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11 Sep. 2018 JP Morgan Asset Management beefs up global hedge fund team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: JP Morgan Asset Management (JPM) is broadening its hedge fund solutions investment specialist team that offers hedge fund investments with three appointments. The hedge fund solution provider which advises clients on more than $17bn in hedge fund assets has hired
11 Sep. 2018 New York Regulator green signal for Paxos Ethereum-based stablecoin backed 1:1 by the dollar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), creators of the controversial BitLicense regulatory framework, has given the thumbs up for a new U.S.-dollar collateralized stablecoin. Blockchain startup Paxos announced the launch of Paxos Standard tok
11 Sep. 2018 Macro hedge funds lead top performers in August, CTAs post best returns since January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains in August 2018 as recorded by the HFRI Fund of Funds (Total) Index which returned +1.1% for the month. According to a report by Hedge Fund Research, macro hedge funds led August performance with the HFRI Macro (Total) Index advancing +0.9
10 Sep. 2018 Alternative investment industry to grow $2.5tn in next three years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The size of the alternative investment industry will grow by $2.5 trillion in the next three years, according to new research from Fidante Partners, an international asset management business. The research is the first study not only to aggregate the diverse asset cla
10 Sep. 2018 Japan-licensed Quoine launches 'Liquid', a platform with access global network of cryptocurrency exchanges [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global fintech company Quoine announced that it has launched a cryptocurrency trading platform, Liquid. Through the portal, users will be able to access a global network of cryptocurrency exchanges. Liquid now allows users to match trades across multiple transactio
10 Sep. 2018 Despite the fall, long term crypto investors remain bullish, plan to increase holdings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though cryptocurrency has plummeted during the last few months, consumers and investors continue to hold a bullish, long term outlook for both cryptocurrency and Blockchain in general. However, investors are less optimistic about near-term cryptocurrency trends. Ac
10 Sep. 2018 35% of sovereign wealth funds invest in hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) investing in hedge funds has steadily grown in recent years with 35% currently allocating to the asset class, up from 33% and 32% in 2017 and 2016 respectively. According to 'Preqin Special Report: Sovereign Wealth Fu
10 Sep. 2018 Societe Generale Prime Services: CTAs up +2.64% in August 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Societe Generale Prime Services said that CTA performance improved in August 2018 led by positive returns of trend following strategies. The SG CTA Index was up +2.64%. A press release from the Global Markets' division of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment
10 Sep. 2018 Italy's Generali to buy French boutique Sycomore Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Italy financial giant Assicurazioni Generali has entered into an exclusive negotiations with the shareholders of Sycomore Asset Management to acquire a majority stake in the company and enter into a strategic partnership. With over EUR8.3bn ($9.6bn) in assets und
07 Sep. 2018 Hong Kong SFC welcomes appointment of Chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) welcomes the appointment by the Chief Executive of Mr Tim Lui Tim-leung as the Chairman of the SFC for a term of three years from 20 October 2018. Lui will succeed Mr Carlson Tong, who will step down next month having chaired
07 Sep. 2018 Uncertainty about trade policy and international relations causes dive in European net sales of UCTIS and AIF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the second quarter and first half of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member
07 Sep. 2018 Leading European consultant FERI: Demand for hedge funds to remain high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FERI, the Bad Homburg, Germany based independent asset manager and consultancy says that demand for hedge funds will remain high in 2018. While seeking to protect their allocation from market fluctuations, institutional investors are still looking for a way out
07 Sep. 2018 82% of institutional investors believe Brexit will impact them, increasingly look at cross-border fund locations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the State Street Corporation Brexometer Index, more than a third (37%) of institutional investors surveyed think their company will use more cross-border fund locations, as they consider the economic impact of Brexit. The latest findings from its Brexo
07 Sep. 2018 US Survey: Vast majority are aware of bitcoin, half of millennials would like to use crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A vast majority (79%) of Americans are aware of at least one type of cryptocurrency. Nearly half (48%) of American millennials are interested in using cryptocurrency. A recent survey by research service YouGov Omnibus shows that the most well-known cryptocurrency a
07 Sep. 2018 SS&C to buy hedge fund platform Intralinks in $1.5bn deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial software maker SS&C Technologies Holdings has agreed to buy Intralinks Holdings from Siris Capital Group LLC affiliates in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $1.5bn. A press release from the provider of financial services software and software-enabled ser
07 Sep. 2018 Olymp Capital launches European blockchain and crypto hedge fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Alternative investment fund manager Olymp Capital is planning to launch what it claims the first European investment fund to cover the entire blockchain and crypto asset
07 Sep. 2018 Number of RIAs hits record highs as assets under management grow [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The universe of SEC-registered investment advisers is on the rise and has reached record-highs this year in number of advisers, aggregate regulatory assets under management (RAUM), and employment according to a new survey from the Investment Adviser Association
07 Sep. 2018 Millennium Management shuts Prediction Company [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Izzy Englander's Millennium has shut down Prediction Company, a quant fund run by two high profile physicists that has been in operation since the early 1990s, according to
06 Sep. 2018 Emerging market pension funds grow in prominence on the world stage [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets under management (AUM) at the world's largest pension funds increased in value by 15.1% in 2017 to reach a total of $18.1 trillion, a significant increase from the 6.1% growth achieved in 2016, according to the latest global 300 research from Willis Towers Watson&#
06 Sep. 2018 Hedge funds gain +0.77% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.77% for the month (+3.10% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +3.60% (+5.54% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +4.71% (+2.23% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +2.15% (+11.3
06 Sep. 2018 Oberland Capital closes second fund on $800 million [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Oberland Capital, a healthcare focused investment firm, has closed its second royalty and credit opportunities fund, Oberland Capital Healthcare II LP, at its hard cap of $800 million in capital commitments. Fund II will target investments between $20 million and $15
06 Sep. 2018 Tages Capital launches new tail hedge UCITS fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European specialist alternative asset manager Tages Capital, part of the Tages Group, has announced the launch of the tail hedge fund, Tages Paladin Fund. The alternative asset management firm which manages approximately $2.3bn said in a press release that the new
06 Sep. 2018 East Capital rolls out ESG China fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Swedish asset manager East Capital has launched a UCITS China A-Shares fund that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The asset manager specialised in emerging and frontier markets announced the launch of a UCITS version of its succes
06 Sep. 2018 Newer hedge funds need innovative fee structures to raise more capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Emerging hedge funds may need to adopt more innovative fee structures and reinforce marketing efforts to raise more capital, said a research report. A research from
06 Sep. 2018 IT giants Intel and SAP to join forces to resolve blockchain bottlenecks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US chip maker Intel and German software multinational company SAP have announced that they are partnering to address "gaps in the market" for solutions that support enterprise blockchain systems. A press note from Intel said that the joint development efforts are
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