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June 15

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 (...)

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

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CTAs as shock absorbers

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June 2016

Innovation CNP Assurances introduces private equity

CNP Assurances ranks among the top 50 global private equity institutional investors. Starting in September 2016, the Group’s high net worth customers will be able to benefit from the longterm performance potential of private equity class and ensure the liquidity of their (...)

June 2016

News State Street’s GX Private Equity Index Shows Modest Rebound After Q3 2015 Drop

State Street Corporation announced the results of its GX Private Equity IndexSM, a benchmark for comparative analysis of private equity performance, which includes a comprehensive data set dating back to 1980. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the index saw an overall return of (...)

June 2016

News AnaCap hits hard cap on third Credit fund with €595 million

AnaCap Credit Opportunities III was increased from an initial capacity of €550 million to cater for additional demand, although remained oversubscribed

May 2016

Note ‘$1bn Club’ Managers Hold 88% of all Hedge Fund Capital

The 668 firms with at least $1bn in assets under management (AUM) now control $2.75tn out of the total $3.13tn held by the hedge fund industry

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 (...)

May 2016

News Nearing the end of a ‘junk rally’?

Hedge funds’ returns weakened in sympathy with last week’s retreat in risky assets. Losses were mild in general, with few notable underperformers. By contrast, CTAs outperformed, recouping their earlier losses as yields and oil weakened. Funds keeping a low beta also performed (...)

May 2016

News Alternative UCITS Get the Flows in Europe!

There has been much discussion over the recent weeks on the outflows suffered by the hedge fund industry. Several data providers estimated the decline in global hedge fund capital in the first quarter of 2016 at about USD (...)

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

Strategy JPY at risk of reversal: who wins? who loses?

JPY and Japanese equities were the outcast of the rally, in diffidence of Abenomics’ and BoJ’s chances of success. They bear a risk of a reversal ahead of the coming BoJ meetings (April 28 & June 16) and the July Upper House (...)

April 2016

News The Alternative Investment Industry Barometer : All hedge fund strategies up, CTAs skip a beat

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.3% in March. 9 out of 11 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory. The Lyxor LS Equity Long Bias Index (+2.3%), the Lyxor Fixed Income Arbitrage Index (+2.1%), and the Lyxor Special Situations Index (+1.4%) were the best (...)

April 2016

News Monthly hedge fund update : Turbulence and volatility in Q1 financial markets

According to Anthony Lawler, portfolio manager at GAM noted, the volatility year-to-date has proved challenging for active managers who were generally hurt in January and February before recovering with some gains in March. Many had trimmed exposures in January and early (...)

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

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 (...)

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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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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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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Stories George Soros : « The Man who caused the fall of the pound sterling »

Born in Budapest in 1930, George Soros became world famous for speculation of the pound sterling on a grand scale! He became a legend in finance and today is retired.

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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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Product What is a Hedge Fund?

The expression ?hedge funds? is commonly used to describe a non-conventional investment fund, that is, a fund whose strategy does not include long term investments in bonds, stocks and cash markets...

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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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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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Innovation Aviva Investors launches innovative index arbitrage fund to external investors

The UCITS III fund aims to take advantage of the pricing inefficiencies generated when equity indices are rebalanced...

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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 Stage Capital Launches as Independent Private Equity Firm

Spin-out of UK & European private equity investor NBGI Private Equity. New firm backed by funds managed by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, with initial AUM of over €300m.

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Profile A day with a Hedge Fund manager

Based in London, John Dennis is the manager of a hedge fund which investing in the raw materials market. He looks for the best return on investments on behalf of his clients, investors from institutions and wealthy (...)

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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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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 Apax Partners MidMarket raises €1 billion for its ninth fund

Apax Partners MidMarket, a leading French and European private equity firm, today announced that it has raised €1 billion for its ninth fund, Apax France IX.

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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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