Lyxor To Stick With Overweight in Merger Arbitrage

From Lyxor Asset Management   March has been a positive month for risk assets. As soon as mid-February, the Fed started to prepare markets for a softer stance than expected by market participants. Mid-March, it delivered at the FOMC meeting with a downward revision of growth and inflation forecasts for 2016, consolidating the rally in […] Read more »

Lyxor Favours Relative Value & Macro For 2016

By Jean-Marc Stenger, CIO for Alternative Investments, Lyxor Asset Management   Macro Themes: After navigating between Scylla and Charybdis in 2015 amid growth and deflation scares, 2016 should provide some limited relief. The sturdy, yet aging, expansion in the US should warrant the inception of monetary policy normalization this December. However, all the concerns – […] Read more »

Event Driven Leads Hedge Funds Down in September Notes FRM

From Financial Risk Management Limited (FRM), part of Man Group   The HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index fell -2.54% to 29 September, pushing the index further into negative territory at -3.52% for the year-to-date 2015. After a fall of -0.13% recorded in the first half of the month (16 September), hedge funds’ negative performance accelerated […] Read more »

Equity Hedge Yet to De-Gross Notes Man Group’s FRM

From FRM Investment Management   Market Background China’s financial troubles and the Fed’s zeroing in on lift off for the next interest rate cycle have combined, as we thought they might, to place deflation at the forefront of investor concerns. Moreover, it is clear that the problems emanating from China, other emerging markets and many […] Read more »

Nearly All HF Strategies Down in June

By Financial Risk Management (FRM is part of Man Group)   MARKETS In the US, we remain cautious of equity valuations. Earnings growth is weakening and some data shows it becoming negative. Data also shows institutions have been net sellers of stock for the past four quarters and only non-financials have been net buyers over […] Read more »

K2’s 2015 Outlook – Bias To Lower-Beta Sector Specialists In Equity Hedge

David C. Saunders, Founding Managing Director, & Robert Christian, Head of Research, K2 Advisors   We think earnings growth trends should provide support for long/short equity strategies in 2015, particularly in terms of specialty managers in areas such as health care, technology and activism. Meanwhile, opportunities in relative value have continued to evolve due in […] Read more »

Lyxor Hedge Fund Index Commentary For April

Lyxor Index Apr 2014

From Lyxor Asset Management   The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down -0.7% in April (YTD -0.1%). 6 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of April in positive territory, led by the Lyxor L/S Credit Arbitrage Index(+1%), the CTA Long Term Index (+1%) and the Lyxor Global Macro Index (+0.9%). Data published in […] Read more »

Special Situations Funds Ride The Wave Of M&A In February

From Lyxor Asset Management   The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +1.9% in February, bringing year to date performance to +1.45%. 11 Lyxor Strategy Indices out of 12 ended the month in positive territory, led by the Lyxor Special Situations Index (+3.48%), the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+3.4%) and the Lyxor L/S Equity […] Read more »

KKR Excited By The Potential For Growth Of European Credit Through Avoca

By Hedge Fund Insight staff KKR is in the process of acquiring European credit manager Avoca. During the Fourth Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call Scott Nuttall, the Global Head of Capital & Asset Management at KKR & Co LP, talked enthusiastically about the business prospects of Avoca within the KKR framework. Nuttall said that Avoca […] Read more »

FRM Commentary On Long/Short Managers

From FRM Investment Management Despite January being a negative month for equity indices Equity Long-Short managers benefited from single stock dispersion to end the month roughly flat; European managers finished the month marginally positive, while the US was flat in aggregate. In Europe, managers suffered in the sharp sell offs, which were highly correlated and  […] Read more »