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21 Sep. 2018 Northern Trust's 5-year forecast sees economic conditions generating global stock returns in 5.5% - 8.8% range [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global economy will experience 2.5 percent real average annualized growth over the next five years, along with controlled inflation and accommodative monetary policy, according to Northern Trust's Capital Market Assumptions five-year outlook The firm predicts that,
21 Sep. 2018 Net UCITS sales turned positive again in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIFs for July 2018. The main developments in July 2018 can be summarized as follows: UCITS and AIFs
21 Sep. 2018 OPIM Partners launches Prime Lens 35 mm Fund for professional hedge fund investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: OP Investment Management (OPIM) is partnering with Prime Lens Capital to launch Prime Lens 35 mm Fund, which is Cayman-domiciled, for professional investors only. According to a press release from the Asia's hedge fund platform, the fund will run a long-short
21 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund launches outpace liquidations now four quarters in a row [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although the total number of hedge fund launches was the lowest since the fourth quarter of 2008, the launches exceeded hedge fund liquidations. According to a Hedge Fund Research report, a total 125 funds liquidated during the three months through June, down 44%
21 Sep. 2018 IronX crypto exchange receives full regulatory approval in Estonia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: IronX, a new Crypto Exchange joint venture between global online broker IronFX Group and EmurgoHK, creator of the Cardano blockchain, has been awarded full regulatory licence approval by the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The firm is now one of the fi
20 Sep. 2018 First Blockchain Incubator launched in Crypto Valley [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In only a few years, the area between the Swiss cities of Zug and Zurich has established itself as the epicenter of the blockchain revolution, becoming home to over 600 companies associated with the new technology. Lakeside Partners, a leading startup investor and bl
20 Sep. 2018 BlackRock's Snell joins Tetragon [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Tetragon Credit Income Partners today announces that Scott Snell has joined its CLO business. Snell, the former Co-Head of BlackRock's US CLO business, brings nearly 16 years of experience within the US CLO industry and structured credit markets. "The CLO
20 Sep. 2018 UK Treasury Committee: "Wild West" crypto-assets should be regulated [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A British parliamentary committee has called on the government of UK to introduce regulation to protect investors from the current "Wild West" situation in the crypto-asset market. The Treasury Committee published a unanimously-agreed report on crypto-assets for i
20 Sep. 2018 UBS Investor Watch: US investors trail all other countries in adoption of sustainable investing [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based investors were the slowest to adopt sustainable investment, UBS' latest Investor Watch report claims, with just 12% making any form of green investment. "The US investors surveyed trail all other countries surveyed in adoption of sustainable investing
19 Sep. 2018 New York Attorney General Report: Cryptocurrency exchanges lack "fairness, integrity, consumer protection and security" [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Major cryptocurrency exchanges are vulnerable to price and market manipulation, conflicts of interest, and other consumer risks, says a new report published by the New York Attorney General's office (OAG) yesterday (September 18). The report, released after a
19 Sep. 2018 Investors allocate to Alternative UCITS funds to de-risk and diversify portfolios [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Since beginning of the year, investors have allocated an extra 5% to Alternative UCITS funds in order to de-risk and diversify their portfolios, says a press release from LuxHedge. "Emerging market turmoil, Brexit uncertainties and political struggles in Europe, r
19 Sep. 2018 Alternative funds industry: Investor demands are rising fast, expectations are sky-high [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors are expecting more from their alternative fund providers and are increasingly tuned into overall outcomes as opposed to simply raw performance and are demanding better and customised strategies, says a new survey by PwC and the Alternative Investment Manageme
19 Sep. 2018 Less than 1% of crypto wallets hold 87% of all Bitcoins: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The vast majority of Bitcoins (BTC) are being held by a minority of investors and the Bitcoin circulating supply is controlled by cryptocurrency whales, finds a new study. "Over 87% of Bitcoins are stored in wallets that are above 10 Bitcoins ($60K+) - the to
18 Sep. 2018 Hennessee Group: Hedge funds gain +0.48% in August (+3.60% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index increased +0.48% for the month (+3.60% YTD), while the S&P 500 was up +3.03% (+8.74% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased +2.16% (+4.44% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index gained +5.70%
18 Sep. 2018 iCapital Network to acquire Bank of America alternatives feeder fund operations [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - iCapital Network, the financial technology platform democratizing alternative investments for high-net-worth individuals and their advisors, today announced it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire certain subsidiaries from Bank of America (NYSE: BAC
18 Sep. 2018 Hedge fund investors redeem $1.0 Billion in July, even as AUM hits new highs [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Outflows from the hedge fund industry slowed substantially in July amid mixed signals on trade and the global economy, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator. Hedge fund industry assets rose to an all-time high of $3.1 trillion in July. Data drawn from more than
18 Sep. 2018 TCW's Simeone joins HarbourVest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - HarbourVest Partners, a global private markets asset manager, today announced that Karen Simeone has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Based in Boston, Karen will join Managing Directors Jamie Athanasoulas and Peter Lipson to expand the firm's private credit busines
18 Sep. 2018 PGIM names Kathy Sayko chief inclusion and diversity officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - PGIM has named Kathy Sayko as its next chief inclusion and diversity officer, effective Sept. 12. Sayko will succeed Cathy Verhoff, who is retiring at the end of the year. PGIM, among the world's top 10 asset managers with $1.2 trillion in assets under management as of Ma
18 Sep. 2018 NFA bars John Marc Schwaebe, orders Glenn Swanson to pay fine [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In two separate developments, the National Futures Association (NFA) barred John Marc Schwaebe, a former associated person, from membership for seven years and ordered Chicago, Ill. introducing broker Global Asset Advisors LLC and its principal Glenn Swanson to jointly pa
18 Sep. 2018 Institutional investors overhauling their portfolios and cutting costs [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A new survey of 485 investors with assets approaching $8tn from investment consultant bfinance says asset owners are shaking up their portfolios to meet their return targets, adding more alternative and illiquid investments. The survey finds that the investors are
18 Sep. 2018 Elon Musk's SpaceX engineer starts own crypto exchange [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Joshua Greenwald, a former engineer with Elon Musk's aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has launched LXDX, which he claims to be institutional-grade public digital currency (cryptocurrency) exchange. As an engineer at SpaceX, Greenwald was charged with spearheading
17 Sep. 2018 SBAI announces new APAC Committee appointments and progress report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The APAC Committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) elected Ted Lee of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) as their new Chairman and Danny Yong of Dymon Asia Capital as their Vice-Chairman, in line with its rotating chairman system. T
17 Sep. 2018 Largest private debt fund managers dominate industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The top 100 largest private debt fund managers (by total capital raised in the last 10 years) drive the majority of activity in the industry. Although the top 100 managers represent just 15% of the number of firms that have raised a fund in the last decade, they repres
17 Sep. 2018 86% of private equity investors plan to maintain or increase their investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to Preqin's latest survey of institutional investors, over half (57%) allocate to private equity - the secondhighest proportion of any alternative asset class after real estate. With the vast majority (90%) of these investors finding that private equity
17 Sep. 2018 Performance in alternative assets: High returns, high expectations, hedge fund AUM at $3.58tn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin's 2018 Performance Monitor finds that the industry's long-term performance still outpaces most other asset classes. Preqin's 2018 Alternative Assets Performance Monitor looks at the returns of the industry as well as within each asset class, and finds that fun
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Tiger Global Management holds on to its position as market-leader in US-based venture capital, said a study. According to Preqin, the closure of tech-focused Tiger Global Private Investment Partners XII in January means the New York-based firm has raised more than

