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07 Sep. 2018 Uncertainty about trade policy and international relations causes dive in European net sales of UCTIS and AIF [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 second quarter and first half of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member
07 Sep. 2018 Leading European consultant FERI: Demand for hedge funds to remain high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FERI, the Bad Homburg, Germany based independent asset manager and consultancy says that demand for hedge funds will remain high in 2018. While seeking to protect their allocation from market fluctuations, institutional investors are still looking for a way out
07 Sep. 2018 82% of institutional investors believe Brexit will impact them, increasingly look at cross-border fund locations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the State Street Corporation Brexometer Index, more than a third (37%) of institutional investors surveyed think their company will use more cross-border fund locations, as they consider the economic impact of Brexit. The latest findings from its Brexo
07 Sep. 2018 US Survey: Vast majority are aware of bitcoin, half of millennials would like to use crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A vast majority (79%) of Americans are aware of at least one type of cryptocurrency. Nearly half (48%) of American millennials are interested in using cryptocurrency. A recent survey by research service YouGov Omnibus shows that the most well-known cryptocurrency a
07 Sep. 2018 SS&C to buy hedge fund platform Intralinks in $1.5bn deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial software maker SS&C Technologies Holdings has agreed to buy Intralinks Holdings from Siris Capital Group LLC affiliates in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $1.5bn. A press release from the provider of financial services software and software-enabled ser
07 Sep. 2018 Olymp Capital launches European blockchain and crypto hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Alternative investment fund manager Olymp Capital is planning to launch what it claims the first European investment fund to cover the entire blockchain and crypto asset
07 Sep. 2018 Number of RIAs hits record highs as assets under management grow [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The universe of SEC-registered investment advisers is on the rise and has reached record-highs this year in number of advisers, aggregate regulatory assets under management (RAUM), and employment according to a new survey from the Investment Adviser Association
07 Sep. 2018 Millennium Management shuts Prediction Company [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Izzy Englander's Millennium has shut down Prediction Company, a quant fund run by two high profile physicists that has been in operation since the early 1990s, according to
06 Sep. 2018 Emerging market pension funds grow in prominence on the world stage [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) at the world's largest pension funds increased in value by 15.1% in 2017 to reach a total of $18.1 trillion, a significant increase from the 6.1% growth achieved in 2016, according to the latest global 300 research from Willis Towers Watson&#
06 Sep. 2018 Hedge funds gain +0.77% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.77% for the month (+3.10% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +3.60% (+5.54% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +4.71% (+2.23% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +2.15% (+11.3
06 Sep. 2018 Oberland Capital closes second fund on $800 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Oberland Capital, a healthcare focused investment firm, has closed its second royalty and credit opportunities fund, Oberland Capital Healthcare II LP, at its hard cap of $800 million in capital commitments. Fund II will target investments between $20 million and $15
06 Sep. 2018 Tages Capital launches new tail hedge UCITS fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European specialist alternative asset manager Tages Capital, part of the Tages Group, has announced the launch of the tail hedge fund, Tages Paladin Fund. The alternative asset management firm which manages approximately $2.3bn said in a press release that the new
06 Sep. 2018 East Capital rolls out ESG China fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish asset manager East Capital has launched a UCITS China A-Shares fund that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The asset manager specialised in emerging and frontier markets announced the launch of a UCITS version of its succes
06 Sep. 2018 Newer hedge funds need innovative fee structures to raise more capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Emerging hedge funds may need to adopt more innovative fee structures and reinforce marketing efforts to raise more capital, said a research report. A research from
06 Sep. 2018 IT giants Intel and SAP to join forces to resolve blockchain bottlenecks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US chip maker Intel and German software multinational company SAP have announced that they are partnering to address "gaps in the market" for solutions that support enterprise blockchain systems. A press note from Intel said that the joint development efforts are
06 Sep. 2018 Where are the opportunities in fixed income oriented hedge funds? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: With rising interest rates and fairly tight credits spreads, are there still opportunities with fixed income oriented hedge fund strategies? Agecroft Partners recently spoke with five leading hedge fund industry experts who will be presenting on the "Opportunities in Fix
05 Sep. 2018 Brazil gets 1,000 multi-crypto point of sales terminals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The crypto revolution coming to Latin America as well and people in Brazil and Colombia may soon be able to pay for their groceries in cryptocurrency. Blockchain service provider Pundi X is planning to launch its point-of-sale (POS) devices and to capture this fast
05 Sep. 2018 Belgium's watchdog to crack the whip on cryptocurrency platforms, adds 28 sites to fraud blacklist [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Belgium's financial watchdog, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) said it continues to receive multiple complaints from investors about fraudulent offerings related to investing in cryptocurrencies. Hence the investor watchdog has updated its w
05 Sep. 2018 IBM debuts Stellar powered 'Blockchain World Wire' payments system [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The tech giant International Business Machines (IBM) has silently developed 'Blockchain World Wire' (BWW), a product that is set to compete with Ripple's xRapid. According to a post on IBM's website, it describes BWW as "the new financial rail that can simul
04 Sep. 2018 Europeans can now buy cryptocurrencies quickly and easily in single euro payment area (SEPA) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The cryptocurrency wallet and exchange Abra is introducing a new channel for deposits: European bank accounts. Residents in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), as well as additional nations in the European Union, can now initiate direct transfers from European b
04 Sep. 2018 Former Estonian PM Taavi Rõivas joins blockchain startup Lympo as chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Former Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, who currently serves as a member of parliament, has joined cryptocurrency and blockchain startup Lympo as the new chairman of the company's supervisory board. Rõivas, who served as Estonia's Prime Minister between 2014
04 Sep. 2018 CTAs excel in the hedge fund space in August 2018: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Commodity trading advisors (CTAs) outperformed in the hedge fund space and delivered positive returns in the range of 2-3% depending on the benchmark. Lyxor Asset Management in its weekly brief said that CTAs' long exposures to bonds and equities were both rew
04 Sep. 2018 Australia's Link Group rolls out third-party 'Super ManCo' in Luxembourg [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Luxembourg financial regulator Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) has granted Link Fund Solutions a license to act as UCITS management company and authorised alternative investment fund manager. According to a press release, the Link Fund Solut
31 Aug. 2018 New research bullish on Bitcoin: $96,000 in five years, $144,000 in 10 Years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Research firm Satis Group has released a new report making bold price prediction about Bitcoin (BTC) and projected that it will be priced at $96,000 by the year 2023, and could reach nearly $144,000 before the end of the next decade. The report, written by research
31 Aug. 2018 India mulls central bank digital currency for payments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI), is planning to create an inter-departmental group tasked with analyzing the feasibility of issuing a rupee-backed central bank digital currency (CBDC). This is RBI's first take on the possible use of crypto or di
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