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October 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - October 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.42% in September, while the MSCI World Index was up 2.17% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$10.2 billion during the month – the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$13.0 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$2.8 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.40 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.42% in September1 while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index2 were up 2.17% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Japanese managers posted the best gains with 1.72% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan and Latin American hedge funds with returns of 1.25% and 1.15% respectively. Across strategies, long/short equity hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.46% followed by event driven hedge funds, up 0.80%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds were up 0.42% in September while underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local), gained 2.17% during the month. September was marked by strong performance in US equities on the back of Trump’s tax reform proposal with the S&P 500 ending the month up 1.93% while the DJIA gained 2.08%.


Hurricane Season Takes Toll on ILS Managers

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After 5 consecutive years of positive returns, hedge funds with exposure to catastrophe bonds or Cat bonds for short, are on track to post their first year of losses as the full extent of damages from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria come to light. An index of such funds tracked by Eurekahedge who explicitly allocate to insurance linked investments and have at least 70% of their portfolio invested in non-life risk – the Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Hedge Fund Index was down 0.33% in August and 5.46% in September, bringing the year-to-date return into negative territory with a loss of 3.69%. This comes after ILS hedge funds delivered compound returns of 15.60% versus 12.21% for the average hedge fund in the three year period ending December 2016.


2017 Key Trends in North American hedge funds

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Assets for the North American hedge fund industry grew by US$68.5 billion through 2017 September year-to-date, with the majority of the growth being contributed by a resurgence in investor inflows into the industry. Managers posted performance based gains of US$22.0 billion in 2017, while the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index was up 3.23% over the same period. Event Driven mandated hedge funds topped the performance table across strategic mandates returning 4.56% in 2017 thus far. Among geographic mandates, fund managers with exposure to Asia Pacific posted the best 2017 year-to-date performance by gaining 13.83%.


North American Hedge Funds Infographic October 2017

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Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at October 2017. Find out more about North American hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Niklaus Hilti, Head of Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies Ltd

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Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies (CSILS) team has one of the longest track records in the ILS space dating back to 2003 when members of our team first managed ILS funds at Bank Leu, a former Credit Suisse Group subsidiary.


Interview with Andrew Jackson, Managing Director, HSBC Global Asset Management

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HSBC Global Asset Management had approximately $10bn of Structured Credit / ABS under management. The team is one of the largest in the industry, with 14 dedicated specialists whose sole focus is structured credit research and client investment.


September 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - September 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.73% in August, while the MSCI World Index was up 0.15% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$13.7 billion during the month – the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$9.6 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$4.1 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.40 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.73% in August while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index, were up 0.15% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 3.26% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who were up 1.50%. Across strategies, CTA/managed futures hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.24% followed by macro hedge funds which were up 1.04%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds continued their uptrend and gained 0.73% in August, outperforming underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which gained 0.15% during the month. Almost all hedge fund strategies ended the month in the green, with CTA/managed futures up 1.24% and macro hedge funds up 1.04% delivering the strongest gains. Across regional mandates, emerging markets focused hedge funds continued to post strong gains relative to their developed market peers contributed in part by the depreciating US dollar which is down almost 9.34% year-to-date.


2017 Key Trends in Asian Hedge Funds

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The Asian hedge fund industry has rebounded strongly in 2017, with managers running Asian mandates on track to outperform their global peers – Asia mandated hedge funds are up 9.86% relative to gains of 4.42% posted by the average global hedge fund. Investor appetite for the region has also picked up, with US$5.6 billion of net investor flows during the year as managers recorded US$6.7 billion in performance-based gains. Underlying Asia ex-Japan mandates have posted stellar returns, up 12.48% year-to-date helped by strong performance of underlying Greater China and India focused managers which are up 17.39% and 19.69% respectively for the year. Japanese hedge funds have also posted strong gains, and led on a year-to-date basis among developed market mandates with gains of 5.93%, while their North American and European peers gained 3.30% and 4.36% respectively.


Asian Hedge Funds Infographic September 2017

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Eurekahedge’s Asian hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at September 2017. Find out more about Asian hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


US Equity Hedge Funds Gain on Trump Boost

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November 2016, what many thought was unthinkable became a reality when Donald Trump assumed power in the United States. His unpredictability and outspokenness had already spooked markets in the lead up to the election, but what has happened since has been quite remarkable in its own right. Markets, which once feared the idea of a Trump presidency embraced it whole-heartedly, and what President Trump had once called ‘a big, fat, ugly bubble’ got a new lease of life. The rhetoric was toned down and the handshakes were tempered as the prospect of a renewed fiscal stimulus coupled with economic de-regulation set about trying to woo markets. While little has materialized save a deadlock on Capitol Hill, markets have risen to new highs.


