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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
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
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