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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
17 Sep. 2018 More than half of institutional investors are still uncomfortable with quant strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half of institutional investors are still uncomfortable with quantitative investment strategies, suggests a survey by Cambridge Associates, the global investment firm. Cambridge Associates says many investors are still sceptical of the benefits of quantitati
17 Sep. 2018 North America-focused hedge funds outperforms, Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark tops 8.93% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With the exception of Europe and the Preqin All Emerging Markets benchmark, 12-month hedge fund returns are higher than three-year annualized returns across all regions, according to 2018 Performance Monitor: Hedge Funds by Geographic Focus by Prequin. A statement
17 Sep. 2018 Millennial Men's crypto investments doubles those of women: Survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investing in crypto is dominated by young men. The Millennial women remain largely underrepresented in cryptocurrency. A recent survey that Circle held, which included over 3,000 people from the millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer generations, revealed that Millenni
17 Sep. 2018 Binance all set to roll out live money beta testing of Singapore Fiat Exchange tomorrow [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced it will start testing a fiat-to-crypto currency trading platform in Singapore, said its co-founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ). Zhao, who spread the news on social media, said that the testing will be launch
17 Sep. 2018 Investec to spin off and separately list asset management business [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: South African bank Investec announced that it plans to spin-off the $142.5bn asset management arm Investec Asset Management (IAM) as a separate company to be listed in London Stock Exchange. In a stock exchange announcement, the banking group said there were "comp
17 Sep. 2018 European Central Bank: "No plans to issue crypto currency" (for now) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European Central Bank (ECB) has "no plans" to issue its own digital currency, President Mario Draghi wrote in a letter addressed to member of European Parliament. "The ECB and the Eurosystem currently have no plans to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC
14 Sep. 2018 60% of European investors plan to increase alternative investments by 2018-end: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: A latest study showed that 72% of European investors are optimistic about the future of the alternative asset management industry, with more than half (60%) planning to increase their net positions in alternative investments by the end of 2018. European institution
14 Sep. 2018 Blockchain can add $1tn to world trade in ten years: World Economic Forum [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blockchain might be able to dramatically boost trade finance across the world, generating a whopping one trillion US dollars in international trade finance. A new joint research report by the World Economic Forum and the global management consultancy giant, Bain &
14 Sep. 2018 CTAs outperformed, delivered positive returns in August: Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs outperformed and delivered positive returns in the range of 2-3% in the hedge fund space depending on the benchmark, according to Lyxor Hedge Fund Brief. The report added that CTAs' long exposures to bonds and equities were both rewarding. From a regiona
14 Sep. 2018 BitGo receives regulatory approval to start crypto custody services [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional-grade cryptocurrency security startup BitGo has received the green light from the South Dakota Division of Banking to act as a qualified custodian for digital assets - cryptocurrencies or other digital tokens. This makes the California-based crypto wa
13 Sep. 2018 Crayhill Capital brings on BBT's Hoefer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Crayhill Capital Management LP, an alternative asset management firm that specializes in private credit investments, announced today the appointment of Stefan Hoefer as Managing Director. Mr. Hoefer will be a senior member of Crayhill's investment team. His respons
13 Sep. 2018 Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.71% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 0.71% gain in August. Year to date, the Index has lost 1.43%. "Downtrends in agricultural markets, precious metals, and emerging market currencies provided a helpful tailwind for the 7
13 Sep. 2018 CAIA Association adds Cowell to board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced the newest member of its Board of Directors: Anthony Cowell, Head of Asset Management for KPMG in the Cayman Islands. "We could not b
13 Sep. 2018 Richmond Global Compass opens ESG fund to outside investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Richmond Global Compass Capital, LP, the first-ever sustainability focused global multi-asset fund employing machine learning to extract material metrics in Environment, Social, and Governance, is now officially open to outside investment. Compass' general partners have i
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
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