Algo Selection at Quantopian

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By Dr. Jess Stauth*, Quantopian’s Managing Director on the Investment Team, transcribed by HFI   Quantopian is a Boston-based company that has created a crowd-sourced hedge fund by facilitating freelance quantitative analysts to develop and test trading algorithms. The firm licenses the best algorithms to buy and sell securities. Quantopian is backed by venture capital firm […] Read more »

Importance of Funds of Funds to Newer Managers Evident in Seward Kissel Study

From Seward & Kissel   Driven by our ongoing commitment to understanding the dynamics of the hedge fund marketplace and bringing the latest industry color to our clients and friends, each year Seward & Kissel conducts various studies of the most important trends we are seeing that are impacting the hedge fund community. This year, for the second year in a […] Read more »

Demand for European Hedge Funds Increases

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   Hedge Fund Insight has commented this year on Emerging Market (EM) hedge fund returns and capital flows in the context of the six month rule (see Emerging Market Hedge Fund Demand – The Six Month Rule in Action). The monthly report from eVestment on hedge fund industry capital flows remarked […] Read more »

Equity Long/Short for Retail – Replication Solves the Issues

By Andrew Beer Chief Executive Officer of  Beachhead Capital Management The model for allocating to equity long/short funds is broken.  The mentality of most allocators is to chase the “hot dot” – that is, invest with a fund that performed well recently and hope the hot streak continues.  This approach is based on the discredited assumption […] Read more »

European Hedge Fund Industry May Rouse

By Simon Kerr, publisher of Hedge Fund Insight   It has been noted by HFI* that the European hedge fund industry has lagged in recovery in comparison with that of the United States. The sluggardly activity is on both sides – European-based hedge funds have not raised much new capital at all post the Credit […] Read more »

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 »