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20 Dec. 2016 Advisors to increase allocation to Managed Futures in 2017 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Advisors consider managed futures a critical component of client portfolios, according to an advisor survey commissioned by Altegris Advisors, a premier provider of alternative investments. Findings of the Altegris Managed Futures Survey, conducted at InvestmentNews&
20 Dec. 2016 Platinum Partners accused of $1bn fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Platinum Partners hedge-fund founder Mark Nordlicht and other executives at the New York-based firm, have been accused of a $1 billion dollar scheme on par with the Madoff scandal, according to documents filed in court in New York yesterday by Brooklyn U.S. Atto
20 Dec. 2016 Almost all hedge fund strategies up as momentum in the reflation trade continue [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Almost all hedge fund strategies were up as of the week ending December 13, Lyxor Asset Management reported in its Weekly Briefing. CTAs outperformed thanks to their long USD and equity positions. By contrast, L/S neut
20 Dec. 2016 The Most Important Chart for 2017 - Embrace the current uncertainty, diversify: [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: There is the f
19 Dec. 2016 48% of investors to shift from hedge funds to other alternative products [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to EY’s 2016 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey, 48% of investors globally expect to shift their
19 Dec. 2016 Former Citadel executive Joseph Rotter launches $209m hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Citadel top executive Joseph Rotter has launched $209m hedge fund at Neuberger Berman in the latest effort of the asset management firm to expand into alternative investments space, reported
19 Dec. 2016 Momentum and mean-reversion (divergence/convergence) research shows combo works [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: We have often stated that the market move in two modes or regimes, divergence and convergence. Another way to describe this market behavior is throu
16 Dec. 2016 FundBPO opens office in Malta on back of regulatory approval [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global fund administrator FundBPO has opened a new office on the island of Malta. The FundBPO office is headed by new hire Malcolm St John, Malta country manager, who has more than 15 years of fund services experience, most recently with Apex Fund Services and HSBC.
16 Dec. 2016 Hedge fund count declines to 9,925 but capital reaches record $2.979tln [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund launches declined in the third quarter, as funds again posted steady gains following the Brexit vote and leading into the surprise U.S. presidential election results, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released by
16 Dec. 2016 With BlackRock's help, iCapital Network aims to build largest independent digital alternative investments platform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock will be leading the next funding round for iCapital Network, a financial technology platform focused on democratizing access to alternative investments for high-net-worth investors and their financial advisors. The terms of the transaction were not disclos
16 Dec. 2016 Comment: A Novel Perspective on Shareholder Activism [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Claudio Rojas of Hurt Capital Inc. writes on Harvest Exchange: Over the next decade, a common misconception will fade – that all shareholder activism is short-term oriented. This anachronistic view is rooted in an antiquated phase in capital markets history – mainly,
15 Dec. 2016 Newfleet Asset launches new actively managed ETF with combined credit factors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Newfleet Asset Management, an affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., has launched its third ETF strategy, the Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF, which seeks to provide a high level of current income and capital appreciation by combining two converging credi
15 Dec. 2016 Risk factors change - Do you? Holding static risk factors may not be appropriate [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Mark Rzepczynski, Chief Investment Officer AMPHI Research and Trading, writes on Harvest Exchange: From ETF Trends comes an interesting chart on the relative performance of different risk factors for US large cap equities. Factor analysis and building portfolios bas
15 Dec. 2016 Warburg Pincus closes China fund on $2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New York-based Warburg Pincus, has closed its Warburg Pincus China fund on $2 billion. The fund will be a country-specific companion fund to Warburg Pincus Private Equity XII, a $13.4 billion global private equity fund that closed in late 2015. The China ve
15 Dec. 2016 Eclectica running a Trumpian portfolio [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Eclectica Asset Management’s Hugh Hendry, George Lee and Tom Roderick write in the firm’s Manager Commentary for December 2016 that they might be running a Trumpian portfolio; "With the economy’s debtors finally in the ascendancy, Eclectica is position
15 Dec. 2016 BlackRock favours equities, EM and alternatives in 2017 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to BlackRock’s Annual Investment Outlook for 2017, we should expect US-led reflation (rising nominal growth, wages and inflation) to accelerate, and fiscal expansion to gradually replace monetary policy as an economic growth and market driver
14 Dec. 2016 Investors expect higher volatility in 2017, plan to increase use of alternative strategies [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors say world political and economic events could push the level of market volatility higher in 2017, finds a study by Natixis Global Asset Management. As a result, they plan to reset their portfolios, relying on active management and alternative asset
14 Dec. 2016 Wealth advisors urged to embrace new approach in building lasting business [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In the face of escalating regulation, increased commoditization, and fewer people entering the profession, the wealth advisory business is undergoing many changes. In their new book entitled, The Enduring Advisory Firm: How to Serve Your Clients More Effec
14 Dec. 2016 Comment: What is Your Edge? [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: John Huber, Value oriented fund manager at Saber Capital Management, writes on Harvest Exchange: A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. There was a comment
14 Dec. 2016 SLI poaches Aberdeen's Struthers [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Standard Life Investments has hired former investment solutions head at Aberdeen Asset Management, Archie Struthers as its new head of investments. A spokesperson for the firm confirmed the move which was
13 Dec. 2016 Hedge funds trumped a volatile November with gains of 0.48% as recovery continues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 0.48% during the month of November, with 2016 year-to-date returns coming in at 3.60%. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 2.88% in November with its 2016 year-to-date returns at 4.88%. Roughly 56% of
13 Dec. 2016 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index: November performance 1.53%; Capital Movement Index: December net flows advance 0.24% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index November 2016 measured 1.53%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.24% in December. "SS&C GlobeOp's Capital Mov
13 Dec. 2016 Global macro hedge funds outperform CTAs with 14% margin in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund returns were close to flat in the week ending December 6 while equities rose and bonds dragged lower. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up a mere 0.1% (-1.5% YTD). The best performer was global macro which was up 0.5% (-1.6% YTD). Gains were attributable to
13 Dec. 2016 Commodities rise on optimistic global prospects [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Commodities increased in November due to higher economic growth expectations and announced crude production cuts, said Credit Suisse
13 Dec. 2016 Interest Rates and Value Investing: There is still no value in bonds today [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Wesley Gray,CEO/CIO of Alpha Architect writes on Harvest Exchange: Many readers just had a knee-jerk reaction and they’ve determined that I fall into one of two categories: A total idiot A total genius But let’s dig a bit deeper into the claim t
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