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July 25

News What’s behind the rally in global macro strategies

According to our estimates, CTA and Global Macro strategies have so far extended their winning streak in July. While we recently talked about the reasons for the outperformance of CTAs (+9.3% year-to-date), the performance of Global Macro strategies is a bit more ambiguous, (...)

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No stress in distressed: Green light for credit strategies

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European Alternatives Industry Hits €1.62 Trillion in Assets

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July 2

Strategy Our take on opposite Macro/CTA views on bonds

Systematic Global Macro and CTAs are often associated because many strategies are multi-asset, global, and have a top down investment process. Benchmark indices tend to pool them together.

July 2

News LGT European Capital announces final close of Crown European Private Debt II S.C.Sp. at EUR 1.35 billion

LGT European Capital announces the final close of Crown European Private Debt II S.C.Sp. (CEPD II), with total subscriptions of EUR 1.35 billion (original target of EUR 800 million). The program’s investor base consists of more than 60 institutions, including pension funds, (...)

June 13

News EM Macro strategies benefit from the fed tailwind

EM-focused Global Macro strategies also outperformed other hedge fund strategies since the beginning of the market turmoil. They managed to deliver slightly positive returns in May according to the Lyxor UCITS Peer (...)

May 26

Strategy CTAs lead the pack in April

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%.

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 (...)

May 6

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%.

April 12

News Flows into hedge funds turn positive but lack conviction

Despite the mixed signals at the level of individual countries, the rally in risk assets continues unabated on the back of improving economic prospects and looser monetary conditions. In the hedge fund space, CTAs’ winning streak continues (+1.1% last week according to the (...)

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 (...)

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People Moves AXA IM announces details of new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces details of its new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies – AXA IM Chorus. The creation of this new team was first announced in April 2016 when Pierre-Emmanuel Juillard re-joined AXA IM to build and lead (...)

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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 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 (...)

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Strategy L/S Equity strategies bear the brunt of the turmoil

L/S Equity and Event-Driven strategies underperformed due to their elevated market beta. L/S Equity strategies also suffered due to the rotation in risk factors which saw growth/ momentum stocks underperforming value and low beta (...)

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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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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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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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Interview Barbara Rupf Bee : «The argument about the lack of women at Lehman Brothers does not hold up !»

According to Barbara Rupf Bee, ranked among the top 50 most powerful women in the hedge fund industry, the crisis would not have been avoided had there been a different ratio of women to men..."

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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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News CalPERS Commits $80 Million with GCM Grosvenor in California-focused Private Equity Fund

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has committed $80 million with GCM Grosvenor (Grosvenor) in a California-focused private equity fund. The new commitment will be deployed through a direct investment vehicle starting by the end of the current (...)

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Innovation SCOR launches the Insurance-Linked Securities fund «Atropos»

For SCOR, the launch of this fund cements its entry into third party asset management, which was one of the initiatives announced as part of its strategic plan, «Strong Momentum».

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News February, not that cold for hedge funds

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.9% in February, bringing year to date performance to +1.45%. 11 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 12 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Special Situations Index (+3.48%), the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.4%) and the (...)

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News Alternatives proved resilient despite mixed signals from Washington and Rome

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.15% in February, bringing year-to-date performance to +1.73%. 8 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 14 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index (+2.06%), the Lyxor L/S Equity Market Neutral (+1.65%) (...)

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News Lyxor pursues its growth momentum in H1 2014 supported by its ETF and Alternative businesses

Lyxor Asset Management has continued its growth momentum, recording a 7% increase in AuM since the end of 2013 thus reaching EUR 86bn of assets under management.

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Note Hedge fund capital inflows steady as volatility increases

Total hedge fund capital increased to a record level in the third quarter as financial market volatility increased into quarter-end, with inflows concentrated in Event Driven and Fixed Income-based Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, according to the latest HFR Global 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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