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Strategy Mega Mergers to keep fueling Risk Arbitrage

With risk assets back to record highs, markets are currently looking for the next catalyst that would push equities higher. But with the Fed potentially signaling a looming reduction in asset purchases at the next FOMC meeting on June 16, it seems wise to remove some risk (...)

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CTAs add value in the new correlation regime

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Are L/S Equity Managers playing the European Recovery?

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September 2016

Opinion Combining différent styles for risk premia strategies

According to Ronen Israel, principal at AQR Capital Management, four investment “styles” — Value, Momentum, Carry and Defensive — have emerged as compelling sources of alternative returns, backed by economic theory and decades of data across geographies and asset (...)

September 2016

Note Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees

The latest research from Preqin on hedge fund fees finds that lower recent performance, high-profile redemptions and increased concern from investors on the issue of fees have influenced many hedge fund managers to bring their management and performance charges below the 2 (...)

September 2016

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 (...)

September 2016

News Rate hike fears mildly drag down hedge funds

Over the recent days the Fed has expressed its willingness to move forward with rate hikes. Yet, recent data releases have been uninspiring in the US. This contradiction led investors to take profits on both equities and bonds after the summer (...)

September 2016

Innovation BlackRock launches new Asian equity long-short fund

BlackRock has launched the BlackRock Strategic Funds (BSF) Asia Pacific Absolute Return Fund. The Fund is designed for investors who are looking to boost their returns above traditional equity and bond exposures.

September 2016

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.

September 2016

News CTAs Rally as the Greenback Loses Luster

In our previous report we commented on the respective stance of Macro and CTA managers on the US currency and signaled we were more comfortable with the bearish USD stance of CTAs. We maintain that view, despite the latest comments from Boston Fed President (...)

September 2016

News Value Creation – CEPRES Proves Private Equity Gets It Right

CEPRES released a unique analysis that demonstrates Private Equity is enhancing value in operating companies. By analyzing thousands of PE-backed Operating Companies, CEPRES found that since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) there has been a steady and significant (...)

September 2016

News Dollar upswing lifts Global Macro managers

Market movements related to the new Fed guidance had a differentiated impact on hedge fund strategies. CTAs underperformed last week as a result of their long fixed income and short USD positions. Meanwhile, Global Macro managers (...)

September 2016

News Unigestion’s fourth Secondaries Opportunities Fund sees successful first close

USO IV seeks transactions at the smaller end of the secondary market, in which high-quality assets can be acquired at attractive valuations. It focuses on small and middle-market funds, fund restructurings, secondary direct portfolios and structured transactions. It has a (...)

August 2016

News September Market Catalysts in Store for Hedge Funds

This week was uneventful for most hedge fund strategies amid low trading volumes, few market catalysts and limited changes in risk assets’ prices. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was flat. Merger Arbitrage and Global Macro funds were the two (...)

August 2016

News Sunny Summer for Hedge Funds

The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was up a healthy +0.7% since the beginning of August, with progress in most strategies, supported by the positive performance of risky assets. The Bank of England’s activism and the Brexit timeline getting pushed back contributed toward easing (...)

July 2016

News A Taste of Summer for Hedge Funds

The winning streak for hedge funds continued last week with all strategies, besides CTAs, benefitting from the stabilization of market conditions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.5%, bringing the month to date performance to a solid (...)

July 2016

Strategy Alternative risk premia weathering Brexit storm well

Pierre-Yves Moix, co-manager of the Alternative Risk Premia strategy at GAM, comments on how the growing alternative risk premia industry has delivered strong performance in the uncertain Brexit environment – proving once again its strong diversification and market neutral (...)

July 2016

Innovation Unigestion launches long / short strategy following success of first factor fund

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, today announces that the second of the two factor funds created in collaboration with its client Railpen, announced in January this year, has now (...)

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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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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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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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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 New joint venture established for private equity investments in climate-related transactions throughout Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), ORIX Corporation (ORIX) and Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. (Robeco) today announced the formation of Asia Climate Partners (ACP), a joint venture that will undertake commercially-oriented private equity investments across a (...)

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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 (...)

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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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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 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 CalPERS to Allocate Additional $200 Million to Private Equity Emerging Investment Manager Program

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it will allocate an additional $200 million to its emerging manager program in the Private Equity asset class.

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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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Product Back to the future, may 2011: Nobles Crus and Earth Element Fund

Yesterday they were introduced as innovatives products. Today, How far have they got and what are the prospects for tomorrow ? Two products in the spotlight this month: Nobles Crus or the blend of passion for wine and financial investment, and a quantitative systematic (...)

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Opinion Quantitative Management: French Managers make resistance

Despite respectable performances, French quantitative managers are struggling to significantly increase their assets. Is it the fault of too cold local institutional?

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News Performance Sees Hedge Fund Assets Grow Despite Investor Redemptions

Preqin’s latest on asset flows in the hedge fund industry finds that across the first three quarters of 2016 assets held by hedge fund managers increased by 2.9%, taking total industry AUM to $3.24tn. Across most strategies, strong returns have been the central driver of (...)

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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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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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