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 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 »

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 »

How Do Pension Plans Monitor Their Hedge Funds, For Example Florida SBA?

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By Simon Kerr, Publisher of Hedge Fund Insight   The Florida State Board of Administration runs the  $141bn Florida Retirement System Pension Plan through an Investment Advisory Council. As a public body it’s papers are available online, and an exploration of the material gives an insight into the way large pension plans, and State sponsored plans in […] Read more »

Hedge Fund Stats of the Day – 408 and $18bn

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   S&P Global Market Intelligence Quarterly Hedge Fund Tracker Findings*: Hedge Funds Sell Off Equity Stakes: Hedge funds have sold off significant portions of their total equity holdings, shedding over $18 billion in total equity positions from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016.  This is the second consecutive quarterly equity sell […] Read more »

Graphic of The Day: Axis Capital’s Hedge Fund Allocations

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   In  2015 Bermudian insurer Axis Capital started to implement a shift in it’s “other investments” which had driven the variations in investment performance for the firm. The strategic shift was to reduce the exposures to hedge funds and put the capital released into direct lending, real estate and private […] Read more »

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 »

Challenges YTD For Active Managers Says GAM

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From Global Asset Management   March concluded a volatile quarter across financial markets, as modest headline moves in many cases belied significant intra-quarter risk reversals and choppiness. The MSCI World index closed down 0.2% for the quarter against a very steep sell-off through 11 February, followed by a reversal and strong rally into the end […] Read more »

Ford Pension Plans Cut Equity And Event For Macro And Multi-Strat

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By Simon Kerr, Publisher of Hedge Fund Insight   The investment strategy allocation of portfolios of hedge funds is a function of the target return and drawdown tolerance of the end investor over a multi-year period. The pension plans of the Ford Motor Company are part way through a five-year de-risking process – the U.S. […] 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 »