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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
27 Nov. 2018 50 South adds to PE team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 50 South Capital Advisors has named Aaron Gillum, Molly Brister and Maureen "Mo" Wilkie to the private equity group, enhancing the firm's ability to search for and evaluate private equity investment opportunities in the U.S., Europe and Asia that fit clients' needs. B
27 Nov. 2018 BCS Global Markets launches prime platform for Russian capital markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Russia's broker dealer BCS Global Markets announced the launch of a synthetic prime brokerage platform that gives investors simplified access to Russian capital markets. The new Portfolio Swap product that provides universal access to the Russian capital markets
27 Nov. 2018 Digital assets trading platform Omniex partners with crypto custody provider Kingdom Trust [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The institutional investment and trading platform for crypto-assets Omniex has extended its integration with industry custody providers to include the crypto custody provider Kingdom Trust, which has $12bn in assets under custody. The San Francisco-based institutio
27 Nov. 2018 L/S Equity strategies remain under pressure in November: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the hedge fund space, Long/Short Equity Strategies struggled and underperformed other hedge fund strategies, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. It said that their market beta and the protracted rotation in risk factors proved to be a serious hurdle since the beginn
26 Nov. 2018 Broadridge launches fund and broker solution for SEC Rule 30e-3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - To help fund companies and broker-dealers effectively implement SEC Rule 30e-3, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., a global Fintech leader, announced an industry solution to drive down costs of fund report delivery. SEC Rule 30e-3 will permit fund companies to m
26 Nov. 2018 Investec Asset Management adds to sustainability team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investec Asset Management has further invested in its sustainable investment capability by appointing Deirdre Cooper as a portfolio manager. With a specific focus on renewable energy, electrification and resource efficiency within Investec's established Natural Resources
26 Nov. 2018 FAANG Goes Bang: What goes up, must come down and vice versa too? [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The tech behemoths is in a sea of red right now as FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, now called Alphabet) have experienced violent losses during the recent market selloff. For more than a year, those five major stocks have turned in outsta
26 Nov. 2018 Merchant Commodity Fund up 16% in October on energy trades [more]
B.G., Opalesque Geneva: The Merchant Commodity Fund, a commodity hedge fund run by Doug King, was up 16% in October according to figures seen by the Financial Times. According to the paper, the $
23 Nov. 2018 DeVere launches a new crypto fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial advisory firm DeVere, which claims to have over $10 billion under advice and management, has officially launched an actively managed crypto investment fund. DeVere Group, which has over 80,000 clients in 100 countries, stated on its website that the new
23 Nov. 2018 US boutique Cooper Creek Partners launches 'transformation'- focused L/S equity fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US investment house Cooper Creek Partners has launched its long-running North America Long Short Equity fund on MontLake's Ucits platform. The employee owned hedge fund manager said that with assets in excess of USD110 million at launch, North America Long Shor
22 Nov. 2018 SYZ Asset Management creates a Scientific Advisory Board to further enhance systematic strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management (SYZ), the institutional management arm of the SYZ Group, has created a pioneering Scientific Advisory Board to enhance the quality of its systematic investment strategies. The newly formed board will leverage the insights of two leading academics
22 Nov. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: November notifications 3.96% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2018 measured 3.96%, down from 2.66% in October. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator for November 2018 was 3.96%, a favorable reading in view of seasonal norms and essentially unchanged from
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