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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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December 2015

Strategy Trading FED vs. ECB benefits macro strategies

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was he Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was he Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up+0.7% in November November. 4 out of 11 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory. The Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.6%), the Lyxor Global Macro Index (+1.8%), and the (...)

December 2015

News CTA Launches Fall to Lowest Level Since 2006

Fifty CTAs launched in the first nine months of 2015, and the year looks set for the fewest launches since 2006, when 66 CTA funds launched. As a proportion of all hedge funds launched each year, the fraction represented by CTAs has fallen below 10% for the first time since (...)

December 2015

Innovation Pictet Asset Management adds Asian market neutral fund to Total Return fund range

Pictet Asset Management has expanded its Total Return fund range with the launch of PTR-Phoenix, an equity market neutral fund investing in Asia.

November 2015

News CalPERS’ Active Private Equity Funds Generated $24.2 Billion in Net Gains for the Fund; Releases Profit Shared with Investment Partners

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that active funds in its private equity program have added $24.2 billion in realized net gains to the Fund from 1990 to June 30, 2015, based on data from its newly operational Private Equity (...)

November 2015

News The wheel turned in favor of directional strategies

The Lyxor he Lyxor he LyxorHedge Fund Index was Hedge Fund Index was Hedge Fund Index was up+1.1% in October October October. 8 out of 11 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory. The Lyxor LS Equity Long Bias Index (+4.5%), the Lyxor Special Situations Index (...)

November 2015

News The GX Private Equity IndexSM (PEI) saw an overall return of 4.2 percent

State Street’s GX Private Equity Index Shows Fund Distributions Continue to Outpace Capital Drawdowns, Driving the Quarterly Return to 4.2% in the Second Quarter of 2015...

September 2015

Opinion A Dovish Fed is Set to Support CTA and Macro Managers

Markets were on standby mode ahead of the Fed’s meeting last week. Hedge funds were flat and there was little dispersion in returns across the managers (see chart). Event-Driven outperformed as equity volatility edged lower. Meanwhile, Fixed Income strategies underperformed (...)

September 2015

Strategy Long or short, Andreas Schmidt?

The Global Head of Primary Private Equity at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management discusses opportunities and risks in co-investments...

September 2015

News Event Driven knocked with few heavy-weight funds

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -2.7% in August. 1 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory. The Lyxor Convertible Arbitrage Index (+3.3%), the Lyxor L/S Equity Variable Bias Index (-0.7%), and the Lyxor L/S Equity Market Neutral Index (-1.1%) were (...)

September 2015

Opinion A critical change of paradigm for hedge funds

At the turn of the month, hedge funds rebounded as market conditions improved. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.4% last week, following a 3.3% drawdown in August. Year to date, hedge funds have demonstrated their ability to protect portfolios, returning - 0.3% whilst the (...)

September 2015

Opinion High dispersion of hedge funds’ returns in panic markets

The deflation and growth scares morphed into a vicious cycle last week. Multiple trading anomalies were observed, especially on Monday, suggesting that systematic and algorithmic trading amplified the sell-off.

August 2015

News Receding systemic risks, but cautious risk appetite

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.3% in July. 8 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+4.6%), the Lyxor Global Macro Index (+2.6%), and the Lyxor Variable Bias Index (...)

August 2015

Innovation LOIM launches ILS offering and hires CAT bond team.

Dr Gregor Gawron to head Insurance Linked Strategies Offering meets the need for low correlated building blocks for diversified portfolios.

July 2015

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 (...)

July 2015

News CalPERS to Report Private Equity Carried Interest

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it will report the total carried interest paid to the General Partners (GP) of the private equity investment funds it invests for the fiscal year ending June 30, (...)

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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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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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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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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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News Global macro strategies play safe with U.S. Inflation hedges

In the space of alternatives, Global Macro strategies have embraced reflation trades in the past quarter, scaling up positions on EM FX, equities, commodities and inflation linked bonds at varying degrees.

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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 How do L/S Equity Hedge Funds position on the recovery?

The consensus now expects a supportive 2021 backdrop for risky assets. With vaccines rolling out and continued reflation policies, the normalization of the world economy would accelerate, amid lower geopolitical uncertainties, still ample global (...)

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News Hedge funds increasingly active in bitcoin

While the bitcoin bull run in 2017 was largely driven by retail investors, the 2020 surge appeared to be driven by a wider set of investors, including institutionals.

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Strategy Long or short, Andreas Schmidt?

The Global Head of Primary Private Equity at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management discusses opportunities and risks in co-investments...

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News CTAs on a strong recovery mode in november

10 out of 13 Lyxor Indices ended the month of November in positive territory, led by the CTA Long Term Index (+4.2%), the L/S Equity Market Neutral Index (+1.7%) and the CTA Short Term Index (+1.6%). The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index posted a positive performance close to 1% in (...)

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Strategy Systematic managers call into question the status of core European sovereign debt as a risk-free asset

Global Macro managers explicitly follow defensive strategies: short exposure to equities (around -20%) and long exposure to the US sovereign debt. On their side, CTAs managers are more aggressive...

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Strategy Management of hedge fund portfolios during crisis periods: the contribution of systematic overlays

The implementation of systematic overlays can be considered as an alternative to short-term rebalancing of hedge fund portfolios, or as an active component of alternative allocations.

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Interview François Lhabitant : «We have received dozens of proposals but only one long / short manager passed our selection ! »

Established in 2001, Kedge Capital manages the assets of the Bertarelli family. The company invests successfully nearly $ 6 billion in hedge funds, for a net return of 6.7% annually since its inception...

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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 (...)

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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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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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