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11 Feb. 2021 Northern Trust makes strategic investment in Equity Data Science [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of its continuing strategy to provide integrated services and technology across the investment lifecycle, Northern Trust has reached an agreement to take an equity stake in Equity Data Science, Inc. (EDS), a cloud-based analytics platform that provides decision su
11 Feb. 2021 Cerulli: Institutional investors ask asset managers for more transparent ESG reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - During the past five years, there has been a flood of available environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data, but investors still seek better quality, greater transparency, and improved consistency to help inform decisions, according to the latest Cerulli Edge-U.S. In
11 Feb. 2021 Hedge funds: Equity strategies deliver a net return of 20% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds performed well in 12 months of soaring volatility as returns across the asset class were +16.63% for the year, with the best-performing strategy- equities - delivering +19.64%. "Taken as a whole, equity strategies delivered a net return of +19.64%
11 Feb. 2021 Global pandemic accelerated the pace of ESG investments by institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global pandemic has pushed institutional investors to amplify their efforts at ESG integration as critical risks and issues come to the fore, said a survey. According to a new survey from MSCI, which draws from a survey of 200 asset owner institutions with asse
10 Feb. 2021 Financial Times & Wilshire announce collaboration to create innovative indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Times, the trusted global financial media brand and a pioneer in digital journalism, and Wilshire, a global investment, technology and advisory company today announce a far-reaching collaboration to develop new, innovative and more relevant indices, metrics,
10 Feb. 2021 PE/VC industry hits new record as its AUM reaches $4.74tn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global private equity and venture capital AUM increased last year, up 6.1% to $4.74tn, said a new report by Preqin. "The growth rate of the asset class was lower than the 9.9% average of the past decade, but we believe this slowdown will be temporary, with growth a
10 Feb. 2021 Private real estate funds raised $118bn in 2020 through 283 closed funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Fundraising and deal-making in the private equity real estate industry decreased in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Preqin. Real estate AUM reached $1.09tn as of June 2020 (the latest available data). This is an increase of more than 40% from five years ago
09 Feb. 2021 Hedge funds start the year by outperforming the global equity market led by distressed debt and event driven strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.37% in January 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 0.11% over the same period. Global equities went on a roller coaster ride this month as their gains in the earlier period
09 Feb. 2021 Unlisted infrastructure funds raised a total of $100bn in 2020 across 101 funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Unlisted infrastructure funds raised a total of $100bn in 2020 across 101 funds, despite the turmoil caused by the global pandemic, said a study. According to Preqin, infrastructure's appeal remains untouched with high returns and more available strategies. "Infras
09 Feb. 2021 Unlisted natural resources funds fell 29% to $90bn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Natural resources slowed down in a challenging 2020 as poor performance and difficult fundraising shake up the industry. Aggregate capital raised by unlisted natural resources funds fell 29% to $90bn in 2020, with pure natural resources funds raising $7.8bn, said Pr
08 Feb. 2021 One third of institutional investors say the pandemic has increased their focus on ESG issues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With investors focusing more on ESG investment matters than ever before, a new study from bfinance tracks key changes in implementation practices and identifies today's key challenges. Three key themes emerge. ESG is increasingly becoming a total-portfolio subject, wit
08 Feb. 2021 Hedge funds gain in January, navigating volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds advanced in January to begin 2021, actively trading through a turbulent month dominated by a volatile surge in trading from retail investors concentrated in a handful of deep value equities with significant short interest. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Inde
08 Feb. 2021 Private debt fund managers closed 200 funds raising an aggregate of $118bn in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In 2020, private debt fund managers closed 200 funds raising an aggregate of $118bn. This is slightly below the 223 funds closed and $132bn secured in 2019, according to 2021 Preqin Global Private Debt Report. "Although slightly below 2019 totals, fundraising w
08 Feb. 2021 CTAs return up 7.21% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs were tested under market stress in 2020, and were found wanting by some investors, said Preqin. "The relationship between market stress and volatility is a complicated one. CTAs are generally included in portfolios because of their low correlation to traditiona
05 Feb. 2021 SEBA Bank launches "Discretionary Mandates" to support investors in their strategic asset allocation for digital assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SEBA Bank, a FINMA licenced Swiss Bank providing a seamless, secure and easy-to-use bridge between digital and traditional assets, announced that discretionary mandates are added to their suite of investment solutions. This unique offering from a fully regulated Swiss Ban
05 Feb. 2021 Early-stage funding rounds accounted for 70.8% of global VC funding deal volume in Q4 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Early-stage funding rounds (comprising Seed and Series A funding rounds) continued to dominate the global VC funding landscape in terms of deal volume during the quarter, as venture capital (VC) investors continued to show confidence in promising start-ups in Q4, despi
05 Feb. 2021 Hedge funds gain +16.63% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Returns across hedge fund asset class were +16.63%, ahead of the S&P 500 PR Index (16.26%), resulting in the asset class' highest annual return since 2009, said Preqin. "In 2020, the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund Benchmark return was +16.63%," said the report.
04 Feb. 2021 GoldenTree Asset Management raises $725m in commitments for second CLO strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GoldenTree Asset Management, a global credit manager, announced the closing of $725 million in commitments on a second CLO strategy (GLM II) as part of its GoldenTree Loan Management (GLM) program. GoldenTree previously raised $600 million in 2016 for the first vintage o
04 Feb. 2021 Global IPO proceeds hit $268bn in 2020, highest value since 2010 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The initial public offering (IPO) market performance in 2020 defied all expectations, demonstrating the resilience of equity and capital markets. The year saw a total of 1,363 IPOs receiving $268.0 billion. According to the research data analyzed and published by Comp
04 Feb. 2021 Versor launches investor research library [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Versor Investments (formerly ARP Investments), a quantitative investment management firm focused on alternative investment strategies, announced the creation of a new investor research center. The library is
04 Feb. 2021 98% of responding wealth advisors to increase alternatives allocation in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 98% of responding wealth advisors indicated they plan to increase or maintain client exposure to alternative investments in the coming year, said a new survey from PPB Capital Partners (PPB) For those looking to add to their exposure, 85% indicated that they plan to
04 Feb. 2021 Majority of institutional investors to cut bond exposure in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New research found that just over half (51%) of institutional investors plan to reduce their exposure to bonds this year. The majority (65%) cited the rising risk of default while 41% anticipate higher inflation. "Nearly two in three (65%) see default risk rising th
03 Feb. 2021 Trading platforms enjoy record growth of customers in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data researched by shows that the world's biggest trading platforms enjoyed record growth in 2020. Social trading firm eToro added the highest number with 5 million new users in 2020, a 38.46% increase from 2019. Robinhood enrolled 3 million new
03 Feb. 2021 Wilshire announces launch of Hypatia Women Hedge Fund Index, powered by Wilshire [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Wilshire announced the launch of a new Powered by Wilshire index, the Hypatia Women Hedge Fund Index. Created and owned by Hypatia Capital, calculated and maintained by Wilshire, the index is designed to measure performance of women managed hedge funds that meet certain c
03 Feb. 2021 Short squeeze stockbrokers and hedge funds face proposed antitrust class action [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed an antitrust class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of retail investors in federal court against 35 defendants, including Robinhood, E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade, Melvin Capital, Citadel, Sequoia Capital, and others. The plaintiffs allege tha
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