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17 Aug. 2018 Binance LCX launches fiat-to-crypto exchange in Liechtenstein [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance LCX, a joint venture between Binance and Liechtenstein Cryptoassets Exchange (LCX), has announced the launch of a fiat-to-crypto exchange. According to a press release the new trading platform will be located in Liechtenstein and offer trading between Swiss
16 Aug. 2018 MLD5: EU's latest AML directive introduces virtual currency regulation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - From law firm Reed Smith: The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (MLD5) has brought certain virtual currency services within the scope of the European anti-money laundering framework, realising an action plan adopted by the European Commission over two years ago.
16 Aug. 2018 Robo-advice will offer competitive advantage to traditional wealth managers: GlobalData [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Following the footsteps of WorthFM, SheCapital and Owners Advisory, New York-based avant-garde robo advisor Hedgeable has finally called it quits on 9 August 2018, just short of its 10-year anniversary. Even though there is mounting evidence that standalone robo-adv
16 Aug. 2018 BlueMountain Capital Management adds to primary strategies team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Nitin Dewan has joined the firm's equities team as Portfolio Manager, Primary Strategies, effective August 9. In the newly-created position, Mr. Dewan will repor
16 Aug. 2018 Jamaican Stock Exchange to allow Cryptocurrency trading [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has announced it plans to allow investors the ability to trade cryptocurrencies through the regulated stock exchange. According to the JSE, the Canadian-based Blockstation will help facilitate the crypto-trading services. Upon impl
15 Aug. 2018 Drop in yuan pull down Chinese hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Chinese hedge funds have posted YTD losses through July, though performance topped the sharp and accelerating declines of the Shanghai Composite Index, as well as the Renminbi as EM currency volatility soared through the second quarter of 2018. The HFRI China Index h
15 Aug. 2018 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.21% in July (YTD -1.98%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.21% gain in July. Year to date, the Index has lost 1.98%. "Although Managed Futures were able to register a small gain in July with 57 percent of the underlying index constituents re
15 Aug. 2018 Mercer acquires Pavilion and outsourced CIO business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mercer, a global consulting leader, acquired the investment consulting business of Pavilion Financial Group as well as the defined contribution consulting and outsourced CIO businesses of Summit Strategies Group. Mercer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLe
15 Aug. 2018 Blockchain Board of Derivatives, world's first hybrid crypto trading platform launched [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The world's first hybrid cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform, Blockchain Board of Derivatives (BBOD), has been launched in partnership with GMEX Technologies. Traders all around the globe can now have access to this platform which makes it easier for trade
14 Aug. 2018 Institutional investors struggling to find value in crowded private debt market [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: It has become more challenging for institutional asset owners to find compelling opportunities in private debt, according to new research from Willis Towers Watson. The research examines the key principles that investors should follow in order to invest most eff
14 Aug. 2018 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 0.54% in July [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Hedge Funds gained 0.54% in July according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, versus a 3.72% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index. Year to date, the Barclay Index is up 1.04%, while the S&P has gained 6.47%. "In spite of July's rise in gl
14 Aug. 2018 SS&C: Hedge funds register net inflows in August, return +0.97% in July [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index July 2018 measured 0.97%, said a press release. It also said that hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.24% in August. Cumulatively, the SS&C GlobeOp Capi
14 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds up in July, but dragged down by macro, managed futures performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds returned an average of +0.59% in July, and are UP +0.79% through the first seven months of 2018, according to eVestment's latest Hedge Fund Industry Performance Report. Given the broadly positive returns posted in July, the beginning of H2 2018 wou
14 Aug. 2018 Apex acquires pioneering hedge fund administrator Custom House, adds $24bn of assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Apex Group, one of the world's largest fund administrators, and mid-market PE shop Genstar Capital jointly announced the acquisition of the global hedge fund administrator Custom House, adding a further $24bn in assets under administration to the Group's portfo
10 Aug. 2018 Pershing Square Holdings outperforms market with 12.7 % gain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: William Ackman's publicly traded hedge fund Pershing Square Holdings (PSH) has outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 and FTSE 250 indices with a gain of 12.7 percent this year through Aug. 7. A press release from the British investment trust dedicated to l
10 Aug. 2018 World Bank preps for world's first blockchain bond [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The World Bank has chosen the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to be the sole arranger of the first bond globally "to be created, allocated, transferred and managed using blockchain technology." The Kangaroo bond, referring to foreign bonds issued in Australia
09 Aug. 2018 S&P Dow Jones Indices launches index family for Risk Parity Strategy [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: S&P Dow Jones Indices today announced the launch of the S&P Risk Parity Indices, its first index family designed to replicate a multi-asset risk parity strategy. Delivering an alternative for market participants, the S&P Risk Parity Indices index portfolios are compris
09 Aug. 2018 Investor group led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and Thomas H. Lee Partners acquire Dun & Bradstreet for $6.9bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: An investor group led by led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, will acquire business data provider Dun & Bradstreet. Dun & Bradstreet shareholders will receive $145.00 per share, which puts the acquisition price at
09 Aug. 2018 ESG adoption on the rise among U.S. asset owners: Callan survey [more]
By Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 43% of U.S. asset owners have incorporated environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decisions, up from 37% in 2017 and 22% in 2013, said Callan's sixth annual ESG survey report. According to the survey, the percentage is the highest
09 Aug. 2018 Record pace in crypto fund launches bring total to now 466 [more]
By Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: It appears that the bear market, falling cryptocurrency prices and an uncertain regulatory environment during the first seven months of 2018 did not stop 96 new crypto hedge funds and venture capital funds from getting launched. If this trend that translates t
08 Aug. 2018 BlueMountain snags Fir Tree's Troeller for private infrastructure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BlueMountain Capital Management, a private diversified alternative asset management firm, today announced that Scott Troeller has joined the firm as a Portfolio Manager to source, evaluate, and execute infrastructure-related private investments, with an initial focus on e
08 Aug. 2018 Investor appetite for hedge funds on the rise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new survey from Credit Suisse shows that investors are coming back to hedge funds after a rough few years. The survey, entitled "Back In The Saddle", polled over 275 institutional investors globally representing $1.04 trillion in hedge fund investments. Parti
08 Aug. 2018 Hedge funds gain in July; Blockchain, credit risk premia surge [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Equity Hedge, Relative Value Arbitrage lead HFRI for the month; HFRI Healthcare Index leads all indices YTD, topping Nasdaq Composite Hedge funds posted gains in July to begin the second half of 2018, recovering the narrow decline from June, and effectively navi
07 Aug. 2018 Co-Investing and hedge fund secondaries boom with Morgan Stanley raising $516m for new fund [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP), an investment team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has closed the unit's latest investment fund, the Riverview Strategic Opportunities Fund III ("SOF III" or the "Fund") with over $500 million in commitme
07 Aug. 2018 European commodity hedge fund shines with 25% YTD return [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Northlander Commodity advisors is having an run with a YTD return of 24.80% through May. The 7.8% returns made in May came primarily from carbon emissions trading. The $251m fund, launched in March 2012 with seed capital from a large U.S.-based institutional investor
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