Are CTAs Positioned To Protect Portfolios?

by Seth Bancroft, Research Consultant, Hedge Funds at NEPC   If abrupt shifts in prices are what keep CTA (or managed futures) investors up at night, then they are likely sleep-deprived, given the recent market volatility. Up until recently, equity markets have been on a tear. Thus, not surprisingly, most CTAs–strategies designed to capture trends in asset […] Read more »

Class Action Started Over LJM Funds’ Volatility Strategy Fund

By Hedge Fund Insight staff Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has announced a class action has been commenced on behalf of purchasers of shares of the LJM Preservation and Growth Fund (MUTF: LJMAX, LJMCX, LJMIX) during the period between February 28, 2015 and February 7, 2018. LJM Funds Management is a liquid alternative investment management […] Read more »

GAM Hedge Fund Outlook 2018 – Prefer CB Arb to L/S Credit

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By Kier Boley, Chairperson of the GAM AIS Investment Committee   Alternative industry trends As we begin 2018, global asset prices have continued their inexorable grind higher. There is increasing unease from investors on the length and extent of the current rally, whilst central banks are increasingly on a rate tightening trajectory. As a result, […] Read more »

Fund of Hedge Funds Consolidation Infographic

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Consolidation has provided some managers with the m eans to grow their firm at a time when the wider fund of hedge funds industry has contracted both in terms of AUM and number of participants. The majority (60%) of investors active in hedge funds seek exposure to the asset class via multi-manager vehicles, either solely or as part of a […] Read more »

Activist Investing in Europe

From Activist Insight*   By the end of September, 2017 had seen more than 100 European-based companies publicly subjected to shareholder demands. Reached slightly later this year than last, and much earlier than in 2015, that milestone signals that if activism in Europe has lost its capacity to shock, its future also looks secure. Activity is still a long way […] Read more »

Hong Kong and Singapore Based Managers Take Share of Asian Hedge Funds

By Hedge Fund Insight staff Pre-Credit Crunch the largest Asian territories in the hedge fund industry (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan) hosted 43.6% of Asian hedge funds. This year those same Big Four has a combined share of 50.8% by number of funds. The corollary is that Western financial centres lost share over the last […] Read more »

Algo Selection at Quantopian

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 »