month string of aggregate declines closing out 2018. According to eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance data, the YTD 2019 industry average g
13 May. 2019 Hedge funds gains in April bring YTD return to +7.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With all round gains across all main strategies led by Event-Driven and Macro in April, Hedge funds extended gains from the strongest 1Q since 2006. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advanced +1.6% for the month, bringing the YTD return to +7.2%, said HFR.
13 May. 2019 Irish administrated fund assets grow 200% since 2008, combined value touches EUR4.2tn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The value of fund assets under administration in Ireland has grown by over 200% since 2008, with the overall value of Irish-domiciled and non-domiciled funds reaching a combined value of €4.2tn by the end of 2018, said a report. Growth has been faster amongst Iris
13 May. 2019 Guernsey event-driven hedge fund up 10% YTD, to gain from Lighthouse takeover [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Helium Rising Stars Fund, which follows an event-driven, special situations strategy, returned +3.4% in April in its GBP share class (3.2% in its CHF class), and announced that its largest fund holding had received a cash offer. The fund's co-investment advis
10 May. 2019 Blackstone poaches Goldman alum Tanya Barnes for new social good initiative [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment giant Blackstone Group hired Tanya Barnes, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs Group, as a Managing Director to lead a new impact investing strategy, as pension plans and other institutions seek to put money into more businesses with social and envi
10 May. 2019 UK watchdog FCA bans and fines five directors for pension advice failings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UK watchdog Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned and fined five directors from three advice firms for their roles in pension transfer advice that affected some 2,000 customers. Two of the three firms involved - Financial Page and Henderson Carter Assoc
10 May. 2019 Hedge funds up +1.26% in April extending rebound - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns according to the just-released eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance data. Hedge funds are up +6.52% year to date through 2019, representing the industry
09 May. 2019 Commonfund Capital closes 2nd secondaries fund at $450M [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund Capital today announced the closing of its second secondaries fund, Commonfund Capital Secondary Partners II. The fund closed with $450 million of capital commitments sourced from investors including endowments, foundations, pension plans, insurance pool
09 May. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in April (5.22% YTD) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.13%in April, supported by the global equities which advanced on encouraging economic data and accommodative central bank policies. According to Eurekahedge, positive earnings surprises helped renew investors' optimism
09 May. 2019 Societe Generale CTA index up +4.74% by April 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following on from an improvement in February and a strong March, April has been another positive month for CTAs, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was up 2.76%, and now it's firmly in positive territory for 2019 y
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