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14 Oct. 2020 Hedge fund industry loses 0.65% in September [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Rising infection rates, second stimulus uncertainty and contested election concerns bring an end to a five-month run of hedge fund gains. After five straight months in the black, hedge funds posted a negative number in September losing 0.65% for the month, according
14 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds outperform the global equity market in September [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers were down 0.57% in September, outperforming the global equity market by 2.14% throughout the month. "The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.57% in September 2020, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Loca
14 Oct. 2020 Long Ridge Equity Partners closes Fund III, at $445m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based sector-focused private equity firm Long Ridge Equity Partners has wrapped up its latest fund with $445 million, the bulk of which the firm raised over the pandemic-impaired summer months. The oversubscribed fund closed at its hard cap of $400 mill
13 Oct. 2020 One River Asset Management sells stake to Brevan Howard [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Brevan Howard has acquired a 25% non-controlling equity stake in One River Asset Management, an asset manager dedicated to delivering high-conviction absolute-return strategies and innovative investment solutions that help institutional clients build superior portfolios.
13 Oct. 2020 Värde Partners shuffles team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced the promotion of Jon Fox to the role of President and Andy Lenk to the role of Deputy CEO, effective immediately. These appointments are the latest in a series of transition steps which previous
13 Oct. 2020 Z Capital expands credit team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Z Capital Group, a leading privately held global investment firm with complimentary private equity and credit businesses, today announced the addition of Egidio Carlino as Director and Jordan Shrem as Senior Associate. Mr. Carlino is responsible for research and analysis
13 Oct. 2020 $5tn institutional investor group pledges 2025 portfolio CO2 goals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Thirty of the world's largest investors collectively managing $5 trillion of assets agreed on concrete portfolio decarbonization targets that follow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 °C scenario for the next five years. UN-convened Net-Zero As
13 Oct. 2020 Survey shows 'consolidation most significant future trend' in the UK's pensions industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Consolidation across defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes is the most-anticipated trend for the UK pensions industry over the next five years, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has found. Senior pension executives and fund tr
13 Oct. 2020 HNIs plans to double impact investing over the next five years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: High net-worth investors plan to increase their allocation to impact investing from 20% of their portfolios in 2019 to 35% by 2025, said a study. A new research report launched by Campden Wealth, Global Impact Solutions Today (GIST), and Barclays Private Bank reveal
12 Oct. 2020 Sophie Bigeard joins Quaero Capital as head of multi-asset strategies for France [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Geneva-based specialist asset manager Quaero Capital has recruited Sophie Bigeard as Head of Multi-Asset Strategies for its French subsidiary Quaero Capital (France) SAS. She will be in charge of developing and managing Multi-Asset mandates for French institutional client
12 Oct. 2020 US VC investments reach $36.5bn in Q3, the second-highest quarter ever [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Venture Capital investments to US-based, VC-backed companies hit a 7-quarter high in Q3 2020 at $36.5bn, up 22% year-over-year (YoY) and 30% from Q2'20. According to the PwC Q3 2020 MoneyTree Report, the quarterly increase in deal activity is more modest: 1,461 VC
09 Oct. 2020 Study reveals the increasing influence of ESG in investment activities [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investment firms are incorporating more ESG metrics into their investment processes, and expanding the amount of resources dedicated to responsible investment as four in five of firms surveyed incorporate ESG factor assessments in their investment process said a study.
09 Oct. 2020 ICI rolls out diversity initiatives for the fund industry [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Investment Company Institute (ICI) has taken significant steps to advance the Institute's work and commitment toward fostering greater diversity and inclusion in the fund industry. Based on recommendations from a board-level working group on diversity and inclus
09 Oct. 2020 Morgan Stanley snaps up asset manager Eaton Vance in in $7bn deal [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Morgan Stanley has agreed to buy Boston-based investment manager Eaton Vance Corp for about $7 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that can quickly expand its investment-management business The Wall Street bank's investment arm Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MS
08 Oct. 2020 eVestment's next-generation ESG questionnaire offers deeper, more useful insights on this fast-growing area [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eVestment has launched a new ESG questionnaire that builds on eVestment's leadership in ESG data to expand and standardize ESG reporting. With input from institutional investors, consultants, managers and industry organizations, eVestment is bringing more insights and tra
08 Oct. 2020 Launch of the Key Family Partners Multi-Family Office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Founded in Geneva by Hugues d'Annoux and Morten Kielland, Key Family Partners is designed as a sophisticated private investment club. Thanks to its multidisciplinary team and top-notch systems, Key Family Partners provides high net worth families with a professional s
08 Oct. 2020 Hedge funds decline in september as election, virus uncertainty rise [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed declines in September as investor risk tolerance fell over uncertainty regarding additional coronavirus spreading in Europe and the US, the strength of the US economy and the upcoming US election. The investable HFRI 500 Fund Weighted Composite In
08 Oct. 2020 In-house pros unveil new law firm for GC services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Three veteran asset management attorneys who have served as in-house counsel, outside counsel, and government regulatory counsel in the U.S., Asia and Europe have formed the law firm Guzman Advisory Partners (GAP). GAP offers asset management firms comprehensive legal
08 Oct. 2020 AI startup Vestun launches hedge fund navigating market turbulence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Vestun, a Swiss-based financial and technology company has now opened the launch of its hedge fund to new outside investors. The firm which until now has been only managin
08 Oct. 2020 Billionaire wealth reaches a new high of $10.2tn amid COVID-19 crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Billionaire wealth reached record high levels amid the COVID19 pandemic, a report by Swiss bank UBS and accounting firm PwC found, as a rally in stock prices and gains in technology and healthcare helped the wealth of the world's richest break the $10 trillion mar
08 Oct. 2020 Fossil fuel giants failing climate goals, funds say [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: No fossil fuel energy major in Europe has yet set an emissions target in line with limiting climate change to 2 degrees Celsius, despite headline-grabbing climate announcements by several European oil & gas companies this year, said a report by money managers overseein
08 Oct. 2020 NREP raises record-breaking $2.2bn with latest Nordic real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative asset manager based in Copenhagen, Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP) has raised €1.9bn ($2.2 billion) for its Nordic Strategies Fund IV, making it the largest Nordic real estate fund ever. The real estate investment company said in a press note tha
07 Oct. 2020 Coronavirus hits global LBO performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - eFront, the financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that after a long period of benign market conditions and strong performance, LBO funds recorded a sign
07 Oct. 2020 More asset managers than ever are considering ESG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is surging as a record number of institutional investors considering ESG in future investment decisions, said a survey. Callan, the institutional investment consulting firm, announced the results of
07 Oct. 2020 The cost for climate change inaction could rise to $31tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Taking no action on climate change will cost economies a mean $5.4 trillion a year by 2070 and $31 trillion by 2200, said a study. Accounting for these damages will lead to a 10% reduction in GDP growth rate by 2050 and 25% by 2100, revealed non-profit organization
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Emerging markets persist despite headwinds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Emerging markets have been under significant pressure since the start of the year, but there are some nascent trends that suggest that things could be getting better. Emerging markets firm Gramercy Fund Management recently released its third quarter outlook and

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

    Authored by Heeten Doshi, founder of Doshi Capital Management. Anyone who is still bearish and calling for more downside is foolish. The selloff is overdone. To point to further declines from here is poor risk management. With the Nasdaq 100 down 22% and S&P 500 down 13% for the year

  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve