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False Positives and Machine Learning

Jan 23rd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alternative data, Technology, Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Other Topics in A.I.

There is a high rate of failure among quant funds. These include smart beta, factor investing, statistical arbitrage, and CTAs. Such false positive strategies are a widespread industry problem. Since psychiatrists have long traded on the ability of the human mind to find an elaborate narrative in a random inkRead More


An Alternative View of Manager Selection Risk

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM & Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, CAIA Association & CISDM This is a summary of the editor’s letter originally published in the Volume 8, Issue 4 of the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, a journal published by CAIA Association. The Problem with Studies Many studies onRead More


Icahn, HP and Xerox: The Story Remains the Same

Jan 14th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

A long-running drama continues over Xerox’ desire to buy HP. Xerox upped the ante early in the new year, announcing that it has secured binding financing commitments in the amount of $24 million. The dispute, with long-time shareholder activist Carl Icahn at its center, shows that: (a) the corporate worldRead More


Hedge Fund Investors Respond to the Turning of the Business Cycle

Jan 13th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

It is reasonable to expect that a diversified hedge fund portfolio will make more modest returns in 2020 than it did in 2019, according to Agecroft Partners, which has done its usual January crystal-ball gazing on the new year, looking for the top industry trends and how they may playRead More


Shorting NMC Health: The Waters are Muddy

Jan 7th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

NMC Health, an Abu Dhabi-based firm listed on the London Stock Exchange, has suffered a sharp loss in value as a consequence of its dispute with a forensic short seller, Carson Block, the man behind Muddy Waters Research. Block has bet against the stock because he believes that it isRead More


Europe’s Hedge Fund Numbers Growing Again

Jan 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Eurekahedge’s latest monthly report includes a special section on the key trends in European hedge funds. It tells us that the total number of European hedge funds grew in 2019, after a decline in each of the four years before (2015 – 2018). In other words, although in recent yearsRead More


Start Your Algorithms: Speed is Good Again, or is it?

Dec 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Business News

Until the final days of 2019, it has been a quiet year for high-frequency trading-related news. The whole concept of a trade executed in nanoseconds, and the related concept of a trading program managed with only sporadic human intervention or oversight, have all faded into background assumptions. What remains isRead More


High-frequency Trading: More Flash to Come

Dec 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

There has been little “news” about high frequency trading in 2019. On the one hand that silence, as a certain famous detective might say, is “the curious incident.” On the other hand, the period of silence, like the year 2019 itself, may be ending. To get to both points, weRead More


Commodities:Waiting for a Paradigm Shift

Dec 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

Ray Dalio, in reference to the current financial scene, with its long period of expansion over more than a decade has said, “This set of circumstances is unsustainable and certainly can no longer be pushed…[which] is why I believe that the world is approaching a big paradigm shift.” Dalio hasRead More


Ebenezer Scrooge: An Alternative View

Dec 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ebenezer Scrooge was not exactly a cuddly CEO. The way he treated poor Bob Cratchit alone would not have exactly put Scrooge & Marley Ltd. in the top quartile of the Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings, as he routinely gutted any notion of social responsibility.Read More


The Imminent Demise of the LNG/Crude Oil Link

Dec 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Hedge Funds, oil, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Energy

Liquified natural gas has long been sold through long-term contracts that are benchmarked to the price of crude oil. This makes a certain intuitive sense. The two commodities are in many contexts substitutes, so that one would expect a rise in the prices of one to inspire an echoing riseRead More


Report: Convertible Bonds Attractive for 2020

Dec 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies

A new report from Schroders looks at global convertible bonds, instruments that straddle the boundaries of debt/equity/derivatives. It tells us—in a discussion that might be of interest to the portfolio managers of relative value hedge funds—that these bonds have come back into fashion due to the higher volatility of 2019Read More


A Critique of (Non-forensic) Short Selling

Dec 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Financial Economics Theory, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

In a new paper, three quants with Robeco suggest that the “short” side of the activity of many long/short equity trades is pointless. These quants are David Blitz, Guido Baltussen, who is also affiliated with Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and Pim Van Vliet. They have broken down the common equity factorRead More


