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25 Feb. 2021 ESG investments set to grow more after strong 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments saw a strong performance and an influx of flows in 2020 and are expected to be a key driver of organic asset growth for money managers in 2021 said a study. "ESG themed investments have seen increasing dem
24 Feb. 2021 Ten gold-rich countries mined 1,950 tons of precious metal in 2020 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Data researched by Trading Platforms UK indicates that ten selected gold-rich countries cumulatively mined 1,950 tons of precious metal in 2020. In 2019, the countries mined a total of 2,012 tons. For both years, China maintained its gold production at 380 tons to ra
24 Feb. 2021 Partners Capital adds head of ESG and Responsible Investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Partners Capital, a leading global Outsourced Investment Office with in excess of $38 billion in assets under management, announced that Kristen Eshak Weldon has joined the firm as Global Head of ESG and Impact Investing. This is a strategically important leadership r
24 Feb. 2021 Tikehau closes T2 Energy Transition Fund on $1.3bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Paris-based investment firm Tikehau Capital has amassed over €1bn ($1.3bn) for its vehicle dedicated to the energy transition, T2 Energy Transition Fund. Emmanuel Laillier, head of private equity at Tikehau, said the firm had initially expected to raise between €750
23 Feb. 2021 Central banks of China and United Arab Emirates join digital currency project for cross-border payments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Digital Currency Institute (DCI) of the People's Bank of China (PBC) and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) have joined a central bank digital currency project for cross-border foreign currency payments. The m-CBDC Bridge initiative is run i
23 Feb. 2021 100 Women in Finance to support black and brown professionals in the hedge fund industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Finance (100WF), a global finance industry organization, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Black Hedge Fund Professionals Network (BHFPN), a non-profit organization based in New York that seeks to support the careers of black and brown pro
23 Feb. 2021 U.S. Bank Global Fund Services hires chief commercial officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank has hired David Kubilus in the newly created role of chief commercial officer for Global Fund Services. Kubilus is located in London and will be responsible for connecting with investment managers about U.S. Bank's newly launched Luxembourg capabilities. He will
23 Feb. 2021 UCITS and AIF ended 2020 with record net sales in December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet for December together with an overview of the net sales data for UCITS and AIFs in 2020. Net sales of UCITS and AIFs totaled EUR 174 billion, significantly up
23 Feb. 2021 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 2.37% in February 2021 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings announced that the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2021 measured 2.37%, up from 1.78% in January. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 2.37% for February 2021 reflects a 16% reduction in redemption n
23 Feb. 2021 Basalt Infrastructure Partners raises $2.75bn for the third fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The mid-market infrastructure investment firm Basalt Infrastructure Partners has raised $ 2.75 billion for its third fund, more than doubling the $ 1.3 billion raised for its second fund in 2018. The fund will focus on opportunities in the utilities, power, transpor
23 Feb. 2021 Institutional sustainable investments up nearly 150% in 4 years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The number of institutional investors reporting sustainable and impact-related investments has grown 146% since 2016, said a survey. According to the Cambridge Associates biannual client survey, more than half (61%) of 2020 respondents were actively engaged in sust
22 Feb. 2021 SFC reprimands and fines Brilliance Asset Management $3.15m over short position reporting failures [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded Brilliance Asset Management Limited (Brilliance) and fined it $3.15 million over failures to ensure short position reports (SPRs) for four collective investment schemes (CISs) under its management were accurate a
19 Feb. 2021 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returns 0.01% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.01% in January, outperforming the - 0.16% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid
19 Feb. 2021 Incapital and 280 CapMarkets creating a new fintech company [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Incapital, a leading underwriter and distributor of fixed income and market-linked securities, and 280 CapMarkets, a technology company providing best execution trading support and price transparency, announced today they are merging to create InspereX. The new company wi
19 Feb. 2021 Former Merck Finck CIO joins Quantumrock [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Quantumrock, the AI-driven investment manager based in Munich, has hired Thomas Kemming as its Head of Institutional Client Relations. Thomas has over 26 years of experience working in the asset management industry. He has held various positions ranging from securiti
19 Feb. 2021 Barclay CTA Index dips .02% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTAs were unable to extend their two-month winning streak into the New Year as January performance dipped 0.02% for the month according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. "Although equity prices and commodity markets s
19 Feb. 2021 66% of fund selectors managing $12.7tn outperformed their aggressive portfolio in 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two-thirds of respondents in a new survey expect aggressive portfolios to outperform defensive ones in 2021, despite the same proportion saying the global economy will fail to fully recover from the coronavirus crisis this year. The Natixis Investment Management sur
19 Feb. 2021 Merger Arbitrage takes the lead in hedge fund space performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Risk assets experienced a strong rebound in recent weeks, which benefitted Directional L/S (+3.8%) and Special Situation (+2.7%) strategies on a month-to-date basis, said Lyxor. CTAs also posted solid returns during the same period, up +3.1%. On a negative note, Ma
19 Feb. 2021 iM Global Partner gets new investors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Eurazeo has sold part of its stake in iM Global Partner to IK Investment Partners and Luxempart, subject to the approval of the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers and the Commissions de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. If the deal is approved, IK Inves
18 Feb. 2021 Crypto wallet and exchange company lands $3bn valuation after $120m fundraising [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based cryptocurrency firm has raised a $120 million funding round. The company develops a popular cryptocurrency wallet as well as an exchange, an explorer, and more. The company did not officially disclose the valuation at which the funds were raised. But ac
18 Feb. 2021 Novacap raises $1.9bn with latest buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian private equity manager Novacap has closed buyout fund Novacap TMT VI at $1.9 billion, making it the largest fund raised by the firm to date. The closing well exceeded the fundraising target of $1 billion. The total includes significant commitments from No
17 Feb. 2021 Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 0.98% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds started 2021 on a positive note returning 0.98% in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was down 1.01% in January. Gainers outnumbered l
17 Feb. 2021 Apollo Global Management raises $2.34bn for a fourth dislocated credit fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management has closed its fourth dislocated credit fund at about $2.34 billion in capital commitments. The Apollo Accord Fund IV, the latest investment vehicle in the New York City-headquartered investment manager'
17 Feb. 2021 Hamilton Lane racks up $3.9bn for fifth secondary fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative investment management firm Hamilton Lane closed Hamilton Lane Secondary Fund V at $3.9 billion, exceeding its $3 billion fundraising target and marking its largest fundraise to-date. The closing of the global and diversified secondary private equity
17 Feb. 2021 Wind Point Partners raises $1.5bn for Fund IX [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Chicago private equity firm Wind Point Partners closed its latest middle-market buyout fund, Wind Point Partners IX, at $1.5 billion in total commitments, including commitments from the General Partner and affiliates. The fund targets investments in middle-marke
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