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23 Nov. 2020 Hedge funds see $2.8b in redemptions in September, snapping three-month inflow streak [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund industry flows reversed course in September 2020 as the industry's $2.8 billion in redemptions ended a three-month inflow trend. The industry had brought in $5.6 billion in new assets in August. September's outflows represented 0.1% of industry assets, accor
23 Nov. 2020 Alternative assets industry set to grow the most in Asia Pacific over next five years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The alternative assets industry is set for continued growth in every region over the next five years, despite the challenges posed by market uncertainty. Preqin's Future of Alternatives 2025 AUM growth models find that APAC will be the fastest-growing region -
23 Nov. 2020 Asia: Distressed debt funds aggregate capital targeted down 69% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While the number of distressed debt funds in the market globally has swelled to a record high, debt managers in Asia prefer to market opportunistic investments through direct lending vehicles that employ blended strategies, according to Preqin. "Globally, private de
23 Nov. 2020 Hedge fund strategies, in particular L/S Equity, and CTAs, benefit from momentum biases [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Several hedge fund strategies have momentum biases, in particular L/S Equity, and CTAs. Because this rotation took place in a bullish environment, most hedge fund strategies ended the week in positive territory, said Lyxor. Directional L/S Equity (+1.2%) benefitted
20 Nov. 2020 Crestbridge announces change in senior leadership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Dean will relocate to Jersey, from London, in April 2021 to take up the role subject to regulatory consent and will work closely with Graeme and Crestbridge's senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition prior to taking up the role as CEO in July 2021. Dean H
20 Nov. 2020 Asia-Pacific's private market AUM to grow to $4.97tn in 2025, at a world-beating CAGR of 25.2% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asia-Pacific's private market AUM will grow from $1.62tn in 2019 to $4.97tn in 2025, at a world-beating CAGR of 25.2%, forecasts Preqin. This is faster than any other region and more than twice the forecasted growth rate of 9.8% for global private markets. Historic
19 Nov. 2020 New distressed debt fund poised as billions go bad [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Distressed debt and special situations specialists Arbitrium Capital Partners formally opened its doors in Sydney today, poised to find turnaround deals among the thousand
19 Nov. 2020 flovtec appoints Dr. Daniel Diemers to the Board of Directors, successfully closes Seed financing round [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - flov technologies AG (flovtec), a Switzerland based technology company that provides liquidity solutions to digital assets exchanges and token issuers, has announced that in June 2020 the shareholders have elected Dr. Daniel Diemers to the Board of Directors. The for
19 Nov. 2020 Central Park Group, partners with Select Equity Group to offer institutional long/short international equity strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Central Park Group, LLC, an independent investment advisory firm delivering private clients access to institutional hedge fund, private equity, real estate and fund-of-funds talent, announces the launch of CPG Cooper Square International Equity, an international (ex-US) l
19 Nov. 2020 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 3.25% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global hedge funds were down 0.05% in October, outperforming the global equity market by 2.24% for the second consecutive month. In year-to-date terms, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.25%, compared to -3.29% of the MSCI ACWI, with around 70% of the constituen
19 Nov. 2020 Multi-strategy alternative investment firm Sinai Capital raises $600m for venture capital, media funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sinai Capital Partners said it has raised $600 million for two funds to finance impactful and social-change-oriented investments in tech, film and TV. The investment firm that manages a diverse portfolio of private equity strategies that span media, entertainment, a
19 Nov. 2020 Hedge funds bounced back in October (+0.34%), pushing the YTD return to +5.39% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark bounced back from September's losses in October (+0.34%), pushing the YTD return to +5.39%. By comparison, public equities lost over the month for the MSCI ACWI (-2.43%) and the S&P 500 (-2.77%), said a report by Preqi
19 Nov. 2020 MFA to hold network investment conference virtually in January 2021 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Managed Funds Association (MFA), the trade association for the hedge fund and global alternative investment industry, has announced initial keynotes at MFA Network 2021 - the investment conference to be held virtually in January 2021. MFA Network investment conf
18 Nov. 2020 10 institutions in the Middle East manage a combined AUM of $3.71tn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Middle East is home to some of the world's largest investors, with the 10 largest institutions in the region managing a combined $3.71tn, according to Preqin Pro. The domestic investor landscape is dominated by sovereign wealth funds, which comprise seven of th
17 Nov. 2020 PE firms criticized for not responding to triple crises of climate change, COVID-19, and racial injustice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to a new report about the private equity (PE) industry, the majority of PE firms are not doing enough to take systematic risks seriously in both their business operations and investment portfolios. The report, "Private Inequity: How the Private Equity Industry N
17 Nov. 2020 Meraki Global Advisors hires ex-Millennium trader David C. Laub Jr [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Meraki Global Advisors announced that David C. Laub Jr. has joined the firm as a senior trader in the New York office. Meraki's client base has expanded among the tri-state multi-asset hedge fund community since the establishment of its New York outpost in April 2020, led
17 Nov. 2020 20 funds control $11tn in assets, making them the biggest force in global markets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The top 100 asset owners controlled US$20.1 trillion in global assets at the end of 2019 - a 6 percent jump from the year before, according to a new annual ranking. The top 20 funds total $11.0 trillion and represent 54.4% of the assets in the ranking, said the an
17 Nov. 2020 US sustainable assets grew 42% to $17.1 bn last two years [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable investing assets in the U.S. grew 42% in the last two years, reaching US$17.1 billion at the start of 2020, said a study. According to the US SIF Foundation's biennial report, the amount represents a third of the $51.4 trillion professionally managed
16 Nov. 2020 US Bank opens Luxembourg office for fund services [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. Bank today announced the opening of their Luxembourg office, which provides fund accounting and administration, domiciliation, depositary and custody-related services for Luxembourg-domiciled funds. ??Didier Delvaux, who joined U.S. Bank earlier this year as Luxembo
16 Nov. 2020 Preqin: Investors to increase allocations to alternatives by 2025 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Historic outperformance from alternative assets funds and expectations of continued low returns in traditional asset classes, especially fixed income, are the main forces driving investors to allocate more capital to alternative assets. In fact, 81% of investors expect th
16 Nov. 2020 Commonfund Institute names George Suttles executive director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, a prominent investment manager for endowments, foundations and philanthropic organizations, today announced the promotion of George Suttles to Executive Director of the Commonfund Institute. He will be supported in this new role by Allison Kaspriske, a twenty-
16 Nov. 2020 Barclay CTA Index loses 0.30% in October [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds posted a second straight losing month in October, down 0.30% for the month, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date, CTAs were up 1.53% through October. "A surging
16 Nov. 2020 EU regulator warns fund managers to prepare for future adverse shocks [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European Union financial regulator European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said that fund managers must strengthen their processes to avoid a repeat of the weaknesses exposed by the coronavirus market shock. ESMA has published a report on the preparedness
16 Nov. 2020 How did the vaccine news impact hedge funds? [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Already positioned for the outcome, all strategies were up after the U.S. elections, led by L/S Equity, Special Situation, and Global Macro said a report by Lyxor. In contrast, returns were milder and uneven after the vaccine announcement. It was most beneficial for
13 Nov. 2020 Majority of asset managers' brand interest decline for second year running: Global 100 Report [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The majority of the largest asset managers worldwide faced a second consecutive year of declining interest in their corporate brands, according to Peregrine Communications' second annual Global 100 report into the integrated marketing communications (IMC) performance of t
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