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18 Aug. 2020 These are the questions fund managers will be facing on diversity & inclusion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and consultant Albourne Partners Limited have launched a questionnaire for alternative investment managers to increase diversity & inclusion (D&I) transparency in the global hedge fund and alternative investment
18 Aug. 2020 Momentum in Europe helping the venture capital market to remain strong [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While Europe showed resilience in Q2 2020, there is growing concern that the venture capital (VC) market in Europe could see large impacts in Q3'20 given the widespread effect of COVID-19 on the economy, ongoing potential impact of Brexit, and the challenges associate
17 Aug. 2020 Sustainable beta portfolios on the menu for global institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FTSE Russell 2020 survey finds 58% of asset owners globally anticipate applying sustainability considerations to smart beta strategies, up from 44% in 2019. More than 7 in 10 asset owners globally are evaluating and implementing sustainable investment consideration
17 Aug. 2020 Asia-Pacific deal activity up by 23.2% in July 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a dramatic turnaround, a total of 2,037 deals were announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during July 2020, which is an increase of 23.2% over the 1,653 deals announced during the previous month. A report by GlobalData revealed that the deal volume during th
14 Aug. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.82% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2020 measured 1.82%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.55% in August. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for August 2020 rose 0.5
14 Aug. 2020 Assets in global ETPs reached a new record of $6.66tn in July [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets in exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record of US$6.66 trillion at the end of July 2020. According to figures from the ETFGI consultancy, ETPs gathered net inflows of $79.35 billion during July, bringing year-to-date net inflows to
14 Aug. 2020 Brookfield raises a record $23bn during Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management has raised a record $23 billion during the second quarter and expects to accelerate the pace of investments after the disruption caused by Covid-19. Chief executive Bruce Flatt said that Brookfield c
13 Aug. 2020 Churchill Real Estate racks up $2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Churchill Real Estate has picked up $2bn of new institutional capital as it looks to capitalize on residential transition lending. According to the real estate investment firm focused on real estate debt, equity, and distressed opportunities in the United States, t
13 Aug. 2020 Global secondary market now almost five times larger than in 2008 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Robust fundraising and healthy demand from investors make the secondary market a bright spot for private equity in H1 2020. The global secondary market is now almost five times larger than in 2008, with $280bn in total assets under management (AUM) as of December 2
12 Aug. 2020 MicroStrategy buys $250m in bitcoin, making the crypto as a primary treasury reserve asset [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nasdaq-listed software firm MicroStrategy purchased 21,454 bitcoin on Tuesday, effectively pouring all $250 million of its planned inflation-hedging funds into the digital currency. Disclosing its bitcoin buy alongside an equivalent stock buyback in a Tuesday Securi
12 Aug. 2020 Family office VC investment and allocation on the rise [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the last decade, family offices have been increasing allocations to venture and building in-house venture investment capabilities, primarily stemming from strong historical returns, said a study. According to SVB and Campden Wealth report, on average, venture i
12 Aug. 2020 European PE/VC deal volume drops to a five-year low in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity and venture capital entry volume dropped to a five-year low in the first half of 2020 as managers turned away from deal-making to focus on their existing portfolios in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to S&P Global Market Intellig
12 Aug. 2020 U.S. multiemployer pension plan funding drops to 82% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate funding ratio of multiemployer defined benefit plans in the U.S. dropped to 82% as of June 30, down from 85% at the end of 2019, said a study. According to Milliman's Multiemployer Pension Funding Study (MPFS), the weaker funded status increases t
11 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds continue strong run with Chinese hedge funds in the lead [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.61%1 in July, bringing its year-to-date return to 1.73%, supported by the robust performance of underlying global equity markets as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local) which gained 3.67% over the month. The highlight of
11 Aug. 2020 CIFC launches "all-weather" high yield Ucits strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative credit specialist CIFC has launched a long/short high yield UCITS fund managed by industry veteran Jason Horowitz, who has been running similar strategies successfully for over 10 years. Mr. Horowitz joined the New York-based manager in January as Head
11 Aug. 2020 Industry Ventures closes $180m sophomore co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm Industry Ventures closed Industry Ventures Direct II, at $180m. "The Fund will continue the same strategy of making direct investments into early- and mid-stage technology companies alongside 80 seed and early-stage fund
11 Aug. 2020 Layoffs come for the asset management industry as economy stumbles [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The asset management industry is bracing for job and pay cuts according to the latest report from Johnson Associates. Lower fee products, a greater risk for defaults and a tumultuous market environment will make it difficult for asset managers to maintain curren
11 Aug. 2020 Gramercy applauds Argentina's debt restructuring plans [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In early July, Martin Guzman, Argentina's economy minister, revised a bond restructuring proposal he made in April by offering to increase bondholder recoveries and won support from some of its creditors, including Gramercy Funds Management. Then on 4th August, t
10 Aug. 2020 US Dollar and precious metals drive strong CTA performance in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services and Clearing has announced the July 2020 performance data for its SG CTA indices. CTAs had a strong month of performance in July with all three SG CT
10 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds surge in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds surged in July to begin 2H20, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) posting the 2nd highest monthly gain since January 2019 and the 3rd strongest gain since 2010. The HFRI FWC climbed +3.2 percent for the month, topping the gain of the DJIA, as
10 Aug. 2020 JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs took top spots as M&A advisers in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US banks JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs were the leading financial advisers on acquisition deals in the first half of 2020, according to the latest survey from GlobalData. "Financial advisers JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs were noted to be the top mergers and acquisitions
10 Aug. 2020 Monsoon Capital and principal barred from NFA membership [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: NFA, the self-regulatory organisation for the U.S. derivatives industry, has barred Gautam Prakash from reapplying for membership or principal status with any NFA member for seven years. Prakash was a principal of for
07 Aug. 2020 North American private equity real estate market sees a sharp fall, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: North America-focused commercial private equity real estate (PERE) funds raised just $23bn through 47 closures in H1 2020, a sharp fall from 152 funds that secured $83bn in 2019 as a whole. "The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the North American commercial real estate mar
06 Aug. 2020 Public pension private equity commitments more than triple in June compared to May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Private Equity investment commitments from public pensions tracked by eVestment more than tripled from May to June this year, ending a three-month drop off in commitments that began in March as the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic intensified. According to the ju
06 Aug. 2020 CalPERS CIO Resigns [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CalPERS announced that Chief Investment Officer Yu (Ben) Meng is resigning, effective August 5. Dan Bienvenue, deputy chief investment officer, will serve as interim chief investment officer. CalPERS will start an immediate search for a permanent successor. Meng h
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