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October 21

Strategy Trend reversals briefly halted the CTA rise

Despite the escalation of trade tensions during the third quarter, economic activity has remained quite resilient. Macro data releases even managed to beat expectations in the U.S. and in Japan, leading to a sudden rise in bond yields over the course of (...)

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October 10

Strategy Slow and steady march towards a higher volatility regime

Volatility regimes are decisive for most investment approaches, particularly hedge funds. For both top down players (CTAs, Global Macro, FI Sovereign Arb.) and bottom-up strategies (L/S Equity, Event Driven, Credit Arb.), volatility deeply influence their universe and the (...)

October 7

Strategy Caution or Precaution? Fixed income outlook for the second half of 2019

Bond market performance in 2019 has been dominated by a theme of central banks pivoting towards easier policy. In particular, the US Federal Reserve has signalled potential interest rate cuts, marking a meaningful shift compared with the hiking cycle of the past three years (...)

September 30

Strategy Which hedge funds strategy amid rising uncertainties?

Despite massive headwinds from trade tensions, Brexit deadlock and the manufacturing recession, asset prices have been incredibly buoyant so far this year. But as we head into Q4 2019, the sky starts to fill with clouds. We believe the balance of risks is highly asymmetric (...)

September 24

Strategy Good luck with timing CTAs - Favor core allocation

Timing CTAs is notoriously challenging. Monitoring their exposures provides a useful picture but has rarely been a reliable allocation method. They enjoyed an impressive rally this year, mainly supported by their long bond positions, which fueled high CTAs returns’ (...)

July 16

Strategy No stress in distressed: Green light for credit strategies

With only about 12% of the distressed debt maturing within the next two years, liquidity pressure is likely to remain benign. Meanwhile, the number of issuers seeking a maturity extension, amendments or waivers to their financial covenants remain (...)

July 2

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.

June 27

Strategy ESG Data-Overload: Artificial Intelligence to the rescue

Today any ESG manager has to access, understand and analyse vast amounts of data, from worker safety standards to greenhouse gas emissions, to meet their commitment (and investors’ expectations) to embed ESG analysis into their portfolio (...)

May 26

Strategy CTAs lead the pack in April

For the second month in a row, CTAs outperformed hedge fund strategies in April. According to the Lyxor CTA peer group, the strategy was up +1.6% in April, which brings the year-to-date performance close to +5%.

April 30

Strategy Risk Assets: Don’t let your intuition lead you astray

The first quarter of 2019 certainly ended with a brighter outlook than could be seen when it began. The resolution of several uncertainties and clear signals of support for the economy coming from central banks are reviving attraction to and appetite for risk assets. Does (...)

April 30

Strategy Targeting positive returns in an uncertain climate

A decade after the financial crisis, the uncertain economic conditions it ushered in are starving Europe’s investors of returns. We believe this makes our approach to long/short equity investing more valuable than (...)

April 9

Strategy An alternative to traditional Euro Credit Management: a Smart Beta Credit approach incorporating ESG criteria

To achieve long-term returns comparable to those of investment-grade credit but with a consistently lower level of risk, CPR AM has chosen to combine the DTS risk measure with a rigorous specific risk control and structural sources of return to enhance (...)

April 2

Strategy Implications for hedge funds of the renewed quest for yields

As the first quarter of 2019 is coming to an end, we discuss recent hedge fund performance and our midterm outlook for hedge fund strategies.

March 26

Strategy Re-weighting carry strategies

In a context where monetary conditions are more accommodative and sovereign bond yields are back to low levels, it seems appropriate to re-weight carry strategies such as EM-focused Global Macro and L/S Credit.

February 4

Strategy Hybrid call decisions become more nuanced

The re-statement by Santander’s chief executive on the 2018 earnings call on January 30 of the group’s existing policy to call hybrid instruments on economic terms seems to have been accepted calmly.

January 31

Strategy Finding opportunity in Europe’s volatility

Looking back at 2018, it was a year when European corporate earnings continued to grow, while market volatility was surprisingly high. The volatility was a result of both political noise and the fear of a slowdown in global (...)

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Strategy Targeting positive returns in an uncertain climate

A decade after the financial crisis, the uncertain economic conditions it ushered in are starving Europe’s investors of returns. We believe this makes our approach to long/short equity investing more valuable than (...)

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Strategy Risk factor investing explained

Risk factor investing is growing in popularity, but there’s a risk of getting lost in the factor “zoo”. In this Expert Opinion Thierry Roncalli, Head of Quantitative Research at Lyxor Asset Management, explains the concept of risk factors and distinguishes between facts and (...)

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Strategy Subordinated debt – worth a look for yield-starved investors

Bonds yield little, while equities are not particularly cheap. Against that unappealing backdrop, looking beyond the beaten track for alternatives may prove rewarding. Anthony Smouha, CEO of Geneva-based Atlanticomnium, explains why he believes that junior debt could be an (...)