Pairs Trading Suggested for Energy Stocks

Dec 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, ETFs, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

Carlos Salas Najera, of the New York City Data Science Academy, has tested an old idea (pairs trading) for a strategy that could be tailored to energy stocks and related ETFs. The resulting paper is “Pairs Trading and VAR Analysis Applied to Energy Stocks.” His latest paper, though, has aRead More


Investment Management: Time for New Leaders and Exiting Comfort Zones

Dec 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Disruption is the trend of the moment in many industries and the investment world is no exception. Deloitte Insights has just posted an article that takes a comprehensive look at the investment world today, traditional and alternative. Its theme is that this world is in search of new leadership andRead More


Hedge Funds and the Value of Diversity and Inclusion

Dec 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, The A.I. Industry, Asset Managers, Hedge Funds

The Alternative Investment Management Association, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, has prepared a paper on inclusion and diversity in the hedge fund industry. The paper begins fittingly with a quotation from Eileen Murray, co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates, who says: “We are fortunate today that people understand that companies doRead More


Looking for Bias: Hedge Funds, Funds of Funds and Prime Brokers

Nov 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

Prime brokers help funds of hedge funds identify hedge funds, which creates what the authors of a new paper call a PB bias. This means that portfolios are overweighted to the hedge funds serviced by the connected prime brokers. The scholars tested (and confirmed) the intuitive hypothesis that the biasRead More


Hedge Fund Flows Fall Flat in October

Nov 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.31% in October. However, it doesn’t measure up to the market next to the MSCI ACWI (Local), which ended October up 1.93%. Eurekahedge’s latest monthly report observes that US-China trade talks resumed, and this led to a certain tentative optimism. Since those areRead More


Icahn Loses Match: Knocked Out on A Books-and-Records Issue

Nov 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News

The phrase “books and records” hardly suggests excitement. Yet, the cliched corporate lawyers’ phrase is not without payoff, either. Activist hedge funds are always interested in ammunition that will help them shake up entrenched managements and unlock value. The question often arises during the resultant fights: when does an activist/dissidentRead More


Alternative Investments: Investing By Numbers

Nov 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Fintech, Real Estate, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Technology, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Risk Management & Operations

What’s in the future for alternative investments asset management? A new publication from Ernst & Young, London, contends that allocations to alternative investments and are “robust,” but that there is an important shift underway in favor of private equity and at the expense of hedge funds. In 2018, 40% ofRead More


Machine Learning: Beyond the Fear of Unknown Unknowns

Nov 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Business News, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

Machine learning as a way of managing a portfolio is a “wave of the future” with a lot of sea to cover before it breaks on the shore. Meson Capital Partners has sent its investors an update and summary for 2019 Q3 regarding its managed market neutral fund, and thisRead More


How to Improve Momentum Risk Management

Nov 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Matthew X. Hanauer and Steffen Windmueller, two scholars affiliated with the Technical University of Munich, compare the performance of three risk management approaches applicable to the momentum strategy. Their new paper also explores the risk management techniques available for hedge fund managers and others who pursue a momentum strategy. ARead More


The Risks of Betting on the Transformation of Automobiles

Nov 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Hedge funds recently are interested in taking the long position on Telenav (NASDAQ: TNAV). According to Insider Monkey, the number of hedge funds with positions in TNAV rose from eight to 13 at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2017. Then it slid gradually back to eight overRead More


Investors Want Liquidity and They Want it Now

Nov 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Economics, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent publication from Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, while looking at the money markets in the US, emphasizes that investors are looking for liquidity. The report, written by Kerry Pope and Chris Lewis, each an institutional portfolio manager with FIAM, begins with a discussion of the Federal Reserve’s September rateRead More


Muddy Waters Sells Burford Short

Nov 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

Burford Capital, a New York-based company, provides litigation finance. This is a subject of endless debate, especially among members of the plaintiffs’ bar. The old-style plaintiffs’ lawyer simply says “no, thank you” to any potential client without the financial wherewithal to bear the costs of an action, especially if theRead More


