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01 Dec. 2020 S&P Global buys IHS Markit for $44bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The financial information provider S&P Global Inc has agreed to pay $44 billion in stock to acquire London-based IHS Markit Ltd in the year's biggest acquisition that will create a new finance data powerhouse serving Wall Street and the corporate world. The deal,
30 Nov. 2020 Domini Impact Investments launches international opportunities fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Domini Impact Investments LLC, an investment adviser specializing exclusively in impact investing, today launched the Domini International Opportunities Fund. This new mutual fund combines core exposure to international equity markets through the lens of the impact invest
30 Nov. 2020 Wasatch launches Greater China Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wasatch Global Investors announced today the launch of the Wasatch Greater China Fund (WAGCX/WGGCX). The Fund will invest in what Wasatch believes are promising companies located in the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). The Fund will invest in a sele
30 Nov. 2020 Preqin: ESG and technology will lead alternatives by 2025 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The ESG value proposition has been accepted by managers and investors alike and has become mainstream in developed markets. A majority of investors and fund managers surveyed for?€?Future of Alternatives 2025?€?believe ESG policies have a positive impact on returns and th
30 Nov. 2020 Catana Capital launches Data Intelligence Fund German Equities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After Catana Capital has already successfully launched Artificial Intelligence (AI) products in the past, the German FinTech, a pioneer in Big Data and AI-driven investment, is now launching the LI Data Intelligence Fund German Equities, a long-only equity fund covering a
30 Nov. 2020 Morningstar Investment Management Europe launches Morningstar Multi-Asset Fund Range [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar Investment Management Europe Ltd, part of the Morningstar Investment Management group and a subsidiary of Morningstar, today announced the launch of the Morningstar Multi-Asset Fund Range. The Morningstar Multi-Asset Fund Range is a series of multi-asset
30 Nov. 2020 European asset management industry to reach new AUM high in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European asset management industry will likely establish a new high in assets under management at the end of the year, said the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). So far, the sector's assets faced some 11% drop in the first quarter of 2020
26 Nov. 2020 The number of unicorn companies jumped to 500, combined market value over $1.5tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In 2013, when the term unicorn emerged, only 40 private companies had a valuation of one billion dollars in the world. Since then, the number of these financial giants surged, rising to a new record in 2020. According to data presented by, the number
26 Nov. 2020 Active ETFs and ETPs gather a record $58.69bn in YTD net inflows as of the end of October 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETFGI, the independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that actively managed ETFs and ETPs saw net inflows of US$7.28 billion during October, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record level US$58.69 billion
26 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund investor outflows light in October; outflows adding up for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors removed approximately -$5.04 billion from hedge funds in October, according to the just-released eVestment October 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Compared to overall hedge fund industry AUM, which stood at $3.148 trillion at the end of October, this is a sm
26 Nov. 2020 Swedish pension fund giant AP1 and LGIM launch sustainable EM equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish pension fund Forsta AP-fonden, better known as AP1, has seeded what it describes as "the next generation of index funds" for emerging markets responsible investors, in partnership with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). The L&G Emerging Market Eq
26 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund AUM surpasses pre-COVID-19 levels, pushing to a new industry high of $3.7tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) have finally surpassed pre-COVID-19 levels, pushing to a new industry high of $3,696bn, said a report by Preqin. This record figure can primarily be attributed to improved performance in September (+5.17%, as measured by the
26 Nov. 2020 US public pensions up commitments to hedge funds by $2.2bn in Q3, taking the YTD total past $10bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Interest in credit hedge funds takes YTD allocations past $10bn: US public pensions increased gross commitments to hedge funds by $2.2bn in Q3, taking the YTD total past $10bn, said a study. According to HFM Insights' latest report, credit and real estate hedge
25 Nov. 2020 Early-stage funding rounds dominate VC investment landscape in APAC during Q3 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Despite volatile market conditions, venture capital (VC) investors seem to continue placing bets on promising start-ups as the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the rate of digital adoption by companies across sectors. Against this backdrop, early-stage fundi
25 Nov. 2020 Emerging markets hedge fund assets eclipse record as cryptocurrencies surge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets (EM) hedge funds, particularly those investing in China, extended YTD gains into 4Q20 as EM hedge fund capital reached a new record, driven by gains in EM regional equity markets and surging cryptocurrencies. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index ga
25 Nov. 2020 EU "did not properly consider conflicts of interest" on BlackRock ESG contracts, Ombudsman criticises [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The EU did not properly consider conflicts of interest when it hired the US investment manager BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, to advise on environmental regulation for banks, the European Union watchdog said on Wednesday. European Ombudsman Emily
25 Nov. 2020 ESG becomes mainstream for investment managers in developed markets: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) has become mainstream in developed markets driven by regulations and investor demand, but further adoption and integration into the investment lifecycle requires greater transparency and trust in the data, said Preqin. "
25 Nov. 2020 HIG Europe Capital Partners III closes on $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset management firm HIG Capital has held a final close for HIG Europe Capital Partners III, its European lower-mid-market fund, on €1.1bn ($1.3 billion). The vehicle started fundraising at the beginning of July with a €1bn target. The fund
24 Nov. 2020 $100bn in fresh financing deployed to world's businesses in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private credit managers will provide borrowers with more than $100bn of fresh financing during 2020, according to new research published by the Alternative Credit Council (ACC) and Allen & Overy LLP (A&O). The ACC's 6th annual Financing the Economy research p
24 Nov. 2020 Steady inflows into UCITS equity funds in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest monthly Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales data of UCITS and AIFs for September 2020. Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director for Economics and Research
24 Nov. 2020 Institutional investors added significantly and widely to fixed income strategies in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Long-only asset managers reported Q3 2020 institutional assets under management of $30.0 trillion, according to the just-released Q3 2020 eVestment Traditional Asset Flows Report. Net institutional flows totaled -$23.2 billion in the most recent quarter and -$59.9 billion
24 Nov. 2020 BlackRock to buy Aperio for $1.05bn in cash [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest asset manager BlackRock is acquiring buy Aperio Group LLC, an investment management services provider, from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and Aperio employees for $1.05 billion in cash. BlackRock, in buying Aperio, is betting on growin
23 Nov. 2020 Hedge funds see $2.8b in redemptions in September, snapping three-month inflow streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry flows reversed course in September 2020 as the industry's $2.8 billion in redemptions ended a three-month inflow trend. The industry had brought in $5.6 billion in new assets in August. September's outflows represented 0.1% of industry assets, accor
23 Nov. 2020 Alternative assets industry set to grow the most in Asia Pacific over next five years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The alternative assets industry is set for continued growth in every region over the next five years, despite the challenges posed by market uncertainty. Preqin's Future of Alternatives 2025 AUM growth models find that APAC will be the fastest-growing region -
23 Nov. 2020 Asia: Distressed debt funds aggregate capital targeted down 69% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While the number of distressed debt funds in the market globally has swelled to a record high, debt managers in Asia prefer to market opportunistic investments through direct lending vehicles that employ blended strategies, according to Preqin. "Globally, private de
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