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21 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds: US Billion Dollar Club expands during global pandemic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HFM reports that assets managed by America's Billion Dollar Club (BDC) of leading firms hit a record high as the industry navigated the global pandemic and rebounded in the second half of last year. BDC membership and assets fell in the first six months of 2020 but b
21 Jun. 2021 FSN Capital raises $2.14bn for sixth mid-market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Northern European investment advisory firm FSN Capital Partners has held the final closing of FSN Capital VI at 1.8bn ($2.14bn). The fund was oversubscribed and closed above its original hard cap. With the new fund, FSN has grown significantly since FSN Capital V c
18 Jun. 2021 Emerging funds outperform larger peers in 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds managing less than $1bn averaged gains of 1.4% in May, extending returns for the year to 8.9%. That puts smaller funds ahead of billion-dollar-plus funds, which averaged 1% in May and 6.9% for the year so far, said HFM Insight. Long/short equity gains have
18 Jun. 2021 CarVal Investors raises $3.6bn for fifth credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative investment manager CarVal Investors raised $3.6 billion for a new global fund focused on credit and distressed debt, closing the vehicle to new money after exceeding an initial goal of $3 billion by 20 percent. The Credit Value Fund V (CVF V)
17 Jun. 2021 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.9% in May, 7.7% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers were up 0.87% in May 2021, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market which returned 0.83% during the month. In terms of 2021 performance, global hedge funds were up 7.71%, recording the strongest May year-to-date return since
17 Jun. 2021 Managed futures funds advance solidly in May despite uneasiness elsewhere [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds ground out another solid batch of returns this month, yielding 0.81% and making May the fourth period in a row of gains for the CTA industry. For the year-to-date interval, CTAs have earned their investors a return of 4.85% according to the Barclay C
17 Jun. 2021 Alternative fund managers to invest more in data storage, management, and analysis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With increasing pressures and demands on returns and reporting, alternative asset managers have work to do to meet the growing needs of institutional investors, said a survey. According to a State Street Corporation survey, 70 percent of the alternative asset mana
16 Jun. 2021 Global Palladium Fund launches competitively priced physically backed metal exchange traded commodities (ETCs) on SIX [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Palladium Fund (GPF), which was founded in 2016 by Norilsk Nickel, the diversified mining company, has launched its four physically-backed metal Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs) on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX). The ETCs have some of the lowest charges in the Eu
16 Jun. 2021 Long Range Capital expands team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LongRange Capital, a private equity firm focused on building better businesses, today announced new team members that joined the firm over the past several months. Sunny Patel joined LongRange as Senior Principal, Taylor Elliott as Senior Associate, and Austin Marcus as A
16 Jun. 2021 BlackRock and iCapital Network expand partnership to include global wealth managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Today iCapital Network and BlackRock announce the expansion of their existing relationship to increase accessibility to private market investments for wealth managers. The combination of BlackRock's private market investment products and iCapital's proven technology and s
16 Jun. 2021 LGT Capital Partners closes fifth secondaries fund on $4.5bn hard-cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swiss alternative asset management firm LGT Capital Partners has held a final close for its fifth private equity secondaries vehicle, Crown Global Secondaries V (CGS V), on its hard-cap of $4.5bn. More than 100 institutional backers, including pension funds, endowme
16 Jun. 2021 Insurance segments exposures to hedge funds increase 6% in 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The life/annuity and property/casualty insurance segments increased their exposures to hedge funds, leading to an overall 6% increase in insurance industry investments in 2020. According to the latest AM Best report, during 2020 the hedge fund market did not fall a
16 Jun. 2021 Sustainable funds in Europe doubled over the past three years [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data shows that the number of sustainable funds offered in Europe has doubled over the past three years. Sustainable fund products attracted 52% of all net new flows in 2020, and reflected 11% of total net assets domiciled in Europe at the end of the year.
15 Jun. 2021 Hedge funds score 7th consecutive month in the black with 1.08% returns in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry notched its seventh consecutive month in the black, posting a 1.08% return for the month of May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. In aggregate hedge funds outpaced the S&P 500 Tot
15 Jun. 2021 BlackRock raises $1.7bn for new infrastructure debt fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock Real Assets has raised $1.67bn for its inaugural global infrastructure debt strategy to finance data centers, toll roads, wind energy, and other infrastructure projects around the world. BlackRock wrapped up its Global Infrastructure Debt (GID) Fund at mo
15 Jun. 2021 Limited Partners returns from private equity at record high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Limited Partners' (LP) returns from private equity over their portfolios' lifetimes are at record levels, according to Coller Capital's latest Global Private Equity Barometer. Two-thirds of LP have now achieved overall net returns of between 11% and 15% from
14 Jun. 2021 $1.5tn US investment fund Invesco launches two cryptocurrency ETFs [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based investment management company Invesco, which manages assets worth nearly $1.5 trillion, has launched two cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs). According to the Atlanta-based investment management firm, roughly 80% of the Invesco Galaxy Blockc
11 Jun. 2021 PSERS Investigation deepens, union calls on CIO to resign [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The battle over the Pennsylvania Public Employees' Retirement System is heating up. The pension system, which is under investigation by the FBI over potential misstatements and insider deals surrounding its investment strategy, was sued this week by a member of
11 Jun. 2021 Global investable assets reach record $250tn in 2020, despite COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite a year of economic uncertainty, financial assets, including stocks, bonds, and other investment funds, globally went up by 8.3% to reach a record $250 trillion in 2020, said a study. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), despite the pandem
11 Jun. 2021 State Street launches digital unit to capitalize on crypto craze [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: State Street Corporation is establishing a new division focused on digital finance to include services for crypto, central bank digital currency, blockchain, and tokenization. The American financial services and bank holding company with $40.3 trillion in assets und
11 Jun. 2021 ECB maintains bond-buying program [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Central Bank (ECB) announced on Thursday the coronavirus economic support plan would remain in place. Its key interest rates are unchanged, and the cen
10 Jun. 2021 Crypto startup Solana raises $314m in the token sale [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Solana Labs, a developer of decentralized finance projects, raised $314.2 million of new funding in a private token sale to develop technology used in the fast-growing area of the cryptocurrency markets known as decentralized finance, or DeFi. The Blockchain startu
09 Jun. 2021 Emerging market hedge funds outperformed their developed market counterparts in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.10% in May 2021, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 0.83% over the same period. Headline inflation rose to 4.2% year on year in April, the high
09 Jun. 2021 DWS closes latest European infrastructure fund at $3.7bn hard cap [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: German asset management company DWS Group closed its third European infrastructure fund at its 3 billion ($3.7 billion) hard cap and ahead of its 2.5 billion target. The manager said the Pan European Infrastructure (PEIF III) was backed by new investors as well a
09 Jun. 2021 Shamrock Capital raises $1bn for Growth Fund V [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Los Angeles-based investment firm Shamrock Capital closed its latest fund, Shamrock Capital Growth Fund V (SCGF V), at its $1 billion hard cap. The buyout and growth equity fund makes investments of $25 million to $200 million within Shamrock's core industries of m
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