Opalesque Futures Briefing » Research http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:09:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Asia investors being pointed towards alternative investments http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13246 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13246#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:09:55 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13246 Asian investors should look more to alternative investments to balance their portfolios and reduce risk as the global markets remain volatile and politics unpredictable. Alternative investments include hedge funds, private equity, managed futures, real-estate and commodities like gold, and don’t move in same direction as equities or fixed income.
In the wake of the unexpected Trump win in the US presidential…

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Q&A on CTAs: time to invest in managed futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13183 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13183#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:59:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13183 CTAs and managed futures have been hit by the poor performance of commodities in recent years and the end of the so-called ‘super cycle’. But is the case for these strategies still valid? Citywire Selector spoke to Citywire AA-rated Hans-Olov Bornemann of SEB, who runs the SEB Asset Selection, which has achieved a 10-year track record and also grown to…

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Are there risk-reducing alternatives to hedge funds? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13173 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13173#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:57:30 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13173 In their search to reduce portfolio risk, advisers are on the hunt for alternatives to their costly hedge funds and managed futures. The low costs, convenience and liquidity of the mutual fund structure may be attractive to advisers, said John Dolfin, the chief investment officer at asset management firm Steben & Co. However, the low beta and positive alpha of…

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Money Talks: The details http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:10:57 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13169 Managed futures will continue to move to the fore front for today’s progressive and prudent investors. Although misunderstood by many, the details tell a story of an outstanding alternative which allows investors the ability to generate returns in all economic environments when suitably applied.
The addition of managed futures for 20 to 30 percent of a portfolio, depending on the…

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Trend reversals lead to losses as managed futures drops 1.52% in August http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13083 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13083#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:04:09 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13083 Trend reversals in August have led managed futures traders to lose 1.52% last month according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 0.62% year to date.”Fed chairman Yellen’s unexpectedly hawkish comments at the Jackson Hole symposium precipitated trend reversals in global bond and currency markets,” said Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.
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Societe Generale said CTA indices were down in August http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13062 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13062#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:14:41 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13062 Commodity trading advisors had a bad August, according to Societe Generale, reflecting a trading slowdown that saw the world’s top exchanges report lower volumes last month. Societe Generale’s flagship CTA index was down 3.1% in August and the French bank’s short-term strategies index was off 3.41% on the previous month.
“CTA strategies were one of the better performing strategies for investors…

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Investors Redeem $25.2bln From Funds in July http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13011 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13011#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:05:21 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13011 Investors, continuing to react to challenging hedge fund returns in 2015 and earlier this year, removed an estimated $25.2 billion from hedge funds in July, bringing YTD net flows to negative $55.9 billion, according to eVestment’s just-released July 2016 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report.
In terms of cumulative magnitude, the redemption pressures facing the hedge fund industry in the last…

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What in the heck are managed futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12997 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12997#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:03:33 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12997 Managed futures is a catch-all term for strategies that trade futures contracts. In many respects the label “managed futures” is similar to “equity investor”–the label doesn’t really narrow things down. That being said, futures-based trading strategies have typically been pursued by hedge funds and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) and many of these strategies are based on some sort of trend-following…

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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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Global private credit market growing rapidly, according to ACC/Deloitte survey http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12912 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12912#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:14:28 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12912 The global private credit market, an alternative source of financing for small and medium sized enterprises, is flourishing, with institutional capital supporting increased lending in Europe in particular, according to a report by the Alternative Credit Council (ACC), a private credit industry body affiliated with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), and Deloitte, the business advisory firm.
The private credit…

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