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Fri, 01 Jun 2012
Pinnacle Awards Uncover Industry Trend:

Risk management and diversification is the clear focus of the upcoming Pinnacle Awards in Chicago, which highlights the best and brightest risk managers in an industry all about risk mitigation.

Decoupling Convex Relationships in Volatility Cycles:

One of the industry's leading researchers, Kathryn Kaminski, presents a fascinating look at Volatility cycles in managed futures. An MIT PhD who coined the phrase "crisis alpha" to describe managed futures strategies, Kathryn worked with Professor Andrew Lo as part of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering and as a lead researcher for RPM, the Stockholm-based alternative asset management firms.

Uncorrelated Investment Industry News:

In addition to the Pinnacle Awards kicking off the Managed Fund's Association (MFA) annual Chicago event, the FIA's International Derivatives Expo is set to take place in the middle of Europe - just as sovereign debt derivatives throughout the Eurozone could take center stage.

The Untold Story

Perspectives, opinions, subjective industry talk.

Industry Comings and Goings:

Congratulations to Alpha Metrix’s Jason Leffakis, promoted to Managing Director, Hedge Fund Sales.

MF Global Round Up

MF Global has been a tough road for the futures and options industry.

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Mon, 07 May 2012
Family Office Investing Fears: Deflation, Fed Bond Purchases:

Cantor Fitzgerald's John Trammell takes a realistic look at deflation, government budgetary concerns and points out areas where family offices are considering a hedging strategy.

How to Battle a Deflationary (debt) Economic Climate: Build a Portfolio For A Variety of Market Environments:

In a deflationary environment focus on investments not dependent on rising asset prices, but rather investments independent of economic strength might rule the day.

How To Protect Yourself From the Next MF Global:

Five little discussed aspects of protecting ones margin deposit from becoming victim of the next MF Global are revealed.

MSR Investments Looks to Risk Management for Low Volatility:

The focus is on an emerging manager with an eye towards risk and volatility management.

The Untold Story: What to Watch:

Is the Federal Reserve signaling its discontent with potential bailouts of large banks with a EU debt crisis on the horizon? The real story: MF Global investigation finally begins. CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler's relationship with Jon Corzine. The curious case of the CFTC Whistleblower.

Guest Article / CTA Strategy Thoughts:

Mathematical Modeling for Quantitative Trading Strategies

New York CTA Expo:

Connections Made, Industry Issues Discussed

Regulator News:

Proposals to Enhance Investor Protections Come from Regulators

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Tue, 20 Mar 2012
Hamer Trading Talks Managed Futures Strategy: A candid interview with Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) Jim Hamer about market wizards and managed futures strategies. An "equity guy" turns to managed futures.
Well Known Managed Futures Researchers Galen Burghardt and Brian Walls Address Hot Topics of Correlation, Volatility and Study Bias: The authors, Mr. Gurghardt and Mr. Walls, make a compelling academic case for the imperative for uncorrelated investments and managed futures to be included in an institutional portfolio at this moment in economic history. Part 2 of a 2 part report.
MFB Clearing Accused of Not Properly Segregating Customer Funds: As regulators seek to highlight the segregation of client assets, an investigation takes out a smaller broker dealer but what is the relationship with the depository authority raising questions?
Nuts and Bolts of Account Segregation: With all the discussion surrounding MF Global and the recent "loss" of customer funds, it is helpful for investors to understand their investor protections.
NFA's Board of Directors elects Christopher Hehmeyer to serve as Chairman: At a critical moment in history, well-known industry participant Chris Hehmeyer named chairman of the futures industry self-regulatory association
Managed Futures Mutual Funds Facing Hurdles: Managed futures mutual funds are in the news again, this time from two fronts.
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Fri, 13 Jan 2012
Opalesque Exclusive: Why Did Only One Ratings Agency Get MF Global Correct?
National Futures Association Board of Directors Contested Election
Well Known Managed Futures Researchers Galen Burghardt and Brian Walls views
Book Review: PonziMonium
Prediction Markets Look To Gain Regulatory Acceptance in US
How to Develop an Uncorrelated Managed Futures Portfolio
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Fri, 02 Dec 2011
Sweden's RPM: the largest managed futures manager few in the U.S. Know
The Interesting Twist in How MF Global Lobbied the CFTC In an ironic twist of fate, MF Global apparently successfully lobbied the CFTC to delay implementation on derivatives management rules that would have prevented their downfall.
How Rule 1.25 Impacts Professional Investors: Where did MF Global Money Go?
Guest Article: How to Save the Futures and Options Industry
Managed Futures Performance: Uncorrelated Managed Futures Lives Up to Its Name
Regulator News: Industry Participants Jaffarian and Bry Seek Election to NFA Board
MF Global Recovery Efforts From the Inside: Interview With Commodity Customer Coalition Founder James Koutoulas
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    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega