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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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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 (...)

November 2016

News Hedge Funds Show Resilience Ahead of Election Day

Risk aversion rose over the recent days as Election Day approaches in the U.S. and the gap between Clinton and Trump in the polls has narrowed. During the period under review, both equities and bonds delivered negative returns, while credit spreads widened and energy (...)

November 2016

Innovation GAM launches GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral

The GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral fund uses systematic strategies and proprietary trading systems to invest in global single-name equities. Designed to deliver returns uncorrelated with a long-only equity (...)

November 2016

Strategy Protecting From the Crash With Private Infrastructure Assets

CEPRES today released an analysis demonstrating how Private (unlisted) Infrastructure can act as a Hedge for Corporate Bonds, whilst significantly outperforming on returns. Using PE.Analyzer to analyze thousands of privately held Infrastructure assets, CEPRES found (...)

October 2016

Strategy CTAs Shave Off Bond Exposures As Treasury Yields Rise

Fixed income markets have faced some pressures lately, as investors fret about less accommodative monetary conditions going forward. In addition, higher energy prices have fuelled bond yields, as both OPEC members and (...)

October 2016

News Macro funds’ patience on Fed and Brexit pays off

Nervousness rose last week as investors continued to prepare for a December Fed hike - increasingly likely - and ahead of the US elections. US rates, the dollar and breakevens progressed, while equities dropped (...)

October 2016

Interview George Szemere : "Our investment process leads us to include 25-40 different risk premia in the portfolio"

According to George Szemere, Head of Global Strategic Relations & Liquid Alternatives, Columbia Threadneedle, there is a growing understanding that extracting returns from a traditional asset-allocation mix is going to be (...)

October 2016

News Merger Arbitrage Expected to Continue Its Climb in Q4

As the third quarter came to an end, it is time to take some perspective. The summer lull fuelled risk assets after a turbulent first half (MSCI World +4.5% in Q3) and hedge funds benefitted from it. Strategies with higher betas outperformed, such as L/S Equity and (...)

October 2016

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.

October 2016

Product Using Risk Premia for a true diversified portfolio

For investors seeking meaningful diversification of their portfolios, alternative beta strategies (sometimes called liquid risk premia) have low or no market beta and, if executed correctly, have low correlations to the major asset (...)

September 2016

Innovation Amundi creates dedicated platform for real and alternative assets

Amundi is launching a single platform bringing together its capabilities in real and alternative assets (AI) in order to become one of the leading alternative asset managers in Europe.

September 2016

News Central banks give markets a respite

The Fed gave its verdict last week and decided to stay put on the back of inflation remaining below its target. Financial markets found the message to be reassuring. They recovered from recent losses related to fears that it may hike as early as this (...)

September 2016

Interview Antoine Prudent : « InPact Advisory is currently conducting a mission for 5 large Swiss institutional investors willing to invest in an Alternative Risk Premia strategy »

According to Antoine Prudent, founding partner of InPact Advisory, the advantage of Risk Premia products is also to reduce costs compared to the usual pricing for alternative products…

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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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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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Note Strengths and weaknesses of France as an alternative management financial centre

According to a study conducted by Reinhold & Partners, despite recognised human and technical resources, French alternative asset management, for reasons specific to the French market, and because it is suffering from a lack of image, has not developed as (...)

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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 Legg Mason and Permal Announce Acquisition of Fauchier Partners

Legg Mason, Inc. and affiliate Permal have announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fauchier Partners, a leading European based manager of funds of hedge funds, from BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Fauchier Partners will be combined with Permal, one of the largest (...)

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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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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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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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Strategy Pension funds predicted to increase hedge funds exposure in the coming years

The current pension allocation is only a fraction of the allocation of many of the leading endowment funds, many of whom have up to 50% of their portfolio invested in hedge funds.

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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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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 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 Hedge fund positioning after the storm

The positioning of CTAs and Global Macro strategies on equities remains very cautious at present. Meanwhile, long Fixed Income positions have increased over the past few weeks. The stance has thus turned more defensive, even though the outlook on EM assets has turned more (...)

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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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Stories Frozen Libyan Money

The conflict between the rebels and the regime of Muammar Khadafi has lead authorities of different countries of the Western world to freeze Libyan assets and have hindered the development of hedge fund FM Capital (...)

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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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