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12 Dec. 2019 Study reveals what institutional investors are actually paying [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A study uncovered what investors are actually paying versus managers' published fee schedules along with a reflection on 2018 fee trends across various asset classes and mandate sizes in active and passive management. The Institutional investment consulting firm Ca
11 Dec. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 0.40% in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After two straight down months, the managed futures industry reversed course in November posting a 0.40% monthly return, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, CTA funds posted a 5.04% return through th
11 Dec. 2019 China: Private equity and venture capital assets under management (AUM) clocks $600bn at a YoY growth rate of 36% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Greater China's staggering $600bn in Private equity and venture capital (PE & VC) assets under management (AUM), up 36% from the previous year, suggests an industry transitioning impressively. Yet, this latest rate of year-on-year growth is the slowest since 2014.
11 Dec. 2019 Hedge fund firm Perceptive Advisors raises first venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund firm Perceptive Advisors closed its inaugural venture capital fund, the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund, at $210million. The investment firm with a long history of funding publicly traded and later-stage privately held life sciences compa
11 Dec. 2019 Nasdaq launches global green, social and sustainability bond platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nasdaq, a global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, has launched a new platform to boost investor access to environmental, social and sustainability bonds in n an effort to help promote sustainable investing. The exchange has launched a venue
10 Dec. 2019 U.S. equity markets, hedge fund returns reach all-time highs in November [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund returns continued their upward momentum in November, with the industry posting a monthly gain of 1.12%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 3.
10 Dec. 2019 Equity long bias hedge funds topped the table, on track to record double-digit annual return [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.84% in November, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the 2.76% gain recorded by the MSCI ACWI (Local). Market optimism towards the progress of the US-China trade talks, combined wi
10 Dec. 2019 Notz Stucki acquires alternative manager JAM Research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based group Notz Stucki recently acquired the Geneva-based alternative management company JAM Research. Founded in 2002, JAM Research provides hedge fund investment services to wealthy private clients and will be integrated into Notz Stucki on 1 January 2020.
10 Dec. 2019 Buyout firm Leonard Green raises $15bn in 2 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based buyout firm Leonard Green & Partners (LPG) has raised $14.75 billion for two new funds, including a middle-market focused fund. The private-equity firm collected the total in roughly seven months, including $12 billion for its latest flagship buyo
10 Dec. 2019 Parthenon Capital racks up $2bn for the sixth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US-based mid-market private equity firm Parthenon Capital closed its growth-oriented private equity fund Parthenon Investors VI at its hard cap of $2 billion. The closing exceeds its fundraising target of $1.5 billion, said a press note. Investors include
09 Dec. 2019 Institutional investors check on sexual harassment at portfolio-management firms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Probable sexual harassment at fund portfolio management firms is an increasingly important concern for institutional investors as they seek to allocate assets. But, according to a survey, most investors are not asking money managers about their record on sexual har
09 Dec. 2019 Five Star Funds launches $400m hedge fund targeting Las Vegas wealthy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Las Vegas-based asset management and advisory firm Five Star Funds has announced the formation of the Flamingo All Weather Fund, LP, the first hedge fund of its kind to be based in the City of Las Vegas. The area has enjoyed sustained periods of significant economi
09 Dec. 2019 Hedge fund industry returns 8.6% in the year to November 30, says HFR [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +1.2 percent in November, as optimism regarding U.S. economic growth outweighed risks and negative sentiment around trade/tariff negotiations and impeachment proceedings, according to HFR. Heading into year-end, hedge fu
06 Dec. 2019 Apollo Global Management eyes expansion in Japan, appoints a new head for alternatives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment firm Apollo Global Management plans to build out a private equity business in Japan, where it sees opportunities in alternatives market. The global alternative investment manager announced the appointment of Tetsuji Okamoto as a Partner, Head
06 Dec. 2019 Asset managers credit profiles will remain resilient in 2020, says Moody's [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global asset management 2020 outlook remains stable amid structural headwinds, which constrain EBITDA growth. "The 2020 outlook for the global asset management sector is stable, reflecting high-profit margins, manageable debt burdens, and sustained risk appetite am
06 Dec. 2019 Asset managers have a poor understanding of blockchain technology, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A vast majority of senior executives in fund management industry have an average to poor understanding of blockchain technology, said a survey. Despite overall optimism in blockchain's potential, 76 percent of industry respondents described the level of understandin
06 Dec. 2019 NY AG sues private equity manager over false claims and bad investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Laurence G. Allen and the various corporate entities he controls for defrauding investors and misappropriating more than $13 million to enrich himself and his companies between 2008 and 2018. The complaint - filed
05 Dec. 2019 DeckSender's 2019 Gender Diversity in investment report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Female founder led startup's are seriously behind the curve when it comes to volume of overall startups seeking investment on a global level. However, the numbers that DeckSender have are starting to show promise with the UAE leading the way with a remarkable 70% of
05 Dec. 2019 Most institutional investors expect companies to implement effective ESG practices [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The majority of institutional investors believe companies must address the needs of a wide range of stakeholders, not just shareholders, and must implement effective environmental, social impact and governance (ESG) practices to win their trust. According to the 20
05 Dec. 2019 World's largest investors in 'wait-and-see' mode as political turmoil looms [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's large institutional investors and other investment funds - pension schemes, endowments, insurance firms and so on - are apprehensive about market prospects for 2020, despite record highs in major market indexes around the world. Almost half of the instit
04 Dec. 2019 Crestbridge increases global funds proposition with Luxembourg funds administration licence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crestbridge has been granted a funds administration licence in Luxembourg in a move that significantly bolsters the company's capabilities in the jurisdiction and its multijurisdictional proposition for alternative fund managers. Granted by Luxembourg's financial ser
04 Dec. 2019 Hong Kong SFC waives licensing fees for 2020/21 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today announced waiving the annual licensing fees for the financial year of 2020/21. The fee waiver applies to annual licensing fees payable by all licensed corporations, registered institutions, responsible officers and rep
04 Dec. 2019 Alpha potential for Chinese L/S equity hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are structural reasons as to why Chinese equities could provide a fertile ground for alpha. First, flows into China could support both beta and alpha, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. China accounts for only 8.5% of the world market cap, in contrast with its 1
04 Dec. 2019 Preqin sees great opportunity for service providers in alternative assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world of alternative assets continues to grow and evolve, says Preqin's Service Providers in Alternative Assets report. As of December 2018, the latest available data, the alternative assets industry has reached a staggering $9.45tn in assets under management (
04 Dec. 2019 Shorter holds equal better performance for buyout funds [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The longer the holding period for buyout funds of any size, the lower the performance, according to financial software provider eFront's latest research on time-to-liquidity risk. This finding relates only to standard 10-year buyout funds, and is not a reflection on t
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