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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hedge Fund Performance and Fees: Who is Earning Their Keep?

Jul 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Fees, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up in June, wrapping up a very strong first half of the year for the hedge fund industry. The monthly increase of 1.83% reverses the down month of May, which in turn was a reversal of the strength of the first four months, withRead More


Hedge Fund Index Backslides in May; Remains in Positive Territory

Jun 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Commodities, Funds of Hedge Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Red ink spoiled an otherwise positive 2019 for he Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index. The decline of 0.71% leaves the year-to-date performance still well up, at +4.32%. Approximately 41.6% of the funds Eurekahedge tracks were in the black for the month. And 15% have generated double-digit gains year-to-date. North America-mandated hedgeRead More


A HORSE RACE OF LIQUID ALTERNATIVES

Jun 13th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Commodities, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Investing is challenging as it is complex and complicated, which requires continuous learning and updating of mental frameworks. Conflicts and contradictions are found everywhere. For example, data from the mutual fund industry shows that most funds fail to outperform their benchmarks, but investors inRead More


HEDGE FUND ETFS: BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALS

May 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION As Amazon has been decimating large parts of the retail industry over the last two decades, ETFs have done the equivalent to the mutual fund industry in the financial world. Today ETFs are covering nearly all areas of the markets, no matter howRead More


Hedge Funds: The Strongest Quarterly Return Since the GFC

May 2nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Indexes, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

March was a good month and the first quarter of 2019 was promising, according to the April report from Eurekahedge. The Eureka Hedge Fund Index gained 1.06% in March. This yields a first quarter return of 4.36%. As the report says, this is the strongest quarterly return since the globalRead More


Hedge Funds: Deep-Diving Into the 2018 Numbers

Apr 18th, 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, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Martin McCubbin, a senior research analyst at Fidante, looks at the hedge fund performance numbers for 2018 in a new paper, which shows it was a difficult year. Early going in 2019 has been somewhat better, but that the “better” cannot be relied upon. The rest of this year couldRead More


Pension Funds Not Quite Swamped by ‘Grey Tsunami’

Mar 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Asset Allocation Models, Commodities, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A recent study of public employee retirement systems in the United States reaches conclusions, that, after a fair amount of “grey tsunami” alarmism in recent years, sound reassuring. The study, based on a recent survey of system managements conducted by the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) inRead More


Hedge Funds Stronger in January, Thanks to The Fed

Mar 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Risk-on sentiment returned in January, with good news on trade talks and with the Federal Reserve in the United States putting some distance between itself and its 2018 hard-money stance (the Fed started saying in January that it would be “patient” about selling off-balance sheet assets). Globally, hedge funds grewRead More


Eurekahedge: A Rough Time for the European Mandate Funds

Dec 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

European hedge fund managers continue to suffer from the uncertainties of the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the EU. The latest report from Eurekahedge says that European hedge funds have posted losses in eight of the first eleven months of 2018. They haven’t been in the positive numbers since July,Read More


Distressed Debt: What Happens When the Tree Stops Growing?

Dec 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Economics, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

Distressed debt markets have four themes emerging, according to a new paper issued by the Wells Fargo Investment Institute They are: the consequences of central bank tightenings around the globe; the elevation of debt levels, also something happening globally; the regulatory pressure over non-conforming loans (especially in Europe); and theRead More


Eurekahedge: Hedge Funds Failing to Perform in 2018

Nov 25th, 2018 | 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, Allocating to A.I.

The newest Eurekahedge report says that hedge funds globally are experiencing their worst year since 2008. They are down -2.15% for 2018 to date and in the first 10 months of 2008 they were down a full 9.55%. Other Year-to-Date Numbers Only a minority (roughly 47%) of hedge fund managersRead More


Hedge Funds in the Slow-down Phase

Oct 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Fidante Partners, part of the Challenger Limited Group, has issued a white paper on the performance of hedge funds of various strategies in the slowdown and recession phases of a business cycle. The report, written by Joachim Klement, Fidente’s head of investment research, posits that the world is now inRead More


Eurekahedge: Hedge Funds Trailing Behind Last Year’s Performance

Aug 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

According to Eurekahedge, with the July numbers on hedge fund performance now available, 8.5% of hedge fund managers have posted double-digit gains in 2018 to date. Most of that gain is focused on those with a long/short equities mandate. That number is quite low. Eurekahedge contrasts it with the firstRead More


Volatility Arbitrage and Cross-Border Options

Jul 29th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Alpha Strategies, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

A new paper, by Adriano Tosi, of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, looks at the mispricing of a cross-section of international option returns, which suggests that there is money to be made (in more decorous language a “positive risk premium” may be “commanded,”) by selling exchange-traded products and buying theRead More


BarclayHedge Numbers Show Cryptocurrency Dive

Jul 19th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Currencies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

