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27 Aug. 2018 World's first blockchain bond receives overwhelming response [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's first public bond - bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument) - created and managed using only blockchain exceeds market expectations, said Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). The biggest bank in Australia said that it has received support
27 Aug. 2018 CFTC to exempt certain firms from clearing requirement for swaps [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed a rule to exempt the clearing of swaps from financial holding companies with consolidated assets less than $10bn. A press release from CFTC said that it has unanimously approved a swap clearing requirement
27 Aug. 2018 Iranian government to roll out state-owned cryptocurrency soon [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Iran's National Cyberspace Center revealed today (Sunday) that the draft of the state-backed cryptocurrency has been prepared at the behest of President Hassan Rouhani. The local news agency IBENA quoted Saeed Mahdiyoun, the deputy director in charge of drafti
27 Aug. 2018 Emerging markets hedge funds gain +0.3% in July despite difficult markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds focused on emerging markets actively navigated the surge in EM asset volatility into 3Q18 including the plunging Turkish Lira, as well as volatile financial market conditions and falling currencies across Latin America, Russia and China. With the HFRI
27 Aug. 2018 Investors add $5.85bn to hedge funds in July: eVestment [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global hedge fund flows were positive in July, with investors adding an estimated $5.85bn to funds around the world and bringing overall industry AUM to $3.307tn. According to July eVestment 2018 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, signs of consolidation continue: 42% o
24 Aug. 2018 Reality Shares rebrands as Blockforce Capital, synergizes crypto hedge fund unit with ETF biz [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Reality Shares has announced that it is becoming "Blockforce Capital" in order to reflect its broader focus on delivering access to blockchain and cryptocurrency investments. "Blockforce Capital will be comprised of three core business units: Reality Shares
24 Aug. 2018 Report: US remains key driver for global hedge funds accounting for 72% of global assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US remains a key driver of the hedge fund industry across the globe, accounting for 72% of the approximate $3.6tn in global assets as of 31 May 2018, according to Preqin special report: Hedge fund spotlight. Despite hedge fund activity in other regions global
24 Aug. 2018 Investors moving towards risk aversion: CFA UK survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CFA UK's latest Valuations Index indicates a risk-off mentality amongst investors in Q2 2018, with those surveyed seeing most value in safe haven assets. The Index, which measures investors' perceptions of the value of equities, shows that investors see better va
23 Aug. 2018 State Street 2018 Fund Strategy Survey: 85% of the participating asset managers are planning to offer hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the State Street 2018 Fund Strategy Survey, 85% of the participating asset managers are planning to offer hedge funds. Alternative strategies expected to see strong growth over the next five years, the Survey revealed. "85% are planning to offer hedge
23 Aug. 2018 China continues crackdown on cryptocurrencies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Is the Chinese government moving to tighten the knot on the cryptocurrency industry, which continues to thrive despite last year's trading ban? The writing on the wall is loud and clear. - WeChat, leading social media messaging and mobile payment application in
22 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds register outflows but performance gains lift assets to record $3.61tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recorded quarterly outflows of $1.2bn in Q1 2018, ending a streak of five consecutive quarterly inflows, reported data firm Preqin. However, due to positive performance, hedge fund assets under management stand at a record high of $3.61tn as at the end
22 Aug. 2018 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator: Investor confidence in hedge funds remains high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for August 2018 measured 2.73%, up from 2.40% in July. According to Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SS&C Technologies, the August 2018 reading of 2.73% continues the generally favorable trend in asset
22 Aug. 2018 Optimal Asset Management rolls out direct indexing services through Factor Allocator platform [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Optimal Asset Management has launched a direct indexing service for institutional investors and investment advisors. The indices available for direct indexing are S&P Dow Jones Indices' flagship S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400, S&P SmallCap 600 and select factor indices.
22 Aug. 2018 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up up 0.41% in July but trails behind the MSCI AC World Index which gained 2.59% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to Eurekahedge, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index ended the month of July up 0.41% as North American and European equity markets enjoyed the boost from strong second quarter earnings season, which somewhat mitigated losses incurred by the global trade friction
21 Aug. 2018 Texas ERS and PAAMCO Launchpad to hold emerging manager event [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - The Employees Retirement System of Texas and PAAMCO Launchpad today announced that their first hedge fund emerging manager event will be held on October 24-25, 2018, at KK
21 Aug. 2018 CreativeCap Advisors appoints Richard Heller to international mentor network [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - CreativeCap Advisors - the premier global asset management consulting firm - has announced the addition of Richard S. Heller, Partner at Thompson Hine LLP, as one of the m
21 Aug. 2018 DBRS: Impact of Turkish Lira crisis on large European banks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A number of European banks with exposure to Turkey face some impact as a result of the current Turkish Lira crisis. The banks most exposed to Turkey through their subsidiaries or equity investments are BBVA, UniCredit, BNPP, ING and HSBC. The capital impact for these
21 Aug. 2018 Biggest digital exchanges collaborate to police the $214bn cryptocurrency industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Four major cryptocurrency exchanges - Gemini, Bitstamp, Bittrex, and bitFlyer USA - are teaming up to develop a self-regulatory organization (SRO) for digital commodities, such as cryptocurrencies. The new group, named 'Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) Wor
21 Aug. 2018 SDC Capital Partners closes debut fund on $400m [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: SDC Capital Partners has closed its debut fund on $400 million, beating its $300 million target. The fund and the firm are focused on investments in the IT and communications infrastructure sectors. SDC targets investments of $20 - $100+ million and is contr
21 Aug. 2018 eVestment survey: hedge funds should plan to add GIPS compliance [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A just-released survey of institutional asset managers, consultants and investors confirms compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) is on the rise, with 84% of asset managers responding saying their firms are GIPS compliant. This is up
20 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds redeem $8.9bn in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Barclay Fund Flow Indicator saw redemptions from hedge funds hit a 20-month high in June, even amid worries over trade and interest rates. Hedge fund industry assets remained at an all-time high of $3.0 trillion, though the financial markets weighed the risks of
20 Aug. 2018 Quantica Capital launches trend-following ex-commodities UCITS fund with USD 100 million [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Switzerland-based systematic investment management firm Quantica Capital has launched its second UCITS vehicle at USD 100 million. The DB Platinum Quantica Managed Futures Focus Fund is managed according to Quantica's medium- to long-term systematic trend followi
20 Aug. 2018 Yewno partners with STOXX to launch Blockchain Index in preparation of ETF [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Yewno, a provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions in the financial sector, has partnered with STOXX to launch the iSTOXX Yewno Developed Markets Blockchain Index. A press release from STOXX, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Börse Group and its i
17 Aug. 2018 Udacity, WorldQuant join hands to launch AI for Trading Nanodegree programme [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WorldQuant, a global quantitative asset management firm, in partnership with global online learning company Udacity announces the launch of a new Artificial Intelligence for Trading Nanodegree program. Students enrolled in the program will analyze real data and build
17 Aug. 2018 BCG says Blockchain's application for most trading has likely been over-hyped [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Is blockchain technology suited for commodities trading? A report by Management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) says its application for most trading is exaggerated and can't fix everything - at least for now! The report says that commodity firms and
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