Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:32 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Industry waits for managed futures to recover from slip-up http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10584 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10584#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:32 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10584 Its exposure to a variety of uncorrelated markets, such as commodities, energy, agriculture and currency originally made the commodity trading adviser, or managed futures strategy, one of the most compelling reasons for investing in hedge funds. It is one of the earliest hedge fund strategies, dating back 30 years.
Returns were routinely in double digits and not correlated with the stock…

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Managed futures’ global diversification is important in next phase of economic recovery http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10582 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10582#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:15 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10582 The global diversification provided by managed futures may prove to be extremely valuable as the markets enter the next phase of the economic recovery, said Campbell & Company, a pioneer in absolute return investment management, specializing in systematic managed futures and equity market-neutral strategies.
Campbell said in its briefing entitled, Managed Futures: The Next Five Years, “The next five years may…

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Wealth Adviser: The Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10580 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10580#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:47 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10580 The promise of managed futures. Widening credit spreads and rising rates can create significant volatility in the market value of income-oriented portfolios, but managed futures may offer some respite, writes investment strategist Ben Warwick on ThinkAdvisor.
“Credit instruments don’t change hands as frequently as stocks, and as a result the price of high-yield bonds and other fixed-income investments tend to…

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Hedge fund snapshot: Just how big are they? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10578 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10578#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:33 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10578 A new report on the hedge fund industry underscores just how big it is: $2.6 trillion in 11,000 funds. The research by alternative investment tracking company eVestment aggregated information from 10 databases that collect voluntarily submitted data by hedge funds. After cleaning the data and removing duplicates, eVestment found that there are 7,524 traditional hedge funds, 1,723 managed futures or…

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Hedge funds & CTA/managed futures up to $2.664 trillion in 2013 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10576 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10576#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:14 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10576 The absolute number of unique hedge funds (hedge funds & CTA/managed futures) reporting to commercial databases declined in 2013 to 9,247 from 10,149. The size of the reported hedge fund (hedge funds & CTA/managed futures) industry increased by $248.8 billion to $2.664 trillion Firms with greater than $1 billion in hedge fund AUM accounted for 83.3% of all reported AUM,…

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The Incredible Shrinking Hedge Funds Universe http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10574 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10574#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:05:57 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10574 The number of hedge funds has been shrinking over the past two years, despite assets in the sector increasing, research has found. Between 2012 and 2013 there was a drop of more than 6% in the number of hedge fund firms reporting assets and results to eVestment’s database, the company said.
Broken down into firm types, it was the multi-fund firms…

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American Beacon Advisors Launches American Beacon AHL Managed Futures Strategy Fund http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10570 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10570#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:04:51 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10570 American Beacon Advisors (American Beacon), an experienced provider of investment advisory services to retail and institutional clients, today launched the American Beacon AHL Managed Futures Strategy Fund. The Fund became effective August 19. The American Beacon AHL Managed Futures Strategy Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by implementing a quantitative trading strategy that is designed to capitalize on price…

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Why Did MF Global Declare Bankruptcy At 2 AM Sunday Morning? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10568 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10568#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:04:39 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10568 After it was discovered MF Global customer funds were missing, a 2 AM bankruptcy decision that didn’t include all key participants took place. The trustee seeking to pay MF Global creditors money they were owed when the derivatives brokerage firm failed in a ball of flames Halloween 2011, is requesting court approval to make the final payments, capping a wild…

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The top 20 universities powering the funds industry http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10566 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10566#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:04:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10566 The asset management industry continues to be a leading field of interest for students and research from eVestment highlights the 20 universities where students are hot property.The asset management industry continues to be a leading field of interest for students.
The eVestment report, published earlier this month, investigates the strength of school networks within the industry, where they are most concentrated…

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Banks’ pressure stalls opening of U.S. derivatives trading platform http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10564 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10564#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:04:08 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=10564 The first interdealer trading platform aimed at opening up credit derivatives markets to new competition has hit roadblocks due to resistance from some banks that dominate such trading, according to several people familiar with the situation. Derivatives markets continue to revolve around the small group of dominant banks, and credit markets have become more - not less - concentrated since…

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