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21 Mar. 2019 Morgan Creek Digital makes strategic investment in Ikigai Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Creek Digital Assets (MCDA) has made a major new investment in another crypto-related firm. The hedge fund is committing to a new fund launched by Ikigai Asset Management (IAM). MCDA, founded by Mark Yusko, Jason A. Williams, and Anthony Pompliano, said in a
21 Mar. 2019 ESMA starts analysing EU alternative investment funds industry [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) reported that the EU alternative investment funds (AIF) sector in 2017, as measured by
20 Mar. 2019 Hedge funds continue strong start to 2019 with gains in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained +1.91% in February, continuing hedge funds' strong start in 2019. This has pushed the YTD return to +5.13% and increased the 12-month return to +0.85%. For the first time since April 2018, single-manager hedge fu
20 Mar. 2019 Hedge funds extend winning streak with a 1.24% gain in February as rising inflation fears are quickly put to rest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds extended their winning streak to a second month with a February return of 1.24%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index rose 3.21% for the month. Year to date, hedge funds gained
20 Mar. 2019 Global hedge fund AUM at $2.3tn as investors redeem $15.1bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The assets under management (AUM) of the global hedge fund industry stood at $2,316.7bn as of February 2019, up roughly 1.1% year-to-date, in contrast to how the industry lost 6.3% of its assets in 2018. Final asset flow figures for January showed that hedge fund m
20 Mar. 2019 Asian hedge funds will drive investor demand in 2019: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge funds, specifically China equity long short as well as distressed strategies, and distressed debt strategies will drive investor demand in 2019, revealed a survey. According to an annual survey of 425 allocators conducted by Deutsche Bank's hedge
19 Mar. 2019 Helen Doody returns as head of Abbey Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital is pleased to announce that Helen Doody has re-joined the company as Head of Abbey Capital (US), assuming responsibility for the US Sales team, based in New York. Helen will re-join the management team and will report to, Páraic Cosgrave, Global Head of Sale
19 Mar. 2019 Half of real estate investors are considering investing in opportunity zone funds (OZFs) in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A survey found that 51% of real estate investors were considering investing in opportunity zone funds (OZFs) in 2019, while a further 12% are interested in the longer term. A less widely publicized part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the US was the creation
19 Mar. 2019 CTA recovery is currently happening: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a dismal performance and significant outflows in 2018, trend following strategies are on the mend and a broad-based CTA recovery is currently happening, said Lyxor. The positioning of CTAs has been significantly reshuffled recently, pointed out Lyxor in its W
19 Mar. 2019 January's hedge fund redemptions at $24.1bn in fifth straight month of net redemptions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Driven by a fourth-quarter stock market plunge and investor concerns over global trade disputes and a possible global economic slowdown, hedge fund redemptions slowed from their December pace in January, but persisted for a fifth straight month. According to the Ba
19 Mar. 2019 250,000 people worldwide working in the private equity industry: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are currently an estimated 250,000 people worldwide working in the private capital industry, said a report. The overall picture for the number of active firms over time shows a clear growth trend, which is indicative of positive developments in the private c
19 Mar. 2019 CalPERS approves plan to add up to $20bn to PE investments [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CalPERS has approved a plan that will change how it invests in private equity. Under the new plan, the pension fund will create two new private equity organizations that will hire private equity fund managers to direct investments of up to $20 billion. One
18 Mar. 2019 Help For Children (HFC) raises $1 Million at annual gala [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Help For Children (HFC) today announced that it raised $1 million at its 21st annual HFC New York Benefit to Fight Child Abuse held last week in New York City. The exclusive evening, which took place at The Pool (the former Four Seasons restaurant) located in the landmark
18 Mar. 2019 Schroders adds to institutional distribution team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Schroders today announced changes to its distribution team, as part of the firm's continued strategy to enhance its North American distribution platform. As part of these changes, Marni Harp has been promoted to Head of Institutional Consultant Relations for the U.S. and
18 Mar. 2019 Peter Gleysteen and Thomas H. Lee launch AGL Credit Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Peter Gleysteen, a veteran bank loan investor, and founder of one of the largest US CLO managers, today announced the launch of AGL Credit Management LP. Peter Gleysteen will serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of AGL, and Thomas H. Lee, the Priv
18 Mar. 2019 EBS Quant Analytics Platform introduces FX market's first API streaming service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EBS, a leading provider of electronic trading platforms and technology services in foreign exchange markets, today announced it will launch a new API streaming service on the EBS Quant Analytics platform (previously known as NEX Quant Analytics), the FX market's largest a
18 Mar. 2019 Willis Towers Watson appoints Anne Swift to DC Investment Team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Willis Towers Watson has appointed Anne Swift as a Senior Director on its Advisory Investment Services team in London, where she will focus on DC schemes. Ms Swift joins from KPMG, where she served as Head of DC Investment, advising clients on all aspects of their D
18 Mar. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains 0.56% in February [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.56% in February, slightly underperforming the 0.63% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. "February marked a continuation of the renewed risk appetite seen in January, propelling equity and credit ass
15 Mar. 2019 State Street Quarterly Brexometer Index reveals latest investor sentiment towards Brexit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Corporation announced the latest findings from its Brexometer Index, a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment on the economic impact of Brexit. After a slightly more muted response from investors in Q4 2018, investor appetite for holdi
15 Mar. 2019 SFC reprimands and fines Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Securities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined Morgan Stanley Asia Limited (Morgan Stanley) for failing to discharge its obligations as one of the joint sponsors in relation to the listing application of Tianhe Chemicals Group Limited (Tianhe) in 20
15 Mar. 2019 New sources of alpha will become important in the next six years: Fidelity [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are confident that private market investments and new sources of alpha will become important in the next six years, and the largest are reshaping their portfolios to reflect those beliefs. The Fidelity Global Institutional Investment Survey
15 Mar. 2019 Private debt assets to double but increasingly subject to market vulnerabilities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt market has experienced significant growth since 2008's global financial crisis, moving from a niche investment to an integral part of institutional portfolios, but it is unclear how competitive pressures and macro-economic changes will affect the asset
15 Mar. 2019 Feri Alternative Assets cross $9bn mark for first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Bad Homburg, Germany-based Feri Alternative Assets GmbH reported especially strong demand in the alternative investments sector in its financial report for 2018. During the reporting year, alternative investments exceeded the EUR 8 billion ($9bn) mark for the fi
14 Mar. 2019 SFC reprimands and fines Merrill Lynch Far East Limited $128m for sponsor failures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined Merrill Lynch Far East Limited (Merrill Lynch) for failing to discharge its obligations as one of the joint sponsors in relation to the listing application of Tianhe Chemicals Group Limited (Tianhe) in
14 Mar. 2019 Marc de Kloe to join hedge fund specialist Theta Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, the oldest and largest independent hedge fund specialist in the Netherlands, continues to add to its strengths, as Marc de Kloe joins as a Partner. Marc's role at Theta will be to further develop Theta's offering to an expanding client base
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