Blenheim Closes, Ushering in a New Era in Commodities

Oct 31st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds

Willem Kooyker is folding up his tent at Blenheim Capital, the commodities-focused hedge fund headquartered in an office park in Berkeley Heights, N.J. Kooyker is a legend. In 1981, he went to work at Commodities Corp., Princeton, N.J., where he was a peer of Paul Tudor Jones, Louis Bacon, andRead More


Merger Arb: A Dis-economy of Scale 

Oct 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds

A new paper in the Journal of Economics and Business presents data on merger arb, and which factors, especially sector size and individual fund size, do or do not have an impact on the alpha available in the pursuit of this strategy. For a given time period, the total dollar amountRead More


It’s Not Cheating for Market Makers to Pay for Order Flow

Oct 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Asset Managers, Hedge Funds, Business News

Larry Tabb, in a piece in the Financial Times, has defended the controversial practice of payment for order flow (PFOF). Let’s start with PFOF and why it’s controversial. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority defined PFOF in a recent white paper as the practice in which an investment firm, typically aRead More


AIMA: Looking at the Canadian Landscape

Oct 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Fintech, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

The Alternative Investment Management Association first opened a branch in Canada in 2003. In recent days, AIMA has posted a report on what it calls the “landscape.” It doesn’t mean the Rockies. It means the lay of the land for alternative investments in that country. AIMA’s report looks at aRead More


Global Hedge Fund Assets Shrink

Oct 20th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

According to the latest report from Eurekahedge, the world’s hedge funds recorded a net growth of $3.4 billion due to performance in September 2019. On the other hand, September also saw large net outflows of $6.2 billion. Assets at the end of the month were down 0.12%.  Looking at fundsRead More


The Persistence of the Low-Risk Effect

Oct 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

The “volatility effect,” also known as the “low-risk effect,” is the subject of a new paper from Robeco. The gist of the “effect” is this: low-risk stocks “should” show a lesser return than high-risk stocks. The Capital Asset Pricing Model predicts a linear relationship between the risk of a securityRead More


Valuation: A New Approach to an Old Financial Tool

Oct 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

Zane Swanson, an accounting professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, has been at work on a fascinating new approach to the valuation of firms and the valuation of their equity shares. This approach may be of great interest to risk arb hedge funds. Swanson is working with an establishedRead More


Eurekahedge: The Return of Alpha

Sep 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up in August, 0.17%, easily outperforming the global equity market, as measured by MSCI ACWI, which was down 2.37%. The August number brings the Eurekahedge HFI’s year-to-date result to 6.58%. Approximately 32.6% of the funds Eurekahedge tracks are in double-digits (positive) territory for theRead More


When Exchanges are Complements, not Competitors

Sep 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Business News, Finance & Economics

One regular theme of coverage and analysis that involves the listed equities, including analysis of the pursuit of alpha, is that many of the users of these markets claim, often quite obstreperously, that the exchanges charge more than makes sense and some restructuring of the industry is in order. TheRead More


Climate Change and Artificial Intelligence as Investment Mega-Trends

Sep 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Alpha Strategies, Venture capital, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, Frontier markets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A report from CREATE in collaboration with BNY Mellon looks at two related megatrends in investing—climate change and artificial intelligence. It asks in each case: how is this trend perceived in terms of opportunities and risks? What are the specific investment issues involved or solutions likely to be adopted? AndRead More


Boone Pickens, A Trailblazer, Passes On

Sep 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

T. Boone Pickens died quietly at home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 11, 2019. In his long career Pickens did a good deal to give the current hedge fund industry, as well as the broader asset management industry and the energy commodities markets, their character, in a life that sometimesRead More


Anatomy of an Upset

Sep 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Private Investments

By Diane Harrison Everyone loves an underdog. While superheroes have their fans, there’s something about a dark horse or a comeback kid that generates support for a hard-won victory. Take the recent US Open tennis championship match between Serena Williams, the sports media’s proclaimed GOAT (Greatest of All Time) andRead More


Negative Interest Rates: A Reason to Invest in Hedge Funds?

