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June 15

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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Mixed outlook for L/S Equity Neutral and Short-Selling

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CTAs as shock absorbers

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March 2017

News Apax Partners MidMarket raises €1 billion for its ninth fund

Apax Partners MidMarket, a leading French and European private equity firm, today announced that it has raised €1 billion for its ninth fund, Apax France IX.

March 2017

News Dollar Upsurge Fuels Global Macro Managers

The Lyxor Global Macro index outperformed during the first week of March, up 1.3%. More generally, it was a strong start to the month for hedge funds. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.8% last week, after having delivered 1% in February. All the strategies ended the week (...)

March 2017

News Event Driven’s Winning Streak Continues Unabated

The Lyxor Event-Driven index is now up for the fifth consecutive week in a row, and has outperformed other hedge fund strategies on a year to date basis. This is in line with our expectations to the extent that we have had the strategy at overweight over recent (...)

March 2017

Innovation H2O Asset Management launches Fidelio a long –short absolute return equity fund

H2O announced the launch of Fidelio, a long–short equity fund which aims to generate an absolute return of 5% p.a. over a recommended 3?year investment horizon. The funds objective is to keep volatility below that of global equity markets within this timeframe. It will also (...)

March 2017

News Flows into Alternative UCITs Rebound in Early 2017

Risk assets have continued to edge higher over the recent weeks, with the MSCI World reaching new highs last week. Yet, equities in developed markets have been essentially fuelled by the U.S. market...

February 2017

News Risk Assets on the Rise and Supportive Alpha: a Nice Cocktail for Hedge Funds

Markets have gone back and forth while assessing the prospects for Trump’s economic plans and the timing of U.S. rate hikes. Last week, risk assets in DM and EM progressed, stirred by supportive data and Trump’s plans to unveil a “phenomenal” tax policy. Most hedge funds headed (...)

February 2017

News Value Stocks Lose Steam But Active Managers Stay Afloat

Value stocks have lost steam in early 2017 as market exuberance faded and investors reappraised the risks of trade wars. The renewed underperformance of value stocks has taken many investors by surprise as it follows a sharp rebound in the last quarter of (...)

February 2017

News Fixed Income Arbitrage Thrives As Bond Yields Rise

Bond yields continued to edge higher over the recent weeks on the back of stronger economic data and higher inflationary pressures. The rise in bond yields was more pronounced in Europe than in the U.S. across the curve, which contributed to the appreciation of the Euro vs. (...)

January 2017

News Hedge Fund Returns Reach Three-Year High in 2016

The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark posted returns of 7.40% in 2016, marking the best performance year for the industry since 2013 and more than tripling the gains made through 2015 (+2.03%). Despite a volatile start to the year which caused some performance (...)

January 2017

Innovation H2O Asset Management Expands Investment Expertise By Launching Innovative Fund Range

H2O Barry Active Value and H2O Barry Short, both Irish UCITS, are the first funds specifically designed to address the problems associated with the current scarcity of liquidity in the marketplace following the regulatory crackdown on financial (...)

January 2017

News 2017 Hedge Funds Outlook: Better prospects, but too early for champagne

An uneventful week for hedge funds. Amid reduced trading volumes and a pause in the Reflation trade, most Lyxor indices were about flat. CTAs and Macro funds stood out, in symmetry. The former lost on US yields and equities, the latter gained on their long US bonds and short (...)

January 2017

News CTAs Move Higher At The Turn of The Year

It would be an understatement to say that active investing has been challenged in 2016. Political risks loomed large and the switch from deflation fears to reflation hopes in H2 led to sizeable trend reversals across the board. This took most investors by (...)

December 2016

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 (...)

November 2016

News Event Driven Moves Higher On Trump’s Market Rally

With U.S. data releases in the black and the Fed ready to act, Treasury yields kept creeping higher over the recent weeks. Meanwhile, the ECB recently signaled it may extend its bond buying program at the current € 80bn per month beyond March 2017 (the final decision is (...)

November 2016

News Hedge fund performance in light of the U.S. election

The victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election has led to widespread market movements. After initial adverse movements, equities rallied and bond yields jumped as Trump’s initial statements reassured markets, calling for unity and pledging that he will be the (...)

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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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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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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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Product Performance fee impact

These fees are far from being insignificant for investor returns. According to Duncan Wilkinson, CEO of Alpha Simplex, more and more hedge fund managers, especially in the United States, have decided to offer products without any performance fees; a trend that should (...)

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Product What is a Hedge Fund?

The expression ?hedge funds? is commonly used to describe a non-conventional investment fund, that is, a fund whose strategy does not include long term investments in bonds, stocks and cash markets...

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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 Nexar Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager, acquires Ermitage

Nexar Capital Group SCA announced yesterday the acquisition of Ermitage Limited, one of Europe’s pioneering alternative asset management organizations, from Caledonia Investments plc

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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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Innovation Aviva Investors launches innovative index arbitrage fund to external investors

The UCITS III fund aims to take advantage of the pricing inefficiencies generated when equity indices are rebalanced...

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Stories John Arnold : The natural gas guru

John Arnold came under the spotlight in 2006 after the fierce battle with Brian Hunter, Amaranth Advisors’ star trader, on the U.S. natural gas market.

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News Stage Capital Launches as Independent Private Equity Firm

Spin-out of UK & European private equity investor NBGI Private Equity. New firm backed by funds managed by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, with initial AUM of over €300m.

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Profile A day with a Hedge Fund manager

Based in London, John Dennis is the manager of a hedge fund which investing in the raw materials market. He looks for the best return on investments on behalf of his clients, investors from institutions and wealthy (...)

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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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Stories Capital Fund Management: Simply the best?

Discus Fund, one of CFM flagship funds, posted 23 percent year-to-date positive returns as of october end, the best performance amongst all the global systematic funds. This is the confirmation the know-how of the French manager which has shown exceptional trackrecords for (...)

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News Apax Partners MidMarket raises €1 billion for its ninth fund

Apax Partners MidMarket, a leading French and European private equity firm, today announced that it has raised €1 billion for its ninth fund, Apax France IX.

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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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