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January 11

Innovation H2O Asset Management Expands Investment Expertise By Launching Innovative Fund Range

H2O Barry Active Value and H2O Barry Short, both Irish UCITS, are the first funds specifically designed to address the problems associated with the current scarcity of liquidity in the marketplace following the regulatory crackdown on financial (...)

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CTAs Move Higher At The Turn of The Year

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Performance Sees Hedge Fund Assets Grow Despite Investor Redemptions

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January 10

News 2017 Hedge Funds Outlook: Better prospects, but too early for champagne

An uneventful week for hedge funds. Amid reduced trading volumes and a pause in the Reflation trade, most Lyxor indices were about flat. CTAs and Macro funds stood out, in symmetry. The former lost on US yields and equities, the latter gained on their long US bonds and short (...)

November 2016

News Event Driven Moves Higher On Trump’s Market Rally

With U.S. data releases in the black and the Fed ready to act, Treasury yields kept creeping higher over the recent weeks. Meanwhile, the ECB recently signaled it may extend its bond buying program at the current € 80bn per month beyond March 2017 (the final decision is (...)

November 2016

News Hedge fund performance in light of the U.S. election

The victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election has led to widespread market movements. After initial adverse movements, equities rallied and bond yields jumped as Trump’s initial statements reassured markets, calling for unity and pledging that he will be the (...)

November 2016

News Hedge Funds Show Resilience Ahead of Election Day

Risk aversion rose over the recent days as Election Day approaches in the U.S. and the gap between Clinton and Trump in the polls has narrowed. During the period under review, both equities and bonds delivered negative returns, while credit spreads widened and energy (...)

November 2016

Innovation GAM launches GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral

The GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral fund uses systematic strategies and proprietary trading systems to invest in global single-name equities. Designed to deliver returns uncorrelated with a long-only equity (...)

November 2016

Strategy Protecting From the Crash With Private Infrastructure Assets

CEPRES today released an analysis demonstrating how Private (unlisted) Infrastructure can act as a Hedge for Corporate Bonds, whilst significantly outperforming on returns. Using PE.Analyzer to analyze thousands of privately held Infrastructure assets, CEPRES found (...)

October 2016

Strategy CTAs Shave Off Bond Exposures As Treasury Yields Rise

Fixed income markets have faced some pressures lately, as investors fret about less accommodative monetary conditions going forward. In addition, higher energy prices have fuelled bond yields, as both OPEC members and (...)

October 2016

News Macro funds’ patience on Fed and Brexit pays off

Nervousness rose last week as investors continued to prepare for a December Fed hike - increasingly likely - and ahead of the US elections. US rates, the dollar and breakevens progressed, while equities dropped (...)

October 2016

Interview George Szemere : "Our investment process leads us to include 25-40 different risk premia in the portfolio"

According to George Szemere, Head of Global Strategic Relations & Liquid Alternatives, Columbia Threadneedle, there is a growing understanding that extracting returns from a traditional asset-allocation mix is going to be (...)

October 2016

News Merger Arbitrage Expected to Continue Its Climb in Q4

As the third quarter came to an end, it is time to take some perspective. The summer lull fuelled risk assets after a turbulent first half (MSCI World +4.5% in Q3) and hedge funds benefitted from it. Strategies with higher betas outperformed, such as L/S Equity and (...)

October 2016

News Stage Capital Launches as Independent Private Equity Firm

Spin-out of UK & European private equity investor NBGI Private Equity. New firm backed by funds managed by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, with initial AUM of over €300m.

October 2016

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 (...)

September 2016

Innovation Amundi creates dedicated platform for real and alternative assets

Amundi is launching a single platform bringing together its capabilities in real and alternative assets (AI) in order to become one of the leading alternative asset managers in Europe.

September 2016

News Central banks give markets a respite

The Fed gave its verdict last week and decided to stay put on the back of inflation remaining below its target. Financial markets found the message to be reassuring. They recovered from recent losses related to fears that it may hike as early as this (...)

September 2016

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 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 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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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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Opinion Hedge funds managers : Are women better than men?

In recent months, two studies leading to the same conclusions, set tongues wagging in the hedge fund industry : women hedge fund managers perform better than their male counterparts...

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Interview Alain Albizzati: "It is necessary to bring more transparency to the process of quantitative fund management"

According to Alain Albizzati, Head of Alternative Investments and Structured Products at Lazard Frères Gestion, private investors and institutional investors do not have the means to perform very advanced "due diligence,", and focus on local and recognized management (...)

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Interview Donald A. Steinbrugge : « A new CTA fund must have a strong differential advantage to have any chance of competing in the institutional market place. »

Donald A. Steinbrugge, managing partner at Agecroft Partners – US third party marketing firm specialized in hedge funds - gave us information regarding demand from institutional investors for CTAs

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Interview Thaddée Tyl : « I would invest in an entrepreneurial management company rather than a fund owned by a large group!»

Thaddée Tyl, president of Rivoli Fund Management, is strongly advocating entrepreneurial management firms as they show more management team stability...

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Interview Jean Louis Monnier : « There is a very practical demonstration of the decorrelation of the ILS market »

According to Jean Louis Monnier, head of European ILS at Swiss Re, direct investment in Insurance Linked Securities is a market reserved to qualified institutional investors which manage a minimum of 100 million dollars and which have the ability to evaluate the risk (...)

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News Nomura and ICG Announce Agreement to Facilitate Planned Japanese Domestic Mezzanine Fund

It is planned that a fund would provide institutional investors opportunities to invest in mezzanine debt with financial sponsors and in growth/expansion capital...

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Note Hedge funds: The CTAs drift

Since mid-2011, CTAs cumulative loss is between -10.6% (HFRI macro systematic index) and -16.8% (Credit Suisse Managed Futures Index). For the first quarter of this year, CTAs show a drawdown of about 3% which is expected to increase in April (-0.66% for HFRX CTA index) (...)

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News 2017 Hedge Funds Outlook: Better prospects, but too early for champagne

An uneventful week for hedge funds. Amid reduced trading volumes and a pause in the Reflation trade, most Lyxor indices were about flat. CTAs and Macro funds stood out, in symmetry. The former lost on US yields and equities, the latter gained on their long US bonds and short (...)

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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 Nicolas Duban & Jérôme Coirier : « This year, among the 70 reviewed projects, a significant number is related to quantitative asset management companies »

According to Nicolas Duban and Jérôme Coirier, Chairman and CEO of NEXT-AM, subsidiary of La Française AM, managing minority interests of the Group, associated with investment partners, some projects could be in the pipeline, in the near (...)

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Interview François Lhabitant : «We have received dozens of proposals but only one long / short manager passed our selection ! »

Established in 2001, Kedge Capital manages the assets of the Bertarelli family. The company invests successfully nearly $ 6 billion in hedge funds, for a net return of 6.7% annually since its inception...

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Stories Frozen Libyan Money

The conflict between the rebels and the regime of Muammar Khadafi has lead authorities of different countries of the Western world to freeze Libyan assets and have hindered the development of hedge fund FM Capital (...)

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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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