Alternative Investment


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 (...)


CTAs add value in the new correlation regime


Are L/S Equity Managers playing the European Recovery?


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July 2015

News CalPERS to Sell Portion of Real Estate Portfolio

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it is planning to sell up to $3 billion of its real estate investment portfolio. Park Hill Group has been selected to assist CalPERS with the (...)

June 2015

News CalPERS to Sell Ownership Stake in Real Estate Manager Bentall Kennedy Deal to provide compelling return for pension system

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it has agreed to sell its one-third ownership stake in North American real estate manager Bentall Kennedy.

March 2015

News CalPERS Commits $75 Million to Emerging Manager Program Firm Siris Partners

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it has committed $75 million to private equity firm Siris Partners. This is the first direct commitment to Siris, who has previously received commitments from CalPERS through the System’s (...)

March 2015

News Sucessfully riding the thematic reversal

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.7% in February. 10 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Special Situation Index (+5.3%), the Lyxor CTA Short Term Index (+3.5%), the Lyxor Convertible Bond Arbitrage Index (...)

February 2015

News Lyxor announces new partnership with Quantmetrics for its AIFM managed account platform

Lyxor Asset Management (“Lyxor”) announces a new partnership with Quantmetrics Capital Management (“Quantmetrics”) to join Lyxor’s AIFM managed account platform. With this partnership, Lyxor will launch its first AIFMD-compliant strategy on the (...)

January 2015

Note 2014 Sees Alternative Assets Industry Near $7tn in Value

Preqin launches its 2015 Global Alternatives Reports, which reveal significant growth in assets held by private equity, hedge fund, private debt, real estate and infrastructure fund managers. Total industry assets now stand at $6.91tn, up from $6.22tn as of this point last (...)

January 2015

Note Hedge Funds Deliver Worst Annual Performance Since 2011

The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark gained just 3.78% in 2014, the lowest annual return since the 1.85% loss seen in 2011

November 2014

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 (...)

October 2014

News PRIAC selected to provide longevity reinsurance to Legal & General for a portion of its bulk annuity portfolio

Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company (PRIAC), a Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) company has announced that it will provide reinsurance to UK based insurer...

October 2014

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 (...)

October 2014

Strategy Short Term CTAs to the Rescue

Overall, the Lyxor Hedge Fund index is down 1.2% during the period under review, while the S&P 500 is down almost 2%. The sophisticated risk management practices of hedge funds are now being tested. Some funds are actually doing well in the current (...)

October 2014

News Alternative investors hunt yield in post crisis Europe under review at Debtwire’s European Forum

Debtwire hosts its seventh European forum at the Dorchester in London today. Senior bankers, lawyers, investors, financial sponsors, corporate finance and debt advisory specialists will provide their insight on the current state of the debt market, spanning from primary (...)

October 2014

News CalPERS Selects GCM Grosvenor to Run $200 Million Private Equity Emerging Manager Fund-of-Funds

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has announced that GCM Grosvenor (Grosvenor) has been selected to run the System’s new $200 million private equity emerging manager commitment. The new commitment will be deployed through a fund-of-funds vehicle (...)

September 2014

Innovation IM Square, An innovative European platform dedicated to the development of asset managers

IM Square is an innovative project in Europe offering a new and complementary approach to asset management by combining financial and industrial partnerships. The objective is to create a virtuous ecosystem bringing together entrepreneurial asset management companies, (...)

September 2014

Strategy CalPERS Eliminates Hedge Fund Program in Effort to Reduce Complexity and Costs in Investment Portfolio

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it will eliminate its hedge fund program, known internally as the Absolute Return Strategies (ARS) program, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce complexity and costs in its investment (...)

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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.


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 (...)


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...


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.


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 (...)


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 (...)


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...


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 (...)


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...


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.


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 (...)


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 (...)


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?


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 (...)


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.


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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