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19 Aug. 2020 Carillon Tower Advisers adds ESG veteran Joy Facos [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Carillon Tower Advisers, a global, multi-boutique asset management firm, announced that it has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) principles by hiring ESG professional Joy Facos as Head of Responsible Investing. Ms. Fa
19 Aug. 2020 Barclay CTA Index gains 1.63% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures funds were profitable in July as the CTA industry realized a 1.63% monthly gain, according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For the year-to-date CTAs were up 2.49% through July. "A resurgence of the
19 Aug. 2020 McCarthy Capital wraps up the seventh fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Growth equity specialist McCarthy Capital has easily beaten the target of $425 million for its seventh flagship fundraise through a final closing of $535 million. The McCarthy Capital Fund VII will invest in growing, lower middle-market companies, said Omaha-based
19 Aug. 2020 Clear Hedge Capital to offer loans to large institutions with BitGo Prime [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Clear Hedge Capital, a lending group for alternative investment vehicles, has announced it had entered into a partnership with BitGo Prime to offer multi-million loans to institutional investors. Both companies, according to an official press release, will focus th
19 Aug. 2020 Venture Capital hit record levels in 2019 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Returns from venture funds globally reached a record high in Q4 2019 and remained strong in Q1 2020, despite the unfolding Covid-19 crisis, according to new data from eFront. 2019 was an exceptional year for venture capital performance, with funds globally recor
18 Aug. 2020 St. James's Place selects eVestment in the increasing institutionalisation of their investment manager selection process [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - St. James's Place (SJP), the UK's largest private wealth management firm, has selected eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, to further serve clients with SJP's distinct approach to investment management. The FTSE100 company ha
18 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds gain 2.76% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry turned in a fourth consecutive positive month in July as stock markets' continued strong performance contributed to a 2.76% return, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By compar
18 Aug. 2020 These are the questions fund managers will be facing on diversity & inclusion [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and consultant Albourne Partners Limited have launched a questionnaire for alternative investment managers to increase diversity & inclusion (D&I) transparency in the global hedge fund and alternative investment
18 Aug. 2020 Momentum in Europe helping the venture capital market to remain strong [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: While Europe showed resilience in Q2 2020, there is growing concern that the venture capital (VC) market in Europe could see large impacts in Q3'20 given the widespread effect of COVID-19 on the economy, ongoing potential impact of Brexit, and the challenges associate
17 Aug. 2020 Sustainable beta portfolios on the menu for global institutional investors [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: FTSE Russell 2020 survey finds 58% of asset owners globally anticipate applying sustainability considerations to smart beta strategies, up from 44% in 2019. More than 7 in 10 asset owners globally are evaluating and implementing sustainable investment consideration
17 Aug. 2020 Asia-Pacific deal activity up by 23.2% in July 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a dramatic turnaround, a total of 2,037 deals were announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during July 2020, which is an increase of 23.2% over the 1,653 deals announced during the previous month. A report by GlobalData revealed that the deal volume during th
14 Aug. 2020 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.82% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for July 2020 measured 1.82%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.55% in August. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index for August 2020 rose 0.5
14 Aug. 2020 Assets in global ETPs reached a new record of $6.66tn in July [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Assets in exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed globally reached a new record of US$6.66 trillion at the end of July 2020. According to figures from the ETFGI consultancy, ETPs gathered net inflows of $79.35 billion during July, bringing year-to-date net inflows to
14 Aug. 2020 Brookfield raises a record $23bn during Q2 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management has raised a record $23 billion during the second quarter and expects to accelerate the pace of investments after the disruption caused by Covid-19. Chief executive Bruce Flatt said that Brookfield c
13 Aug. 2020 Churchill Real Estate racks up $2bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Churchill Real Estate has picked up $2bn of new institutional capital as it looks to capitalize on residential transition lending. According to the real estate investment firm focused on real estate debt, equity, and distressed opportunities in the United States, t
13 Aug. 2020 Global secondary market now almost five times larger than in 2008 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Robust fundraising and healthy demand from investors make the secondary market a bright spot for private equity in H1 2020. The global secondary market is now almost five times larger than in 2008, with $280bn in total assets under management (AUM) as of December 2
12 Aug. 2020 MicroStrategy buys $250m in bitcoin, making the crypto as a primary treasury reserve asset [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nasdaq-listed software firm MicroStrategy purchased 21,454 bitcoin on Tuesday, effectively pouring all $250 million of its planned inflation-hedging funds into the digital currency. Disclosing its bitcoin buy alongside an equivalent stock buyback in a Tuesday Securi
12 Aug. 2020 Family office VC investment and allocation on the rise [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over the last decade, family offices have been increasing allocations to venture and building in-house venture investment capabilities, primarily stemming from strong historical returns, said a study. According to SVB and Campden Wealth report, on average, venture i
12 Aug. 2020 European PE/VC deal volume drops to a five-year low in H1 2020 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: European private equity and venture capital entry volume dropped to a five-year low in the first half of 2020 as managers turned away from deal-making to focus on their existing portfolios in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to S&P Global Market Intellig
12 Aug. 2020 U.S. multiemployer pension plan funding drops to 82% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate funding ratio of multiemployer defined benefit plans in the U.S. dropped to 82% as of June 30, down from 85% at the end of 2019, said a study. According to Milliman's Multiemployer Pension Funding Study (MPFS), the weaker funded status increases t
11 Aug. 2020 Hedge funds continue strong run with Chinese hedge funds in the lead [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.61%1 in July, bringing its year-to-date return to 1.73%, supported by the robust performance of underlying global equity markets as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local) which gained 3.67% over the month. The highlight of
11 Aug. 2020 CIFC launches "all-weather" high yield Ucits strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternative credit specialist CIFC has launched a long/short high yield UCITS fund managed by industry veteran Jason Horowitz, who has been running similar strategies successfully for over 10 years. Mr. Horowitz joined the New York-based manager in January as Head
11 Aug. 2020 Industry Ventures closes $180m sophomore co-investment fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm Industry Ventures closed Industry Ventures Direct II, at $180m. "The Fund will continue the same strategy of making direct investments into early- and mid-stage technology companies alongside 80 seed and early-stage fund
11 Aug. 2020 Layoffs come for the asset management industry as economy stumbles [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The asset management industry is bracing for job and pay cuts according to the latest report from Johnson Associates. Lower fee products, a greater risk for defaults and a tumultuous market environment will make it difficult for asset managers to maintain curren
11 Aug. 2020 Gramercy applauds Argentina's debt restructuring plans [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: In early July, Martin Guzman, Argentina's economy minister, revised a bond restructuring proposal he made in April by offering to increase bondholder recoveries and won support from some of its creditors, including Gramercy Funds Management. Then on 4th August, t
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