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03 Dec. 2019 Dyal Capital closes the fourth fund at $9bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based private-equity firm Dyal Capital Partners, a division of Neuberger Berman, closed its latest fund on more than $9 billion. Dyal Capital Partners IV was heavily oversubscribed at the final close with more than $3.5 billion above the fund's origina
03 Dec. 2019 Nordic institutional investors invest in World Bank green bond [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The World Bank priced a 20-year DKK 3 billion green bond - its first green bond denominated in Danish kroner. Institutional investors in both Denmark and Sweden have shown great interest in the bond and several pension funds are already on board. The 933 b
02 Dec. 2019 Euronickel Industries completes $100m investment and second furnace restart [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Euronickel Industries announced the completion of the $100 million investment in the plant and the re-start of its second electro-furnace at a ceremony today attended by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister Kocho Angjushev. The event marksthe first anni
02 Dec. 2019 LPs' portfolios are not ready for economic downturn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The large majority (70-80%) of North American and Asia-Pacific LPs believe their private equity portfolios need modifying to prepare them for the next economic downturn, according to Coller Capital's Global Private Equity Barometer. European investors are more sanguine, w
02 Dec. 2019 GLP launches $2.1bn China-focused logistics fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia's largest warehouse developer Global Logistic Properties (GLP) has launched a new $2.1bn Chinese logistics fund focusing on stabilised, income-generating properties, as the firm continues to recycle capital in the country. The vehicle, GLP China Income Partner
02 Dec. 2019 Luxembourg: private debt fund AuM grows 40% in two years to $61.7bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private debt fund market in Luxembourg has steadily grown over the last few years and 2019 is no exception. Total assets under management (AuM) has increased by 40% in two years - from EUR 40 billion in 2017 to EUR 56 billion ($61.7bn ) as of June 2019. "
29 Nov. 2019 Capco launches prime brokerage consulting offering [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Capco, the global technology and management consultancy dedicated to the financial services industry, has announced the launch of a new Prime Brokerage Consulting offering. Prime Brokerage Consulting will support prime brokers as they navigate ongoing regulatory chang
29 Nov. 2019 UK regulator: Liquidity risk number one concern for asset management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK regulator's number one concern for the asset management sector this year is corporate-level liquidity risk, says a survey. KPMG's annual Risk and ICAAP survey, Safe from Harm, finds that the majority of firms subject to a regulatory visit (Supervisory Review and
29 Nov. 2019 Private equity funds in Luxembourg increase fund AUM 50% in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The size of the average private equity fund domiciled in Luxembourg has increased by 50% since 2018, with the number of private equity funds holding assets worth more than €1 billion has also doubled to a total of 36 funds in 2019. The assets under managemen
28 Nov. 2019 The Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.80% in October (+7.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Developed market stocks increased 2.5% in October amid mixed economic data, positive global trade developments, and continued delays on Brexit. U.S. equities climbed 2.2% to new highs following better-than-expected U.S. earnings and a strong October employment report
28 Nov. 2019 Hedge fund assets up 3.5% since end of 2018 despite outflows [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For the sixth consecutive quarter, hedge fund outflows surpassed capital inflows, with the industry losing $34.4bn in the capital during Q3 2019, said Preqin. Despite the continued drawdowns, positive performance across most top-level hedge fund strategies in 2019 Y
28 Nov. 2019 Losses from digital currency crime soar to $4.4bn in the first nine months of 2019, up 150% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The total volume of cryptocurrency-related fraud and theft resulted in losses worth $4.4 billion in the first nine months of the year, up more than 150% from US$1.7 billion in all of 2018. However, the Q3 showed the lowest quarterly cryptocurrency thefts and scams i
27 Nov. 2019 Cerulli: ESG is a plus for European Investors in Emerging Markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are attracting the attention of European asset owners that invest into emerging market funds-with good reason, according to the latest issue of
27 Nov. 2019 Barings launches first onshore fund in China [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Barings, one of the world's leading financial services firms, today announced the launch of its first onshore Private Fund in China. The Barings China A-share Private Securities Investment Fund No.1 was registered with the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC) to b
27 Nov. 2019 Large global asset managers worth $37tn fail to meet climate goal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's largest investment funds - controlling a mammoth $37 trillion in assets have failed to push their investee companies to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a study. The world's 15 largest asset management groups (with coll
26 Nov. 2019 75% of surveyed insurers say it is essential to invest in alternatives to diversify risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Three-quarters (75%) of global insurers say it is essential to invest in alternatives to diversify risk as returns from bonds insufficient to match liabilities, said Natixis Survey. However, the complexity and regulatory constraints associated with alternatives prom
26 Nov. 2019 Macro and hedge fund Q1 2020 outlook improves, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The active investment backdrop, and in particular for hedge funds, is steadily improving, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Soaring policy uncertainties and monetary liquidity flows in the first part of the year were challenging for fundamental investors picking asset
25 Nov. 2019 Companies use 'creative' accounting tactics to attract Institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 82 percent of global institutional investors believe companies in their portfolio often resort to legal but 'creative' accounting tactics to attract or satisfy investors, causing investors to increase scrutiny over portfolio company financials. A global survey of
25 Nov. 2019 Bitcoin to maintain market dominance by the end of 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many institutional crypto traders expect Bitcoin to maintain a considerable market dominance by the end of 2019, which echoes their fear of the altcoin market losing interest from retail participants. According to Binance Research, institutional crypto traders also
22 Nov. 2019 HFRI China, Russia indices lead gains as trade, geopolitical uncertainty accelerates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets hedge funds extended industry-leading performance through October, with not only Chinese- but also Russia-focused hedge funds driving performance gains, said the HFR Asian Hedge Fund Industry Report and the HFR Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Industry Report
22 Nov. 2019 Second round of blockchain incubation program started in Switzerland's crypto valley [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After the successful completion of the inaugural CV Labs Incubation Program in spring 2019, the second batch of incubatees has now started the unique program in the heart of the Crypto Valley. For the second round of the incubation program, CV VC has evaluated applic
22 Nov. 2019 Nearly 45% of hedge funds see inflows, but October marks 8th consecutive month of industry outflows [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The balancing act of asset inflows and outflows worked against the hedge fund industry again in October, with investors redeeming $6.20 billion from the industry, according to the just-released October 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. While 45% of funds d
22 Nov. 2019 Activist investing in Europe evolves [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Activist investors launched public demands at 117 European-headquartered companies in the first nine months of 2019 - the lowest level since the comparable period in 2015 due to a decline in activity in peripheral markets, according to Activist Investing in Euro
22 Nov. 2019 Hedge funds push 2019 YTD returns to +8.50% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: As progress is made on a US-China trade deal, the Preqin AllStrategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +1.06% in October, building upon a return of +0.40% in September. According to Preqin, this pushes the 2019 YTD and 12-month returns to +8.50% and +5.65% respective
22 Nov. 2019 Hedge fund Moore Capital to return money to external investors [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Louis Bacon's Moore Capital Management is to return capital from its three macro hedge funds to investors. The funds will continue running partners' money and Bacon, 63, will reduce his involvement in trading, according to a letter to investors seen by
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