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19 Dec. 2018 MFS names Ted Maloney CIO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: MFS Investment Management has appointed Edward M. "Ted" Maloney as chief investment officer, effective January 1, 2019. He will succeed Michael Roberge, who will continue to lead MFS as chief executive officer. Maloney will report to Roberge and join the fir
18 Dec. 2018 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declines -2.36% as of November 2018 year-to-date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined 2.36% as of November 2018 year-to-date, in contrast to the 8.45% gain made in 2017, which turned out to be the best year for hedge funds and equity markets since 2013. The first quarter of 2018 saw the return of market volatili
18 Dec. 2018 Worldwide investment fund assets increased to $58.47tn in Q3 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest International Statistical Release, which describes the developments in the worldwide investment fund industry during the third quarter of 2018. The main developments in Q3 2018 c
18 Dec. 2018 Lyxor names Daniel G. Rizzuto as new head of business development for U.S. business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management, the global investment manager with approximately $160 billion under management, has appointed Dan Rizzuto as Head of Business Development of its U.S.-based business, Lyxor Asset Management Inc. (Lyxor Americas). Rizzuto brings decades of exper
18 Dec. 2018 US crypto exchange Coinbase enables direct cryptocurrency conversions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase has launched its new "Convert" service that would allow its customers to convert one cryptocurrency into another. The "Convert," will initially allow conversions between Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether
18 Dec. 2018 Hedge fund losses deepened in November 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark fall -0.76% for November for the seventh consecutive loss-generating month of 2018 to date. Both equity and event driven strategies hedge funds recovered slightly from their negative start to the fourth quarter, up 0.
17 Dec. 2018 Backstop Solutions to acquire BarclayHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group, the leading cloud-based productivity suite provider for institutional and alternative investors, today announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire BarclayHedge, a leading provider of alternative investment data and indices. 
17 Dec. 2018 U.S. insurers reducing investments in hedge funds: Fitch [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. insurers' investment position in other alternative investments as reported in regulatory filings is concentrated within a few large insurers and is relatively stable as a percentage of invested assets for the last several years. The attraction to alternative
17 Dec. 2018 Market conditions favour low beta hedge fund strategies: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Since the beginning of December, Merger Arbitrage and L/S Equity Market Neutral outperformed as the market conditions continue to favour low beta hedge fund strategies, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. However, L/S Equity remains under pressure. Relative Value arbitr
17 Dec. 2018 With 9% average growth for the last ten years, Asia is world's fastest-growing asset management market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For the past ten years, Asia's assets under management (AUM) have grown by 9% annually, capped by a strong 11% figure in 2017. "For the asset management industry in Asia, 2017 was the latest in a string of successes. Buoyant capital markets, a shift from deposi
17 Dec. 2018 Hedge fund Tradex Global Advisors acquires JCL Capital Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Greenwich, CT based hedge fund Tradex Global Advisors has announced the acquisition of JCL Capital Partners and launched Tradex Realty Partners, a real estate finance company. Tradex Realty Partners will acquire senior loans collateralized by institutional quality
14 Dec. 2018 Alternative UCITS market is set for further growth: Deutsche Bank [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over half of the responding alternative UCITS allocators are planning to increase their allocation through September 2019, said a survey. Deutsche Bank estimates that these investors collectively will invest $13.7bn in new capital to alternative UCITS, having alread
14 Dec. 2018 East Capital acquires Swedish fund management firm Monyx from NewCap Holding [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The specialist in emerging and frontier market, East Capital Holding has acquired Swedish fund management company Monyx, consisting of Monyx Asset Management and Nordic Fund Services S.A. from its owner NewCap Holding A/S. Monyx manages more than EUR3bn ($3.39bn)
14 Dec. 2018 Outperforming hedge funds, Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index down -0.10% in November [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Outperforming the -0.62% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index, the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned -0.10% in November. Jason Schwarz, President of Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Analytics said: "Markets experienced mixed performance
14 Dec. 2018 Multifamily office assets jump up more than 50% to $1.2tn in U.S. over the last five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Multifamily office assets - and marketplace acceptance of their client-centric model - are both up sharply, increasing more than fifty percent to an estimated $1.2tn in the U.S. over the last five years, said an industry report. Multifamily offices provide comprehe
13 Dec. 2018 Vontobel combines two fund selection arms to launch $40.06bn multi asset boutique [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Vontobel Asset Management has created a boutique firm merging its multi-asset capabilities and that of Vescore, another of its subsidiaries, which offers now different investment options. The newly-created multi-asset boutique will manage 40bn Swiss francs ($40.06b
13 Dec. 2018 Morgan Stanley raises almost three times initial target for private debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based investment bank Morgan Stanley raised $1.4bn, almost three times its initial target. The bank plans to invest in a wide range of asset classes and industries. North Haven Tactical Value Fund seeks to invest in private, long-term and often illiquid
13 Dec. 2018 Hedge fund launches decelerate, but still outpace liquidations in 2018 while fees keep compressing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For 2018 through 3Q, the number of new hedge fund launches narrowly exceeded liquidations by a margin of 450 to 444, according to the HFR Market Microstructure Report. However, "hedge fund liquidations exceeded launches in 3Q, reversing a four-quarter trend of net g
12 Dec. 2018 PGIM Investments launches first ESG equity strategy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: PGIM Investments has introduced its first ESG equity strategy to its Ucits platform, joining a number of fixed income funds incorporating an ESG process. The PGIM QMA Global Core Equity ESG fund is sub-advised by QMA, a quantitative equity and global multi-asset s
12 Dec. 2018 Emerging technologies, defensive investment strategy on top asset owners' minds: State Street [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly half (48%) of the institutional investors surveyed identified emerging technology as a top enabler of growth over the next five years, revealed a study. According to a new research from State Street, the participants identified blockchain, artificial intell
12 Dec. 2018 Slowing down investments in long-only, high-net-worth investors look to hedge funds and alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 90% of high-net-worth investors are willing to invest in hedge funds and other alternative investments, said a survey. High-net-worth investors have slowed their investments into stocks, bonds and mutual funds and instead are exploring opportunities in hedge funds
12 Dec. 2018 EJF Capital, SkyBridge launch Opportunity Zone REIT [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager EJF Capital and global alternative investment firm SkyBridge Capital announced the launch of the SkyBridge-EJF Opportunity Zone REIT (SOZ REIT). Skybridge, which manages approximately $9.4bn, says, SOZ REIT has a mandate to invest in U.S. Treasur
11 Dec. 2018 Mixed returns for hedge funds in November as US, Asia recover but European managers sink over Italy and Brexit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.17% in November, trailing the global equity market as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which edged 1.11% higher. Dovish stance from the US Federal Reserve and anticipation over the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires h
11 Dec. 2018 J.P. Morgan Asset Management closes $1.3n European real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: JP Morgan Asset Management has raised $1.3n for its fourth European opportunistic property fund, exceeding its target by 47%. The asset manager said in a press release that European Opportunistic Property Fund IV received the equity capital from a broad range of gl
11 Dec. 2018 Lombard Odier offers Ucits sustainable market neutral fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss asset manager Lombard Odier Investment Managers has expanded its alternatives investment range with the launch of a Ucits vehicle within its "TerreNeuve" strategy. The LO Funds - TerreNeuve fund, which has a focus on sustainable investing will be onshore ver
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