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October 17

Strategy Absolute returns in all environments

Tim Haywood, investment director for absolute return fixed income strategies, shares his views on the current macroeconomic environment and opportunities in the bond markets.

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The unstoppable rise of alternatives

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Concentrated long-short investing to achieve absolute return

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September 20

News Gilt wobbles fuel Global Macro strategies

Mounting signals that the latest leg of the bond market rally has started to reverse fueled hedge fund strategies last week. Most recent inflation prints outpaced expectations both in the U.S. and the U.K., as consumer prices rose +1.9% and +2.9% year-over-year in August, (...)

September 13

Note State Street Study Reveals Asset Owners’ Increasing Appetite for Illiquid Assets is Driving Interest in Co-Investment

State Street Corporation announced the findings from its latest study, A New Climate for Growth: Adapting Models to Thrive, which reveals asset owners are gaining scale through consolidation and co-investment;

September 6

News Event-driven takes asummer break

For the first time since October 2016, the monthly performance of Event-Driven funds was in negative territory. The strategy remains nonetheless the stellar performer in 2017, up 5.7% year to date according to the Lyxor Event Driven Broad (...)

August 28

News Summer Air-Pocket

Intensifying stress over North Korea boosted most safe havens while dragging risk assets. VIX rocketed up, DM govies yields retraced, credit spreads widened, and gold progressed. This move quickly reversed upon signs of (...)

August 22

News Euro appreciation catches global macro off guard

The dollar continued to depreciate against major currencies over the recent weeks, in a context where the U.S. administration has struggled to gain reform momentum in the health care and fiscal areas.

August 4

News Merger Arbitrage leads the pack in july

Risk assets were once again on the rise in July and several asset classes broke records. Last week, the S&P 500 reached an all-time high, while the spot VIX index reached an all-time low. The MSCI World (net total return local currency index) is up for the ninth month in (...)

August 1

Note Private Capital Fund Managers Raise Fee Rates in 2017

The 2017 Preqin Private Capital Fund Terms Advisor finds that several private capital fund types are raising their average management fees among funds of more recent vintages. Unlisted infrastructure funds have seen mean management fees rise marginally from lows of 1.38% for (...)

July 21

News More balanced ahead of the summer

Risk assets range-traded before rallying after Yellen’s dovish testimony before Congress and amid positive economic prints in the U.S. and Eurozone. Releases in the U.S. suggested healthy activity and job growth.

June 6

News LGT Capital Partners announces successful closing of the acquisition of European Capital

LGT Capital Partners Ltd., a leading alternative investment specialist, has successfully completed the acquisition of European Capital Fund Management Ltd. (European Capital), a London- and Paris-based private debt manager, from Ares Capital (...)

May 5

News Exit Frexit: Special Situations and CTAs take the Podium

All strategies were up last week. Hedge funds captured the upside which was a function of the protections implemented ahead of the French vote. Special Situations outperformed, as their cyclical and turnaround positions surged. CTAs’ strong long equity exposure offset losses (...)

April 24

News Metori Capital Management selects QuantHouse’s QuantFACTORY to automate its trading portfolio

QuantHouse, the global provider of advanced trading solutions, today announced that Metori Capital Management has selected QuantFACTORY to automate its trading portfolio.

April 19

News Resilient Hedge Funds amid Political and Geopolitical Stress

The accumulation of (geo)political risks sent markets on the haven side. Ten days before the first French election round, the outcome remains ever more uncertain. The advance in polls of the two lead contenders is eroding. Meanwhile, the resilience of the center-right and (...)

April 11

Strategy How Do Hedge Funds Position Ahead of the Atypical French Elections?

Hedge funds generated alpha last week. Global Macro funds outperformed thanks to higher dollar and oil prices. Amid slightly negative global equities, L/S Equity funds succeeded in extracting excess returns, especially in Europe through relative (...)

April 4

News Stellar Quarter Fueled Event-Driven Returns

According to Lyxor Cross Asset Research, most strategies were up in Q1, with Event-Driven outperforming and CTAs underperforming. Within Event-Driven, special situations funds are leading the pack.

