Emerging Market Hedge Fund Demand – The Six Month Rule in Action

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By Simon Kerr, Publisher of Hedge Fund Insight   The “2017 Credit Suisse Global Survey of Hedge Fund Investor Appetite and Activity” contains the latest example of the six-month rule in action. Regular readers will know the rule and it’s workings (given below). If you haven’t heard of the rule and you have to do some marketing […] 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 »

A.M. Best Comments on Insurers’ Hedge Fund Activity: Road Ahead Looks Rocky

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By Ken Johnson, CFA, CAIA, FRM, Vice President, A.M. Best.   Headlines reflecting the recent underperformance from the hedge fund industry have caused insurers to rethink their current investment allocations, and whether or not to add allocations to this non-traditional asset class going forward.  However, the ongoing low interest rate environment and more recent equity volatility have […] Read more »

Top 10 Trends in Insurance for 2016

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From Aite Group   Though the U.S. insurance industry is entering 2016 well capitalized and profitable, too much capital capacity does not bode well for pricing as new capital flows in, seeking opportunities and driving pricing competition. Against this backdrop, insurers will be juggling priorities: modernizing their core systems, maintaining profitability within existing portfolios, accelerating […] Read more »

…and Asian Hedge Funds Were Doing So Well

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By Simon Kerr, Publisher of Hedge Fund Insight   Though it may seem a thought from a long time ago, this year had been stacking up as a relatively good one for Asian hedge funds. This was true as recently as just over a month ago. Comparisons for performance in the YTD to the end […] Read more »

CTA Capital Flows Positive For Six Months Straight

From Eurekahedge   Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$93 billion in the first six months of 2015, with roughly US$52 billion coming from performance driven gains and US$41 billion from new investor allocations.   Despite losses of 1.13% in June, European mandates continue to see resurgence in investor allocations. European hedge funds […] Read more »

Asian Hedge Funds Attract Capital in 2015 That Pays Off Quickly

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By Hedge Fund Insight staff   It has been a long road back, but Asian hedge funds have at last regained their peak assets – last seen pre-Credit Crunch in 2008. Total assets in Asian hedge funds (excluding Japan) were at $159.8bn  at the end of May 2015. The asset growth since the start of […] Read more »

Fed Rate Rise To Be Catalyst For Last Phase of EM Underperformance

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By Jawad Mian, Managing Editor Stray Reflections   The inefficiencies that are at the heart of macro investing are permanent, as they relate to the inherent uncertainty of the future. The vast majority of the data required is publicly available. The differentiating factor is the ability to analyze and thematically organize the information into coherent […] Read more »

Multi-Strategy Under The Gun As European Hedge Funds Lag

From Hedge Fund Insight staff The latest flow data from Eurekahedge for the hedge fund industry show net outflows from Europe-focused hedge funds. Only two investment strategies could possibly accommodate the scale of monthly redemptions from European funds – fixed income and multi-strategy (Table 1/Figure 2). So it is highly likely that the biggest outflows […] Read more »