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April 12

Strategy Value, Momentum and the Outlook for Market Neutral L/S

Momentum stocks experienced a correction since Pfizer announced their Covid-19 vaccine results early November. Performance has nonetheless stabilized over the course of March, as the rebound in Value stocks has been persistent and started to be shown in the Momentum risk (...)

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CTAs Rally despite dreadful momentum in Equity Markets

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Market neutral l/sto remain under pressure

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February 16

News Global macro strategies play safe with U.S. Inflation hedges

In the space of alternatives, Global Macro strategies have embraced reflation trades in the past quarter, scaling up positions on EM FX, equities, commodities and inflation linked bonds at varying degrees.

February 8

News 2021 Alpha outlook in Japan

We see the alpha environment in Japan improving in 2021. First, we expect a more supportive macro backdrop, setting the stage for a wider set of investment themes. Japan’s second wave of Covid-19 has peaked and its impact on activity looks manageable so far and will likely (...)

February 1

Strategy How do L/S Equity Hedge Funds position on the recovery?

The consensus now expects a supportive 2021 backdrop for risky assets. With vaccines rolling out and continued reflation policies, the normalization of the world economy would accelerate, amid lower geopolitical uncertainties, still ample global (...)

January 19

News Hedge funds increasingly active in bitcoin

While the bitcoin bull run in 2017 was largely driven by retail investors, the 2020 surge appeared to be driven by a wider set of investors, including institutionals.

January 11

News Alternative strategies for a democratic U.S. Congress

December 2020

Strategy The EM FX carry trade is back

December 2020

Strategy Five reasons why special situations outlook is brightening

Special Situations strategies have been under pressure in 2020, both on their event and credit arbitrage books. Due to their long structural market beta, managers have underperformed early this year. They have retraced most but not all they have (...)

November 2020

Strategy Dollar depreciation helps CTAS

Since the U.S. presidential election on November 3 th, the USD has started a descent that may have legs under the new administration. The easing of trade tensions and an accommodative policy mix could put additional pressure on the DXY, which was down -1.7% since the (...)

November 2020

Strategy Most L/S Equity emerge unscathed from factor rotations

Several hedge fund strategies have momentum biases, in particular L/S Equity, and CTAs. Considering the fact that this rotation took place in a bullish environment, most hedge fund strategies ended the week in positive (...)

October 2020

Strategy Hedge fund positioning ahead of U.S. Elections

If past elections provide any guidance, prospects for a Trump reelection look slim. History suggests that a second term reelection almost always requires strong growth. In most past election campaigns, polls did not materially shift after (...)

October 2020

Strategy Our thoughts on the rally in momentum stocks

Momentum is a strategy which buys stocks trending higher and sells stocks on a downtrend within an index. It is systematic and has no considerations for earnings, valuation, or other fundamental metrics such as (...)

September 2020

Opinion Weaker Alpha potential in EM Debt after the rally…temporarily

The market crash that began in March sent the spread of EM debt (for the hard currency aggregate) to nearly 700 bps. It is now only 30 bps away from the pre-crisis level. This spread tightening reflects the ongoing economic recovery EM countries. Trends in Covid-19 are (...)

June 2020

News What are activists buying after the storm?

The Special Situations strategy went through a roller coaster since February. Typically, due to their long structural market beta, managers tend to underperform in risk-off episodes. However, as they also tend to look beyond short-term volatility, they usually rebound (...)

April 2020

News Mixed outlook for L/S Equity Neutral and Short-Selling

Lyxor’s L/S Equity Neutral peer group was down -2.8% year-to-date, hurt by extreme trading conditions and the constituents’ average market beta of 20%. The environment has been challenging for the strategy amid extreme stock volatility and unsettling heavy systematic trading (...)

April 2020

Strategy CTAs as shock absorbers

In the space of alternative strategies, Global Macro and Event-Driven strategies rebounded the most since March 23rd. Both Merger Arbitrage and Special Situations sub strategies benefitted as M&A deal spreads tightened significantly since (...)

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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 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 IM Square, An innovative European platform dedicated to the development of asset managers

IM Square is an innovative project in Europe offering a new and complementary approach to asset management by combining financial and industrial partnerships. The objective is to create a virtuous ecosystem bringing together entrepreneurial asset management companies, (...)

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News Swiss Re Capital Markets successfully transfers USD 270 million of North American earthquake risk on behalf of Zurich Insurance Group

Swiss Re Capital Markets has successfully structured and placed USD 270 million of notes issued by Lakeside Re III Ltd., covering North American earthquake risk on behalf of Zurich Insurance Group ("Zurich").

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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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Innovation Swiss Re places first bonds to combine natural catastrophe and mortality risks

Swiss Re has obtained USD 200 million in coverage against North Atlantic hurricane and UK extreme mortality risk through its new Mythen Re programme...

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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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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 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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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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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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Innovation Launch of EMERGENCE, 1st seed-capital fund for young management companies on the Paris Financial Markets

A key necessity for these young companies, either based in or seeking to be established in France, is seed capital to manage from day one. Such capital allows management companies to quickly reach critical mass.

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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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People Moves Pierre-Henri Flamand leaves Goldman Sachs to start his own hedge fund!

Pierre-Henri Flamand, who had been working for 15 years at Goldman Sachs, was appointed, in 2008, head of trading of the most prolific desk ...

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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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