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08 Feb. 2019 CTAs begin 2019 in the red [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: After an initial positive run in the first few days of the year, all of Societe Generale Prime Services' CTA Indices were in negative territory by the end of January. The SG Trend Index was down by -3.25% and the SG Short-Term Traders Index was down by -1.71%. The SG
08 Feb. 2019 Hedge funds post strongest monthly gains since September 2010 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge funds surged in January to begin 2019, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) posting the strongest monthly gain since September 2010, global hedge fund research company HFR reported. HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index jumped +3.5% for January 2019, l
07 Feb. 2019 Investment into ETF/ETP segment outpaces hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset growth in the global ETF/ETP segment continues to outshine the global hedge fund industry. The global hedge fund industry saw assets fall to $3.11 tn, with net outflows of $22.5bn at the end of Q4 2018, according to ETFGI's global ETF and ETP industry landscap
07 Feb. 2019 GAM Systematic launches dynamic credit strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss asset manager Gam has launched a new quant-based credit strategy on its systematic platform, which has $4.3bn of assets under management in quantitative strategies, as at 30 November 2018. Gam described the new daily-dealing Ucits fund as "highly liquid". The
07 Feb. 2019 "We want gender diversity": Institutional investors tell alternative investment firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors in the alternative investments industry are driving efforts to improve gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. However, recruiting, retaining and advancing women is still the biggest challenge, finds KPMG's sixth Wom
07 Feb. 2019 Natixis study: Fixed income failed as a safe haven in 2018 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tumbling equity markets across the board contributed to nearly 5% of the losses investors saw in their portfolios in 2018, and losses weren't mitigated by fixed income investments, according to the annual Global Portfolio Barometer published today by Natixis' Po
07 Feb. 2019 Financial regulatory themes to watch out this year [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: According to Deloitte, there are six regulatory cross-sector themes of strategic significance for the financi
06 Feb. 2019 SBAI publishes standardised trial data license agreement [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published the Standardised Trial Data License Agreement, which addresses issues investment managers face when trialling new data sources, especially "alternative data" and "big data". The SBAI is the global s
06 Feb. 2019 Activist investors pushed 922 companies to perform better in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 922 companies were approached last year compared with 856 companies approached in 2017 by activist investors, says a study. According to the Activist Investing Annual Review 2019, produced by Activist Insight in association with Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ), among 92
06 Feb. 2019 Isle of Man launches Blockchain Office and Sandbox [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Island of Man (IoM) has decided to promote the blockchain in the country by creating a new blockchain hub in the country, the Blockchain Office. According to the government of self-governing British dependency, this is a key decision in order to help the block
06 Feb. 2019 Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move in January: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move a smarket conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode over the recent weeks. Those who suffered in December rebounded last month (L/S Equity, Special Situations) while those who were resilient at
06 Feb. 2019 Oaktree, Lazard and Janus Henderson down on AuM in 2018 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: According to fourth quarter and full year results reports, the three global investment firms lost some of their assets under management (AuM) in 2018. Janus Henderson completes share buyback
05 Feb. 2019 Catalyst Funds launches Catalyst Enhanced Income Strategy Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, today announced the launch of the Catalyst Enhanced Income Strategy Fund (EIXIX). The Fund employs an income-focused strategy that invests in a variety of non-traditional income asset classes. EIXIX invest
05 Feb. 2019 Aura Group appoints Damien Hatfield as executive director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aura Group has announced the appointment of industry veteran, Damien Hatfield, as its new Executive Director, Aura Alternative Assets. Damien will be responsible for launching several funds over the next 18 months. "I am excited to be working with this dynamic gro
05 Feb. 2019 US crypto exchange Kraken acquires UK rival Crypto Facilities spending 'nine figures' [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has made its largest acquisition to date, pushing into futures trading with the purchase of London-based Crypto Facilities. The parties declined to reveal the exact figure involved in the deal, saying only that it was a "nine-f
05 Feb. 2019 Lyxor maintains overwight on merger arbitrage, says it should perform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The dominance of speculative drivers early this year would keep on unsettling long fundamental strategies, either forcing investors to stay on the sidelines or to take reckless risks, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. "We downgraded L/S Equity strategies that sh
04 Feb. 2019 Warrington Asset Management launches the Warrington Strategic UCITS fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Warrington Asset Management, an alternative asset manager founded by Scott C. Kimple in 1997, has launched the Warrington Strategic UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform. "The Warrington Strategic UCITS Fund seeks to generate attractive absolute returns, non-co
01 Feb. 2019 Willis Towers Watson calls for change in hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors must change their approach to hedge funds amid structural headwinds facing the industry, according to a new research paper by Willis Towers Watson. In its paper, 'The New Way', Willis Towers Watson argues that the competitive advantage delivered by hedge fun
01 Feb. 2019 Blackstone Hedge Fund Solutions AuM up 4% to $77.8bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone, the world's biggest alternative asset manager, said that the total assets under management (AuM) of its Hedge Fund Solutions was up 4% to $77.8bn with inflows of $2.6bn in the fourth quarter and record inflows of $13.3bn for the year. The increase is pr
01 Feb. 2019 Brookfield raises $15bn for its largest real estate fund to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management has exceeded the initial $10bn fundraising target it set for its third global opportunity fund by 50%. Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners III (BSREP III) has received total equity commitments
01 Feb. 2019 Unlisted natural resources funds raised a record $93bn in 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted natural resources funds raised a record $93bn in 2018, surpassing 2017's record of $91bn, despite the number of funds closed falling from 145 the previous year to 91 in 2018. Though this marks a five-year low in the number of funds closed, it represents a r
01 Feb. 2019 DBRS Ratings expects 2019 to be another strong year for European NPL securitizations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: DBRS Ratings has issued a new report - "European NPL Securitisations: Development of a New Asset Class" noting strong growth of non-performing loan securitizations across Europe. According to the report, 2018 was a banner year for NPL securitization driven
31 Jan. 2019 Wells Fargo Asset Management names Matthias Scheiber global head of multi-asset portfolio management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) announced today that Matthias Scheiber has joined the firm as Global Head of Portfolio Management, Multi-Asset Solutions. In this role, Matthias will be responsible for developing and managing outcome-oriented multi-asset investment
31 Jan. 2019 2018: Record year for venture capital deals with 14,889 deals worth a total of $274bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 was a record year for venture capital deals, with the year seeing 14,889 deals worth a total of $274bn. The growth has been driven by a number of new participants in the deal making space, said Preqin. According to the report, despite more deal makers entering
31 Jan. 2019 Family offices set to increase hedge fund allocations for 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The fast-growing family offices that manage estates and investments for the wealthy are set to increase hedge fund allocations during 2019. According to Family Office Networks (FON), the appetite for various hedge fund strategies is increasing. More capital is
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