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05 Dec. 2018 Validity Finance adds two from Bentham IMF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Litigation funder Validity Finance has added two industry veterans and experienced trial lawyers to its team: David Kerstein and Julia (Hamilton) Gewolb. Mr. Kerstein joins as Chief Risk Officer and Ms. Gewolb as Director of Underwriting. The pair reunite with Validit
05 Dec. 2018 Campbell Lutyens opens Charlotte office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell Lutyens, a global private capital advisor, has opened an office in Charlotte, N.C. This is the firm's fourth office in the US, and supports the continued growth of its fund placement and secondaries advisory business in North America. The office is led by Matt Fl
05 Dec. 2018 New York financial regulators approve blockchain-based digital payment platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Department of Financial Services of New York (NYDFS) has authorized a blockchain-based digital platform offered by Signature Bank. NYDFS' superintendent Maria Vullo announced the authorization of New York-based to offer a new digital payment platform named
05 Dec. 2018 Asset owners are bullish on active managers in 2019: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With volatility back in the mix, institutions are focused on active management, allocating 70% to active - and only 30% to passive, according to a survey released today (Wednesday) by Natixis Investment Managers. 79% institutional investors surveyed say market cond
04 Dec. 2018 Nasdaq acquires Quandl [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nasdaq announced today it has acquired Quandl, Inc., a leading provider of alternative and core financial data. Quandl provides alternative data and core financial data from over 350 sources to more than 30,000 active monthly users. The company offers a global data
04 Dec. 2018 Turbulent political and macro-economic environments impact investor demand for UCITS in the third quarter of 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the third quarter of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member countries.
04 Dec. 2018 Värde Partners closes first Asia fund on $400m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners today announced the final close of the Värde Asia Credit Fund with approximately $400 million of committed capital. The fund, which exceeded its $250 million target and closed after six months, is the firm's first Asia-dedicated vehicle. The fund has th
04 Dec. 2018 Northern Trust builds out alternative funds offering on wealth management platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based asset manager Northern Trust has added private market capabilities to supplement the recently launched ArcLine Alternatives platform for the firm's wealth management clients. The administrator of assets worth $10.8tn said in a press note that the priv
04 Dec. 2018 Hong Kong-based Diginex picks 75% stake in Jersey digital asset hedge fund Bletchley Park [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-headquartered blockchain solutions and crypto-asset investment company Diginex has acquired a 75% stake of Bletchley Park Asset Management (BPAM). Bletchley Park is a Jersey-regulated digital asset hedge fund, with a focus on growth-oriented fundamental
04 Dec. 2018 CTAs neutralize short bond positions over the month of November: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs, overall, fully neutralized their short bond positions over the month of November, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. This was a fast reshuffling, though executed with diverging regional positioning. The report from Lyxor's Cross Asset Research team, focused on
03 Dec. 2018 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index down -3.12% in October [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds remained under severe pressure in October, as the month saw saw the sharpest one-month decline for global equities since May 2012, according to a recent report by hedge fund industry observer Hennessee Group. The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index lost -3.12%
03 Dec. 2018 Japan's financial regulator to introduce ICO guidelines [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Japan's financial regulator Financial Services Agency (FSA) is ready to introduce new regulations for Initial Currency Offers (ICO) in a bid to protect investors against fraud. According to a report by the Japanese news agency Jiji Press, the organizations and
03 Dec. 2018 Bainbridge Partners launches quant-driven, equity market neutral UCITS fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London based quantitative investment specialist Bainbridge Partners is readying the launch of a multi-strategy, global, equity market neutral investment fund following approval by the CSSF in Luxembourg. A press release from the alternative investments firm establi
03 Dec. 2018 Long/short equities, the most popular and unpopular of all hedge fund strategies this year [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: According to Singapore-based research house Eurekahedge, there has been 463 hedge fund launches this year up to the end of October, and 477 closures. The majority of funds that launched were long/short equities, followe
30 Nov. 2018 Wilshire Funds Management adds two [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire Associates, a leading global, independent investment management, investment consulting and services firm, today announced that Jessica Nicosia and Cian Desmond have joined Wilshire Funds Management as a Vice President and Assistant Vice President, respectively. N
30 Nov. 2018 87% of institutional investors interested in taking an activist approach to investing: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 87% of institutional investors surveyed say their firms are more interested in taking an activist approach to investing revealed a study. The Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report said that 92% will support a reputable activist investor if they believe change is n
30 Nov. 2018 Global investor confidence slips by 1.7 points to 82.7 in November: State Street [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global investor confidence fell in November, with the decline led by North American investors. The State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) slipped 1.7 points to 82.7, down from October's revised reading of 84.4. According to State Street Corporation, prov
30 Nov. 2018 Traditional strategies see positive flows in Q3, says eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net institutional asset flows to long-only asset managers reporting to eVestment were positive in Q3 2018, with investors adding +$10.9bn to the industry. According to the Q3 2018 eVestment Traditional Asset Flows Report, year-to-date (YTD) flows are still negative
29 Nov. 2018 BNP Paribas Securities Services creates a new head of alternatives role for Asia-Pacific [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNP Paribas Securities Services has hired Caleb Wong in a newly-created role as head of alternative investors for Asia-Pacific. The hire marks BNP Paribas' strategy to grow its fund administration business for hedge funds and private capital funds for the region.
29 Nov. 2018 Purpose Investments launches new series of premium yield fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Toronto-based Purpose Investments has announced the launch of two new series of its Purpose Premium Yield Fund. In addition to the original currency-hedged series of the Fund (TSX: PYF), Purpose is now offering a non-currency hedged series (TSX: PYF.B) and a U.S.
28 Nov. 2018 Standards Board for Alternative Investments increases presence in North America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has increased its presence in North America with new North American Committee members. The new members include Bradley Belt, Vice Chairman of Orchard Global Asset Management, Marcus Frampton, CIO of Alaska Perman
28 Nov. 2018 Wealth and asset managers generate 90% of overall economic profits in the capital markets industry: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A study found wealth and asset managers generate 90% of overall economic profits in the capital markets industry (after tax and cost of equity), making them far more profitable than investment banks. However, the study by by Accenture also found they are failing to
28 Nov. 2018 Emerging markets hedge funds head for worst loss since 2011: HFRI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets (EM) hedge funds extended their losses from the first half of 2018 through 3Q and October, as global and EM regional equities, currencies and hedge funds all posted sharp declines. According to HFR Emerging Markets Industry Report, investors redeeme
28 Nov. 2018 ADM Capital closes Asia Secured Lending II fund (ASLF II) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private credit investment manager ADM Capital has announced the final close for its second Asia Secured Lending Facility (ASLF II) at $178m. Hong Kong and London-based private market investor said in a press note that the ASLF II, also known as the Somei Lendin
28 Nov. 2018 Monroe Capital raises $1.33bn for private credit fund III [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Monroe Capital LLC has wrapped up its latest private credit fund after collecting $1.33 billion from limited partners, marking the largest fundraise in firm history. The Chicago-based specialty lender said in a release that the new fund will provide debt financing f
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