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28 Aug. 2020 Binance and Oasis Labs launch CryptoSafe Alliance to combat crypto frauds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance, the global blockchain firm behind the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is partnering with Oasis Labs, a data privacy software company, to launch the CryptoSafe Alliance (CSA) which will bring together a global ecosystem of collaborato
28 Aug. 2020 Citadel snags Glencore trader to lead commodities team in Asia [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Citadel has hired away Glencore energy derivatives trader Daniel Liu to lead a commodities trading team in Asia. The news was first reported by Reut
27 Aug. 2020 Emerging markets hedge funds surge as equities gain through global pandamic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets and Asian hedge funds surged in 2Q 2020, recovering from steep losses experienced in late 1Q, with many indices posting gains for YTD 2020 through July. The HFRI China Index gained +6.8 return in July, which followed a +14.5 percent in 2Q, the best quarte
27 Aug. 2020 Privium opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In line with its current business activities and ambition to expand further as a global player, Privium is proud to announce that from September 1st this year it will open an office in Singapore. Located in the Central Business District area, the new office will work on b
27 Aug. 2020 SEC modernises accredited investor definition [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to the "accredited investor" definition, one of the principal tests for determining who is eligible to participate in private capi
27 Aug. 2020 Despite COVID-19 crisis, investors stick with alternative allocation plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 has only had a limited impact on investors' allocation plans, as they remain satisfied with the performance, although they expect a negative impact on returns in the future, said Preqin. Despite concerns that institutions may need to curtail their alternat
26 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds see inflows after four months of redemptions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors allocated an additional +$9.33 billion to hedge funds around the world in July, ending four consecutive months of redemptions that saw investors pulling some -$72 billion from the industry between March and June, according to the just-released eVestment July 202
26 Aug. 2020 Cerulli: Asia's fund industry embraces digital tools as the new normal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian fund managers are increasingly making use of technology in their marketing and sales strategies, with managers surveyed by Cerulli ranking an increase in their digital and social media presence as their third-most-important priority. At a regional level, Cerulli
26 Aug. 2020 Assets in global ESG exchange-traded funds and products top $101bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global assets held in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) invested according to good environmental, social and governance principles surpassed $100bn last month, said a study. According to research by ETFGI, a consultancy, the products g
26 Aug. 2020 COVID-19 will significantly change the long-term investing landscape, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly change the long-term investing landscape, particularly concerning consumer behavior, health care, and mobility trends so it's critical for long-term investors to understand 'generational shifts' caused by the pandemic, said a st
25 Aug. 2020 L-QIF: an innovation for the Swiss fund market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the revision of the Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISA). The revision will create a new category of fund, the limited qualified investor fund (L-QIF), that offers qualified investors an alternative to similar foreign
25 Aug. 2020 Commonfund expands diverse manager portal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, an asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the re-opening of its online Diverse Manager Portal. Originally launched last year, the portal was designed to broaden clients' access to diverse investment talent throu
25 Aug. 2020 Some U.S. alternative investment managers hit record fundraising in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many of the U.S.-based alternative investment managers (alt IMs) had their best fundraising periods on record in the second quarter, said a study. Investors searching for yield amid persistently low-interest rates led to record fundraising for alt-IMs in 2Q, accordi
25 Aug. 2020 Asset manager financials continue to slide in Q2 on account of the Covid-19 crash [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager financials remain fragile despite the second-quarter market rebound, according to a study. According to asset management strategy consultant Casey Quirk, capital markets are mostly returning to pre-pandemic crisis levels, yet asset manager financials
24 Aug. 2020 Professional investors adopt lower risk, lower return strategies amid coronavirus crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The coronavirus crisis has led to a significant shift in the investment strategies of European institutional real estate investors, said a study. 58% of the 150 professional investors in Germany, France, and the UK surveyed by Union Investment for its investment cli
21 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds see $1bn of inflows in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reversed course in June from the pandemic-driven redemption trend of prior months, posting $15.1 billion in inflows. It was a significant turnaround from $8.0 billion in outflows in May, $38.1 billion in April and $85.6 billion in redemptions in March. Jul
21 Aug. 2020 Global deal activity up by 16.6% in July 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A total of 6,423 deals were announced globally during July 2020, which is an increase of 16.6% over 5,507 deals announced during the previous month. According to GlobalData, deal volume during the month remained above the first quarter (Q1) of 2020 and Q2 monthly av
20 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds up almost 3% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued their strong performance in July, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gaining +3.29%, compared to June's +2.53%. This brought the YTD performance into positive territory (+2.88%), and pushed the 12-month return to +5.46%. Eq
20 Aug. 2020 Over 20% of hedge fund managers with double-digit returns in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Supported by the robust performance of the underlying global equity market, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.52% in July, bringing its year-to-date return to 1.65%. In comparison, the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local) gained 3.67% over the same month. Almost 20.2% of
20 Aug. 2020 US: Gen Z, millennial traders taking more stock market risks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US's youngest investors took on more risk and traded with more volatile products as the coronavirus slammed the economy, said a study. According to survey data from E-Trade, more than half of Gen Z and millennial investors said their risk tolerance has grown
20 Aug. 2020 Andros Capital launches $250m energy fund during downturn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Texas-based Andros Capital Partners has closed its debut Andros Energy Capital fund on $250 million, launching in the aftermath of a pronounced drawdown in energy. The fund will be involved in private equity investments, credit opportunities and direct asset-lev
20 Aug. 2020 Delbrook Capital outperforms - fund up +102.8% YTD [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Metals and mining fund - Delbrook Resource Opportunities - from Delbrook Capital is having a banner year. The strategy was up +21.6% in July and is up 102.8% YTD.
19 Aug. 2020 Carillon Tower Advisers adds ESG veteran Joy Facos [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Carillon Tower Advisers, a global, multi-boutique asset management firm, announced that it has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) principles by hiring ESG professional Joy Facos as Head of Responsible Investing. Ms. Fa
19 Aug. 2020 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.63% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds were profitable in July as the CTA industry realized a 1.63% monthly gain, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date CTAs were up 2.49% through July. "A resurgence of the
19 Aug. 2020 McCarthy Capital wraps up the seventh fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Growth equity specialist McCarthy Capital has easily beaten the target of $425 million for its seventh flagship fundraise through a final closing of $535 million. The McCarthy Capital Fund VII will invest in growing, lower middle-market companies, said Omaha-based
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