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

Negative interest rate policy—that is, central bank arrangements that seek to inspire spending by punishing savings, not merely in real but in nominal terms—have spread in recent years among the developed economies, and are now in use in Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, and the Eurozone. Denmark got the ball rolling inRead More


Zebras Are Reactionaries

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Asset Managers, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Smart Beta, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

Someone told me that it’s all happening At the Zoo. In this case, it was Paul Simon in his 1967 title song where he anthropomorphizes the animals he sees in the Central Park Zoo. Some are deemed to be honest, some kindly but dumb, and some insincere or skeptical, and,Read More


PORTFOLIO PROTECTION VIA MANAGED FUTURES LIQUID ALTS?

Sep 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Alternative Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Commodities, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION The mafia and the hedge fund industry share some characteristics. Both are powerful, non-transparent, and create little value for society. Naturally the mafia is a criminal organization while the only “criminal” element of hedge funds are the high fees they are charging forRead More


Back to the Near Future: 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions

Sep 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments

Intralinks has put out its predictions for mergers and acquisitions activity through the remainder of this year. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor tracks early-stage deal activity to predict how many deals have reached public-announcement stage six months on. The latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor also includesRead More


New Study Shows Hedge Fund Investors are Quick Learners

Sep 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

A recent study by two scholars at the University of California Irvine asks how quickly investors learn about the skills of their asset managers, including their hedge fund managers. Christopher Schwarz and Zheng Sun, both associate professors of finance at The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, hadRead More


Corporate Restructuring: United States vs. United Kingdom

Sep 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Insolvency, Regulatory Environment, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Private Investments

David Stevenson, a US District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, has presented his analysis of the  differences between the law in the United Kingdom and the United States concerning “a debtor’s ability to approve a restructuring arrangement over the objection of creditors that disapprove.” This is moreRead More


Options: When Skewness is Not on the To Do List

Aug 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Which options do hedge funds employ in their portfolios? A recent paper concludes that hedge funds as a trader/investor class prefer liquid high-embedded leverage options without lottery-like skewness. The paper also finds that they are good at what they do. Their equity options plays “deliver superior performance unobtainable by tradingRead More


Hedge Fund Performance Gains: Investor Flow Losses

Aug 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Global hedge fund assets under management have stayed close to flat for months now. That’s one of the points made in the latest Eurekahedge report. As of July, the AUM is just a little under $2.3 trillion, or roughly where it has been since late last year. Although there haveRead More


Anticipating Buyout Deals: A Prospective New Model on an Old Strategy

Aug 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Smart Beta, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

Milind Sharma and Aravind Ganesan have developed what they call the QMIT Leveraged Buyout Model—a trading strategy—based on anticipating announcements of LBOs based on QMIT’s factor library. Sharma is the CEO of QMIT, QuantZ Machine Intelligence Technologies. QMIT is itself a spin-off from QuantZ Capital, which is a stat arbRead More


Liquidity: Running for the Exits

Aug 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

Liquidity vanishes when you need it most. That isn’t an especially original observation. It’s like saying that the exit doors are always jammed precisely when you need a quick exit quickly. Amin Rajan gives us a forceful statement of this point inspired by the “current travails at Woodford Asset Management.”Read More


What Hedge Funds Do When the Lights Go Out

Aug 13th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Financial Economics Theory, Hedge Funds, Finance & Economics

A new paper looks at how hedge funds adjust their information acquisition and trading behavior as analyst coverage changes—and more specifically, when certain stocks cease to be covered by certain analysts. These authors considered the hypothesis that, faced with a murkier environment, hedge funds might become more cautious, reducing theirRead More


QUANT STRATEGIES: THEORY VS. REALITY

Aug 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION When pitching an investment product with a backtested history the frequent response from potential investors is that they have never seen a bad backtest. Naturally this is true as there is no point in marketing a strategy with a poor backtest as investorsRead More


How Endowments and Foundations Look at Hedge Funds

Aug 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Fees, Family Offices

Cowen’s Capital Introduction Group has compiled information on what the endowment and foundation community is thinking about hedge funds and how best to invest in them. The Cowen paper on the subject begins with the observation, drawn from Preqin, that at present US-based E&Fs with more than $750 million inRead More