GSAM Research on Hedge Fund Strategies in Liquid Alts – Event Driven Falls Short

By Nadia Papagiannis, Director of Alternative Investment Strategy at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, with editing by Hedge Fund Insight staff   In a recent paper Goldman Sachs Asset Management analysed alternative mutual funds. In this analysis, we narrow down the vast universe of liquid alternatives to the funds that may better provide the differentiated return and risk characteristics of hedge funds. We […] Read more »

Insurers Continued to Pull Away from Hedge Funds in 2016

From Jason Hopper and Dan Heitlinger of A.M.Best   Our November 2016 report, “Hedge Fund Performance Has Insurers Reducing Exposure,” noted rising investor concerns surrounding the performance of hedge funds and the insurance industry’s exposure to this asset class from 2013-2015. Based on 2016 data from year-end NAIC statutory financial statements, the insurance industry has continued pulling back its investment […] Read more »

Investors Buy CTAs Rather Than Macro in 2017

By Hedge Fund Insight staff The latest data from Eurekahedge shows the best flows into the hedge fund industry for a number of years for the first quarter of 2017. Preliminary net asset flows were positive in March with US$9.3 billion of inflows into the industry. Investor subscriptions have picked up pace since the start of the […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Positioning Around The French Elections

From Lyxor Asset Management* Hello, Please find attached this week’s Lyxor Weekly Brief. This is a weekly report from Lyxor’s Cross Asset Research team, focused on hedge fund flows, performance and positioning. It aims at identifying trends in hedge fund investing every week, while leveraging on the proprietary information accessible through the Managed Account Platform. […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Investment Due Diligence – Sample Report From Consultant

Investment Due Diligence Report Halcyon Asset Management, LLC Master Custodial Account Report written by the A Consultant Hedge Fund Research Team March 27, 2015 Executive Summary This review has been requested by The Client. The scope of this review and the rating is limited to the general investment capabilities of Halcyon Asset management, LLC (the […] Read more »

KKR Addresses Its Mis-Step In Acquiring Prisma Through PAAMCO Deal

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By Hedge Fund Insight staff It was announced today that PAAMCO and KKR Prisma are to form a Strategic Partnership to create a new liquid alternatives investment firm. As PAAMCO has been fiercely independent and Prisma was acquired by Private Equity giant KKR in 2012 to give growth to its’ liquid alternatives business this has […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Outlook – Greater Dispersion To Aid Equity Strategies, Credit? Not So Much

by 50 South Capital Advisors, LLC. INTRODUCTION After a volatile first quarter of 2016, global equity and bond markets regained their footing and finished in positive territory for the year. European equities were the regional exception, with the MSCI European Index posting negative returns through November. Although markets overall generated positive returns for investors in […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Industry Take On “A Modest Proposal”

By Diane Harrison, principal of Panegyric Marketing   Jonathan Swift, one of the great satirists of all time, published a disturbing and provocative essay, ‘A Modest Proposal,’ in 1729 suggesting a unique and terrible solution to Ireland’s famine crisis. In his piece, Swift recommended cannibalism as a wholesale solution to Ireland’s struggles with overpopulation, starvation, […] Read more »

Consultant Verus Negative on Outlook for Event Driven Hedge Funds

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By Hedge Fund Insight staff   In a recent report Verus, the investment consultant created out of the combination of Wurts and Strategic Investment Solutions, was constructive on the outlook for three out of five hedge fund strategies. The consultant gave forward-looking views across the broad hedge fund investment strategies as shown in the table below. […] Read more »