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23 Oct. 2018 Preqin: Alternative assets set to hit $14 trillion by 2023 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As part of its Future of Alternatives initiative, Preqin predicts that the alternative assets industry - comprising private capital and hedge funds - will reach $14tn in assets under management by 2023. The industry currently holds $8.8tn in assets as of the end of 2017,
23 Oct. 2018 Hennessee Group: hedge funds gain +0.11% in September (+3.71% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.11% for the month (+3.71% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +0.43% (+9.21% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +1.90% (+6.43% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index lost -0.78% (+
23 Oct. 2018 Brinker Capital's Coyne joins Spouting Rock [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Spouting Rock Financial Partners, a diversified financial services firm, today announced that investment industry veteran, John Coyne, has been named Chairman of its asset management group effective immediately. This is a new role for the firm which last month announced t
23 Oct. 2018 Goldman Sachs Asset Management takes minority interest in Harvest Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Harvest Partners, a leading middle-market private investment firm, today announced that Goldman Sachs Asset Management's Petershill program has made a strategic minority investment in Harvest Partners. The passive investment, which represents 15 percent of the firm,
23 Oct. 2018 Banca Generali acquires Italian boutique Nextam Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Italian bank Banca Generali has signed a deal to acquire 100% of Italian investment boutique Nextam Partners as part of strengthening the bank's range of services and expertise on asset management and financial advisory. A press release from Italian bank of Gen
23 Oct. 2018 Swissquote becomes first bank worldwide to launch initial coin offerings (ICO) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swissquote, part of Swiss banking group focusing on online financial and trading services has become the first bank in the world to offer its client with the opportunity to participate in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The online bank's clients can now invest
23 Oct. 2018 NYSE parent ICE to launch physically-settled bitcoin futures on Bakkt platform in December [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has announced that Bitcoin (BTC) futures on its platform Bakkt will be launched on on December 12. According to a document released yesterday (October 22nd), the physically-
23 Oct. 2018 Hedge fund activism has no long-term impact on performance of targeted companies: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Activist campaigns by hedge fund managers ultimately have no effect on investor portfolios as the performance of companies targeted by activists neither suffered nor improved, revealed a study. According to a new Stanford University study named "long-term economic
23 Oct. 2018 Hedge funds performance flat last week: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund performance was flat last week (from 10 to 17 October) and L/S Equity strategies outperformed according to liquid benchmarks, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. According to the report from Lyxor's Cross Asset Research, L/S Equity captured the rebound
23 Oct. 2018 Tiger Global Management raises $3.75bn for tech investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chase Coleman's Tiger Global Management has raised one of the largest venture capital funds so far this year. According to a Financial Times report, the firm has raised
22 Oct. 2018 New research finds key indicators of future fund manager performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New research shows that there exists a set of quantitative indicators that can help investors determine the likely future performance of their fund managers. The study, which was conducted by Professor Andrew Clare of Cass Business School and co-authored by Mariana Cl
22 Oct. 2018 Global anti-money laundering watchdog FATF to set first cryptocurrency rules [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The international watchdog focused on anti-money laundering (AML) regulations has said it plans to institute a global framework for cryptocurrency. Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has taken a significant step forward in the process of regulating the
22 Oct. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: October notifications down 2.66% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for October 2018 measured 2.66%, down from 3.35% in September. However, it showed a small improvement from the 2.69% reported a year ago, and well below the long-term historical average for the calendar month of October
22 Oct. 2018 Artivest appoints first post-merger general counsel and chief compliance officer [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment technology firm Artivest has hired 25-year industry veteran Kamal Jafarnia as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Jafarnia brings more than 25 years of experience as an attorney and compliance professional to this role, having advi
22 Oct. 2018 Online alternative lending goes mainstream [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While alternative lending is currently gaining traction among borrowers, it's also becoming a formidable asset class in its own right, with the U.S. market now accounting for an estimated $50 billion of annual origination. Born out of peer-to-peer lending, onli
22 Oct. 2018 Opportunities in short duration and floaters on U.S. Treasuries [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The fixed income market looks to be in bearish territory at the moment, what with rising inflation, higher wages and economic activity, and quantitative easing programmes easing off. But opportunities are in short duration and floaters on U.S. Treasuries, according to
19 Oct. 2018 EU derivatives market valued at $756tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Trade repositories reported a total of 74 million open transactions at the end of 2017, amounting to a gross notional outstanding of around EUR 660 trillion ($756tn), according to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)'s first annual statistic report
19 Oct. 2018 Eurekahedge report shows hedge funds up 0.26% for the year, weakest performance since 2011 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are up 0.26 percent for the year in September, their weakest performance on record since 2011, according to the October 2018 Eurekahedge Report. In 2011, hedge funds declined 2.96 percent in the nine months through to September. Almost 49 percent o
19 Oct. 2018 Hedge fund assets hit yet another new peak of $3.24tn in 3Q despite investor outflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund industry assets hit a new record level of $3.24 trillion, ending the quarter on September 30 - the ninth consecutive quarter of record-breaking assets under management - despite investor outflows. According to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Re
19 Oct. 2018 Cordillera closes second fund on $362m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cordillera Investment Partners has closed its second fund Cordillera Investment Fund II, L.P. on $362 million. The fund was oversubscribed. Cordillera was founded by Agustin "Gus" Araya, Chris Heller, and Ashley Marks, who have spent their careers investing
18 Oct. 2018 Quantreq launches prime services suite for institutional cryptocurrency hedge fund managers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Quantreq Capital Markets announced its partnership with blockchain technology developer and engineering firm Cryptonomic to further assist in development, deployment and support of its prime services suite. The cryptocurrency capital markets firm and the crypto fu
18 Oct. 2018 With 16.4% return in 2017, Asian family offices outperform global average [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Family offices scored average returns of 15.5% last year, up from 7% in 2016 and 0.3% the prior year, according to UBS Group and Campden Wealth. Asian family offices led the way with a 16.4% return in 2017, fueled by soaring stock markets and private equity, acco
17 Oct. 2018 Counting crows and JJ Grey & Mofro to perform at Help for Children benefit concert to fight child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - On Thursday, October 18, Help For Children will host HFC Rocks at the Hammerstein Ballroom (at The Manhattan Center), with the Counting Crows - fresh of their 25 Years and Counting Tour - headlining and JJ Grey & Mofro opening for HFC's 2nd annual benefit concert to fight
17 Oct. 2018 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returns 0.14% in September (1.64% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds have recovered from negative performance in August, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returning 0.14% in September 2018. - Credit strategies have enjoyed another month of positive returns (0.49%). Credit strategies are the only top-level s
17 Oct. 2018 Derivatives expert Michele Navazio joins Seward & Kissel LLP as partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Michele (Miki) Navazio has joined Seward & Kissel LLP as a partner in New York. Mr. Navazio has advised many of the world's largest hedge funds and asset managers on derivative transactions and regulatory compliance, and brings more than a decade of experience negotia
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