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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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March 2019

Opinion Hedge fund briefs : A rising tide lifts most boats

Hedge fund strategies experienced a symmetric move. The strategies that suffered in December such as L/S Equity and Relative Value Arbitrage rebounded recently, while those resilient at the end of 2018, such as CTAs, lagged behind so far in Q1 due to their short equity (...)

February 2019

News CTAS : Green shoots of recovery?

The recent U-turn of major central banks from monetary normalization to renewed accommodation beat market expectations. In particular, the minutes from the FOMC meeting held on 29-30 January suggested the likely ending of the balance sheet runoff at the end of (...)

February 2019

News What a difference a month makes

In recent weeks, market conditions switched swiftly from panic mode to exuberance mode. Active investors are scratching their heads as markets no longer seem to be discounting a U.S. recession and any Fed rate hike in (...)

January 2019

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 (...)

January 2019

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 (...)

December 2018

News Long Short Credit resilience defies investors’concerns

Since early December, Merger Arbitrage and L/S Equity Market Neutral has outperformed, while L/S Equity remains under pressure. Relative Value Arbitrage was resilient. Based on a peer group of 28 onshore L/S Credit strategies, the median performance was -0.3% month-to-date (...)

December 2018

Innovation Nordea Asset Management launches its first fund with Madrague Capital Partners

Nordea Asset Management announces the launch on 06 December 2018, the Nordea 1 – European Long/Short Equity Fund (‘the Fund”). The Fund is a liquid alternative strategy designed for investors searching for yields higher than traditional fixed income products, while at the same (...)

December 2018

News Market Neutral L/S struggles as momentum stocks take a hit

Risk assets failed to reach a bottom early December despite the U.S and China agreeing to negotiate on trade at the G20 summit. The near-term outlook remains unclear from political uncertainties, which prevent investors from adding risk in portfolios despite lower equity (...)

December 2018

Opinion Hedge Funds agree on where rates are going

November 2018

Innovation Listing of the world’s first crypto-currency index ETP on SIX

With the Amun Crypto Basket HODL5 ETP (ticker: HODL, ISIN: CH0445689208) the Zug-based fin-tech company Amun AG launches the world’s first exchange listed crypto-currency index product (ETP), a SIX Swiss Exchange (...)

November 2018

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 (...)

November 2018

Opinion Why we would start reweighting U.S. stock-pickers

We are past the peak of the U.S. earnings reports. In the past, any unusually high individual stock volatility after an earnings announcement was a pattern that only appeared at macro inflection points.

October 2018

Opinion Hedge Funds Take A Hit in early Q4

Hedge funds were not immune to recent market developments. They were down during the first half of October due to the underperformance of CTA, L/S Equity, and Special Situations strategies. Meanwhile, Merger Arbitrage, Fixed Income Arbitrage, Global Macro and L/S Equity (...)

October 2018

Opinion Perspectives on L/S Equity strategies after the Selloff

Risk assets have yet to find stable ground after the recent turmoil. The rebound in equities since the October 11th trough appears fragile. Last week, the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting were hawkish and Italy’s 10-year sovereign spread with Germany jumped to levels unseen (...)

September 2018

Opinion What happened to hedge funds’alpha since the summer?

While hedge fund performance and alpha were honorable until the summer, our analysis suggests that they erased about 2.5% of alpha since June, with no turn in sight yet in September.

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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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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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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 (...)

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Strategy The EM FX carry trade is back

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Innovation Lyxor and Koris partner to launch an AIFMD Dynamic Core-Satellite Multimanager Strategy

Lyxor Asset Management (“Lyxor”) and Koris International (“Koris”) announce the launch of a Dynamic Core-Satellite (DCS) alternative multimanager strategy, underpinned by the DCS model devised by Koris...

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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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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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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 Hedge funds are massively « short »

According to Bank of America Corp., the volume of bearish positions on the S&P 500 futures has boomed in recent weeks and reached levels seen before the 2008 crisis...

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Regulation Regulatory prospects: 2012 and beyond

2009 was a year of intense reflection on the functioning of the financial sector. There followed an intense regulatory activity in 2010, unfortunately with few formal adoptions of regulations. 2011 marked the surge of the will to succeed with provisional schedules. Where do (...)

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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 (...)

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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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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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Strategy Small, Medium, Large HF: How to choose?

Should alternative portfolios favor smaller, medium, or larger hedge funds? The choice might not be as obvious as before and may be more dependent on the stage of the business cycle. For many years, small hedge funds have steadily outperformed their large peers, sometimes by (...)

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News LGT European Capital announces final close of Crown European Private Debt II S.C.Sp. at EUR 1.35 billion

LGT European Capital announces the final close of Crown European Private Debt II S.C.Sp. (CEPD II), with total subscriptions of EUR 1.35 billion (original target of EUR 800 million). The program’s investor base consists of more than 60 institutions, including pension funds, (...)

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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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