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07 Dec. 2021 Cinctive Capital adds to investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Cinctive Capital Management, a multi-manager alternative investment firm focused on long/short equities, has announced the expansion of its investment teams as the firm en
07 Dec. 2021 Newbury Partners raises $2bn for private equity secondaries [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Secondaries private equity veteran Newbury Partners closed its fifth private equity secondary fund with capital commitments from new and existing investors totaling $2 billion, exceeding its original target of $1.75 billion. According to a press release from the In
07 Dec. 2021 Geneva-based manager Stouff Capital to launch global macro hedge fund [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: The Swiss quantamental asset manager says it has doubled its AuM in the last 12 months, hired two managers, and it is preparing the launch of a new absolute return global ma
06 Dec. 2021 Former State Street director James ONG appointed CEO of Value Partners Singapore [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Value Partners Group Limited has appointed Mr. James ONG as Managing Director, Head of Southeast Asia and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Singapore, effective 29 November 2021. This senior appointment is part of the Group's efforts to bolster its Southeast Asia busine
06 Dec. 2021 Pershing to buy direct indexing provider Optimal Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon's Pershing has signed a deal to purchase Optimal Asset Management, which provides direct indexing solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) said in the press release that Optimal Asset Management's patente
06 Dec. 2021 Apollo Global grabs Griffin Capital units in the push to reach wealthy individuals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Apollo Global Management has agreed to acquire the U.S. wealth distribution and $5 billion asset management businesses of Griffin Capital, as it looks to boost its offerings for rich clients. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the private-equity giant s
03 Dec. 2021 Net hedge fund inflows returned in October as assets rose to all-time high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors added an estimated net $7.22 billion into hedge funds in October, increasing 2021 net inflow to $34.33 billion. Asset-weighted returns were positive resulting in overall industry AUM increasing to $3.64 trillion, said eVestment. On the surface, October's dat
03 Dec. 2021 ESG assets to hit $30tn within the next decade [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets in dedicated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) mutual funds, ETFs, institutional mandates, and private funds are on track to hit $30trn by the end of 2030, said a study. According to a report from Broadridge Financial Solutions, asset managers stan
02 Dec. 2021 Study reveals one in three financial institutions/investors have invested in crypto for the first time [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New global research from market-leading digital institutional investment platform VALK shows professional investors are increasingly focusing on cryptocurrency and digital assets as worries about stretched equity valuations and poor yields in the fixed income markets grow
02 Dec. 2021 ETC Group to launch five new crypto ETCs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ETC Group, the specialist provider of institutional-grade digital asset-backed securities is delighted to announce that it would list five new exchange traded cryptocurrencies (ETCs) on Deutsche Borse XETRA in December 2021. The new crypto ETCs include Polkadot (Tick
02 Dec. 2021 US VCs account for 57% of investments in Canada [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors from the US and 46 foreign countries/regions invested $7.96 billion or 74% of total disbursements. US investors alone invested 57%, said a study. According to the Canadian Venture Capital Report by CPE Analytics, with the strong backing of American VC and
01 Dec. 2021 Study finds more than four out of five serious crypto traders say they make money [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than four out of five serious regular crypto traders are making money in the markets, global research from blockchain-based derivatives trading platform CloseCross shows. Its study among crypto traders across six major economies who stake at least $5,000 a month,
01 Dec. 2021 AlternativeSoft adds new hires to fuel company's growth [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlternativeSoft, an award-winning provider of portfolio construction and fund selection solutions, has announced a number of high-profile new hires in what's set to be a significant period of growth for the company. Established in 2005, the UK-based fintech compan
01 Dec. 2021 Hedge fund advanced in October with CTA funds in the lead supported by higher commodity prices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of October up 1.35% on an equal-weighted basis, and up 0.89% on an asset-weighted basis, said Eurekahedge. Risk assets rallied during the month driven by strong corporate earnings, a continuation of accommodative monetary policy and
01 Dec. 2021 Partech raises $750m growth fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based Partech, a VC firm that invests in Internet and information technology startups at Seed, venture, and growth stages, announced the closing of Partech Growth II fund at €650m ($750m). The current fund is significantly above the Partech Growth I fund that
30 Nov. 2021 Manulife Investment Management closes infrastructure fund on $4.65 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Manulife Investment Management announced today the final closing of Manulife Infrastructure Fund II, L.P., a US$4.65 billion private fund pool with committed capital from 29 limited partners and Manulife's general account. MIF II is the firm's second infrastructur
30 Nov. 2021 Grayscale launches Solana trust [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Grayscale Investments®, the world's largest digital currency asset manager, today announced the launch of Grayscale® Solana Trust -- the sixteenth product in Grayscale's suite of investment offerings. The Trust is solely and passively invested in Solana (SOL),
30 Nov. 2021 Eaton Partners appoints Jonathan Lee to head Asia Pacific [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Eaton Partners, one of the world's largest private fund placement and financial advisory firms and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF), is pleased to announce the hiring of Jonathan Lee as Managing Director and Head of the Asia Pacific region, b
30 Nov. 2021 A new way to trade Bitcoin [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The recent launch of the Proshares Bitcoin Strategy ETF has attracted a lot of media attention. The ETF aims to track the price of Bitcoin, using Bitcoin futures. But how can you generate trading ideas on this newly launched product? No historical data is available, the p
30 Nov. 2021 Ballard Spahr adds to private equity/M&A roster [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A group of Private Equity/M&A attorneys led by Jeffrey A. Fickes-who represents companies and investors in the United States and abroad in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other strategic transactions-joins Ballard Spahr today, firm Chair Mark Stewart has announce
30 Nov. 2021 Fixed income is top strategy for flows, bottom for returns while multi-strategy funds post middling returns in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The HFM Fixed Income/Credit Index fell 0.3% in October, the worst return among With Intelligence's range of HFM strategy indices last month. The result leaves the index at 5.3% YTD, around half that of the HFM Global Composite, at 10.2% YTD. Many hedge funds were caugh
30 Nov. 2021 74% of institutional investors may divest from companies with poor environmental track records [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A growing number of institutional investors in Canada and around the world are placing greater emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in their decision-making, said a study. According to the 2021 EY Global Institutional Investor Survey,
30 Nov. 2021 Investment associations cautiously welcome CMU-related package [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The European Commission (EC) adopted a package of measures to offer a single point of access to public information about EU companies and investment products, encourag
29 Nov. 2021 Scotiabank Canada Hedge fund ends October down 0.8% (+7.4% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2021, down -0.86% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 0.62% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The comparable benchmark indices were both up for the month with the S&P TSX 60 Total Return Index and S&P 500 Total Ret
29 Nov. 2021 Popular hedge funds waltz through September swoons with $10.2 billion in new assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry assets continued to grow in September with $10.2 billion in monthly inflows. September's inflows represented an increase of 0.22% of industry assets, according to the Barc
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