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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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September 2016

Opinion Combining différent styles for risk premia strategies

According to Ronen Israel, principal at AQR Capital Management, four investment “styles” — Value, Momentum, Carry and Defensive — have emerged as compelling sources of alternative returns, backed by economic theory and decades of data across geographies and asset (...)

September 2016

Note Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees

The latest research from Preqin on hedge fund fees finds that lower recent performance, high-profile redemptions and increased concern from investors on the issue of fees have influenced many hedge fund managers to bring their management and performance charges below the 2 (...)

September 2016

People Moves AXA IM announces details of new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces details of its new investment team focused on liquid absolute return strategies – AXA IM Chorus. The creation of this new team was first announced in April 2016 when Pierre-Emmanuel Juillard re-joined AXA IM to build and lead (...)

September 2016

News Rate hike fears mildly drag down hedge funds

Over the recent days the Fed has expressed its willingness to move forward with rate hikes. Yet, recent data releases have been uninspiring in the US. This contradiction led investors to take profits on both equities and bonds after the summer (...)

September 2016

Innovation BlackRock launches new Asian equity long-short fund

BlackRock has launched the BlackRock Strategic Funds (BSF) Asia Pacific Absolute Return Fund. The Fund is designed for investors who are looking to boost their returns above traditional equity and bond exposures.

September 2016

Innovation Solactive launches European Quality Market Neutral Index

Solactive is announcing the launch of the Solactive European Quality Market Neutral Index licensed to Natixis. The index is to be used as an underlying for structured products issued by Natixis.

September 2016

News CTAs Rally as the Greenback Loses Luster

In our previous report we commented on the respective stance of Macro and CTA managers on the US currency and signaled we were more comfortable with the bearish USD stance of CTAs. We maintain that view, despite the latest comments from Boston Fed President (...)

September 2016

News Value Creation – CEPRES Proves Private Equity Gets It Right

CEPRES released a unique analysis that demonstrates Private Equity is enhancing value in operating companies. By analyzing thousands of PE-backed Operating Companies, CEPRES found that since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) there has been a steady and significant (...)

September 2016

News Dollar upswing lifts Global Macro managers

Market movements related to the new Fed guidance had a differentiated impact on hedge fund strategies. CTAs underperformed last week as a result of their long fixed income and short USD positions. Meanwhile, Global Macro managers (...)

September 2016

News Unigestion’s fourth Secondaries Opportunities Fund sees successful first close

USO IV seeks transactions at the smaller end of the secondary market, in which high-quality assets can be acquired at attractive valuations. It focuses on small and middle-market funds, fund restructurings, secondary direct portfolios and structured transactions. It has a (...)

August 2016

News September Market Catalysts in Store for Hedge Funds

This week was uneventful for most hedge fund strategies amid low trading volumes, few market catalysts and limited changes in risk assets’ prices. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was flat. Merger Arbitrage and Global Macro funds were the two (...)

August 2016

News Sunny Summer for Hedge Funds

The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was up a healthy +0.7% since the beginning of August, with progress in most strategies, supported by the positive performance of risky assets. The Bank of England’s activism and the Brexit timeline getting pushed back contributed toward easing (...)

July 2016

News A Taste of Summer for Hedge Funds

The winning streak for hedge funds continued last week with all strategies, besides CTAs, benefitting from the stabilization of market conditions. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.5%, bringing the month to date performance to a solid (...)

July 2016

Strategy Alternative risk premia weathering Brexit storm well

Pierre-Yves Moix, co-manager of the Alternative Risk Premia strategy at GAM, comments on how the growing alternative risk premia industry has delivered strong performance in the uncertain Brexit environment – proving once again its strong diversification and market neutral (...)

July 2016

Innovation Unigestion launches long / short strategy following success of first factor fund

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, today announces that the second of the two factor funds created in collaboration with its client Railpen, announced in January this year, has now (...)

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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 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 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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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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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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News John Paulson has lost nearly $ 500 million betting on Sino-Forest

Paulson & co and many other fund management companies have been caught by the markets after the revelations about Sino-Forest real wealth. Is it a lesson taught to the funds invested in shares of companies expected to capture growth in emerging markets (...)

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Innovation Bernheim Dreyfus launching new Ucits M&A Fund

Bernheim Dreyfus, the Paris-based investment manager, has launched a mergers and acquisitions fund regulated under UCITS III rules to meet increased investor demands for more liquid and transparent investments in this sector of market (...)

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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 (...)

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People Moves Pierre-Henri Flamand leaves Goldman Sachs to start his own hedge fund!

Pierre-Henri Flamand, who had been working for 15 years at Goldman Sachs, was appointed, in 2008, head of trading of the most prolific desk ...

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News CTAs robust in moderately challenging environment

The first quarter of 2016 has seen the conjuncture of a significant rise in the Epsilon Correlation Index with a drop of the Epsilon Trend Index, confirming a moderately challenging environment for trend following strategies over the last 12 months. Those CTAs with the right (...)

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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 (...)

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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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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...

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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 (...)

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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.

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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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