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31 Aug. 2018 Preqin: Hedge fund investors are optimistic on near-term returns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though approximately a third (34%) of surveyed investors reported that hedge funds had not met expectations over the past 12 months, they are upbeat about the prospects for the asset class going forwards, said Preqin's latest survey of alternative assets investors.
31 Aug. 2018 Global investor confidence falls by 7.4 points in August to 94.3: State Street [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for August 2018 decreased to 94.3, down 7.4 points from July's revised reading of 101.7, according to the results released by State Street Global Exchange. Confidence among North American investors declined, with the No
31 Aug. 2018 UK: Trade bodies PIMFA and FCI pact to launch Intelligence platform to fight financial crime [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As the UK lost GBP193bn ($252bn) to financial crime in 2017, the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) and Financial Crime Intelligence (FCI) have launched an intelligence-sharing platform to help combat financial crime. PIMFA, whic
31 Aug. 2018 Coinbase survey shows 42% of the top 50 universities provide crypto education [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Coinbase reported that 42% of the world's top 50 universities now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency or blockchain. University students are clamoring for more courses about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. According to the Coinbase survey co
30 Aug. 2018 Leaseum Partners rolls-out ground-breaking tokenized real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Leaseum Partners, the first institutional-grade tokenized real estate fund, has introduced a new model of blockchain-backed real estate investments. The New York City commercial real estate income fund on blockchain is raising a $250m fund to make core-plus acquisi
30 Aug. 2018 California state legislature passes bill to establish blockchain working group [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The California state legislature has passed a bill aiming to establish a blockchain working group to develop recommendations on the deployment of blockchain technology. According to an official release from the California Legislative Information desk, the legislat
30 Aug. 2018 Partners Group announces succession plan [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $78 billion, global investment firm Partners Group has announced its succession plan. David Layton, Partner and Head of Private Equity, will replace Christoph Rubeli as Co-CEO from 1 January 2019. He will join André Frei, who has been Co-CEO since 2013. Christop
30 Aug. 2018 Värde Partners forms strategic partnership with Aditya Birla Capital [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Värde Partners, has announced a strategic partnership with Aditya Birla Capital, to pursue the acquisitions, restructurings and resolutions of accumulated nonperforming loan assets in India. This joint-venture is a key component to the Värde's long-term stra
29 Aug. 2018 PwC: 84% of executives say blockchain initiatives underway, to be $3tn business annually by 2030 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Big Four auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released its 2018 Global Blockchain Survey which found that 84% of executives surveyed say their organisations are involved with blockchain technology; 15% state they are fully live. The new research released by
29 Aug. 2018 Deloitte survey highlights rampant optimism for blockchain adoption [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain technology has increased in popularity during the last 18 months, according to Deloitte's 2018 Blockchain Survey, 74% of the executives who took part see themselves as either "Excellent," or as "Experts," when it comes to blockchain. 40% of 1.050 execut
29 Aug. 2018 US regulator NASAA cracking down on ICO fraud in 'Operation Cryptosweep' [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced that its ongoing initiative "Operation Cryptosweep" has resulted in over 200 investigations of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and crypto-related investment products. First launched in May by
29 Aug. 2018 Pictet Asset Management launches SmartCity thematic fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss investment group Pictet Asset Management has launched a new fund, Pictet-SmartCity, to invest in new technologies aimed at meeting the challenges posed by rapid global urbanisation. The new strategy added to its $42bn actively managed thematic franchise will
28 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds launched in 'hot market' underperform: Research [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New hedge funds incepted in hot markets or amid highest investor interest continue to underperform investable peer funds, revealed a new research paper titled "Strategic timing of hedge fund starts". What's more, hedge funds opened in hot markets exhibit poor s
28 Aug. 2018 Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore Exchange push for blockchain in finance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in collaboration with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing new Delivery versus Payment (DvP) features for the settlement of tokenized resources based on different blockchain platforms. Part of its ongoing 'Proje
28 Aug. 2018 JCE Capital Management launches $100m crypto hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Denver-Based JCE Capital Management has announced the launch of its crypto-focused hedge fund JCE-CM2. The crypto-asset hedge fund firm said in a press release that the fund is an actively managed portfolio of concentrated, high-conviction positions, focused on acti
27 Aug. 2018 World's first blockchain bond receives overwhelming response [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's first public bond - bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument) - created and managed using only blockchain exceeds market expectations, said Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). The biggest bank in Australia said that it has received support
27 Aug. 2018 CFTC to exempt certain firms from clearing requirement for swaps [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed a rule to exempt the clearing of swaps from financial holding companies with consolidated assets less than $10bn. A press release from CFTC said that it has unanimously approved a swap clearing requirement
27 Aug. 2018 Iranian government to roll out state-owned cryptocurrency soon [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Iran's National Cyberspace Center revealed today (Sunday) that the draft of the state-backed cryptocurrency has been prepared at the behest of President Hassan Rouhani. The local news agency IBENA quoted Saeed Mahdiyoun, the deputy director in charge of drafti
27 Aug. 2018 Emerging markets hedge funds gain +0.3% in July despite difficult markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds focused on emerging markets actively navigated the surge in EM asset volatility into 3Q18 including the plunging Turkish Lira, as well as volatile financial market conditions and falling currencies across Latin America, Russia and China. With the HFRI
27 Aug. 2018 Investors add $5.85bn to hedge funds in July: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund flows were positive in July, with investors adding an estimated $5.85bn to funds around the world and bringing overall industry AUM to $3.307tn. According to July eVestment 2018 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, signs of consolidation continue: 42% o
24 Aug. 2018 Reality Shares rebrands as Blockforce Capital, synergizes crypto hedge fund unit with ETF biz [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Reality Shares has announced that it is becoming "Blockforce Capital" in order to reflect its broader focus on delivering access to blockchain and cryptocurrency investments. "Blockforce Capital will be comprised of three core business units: Reality Shares
24 Aug. 2018 Report: US remains key driver for global hedge funds accounting for 72% of global assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US remains a key driver of the hedge fund industry across the globe, accounting for 72% of the approximate $3.6tn in global assets as of 31 May 2018, according to Preqin special report: Hedge fund spotlight. Despite hedge fund activity in other regions global
24 Aug. 2018 Investors moving towards risk aversion: CFA UK survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CFA UK's latest Valuations Index indicates a risk-off mentality amongst investors in Q2 2018, with those surveyed seeing most value in safe haven assets. The Index, which measures investors' perceptions of the value of equities, shows that investors see better va
23 Aug. 2018 State Street 2018 Fund Strategy Survey: 85% of the participating asset managers are planning to offer hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the State Street 2018 Fund Strategy Survey, 85% of the participating asset managers are planning to offer hedge funds. Alternative strategies expected to see strong growth over the next five years, the Survey revealed. "85% are planning to offer hedge
23 Aug. 2018 China continues crackdown on cryptocurrencies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Is the Chinese government moving to tighten the knot on the cryptocurrency industry, which continues to thrive despite last year's trading ban? The writing on the wall is loud and clear. - WeChat, leading social media messaging and mobile payment application in
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