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22 Oct. 2018 Online alternative lending goes mainstream [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While alternative lending is currently gaining traction among borrowers, it's also becoming a formidable asset class in its own right, with the U.S. market now accounting for an estimated $50 billion of annual origination. Born out of peer-to-peer lending, onli
22 Oct. 2018 Opportunities in short duration and floaters on U.S. Treasuries [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The fixed income market looks to be in bearish territory at the moment, what with rising inflation, higher wages and economic activity, and quantitative easing programmes easing off. But opportunities are in short duration and floaters on U.S. Treasuries, according to
19 Oct. 2018 EU derivatives market valued at $756tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trade repositories reported a total of 74 million open transactions at the end of 2017, amounting to a gross notional outstanding of around EUR 660 trillion ($756tn), according to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)'s first annual statistic report
19 Oct. 2018 Eurekahedge report shows hedge funds up 0.26% for the year, weakest performance since 2011 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are up 0.26 percent for the year in September, their weakest performance on record since 2011, according to the October 2018 Eurekahedge Report. In 2011, hedge funds declined 2.96 percent in the nine months through to September. Almost 49 percent o
19 Oct. 2018 Hedge fund assets hit yet another new peak of $3.24tn in 3Q despite investor outflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund industry assets hit a new record level of $3.24 trillion, ending the quarter on September 30 - the ninth consecutive quarter of record-breaking assets under management - despite investor outflows. According to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Re
19 Oct. 2018 Cordillera closes second fund on $362m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cordillera Investment Partners has closed its second fund Cordillera Investment Fund II, L.P. on $362 million. The fund was oversubscribed. Cordillera was founded by Agustin "Gus" Araya, Chris Heller, and Ashley Marks, who have spent their careers investing
18 Oct. 2018 Quantreq launches prime services suite for institutional cryptocurrency hedge fund managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quantreq Capital Markets announced its partnership with blockchain technology developer and engineering firm Cryptonomic to further assist in development, deployment and support of its prime services suite. The cryptocurrency capital markets firm and the crypto fu
18 Oct. 2018 With 16.4% return in 2017, Asian family offices outperform global average [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices scored average returns of 15.5% last year, up from 7% in 2016 and 0.3% the prior year, according to UBS Group and Campden Wealth. Asian family offices led the way with a 16.4% return in 2017, fueled by soaring stock markets and private equity, acco
17 Oct. 2018 Counting crows and JJ Grey & Mofro to perform at Help for Children benefit concert to fight child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Thursday, October 18, Help For Children will host HFC Rocks at the Hammerstein Ballroom (at The Manhattan Center), with the Counting Crows - fresh of their 25 Years and Counting Tour - headlining and JJ Grey & Mofro opening for HFC's 2nd annual benefit concert to fight
17 Oct. 2018 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returns 0.14% in September (1.64% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have recovered from negative performance in August, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returning 0.14% in September 2018. - Credit strategies have enjoyed another month of positive returns (0.49%). Credit strategies are the only top-level s
17 Oct. 2018 Derivatives expert Michele Navazio joins Seward & Kissel LLP as partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Michele (Miki) Navazio has joined Seward & Kissel LLP as a partner in New York. Mr. Navazio has advised many of the world's largest hedge funds and asset managers on derivative transactions and regulatory compliance, and brings more than a decade of experience negotia
17 Oct. 2018 Tellworth Investments launches UK small-cap fund for former Schroders duo Marriage and Warren [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BennBridge boutique Tellworth Investments is launching a UK Smaller Companies fund for former Schroders duo Paul Marriage and John Warren. A press release from the multi-boutique investment firm said that the Tellworth UK Smaller Companies fund, which launches in
17 Oct. 2018 BB&T Securities to bolster alternative investment offerings with CAIS platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The financial services firm BB&T Securities has selects the financial product marketplace CAIS to expand alternative investment access for advisors. A press release from the wholly owned subsidiary of BB&T Corporation said that with CAIS, it will gain access to pr
17 Oct. 2018 DWS and Tikehau partner up for alternative investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: German asset manager DWS Group and French financial group Tikehau Capital agreed to collaborate on alternative investments. The two asset managers have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance, deepening their relationship following Tikehau's participation in th
17 Oct. 2018 Hedge fund inflows hit another record: 9-month high of $21.5bn in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund (excluding CTAs) inflows climbed to $21.5 billion (0.7% of assets) in August, reversing redemptions of $1.0 billion (-0.03% of assets) in July. According to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator, Hedge funds enjoyed their strongest demand in nine months in Aug
16 Oct. 2018 DECALIA launches a Merger Arbitrage fund with W Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The investment management company DECALIA continues to develop its range of funds with the launch of a merger arbitrage strategy. This strategy aims at generating an attractive absolute performance with low volatility, while remaining uncorrelated with conventional assets
16 Oct. 2018 World's first public offering of a cryptocurrency and digital assets related fund goes live [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Since the commencement of 2018, cryptocurrencies have begun to enter the mainstream of the finance world, with such major announcements as the commencement of trading in Bitcoin futures on the CBOE, Nomura Holdings announcing a foray into cryptocurrency storage and securi
16 Oct. 2018 Fidelity Investments launches Digital Asset Services offering custody and execution for crypto hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fidelity Investments, which administers more than $7.2 trillion in client assets, has announced a new and separate company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services. The 72-year-old firm said that it will handle custody for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethere
16 Oct. 2018 Liquid hedge funds outperformed equities and a 60/40 portfolio: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were down last week, though they outperformed equity benchmarks and a diversified 60/40 equity/bond portfolio, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. According to the report from Lyxor's Cross Asset Research, high beta strategies, in which Lyxor has been defe
16 Oct. 2018 Hedge funds down in September: BarclayHedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds came in flat in September with -0.02%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, versus a 0.57% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is up 1.25%, while the S&P has gained 10.57, said the monthly report
16 Oct. 2018 Jupiter strengthens the liquid alternative range [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Jupiter Asset Management launches the Jupiter US Equity Long Short fund, a sub-fund of the Jupiter Global Fund SICAV. Managed by Darren Starr, a long-time hedge manager who joined the company's liquid alternative division in April, the fund will aim to generat
15 Oct. 2018 Watercourse Macro Fund moves from OPIM Platform to Penjing A.M. [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Penjing Asset Management, a Hong Kong-based fund of hedge funds house, has agreed to incubate a year-old global macr
12 Oct. 2018 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.13% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.13% in September, outperforming the -0.69% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liqu
12 Oct. 2018 Top U.S. universities invest in crypto funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: At least five of the world's major universities, including Harvard, Stanford and MIT, have invested in cryptocurrency funds. Following reports that Yale invested in the cryptocurrency investment fund Paradigm, more members of the prestigious Ivy League have report
12 Oct. 2018 Hedge funds lag well behind 2017 returns: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund industry performance dipped into the red in September, with overall industry returns at -0.17% last month, according to the latest eVestment report. The investment data and analytics firm said that this brings third quarter (Q3) returns to just "
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