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10 Oct. 2017 Presentation: The 7 Reasons Most Machine Learning Funds Fail [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Marcos Lopez de Prado from Guggenheim Partners says that the rate of failure in quantitative finance is high, and particularly so in financial machine learning. The few managers who succeed amass a large amount of assets, and deliver consistently exceptional performance
09 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds in 11 months winning streak, up 0.5% in September (+5.70% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are on a winning streak as the industry extended its positive gain with 11 months of consecutive returns. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index (FWC) advanced +0.5% for Sept
09 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds reduce long gold position on fresh North Korea nuke threat [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and money managers have downgraded their net long positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts for the third straight week, following fresh fears North Korea would detonate a hydrogen bomb on October 10 to celebrate the founding of the Worker's Party of
06 Oct. 2017 Hedge fund seeder Tages Capital enters strategic partnership with Nara Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London based hedge fund seeder Tages Capital has entered into a strategic partnership with New York-based investment manager Nara Capital, helping push Nara's assets under management to $100m, the companies said in
06 Oct. 2017 TPG closes impact fund on $2 billion [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private equity firm TPG is teaming up with Bono on an impact investing fund. The firm raised $2 billion for the fund which had a $1.5 billion target. The Rise Fund, like other impact investment funds, targets opportunities that have some kind of positive so
06 Oct. 2017 New York-based hedge fund manager charged with Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Michael Scronic, a hedge fund manager in Westchester was charged by the SEC today for running a Ponzi scheme. In the complaint, the regulator says that Scronic began to raise money from at least 42 friends and acquaintances, many of whom were from his suburban c
05 Oct. 2017 MUFG Investor Services appoints global head of fund financing team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has appointed Ben Griffiths as Managing Director, Global Head of Fund Financing. He will be based in London and will report to John Sergides, Global Head of Sales and Marketing.
05 Oct. 2017 Blockchain incubator partners with TaaS Fund to reduce risk, barriers in crypto investing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After successfully launching an ICO (initial coin offering), Science Blockchain, an incubator focused on sponsoring and growing leading companies in the blockchain space, is partnering with Token-as-a-Service (TaaS) to reduce the risks and technical barriers of inve
04 Oct. 2017 Fundseeder hires new Chief Strategy Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - FundSeeder Technologies, a data and performance analytics platform for the trading industry announced the appointment of Bill Stephenson as Chief Strategy Officer. In his role, Stephenson will join the management team and provide strategic direction to the firm's goal of
04 Oct. 2017 SINA calls on shareholders to reject activist hedge fund's board nominees [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Embattled Chinese online media company SINA Corporation on Tuesday called on its shareholders to vote for its candidate the Yichen Zhang and reject each of activist hedge fund Aristeia Capital's nominee on the white proxy card in the company's upcoming 2017
03 Oct. 2017 Johnston Asset Management changes name [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Johnston Asset Management LLC announced that it has changed its name to Hardman Johnston Global Advisors LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Hardman Johnston Global Advisors is an independent, global equity boutique that invests in high-quality growth companies a
03 Oct. 2017 Mercury Capital Advisors expands iFunds Distribution Team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Mercury Capital Advisors, the global placement agent specializing in private investments, today announced the appointment of Donal Mastrangelo as Executive Director and Head of U.S. iFunds Distribution. With over 25 years of experience in business development and client s
03 Oct. 2017 Arthur Bell merges with Cohen & Company [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two powerhouse accounting practices in the investment industry-Cohen & Company and Arthur Bell-announced today that they have combined their firms to create the premier accounting firm for registered and non-registered funds and their investment advisers. The firm will be
03 Oct. 2017 Northern Trust names new head of Japan office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust has appointed Keishi Yamamoto to lead its asset management business in Japan. Yamamoto replaces Hidehiro Nakayama who retires later this year as current president and representative director. Reporting to John McCareins, managing director, Asia-Pacific
03 Oct. 2017 SBAI creates standardised total expense ratio for alternative investment managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), formerly the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), has released the results from the working group it established in 2016 to study fee terms, methodology and definitions. The SBAI is the standard setting body for the al
03 Oct. 2017 Hedge funds up as industry adjusts to rising rates [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass
02 Oct. 2017 Pamplona Capital completes acquisition of PAREXEL International [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment manager Pamplona Capital Management has completed its acquisition of PAREXEL Internationa
29 Sep. 2017 UCITS equity funds attracted highest level of net sales since December 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet, which provides net sales of UCITS and AIF for July 2017. 29 associations representing more than 99 percent of total UCITS and AIF assets provid
29 Sep. 2017 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.65% in August (+5.2% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds reported another positive month in August, up +0.65%. Geopolitical saber-rattling, White House intrigue, and widespread flooding and destruction from Hurricane Harvey contributed to an increase in performance variation across strategies tracked by the Greenwic
29 Sep. 2017 SEC drops charges against Patriarch, Tilton [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud case against investor Lynn Tilton was dismissed has been dismissed. SEC administrative law judge Carol Fox Foelak ruled that the SEC had failed to provide enough evidence to back up its claims against Tilt
29 Sep. 2017 US retail investors expect market correction later this year, but fail to prepare [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A small majority of investors are expecting a market correction later this year and see the stock market take back some "significant gains,"
29 Sep. 2017 Hong Kong launches regulatory sandbox for Fintech [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong's market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has launched the SFC Regulatory Sandbox to provide a confined regulatory
28 Sep. 2017 New York Hedge Fund Roundtable changes name [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable announced today that it is changing its name to the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable. The name change is part of an effort to more accurately represent the organization's focus on promoting ethics and best practices within the
28 Sep. 2017 Preqin: Investors struggle to source attractive hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin's surveys of hedge fund investors find that many report increasing difficulty in finding attractive funds in which to invest. Almost half of investors said in June* that they were planning to reduce their allocations to hedge funds over the next 12 months. Of these
28 Sep. 2017 NYLIM taps Kirk Lehneis for MainStay Funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), the global asset management business of New York Life, announces the appointment of Kirk Lehneis as president of its MainStay Funds. Mr. Lehneis assumes this responsibility, in addition to serving as chief operating officer of
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  4. US-based micro venture capital funds raise a record amount of capital in 2019[more]

    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital funds (sized at $100mn or less) had another record-breaking year in 2019, said a report. Managers of micro funds surpassed the $8.3bn raised in 2018 with $8.4bn secured through 282 fund closures, according to the report by Preqin and t

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