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May 20

News L/S Credit resilient despite spread widening

In a context where rising trade uncertainties have interrupted the rally in risk assets, L/S Credit strategies have been resilient in May so far. Such resiliency took place despite a widening in High Yield (HY) credit spreads, by approximately +35bps both in Euro and in (...)

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Systematic strategies are back

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Flows into hedge funds turn positive but lack conviction

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April 8

Innovation Launch of an equity fund reducing carbon emissions

Actis Asset Management has announced the launch of a Long/Short Equity fund investing in firms which are reducing greenhouse gas emissions per euro of sales. Impact Carbon Long/Short Equity – FR0013392107 was launched on Friday 29 March 2019 by Actis Asset Management (...)

April 2

Strategy Implications for hedge funds of the renewed quest for yields

As the first quarter of 2019 is coming to an end, we discuss recent hedge fund performance and our midterm outlook for hedge fund strategies.

March 26

Strategy Re-weighting carry strategies

In a context where monetary conditions are more accommodative and sovereign bond yields are back to low levels, it seems appropriate to re-weight carry strategies such as EM-focused Global Macro and L/S Credit.

March 21

News CTAs are on the mend

After a dismal performance and significant outflows in 2018, trend following strategies are on the mend. A month ago, we signaled the strategy was experiencing green shoots of recovery ; so far this month, it has been the best performing (...)

March 12

Innovation Neuberger Berman launches long-short equity fund for portfolio manager Steve Eisman

Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, has launched the Neuberger Berman Absolute Alpha Fund, a long-short equity portfolio managed by renowned investor Steve Eisman and his (...)

March 12

Note ESMA report values EU Alternative Investment Funds at €4.9 trillion

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its first statistical report on European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). The study finds that the EU AIF sector in 2017, as measured by Net Asset Value (NAV), amounted to (...)

March 7

Opinion Hedge fund briefs : A rising tide lifts most boats

Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move. The strategies that suffered in December such as L/S Equity and Relative Value Arbitrage rebounded recently, while those resilient at the end of 2018, such as CTAs, lagged behind so far in Q1 due to their short equity (...)

February 27

News CTAS : Green shoots of recovery?

The recent U-turn of major central banks from monetary normalization to renewed accommodation beat market expectations. In particular, the minutes from the FOMC meeting held on 29-30 January suggested the likely ending of the balance sheet runoff at the end of (...)

February 5

News What a difference a month makes

In recent weeks, market conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode. Active investors are scratching their heads as markets no longer seem to be discounting a U.S. recession and any Fed rate hike in (...)

January 31

News Hedge fund positioning after the storm

The positioning of CTAs and Global Macro strategies on equities remains very cautious at present. Meanwhile, long Fixed Income positions have increased over the past few weeks. The stance has thus turned more defensive, even though the outlook on EM assets has turned more (...)

January 24

Strategy Why Merger Arbitrage should continue to do well

To navigate such unstable conditions, there is a limited range of “all weather” strategies. Merger Arbitrage and Fixed Income Arbitrage (including L/S Credit) have demonstrated their ability to navigate such a difficult year like in 2018, when most asset classes delivered (...)

December 2018

News Long Short Credit resilience defies investors’concerns

Since early December, Merger Arbitrage and L/S Equity Market Neutral has outperformed, while L/S Equity remains under pressure. Relative Value Arbitrage was resilient. Based on a peer group of 28 onshore L/S Credit strategies, the median performance was -0.3% month-to-date (...)

December 2018

Innovation Nordea Asset Management launches its first fund with Madrague Capital Partners

Nordea Asset Management announces the launch on 06 December 2018, the Nordea 1 – European Long/Short Equity Fund (‘the Fund”). The Fund is a liquid alternative strategy designed for investors searching for yields higher than traditional fixed income products, while at the same (...)

December 2018

News Market Neutral L/S struggles as momentum stocks take a hit

Risk assets failed to reach a bottom early December despite the U.S and China agreeing to negotiate on trade at the G20 summit. The near-term outlook remains unclear from political uncertainties, which prevent investors from adding risk in portfolios despite lower equity (...)

December 2018

Opinion Hedge Funds agree on where rates are going

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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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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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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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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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Innovation Elite Advisers launches Precious Time, a fund which invest in collectible watches

Up to 50% will be invested in Patek Philippe watches, 30% in Rolex, Breguet, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier

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Stories Jim Simons : Geometry Professor and CEO of Renaissance Technologies hedge fund

Recently named IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year 2006, Jim Simons, brilliant mathematician and founder of Renaissance Technologies, became one of the richest men in the world, in only a few years.

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News Nexar Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager, acquires Ermitage

Nexar Capital Group SCA announced yesterday the acquisition of Ermitage Limited, one of Europe’s pioneering alternative asset management organizations, from Caledonia Investments plc

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Innovation Nomura Launches Innovative Daily Investible Index Targeting Private Equity Returns

Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank, today announced the launch of the Nomura QES Modelled Private Equity Returns Index (Net) (the ?PERI„), the first daily investible index which targets returns similar to those which may be achieved through a global broad-based investment (...)

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News AfDB takes leading role in raising funds for AFIG Fund-II, A Multinational Private Equity Fund

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 an equity investment of up to USD 45 million in Atlantic Coast Regional Fund LLC II (or “AFIG Fund II”), a 10-year USD 300 million multi-sector private equity fund that focuses on (...)

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News Amaranth and its prominent trader Brian Hunter prosecuted

The CTFC lodged a complaint against the Amaranth hedge fund and its former prominent trader Brian Hunter for attempting to manipulate prices on the natural gas futures market...

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Innovation Bernheim Dreyfus launching new Ucits M&A Fund

Bernheim Dreyfus, the Paris-based investment manager, has launched a mergers and acquisitions fund regulated under UCITS III rules to meet increased investor demands for more liquid and transparent investments in this sector of market (...)

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Product What is Long/Short Equity ?

Hedge funds apply a vast array of investment strategies which can be more or less complex. In this article, we shall focus on the Long / Short strategy…

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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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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 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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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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