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17 Jul. 2019 CTA funds up in June, led by crypto [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - CTA funds posted a 1.59% return in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. Year-to-date, the Index has gained 3.84% through June. "Recession fears coupled with market anticipation of Fed loosening rallied p
17 Jul. 2019 Alternative investment team views sustainability reporting as increasingly important [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The importance of sustainability remains front and center both on the world stage and social media -from images of countless marine animals washing up dead after ingesting large quantities of plastic, to ongoing fights over the pollution caused by fracking sites across th
17 Jul. 2019 Madison Capital expands healthcare team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Madison Capital Funding a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, today announced that Eric Hartung has joined the firm as a Managing Director within the Healthcare Group as part of the Specialty Originations team. Based in Chicago, Mr. Hartung is responsible for o
17 Jul. 2019 CTAs give back some of their gains from bonds [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: CTAs which hold large long bond and USD positions gave back some of their earlier gains, Lyxor said in its weekly brief. Most other hedge fund strategies were about flat this week. With only about 12% of the distressed debt maturing within the next two years, liqui
17 Jul. 2019 Equity-strategy hedge funds lead June gain of 2.15% [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Preqin's All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained 2.15% in June following losses in May of 0.99% - this takes the 2019 YTD return to a strong 7.73%. All fund structures generated positive returns in June, reversing industry-wide underperformance in May.
17 Jul. 2019 Natixis - Investors remain perplexed by volatility [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market volatility has been a wake-up call for many US investors whose high return expectations don't accurately reflect their appetite and understanding of risk, particularly when it comes to active and passive investing. According to a new survey released today
17 Jul. 2019 LPs have a more positive view of the economy than Wall Street [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Institutional investors are more positive about the state of the economy than much of Wall Street is, according to a new survey from placement agent Eaton Partners. 50 percent of investors surveyed say that even though the economy is showing signs of slowing dow
17 Jul. 2019 New hedge fund on OPIM platform seeks to tap into China's arbitrage opportunities [more]
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: OP Investment Management (OPIM), Asia's leading hedge fund platform, is launching Heqi Global Absolute Return Fund SP with Qijian Global Investment Management. The f
16 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund industry posting best H1 returns since 2009 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds' monthly results returned to the black in June. For the month, the hedge fund industry posted a 1.94% return, a turnaround from May's 1.66% decline, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. By compar
16 Jul. 2019 Institutional investors express concerns on geopolitical tensions and a slowing global economy [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Institutional investment managers are concerned slowing global growth could hurt returns, but most do not think the U.S. is headed for a recession in the next twelve months. According to a survey from Corbin Advisors, the neutral to bearish or bearish sentiment, w
16 Jul. 2019 RA Capital Management closes $308m venture capital fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based RA Capital Management said that it had closed its inaugural venture fund, RA Capital Nexus Fund (Nexus), at $308m to target life science investing. The multi-stage investment manager dedicated to evidence-based investing in public and private healthca
16 Jul. 2019 North America-focused telecom funds raise $27bn in 2018 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Globally, with the exclusion of North America, $147bn has been raised for investment in the telecoms sector through 136 unlisted infrastructure funds that have closed since 2009. In contrast, North America-focused funds secured one-third of this amount during the
16 Jul. 2019 Bow River raises $160m for software-focused fund close [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Denver-based Bow River Capital has raised $160m for the final close of its oversubscribed software-focused growth fund. The strategy of the Bow River Capital 2019 Software Growth Equity Fund will provide first institutional capital and closely partner with manageme
15 Jul. 2019 Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 1.62% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.62% in June, barely outperforming the 1.61% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire
15 Jul. 2019 The unlisted natural resources market remains very crowded as managers bring new funds to market [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The unlisted natural resources market remains very crowded, with managers bringing new funds to market more quickly than they are being closed. At the start of Q3 2019 there are 307 funds seeking a total of $208bn from investors - figures very similar to the firs
15 Jul. 2019 Palladium Equity Partners raises $1.56bn for fifth buy-out fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based Hispanic-Focused Palladium Equity Raises has raised just over $1.5bn for its newest and largest fund. The middle market private equity firm with over $3bn in assets under management raised about $1.56bn at the close of its Palladium Equity Partne
12 Jul. 2019 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 1.67% in June [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2019 measured 1.67%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index declined 1.28% in July. "Given that the month of July typically produces net outflows, SS
12 Jul. 2019 U.S. insurers pull back from hedge fund investments third consecutive year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: For a third consecutive year, the U.S. insurance industry as a whole pulled back from hedge fund investments, by roughly $2bn in 2018 to $14.4bn. The the life/annuity segment reporting a year-over-year reduction of investments in hedge funds by more than 18%, mak
12 Jul. 2019 Corporate pension funding ticks up in last year [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate funding ratio for S&P 500 companies sponsoring defined benefit plans increased by 1.7 percentage points to 87.5% as of June 30, 2018, from 85.8% as of the end of fiscal year 2017. According to Wilshire Associates' 2019 Corporate Pension Funding Re
12 Jul. 2019 Private debt funds hit record with 420 vehicles but fundraising slows down [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: New private debt funds have continued to come to market through Q2 2019, and there are now a record 420 vehicles on the road, according to Preqin quarterly update on private debt. Having spiked to $192bn at the start of the quarter, though, the total capital soug
12 Jul. 2019 Private equity real estate deals shrink both in number and total value in Q2 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After a prolonged period of growth over much of the past five years, Q2 2019 has seen a contraction in both the number and total value of private equity real estate (PERE) deals. In the first quarter of the year, 2,308 deals were announced at a total value of $108
12 Jul. 2019 Austin's Vista Equity Partners raises $850m software buyout fund [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Austin-based Vista Equity Partners has raised $850m for a fund that the private equity giant plans to use to buy up fast-growing software companies. Vista Equity Partners said that its Endeavor Fund II will focus on enterprise software companies with between $10m
11 Jul. 2019 Diginex takes reverse merger route to go public with an initial enterprise value of $276m [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency and blockchain financial technology company, Diginex said that it is going public through a reverse merger with 8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp, the first Singapore-sponsored "blank cheque" company listed on Nasdaq. Upon completion o
11 Jul. 2019 Private real estate fundraising nosedives in 2Q 2019, hitting a five-year low [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Private real estate fundraising decreased significantly in Q2 2019 from the previous quarter, hitting a five-year low, Preqin said in its quarterly update on real estate. Forty-seven funds reached a final close, raising just $29bn, which marks a sharp decrease fro
11 Jul. 2019 Hedge fund assets under management reaches $3.56tn as of the end of Q1 2019 [more]
Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: After poor performance towards the end of 2018, investors have largely been reticent in their hedge fund investment, recording total industry withdrawals of $22.1bn in Q1 2019, Preqin said in its Insights. The recent performance gains in 2019, however, have driven
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