Press Release: Eurekahedge data now available on IRHalo

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Subscribers to Eurekahedge’s fund data are now able to incorporate data into their investor relations activities using IRHalo


Press Release: Eurekahedge partners with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) to provide access to 29,000+ alternative funds

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Eurekahedge, the data provider and alternative research firm have partnered with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), the award-winning data research and business intelligence tool for corporate, academic and government institutions worldwide, to announce the addition of Eurekahedge data to the WRDS platform.


August 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - August 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.88% in July, while the MSCI World Index was up 1.64% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$10.1 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based increase of US$4.7 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$5.4 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.32 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index grew 0.88% in July while underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI World Index, gained 1.64% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 3.68% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who were up 2.45%. Across strategies, long/short equities hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.15% followed by CTA/managed futures hedge funds which were up 1.08%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds extended their gains for the year and were up 0.88% during the month of July based on preliminary numbers. Meanwhile, underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local), were up 1.64% over the same period. Returns were largely positive across the board with all key regional mandates in the green as emerging market mandates (excluding Eastern Europe & Russia) delivering the best returns. The US economy continues to march along at a steady pace, with a weakening USD and the gain in oil prices spurring inflation expectations and making a stronger case for a Fed rate hike later this year.


The Hedge Fund ESG Experience: A Growing Conscience for Absolute Returns

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Investors are increasingly beginning to incorporate ethical considerations into their investment decisions, a development which has given rise to the environmental, social, governance (ESG) framework over the years. Despite the implementation challenges which arise when screening investments against acceptable environmental, social and corporate governance themes, the trend towards a more conscientious approach to investment is here to stay, especially from the perspective of large institutional investors.


2017 Key Trends in Global Hedge Funds

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The global hedge fund industry is on track to post a solid recovery in 2017as underlying markets trend upwards against the backdrop of subdued volatility in asset prices. The Trump presidency which was expected to spook market sentiment has been surprisingly constrained so far with regards to delivering on the campaign agenda, in particular policies pertaining to global trade. Rather, expectations of a fiscal expansion in the US lend support to markets early during the year while his first tour as President of the United States helped calm nerves overseas, barring the odd-handshakes and other presidential antics. Risk appetite generally improved during the year, with equity long bias strategies posting double digit gains whilst returns for macro and systematic managed futures strategies languished in a low volatility regime.


2017 Key Trends in Emerging Market Hedge Funds

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Emerging market mandated hedge funds have delivered exceptionally strong gains this year – the asset weighted US dollar denominated Mizuho-Eurekahedge Emerging Market Index is up 7.59% for the year, with underlying equity long/short hedge funds for the index gaining 9.75% in the seven months through July. Hedge funds running dedicated exposure to India, China and Latin America have all posted double-digit gains year-to-date and have been the key contributors to the stellar returns posted by emerging market mandated hedge funds.


Global Hedge Funds Infographic August 2017

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Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at August 2017. Find out more about global hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


July 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - July 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.07% in June, while the MSCI World Index was up 0.18% over the month. Total assets under management decreased by US$4.4 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based decrease of US$7.7 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$3.3 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.30 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 0.07% in June while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 0.18% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Asia ex-Japan managers led the table with growth of 1.29% during the month followed by Japanese managers who were up 1.05%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds led the table with gains of 0.79% followed by relative value hedge funds which were up 0.61%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds ended their five-month winning streak, down 0.07% during June based on preliminary numbers for the month. The average return of the global hedge fund was pulled into negative territory in June as developed market mandates underperformed their emerging market peers, with trend-following and macro strategies lagging behind the pack. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) were up 0.18% over the same period.


China A-Share Investing Hedge Funds Strategy Profile

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A revival appears to be underway for China investing mandates in 2017 following disappointing returns last year. The recent decision by MSCI to include Chinese A Shares in its broader Emerging Market Indices is likely to support this trend, though exposure through long-only type vehicles to underlying markets could take investors for a ride given the inherent volatility. This piece looks at the performance of China A-Share investing hedge funds and how they have managed to ride the volatility in underlying markets over the years.


2017 Key Trends in European Hedge Funds

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The European hedge fund industry has been gaining since the start of the year despite political uncertainty in the Eurozone area. Investor allocations into the industry stood at US$3.5 billion over the first five months of 2017, though the first two months of the year show investors’ redemptions to the tune of US$2.8 billion as concern arose over the outcome of the French presidential election results.


2017 Key Trends in UCITS Hedge Funds

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Since the onset of the global financial crisis, investors worldwide have grown more cautious in undertaking investments and have increased their demands for underlying investment products and instruments to be monitored by international compliance standards. The Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities or ‘UCITS’ was developed to meet this post-crisis demand, as UCITS embodied by strong regulation resulting to a high level of investors protection with certain restrictions such liquidity of the underlying assets and leverage caps to provide added transparency to investors.


