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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


Alpha Hunter Jeremy King on Contrarian Asian Alpha Generation

Oct 17th, 2011 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

Jeremy King of Knight Pacific discusses his contrarian views on investing in Asia.Read More


Alpha Hunter Chris Brodie Talks About 20 Years’ Worth of Commodities

Oct 6th, 2011 | Filed under: Commodities, Currencies, CTA, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

Chris Brodie has been trading commodities for over 20 years, and set up Krom River in 2006. Scotsman Brodie relocated to Zug in Switzerland several years ago and has no regrets about the move. The fund’s best year so far was 2008 when it rose by 37% while the GSCI fell by two thirds, and it was also up in August of this year. Krom River are running both discretionary and systematic funds, and also have a dedicated agricultural vehicle. We touched on a range of topics that CAIA candidates and charterholders will be familiar with. Krom River is a signatory of the Hedge Fund Standards Board that has been discussed on AAA.Read More