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01 Jun. 2020 Fixed-income, active equities saw outflows; passive equities, cash-management up as COVID-19 pandemic rolled out [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the global COVID-19 pandemic picked up speed in Q1 and countries around the world went into various versions of lockdown, fixed-income and active equity strategies were among the hardest hit with investor redemptions, according to the just published eVestment Q1 2020 I
01 Jun. 2020 IK Investment Partners closes the largest fund to date at $3.2bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Pan-European private equity firm IK Investment Partners has closed the €2.85 billion ($3.17 billion) IK IX Fund, at its hard cap, exceeding its €2.5 billion fundraising target. IK IX Fund has surpassed its predecessor, which raised €1.85bn in 2016, and is the firm's
31 May. 2020 Emerging markets funds find opportunities in pandemic - HFR [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets hedge funds continued to navigate a volatile path through the global coronavirus pandemic, posting steep losses in March followed by a strong surge in April and a recovery extending deep into 2Q19. The HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gained +5.4 perce
29 May. 2020 Venture capital-backed deals in healthtech companies hit $8.2bn in Q1 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, healthtech was already a sector of increasing interest among investors, said Preqin. But as a result of COVID-19, more alternative assets professionals are looking for opportunities in the healthtech sector, and there has been an uptick
29 May. 2020 CAIA Association adds to board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the professional body for the global alternative investment industry, today announced that Graeme Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has been elected to
29 May. 2020 Legg Mason and ClearBridge launch non-transparent ETF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Legg Mason and its affiliate, ClearBridge Investments, LLC, today announced the launch of Legg Mason's first exchange-traded fund (ETF) using the semi-transparent technology of Precidian Investments LLC, ActiveShares. The ClearBridge Focus Value ETF (CFCV), a series o
29 May. 2020 Listed asset managers display financial resilience in Q1 despite virus-sparked sell-off [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Publicly-traded asset managers that run traditional stock and bond funds suffered far less than many investors in the first quarter, said a study. "Despite the steep sell-off in global equities and fixed-income markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Q1, traditional p
29 May. 2020 Majority investors expect a negative 2020, but improved sentiments in longterm [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 65% of alternative fund managers expect GDP to shrink by at least 3% in their focus markets this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, said a survey. With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down segments of global economies, many of the respondents to a surve
29 May. 2020 Most portfolio managers unable to view performance attribution of ESG factors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 71% of portfolio managers are currently unable to view the performance attribution of ESG investment factors, said a research. According to a research by RiskFirst, which looks at portfolio managers' ability to see the impact on the investment performance of ESG fa
29 May. 2020 Ares charged with compliance failures [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In 2016, private equity firm Ares Management invested in a company and appointed one of its employees to that company's board - as private equity firms do. But it became a problem when the employee was allowed to continue to be part of the trading decision process a
28 May. 2020 How the Coronavirus pandemic influenced hedge fund flows in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors redeemed an estimated $18.1 billion from hedge funds in April. Outflows follow March's large redemptions further pushing YTD flows negative, now estimated at $31.1 billion YTD. Performance lifted overall AUM to just below $3.0 trillion, said eVestment. "
28 May. 2020 Capricorn Investment Group takes stake in UK-based Osmosis Investment Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Osmosis Investment Management, the London based sustainable asset manager, has successfully closed an equity investment from Capricorn's Sustainable Investors Fund, a seeding fund focused on sustainable and impact investment managers. The deal, which was closed in the
28 May. 2020 Hedge fund AUM reaches $3.31tn as of 31 March 2020, down by 9.4% from Q4 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The 2020 coronavirus pandemic around the world has severely affected the global economy causing economic distress on the hedge fund industry in Q1. Industry assets under management (AUM) fell by 9.4% from Q4 2019 to $3.31tn as of 31 March 2020, stated Preqin. This
28 May. 2020 80% of asset owners adopted sustainable investment practices [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The percentage of asset owners that have adopted sustainable investment practices rose to 80% in 2019 from 70% in 2017, said a survey. According to a new survey by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Morgan Stanley Investment Management reveal
27 May. 2020 Pleasing rebound for Swiss fund market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In April 2020, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar stood at CHF 1,160.5 billion, an increase of CHF 60.8 billion or 5.2% month-on-month. Net inflows totaled CHF 8.5 billion. The vo
27 May. 2020 Aquiline closes fourth fund beating $1.5bn target [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aquiline Capital Partners, a global private investment firm specializing in financial services and technology, today announced the final close of its fourth private equity fund, the Aquiline Financial Services Fund IV. The Fund closed with more than $2 billion in total co
26 May. 2020 How do you select a long/short equity hedge fund manager? [more]
By Donald A. Steinbrugge, founder and CEO, Agecroft Partners, LLC. There has recently been increased interest in long/short equity strategies after a strong relative performance in the 1st quarter of 2020 relative to equity indices and the perception that the recent sell-off and rebound in the m
26 May. 2020 US venture capital: Deal flow slows down, exits lookup [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US venture capital deal flow slowed in Q1 2020 as COVID-19 introduced practical challenges for dealmakers while exists showed an increase in activity. Following a strong 2019, venture capital activity in the US got off to a slow start in 2020, said a report by Preq
25 May. 2020 Spectrum Equity pulls in $1.5bn for ninth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based Spectrum Equity has raised a $1.5 billion new fund - Spectrum Equity IX - to invest in startups that are in their growth stage. The growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support to innovative companies said in a press release that it also clos
25 May. 2020 SFERS and RPDU top the investors list in US venture capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The five most active investors in US venture capital are pension funds. US venture capital attracts a range of investors, and almost a quarter are located outside of North America, said a study. San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) and Retirement Plans
22 May. 2020 Performance gains in April nearly push hedge fund AUM back above $3tn, but redemptions persist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors continued to pull money out of hedge funds in April, withdrawing $18.1 billion from hedge funds around the world last month, according to the just-released April 2020 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. That was less than the $24 billion investors pulled
22 May. 2020 Tourmaline Partners announces majority investment from Copley Equity Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tourmaline Partners, an outsourced trading solutions firm, announced that it has received a majority investment from Copley Equity Partners, a private investment firm that focuses on established businesses with significant growth prospects. Financial terms of the transact
22 May. 2020 Tiger Global tops the list US-based venture capital market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Tiger Global Management holds on to its position as market-leader in US-based venture capital, said a study. According to Preqin, the closure of tech-focused Tiger Global Private Investment Partners XII in January means the New York-based firm has raised more than
22 May. 2020 Apollo closes latest fund on $1.7bn as it expands distressed investing strategy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Apollo Global Management has closed on approximately $1.75 billion in commitments for its dislocated credit offering, Apollo Accord Fund III B. Commitments for the fund were raised over approximately 8 weeks, driven by institutional demand for strategies that in
22 May. 2020 Insurers reduce hedge fund exposure [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: For a fourth straight year, the U.S. insurance industry reduced its hedge fund investments. Insurers pulled out $2.6 billion in 2019, bringing total exposure to $11.9 billion, according to new research from AM Best. The continued pullback leaves the propert
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