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 »

Tages – Europe’s Largest HF Seeder – Gets A Capital Infusion from Trapani

By Hedge Fund Insight staff Francesco Trapani has acquired a 9% equity stake in Tages Holding by means of a dedicated capital increase, to be approved by Bank of Italy. Francesco Trapani, is the former CEO of the Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer, Bulgari, and is credited with the turnaround of the business. Trapani acts as an advisor to […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Performance Has Insurers Reducing Exposure Says AM Best

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By Jason Hopper and Ken Johnson of A.M. Best With interest rates remaining persistently low, NAIC Schedule BA assets, which include alternative investment securities, have generally provided insurers with the potential for higher risk-adjusted returns to help mitigate the decline in higher portfolio book yields. Without a meaningful increase in interest rates, insurers have limited choices for investing new dollars from […] Read more »

Bleak House (or The Outlook for Hedge Funds)

By Diane Harrison, principal of Panegyric Marketing   Charles Dickens’ Bleak House spins a tale of mystery, intrigue, family dynamics, and irony in the Victorian age that had readers gripped by its indictment of the English court system. While the novel is packed with intricate plot twists and turns, the main story line centers on the contested will case of […] Read more »

Euro Leveraged Loans Growing Especially Via SMAs

By Alastair Sewell, Manuel Arrive, and Brian Knudsen of Fitch Ratings   Summary Strong Growth, Low Base: Fitch Ratings estimates that open-ended Europe-domiciled loan funds have had strong average annual growth of 50%-60% over the last five years. However, this comes from a low base: Fitch estimates total assets of just EUR40bn across all European open-ended funds at end-June 2016, with […] Read more »