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Ex-Värde Exec Johnson Launches New Alternative Asset Manager

Jan 10 2018 | 11:23pm ET

 Ex-Värde Partners executive Neal Johnson has launched a new alternative investment management firm that will focus on opportunistic credit and equity transactions in the middle market, including real estate and finance opportunities. 


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Real Talk with Denise Crowley of ZAIS Group

Nov 30 2017 | 11:44am ET

Today, we sit down with Denise Crowley, Head of Structured Credit, at ZAIS Group. In our interview, Crowley offers her firm’s take on the state of the fixed income markets (and the future of stimulus flow), an outlook on residential lending heading into the new year, commercial lending risk factors and more.

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J8 Capital Management Launches Global Absolute Return Fund

Jan 18 2018 | 2:08pm ET

Investment management firm J8 Capital Management LLP has launched its UI-J8 Global Absolute Return UCITS Fund, which offers its systematic investment strategy to institutional and retail investors.

AxiomSL Recruits James Babicz to Lead Canadian Operations

Jan 18 2018 | 1:40pm ET

AxiomSL has announced the appointment of James Babicz as senior vice president and head of the recently opened Canadian office in Toronto.

Catalyst Partners With BNP Paribas On New Risk Premia Index, Launches Corresponding Fund

Jan 11 2018 | 12:30am ET

Liquid alternative mutual fund specialist Catalyst Funds has partnered with BNP Paribas to create a new multi-asset risk premia strategy and debuted a new liquid alternative fund that provides exposure to it.

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Raises $425M For Dedicated Secondaries Fund

Jan 11 2018 | 12:15am ET

Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Alternative Investment Partners Private Markets team has raised $425 million in capital commitments for its inaugural stand-alone private equity co-investment fund, handily beating the vehicle’s $350 million target.

eVestment: Hedge Funds Book 14th Straight Positive Month In December

Jan 11 2018 | 12:00am ET

Hedge funds booked their 14th consecutive monthly gain in December, according to data from eVestment, the first time since 1999 that the industry has notched positive aggregate returns in all twelve months of a calendar year.

KKR Raises $2B For Second Dedicated Real Estate Fund

Jan 10 2018 | 11:46pm ET

Global alternative investment giant KKR has debuted its second dedicated real estate fund, raising $2 billion in capital commitments for value-add and opportunistic real estate transactions primarily in the United States. 

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Q&A: Portfolio Advisors' Brian Murphy On The Advantages of A Private Markets Platform

Jan 2 2018 | 11:05am ET

Most private markets firms reference their platforms as a source of competitive advantage, but few have established a more interconnected, mutually-supporting web of strategies and services than Darien, Connecticut-based Portfolio Advisors, LLC. This was done for many good reasons, notes Managing Member Brian Murphy in this Q&A, and delivers multiple benefits including the ability to be patient when necessary, innovative when an opportunity to expand appears, and cycle-agnostic throughout. 

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Steinbrugge: The Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2018

Jan 2 2018 | 12:22pm ET

Each year, Don Steinbrugge’s Agecroft Partners compiles the insights gained from the company’s contacts with more than two thousand institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations annually into the top hedge fund industry trends for the coming twelve months. Now in its ninth edition, here are Agecroft’s predictions for the biggest trends in hedge funds for 2018:

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CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst exams will need to add a series of computer and data science topics to the body of knowledge they need to know in order to earn one of the industry's most selective designations.

The move comes as the fintech sector booms and quantitative investment models, algorithmic trading and alternative data sets play increasingly prominent roles in the asset management industry.     

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Synechron: The 'Power of 3' Approach To Fintech

Mar 2 2017 | 10:08pm ET

As the fintech space expands and matures, financial services firms are increasingly turning to one-stop-shops that combine the best of start-up innovation in areas like blockchain with process, design and technology development capabilities that can all wrap together in pursuit of broad, strategic goals. The key, according to the team at New York-based Synechron, is what the company terms the "Power of 3" - being agile enough to meet the changing needs of clients, continually investing in R&D, and yet still being large enough to scale any global project.

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Due Diligence Beyond The Tear Sheet

Aug 12 2016 | 10:02am ET

For prudent investors, the ubiquitous tear sheet is ground zero for any further investigation of a fund; the more impressive they are, the more questions they raise. In our inaugural Trade Secrets column on due diligence, we look at a Brazilian direct lending fund whose tear sheet promotes performance that would make any investor sit up straight, including 100% positive months, a Sharpe ratio of 16.7, no drawdowns, and weekly liquidity. But is all as it seems?

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