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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
13 Sep. 2019 Ardian Co-Investment raises $2.5bn for latest fund [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Paris-based buyout shop Ardian has raised $2.5 billion for its latest co-investment vehicle. The fund attracted more than 190 investors across Europe, the US and Asia, more than three times the size of Ardian Co-Investment's previous investor base. It also
12 Sep. 2019 Blackstone hauls in $20.5bn for largest global real estate fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group said has raised the largest ever real estate fund, amassing $20.5bn to be invested in property assets around the world. Blackstone is also currently investing two regional opportunistic funds, the EUR7.9bn BREP Europe V and
12 Sep. 2019 Investors remain satisfied with recent performance of real estate [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Investors remain satisfied with the recent performance of real estate, but also hesitate on future commitments to the asset class as they feel that asset valuations will depress future returns The Preqin Investor Update: Alternative Assets H2 2019 finds that the ou
12 Sep. 2019 State Street Global Advisors names Carlo M. Funk as head of ESG investment strategy for EMEA [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The $2.9tn asset manager State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has hired ex-BlackRock sustainable investment specialist Carlo M. Funk to head its environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategy in the EMEA region. The position is new. SSGA said in a s
12 Sep. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index down -0.27% in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned -0.27% in August, underperforming the 0.38 % monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternati
11 Sep. 2019 82% of surveyed hedge funds use alternative data, but not without concerns [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Over 80% of surveyed hedge funds are using alternative data for detailed industry analyses, though data cost and quality issues remain, said a study. According to Lowenstein Sandler's hedge fund industry survey, 82% of hedge funds are already using alternative
11 Sep. 2019 Lovell Minnick hits $1.28bn hard cap for fifth middle market fund close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Financial services-focused private equity firm Lovell Minnick Partners has hit a $1.28bn hard cap for the final close of its latest flagship fund. As private equity firms continue benefit from strong demand for alternative investments, Lovell Minnick Equity Partne
11 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds up 0.31% amid fierce trade tensions [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have outperformed the equity markets in August amid tariff threats between China and the United States and slowing global growth. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.31% during the month compared to the MSCI ACWI stock index which ended August do
11 Sep. 2019 Emerging market debt specialist Philip Meier joins Gramercy [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Philip Meier has joined Gramercy Funds Management's London office as managing director and emerging markets debt portfolio manager. Gramercy, founded in 1998, is an emerging markets investment manager based in Greenwich, CT with offices in London and Buenos Aires
10 Sep. 2019 Blackstone promotes private equity COO Vik Sawhney to new global IR role [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private equity giant Blackstone has promoted Vik Sawhney, the chief operating officer of its PE business, as its first chief administrative officer (CAO), and the global head of its investor relations and business development arm, a newly created role. The New Yo
10 Sep. 2019 Macro hedge funds surge in August as global equities decline [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Macro hedge funds surged in August while the broader industry posted mixed performance as equity markets declined while the global supply of negative-yielding bonds swelled to over $16 trillion, with gains led by both fundamental and quantitative Macro strategies.
10 Sep. 2019 Former hedge fund professionals launch US Vegan Climate ETF today [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Beyond Investing, a vegan and cruelty-free investment platform, is launching the NYSE-listed US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker VEGN)
10 Sep. 2019 Hedge funds help to deal with the ongoing market uncertainty [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Despite colossal headwinds related to trade tensions, the Brexit deadlock, and the manufacturing recession, asset prices have been incredibly buoyant so far this year, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Equities are recovering from the August drawdown and are approach
09 Sep. 2019 Thinking Ahead Institute reveals top fifteen extreme risks for investors [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: The Thinking Ahead Institute's (TAI) Extreme risks 2019 report and ranking, which categorises rare events that could have a high impact on global economic growth and asset returns, has a new top three: global temperature change, global trade collapse and cyber warfare.
09 Sep. 2019 London VC 4Bio Capital raises the first tranche of $150m 'advanced therapies' fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: London-based biotech venture capital firm 4Bio Capital has raised the first $50m for a new $150m fund to invest in "advanced therapies" such as gene and cell therapy. Dmitry Kuzmin, the managing partner, said its 4Bio Ventures II fund had achieved its "first close"
09 Sep. 2019 Berlin leads in continental European VC deals [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: It is an exciting time for start-ups in Berlin, as venture capital firms recognize growth opportunities and channel funds into new businesses in the city, said Preqin. Berlin is fast becoming the German equivalent of San Francisco and London in the US and UK respec
06 Sep. 2019 Strong CTA performance extends through August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs reported positive performance again in August, following a strong July, says Societe Generale (SG). The SG CTA Index was up 3.45%, adding to gains of over 10% year-to-date for these firms, which would put them on track for their best year since 2014. Short
06 Sep. 2019 CEE-focused Innova closes the sixth fund on $300m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)-focused PE firm Innova Capital has pulled in EUR271m ($300m) for the final close of its sixth buyout fund Innova/6. Over 60% of the committed capital came from prior fund participants, with remaining commitments provided by new inve
05 Sep. 2019 Kudu Investment Management takes a stake in alternatives manager EJF Capital [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New York-based Kudu Investment Management, a capital provider for asset and wealth management firms, made a minority investment in EJF Capital, an alternative investment firm that manages billions of dollars across private equity, real estate, and hedge fund strategies
05 Sep. 2019 ASEAN-focused buyout and growth funds collect $0.8bn till June 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: ASEAN-focused buyout and growth funds have together collected $0.8bn in 2019 so far (as of June), matching the total amount raised in all of 2018, Preqin said in its report: Markets in Focus: Southeast Asia. "Given that we are at the mid-point of 2019, the full-yea
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