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28 Aug. 2019 Private equity tops the table for investor satisfaction, says Preqin [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Across alternative assets, investors are most satisfied with the performance of private equity funds: a significant 93% of respondents to Preqin's latest survey feel that the performance of the asset class has met or exceeded their expectations over the past 12 mon
28 Aug. 2019 CTAs outperformed Global Macro in August [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs performed well in August as the drop in sovereign yields continued to boost the heavily long bond exposure, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Conversely, Macro funds underperformed due to their short bond and long equity exposure. Long biased strategies on equit
27 Aug. 2019 Picton Mahoney Asset Management acquires two hedge funds from Vertex One [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Canadian financial institution Picton Mahoney Asset Management is all set to acquire the Vertex One Asset Management's investment fund management contracts for the five hedge funds and alternative mutual funds listed below, with approximately $380m in assets.
26 Aug. 2019 Mexico boasts a fast-growing private capital sector [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Mexico boasts a fast-growing private capital sector, strong economic fundamentals, and supportive political institutions, not to mention a burgeoning middle class and a young demographic bulge. Investors and fund managers are increasingly putting this promising e
26 Aug. 2019 Pemberton Capital Advisers raises $4.7bn on 2 fund closes [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The asset management group in London, Pemberton Capital Advisers closed its European midmarket strategy at €3.2bn ($3.5bn), which includes European Mid-Market Debt Fund II and U.K. Mid-Market Debt Fund, and also closed its Strategic Credit Opportunities Fund at €1bn.
23 Aug. 2019 Hedge fund industry sees $12.2 billion in outflows for June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were unable to build on the previous month's inflows in June with the industry moving back into net redemption territory with $12.2 billion in outflows for the month. June redemptions, which represented 0.4% of industry assets, were a reversal from May's
23 Aug. 2019 Companies that executed M&As have performed well in 2019, survey finds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: About half of companies buying other businesses' divested assets in the first half of the year outperformed an industry benchmark by an average of 1 percentage point (pp), while two-thirds of companies divesting assets during that period underperformed by 7pp.
23 Aug. 2019 Investors withdraw $8.42bn from the global hedge fund industry in July [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investors withdrew another $8.42 billion from the global hedge fund industry in July, according to the latest 2019 eVestment Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report. However, positive performance has helped to keep industry assets above $3 trillion. Total industry AUM sit
22 Aug. 2019 Emerging markets hedge funds extend gains amid trade tensions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Emerging Markets hedge funds posted industry-leading gains through mid-2019, navigating rising trade tariff tensions, the falling Chinese Renminbi, growing protests in Hong Kong, and interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks. Strong advan
22 Aug. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator up 3.41% August 2019 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for August 2019 measured 3.41%, up from 2.69% in July. "SS&C GlobeOp's Forward Redemption Indicator of 3.41% for August 2019, though up from the 2.73% reported a year ago for August 2018, closely matched the 5-yea
22 Aug. 2019 Alternative investment platform Artivest adds private equity shop WM Partners [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Alternative investment platform Artivest has added Florida-based private equity firm WM Partners to its Artivest Open Network. Founded in 2015 by co-founders Alejandro Weinstein and Jose Minski, WM Partners is a middle-market private equity firm that specializes i
22 Aug. 2019 Ex-Navab Capital partner to join Blackstone growth equity unit [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Blackstone Group announced that it had hired Ram Jagannath, who was a partner at Navab Capital before the firm's untimely closure. Ram had previously worked as a managing director for the Carlyle Group's flagship buyout fund. Ram Jagannath, an investor with more th
22 Aug. 2019 Nordic-based private capital fund managers provide investors with outsized returns to compensate for the risk [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Although the majority of European capital is concentrated among Western Europe-based managers, Nordic-based fund managers have offered investors the largest return compared with firms in Western Europe and Central & Eastern Europe. According to Preqin, the associat
21 Aug. 2019 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.62% in July, 6.48% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.62% in July, bringing its year-to-date return to 6.48%. Roughly 30.8% of hedge fund managers in the index have recorded double-digit gains over the first seven months of the year. The global hedge fund industry AUM remained mo
21 Aug. 2019 US-based micro venture capital funds collect $3.4bn across 128 funds in H1, 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: US-based micro venture capital funds (those sized at $100mn or less) have gained traction throughout the past decade, peaking at $7.7bn raised across 296 vehicles in 2018, said Preqin. Coming off a record year for micro venture capital, 2019 is off to a solid start
21 Aug. 2019 Vietnam Fund gains from small and mid caps, while Vietnam gains from US-China trade war [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva: Asia Frontier Capital (AFC)'s Vietnam Fund, which invests in small and medium listed companies in Vietnam, has been beating the Ho Chi Minh
20 Aug. 2019 Barclay CTA index up 0.98% in July, 5.2% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Strong uptrends in equities, bonds, the US Dollar and gold helped push managed futures funds to another profitable month. CTA funds posted a 0.98% return in July 2019, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. For t
20 Aug. 2019 Harrison Street raises $1.3bn for a new fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Harrison Street has raised $1.6bn for its seventh US opportunistic real estate fund - Harrison Street Real Estate Partners VII. The Chicago-based firm said that the fund closed at its hard cap of $1.3bn, above its original $950m fundraising target, while co-investm
20 Aug. 2019 Venture capital value remains slow at $10.1bn on 484 deals in Asia: KPMG [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: In Q2 2019 venture capital (VC)-backed companies in the Asia region raised $10.1bn across 484 deals, says KPMG. Overall deal value and volume remained low during Q2 2019 in Asia, well off last year's record pace, the KPMG report 'Venture Pulse' said.
19 Aug. 2019 2019 to outpace 2018 for full-year venture capital fundraising in the US [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Nearly 200 US-based venture capital funds closed in H1 2019; however, there are still another 1,004 funds in the market collectively seeking over $95bn, revealed a Preqin report. According to Preqin and First Republic update on US venture capital, this is a 20% inc
16 Aug. 2019 Gramercy Funds Management hires Jeff Sharon to lead business development [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gramercy Funds Management today announced that Jeffrey D. Sharon, CFP, CIMA has joined the firm as Global Head of Business Development. Jeff will be responsible for the firm's marketing, distribution and investor relations efforts and will also serve as a member of Gramer
16 Aug. 2019 Hedge funds report sixth month of gains for 2019 in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds had another positive month in July, returning 0.44% according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was up 0.66% in July. Hedge funds continue to build on the
16 Aug. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index gains +0.55% in July [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.55% in July, underperforming the 0.77% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid A
16 Aug. 2019 Hirtle Callaghan taps Stephen Vaccaro for private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hirtle Callaghan, pioneers of the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model with over $20 billion under management, announced today that Stephen Vaccaro has joined the firm as Director of Private Equity. Mr. Vaccaro is an accomplished investment professional with m
16 Aug. 2019 Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark up 7.88% year to date [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark posted gains of 0.23% in July. This improved the YTD return for 2019 to 7.88% and marks the sixth positive return in the first seven months of the year. Multi-strategy hedge funds posted the highest return (+1.63%) for
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