Opalesque Futures Briefing http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:54:26 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 With an Election in November, Is the Time Right for Futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12995 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12995#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:54:26 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12995 Due to the reputation futures have for performing well in uncertain times, investors may be examining if now is the right time for managed futures. Due to the reputation futures have for performing well in uncertain times, investors may be examining if now is the right time to look at managed futures with an unsettled election just months away.
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Investors more interested in systematic/CTA funds http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12993 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12993#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:54:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12993 The Barclays report out earlier this month found that investors in hedge funds are most interested in systematic/CTA funds and quant equity funds right now.
CTAs are “commodity trading advisors” that are predeominantly computer-driven and trade in managed futures - futures contracts, commodity options and the like. Quant equity funds use quantitative data to pick stocks. The survey took in…

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Funds Avoided Big Losses Despite ‘Brexit’ Shock http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12991 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12991#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:53:55 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12991 Managed futures funds, which invest in a wide variety of commodity, stock, bond and currency futures, also performed well, according to Lasse H. Pedersen, a principal at the $159.2 billion AQR Capital Management investment firm. Its Managed Futures Strategy Fund rose 5.58 percent in June.
Lasse H. Pedersen, a principal at the $159.2 billion AQR Capital Management investment firmexplained that…

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Funds continue to face redemption pressure despite stock rally http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12989 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12989#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:53:36 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12989 A report by hedge fund tracker Eureka Hedge said that global hedge funds witnessed the third consecutive month of outflows last month with investor redemptions totalling $20.7 billion. Total hedge fund assets grew by US$9.1 billion over the past seven months with the industry’s total assets currently standing at $2.25 trillion.
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CTA funds gain in July http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12986 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12986#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:53:08 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12986 The hedge fund industry posted overall returns of 2.17 per cent in July, says Preqin. All leading strategies posted positive returns for the month, with equity strategies (+2.78 per cent) and event driven strategies (+2.71 per cent) in particular making gains.
CTA funds followed June’s gains of 2.22 per cent by returning 0.30 per cent in July, taking 2016 YTD performance…

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UCITS HFS Index bounces back, up 0.75% in July http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12984 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12984#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:52:45 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12984 The UCITS HFS Index has bounced back in July with gains of 0.75% after a drawdown in June due to the market turmoil that surrounded the Brexit vote. The broad index started strongly into the month with a positive performance of 0.32% after the first full week of trading. Keeping the pace, week two brought along additional gains of 0.30%,…

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Can 2 Negatively Correlated Investments Both Be Positive YTD? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12982 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12982#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:52:31 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12982 With stocks back at all-time highs, one might think managed futures programs - you know, the poster child of performing during stock market crisis periods - would be sucking wind. After all, managed futures (SG CTA Index) posted gains of +7% back when stocks took a dive (falling -10%) in January-February, so you might think they would be down some…

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Alternative investment industry weighs in on the presidential election http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12980 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12980#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:52:16 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12980 The U.S. presidential race has already dominated the news for well over a year and will undoubtedly continue to do so long after the final votes are cast on November 8th. Beyond predicting who will triumph, Wall Street, along with much of the world, is focused on what the winner’s presidency will mean for markets and the economy.
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Compliance concerns drive more fund business decisions http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12978 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12978#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:52:02 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12978 Compliance concerns are driving more business decisions at hedge funds than ever before, according to the results of a survey done by Cipperman Compliance Services and hosted by Opalesque. Survey findings suggest that hedge fund managers overwhelmingly expect increases in compliance spending to continue over the next two years.
Eighty-one percent of hedge fund managers anticipate spending more on their compliance…

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Managed futures rebounds in July http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12976 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12976#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:23:29 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12976 Hedge funds gained +1.89% in July, the industry average is +3.29% YTD 2016, says eVestment. After broadly excelling in the post-BREXIT volatility, dispersion within managed futures resulted muted but positive July returns.
After just over a year of relatively volatile returns, large managed futures funds followed up their eventful and exceptional post-BREXIT performance in June with mixed, but positive returns. The…

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