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15 Dec. 2020 Barclay Hedge Fund index up 5.5% in November, 7.2% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry reversed two consecutive months of losses in November 2020, returning 5.54% for the month, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 1
15 Dec. 2020 New Swiss hedge fund Stouff Capital triples assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - After launching its first fund in October 2018, Stouff Capital is strengthening its presence with private investors and opening its doors to institutional investors. Its q
15 Dec. 2020 French and Dutch financial market authorities call for a European regulation of ESG data, ratings, and related services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Autorite des marches financiers (AMF) and its Dutch counterpart, the Autoriteit Financiele Markten (AFM), propose a European regulatory framework for providers of sustainability-related services, which could become one of the key measures of the European Commission
15 Dec. 2020 VC eyes biotech, pharma investments in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Biotech and pharma venture capitalist (VC) deal activity will likely exceed $20 billion for the second consecutive year in 2021, said research firm PitchBook. "These two main areas for VC have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and investors have ample dry powder t
15 Dec. 2020 BNP Paribas Asset Management launches two infrastructure debt funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: BNP Paribas Asset Management has launched two infrastructure debt funds. BNP Paribas European Infrastructure Debt Fund II is targeting 500 million Euros and BNP Paribas European Junior Infrastructure Debt Fund I is targeting 300-500 million Euros. BNP Parib
14 Dec. 2020 Arbitrium Capital adds two veteran fund and debt experts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Distressed debt and special situations specialists Arbitrium Capital Partners has hired Blake Ammit as Managing Director and Ian Lundy as an independent member of the Inve
14 Dec. 2020 M&A to lead the economic recovery towards 2021: PwC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) expects more megadeals - transactions of at least $5 billion in value - in 2021, from pharma companies acquiring early-phase or pre-commercial products in hot therapeutic areas to bank consolidation as low-interest rates persist, plus priva
14 Dec. 2020 Spouting Rock takes majority stake in $2.25bn boutique Penn Capital Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Spouting Rock Asset Management (SRAM), a multi-boutique manager platform providing alternative, traditional and thematic investment solutions and service, has taken a majority stake in $2.25bn boutique Penn Capital Management Company (PCMC). PCMC, a fixed-income and
11 Dec. 2020 Top 100 hedge fund managers have 84% median proportion of AUM in global hedge funds with $10.6bn median AUM [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Top 100 hedge fund managers have 84% median proportion of AUM in global hedge funds with $10.6bn median AUM, said HFM. HFM also announced it will be merging with Eurekahedge. In 2020, diversification into long only products remains the most popular - and obvious - ch
11 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds gain +5.92% in November, bringing YTD average returns to +6.90% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global hedge fund business has posted among the highest average monthly returns in 20 years at +5.92% during the month, bringing the year to date (YTD) average returns to +6.90%. According to eVestment November 2020 hedge fund performance data, about 68% of the
11 Dec. 2020 Asset management deals value of announced deals hit $53.4bn so far this year, a new record [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset and wealth management (AWM) deals to stay hot in the second half of 2020 as the last twelve months have marked a banner period, said a study. According to quarterly deals insights by PWC, deal volume hit a high-water mark relative to the past few years. Simil
11 Dec. 2020 US venture capital funding average rose by 33% despite the pandemic [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of venture capital investments in US startups has dropped by -30% when compared to 2019, but the average value of investments has risen up by +33%, said a study. The VC ecosystem was prepared for a crisis to come. The general game-changer was the lockdown
10 Dec. 2020 Andrew Lowenthal to join MFA as head of global policy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the hedge fund and global alternative investment industry, announced Andrew Lowenthal will join the organization as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global Policy. Lowenthal comes to MFA fr
10 Dec. 2020 CANDRIAM and New York Life Investments Alternatives take a minority stake in Kartesia Management SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CANDRIAM, and its sister affiliate New York Life Investments Alternatives, announced today a strategic partnership with Kartesia Management SA, a European specialist provider of private capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies, and the related acquisition of a
10 Dec. 2020 Standard Chartered and Northern Trust partner to launch crypto custody service for institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two of the world's largest securities services providers have collaborated to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies. Asset servicer Northern Trust Standard Chartered's fintech investment unit, SC Ventures, have sou
10 Dec. 2020 Healthcare sees robust PE/VC hedge funds investment at $22.44bn in Q3 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds so far this year have poured $60.72 billion into healthcare companies, said a study. According to a report from S&P Global, healthcare raised $22.44 billion through private equity and venture capital deals in the thir
10 Dec. 2020 Four in five companies plan to introduce ESG measures to incentive plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Four out of five firms (78%) are planning to alter how they incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) into their executive incentive plans due to global events such as the pandemic, economic uncertainties, and social and racial injustice. According to
09 Dec. 2020 Cerulli: Public pensions explore alternative models of investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Overly optimistic investment return assumptions have caused government pension plans to consistently underestimate future contribution increases required to keep plans adequately funded. As governments are strained by falling tax receipts and balanced budget requirements,
09 Dec. 2020 Monarch Alternative Capital closes fifth fund on $3 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a leading distressed and opportunistic credit investment firm, today announced the final close of Monarch Capital Partners V. Monarch raised approximately $3 billion of capital for its oversubscribed fifth closed-end fund, which is poised
09 Dec. 2020 Global AUM set to hit $147.4tn by 2025 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global assets under management run by money and wealth managers are set to grow by up to 5.6% a year by 2025, to $147.4 trillion. Money and wealth managers currently run more than $110 trillion, more than 20 times the U.S. federal budget, said a report by Pricewater
09 Dec. 2020 Wellington Management closes its third late-stage growth fund with $1.8bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The asset manager Wellington Management has closed its third late-stage growth fund with $1.8 billion and may have another $400 million available for co-investing in deals. The fund, Wellington Hadley Harbor III, invests in late-stage companies seeking capital to s
08 Dec. 2020 CTAs post strong performance in November as global markets rally [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTAs recorded gains across all different strategy styles in November 2020 as global markets rallied, with the broad-based SG CTA Index ending up 1.27%, and SG Trend index positive 1.18% bringing it back to nearly flat for the year. Nearly all CTAs, across trend and non-tr
08 Dec. 2020 Hedge funds managers record moderate returns as global equity market rallies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 4.50% in November 2020, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 11.63% over the same period. Global equities ended the month in strong positive territory d
08 Dec. 2020 Hedge fund industry performance surges on election results, vaccine optimism [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The HFRI 500 Index surged to its second-strongest monthly gain on record in November, driven by a combination of the U.S. election results and optimism regarding development, approval and availability of multiple coronavirus vaccines. The investable HFRI 500 Fund Weig
08 Dec. 2020 Listed hedge fund firms top the list of the top-performing investment company sectors in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Funds is the top-performing investment company sector in the year to date, revealed a new study. According to the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), the sector produced a 56% return in the 11 months to November compared to the average investment compa
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