BarclayHedge says that its flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index shows a 0.05% loss in June, and a 2% loss year to date. More remarkably, the flash estimate shows a 16.23% drop in June and a 45.43% drop YTD for the CryptoCurrency Traders Index. The founder and president ofRead More


Eurekahedge: 2018 YTD Growth Positive but Unimpressive

Jun 24th, 2018 | 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

The newest Eurekahedge report says that total hedge fund assets have grown by $26.4 billion in the year to date (through May). The gain is the result of inflow, not of positive performance. Assets flowing in to the industry’s coffers YTD equal $30 billion, and one gets the net growthRead More


What CTAs Think about Bitcoin Futures

Jan 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Currencies, CTA, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Digital currencies, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A new BarclayHedge study indicates that the majority of commodity trading advisers surveyed are unenthusiastic about the new Bitcoin futures. Specifically, asked “do you consider Bitcoin futures to be a valuable/useful addition to a diversified futures portfolio?” nearly three quarters (73%) said “no.” The sample for this survey included firmsRead More


Global Macro: Valuable for Institutional Portfolios

Jan 7th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The Mekata Investment Group has published a white paper on global macro hedge funds, contending that a position in such a fund is a valuable defensive tool for an institution. Global Macros are valuable because they perform best during turbulent or volatile markets, which is when defense is most needed,Read More


AIMA and SGPS on Managed Futures and CTAs

Sep 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Commodities, Business News, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The Alternative Investment Management Association and Societe Generale Prime Services have together put out a white paper about managed futures funds and the commodity trading advisers who manage them. A key themes of the paper is that managed futures strategies aren’t as risky as are typical investments in equity markets.Read More


Below the Black: A Review of Risk Reduction Strategies

Sep 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Risk management, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations

Excerpted from the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, Volume 1, Issue 4 The Alternative Investment Analyst Review is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Access to the most current issue is an exclusive benefit of CAIA Membership while archived issues are available to the public in the Perspectives section atRead More


Eurekahedge on Outflows, Performance and Tail Risk

Sep 27th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, CTA, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Eurekahedge, a provider of hedge fund industry news since 2001, has released its report about the state of the industry in August 2016. Among the key points: August was the fourth consecutive month of outflows. Although preliminary, the data for the month suggests a net asset outflow of $7.5 billion.Read More


Risk-Adjusted Time Series Momentum Strategies

Aug 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Financial Economics Theory, Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

The name is awkwardly long, and the standard abbreviation, “RAMOM,” sounds like what one says when cheering on one’s mother as she nears a finish line. Still, risk adjusted time series momentum strategies have something to be said for them, in comparison to cross-sectional momentum (MOM without preface), or evenRead More


Eurekahedge: Performance Down, Inflows Up in 1st Half 2016

Jul 28th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Finance & Economics

The latest report from Eurekahedge indicates that hedge funds’ assets under management are up by $19.9 billion in the first half of 2016 worldwide. Eurekahedge, which tracks the health of the hedge fund industry month by month, also says that total industry performance-based results were down, $5.2 billion, so moreRead More


Eurekahedge: From Latin America to Middle Earth 

Mar 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, CTA, Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The latest report from Eurekahedge tells us that hedge funds worldwide are down year-to-date through February, -1.27 percent. Dividing the industry by geographic mandates, Latin America is the only region to post YTD gains, +1.9% due to a rally in oil and commodities. Table 1, adapted from the report below,Read More


When an allocator calls: Best Practices for a CTA’s back office

Mar 9th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds

By Dana Comolli, president, DMAXX LLC Every trader who has tried to raise money knows the drill from investors: yes we want to know about your performance, but also, explain in detail your back office (infrastructure, organization). Most allocators come with pages of checklists and expect the manager to beRead More


Carry Strategies: Beyond Foreign Exchange

Feb 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Currencies, CTA, Forex, Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds

International investors borrow money in countries where interest rates are relatively low, and then lend it out in countries where the rates are higher. All they do is “carry” the money, so to speak, from one country to the other.Read More


Eurekahedge: Performance after the ECB Underwhelms

Jan 28th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Equity Hedge Funds, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds

The latest Eurekahedge report says that regional mandates for the month of December 2015 produced quite mixed results. Asia ex-Japan managers yielded the best results, gains of 1.45%. Their Japanese counterparts produced 0.27%. In annual terms, Asia ex-Japan funds delivered 8.23% in 2015. Such funds saw an annual AUM growthRead More


Eurekahedge: The Markets are Reading the Headlines

Aug 18th, 2015 | Filed under: Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, Currencies, CTA, Alpha Strategies, Alpha Seekers

In the three month period that ends with July, Eurekahedge’s Greater China Index (which has 85 constituents) is down 9.39%. That has come about for precisely the reasons that a reader of the pertinent headlines would guess. Read More