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Strategy BlackRock: Insurers Face Fixed Income Dilemma

Insurers are likely to re-examine their allocations to fixed income assets in 2013 as continued low interest rates challenge business models and profitability, according to BlackRock’s global insurance industry outlook, “2013: The Year (...)

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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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Strategy The Case for High Dividend Investing in Emerging markets

From a purely dividend yield perspective, Western investors could diversify into emerging markets where dividend growth is supported by low levels of company debt coupled and high profitability.

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Strategy Commodities at peak bearishness, presenting major opportunity

ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading, independent providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), believes commodity markets may be close to their most attractive ever after continued levels of bearishness.

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Strategy CalPERS Eliminates Hedge Fund Program in Effort to Reduce Complexity and Costs in Investment Portfolio

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it will eliminate its hedge fund program, known internally as the Absolute Return Strategies (ARS) program, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce complexity and costs in its investment (...)

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Strategy Brexit dominated ETP flows last Friday

Investors frantically purchase Gold ETPs after Britain delivered a shock vote to leave the European Union with inflows of US$201m on Friday alone. US$180mn redemption in Short GBP ETPs following the vote. Long crude oil ETPs experienced limited outflows, whilst oil prices (...)

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Strategy Volatility : An asset class to make a portfolio more robust to crises

Investors, especially those of long-term maturity, should take advantage, to make their portfolios less vulnerable to episodes of market stress...

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Strategy A smart selection process for ETFs

Logic might suggest that all ETFs replicating the same market index are themselves the same. And yet, you do not have to be an experienced ETF investor to know that this is clearly a misconception. In practice, performance can vary. It is necessary to know which objective (...)

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Strategy Low volatility, the hidden factor

Robert Haugen, who discovered the low-volatility anomaly in 1972, wrote numerous articles and books to try to popularise what he called the ‘hidden factor’. To some extent, it was only the advent of smart beta investment strategies that turned his dream into reality, as low (...)

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Strategy No stress in distressed: Green light for credit strategies

With only about 12% of the distressed debt maturing within the next two years, liquidity pressure is likely to remain benign. Meanwhile, the number of issuers seeking a maturity extension, amendments or waivers to their financial covenants remain (...)

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Strategy The call spread strategy funded by a put is popular!

According to Antoine Deix, Dividend Strategist at BNP Paribas, dividend derivatives are greatly democratized since futures and options were listed respectively in 2008 and 2010. These products now cover all types of investors (...)

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Strategy How does ‘quantamental’ fit with factor investing?

‘Quantamental’ is a relatively new portmanteau word in asset management lingo. Its creation is indicative of a trend in our industry. Quantamental is the fruit of the marriage of the quantitative and fundamental (also known as judgmental) disciplines in managing (...)

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Strategy CPR AM has recently launched CPR Invest – Global Disruptive Opportunities | A look back at an accelerating phenomenon: disruption

The recently theorised phenomenon of "disruption" is defined as a process whereby a product, a service or a solution disrupts the rules on an already established market. Technological progress, along with the globalisation of trade and demographic changes are now helping to (...)

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Hidden assets

Learn about hidden assets (volatility, correlation,...) and related strategies

Multi-asset funds

Special Focus on Multi-asset funds: Prevent structural asset allocation biases to improve responsiveness, Allocation strategy for 2017, Multi-Asset Funds Face Investors Scrutiny on Flexibility…

Smart Beta

Special focus on Smart Beta & Factor Investing : Beta positionning and outlook within current asset management framework | Risk factor investing | Factors Value, Momentum, Low Volatility, Quality | Smart Beta and Low Carbon | Smart Beta and (...)

Strategies on dividend derivatives

Dividends : New strategies - Analysis, investment perspectives and strategies on dividend derivatives....

Alternative Risk Premia

Alternative Risk Premia: Alternative Risk Premia strategies | Using Risk Premia for a true diversified portfolio | Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees | Combining différent styles for risk premia (...)

Infrastructure

Infrastructure : A Growing asset class | The role of pension funds | Energy infrastructure | The MLP example | Accessing the US Energy Infrastructure with MLP ETFs....

China

China : Invest in domestic chinese stocks with ETFS-E Fund MSCI China A GO UCITS | Chinese domestic equities could benefit from more economic stimulus| Li Kequiang’s Chinese growth indicator …

Gestion Obligataire

Gestion Obligataire : Quelle allocation d’actifs obligataires ? | Rallonger la maturité des investissements | La recherche de rendement, un exercice de plus en plus difficile | Investir en volatilité sur les obligations américaines | Déclin de la liquidité du crédit | Rendements (...)

Gestion Action

Gestion Action – Comment investir dans les actions thématiques ? Small Caps, Growth, Value, Momentum, High Dividend, Equity Europe Income Defensive... Quel style de gestion pour quel rendement/risque ? La bulle sur les stratégies à faible volatilité est-elle en train d’éclater (...)

ETF Actions américaines

Actions américaines : comment investir à ce stade du cycle ? Avec une collecte record de 16 milliards d’euros à fin août, soit 70% de la collecte totale du marché des ETF européens, les actions américaines dominent largement les flux ETF depuis le début de (...)

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