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24 Sep. 2019 China approves Two Sigma as a private fund manager [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Two Sigma China, the wholly-foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) of Two Sigma, recently received private fund management (PFM) license, said the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC). The New York-based hedge fund now has six months to launch an onshore product i
24 Sep. 2019 Large and broad reversals are the main CTAs' enemies, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Timing CTAs is notoriously challenging. Monitoring their exposures provides a useful picture but has rarely been a reliable allocation method. According to Lyxor, they enjoyed an impressive rally this year, mainly supported by their long bond positions, which fuel
24 Sep. 2019 BNP Paribas launches effort to help restore oceans [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: BNP Paribas has announced a new initiative to help preserve the ocean. The bank launched the effort as part of UN Climate Week - it came alongside its decision to sign on to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking. BNP Paribas will be working with clients
23 Sep. 2019 Private equity market growth set to continue as companies stay private for longer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI) today released research that highlights the growing importance of the private equity market to both companies and investors. Increasing demand from investors for private equity has been significant, with the industry growing more tha
23 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds ready to negotiate management fees rather than performance fees [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Research into the attitude of hedge fund managers towards negotiating lower fees has found that they are more likely to negotiate management fees rather than performance fees. About 38.8% of the hedge funds covered by the research were willing to negotiate their ma
23 Sep. 2019 Global venture capital industry AUM hits record levels at $856bn [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Global venture capital is expanding fast, and over the past five years, the industry posted a compound annual growth rate of 17%, said a study. Assets under management (AUM) soared to $856bn as of December 2018, a new record, according to a Preqin and Vertex Vent
20 Sep. 2019 Investors bullish on private equity, despite growing concern over valuations [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite growing concern overvaluations, investors remain confident in the private equity and they plan to increase their commitments asset class in the year ahead. The outlook for private equity for the coming year remains positive, making it one of the strongest
20 Sep. 2019 CTAs gain 2.94% in August to YTD return of +8.84% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Amid growing fears of a worldwide market decline, the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark lost 0.61% in August, pushing the 2019 YTD return down to +7.67%. CTAs gained 2.94% for the month to become the best performing fund type for the year so far. Among to
19 Sep. 2019 Global Financial Centres Index 26: London at risk - China dominates FinTech GFCI 26 headlines [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - London hung onto its second place ranking in the Global Financial Centres Index 26, launched today by Z/Yen Group in partnership with the China Development Institute (CDI) in both London and Shenzhen. New York extended its lead over London to 17 points. Strong perform
19 Sep. 2019 As of July, investors redeemed 5.3% of hedge fund assets in the past 12 months [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In July, hedge funds experienced a total of $8.1 billion in net redemptions - the second straight months of outflows on account of no-deal Brexit and Eurozone contraction, despite U.S. fund gains from June's equity markets rally. However, the hedge fund redemp
19 Sep. 2019 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index down -1.20% in August (+6.99% YTD) [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hennessee Hedge Fund Index decreased -1.20% for the month (+6.99% YTD), while the S&P 500 was down -1.81% (+16.73% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased -1.87% (+13.00% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index lost -2.60% (+20.00% YTD). Bonds were positive
19 Sep. 2019 Advent International raises $2bn debut global technology fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm Advent International closed Advent Global Technology, the inaugural technology-focused companion fund to its Global Private Equity (GPE) program, at $2 billion. The buyout fund closed at its hard cap, well exceeding its $1.6 billion fundrai
19 Sep. 2019 Asset managers need to faster embrace advanced technology to be more profitable: Study [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Asset managers need to embrace new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) distributed ledger technology (DLT) and robotic process automation (RPA), faster and more thoroughly to enable revenue growth, said the results of research from Accenture and the Inv
18 Sep. 2019 Barclay CTA Index gains 2.23% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - An ongoing bond market rally that pushed 30-year US Treasury and German bond yields to all-time lows helped to propel managed futures funds to a profitable August with CTA funds returning 2.23% according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Bac
18 Sep. 2019 Investors turn to hedge funds for asset protection [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors are looking to the asset class to offer asset protection as they anticipate an equity market downturn, said Preqin Investor Update. The report on alternative assets during H2 2019, said that despite the underwhelming 12-month performance, hedg
18 Sep. 2019 Strong investment returns in 2018 help the US states' pension liabilities drop [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: America's state pension funds saw their adjusted net pension liabilities (ANPL) fall during the fiscal year 2018 thanks to strong investment returns during the previous fiscal year, said a report from Moody's Investor Service. "Continued favorable investme
18 Sep. 2019 Cinctive Capital Management debuts with backing from PAAMCO Launchpad [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: The founders of Diamondback Capital Management have launched a new fund - Cinctive Capital. The long/short equity multi-manager fund is starting out with over $1
17 Sep. 2019 European assets under management have more than doubled in the last decade [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has just published the 11th edition of its Asset Management Report. The report aims to highlight the fundamental role of asset managers in the financial system and wider economy, channelling savings of European
17 Sep. 2019 Hub International acquires wealth manager Washington Financial [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hub International Limited, a global insurance brokerage and financial services firm known as "Hub," announced it has acquired the assets of Wash Financial LLC, which does business as Washington Financial Group (WFG). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Headqu
17 Sep. 2019 CTAs snap 6-months winning streak, says Lyxor [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The rise in bond yields which started to take shape at the end of August accelerated in recent days and penalized CTAs' significant long bond positioning, said Lyxor in its weekly brief. Meanwhile, recent political developments in the UK reduced the risk of a no-de
16 Sep. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index and Capital Movement Index [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for August 2019 measured -0.43%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.21% in September. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Movement Index rose 0.21% for S
16 Sep. 2019 Former Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan to become Man Group chairman [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: UK-based hedge fund Man Group announced that the former Deutsche Bank chief executive John Cryan has been appointed as chairman. This follows Ian Livingston revealing his intention to quit the world's largest listed hedge fund group after less than four years in the
13 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds down 0.78% in August [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The hedge fund industry posted negative returns in August, dropping 0.78%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was down 1.58% in August. Despite the down mont
13 Sep. 2019 150 active crypto hedge funds manage $1bn AuM [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Researchers at auditing powerhouse PwC estimates there to be around 150 crypto hedge funds, controlling about $1bn in assets. This excludes crypto index funds and crypto venture capital funds. Surveying the hundred largest funds by Assets Under Management (AuM), P
13 Sep. 2019 Commonfund launches diverse manager portal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Commonfund has launched a diverse manager portal designed to specifically to receive due diligence materials from women and minority managers investing in equities, fixed income and credit, real estate and hedge funds. Through the portal Commonfund aims to bette
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