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June 8

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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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 (...)

January 2020

Note ESMA report values EU Alternative Investment Funds at €5.8 trillion

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its second statistical report on European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). The study found that the EU AIF sector in 2018, as measured by Net Asset Value (NAV), amounted to €5.8tn or nearly 40% (...)

November 2019

Strategy Small, Medium, Large HF: How to choose?

Should alternative portfolios favor smaller, medium, or larger hedge funds? The choice might not be as obvious as before and may be more dependent on the stage of the business cycle. For many years, small hedge funds have steadily outperformed their large peers, sometimes by (...)

October 2019

Strategy Trend reversals briefly halted the CTA rise

Despite the escalation of trade tensions during the third quarter, economic activity has remained quite resilient. Macro data releases even managed to beat expectations in the U.S. and in Japan, leading to a sudden rise in bond yields over the course of (...)

October 2019

Strategy Falling Geopolitical Premium to fuel Global Macro Strategies

Progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China and in Brexit negotiations knocked down safe assets last week. Bond yields rose in most developed countries and gold prices fell, as the stance on both thorny issues reversed and turned (...)

October 2019

Strategy Slow and steady march towards a higher volatility regime

Volatility regimes are decisive for most investment approaches, particularly hedge funds. For both top down players (CTAs, Global Macro, FI Sovereign Arb.) and bottom-up strategies (L/S Equity, Event Driven, Credit Arb.), volatility deeply influence their universe and the (...)

October 2019

News Momentum is back but for how long?

Going forward, our stance remains defensive on equities, in particular on European, Japanese and EM markets (UW). In the space of alternative strategies, we prefer Market Neutral L/S vs. Directional L/S, despite the fact that the latter has adopted a cautious stance in (...)

September 2019

Strategy Which hedge funds strategy amid rising uncertainties?

Despite massive headwinds from trade tensions, Brexit deadlock and the manufacturing recession, asset prices have been incredibly buoyant so far this year. But as we head into Q4 2019, the sky starts to fill with clouds. We believe the balance of risks is highly asymmetric (...)

September 2019

Strategy Good luck with timing CTAs - Favor core allocation

Timing CTAs is notoriously challenging. Monitoring their exposures provides a useful picture but has rarely been a reliable allocation method. They enjoyed an impressive rally this year, mainly supported by their long bond positions, which fueled high CTAs returns’ (...)

September 2019

News Momentum crash impacted hedge funds

A spectacular momentum crash unfolded since late August, caused by the bounce back in sovereign bond yields. Within equity markets, value stocks experienced an impressive rebound while momentum stocks fell strikingly.

September 2019

News Hedge funds could help deal with the uncertainties

Despite colossal headwinds related to trade tensions, the Brexit deadlock and the manufacturing recession, asset prices have been incredibly buoyant so far this year. Equities are recovering from the August drawdown and are approaching late-July record (...)

September 2019

News Merger Arbitrage outlook for H2 2019

M&A patterns are also showing healthy dynamics. A healthy number of hostile deals (usually riskier but more profitable) tends to concentrate on smaller targets. Jumbo deals are increasingly funded by stock and cash combinations, also favorable for (...)

July 2019

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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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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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 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 Jean-Louis Nakamura and Jérôme Teiletche : «risk-parity portfolios provide real diversification »

According to Jean-Louis Nakamura, CIO Asset Allocation and Jerome Teiletche, Head of Systematic Strategies and Alternative Portfolio Construction at Lombard Odier, the Risk parity approach is a growing interest to pension funds (...)

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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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News John Paulson has lost nearly $ 500 million betting on Sino-Forest

Paulson & co and many other fund management companies have been caught by the markets after the revelations about Sino-Forest real wealth. Is it a lesson taught to the funds invested in shares of companies expected to capture growth in emerging markets (...)

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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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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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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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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 (...)

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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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News BNP Paribas Investment Partners and BNP Paribas CIB announce the creation of THEAM

THEAM will combine BNP Paribas Asset Management’s SIGMA teams with those of Harewood Asset Management which was created in 2004 at the initiative of BNPP CIB’s Equity Derivatives teams.

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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 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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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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