2018 Activist Investing Annual Review – Spotlight Shifts To Oil & Gas Sector

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By Schulte Roth & Zabel, Activist Insight and Hedge Fund Insight staff   Recently, Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ), a leading financial services law firm, and Activist Insight released their 2018 Activist Investing Annual Review. The review analyzes recent trends in shareholder activism, ranks the top activist investors, and predicts what’s to come for activist investing. 2017 proved to be a […] Read more »

Elliott Tops The Activist Top 10 For Third Year In A Row

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    Data source: The Activist Investing Annual Review 2018  produced by Activist Insight in association with Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ). Elliott Management tops “The Activist Top 10” for the third year in a row. Activist Insight selects the list based on the number of campaigns, average size of targets, news stories generated and annualized returns. “The Activist […] 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 »

Churning of Asian Hedge Funds Takes Its Toll

By Hedge Fund Insight staff   Only hedge funds based in North America had positive flows in both the first and second quarters of this year, according to data from Preqin. Net net hedge funds in Europe had positive flows in the first half of the year and hedge funds based in Asia-Pacific had net […] Read more »

GSAM Research on Hedge Fund Strategies in Liquid Alts – Event Driven Falls Short

By Nadia Papagiannis, Director of Alternative Investment Strategy at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, with editing by Hedge Fund Insight staff   In a recent paper Goldman Sachs Asset Management analysed alternative mutual funds. In this analysis, we narrow down the vast universe of liquid alternatives to the funds that may better provide the differentiated return and risk characteristics of hedge funds. We […] Read more »

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 »

Distressed is Investors’ Preference Within Event-Driven

By the Capital Solutions Team of Barclays Prime Services*   In light of the recent performance of event-driven HFs, we wanted to understand how it had affected investors’ perceptions of the strategy, and what their likely allocation plans were with regard to event driven strategies as a result. Performance versus investor expectations We began by […] Read more »