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02 Oct. 2018 London Block Exchange launches GBP-pegged cryptocurrency [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The London Blockchain Exchange (LBX) has announced the launch of a UK Pound Sterling (GBP)-pegged cryptocurrency stablecoin called LBXPeg. In a statement posted on its website, the United Kingdom-based startup revealed that the so-called "cryptopound" will be tied
02 Oct. 2018 Picton Mahoney introduces three alternative funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Toronto-based Picton Mahoney Asset Management has added three alternative funds to its Fortified Fund family, the asset manager said in a press release. The new products offer additional access to hedging techniques and alternative-investing strategies that the fir
02 Oct. 2018 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index up +0.48% in August as global equities gain [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hennessee Group announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +0.48% for the month. Global equities, as measured by the MSCI World index, gained in August but there were significant regional differences amid persistent US-China trade tensions and Turkey's
01 Oct. 2018 Michael Arrington's crypto hedge fund may stop investing in US [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Partner and founder of the digital asset management firm Arrington XRP Capital, Michael Arrington has posted on Twitter that his investment fund has received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for a second time. "Arrington XR
01 Oct. 2018 September: Poor harvest for hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The month of September was overall tough for hedge funds as CTAs and L/S Equity strategies underperformed on the back of sector rotations. According to benchmark liquid indices, several strategies were down, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. A press release from Lyx
01 Oct. 2018 Transaction fees eat up a quarter of asset owners' investment costs [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Transaction costs account for 24% of total investment costs for the world's biggest asset owners, according to a study of institutional investors. According to a study of global pension funds with $2.6 trillion in assets conducted by Toronto-based CEM Benchmarking,
01 Oct. 2018 Zero-fee decentralized crypto exchange StellarX is launched [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The decentralized exchange on its own blockchain, StellarX, which has been in beta test mode over the past several months, is now launched. The trading app for Stellar's universal marketplace offers crypto, fiat tethers, commodities, bonds, and more. According to
01 Oct. 2018 Difficult times in raising funds for hedge fund managers: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers will to continue to encounter difficulties in raising funds as they are pushed by investors on performance, said a research report. A report by Deloitte Partner Mark Ward, director Chris Farkas, and Assistant Manager Will Hindley on hedge fund ma
01 Oct. 2018 European hedge funds value core services and strength of prime brokers than fees: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Deloitte risk advisory executives looked at what European hedge fund managers value most in their prime brokers (PB). Core services and strength of counterparty were most frequently ranked the most important; conversely, technology was only considered the most impo
01 Oct. 2018 Musk settles with SEC following tweets [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Following a Twitter episode that may go down as one of the most expensive to date, Elon Musk has agreed to settle with the SEC for $20 million and will step down as chairman of Tesla for at least three years. Musk will still be involved with Tesla, and arguably
30 Sep. 2018 Värde Partners invests £60 million in Masthaven [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - -Masthaven, the UK specialist bank, and Värde Partners, the global alternative investment firm, today announced an agreement for Värde Partners to make a strategic £60 million equity investment in Masthaven. The investment will enable the bank to deliver against its state
30 Sep. 2018 GAM Investments appoints global head of trading [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM Investments today announced the appointment of Juan Landazabal as global head of trading. This newly created role will strengthen GAM's existing trading infrastructure, strategy and processes as well as counterparty relationships across equities, fixed income and FX.
28 Sep. 2018 Worldwide investment fund assets rose to $53tn by the end of Q2 2018 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest International Statistical Release. The report describes information on worldwide regulated open-ended fund assets and flows for the second quarter of 2018. The main developments
28 Sep. 2018 Managed Funds Association announces 2018-2019 board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association (MFA) announced its 2018-2019 Board of Directors. The new Board will provide governance oversight to MFA and help guide the Association's advocacy, education, and communication efforts on global issues impacting the alternative investment industr
28 Sep. 2018 High fees deter asset managers from investing in hedge funds, says UK pension funds executives [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: High management fees are the main obstacle preventing pension schemes from investing in hedge funds, according to a research report. 38% of U.K.-based asset owners surveyed are not investing in hedge funds due to high management fees, according to Asset Management
28 Sep. 2018 European UCITS assets to quadruple to $48.83tn by 2048: ALFI [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets held in UCITS funds could quadruple to reach EUR 42 trillion ($48.83tn) in 30 years, according to research by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI). The study claims that the assets in UCITS funds have the potential to grow at a compound ra
28 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund industry AUM posts record high of $3.61tn for Q2 2018: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite investors withdrawing $1.2bn in capital in Q2 2018, performance has driven hedge fund industry assets under management (AUM) to a record high of $3.61tn as at June 2018. According to Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight, in Q2 2018, hedge funds recorded their first
28 Sep. 2018 BNY Mellon rebrands $550bn asset management unit in North America as Mellon [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon Investment Management's U.S. multi-asset manager will be branded Mellon effective on January 2, 2019. The mega-boutique new unit with $549.8 billion in total assets is formed from the merger of Mellon Capital Management, Standish Mellon Asset Management
28 Sep. 2018 SEC goes after Musk following Twitter episode [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Tesla CEO Elon Musk following a series of tweets in which he threatened to take his company private and claimed funding was secured. It was later discovered that no formal discussions had taken place and funding
28 Sep. 2018 Falcone's Harbinger settles with New York on tax evasion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Harbinger Capital Partners Offshore Manager, the offshore arm of hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners has come to a tax agreement with New York State tax authorities. According to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, the offshore fund earned incen
27 Sep. 2018 Swiss Startup by former UBS bankers net $103m to build a Crypto Bank [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Switzerland-based startup SEBA Crypto AG, a financial services company run by former UBS bankers, has raised 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million) to establish a bank offering cryptocurrency-related services. The Zug-headquartered company, headed by former ex-UBS
27 Sep. 2018 North America leading fall in institutional investor confidence with -7.5 points decrease in State Street Investor Confidence Index [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Global Investor Confidence Index (ICI) decreased to 88.3, down 5.7 points from August's revised reading of 94.0, according to a press release from State Street Global Exchange. Confidence among North American investors further declined, with the North Ameri
27 Sep. 2018 Crypto hedge funds platform AKJ Crypto launches AKJ Token for institutions and professional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The platform for crypto hedge funds AKJ Crypto has launched AKJ Token, intended to become the vehicle of choice for professional investors seeking diversified exposure to crypto assets. According to the AKJ Crypto's press statement, the AKJ token is a multifaceted
27 Sep. 2018 BNY Mellon's Lockwood Advisors adds 54 portfolios to its Managed360 program [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BNY Mellon's Lockwood Advisors has added 54 portfolios, across nine model portfolio ranges from six different asset managers, to its Managed 360 program. With these new additions, Lockwood nearly doubled the number of strategists and underlying model portfolio
27 Sep. 2018 BeQuant Cryptocurrency exchange launches in Malta [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: BeQuant Exchange, the cryptocurrency exchange for institutions and active traders, has announced the launch of its operations in Malta and opening of its new office on the island. BeQuant Exchange's Malta division, located in the heart of Malta's business district
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