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18 May. 2020 France's AMF regulator suspends ban on short-selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In consideration of the progressive normalisation of the French market's risk indicators, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers has decided to suspend the exceptional measure imposing a ban on the creation of net short positions and on the increase of existing net short pos
18 May. 2020 US-based venture capital funds in market surpass 1,000 for the first time [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite COVID-19 disrupting business operations, the number of US-based venture capital funds in the market has surpassed 1,000 for the first time in April, 2020. According to the Preqin, at the beginning of April, 1,085 funds are seeking $99bn in investor commitme
15 May. 2020 Launch of the Aaro Distributed Ledger Technology Multifund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As economic prospects cloud and volatility returns to all asset classes, investors are looking for alternatives to traditional alternative investments. Meeting this need, the Aaro DLT Multifund launched on May 1, 2020. An industry first, this institutional quality fund of
15 May. 2020 CTAs gained 1.43% through the end of April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As the economic toll of the novel coronavirus mounted, managed futures posted another positive month in April and gained 0.12% according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, CTAs gained 1.43% through the end o
15 May. 2020 Rubicon smashes $850m target, races to $1.25bn hard cap close for latest software fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Colorado-headquartered private equity investor Rubicon Technology Partners closed a new fund, Rubicon Technology Partners III, at over $1.25 billion, exceeding the fund target of $250 million set by the company. The Fund was oversubscribed with strong support from b
15 May. 2020 Despite COVID-19 challenges, capital flocked to mega VC funds in Q1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Raising capital in Q1 2020 was a challenge for some venture capital firms with the COVID-19 pandemic roiling economies across the globe. Just 83 US-based venture capital funds held a final close, down from 109 in Q1 2019, said a joint study by Preqin and First Repu
15 May. 2020 Cathay Capital raises $850m for second mid-market PE fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: International investment firm Cathay Capital Private Equity announced the final close of its second Sino-European Mid Cap Fund at $850 million. Midcap II has surpassed its predecessor, which closed in 2014 at $525m, and will look to invest in 16 to 20 companies.
15 May. 2020 Goldman Sachs tops Q1 2020 M&A financial adviser list in the US [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Goldman Sachs was the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial adviser in the US both in terms of value and volume in Q1 2020. According to GlobalData, the US investment bank took the top spot with a total deal value of $68.2bn for advising on 39 deals. The r
15 May. 2020 100 largest US public plans' funding rebounds significantly in April [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Funding for public pensions in the US in April rebounded significantly from the first quarter of 2020, with an aggregate 5.92% investment return for the month, after Q1's dismal -10.81% asset performance. April's market gains led to a $200 billion funding i
14 May. 2020 COVID-19: Preqin's view of the impact on alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The industry faces short-term disruption due to the pandemic, but the longer term impact is more positive COVID-19 is having a sizeable impact on the business operations of both fund managers and investors, reports research house Preqin. Disruption caused by travel re
14 May. 2020 Demand derivatives crowdfunding to revamp futures industry [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The senior team at Demand Derivatives Corp., with several decades of aggregate experience in derivative markets, is crowdfunding a revolutionary futures exchange and clearing house that plans to trade, upon CFTC and SEC approval, the world's major assets in a creative
14 May. 2020 Hedge fund industry gains 5.46% in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - U.S. stocks had their best month in decades in April and hedge funds sailed to a 5.46% return in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was up 12.8% in Apri
14 May. 2020 COVID-19: With a total of 963 deals aggregating $27bn in Q1, 2020, US venture capital deals fell 19% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Following a strong 2019, venture capital deal flow in the US slowed in Q1 2020 as COVID-19 introduced practical challenges for dealmakers, said a study. A total of 963 deals were completed in the US for an aggregate $27bn in Q1 2020, a 19% decline from 1,191 deals
13 May. 2020 NewAlpha to manage Emergence Europe sub-fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Emergence, the fund dedicated to accelerating entrepreneurial management companies, announces that it has appointed NewAlph
13 May. 2020 Prime brokerage firms have learned lessons well… to date [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Prior to COVID-19, the hedge fund industry was already facing dual challenges of rising costs and compromised profitability. However, prime brokerages have to a large extent passed the first tests posed by the pandemic relating to volumes and credit risks. Future di
