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02 Sep. 2020 Owl Ventures closes two new funds totaling $585m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based education technology venture capital firm Owl Ventures closed two new funds totaling $585 million. Of that amount, $170 million will go to its Opportunity Fund, earmarked for making follow-on investments for its existing portfolio. Since 20
02 Sep. 2020 AI attracts a surge of private capital in APAC [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: By 2030, Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to add $15.7tn to the global economy, a figure greater than the combined GDP of China and India. Of this sum, $6.6tn will likely be the result of increased productivity gains, while consumption-side effects are estimate
01 Sep. 2020 New AIFM business, ACM, sets out to break the mould [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Luxembourg-based corporate service provider Avega announces the launch of a new host AIFM service line, Avega Capital Management (ACM). The firm is being created to "shake up the fund industry and bring a new approach to alternative investments." The new venture will
01 Sep. 2020 Directional hedge fund strategies outperformed in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Peer Groups suggest hedge fund performance was up +0.5% in August, with CTAs underperforming (-1%) and Special Situations, Directional L/S Equity, Global Macro, and L/S Credit strategies outperforming (+0.6% to +1.6%). In recent weeks, the rally in stock price
01 Sep. 2020 APAC-focused PE/VC AUM at $1.29tn a record high and up 34% from the previous year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: APAC-focused private equity & venture capital (PEVC) assets under management (AUM) have surged in recent years to a record-high $1.29tn as of December 2019, marking a staggering 34% increase from a year prior, said Preqin. "Strategies targeting generally more innov
31 Aug. 2020 H20 AM freezes funds over valuation uncertainties [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The AMF, the French financial regulator, has asked H2O Asset Management LLP to suspend subscriptions and redemptions of units of the UCITS funds H20 ALLEGRO, H20 MULTIBONDS and H20 MULTISTRATEGIES to protect the interests of unit holders and the public. The managemen
31 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds total redemptions reduced from $47.7bn in Q1 to $15.6bn in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) have risen in the second quarter of 2020, said Preqin. In a Q1 2020 rocked by poor performance and significant investor redemptions, industry AUM dipped below $3.5tn for the first time since Q4 2018. Fast-forward three month
31 Aug. 2020 SEC charges Coral Gables Asset Management with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has halted an investment offering from Coral Gables Asset Management for fraud. The regulator also got an emergency order to freeze the assets of Coral Gables and its owner David C. Coggins. The order also requires that Coral Gables preserve all document
28 Aug. 2020 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends July +3% (+5% YTD) on asset-weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended July 2020 up 2.98% MOM on an asset-weighted basis and up 4.07% MOM on an equal-weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadia
28 Aug. 2020 UCITS net sales break the EUR100bn mark [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UCITS recorded net inflows of EUR100 billion ($ 118 billion) in June 2020, compared to EUR78 billion in May 2020, with Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) recording net inflows of EUR52 billion, up from EUR46 billion in May 2020. According to the la
28 Aug. 2020 Binance and Oasis Labs launch CryptoSafe Alliance to combat crypto frauds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Binance, the global blockchain firm behind the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is partnering with Oasis Labs, a data privacy software company, to launch the CryptoSafe Alliance (CSA) which will bring together a global ecosystem of collaborato
28 Aug. 2020 Citadel snags Glencore trader to lead commodities team in Asia [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Citadel has hired away Glencore energy derivatives trader Daniel Liu to lead a commodities trading team in Asia. The news was first reported by Reut
27 Aug. 2020 Emerging markets hedge funds surge as equities gain through global pandamic [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets and Asian hedge funds surged in 2Q 2020, recovering from steep losses experienced in late 1Q, with many indices posting gains for YTD 2020 through July. The HFRI China Index gained +6.8 return in July, which followed a +14.5 percent in 2Q, the best quarte
27 Aug. 2020 Privium opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In line with its current business activities and ambition to expand further as a global player, Privium is proud to announce that from September 1st this year it will open an office in Singapore. Located in the Central Business District area, the new office will work on b
27 Aug. 2020 SEC modernises accredited investor definition [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to the "accredited investor" definition, one of the principal tests for determining who is eligible to participate in private capi
27 Aug. 2020 Despite COVID-19 crisis, investors stick with alternative allocation plans [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: COVID-19 has only had a limited impact on investors' allocation plans, as they remain satisfied with the performance, although they expect a negative impact on returns in the future, said Preqin. Despite concerns that institutions may need to curtail their alternat
26 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds see inflows after four months of redemptions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors allocated an additional +$9.33 billion to hedge funds around the world in July, ending four consecutive months of redemptions that saw investors pulling some -$72 billion from the industry between March and June, according to the just-released eVestment July 202
26 Aug. 2020 Cerulli: Asia's fund industry embraces digital tools as the new normal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian fund managers are increasingly making use of technology in their marketing and sales strategies, with managers surveyed by Cerulli ranking an increase in their digital and social media presence as their third-most-important priority. At a regional level, Cerulli
26 Aug. 2020 Assets in global ESG exchange-traded funds and products top $101bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global assets held in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) invested according to good environmental, social and governance principles surpassed $100bn last month, said a study. According to research by ETFGI, a consultancy, the products g
26 Aug. 2020 COVID-19 will significantly change the long-term investing landscape, says study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly change the long-term investing landscape, particularly concerning consumer behavior, health care, and mobility trends so it's critical for long-term investors to understand 'generational shifts' caused by the pandemic, said a st
25 Aug. 2020 L-QIF: an innovation for the Swiss fund market [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Swiss Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the revision of the Collective Investment Schemes Act (CISA). The revision will create a new category of fund, the limited qualified investor fund (L-QIF), that offers qualified investors an alternative to similar foreign
25 Aug. 2020 Commonfund expands diverse manager portal [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund, an asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today the re-opening of its online Diverse Manager Portal. Originally launched last year, the portal was designed to broaden clients' access to diverse investment talent throu
25 Aug. 2020 Some U.S. alternative investment managers hit record fundraising in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Many of the U.S.-based alternative investment managers (alt IMs) had their best fundraising periods on record in the second quarter, said a study. Investors searching for yield amid persistently low-interest rates led to record fundraising for alt-IMs in 2Q, accordi
25 Aug. 2020 Asset manager financials continue to slide in Q2 on account of the Covid-19 crash [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager financials remain fragile despite the second-quarter market rebound, according to a study. According to asset management strategy consultant Casey Quirk, capital markets are mostly returning to pre-pandemic crisis levels, yet asset manager financials
24 Aug. 2020 Professional investors adopt lower risk, lower return strategies amid coronavirus crisis [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The coronavirus crisis has led to a significant shift in the investment strategies of European institutional real estate investors, said a study. 58% of the 150 professional investors in Germany, France, and the UK surveyed by Union Investment for its investment cli
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