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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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Alternative strategies for a democratic U.S. Congress

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The EM FX carry trade is back

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March 2018

Opinion Has the selloff left scars on stock pickers and trend-followers?

Hedge funds strongly recovered from the selloff, with only two exceptions: i) the fixed income funds, flat this week, still isolated from the epicenter, and ii) neutral equity funds, still suffering from sector and factor rotations. This week, we checked if the selloff (...)

January 2018

News CTAS post exceptional returns in early 2018

Persistent trends across asset classes continued to fuel CTA returns over the recent weeks. According to several benchmarks of performance, January is on track to see them delivering the highest monthly returns in a (...)

January 2018

Note Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018

Faced with low interest rates and relatively high valuations for risk assets, large global institutional investors are looking to protect themselves against downturn risks through maintaining their cash levels and selectively increasing allocations to active strategies, (...)

October 2017

Strategy Absolute returns in all environments

Tim Haywood, investment director for absolute return fixed income strategies, shares his views on the current macroeconomic environment and opportunities in the bond markets.

September 2017

Note The unstoppable rise of alternatives

The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4 trillion, according to the 2017 edition of Willis Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey.

September 2017

News Gilt wobbles fuel Global Macro strategies

Mounting signals that the latest leg of the bond market rally has started to reverse fueled hedge fund strategies last week. Most recent inflation prints outpaced expectations both in the U.S. and the U.K., as consumer prices rose +1.9% and +2.9% year-over-year in August, (...)

September 2017

Strategy Concentrated long-short investing to achieve absolute return

According to Amit Kumar and Ashish Kochar, US Equity Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investment, investor caution on market outlook places increased focus on generating alpha. Long-short equity portfolios have the potential to generate greater alpha as individual (...)

September 2017

Note State Street Study Reveals Asset Owners’ Increasing Appetite for Illiquid Assets is Driving Interest in Co-Investment

State Street Corporation announced the findings from its latest study, A New Climate for Growth: Adapting Models to Thrive, which reveals asset owners are gaining scale through consolidation and co-investment;

September 2017

News Event-driven takes asummer break

For the first time since October 2016, the monthly performance of Event-Driven funds was in negative territory. The strategy remains nonetheless the stellar performer in 2017, up 5.7% year to date according to the Lyxor Event Driven Broad (...)

August 2017

News Summer Air-Pocket

Intensifying stress over North Korea boosted most safe havens while dragging risk assets. VIX rocketed up, DM govies yields retraced, credit spreads widened, and gold progressed. This move quickly reversed upon signs of (...)

August 2017

News Euro appreciation catches global macro off guard

The dollar continued to depreciate against major currencies over the recent weeks, in a context where the U.S. administration has struggled to gain reform momentum in the health care and fiscal areas.

August 2017

News Merger Arbitrage leads the pack in july

Risk assets were once again on the rise in July and several asset classes broke records. Last week, the S&P 500 reached an all-time high, while the spot VIX index reached an all-time low. The MSCI World (net total return local currency index) is up for the ninth month in (...)

August 2017

Note Private Capital Fund Managers Raise Fee Rates in 2017

The 2017 Preqin Private Capital Fund Terms Advisor finds that several private capital fund types are raising their average management fees among funds of more recent vintages. Unlisted infrastructure funds have seen mean management fees rise marginally from lows of 1.38% for (...)

July 2017

News More balanced ahead of the summer

Risk assets range-traded before rallying after Yellen’s dovish testimony before Congress and amid positive economic prints in the U.S. and Eurozone. Releases in the U.S. suggested healthy activity and job growth.

June 2017

News LGT Capital Partners announces successful closing of the acquisition of European Capital

LGT Capital Partners Ltd., a leading alternative investment specialist, has successfully completed the acquisition of European Capital Fund Management Ltd. (European Capital), a London- and Paris-based private debt manager, from Ares Capital (...)

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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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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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Innovation Elite Advisers launches Precious Time, a fund which invest in collectible watches

Up to 50% will be invested in Patek Philippe watches, 30% in Rolex, Breguet, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier

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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, (...)

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Strategy The potential of trend-following strategies remains intact

Penalised at the peak of the European debt crisis by highly correlated and non-trending markets, trend-following funds have retained their unrivalled ability to improve the efficiency of an investment portfolio. Better consideration of the issues associated with risk (...)

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Strategy Our take on opposite Macro/CTA views on bonds

Systematic Global Macro and CTAs are often associated because many strategies are multi-asset, global, and have a top down investment process. Benchmark indices tend to pool them together.

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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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News BNP Paribas increases to 50 percent its stake in Innocap

Since 1996, Innocap has been offering various hedge funds strategies via a wide range of renowned, emerging and innovative managers while ensuring secure, transparent and liquid alternative investments

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Interview Jean Louis Monnier : « There is a very practical demonstration of the decorrelation of the ILS market »

According to Jean Louis Monnier, head of European ILS at Swiss Re, direct investment in Insurance Linked Securities is a market reserved to qualified institutional investors which manage a minimum of 100 million dollars and which have the ability to evaluate the risk (...)

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News Nomura to Invest in Private Equity Fund in China

Nomura will participate as a limited partner in the fund which is managed by Jiu You Equity Investment Management LLP, a fund management firm that invests in the high tech and biopharmaceutical industries...

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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 (...)

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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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Innovation Launch of EMERGENCE, 1st seed-capital fund for young management companies on the Paris Financial Markets

A key necessity for these young companies, either based in or seeking to be established in France, is seed capital to manage from day one. Such capital allows management companies to quickly reach critical mass.

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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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Note Starting a hedge fund in the aftermath of Lehman

The landscape has radically changed over the past four years, even though the number of launches once again started to increase in 2011. In 2007 there was a peak in the number of new hedge funds that were launched, with 1200 new funds created all over the (...)

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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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