13 May. 2020 Hedge funds only lose 1% of industry assets - learned from 2008 experience [more]
By Donald A. Steinbrugge, founder and CEO, Agecroft Partners, LLC Recent news headlines state that the hedge fund industry saw its highest level of redemptions during the 1st quarter of 2020 in over a decade, with $33 billion lea
13 May. 2020 Hedge funds rebound in April after largest average monthly loss on record in March [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds gained an average of +5.02% in April after the largest average monthly loss on record in March, bringing average losses to -7.49% for the year. It is important to remember that while March losses were worse than any single month prior, during the global fi
13 May. 2020 Real assets face a severe short-term impact on account of COVID-19 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 is having a severe impact on short-term cash flows for toll-based infrastructures, such as toll roads, airports, and railways/rolling stock, where the assets generate earnings by charging for use, said a study. According to a Preqin study, sectors like airl
13 May. 2020 Golub Capital raises $3bn of dry powder for new investments [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia for A Square: US-based asset manager Golub Capital announced that it has raised $3 billion of new investment firepower in the past six weeks. According to a press release from the direct lender and credit asset manager, its fundraising success includes closing
12 May. 2020 Private debt industry sitting on $292bn in dry powder says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: There are 457 private debt funds in the market as of April 2020, seeking a combined $201bn, says Preqin. These are the highest figures ever recorded. "Given that the industry is sitting on $292bn in dry powder, we expect deals to pick up as market participants get
12 May. 2020 Hedge fund managers up 3.73% in April, reduce YTD losses to 4.64% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recouped some of the losses they suffered amidst pandemic-induced market chaos, said Eurekahedge. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.73% in April - recording its strongest monthly performance in recent years, supported by the strong performance of
12 May. 2020 Asset managers fail to provide the information investors need on ESG, says survey [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although there has been a significant increase in both the supply and demand for ESG related content created by asset managers in the last 12 months, there remains a significant gap between the content that investors are looking for and the content the managers are act
11 May. 2020 CTAs and trend-following hedge fund strategies maintain momentum in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTAs and trend-following hedge fund strategies maintained their recent impressive momentum, profiting from continued trends across commodities and bond markets, new Société Générale data for April shows. Managed futures funds seized on moves in fixed income assets, whi
11 May. 2020 Level of dry powder in the private equity industry stands at a record $1.48tn as of April 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The level of dry powder in the private equity industry stands at a record of $1.48tn as of April 2020, so firms have a huge amount of capital to put to work, said a study. About $314bn of that total is in venture capital funds, said a report by Preqin. Given the
08 May. 2020 Hedge funds surge to best gain since 2009 as managers navigate pandemic volatility [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds surged to the strongest monthly gain in over 10 years in April, as managers positioned for the re-opening of global economies which have been shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while also navigating historic volatility in oil and commodity mark
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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In the current rising interest rate environment, investment activity in the private markets has continued to grow, revealed a study. "With alts managers sitting on over $2.5T+ of dry powder and continuing to enjoy premium valuations and interest rates on a prec

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Hong Kong manager expects additional tailwind in Asian markets[more]

    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Asia equity markets have not been at their best so far this year, with the MSCI Asia index down almost 13% YTD, but many managers remain buoyant about the region, as in

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    B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In this interview, Dr. Patrick Welton, founder and CIO of Welton Investment Partners, offers his observations on the major macro themes expected to affect the comm

  4. Other Voices: The selloff is overdone[more]

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  5. Other Voices: ESG exuberance is at all-time highs. But will investors buy?[more]

    As investors increase their focus on mission-based investing, they continue to grapple with ESG and what it means to them. By David Shalom, Director of Capital Introductions at Pershing Innovation. New investment solutions. That's how managers deliver value and attract new inve