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31 Dec. 2021 Hedge fund manager Infrastructure Capital Advisors launches ETF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Infrastructure Capital Advisors, a leading provider of investment management solutions that seeks to meet the needs of income-focused investors, is today announcing the launch of the firm's newest Exchange-Traded Fund: the InfraCap Equity Income Fund ETF (NYSE Arca: ICAP)
30 Dec. 2021 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends November up 1.08% on asset-weighted basis (8.6% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended November 2021 up 1.08% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and down -0.72% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both down for the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total
30 Dec. 2021 Influencers see investor sentiment to cool down for SPAC in 2022 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) has become a popular path to go public in 2021, with increase in the number of SPAC deals as compared to 2020. However, Twitter influencers are of the opinion that the interest in SPACs may cool down in 2022, according to the Soc
30 Dec. 2021 Venture and growth capital fundraising grew by 240% over the past five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the past five years, venture and growth capital fundraising grew by 240%, driven by the emergence and growth of the so-called unicorns (privately held companies with valuations above $1 billion), said a study. In contrast, annual buyout fundraising in the US an
30 Dec. 2021 JVS Philadelphia Fund launches with the goal of investing in women-run companies [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new Philadelphia-based fund is making investments in women-run companies. Judee von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of Diversified Search Group, a woman-founded executive search firm has created the JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women, a multi-million-dollar partners
29 Dec. 2021 HSBC AM buys Indian investment firm for $425m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: HSBC Asset Management, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC), will acquire L&T Investment Management Limited (LTIM), the mutual fund business of L&T Finance Holdings (LTFH) for $425 million (Rs 3,250 crore). The acquisition is part of the firm
29 Dec. 2021 Asian frontier markets expected to continue to do well in 2022 [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: 2021 has been a good year for Asian frontier markets with many of them being among the top 10 performing markets globally this year, according to Thomas Hugger and Ruchir Desai, co-fund managers at Hong Kong-based Asi
28 Dec. 2021 The number of mega M&As almost doubled in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2021 saw 99 deals above $5 billion - a steep increase compared to 54 in 2020, 59 in 2019, and 70 in 2018, said a study. The 2022 M&A outlook report by PwC revealed that plentiful funding for deals and the lure of profits in alternative investments drove the busiest
27 Dec. 2021 Caribbean Financial Action Task Force: The Bahamas 4th follow-up report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Bahamas has been under enhanced monitoring since the adoption of its Mutual Evaluation Report by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in 2017. In line with the CFATF Procedures for the Fourth Round of Mutual AML/CFT Evaluations, the country has reported b
27 Dec. 2021 Ares acquires AMP Capital's infra debt platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment manager Ares Management Corporation said that its subsidiary, Ares Holdings, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AMP's PrivateMarketsCo Infrastructure Debt platform, one of the largest infrastructure debt investment plat
23 Dec. 2021 Hedge fund managers decline -1.14% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers declined -1.14% in November, bringing the YTD gain to a still strong 8.36%. The emergence of the Omicron variant, increasing inflation concerns and hawkish Fed communications triggered risk-off sentiment which led to the global equity market as represe
23 Dec. 2021 Permira beats hard cap to close second-growth opportunities fund at $4bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: British global investment firm Permira has exceeded its target to close its second Growth Opportunities fund at $4 billion, more than doubling the size of an earlier fund in the series. Following strong investor demand, the PGO II exceeded its target of $2.5 billion
23 Dec. 2021 FCA fines BlueCrest £40M [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Great Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has fined hedge fund BlueCrest Capital £40 million for conflict of interest
23 Dec. 2021 CTA manager warns investors against current attachment bias [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: According to Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, who used psychology to explore the cognitive biases of investors, investors generally feel the pain from losses twice as much a
22 Dec. 2021 Hedge funds on pace for first positive annual inflows since 2017 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From 2018 to 2020, investors around the world pulled almost $200 billion from the global hedge fund business. With 2021 year-to-date (YTD) inflows at +$34.77 billion, the hedge fund business looks poised for its first positive year of inflows since 2017 (when investors ad
22 Dec. 2021 Hedge fund liquidations fell to 102, the lowest quarterly total since Q2 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New hedge fund liquidations fell to a record low in 3Q as total industry capital surpassed the historic $4 trillion milestone to begin 4Q21, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released by HFR. Hedge fund liquidations fell to only 102, the lowest
22 Dec. 2021 Jordan Co. raises its largest-ever buyout fund at $5bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Jordan Co., a middle-market private equity firm investing primarily in North American businesses, closed its latest middle-market buyout fund, The Resolute Fund V, at $5 billion. The oversubscribed fund closed above its hard cap of $4.5 billion, a spokeswoman fo
21 Dec. 2021 What's in store for the hedge fund industry in 2022? [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite fresh new threats from Coronavirus variants, assets under management for the hedge fund industry continues to break new records. While the implications of the pandemic continue to reverberate, much knowledge has been assimilated that resonates with hedge fund orga
21 Dec. 2021 M&A deals in the crypto and blockchain sector soar by 131% this year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of mergers and acquisitions in the crypto and blockchain sectors more than doubled in 2021, and transaction volume boomed to more than $6 billion, said a study. According to a report from The Block Research the 197 acquisitions that occurred topped the p
21 Dec. 2021 Judge requests new trial for Premium Point Investment CEO and trader [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla said on Friday that a hedge fund executive should get a new trial because prosecutors withheld evidence that could have helped him in a 2018-2019 case. The hedge fund executive in question is Anilesh "Neil" Ahuja, former founder a
20 Dec. 2021 Private markets to see significant investment growth in the next few years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers expect to increase their median allocation to private market assets from 30% to 35% in the next 3-5 years, while asset owners plan an increase from 22% to 28%, said a study. The demand for private markets investments by asset owners and managers is e
20 Dec. 2021 Global ESG exchange-traded product assets hit a record of $371bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets invested in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ETFs and exchange-traded products reached a record US$371 billion globally as of the end of November. That represents an 84.3% year-to-date increase, up from US$201 billion at the end of 2020, said the r
17 Dec. 2021 Ares Management raises $2.2bn for climate infrastructure investment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment manager Ares Management Corp has raised $2.2 billion to invest in infrastructure businesses operating in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage sectors. Los Angeles-based private equity firm said in a press rele
17 Dec. 2021 BC Partners Credit racks up $1.2bn for fund Special Opportunities Fund II, smashing $750m target [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BC Partners Credit, the credit arm of the British international investment firm BC Partners, has closed its Special Opportunities Fund II (SOF II ) on $1.2bn, smashing its initial $750m target. BC Partners secured broad support from a diverse group of global investo
16 Dec. 2021 India, energy equity, activist funds shaping up as 2021 performance winners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With what has generally been a strong year for the hedge fund business nearly over, the business stumbled a bit in November. Aggregate hedge fund industry performance came in at -2.16% in November and only about 25% of managers reporting to eVestment posted positive resul
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