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July 2020

Strategy Machine Learning : Choosing the best regime for you!

Machine learning and big data techniques have been developed making it possible to apply sophisticated mathematical models (hidden Markov switching models, which we will examine later) to financial data series in order to identify market regimes. All this has created scope (...)

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Our take on opposite Macro/CTA views on bonds

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CTAs lead the pack in April

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May 2019

News Systematic strategies are back

For the second month in a row, CTAs outperformed hedge fund strategies in April. According to the Lyxor CTA peer group, the strategy was up +1.6% in April, which brings the year-to-date performance close to +5%.

March 2018

Strategy Does a liquidity factor premium exist in the stock market?

Academic studies present ample evidence in support of the existence of four factor premiums in stock markets: Low Risk, Value, Momentum, and Quality. Factor investing puts these concepts into practice by enabling investors to allocate their capital explicitly to these (...)

March 2018

Opinion Has the selloff left scars on stock pickers and trend-followers?

Hedge funds strongly recovered from the selloff, with only two exceptions: i) the fixed income funds, flat this week, still isolated from the epicenter, and ii) neutral equity funds, still suffering from sector and factor rotations. This week, we checked if the selloff (...)

January 2018

News Seeyond becomes an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers

Seeyond was until now the quantitative investment division of Natixis Asset Management, itself an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers. Seeyond aims to double its assets under management by 2021 and expands its global (...)

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 (...)

September 2016

Innovation Solactive launches European Quality Market Neutral Index

Solactive is announcing the launch of the Solactive European Quality Market Neutral Index licensed to Natixis. The index is to be used as an underlying for structured products issued by Natixis.

July 2016

News A Taste of Summer for Hedge Funds

The winning streak for hedge funds continued last week with all strategies, besides CTAs, benefitting from the stabilization of market conditions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.5%, bringing the month to date performance to a solid (...)

July 2016

Strategy Alternative risk premia weathering Brexit storm well

Pierre-Yves Moix, co-manager of the Alternative Risk Premia strategy at GAM, comments on how the growing alternative risk premia industry has delivered strong performance in the uncertain Brexit environment – proving once again its strong diversification and market neutral (...)

July 2016

Strategy A Rising Tide Lifts Most Boats

The broad-based market upswing in the first half of July has benefitted risk assets globally. That follows the release of better than expected economic data in the US and China, suggesting that fears over the strength of the global recovery have been (...)

July 2016

Opinion Brexit illustrates the diversification benefits of trend-following strategies

During the Brexit, the average CTA did very well: the SG Trend Index, a performance indicator for trend-following strategies, jumped 2.9% on 24 June. Trend-following strategies outperformed both equities, with the MSCI World Index dropping 4.9%, and hedge funds in general, (...)

May 2016

News CTAs robust in moderately challenging environment

The first quarter of 2016 has seen the conjuncture of a significant rise in the Epsilon Correlation Index with a drop of the Epsilon Trend Index, confirming a moderately challenging environment for trend following strategies over the last 12 months. Those CTAs with the right (...)

April 2016

Product Performance fee impact

These fees are far from being insignificant for investor returns. According to Duncan Wilkinson, CEO of Alpha Simplex, more and more hedge fund managers, especially in the United States, have decided to offer products without any performance fees; a trend that should (...)

April 2016

Note Investors increasingly embrace quantitative strategies

Over two thirds of respondents of the Deutsche Bank annual Alternative Investment Survey invest in systematic strategies, including one in every two who plan to add to one or more quantitative sub-strategies in 2016. The largest investment consultants and pension funds are (...)

April 2016

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 (...)

April 2016

Interview Pierre Richert : « It is important to enhance transparency, performance attribution and especially regulation for quant funds »

Pierre Richert, Agrica CFO – mutual company dedicated to the agriculture sector – still does not invest in quant funds. He considers necessary to enhance transparency, performance attribution and especially regulation for this kind of (...)

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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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Innovation Solactive launches European Quality Market Neutral Index

Solactive is announcing the launch of the Solactive European Quality Market Neutral Index licensed to Natixis. The index is to be used as an underlying for structured products issued by Natixis.

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Interview Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles : «The objective of QuantValley is to become the calling card for French Quantitive management»

Challenges, positioning and quantative management outlook in France. Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles, respectively Chairman and deputy chairman of QuantValley, answer our questions and introduce us to their project aimed at promoting Paris’ image as a city of (...)

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News CTAs robust in moderately challenging environment

The first quarter of 2016 has seen the conjuncture of a significant rise in the Epsilon Correlation Index with a drop of the Epsilon Trend Index, confirming a moderately challenging environment for trend following strategies over the last 12 months. Those CTAs with the right (...)

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Product Performance fee impact

These fees are far from being insignificant for investor returns. According to Duncan Wilkinson, CEO of Alpha Simplex, more and more hedge fund managers, especially in the United States, have decided to offer products without any performance fees; a trend that should (...)

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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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Strategy “Guru” strategy: back to basics with a quantitative equity strategy

As its name so aptly suggests, a “Guru” strategy combines the expertise we have gleaned from history’s greatest fund managers with the advantages of quantitative investment management.

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Strategy Alternative risk premia weathering Brexit storm well

Pierre-Yves Moix, co-manager of the Alternative Risk Premia strategy at GAM, comments on how the growing alternative risk premia industry has delivered strong performance in the uncertain Brexit environment – proving once again its strong diversification and market neutral (...)

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Opinion Quantitative management: the THEAM way

At THEAM, a subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, our development strategy involves promoting the added value that quantitative techniques can bring to the field of asset management.

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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 (...)

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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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Stories Key Quant: New revelation of systematic management

"Key Quant”. The saga of Robert Baguenault de Viéville and Raphael Gelrubin could be summarized in these two words, the name of the company they run. Specialized in systematic trend-following management strategies (trend following (...)

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Strategy Managed futures strategies

This type of strategy is based on a simple idea: try to take advantage of an exposure on futures contracts («Futures») with the underlying being a financial instruments or a commodity ...

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Interview Cyrille Collet: « If the systematic model is the heart of our process, our quantitative equity portfolio management advocates expertise of managers»

We believe that the best way to structure an investment strategy is an approach combining systematic quantitative analysis and critical analysis of the manager. A strong belief in CPR AM we call as "quantitative human (...)

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Opinion Brexit illustrates the diversification benefits of trend-following strategies

During the Brexit, the average CTA did very well: the SG Trend Index, a performance indicator for trend-following strategies, jumped 2.9% on 24 June. Trend-following strategies outperformed both equities, with the MSCI World Index dropping 4.9%, and hedge funds in general, (...)

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News Institutional investor appetite is back for quant funds

The recent CTA performances encourage institutional investors to more closely monitor this type of hedge fund. Thus, according to Preqin, 52% of them wish to increase their exposure to this type of alternative strategy this year (vs 14% last (...)

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