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13 Sep. 2018 UK Financial Regulator does not rule out roles for cryptoassets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey said that the roles of cryptoassets should not be ruled out. He regards cryptocurrencies as an innovation within the financial domain. During FCA's Annual Public Meeting Andrew clarified that
13 Sep. 2018 Hedge Fund Priest Lemelson charged by SEC for alleged stock manipulation [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a hedge fund adviser and his investment advisory firm with illegally profiting from a scheme to drive down the price of San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals, reaping more than $1.3 million of gains fo
13 Sep. 2018 Ribbit Capital plans to raise $420m for its latest fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The US-based fintech investment powerhouse Ribbit Capital, whose portfolio includes hits like cryptocurrency wallet and marketplace provider Coinbase and the no-fee mobile investment platform Robinhood, is aiming to raise $420 million for its latest fund. According
13 Sep. 2018 Orthogon collects over $130m for second fund, James Lavelle joins as partner [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative asset manager specializing in esoteric assets Orthogon Partners Investment Management announced the initial closing of their second fund, Orthogon Partners II, with commitments in excess of $130m. According to Branko Belusic, Partner at Orthogon, t
13 Sep. 2018 eVestment: Hedge fund end August up +0.04% (+1.10% YTD) [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds ended August up slightly, according to the latest performance data from eVestment. Overall industry performance came in at +0.04%, bringing year to date (YTD) 2018 industry performance to +1.10%. Event Driven-Activist funds were among the big win
12 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund that claimed 'first regulated crypto asset fund' was in fact unregistered: SEC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said a digital asset hedge fund that called itself as the "first regulated crypto asset fund in the United States" was unregistered. The watchdog issued a cease-and-desist order and $200,000 fine to Crypto Asset Mana
12 Sep. 2018 U.S. Court: Cryptocurrencies can be considered securities, ICOs are covered by securities laws [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a landmark judgement with far-reaching implications for the initial coin offering (ICO) market, the New York District Judge Raymond Dearie has ruled that U.S. securities laws are applicable for prosecuting crypto fraud allegations, Reuters reported. In what app
12 Sep. 2018 BarclayHedge: Hedge funds gain +0.42% in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge Funds gained 0.42% in August 2018 versus a 3.26% increase in the S&P 500 Total Return Index, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. A press release from BarclayHedge said that year to date, the Barclay Hedge Fund Index is up 1.55%, while the S&P has gain
12 Sep. 2018 SEC cracks down on cryptocurrency hedge fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission marked its first enforcement action against a hedge fund that trades cryptocurrencies. The regulator also announced a settlement with two men who ran an online store for various digital tokens. The SEC
11 Sep. 2018 Higher volatility puts low beta strategies in a sweet spot in the hedge fund space [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - With the U.S. equity market under selling pressure early September, the MSCI World has registered its worst week since late March, down almost 1.5%, says Lyxor Weekly Brief. This occurred in a context where the probability of an escalation of trade tensions between t
11 Sep. 2018 European Commission VP: 'Crypto assets are here to stay' [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the European Commission, said that crypto assets are "here to stay," and the crypto market still "continues to grow" despite "recent turbulence." After an informal ministerial meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Coun
11 Sep. 2018 JP Morgan Asset Management beefs up global hedge fund team [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: JP Morgan Asset Management (JPM) is broadening its hedge fund solutions investment specialist team that offers hedge fund investments with three appointments. The hedge fund solution provider which advises clients on more than $17bn in hedge fund assets has hired
11 Sep. 2018 New York Regulator green signal for Paxos Ethereum-based stablecoin backed 1:1 by the dollar [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), creators of the controversial BitLicense regulatory framework, has given the thumbs up for a new U.S.-dollar collateralized stablecoin. Blockchain startup Paxos announced the launch of Paxos Standard tok
11 Sep. 2018 Macro hedge funds lead top performers in August, CTAs post best returns since January [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted gains in August 2018 as recorded by the HFRI Fund of Funds (Total) Index which returned +1.1% for the month. According to a report by Hedge Fund Research, macro hedge funds led August performance with the HFRI Macro (Total) Index advancing +0.9
10 Sep. 2018 Alternative investment industry to grow $2.5tn in next three years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The size of the alternative investment industry will grow by $2.5 trillion in the next three years, according to new research from Fidante Partners, an international asset management business. The research is the first study not only to aggregate the diverse asset cla
10 Sep. 2018 Japan-licensed Quoine launches 'Liquid', a platform with access global network of cryptocurrency exchanges [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global fintech company Quoine announced that it has launched a cryptocurrency trading platform, Liquid. Through the portal, users will be able to access a global network of cryptocurrency exchanges. Liquid now allows users to match trades across multiple transactio
10 Sep. 2018 Despite the fall, long term crypto investors remain bullish, plan to increase holdings [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Though cryptocurrency has plummeted during the last few months, consumers and investors continue to hold a bullish, long term outlook for both cryptocurrency and Blockchain in general. However, investors are less optimistic about near-term cryptocurrency trends. Ac
10 Sep. 2018 35% of sovereign wealth funds invest in hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) investing in hedge funds has steadily grown in recent years with 35% currently allocating to the asset class, up from 33% and 32% in 2017 and 2016 respectively. According to 'Preqin Special Report: Sovereign Wealth Fu
10 Sep. 2018 Societe Generale Prime Services: CTAs up +2.64% in August 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Societe Generale Prime Services said that CTA performance improved in August 2018 led by positive returns of trend following strategies. The SG CTA Index was up +2.64%. A press release from the Global Markets' division of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment
10 Sep. 2018 Italy's Generali to buy French boutique Sycomore Asset Management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Italy financial giant Assicurazioni Generali has entered into an exclusive negotiations with the shareholders of Sycomore Asset Management to acquire a majority stake in the company and enter into a strategic partnership. With over EUR8.3bn ($9.6bn) in assets und
07 Sep. 2018 Hong Kong SFC welcomes appointment of Chairman [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) welcomes the appointment by the Chief Executive of Mr Tim Lui Tim-leung as the Chairman of the SFC for a term of three years from 20 October 2018. Lui will succeed Mr Carlson Tong, who will step down next month having chaired
07 Sep. 2018 Uncertainty about trade policy and international relations causes dive in European net sales of UCTIS and AIF [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published its latest Quarterly Statistical Release describing the trends in the European investment fund industry in the second quarter and first half of 2018 with key data and indicators for each EFAMA member
07 Sep. 2018 Leading European consultant FERI: Demand for hedge funds to remain high in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FERI, the Bad Homburg, Germany based independent asset manager and consultancy says that demand for hedge funds will remain high in 2018. While seeking to protect their allocation from market fluctuations, institutional investors are still looking for a way out
07 Sep. 2018 82% of institutional investors believe Brexit will impact them, increasingly look at cross-border fund locations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the State Street Corporation Brexometer Index, more than a third (37%) of institutional investors surveyed think their company will use more cross-border fund locations, as they consider the economic impact of Brexit. The latest findings from its Brexo
07 Sep. 2018 US Survey: Vast majority are aware of bitcoin, half of millennials would like to use crypto [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A vast majority (79%) of Americans are aware of at least one type of cryptocurrency. Nearly half (48%) of American millennials are interested in using cryptocurrency. A recent survey by research service YouGov Omnibus shows that the most well-known cryptocurrency a
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