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10 Oct. 2018 Crypto Valley's top 50 companies: $44bn market capitalization and 5 unicorns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of companies in Crypto Valley working with blockchain technology is growing rapidly. As of September 30, 2018, a total of over 600 blockchain related companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein were registered on CV Maps, an online directory of the blockchain in
10 Oct. 2018 CreativeCap Advisors announces inaugural class [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - CreativeCap Advisors has announced that it has selected five companies to join its inaugural Fall 2018 Class for the Global Emerging Manager Incubator. "We are thrilled
10 Oct. 2018 Crystal Financial Institutions offers new hedge fund cybersecurity solution [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crystal Financial Institutions, a division of Alliant Insurance Services, has announced a new cyber solution that it claims to be specially tailored to hedge funds that addresses numerous aspects of cyber risk management, including security management, insurance, crisi
10 Oct. 2018 HSBC Global pact with iCapital to enhance alternatives offering for high net worth clients [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: HSBC Global Private Banking, Americas is teaming up with iCapital Network, a financial technology firm, to expand and streamline client access to alternative investments. The partnership is part of Global Private Banking's effort to expand product offerings for
10 Oct. 2018 Cambridge Associates: Institutional investors get better returns from alternative risk premia funds than hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment in the new, fast growing asset class of 'Alternative Risk Premia' (ARP) funds has delivered institutional investors better risk adjusted returns and more capital protection, said a new study. According to the research by Cambridge Associates, ARPs are of
10 Oct. 2018 Crypto asset sector seen shifting with Switzerland's financial regulator approving first asset management license [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has issued the country's first cryptocurrency asset management license to a crypto investment fund Crypto Fund AG, a subsidiary of Crypto Finance AG. The Zug-based company has received same licence as profess
10 Oct. 2018 Asian managers push hedge funds into the red but over 10% still up with double-digit gains YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index ended the month of September 2018 down -0.05%, trailing behind the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which gained 0.07% over the course of the month. According to the Eurekahedge October Index Flash Update, North American hedge fund mana
10 Oct. 2018 Ackman takes stake in Starbucks [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Could a shot of espresso get Pershing Square going again? Bill Ackman has taken a stake in Starbucks. Ackman is betting that Starbucks will eventually rebound following a few recent missteps and the departure of CEO Howard Schultz. Ackman announced the posi
10 Oct. 2018 Tourbillon returns money to investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Jason Karp's Tourbillon Capital Partners is winding down. In a letter to investors first reported on in the Wall Street Journal and reviewed by Opalesque
09 Oct. 2018 UK opens up access to Hong Kong funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Recognition of Funds (MoU). The MoU will allow eligible Hong Kong public funds and United Kingdom retail f
09 Oct. 2018 Northern Trust hires Wouter Sturkenboom as chief investment strategist [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $1.1 trillion global fund manager Northern Trust Asset Management appointed Wouter Sturkenboom as new chief investment strategist for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. The investment management firm said in a press release that Sturken
09 Oct. 2018 Issuance to lauch BlockEstate tokenized real estate fund to its network of investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A marketing platform for digital securities, Issuance, announced that it has signed a marketing agreement with BlockEstate, a tokenized real estate fund using predictive analytics to drive returns for investors. This comes after the cmpany recently announced a list
09 Oct. 2018 CTAs move up in the hedge fund space, thanks to high treasury yields: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs benefitted the most on account of the strong market movements as treasury yields reach multi-year highs, Lyxor said in its Weekly Brief. Their short positions on U.S. Treasuries and long positions on crude oil were highly rewarding, according to the weekly rep
08 Oct. 2018 Hedge fund performance in September: HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index fell -0.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted mixed performance for September as U.S.bonds yields increased, with strategy gains led by fixed income-based relative value arbitrage, while macro currency led sub-strategy performance as the U.S. Dollar gained against the Japanese Yen, said a report
08 Oct. 2018 70% of Americans surveyed are emotionally uncertain on cryptocurrencies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to a fresh survey released by Clovr, a blockchain oriented research firm, almost 70 percent of respondents felt "uncertainty" summed up their emotions regarding cryptocurrencies. The research report sampling over 1,000 American adults found tha
08 Oct. 2018 Amsys Capital launches actively-managed digital assets hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amsys Capital has announced the launch of its first Digital Asset Fund. The actively-managed hedge fund seeks to manage growth within a volatile crypto-currency market. According to a release from the company, the Amsys Digital Asset Fund's goal is to actively
05 Oct. 2018 U.S. Bank Global Fund Services brings on Mastriano [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank Global Fund Services has hired Peter Mastriano as executive director and global head of product management for private equity, real estate and alternative investment funds. In this role, Mastriano will develop our private equity, real estate and alternative inve
05 Oct. 2018 Federal Court ruling defines virtual currencies as commodities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a press statement announcing federal courts would recognize virtual currencies as commodities and that CFTC had the power to prosecute fraud involving them. The US District Court for the District of Massachus
05 Oct. 2018 Liquidnet launches trading of Brazilian equities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Liquidnet's global institutional trading network has announced that its global buy-side community of more than 930 member firms can now trade Brazilian equities anonymously through its platform. The institutional equities marketplace said that the launch comes am
05 Oct. 2018 Caspian partners B2C2 to enhance institutional cryptocurrency liquidity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Crypto trading platform Caspian has partnered with the cryptocurrency market maker and liquidity provider B2C2 as part of a drive to attract more institutional investors wanting to increase their exposure to cryptocurrency markets. A press release from Caspian said
04 Oct. 2018 EFAMA calls on the European Commission to urgently postpone the UCITS exemption to protect consumers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EFAMA, the European Fund and Asset Management Association, has called on the European Commission to postpone the UCITS exemption within the PRIIPS regulation, following a letter issued yesterday by the European Supervisory Authorities (ESMA, EIOPA and EBA). The lette
04 Oct. 2018 BNY multi-asset builds out quant team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BNY Mellon Investment Management's U.S. Multi-Asset Manager, has hired an investment team managing quantitative strategies including Risk Parity, Managed Futures and Alternative Risk Premia. Roberto Croce Ph.D., Berto Brauns and Xuan Huan joined the firm's Boston o
04 Oct. 2018 eVestment acquires RedQuarry, a research tool for institutional investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment, a global leader in institutional investor data and analytics, has acquired RedQuarry. RedQuarry offers an easy-to-use, cloud-based investment research management solution that seamlessly retains notes, ranking assessments and documents while offering consistenc
04 Oct. 2018 Asset management industry launches diversity project [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - "The Diversity Project," an initiative focused on increasing diversity within the asset management industry, was launched today in North America by 14 leading financial services firms. NICSA, a non-profit trade association for the global asset management industry, is the
04 Oct. 2018 Local Pensions Partnership launches $972.66m hedge fund vehicle [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) has announced it had established the LPPI Diversifying Strategies fund, pooling together GBP 750m ($972.66m) of assets. A press release from the UK local government pension services provider said that the multi-manager, multi-s
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