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13 Feb. 2020 Barclay CTA Index posts 0.51% return in January as managed futures begin 2020 on a positive note [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The managed futures industry stepped into 2020 on a positive note with a 0.51% return in January, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. It was the third consecutive profitable month for CTAs. "The coronavirus ou
13 Feb. 2020 KKR amasses $1.3bn for its debut global impact fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The alternative asset manager firm KKR & Co raised $1.3 billion for its first global impact fund, one of the largest of its kind. The global investment said in a press release that the fund dedicated to investment opportunities in companies whose core business mode
13 Feb. 2020 Renewable energy funds raise an aggregate $11bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Renewable energy funds raised an aggregate $11bn in 2019 - while this is a slight dip of 6% compared with the previous year, it is triple the $3.5bn raised in 2010, said Preqin. Judging by the increase in the share of clean energy funds closed, as well as the propor
13 Feb. 2020 M&A activity in the North America region witnesses a downtrend in Q4 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The North America region witnessed a slump in mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal volume in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, said a study. According to GlobalData, a data and analytics company, M&A activity within the North America region witnessed a downtrend, with
12 Feb. 2020 AlphaCentric launches AlphaCentric Energy Income Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlphaCentric has launched the AlphaCentric Energy Income Fund (AEIIX). The Fund's investment strategy is unique among mutual funds, focusing on the infrastructure necessary to help drive the energy transition, including midstream and renewable infrastructure companies. It
12 Feb. 2020 Hedge fund industry starts 2020 in the red, but just Barely [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aggregate hedge fund performance started out 2020 in the red, but just barely, with the industry posting an overall loss of -0.22%, according to the just-released eVestment January 2020 hedge fund performance data. The hedge fund industry closed out 2019 with average retu
12 Feb. 2020 Benefit Street Partners acquires assets from Broadstone Real Estate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Benefit Street Partners, a leading credit-focused alternative asset management firm with $27 billion in assets under management, today announced the purchase of certain real estate related assets from Broadstone Real Estate, LLC. As part of the transaction, BSP was appoin
12 Feb. 2020 Citco nabs Hazletree's Fitzgerald [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Citco Group of Companies today announced the appointment of Ryan Fitzgerald as Head of Middle Office Solutions to further develop the business line, which recently achieved double-digit growth. The appointment is part of a significant strategic investment by Citco, ai
12 Feb. 2020 CTAs indices begin 2020 in positive territory led by strong performance from short-term strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services and Clearing announced the January 2020 performance data for its SG CTA indices. Continuing the positive run from 2019, CTAs kicked off 2020 with all indices in positive territory and the SG CTA Index closed the month at 0.83%. Performa
12 Feb. 2020 Angelo Gordon raises $1.8bn for inaugural credit solutions fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Angelo, Gordon, a $38 billion alternative investment firm focused on credit and real estate investing, announced the final closing of AG Credit Solutions Fund, L.P. (the "Fund") with $1.8 billion of equity commitments. The Fund, which is the flagship closed-ended inve
12 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds lost 0.18% in January, says BarclayHedge [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a four-month winning run, the hedge fund industry had a downbeat start to the new year losing 0.18% in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was more or less break-even with a 0.04% loss in January.
12 Feb. 2020 Venture capital-backed fintech companies deals surpass $3bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Powered by digital innovations like mobile internet, blockchain, and big data, financial technology (fintech) is transforming financial services. Digital technologies are helping financial service providers to introduce more efficient, personalized services while e
12 Feb. 2020 Italy's Eurizon rolls out $3.7bn alternatives boutique [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Eurizon, the asset management company of Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo Group, introduced Eurizon Capital Real Asset SGR. The new company specializes in alternative asset classes and focuses on the real economy, said a press release. Eurizon Capital Real Asset has
12 Feb. 2020 Australia's Perpetual goes with Thornburg on fixed income [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Australia's Perpetual has invested in Thornburg's Multisector Opportunistic credit strategy. The Multisector Opportunistic strategy is global and income-oriented with a flexible mandate. The portfolio invests in a combination of income-producing secu
11 Feb. 2020 Hedge fund managers record modest returns as concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak escalate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.17% in January, outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local), which lost 0.90% over the same period. Equity markets started the month on a positive note, supported by the de-escalation of t
11 Feb. 2020 ICR launches ESG due diligence services to help private equity and venture capital firms assess ESG risk for portfolio company investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, today announced the launch of ICR ESG Diagnostics, a comprehensive Environmental, Social & Governance analysis to help private equity and venture capital firms identify and assess corporate ESG issues during the i
11 Feb. 2020 The infrastructure investor pool reaches 4,000 institutions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The make-up of the investor universe has not changed significantly in recent years, but the overall pool is expanding as investors look to infrastructure for stable returns, said a study. The infrastructure investor pool consists of almost 4,000 institutions as of
11 Feb. 2020 Global pensions loading up on alternative investments says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global pension funds remain committed to increasing their exposure to private equity, real estate, and other alternatives, says a study. A new report from Willis Towers Watson's Thinking Ahead Institute revealed that the shift to alternative assets continues apace
11 Feb. 2020 Private debt takes off in Asia [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-focused private debt AUM has increased consistently over the past six years, more than doubling from $27bn at the end of 2014 to $57bn at the end of 2019, says Preqin. Traditionally a bank-financed market, Asia has endured much economic change in recent years,
10 Feb. 2020 HFRI mixed in January as virus contagion fears drive volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted mixed performance in January, as fears of contagion related to the coronavirus drove global equity market volatility into month-end. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a narrow decline of -0.19 percent for January, with declines in Equity
10 Feb. 2020 Despite 50% drop in hedge fund and CTA launches, some see more demand for actively managed strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Looking ahead, as investors brace for further volatility in equity markets, Preqin expects to see more demand for actively managed strategies. "And as competition intensifies, watch for further consolidation in a rapidly evolving industry," revealed the 20
10 Feb. 2020 Brookfield raises $20bn for its infrastructure investing fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Canadian investment giant Brookfield Asset Management said it raised US$20 billion for a massive new fund dedicated to infrastructure, exceeding its $17 billion target and the $14 billion it raised for its previous infrastructure fund, which closed in July 2016.
10 Feb. 2020 Assets under management in private debt reach $812bn in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets under management (AUM) in private debt, the youngest asset class in the private capital universe, have grown consistently each year and, as of June 2019, reached a record of $812bn. Private debt is now the third-largest asset class in private capital, ahe
10 Feb. 2020 Hong Kong: 2 in 3 employees have 'unfavourable' view of corporate culture of their employer [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Most employees in Hong Kong find their company culture 'weak' as the leaders remain 'out of touch' with what workers truly want. Hong Kong professionals are most affected by long work hours and ineffective leadership, says a recent study. &quo
07 Feb. 2020 Hedge funds using artificial intelligence/machine have more than doubled since 2016 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The proportion of systematic hedge funds launched in 2019 that use artificial intelligence/ machine learning (AIML) is over double the proportion in 2016 (23% vs. 10% respectively), said Preqin. In a tough fundraising environment, AIML can help fund managers to di
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