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24 May. 2019 Private market investors and managers temper return expectations, new survey reveals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors and private-markets fund managers are tempering their expectations regarding future returns, revealed a new survey. 52% of the respondents surveyed in early 2019 by eVestment are expecting private equity fund returns to decline in the future
24 May. 2019 LGIM launches two sustainable investment funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has launched two sustainable investment multi-asset 'future world' fund aimed at investors seeking to diversify across asset classes whilst incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations
24 May. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gains +1.07% in April, up +6.83% YTD [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global equity markets rose in April, with encouraging economic data and ongoing dovishness from major central banks supporting appetite for higher risk assets. Corporate bonds outperformed government bonds. US equities advanced, supported by strong labour market d
24 May. 2019 French fund manager Scor Investment Partners buys London hedge fund firm Coriolis Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: SCOR Investment Partners has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the capital of UK based fund manager Coriolis Capital to expand Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) unit. With this first acquisition, SCOR Investment Partners is entering an important new phase in i
24 May. 2019 Tepper to convert Appaloosa to family office [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: David Tepper's Appaloosa LP will become a family office. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. People familiar with the matt
23 May. 2019 NFA suspends Golden Point Capital Management and Glenn Graham [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - NFA has ordered Golden Point Capital Management LLC (Golden Point), an NFA Member commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor located in Chicago, Ill., and its sole principal and associated person Glenn Graham, to both withdraw from and not reapply for NFA membe
23 May. 2019 Sustainable funds attracts $26bn of net inflows worldwide in Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Sustainable, responsible, and impact investment funds continue to grow rapidly, attracting $26bn of net inflows worldwide during the first quarter of 2019. 2018 saw a record $76bn inflow and funds gain $102bn of inflows in the 15 months through March 2019, said a
23 May. 2019 Half of investment managers use alternative data, another quarter planning to do so this year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers are making greater use of "alternative" data sources, ranging from social media sentiment to crowd-sourced data, to gain an edge, said a study. 71% of asset managers believe that using alternative data gives them an investing edge over competitors,
23 May. 2019 EG Fisher joins Mariner as co-CIO and head of liquid market strategies [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Edward G. (EG) Fisher III, 50, is to join Mariner Investment Group as co-chief investment officer and as head of liquid market strategies - the latter is reportedly a new title at the firm. Fisher has more than 29 years of industry experience and 18 years of proprie
22 May. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.21% in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for May 2019 measured 3.21%, up from 2.51% in April. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 3.21% for May 2019 was a strong result, coming in 26 basis points below the 3.47% reported for the same period a
22 May. 2019 Rockefeller enters European market launching two UCITS funds based on equity ESG strategies [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Rockefeller Asset Management, a division of Rockefeller Capital Management, is now offering its equity investment strategies to European investors with the launch of a UCITS regulated fund structure. The first UCITS funds, seeded by prominent, long-term European in
22 May. 2019 Hedge funds post positive returns in April, highlighting the strong industry-wide performance [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continued to make substantial gains in April, said a latest report from Preqin. Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark returned +1.67%, beating March's +0.62% return. This pushes the YTD figure to +6.98% and the 12-month return to +2.82%.
22 May. 2019 Al Gore's Generation IM closes $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Generation Investment Management, the firm co-founded by environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore, announced that it has closed a $1bn Sustainable Solutions Fund for growth investments. The sustainable investment management firm with approximately $22bn
22 May. 2019 With lacklustre performance, distressed debt hedge funds raise only $2.5bn in 2019 so far [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The market conditions suggest a potential opportunity for distressed debt funds, but fundraising has yet to pick up, said a report by Preqin. Distressed debt has long been a major component of the private debt industry. At the time of the Global Financial Crisis (G
21 May. 2019 Investors shift $14bn to Event Driven, Asia and Emerging Markets hedge funds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors redeemed an estimated $1.36bn from hedge funds in April 2019, bringing YTD flows to a negative $18.15bn, according to eVestment's April 2019 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. Meanwhile, strong hedge fund performance was additive to industry assets in April,
21 May. 2019 Institutional investors feel more prepared for a bear market than in 2007: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investors are self-assured when it comes to navigating the next bout of market volatility, said a study. Roughly 95% of the 75 institutional investors surveyed reported being at least somewhat confident in their organization's readiness to successful
21 May. 2019 Long/short credit hedge fund strategies resilient in 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In a context where rising trade uncertainties have interrupted the rally in risk assets, L/S Credit strategies have been resilient in May so far, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Such resiliency took place despite a widening in High Yield (HY) credit spreads, by ap
20 May. 2019 Alternatives 4 Children announces UK chapter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Alternatives 4 Children (A4C), the highly successful Dutch industry charity that has raised more than a million Euros since inception, has announced that it is launching a UK chapter. A4C raises funds for projects involved in improving the living standards of chi
20 May. 2019 Bermuda industry groups applaud EU for removal from list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bermuda's global industry groups have welcomed the decision by the Economic & Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels to remove Bermuda from a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions after all sectors worked collaboratively with Bermuda's government and regulator
20 May. 2019 40% of enterprises willing to spend $5m or more in new blockchain initiatives over next 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: 86% of senior executives interviewed believe that blockchain technology is broadly scalable and will eventually achieve mainstream adoption, said a survey. Deloitte's 2019 Global Blockchain Survey revealed that the 'blockchain gets down to business'. It sai
17 May. 2019 Marlin Equity Partners announces strategic minority investment by Blackstone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, announced that Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group has made a passive, minority investment in the firm. Blackstone's Strategic Capital Group is part of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) and speci
17 May. 2019 Managed futures posted another positive month in April [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures posted another positive month in April with a 0.85% return according to the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Nine of BarclayHedge's 10 CTA indices had gains in April. Year to date, the Barclay CTA Index has
17 May. 2019 LaSalle and Artivest announces partnership [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LaSalle Investment Management has partnered with Artivest to expand its reach into the retail market for privately placed U.S. value-add real estate investment programs through a closed end vehicle. LaSalle is a leading institutional investment manager focused on real est
17 May. 2019 Fundrock opens Singapore office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundRock has opened a new branch in Singapore headed by Timothy Walkley, Managing Director - Asia Markets. Tim has been involved in the investment management industry for over 20 years with a significant experience in Asian markets. He has been actively involved in C
17 May. 2019 Natixis finds tailwinds for ESG, but a lack of standards hampers adoption [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - More than half (56%) of investors globally, including 61% in the US, believe companies that demonstrate higher integrity will outperform, according to a new report on Environ­mental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment issues released today by Natixis Investment Manage
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    From Bloomberg: Private debt investors are turning away from distressed funds amid shrinking opportunities to profit from troubled companies. Investors were less keen to put their money to work in funds that target distressed credits in the past quarter than a year ago, according to a poll of

  2. Investing: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest abandons Chinese tech stocks amid regulatory crackdown[more]

    From Business Insider: Cathie Wood's Ark Invest has slashed its exposure to Chinese tech stocks amid an ongoing regulatory crackdown, according to Ark's daily trading updates. Ark's flagship Disruptive Innovation ETF has seen its exposure to Chinese stocks fall to less than 1% from a high of 8

  3. SPACs: SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans, Bill Ackman rejigs Universal deal after regulators probe SPAC plan, SPAC-ing the Southeast Asia story, SPAC deals will rebound for remainder of 2021[more]

    SEC abruptly kills Ackman's controversial SPAC plans From Institutional Investor: The Securities and Exchange Commission has killed Bill Ackman's special purpose acquisition company's complicated plan to invest in Universal Music Group. On Monday, his SPAC, Pershing Square Tontin

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