Opalesque Futures Briefing » Trends 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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Keeping your investment portfolio in balance in changing times http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13231 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13231#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:07:35 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13231 The financial markets are betting that Trump’s policies, greenlighted by a Republican Congress, will boost spending, tilting interest rates and inflation higher. In the inverse math of fixed income investors, higher interest rates mean lower prices on existing bonds, a dynamic professional investors call “rate risk.”
The Great Recession of 2008 ushered in an unprecedented period of historically low interest rates.…

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Quant Hedge Funds Boom in Asia http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13225 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13225#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:19:35 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13225 More Asian hedge funds are starting computer-driven strategies, as investors disappointed by the poor performance of some traditional funds search for better returns. So far, allocations to Asia-based quant funds have been in line with global trends, rising about 30 percent the past two years.
Still, there’s plenty of room to catch up in the region. Asian CTA/managed-futures funds had $4.2…

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Why SmartBeta is spooking liquid alts investors http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13223 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13223#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:19:16 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13223 Recent market volatility has pushed many investors to look towards managed futures funds, which traditionally offer attractive returns in various markets paired with low risk. Speaking to Citywire Selector, Citywire + rated Frank Seidel of Amandea said the attraction of a managed futures fund is the fact most strategies are purely systematic.
‘The transactions are typically triggered only on the…

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Putting Morningstar’s New Style Box to Work http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13215 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13215#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:17:44 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13215 In October, we introduced the Morningstar Style Box for alternative funds, a new framework for analyzing alternative mutual funds. The October Fund Spy outlined why we think investors need a convenient way to view the diversification characteristics of liquid alternative mutual funds and the methodology behind the alternatives style box.
The article can be found here, but to quickly recap:…

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No Volatility, No Bueno for Managed Futures / Macro http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13205 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13205#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:04:52 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13205 “Managed Futures Thrived from Brexit,” but since that, it’s been a steady diet of losses as volatility has been sucked out of just about everywhere once again. Nowhere has that been clearer than in currency volatility, where Bloomberg’s posting of JP Morgan’s Global Currency Volatility for the year reminded us of more than a few hedge fund equity curves for…

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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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Commodity Trading Advisers Come into Focus http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13127 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13127#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:03:18 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13127 For one type of computer-driven fund, amassing giant positions in currencies, bonds, stocks and other assets is becoming the norm. Commodity trading advisers, or CTAs are computer-driven funds that try to make money betting on market trends and patterns.
Many of these funds have been betting against sterling and probably profited handsomely from Friday’s chaotic trading and fall in the…

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What role should hedge funds play now? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13120 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13120#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:01:50 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13120 Currently, some of the favoured strategies include insurance-linked, quantitative funds, and traditional managed futures (sometimes called Commodity Trading Advisors, or CTAs). Donald Rice, head of Alternative Investments Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse Private Banking, “While we could see merit in a CTA trend-following approach, we’re also not so quick to write-off non-performing quality managers.”
“For CTA and managed futures, having suitable…

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Managing Volatility with Managed Futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13085 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13085#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:04:29 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13085 Managed futures can be confusing to individual investors. Technical jargon and a lack of familiarity with futures and options leave many investors befuddled and wary. But managed futures are more than just esoteric, “black box” mumbo jumbo. During times of crisis, they can be the best friend an investor can have. Managed futures are often at their best during time…

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