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10 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds industry moves beyond '2 and 20' fee structure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As fund managers and investors focus on customisation and deeper partnerships to align interests, attention is no longer solely on fees. Results from a survey undertaken by AIMA and RSM show the classic '2 and 20' fee model is no longer the standard structure charged by
10 Jul. 2019 Europe's hedge fund industry hits $639bn of assets under management: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: With €570bn ($638.83bn) of assets under management (AUM) Europe's hedge fund industry is truly significant, Preqin said in a report. 2018 was a tough year for hedge funds globally, and Europe was no exception: AUM declined from its peak of €625bn in Q4 2017 to €57
10 Jul. 2019 At almost $1.12tn, the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The UK's alternative assets market is the largest and most active across the European continent. At almost €1tn ($1.12tn), the UK represents over half (54%) of all European assets and sees more investment flow into its private markets than anywhere else in the re
10 Jul. 2019 Hedge funds up 1.82% in June, continuing positive performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued their positive performance in 2019 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaining 1.82% in June, supported by the strong equity market performance on the back of optimism over the progress of US-China trade talk. Despite mixed economic data d
10 Jul. 2019 OPIM launches Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge fund platform OP Investment Management (OPIM) announced that it is partnering with Qijian Global Investment Management to launch Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund SP. The fund is Cayman-domiciled and for professional investors only. Managed by Tian
09 Jul. 2019 Europe-based alternatives funds hit $1.82tn in assets under management [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 2018 has seen record activity across most alternative asset classes, and Europe-based alternative asset fund managers hold €1.62tn ($1.82tn) in AUM as of the end of June 2018 - up almost €300bn in just three years. Hedge funds remain the largest part of the Europea
09 Jul. 2019 60% of institutional investors support investment in long-term business prospects at the cost of short term lag [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 60% of institutional investors support investment that improves long-term business prospects, even if it diminishes short-term corporate performance, said a survey. More than two-thirds (67%) of the world's largest company CEOs say that they are likely to take
09 Jul. 2019 CTAs winning streak continues unabated bringing the year-to-date performance to +9.6% as of July 2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTA performance keeps creeping higher as the weekly performance at the turn of the month was +1.1% according to the Lyxor CTA Peer Group, bringing the year-to-date performance to +9.6% as of July 2nd. "Based on a benchmark with a longer track record (the SG Trend I
09 Jul. 2019 CTA/Trend-following and Activist strategies lead broad-based hedge funds gains in June [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +2.6% for June 2019, the strongest month since January, increasing the Index Value to 14,408, a record level according to data released by HFR. Hedge funds posted strong, broad-based gains in the month, with multiple a
08 Jul. 2019 Fitch issues warning on liquidity risk in European high-yield UCITS bond funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The European high-yield bond fund sector "appears to be operating with significant liquidity risk", Fitch Ratings has cautioned. The credit rating agency analysed Europe's five largest UCITS high-yield bond funds, with combined assets under management of EUR43b
08 Jul. 2019 Natural resources industry struggles to generate momentum: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The natural resources industry has been struggling to generate momentum for some time. The natural resources fundraising hit a five-year low in Q1 2019, and Q2 has struggled to regain momentum, said Preqin in its Quarterly Update. Just 15 funds closed in the
08 Jul. 2019 Smaller infrastructure fund manager come under presser from larger peers [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The infrastructure industry fundraising has been heavily cyclical in recent quarter as investors are generally looking to make fewer and smaller investments than they were 12 months ago, deal activity has been lacklustre for the past year. According to Preqin Quart
05 Jul. 2019 One third of investors in Japan have an ESG policy in place for their alternative investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Almost one-third of respondents (29%) have an environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy in place for their alternative investments, and another third plan to implement an ESG policy over the next five years, said a survey. The most common reason why survey
05 Jul. 2019 Private equity-backed buyout deals decline in Q2: Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity-backed buyout deals market has been active in recent quarters, but Q2 2019 represented something of a decline in deal-making, Preqin said in its Quarterly-Update. Globally, 1,193 deals were announced in the quarter, worth a total of $75bn. This i
05 Jul. 2019 Venture capital deals nosedive in Q2 both in number and value of deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By the end of Q3 2018, the venture capital industry had already broken full-year totals to record the most active deal-making period of all time. Since then, though, both the number and value of deals have subsided. In Q2 2019, 3,263 deals were announced globally,
04 Jul. 2019 CFA Institute releases 2020 GIPS standards [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The CFA Institute has released the 2020 edition of the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) set to take effect on 1 January 2020. This marks an important milestone in the ev
04 Jul. 2019 Private equity firms raise $109bn in Q2 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The private equity industry raised significant amounts of capital through relatively few fund closures in Q2 2019, said Preqin Quarterly Update. Total fundraising for the quarter was $109bn, on par with Q1, but only 244 funds globally reached a final close. This i
04 Jul. 2019 Brazil's BTG Pactual enters $1bn crypto token partnership with Dalma Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Latin America's the third biggest investment bank Banco BTG Pactual SA has teamed up with Dubai asset manager Dalma Capital to sell more than $1 billion worth of so-called security tokens. The financial institutions plan to utilize the Tezos blockchain for Security
03 Jul. 2019 State Street launches its first ESG money market fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The investment management division of State Street Corporation, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has launched the State Street ESG Liquid Reserves Fund, which seeks to apply financially material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores to the management of
03 Jul. 2019 Institutional interest in private markets lifts hedge funds and funds of funds assets [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: According to the 2019 eVestment Alternative Fund Administration Survey, the median respondent grew real assets under administration by +20.64% year-over-year and private equity and debt AUA by +11.35%. The survey also said that private markets general partners con
02 Jul. 2019 Jersey Finance appoints US representative to head up New York office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Jersey Finance has appointed Philip A. Pirecki as its business development lead in the US, ahead of the opening of a new representative office in New York later this year. In his new role, Philip will take on responsibility for enhancing Jersey's visibility in the US a
02 Jul. 2019 CTAs extend winning streak in June, best performing strategy in H1 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds strategies posted flat returns during the period under review, said Lyxor in its Weekly Brief. L/S Equity Directional, L/S Credit and Market Neutral L/S outperformed, while Merger Arbitrage remained flat. CTAs were slightly down (-0.3% last week) but
02 Jul. 2019 Net sales of Ucits and alternative investment funds (AIFs) saw a boost in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Net sales of Ucits and alternative investment funds (AIFs) saw a boost in April, totalling €43bn - up €6bn from the previous month, said €opean Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) . According to latest Investment Fund Industry Fact Sheet by EFAMA, overall
02 Jul. 2019 Fund administrators see growth in private markets, eVestment says [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private markets GPs continued to adopt third-party fund administration at a rapid clip, according to data from the latest eVestment Fund Administration Survey. The median respondent grew real assets AUA by +20.64% year-over-year and private equity and debt AUA b
01 Jul. 2019 Only 18% of investors stuck with their long term investment plan during last year's market turmoil [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Only a fifth of investors held their nerve during 2018 stock market tumble, according to Schroders Global Investor Study. The study said that 2018 was a tough year for investors with sharp falls in global stock markets testing the nerve of investors. New global res
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