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22 Feb. 2019 The rise of emerging markets hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Emerging Markets hedge funds, including China, Latin America and Russia-focused funds, surged to begin 2019, with the "risk on" sentiment representing a sharp contrast from late 2018 and reversing steep losses from 4Q. According to the newly released HFR Asian Hedg
21 Feb. 2019 Barclay CTA Index begins 2019 in negative territory [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures stumbled out of the gate to start 2019, with the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, down 0.43% for the month. All but two of the Barclay Managed Futures indices were in negative territory for January, as CTA funds were generally unable to b
21 Feb. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generates its highest return since September 2010 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds started 2019 positively, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generating its highest return since September 2010 (+3.82%). "This helped to reverse the losses faced in the final quarter of 2018 (-4.91%) and increased the three-year annuali
21 Feb. 2019 Northern Trust expands sustainable investing team in EMEA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investment firm Northern Trust Asset Management has hired Valeria Dinershteyn as a sustainable investing strategist based in Amsterdam. The appointment reaffirms the firm's ongoing commitment to providing investors with sustainable investing solution
20 Feb. 2019 Hedge funds off to a strong start - Barclay Hedge Fund Index climbs 3.88% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investor optimism spurred by a variety of favorable conditions pushed hedge funds to a solid start in 2019 with a 3.88% return in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. All of Barclay's 31 hedge fund
20 Feb. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 2.32% in January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.32% in January, as the risk-on sentiment returned to the market, propelling the MSCI AC World Index (Local) up 7.36% during January. Throughout 2018, hedge fund managers posted losses of 4.08%, outperforming the global equi
20 Feb. 2019 Investors keep redeeming from hedge funds: Global AUM now $2,309bn as of January 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at US$2,309.2 billion as of January 2019, up roughly 0.7% during the month, in contrast to how the industry lost 6.3% of its assets in 2018. According to Eurekahedge, the final asset flow figu
19 Feb. 2019 CTAs dramatically increase their long fixed income positions: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs have dramatically increased their long fixed income positions over the last quarter in the hedge fund space, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. However, the report said that it is concerned about the impact a bond trend reversal might have on their performance go
19 Feb. 2019 Alternative risk premia funds may have reached $200bn in AUM, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are now from $150bn to $200bn of assets in global alternative risk premia (ARP) funds following a long/short, multi-strategy approach, estimated a survey by MJ Hudson Allenbridge. This estimate excludes strategy offerings by investment banks, pointed out the M
18 Feb. 2019 Survey says institutional investors see future in initial coin offerings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 19% of surveyed institutional investors believe that digital assets will be regularly invested and traded in by 2021, said a survey by the Global Blockchain Business Council. According to the poll of 71 institutional investors worldwide, 41% of respondents will star
15 Feb. 2019 State Street's Global Exchange Private Equity Index (GXPEI) ends 3Q 2018 with moderate increase of 3.03% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The State Street Global Exchange Private Equity Index (GXPEI) posted a moderate increase of 3.03% in the third quarter of 2018. The Venture Capital category continued to lead for the third quarter in a row with a 4.65 % gain, followed by Buyout Funds with 2.84 %; P
15 Feb. 2019 Hedge fund redemptions reached $42.3bn in December [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund redemptions reached $42.3bn in December 2018, which represented the largest monthly outflow in at least five years, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. "Hedge fund redemptions picked up significantly in December, as nervous investors frette
14 Feb. 2019 StepStone announces new partner class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - StepStone Group, a global private markets specialist, has named five new partners and six new managing directors. StepStone partner and CEO Monte Brem said, "These talented and hardworking people have left an enduring mark on the firm; they have been instrumental
14 Feb. 2019 Global pension assets down 3.5% in 2018: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global pension fund assets fell 3.5% to $40.1tn at the end of 2018 from $41.56tn in 2017, the third worst showing in 20 years. According to a report from Willis Towers Watson Investments, the US is the largest pension market followed, at significant distance, by Jap
14 Feb. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 3.59% in January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for January 2019 measured 3.59%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 1.11% in February. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for February 2019 of
13 Feb. 2019 Banque SYZ announces succession strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eric Syz, CEO and co-founder of SYZ Group, has announced he is stepping down from his role as CEO of Banque SYZ to oversee strategic vision for the Group. Yvan Gaillard will succeed him as CEO of Banque SYZ. Nicolas Syz will replace Silvan Wyss as Head of Private Ban
13 Feb. 2019 Morgan Creek Digital raises over $40m for a venture capital fund backing from two US pensions funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Creek Digital, an asset management firm founded by Mark Yusko, Jason Williams and Anthony Pompliano, announced that it successfully raised more than $40m for a venture capital fund that invests across the blockchain and digital assets industry. Morgan Creek
13 Feb. 2019 The Jersey fund industry appoints Joe Moynihan as its leader [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Jersey Finance, the organisation promoting Jersey's fund industry sector has appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO), replacing Geoff Cook who announced in 2018 that he was leaving after 12 years in the role. He is to start as Jersey Finance chief executi
13 Feb. 2019 Global managers expect 21% asset growth and 11% fee margin drop by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset managers expect assets under management (AUM) to grow a "relatively conservative" 21% between 2019 and 2025, but anticipate fee margins falling 11%, putting pressure on their profits. Against that backdrop, the industry expects to keep costs under contr
13 Feb. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 2.02% in January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 2.02% in January, slightly under performing the 2.13% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "January observed a sharp reversal in sentiment as volatility declined and risk assets, such as equities and hig
12 Feb. 2019 Most hedge funds started 2019 on positive note with returns of 2.22% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index rallied 2.22% in January, supported by the global equity market rally which resulted from the Fed's dovish stance and optimism over potential progress in the US-China trade talks. The MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 7.36% over
12 Feb. 2019 Equity hedge funds up +5.97% in January in contrast to the -6.96% returns of 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge funds started off strong in January 2019 with big winners like Equity funds, EM Funds, said eVestment's January 2019 hedge fund performance data. "Global hedge funds, which ended a challenging 2018 with an industry aggregate return of -5.05%, star
12 Feb. 2019 CalSTRS backs new activist hedge fund Impactive with $250m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) made a $250m investment with Impactive Capital, a new activist hedge fund that expects to start trading next month. The second largest U.S. pension fund, which invests $215bn on behalf of the state's educato
12 Feb. 2019 Lyxor has reduced leverage and exposure to high beta and momentum strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief that the firm is positioned around three axes to begin 2019: reduce exposure to high beta strategies, reduce sensitivity to Momentum, and leverage on the U.S. M&A cycle. Overall, alternative strategies appear attractive but dispersion
12 Feb. 2019 2019 begins with focus on global equity strategies: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors and consultants globally have increased their focus on global equity strategies more so than on any other segment to start 2019, said a survey. According to the January 2019 eVestment Advantage Viewership Report, Global All Cap Core and Value Equity strat
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