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July 25

Opinion What alikely NXP-Qcomdeal break means for merger arbitrage

Market conditions have been supportive since early July, but the flattening of the Treasury curve raises questions about the probability of a U.S. recession next year. Fund manager surveys suggest investors have erred on the side of caution (...)

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Stockpicking strategies remain in the driving seat

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Macro Managers are scratching their heads just like you

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May 2

News Most turbulences are behind for merger arbitrageurs

Market volatility also played out, as well as the growing share of jumbo deals, usually more sensitive to adverse developments. Amid very supportive conditions for M&A (from the tax reform in particular), weaker deal rationales are also mentioned as a greater source of (...)

April 4

News Low Beta strategies lead the pack as equities drop

Unstable market conditions were supportive for hedge funds, in relative terms. Liquid hedge fund benchmarks were down -1% in March, with Distressed and Special Situations strategies underperforming. On a positive note, low beta strategies did (...)

March 28

Strategy Time to reinforce neutral fund allocations

We think it is time to strengthen L/S Neutral funds allocation. While they faced months of challenging transversal stock rotations, we expect their environment to improve for several reasons.

March 22

News L/S Equity stays ahead of the pack

We maintain an overweight stance on Fixed Income Arbitrage, a strategy that has delivered attractive returns on a risk adjusted basis in the past and provides protection against rising bond yields. In the L/S Equity space, we prefer U.S. funds compared to European (...)

March 8

Opinion Hedge funds outperformed but the devil is in the details

The return of market volatility in February hurt equity markets significantly. For the first time in 15 months, the MSCI World ended the month in the red, down -3.5%, as EMU and Japanese markets underperformed.

March 1

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 30

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 (...)

January 25

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

Faced with low interest rates and relatively high valuations for risk assets, large global institutional investors are looking to protect themselves against downturn risks through maintaining their cash levels and selectively increasing allocations to active strategies, (...)

October 2017

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.

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 (...)

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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 Top 20 largest hedge funds

According to Bloomberg, the $69 billion Man Group tops the list of the largest hedge funds, an industry that is selectively recovering.

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Innovation Swiss Re obtains USD 275 million of extreme mortality protection from the capital markets through its Vita programme

Swiss Re today announced the successful transfer of USD 275 million of extreme mortality risk to the capital markets through its VITA securitization programme.

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Stories John Arnold : The natural gas guru

John Arnold came under the spotlight in 2006 after the fierce battle with Brian Hunter, Amaranth Advisors’ star trader, on the U.S. natural gas market.

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News CalPERS : Hedge Fund Decision Not About One-Year Performance

CalPERS decided to end its hedge fund program, Absolute Return Strategies (ARS), in September of 2014. The matter was widely covered in the media and drew considerable attention at the time. As CalPERS indicated very clearly at that time, program performance was not a key (...)

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Innovation EXQIM announces the launch of Exqim Blue Fund

Created by two former senior executive managers of SGAM AI, Exqim launches Exqim Blue Fund, a multi-asset fund whose investment process is based on quantitative strategies and allocation.

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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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News CTAs Move Higher At The Turn of The Year

It would be an understatement to say that active investing has been challenged in 2016. Political risks loomed large and the switch from deflation fears to reflation hopes in H2 led to sizeable trend reversals across the board. This took most investors by (...)

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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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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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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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Regulation Regulatory outlook: 2011 and beyond

It is well documented that over the past two years the European and US Authorties have made numerous efforts to strengthen the regulatory and supervisory framework that apply to financial activities.

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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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