More Global Mandates, Fewer EM Mandates, and Other Changes

Mar 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, CTA, Institutional Investing, Risk management

Eurekahedge's latest report gives a number of timelines for grappling with changes in the hedge fund world: since 2007; since January 2013; YTD January 2015. In any frame, you don't have to be a meteorologist....Read More


After You Go as Low as You Can Go

Jul 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA

Welton has modeled an investment approach, specifically a multi-asset class trend following approach, and has measured how it would have performed if back-fitted into certain periods of sustained and sharp interest rate increases in the decades since the death of Bretton Woods. Read More


Rice Elucidates Views on Managed Futures, Retail Investors

Jun 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Commodities, CTA

To encourage further exchange and understanding, I went back to Mr. Rice, after reading a comment from our reader, and asked him to expand on managed funds and their noncorrelation with traditional (largely equity) investment strategies. Tags, Agriculture, Commodities, Derivatives Read More


The Wind and the Leaves: Causality in Commodity Prices

Jun 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Commodities, CTA, Derivatives

Three scholars find a very real possibility that there is a cause and effect relationship between index flows in the derivatives markets, at least the agricultural index markets, on the one hand and price moves in the underlying commodity on the other. Read More


A Plea to the Retail Investors

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, Alpha Strategies

This book, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments that Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios is an appeal to the retail investor, to those author Bob Rice calls "typical investors," passing along the good news that they are no longer "stuck with the children's menu of investment options."Read More


NG Futures Traders: Who’s Your Regulator?

Mar 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Regulatory, Energy

As a three-judge panel of the D.C. Appeals Court saw it, there were two questions in the Brian Hunter case. First, did the CEA’s language encompass manipulation of NG futures contracts as part of the exclusive jurisdiction of intervener CFTC? Second, if so, was that repealed or modified by the 2005 legislation? Read More


Survey: MF Global and Peregrine Have Left a Lasting Mark

Mar 20th, 2013 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA

Ninety-one percent of the respondents to a recent survey strongly believed there was a breakdown in audit procedures in the futures world. The comments section for that question displayed what the survey sponsor, Horizon Cash Management, calls “widespread frustration and anger.” Read More


A Look at the Dubai Mercantile Exchange with Christopher Fix

Nov 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA

An interview with Christoper Fix, the CEO of Dubai Mercantile Exchange - home of the largest physically delivered crude oil futures contract in the world.Read More


Citi: Systematic Component in CTAs Dominate over Discretionary Bits

Jul 24th, 2012 | Filed under: Commodities, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, CTA

There has been a perhaps-unexpected consequence of the disappearance of the old-fashioned floor traders. Floor trading used to serve as a training regimen, "from which many of the industry's leading discretionary traders originated." Without the floors, the talent pool has dried up.Read More


Alpha Hunters: Looking at Alternative Investments From the Inside Out

Jun 7th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, Derivatives, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Venture capital, Forex

A deeper look at alternatives with Dr. Bob Swarup, a world-renowned expert and commentator on alternatives and financial markets as well as being a visiting fellow at London School of Economics.Read More


A Paradox: Avoid Correlation by Following the Trends

Apr 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Institutional Investing

According to its advocates, trend following as a strategy works from the premise that price trends represent a process of consensus building. As a new idea takes hold, "the earliest adopters of this idea place their trades in accordance with it" and they get to watch in satisfaction as "a growing mass of market participants adopts the same thesis. Early adopters can surf the wave to the beach.Read More


U.S. Rejoins the Globe, Say Consultants

Mar 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, CTA, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Consultants expect that managers' need to generate steady income in a low interest rate environment will drive a lot of portfolio turnover in 2012, inclusive of the movement of alternatives into core positions within portfolios, and it will drive one-time U.S. focused investors and managers to look abroad. Meanwhile, pensions are retreating toward passive mandates. Read More


Catastrophism Versus Darwinism: Dodd-Frank as Climate Change

Mar 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, Alpha Strategies

The Grant Thornton paper maintains that the asset management industry achieved "performance and operational efficiencies" during 2011, and this sounds like the sort of marginal adaptation that play a large part in Charles Darwins' writings, to which GT's Winstoin Wilson alluded. But ... the report also treats the regulatory environment as a meteor, capable of wiping out even the best-adapted of pre-collision dinosaurs. So "the Darwinian process" is an odd label for what it describes. Read More


Final CFTC Rule Limits Registration Exemptions for Commodity Pools

Mar 6th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Regulation, Commodities, CTA

With the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act (more formally the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) in 2010, Congress demanded change. It did not specifically demand changes in the rules relating to CPOs, but it did demand that the SEC change certain rules regarding hedge fund advisors, and the CFTC has decided that a reconsideration of the CPO rules is “consistent with the tenor of the provisions” of that act because the “sources of risk delineated in the Dodd-Frank Act with respect to private funds are also presented by commodity pools.”Read More