  2. Investing: Singer bets on Europe, emerging markets, Britain's unhealthy appetite for financial risk in essential services, How Stan Druckenmiller shook up his portfolio[more]

    Singer bets on Europe, emerging markets From Investment Magazine: William Blair's Brian Singer is looking to invest in Europe and the emerging markets as the recovery from the global economic shutdown to contain the pandemic will likely take longer than what the market has priced in.

  3. PE/VC: How Covid-19 could reshape private equity fundraising, The private equity bet that coronavirus cut short[more]

    How Covid-19 could reshape private equity fundraising From Asian Investor: The pandemic looks may have led to greater use of remote capital-raising but might it also encourage investors to establish more overseas offices? The coronavirus outbreak has inevitably hit the amount of mo

  4. Investing: Millennium hedge fund ups bet against Bank of Ireland, Value rotation was the last thing big funds thought would happen, Al Gore's firm sold Amazon and Microsoft stock. Here's what it bought.[more]

    Millennium hedge fund ups bet against Bank of Ireland From Independent: US hedge fund Millennium International Management has raised its bet against Bank of Ireland's shares. It comes as Davy says 2020 will be a write-off for banks, with losses across Irish lenders of €4bn. M

  5. PE/VC: Private equity in the Covid-19 crisis, Carlyle's Africa dealmakers leave to start their own buyout firm, UK asset managers plan shift to off-market strategies including private equity[more]

    Private equity in the Covid-19 crisis From Morning Star: Private equity investment trusts invest in unquoted companies not yet listed on the stock market. How have they fared in the sell-off? Investment trusts have been caught up in the market turmoil of recent months and private equit