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News CTAS post exceptional returns in early 2018

Persistent trends across asset classes continued to fuel CTA returns over the recent weeks. According to several benchmarks of performance, January is on track to see them delivering the highest monthly returns in a (...)

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Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018

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September 2017

Note The unstoppable rise of alternatives

The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4 trillion, according to the 2017 edition of Willis Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey.

September 2017

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 2017

Strategy Concentrated long-short investing to achieve absolute return

According to Amit Kumar and Ashish Kochar, US Equity Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investment, investor caution on market outlook places increased focus on generating alpha. Long-short equity portfolios have the potential to generate greater alpha as individual (...)

September 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 (...)

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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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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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Note Strengths and weaknesses of France as an alternative management financial centre

According to a study conducted by Reinhold & Partners, despite recognised human and technical resources, French alternative asset management, for reasons specific to the French market, and because it is suffering from a lack of image, has not developed as (...)

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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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Strategy Longevity Swap: Deutsche Bank to hedge Rolls-Royce Pension Fund

Deutsche Bank has entered into a longevity swap with the Trustees of the Rolls-Royce Pension Fund. Under the agreement, Deutsche Bank will hedge the longevity exposures of the scheme

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Innovation H2O Asset Management launches a range of Global Macro UCIT funds: H2O Patrimoine, H2O Multibonds, H2O Adagio, H2O Moderato

At the crossroads of classic and alternative asset management, H2O Asset Management’s objective is to meet the needs and expectations of institutional, corporate and private clients for long‐lasting, transparent and liquid performance asset (...)

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Innovation BlueHive Capital announced the successful launch of its first fund: BlueHive Opportunities – Global Alpha.

Founded in 2013, BlueHive Capital is a Paris-based Alternative Asset Manager. The company was launched by the former Natixis CIB’s Global Alpha team, headed by Sebastien Boucher.

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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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Note Are markets becoming more unstable?

Readers of financial news may believe that ‘market corrections’, or ‘shocks’, or ‘five-sigma events’ are more common than they used to be. Winton Capital Management look at the historical data for a number of financial markets and find that there is no evidence for increasing (...)

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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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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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Innovation Scipion Capital launches mining & resources fund focused on Africa

The Scipion Mining and Resources Fund which is expected to deliver annual returns of over 50% is targeting international institutional and wealthy individual investors

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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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News Nomura Announces Alliance With Bridge Capital Asset Management

Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered into an alliance agreement with Bridge Capital Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Bridge Capital), an investment manager specializing in incubation funds investing in hedge (...)

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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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