March 31

News Catella Nordic Long Short Equity Named Best Fund by The Hedge Fund Journal

Catella Nordic Long Short Equity was Yesterday Evening Named the "Best Performing Fund Over a 2 year Period" at The Hedge Fund Journal Awards in London.

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News AnaCap acquires €2 billion NPL portfolios from GE and RBS

AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity firm, has announced the successful completion of the acquisition of two portfolios of Italian non-performing loans (NPLs) with a face value of more than €2 (...)

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Stories Capital Fund Management: Simply the best?

Discus Fund, one of CFM flagship funds, posted 23 percent year-to-date positive returns as of october end, the best performance amongst all the global systematic funds. This is the confirmation the know-how of the French manager which has shown exceptional trackrecords for (...)

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News The market for catastrophe bonds (« Cat bonds ») remains dynamic!

Over the 12 months, the market for Cat bonds - bonds issued by securitization structure to refinance insurance risks related to natural disaster - remains dynamic, both in terms of volume and performance...

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Interview Bruno Crastes : « Our models are still based on an enhanced version of the Black-Litterman model »

Former star managers of Amundi, Bruno Castres and Vincent Chailley have created H2O Asset Management, a London-based alternative management company. In an interview with Next-Finance, Bruno Castres unveils the firm’s objectives and (...)

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Interview Antoine Prudent : « InPact Advisory is currently conducting a mission for 5 large Swiss institutional investors willing to invest in an Alternative Risk Premia strategy »

According to Antoine Prudent, founding partner of InPact Advisory, the advantage of Risk Premia products is also to reduce costs compared to the usual pricing for alternative products…

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Stories Axa Rosenberg: a $217 million bug.

The American quantitative management firm is struggling to get over a scandal that originated from an IT error and which lead 600 of its clients to lose money.

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People Moves AXA IM announces details of new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces details of its new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies – AXA IM Chorus. The creation of this new team was first announced in April 2016 when Pierre-Emmanuel Juillard re-joined AXA IM to build and lead (...)

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Strategy An example of Quantitative Strategy: The Low Volatility approach

Low volatility indices and, more broadly, products based on quantitative strategies aiming to select only low-volatility stocks, have met with growing success with the financial community and investors. However, most of these indices have major drawbacks that cannot always (...)

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Product Using Risk Premia for a true diversified portfolio

For investors seeking meaningful diversification of their portfolios, alternative beta strategies (sometimes called liquid risk premia) have low or no market beta and, if executed correctly, have low correlations to the major asset (...)

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Strategy The potential of trend-following strategies remains intact

Penalised at the peak of the European debt crisis by highly correlated and non-trending markets, trend-following funds have retained their unrivalled ability to improve the efficiency of an investment portfolio. Better consideration of the issues associated with risk (...)

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Note State Street Study Reveals Asset Owners’ Increasing Appetite for Illiquid Assets is Driving Interest in Co-Investment

State Street Corporation announced the findings from its latest study, A New Climate for Growth: Adapting Models to Thrive, which reveals asset owners are gaining scale through consolidation and co-investment;

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Stories Jim Simons : Geometry Professor and CEO of Renaissance Technologies hedge fund

Recently named IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year 2006, Jim Simons, brilliant mathematician and founder of Renaissance Technologies, became one of the richest men in the world, in only a few years.

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Opinion Asset management: How to interpret managers awards?

One needs just to visit the premises of an asset management firm or to browse its website to find trophies and awards proudly displayed. What credit should be given to these awards?

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Interview Espen Haug : «I am also playing with the idea of setting up an Anti-Hedge Fund»

Former Amaranth’s and Paloma Partners’ derivative trader, Espen Haug plans to launch an Anti-Hedge Funds and believes his strategies are too complex to be turned into «Black Box»...

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Interview Olivier Combastet: « The purchase of farmlands is a good investment! »

Since 2006, Pergam Finances has invested in farmlands located in Argentina and Uruguay. For first in investors, the latent gain is above 40%...

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Interview Baptiste Buisson : « We consider increasing the size of this type of investment (Absolute Performance UCITS) in the coming quarters »

According to Baptiste Buisson, Deputy Director at Aviva France, Investing in this type of support like Alternative Risk Premia allows players like Aviva France to diversify our investments.

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