Mon, May 25, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
New Managers April 2014

FUND PROFILES: Breton Hill, a macro, Camox Fund, Aimed Global Alpha Fund, Varadero Capital, Phalanx Japan AustralAsia Multi-Strategy Fund

Trend following macro fund stays afloat thanks to discretionary layer

Ray Carroll Here is a macro, trend following hedge fund that has not been doing too badly in its nearly three-year existence. The managers attribute its sound performance to their taking over risk and trading once the program has identified trends.

Breton Hill Master Fund LP returned 0.93% in February, a month when the equity markets were volatile, U.S. numbers were weak, emerging market concerns receded slightly (though Ukraine gave rise to some concern) and commodities experienced large price fluctuations due to weather surprises. That month, the macro fund, which invests long and short in equities, commodities futures, financial futures and currencies, increased its long posture across equities and commodities.

According to the fund's monthly report, the managers look for a rebound in economic data, a continuation of the bull trend in stocks; they remain nimble and are wary of escalating knock-on effect from emerging markets.

The $219m fund, incepted in August 2011 and run by Breton Hill Capital out of their Toronto offices, is down -4% YTD, after returning +10.3% in 2013, +3.45% in 2012 and -3.44% in 2011.

Trend following is an investment strategy based on the technical analysis of market prices, rather than on the fundamental strengths of the companies.

Trend following funds, or CTAs, did much better than the average hedge funds and were even in positive territories in 2008. Because of that, between 2009 and 2012, investors, including pension funds, poured some $130 billion into such funds, according to Quartz, and a record of 187 of these funds launched in 2012. Unfortunately, by that time the profits had already started to evaporate. Most programs could not take advantage of a general ......................

To view our full article please login

This article was published in Opalesque's New Managers a top-down monthly analysis, news and research publication on the global emerging manager space.
New Managers
New Managers
New Managers

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Comment - Top hedge fund managers talk about how easy their jobs have gotten, BlackRock to Schroders warn of Argentina’s $20bn bond glut, The 35-year “investment supercycle” is drawing to a close, says Bill Gross, Gundlach: When the Fed starts hiking rates, 'GET OUT' of this asset class[more]

    Top hedge fund managers talk about how easy their jobs have gotten From Businessinsider.com.au: Time was, before the financial crisis hit, corporate boards treated multi-billion dollar hedge fund managers like Jehovah’s Witnesses pounding on their doors and flashing bibles. But no more.

  2. T Rowe's challenge to Dell deal may fuel critics of 'appraisal'[more]

    From Reuters.com: An increasingly popular tactic used by hedge funds and others to extract more money from buyouts could soon face a major courtroom test when a big investor in Dell Inc may argue that it should be paid a higher price for the 2013 acquisition of the PC maker. The strategy, known as "

  3. News Briefs - Ergen says LightSquared plan unfairly favors hedge funds, Why hedge fund managers make good advisory clients, I learned a lot about dad-bros after spending 4 days in Vegas with 2,000 hedge funders[more]

    Ergen says LightSquared plan unfairly favors hedge funds LightSquared Inc.’s bankruptcy plan gives hedge funds that invested in the broadband company a leg up while blocking telecommunications firms from competing with it, a fund owned by Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charles Ergen said in

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: SEC approves proposed changes to Form ADV, '40 Act - comment period to follow[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds and providers of liquid alternatives will want to pay close attention to proposed reforms approved by the SEC yesterday. The changes will require more frequent reporting, as well as a closer look into social media, liquid alternative strategies, and

  5. New market regime has created more dispersion between managers[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The month of April has marked the transition toward a new market regime, Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, commented in the May 5's Weekly Briefing. "The first quart

 

banner