European Hedge Funds Infographic July 2017

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Eurekahedge’s European hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at July 2017. Find out more about European hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


UCITS Hedge Funds Infographic July 2017

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Eurekahedge’s UCITS hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at July 2017. Find out more about Latin American hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


June 2017

Press Release: Growing investments in regulatory compliance in Japan - Eurekahedge/AIMA survey

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The survey of close to 90 firms with around US$375 billion in assets found around half of fund managers allocate between 5% and 9.9% of their total expenditure on meeting regulatory requirements, with a further 16% spending more than 10% of total costs. The findings are consistent with surveys that AIMA has conducted globally.


The Eurekahedge Report - June 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.33% in May, while the MSCI World Index was up 1.09% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$11.0 billion during the month – the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$6.0 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$5.0 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.30 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.33% in May while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 1.09% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Japanese managers led the table, up 1.58% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who were up 0.93%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds led the table with gains of 0.71% followed by long/short equities hedge funds with gains of 0.49%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds posted their fifth consecutive month of gains this year, up 0.33% during the month of May. Meanwhile, underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) which were up 1.09% over the same period. Equity markets performed well this month with strength led by developed markets.


Crypto-Currency Funds Strategy Profile

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Since 2013, a new breed of actively managed crypto-currency alternative funds has been coming to the fore. Initially starting off with dedicated exposure to bitcoins, these funds have now diversified across the breadth of crypto-currencies and consistently rank at the top of performance tables thanks to the skyrocketing price of crypto-currencies over the past few years.


2017 Key Trends in Latin American Hedge Funds

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The Eurekahedge Latin American Hedge Fund Index was up 7.10% in April year-to-date underperforming underlying markets as represented by the MSCI Latin American Index which were up 8.03% over the same period. The strength of Latin American hedge fund industry has been well-supported by the recovery of commodity prices during the first four months of the year, with the Ibovespa Index up a modest of 0.65%.


Latin American Hedge Funds Infographic June 2017

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Eurekahedge’s Latin American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at June 2017. Find out more about Latin American hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Daniel Ryf, CEO and Dr. Heiko Bailer, Portfolio Manager at GL Asset Management

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Daniel Ryf is the CEO of GL Asset Management AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. He joined GL AM in November 2015. His career spans over 25 years and he has held senior management roles within the Financial Services industry such as in International Wealth & Asset Management for (U)HNWIs, Life and Non-Life Insurance, Business Development, Distribution and Operational Excellence Six Sigma for financial institutions such as Credit Suisse Group, Julius Baer & Co., and Axa-Winterthur amongst others. Daniel has acquired an extensive experience and deep know-how in the investment side across asset classes, wealth & asset management, wealth planning and structuring as well as on operational excellence. Daniel holds an Executive MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester, USA and University of Berne as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration, Economics and Finance from University of Applied Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, he is also a Certified Six Sigma expert a


May 2017

Press Release: Serica Credit Balanced Fund named coveted Best Asian Hedge Fund and Best Asian Fixed Income Fund for 2017

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250 attendees turned up at the latest Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards ceremony on 26 May 2017 to celebrate 64 of the best performing Asian hedge funds of 2016. Serica Credit Balanced Fund won the coveted Best Asian Hedge Fund award, along with the Best Asian Fixed Income Fund award – both categories in which they were nominated.


The Eurekahedge Report - May 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.64% in April, while the MSCI World Index was up 1.17% over the month. Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$9.4 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based increase of US$3.2 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$6.2 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.28 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.64% in April while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 1.17% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Asia ex-Japan managers led the table, up 1.28% during the month followed by European managers who were up 1.10%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.44% followed by long/short equities hedge funds which were up 1.05%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds posted their fourth consecutive month of gains this year, up 0.64% during the month of April. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) were up 1.17% over the same period. The Macron vs. Le Pen run-up to the French presidential election provided some relief for the markets especially for European equities as expectations for a Macron victory in the second round seemed likely.


Merger Arbitrage Hedge Funds Strategy Profile

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Corporate events such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and company spinoffs provide opportunities for merger arbitrage hedge funds to capitalise on pricing inefficiencies prior to the completion of a transaction. Before acquisition, the price of the share of a target company is usually traded at a discounted price, creating a potential opportunity for merger arbitrageurs to reap gains once the transaction is complete. However, much of the opportunities within the merger arbitrage space lies in the health of M&A activity as well as other factors which would motivate (or de-motivate) the successful transaction of an M&A deal. For instance, the Pfizer/Allergan M&A deal was threatened by US regulatory challenges and this led to the abandonment of the deal. Other than regulatory challenges, the outlook of the global economy as well as business sentiments play an integral role in sustaining the appetite for corporate activity by conglomerates.


2017 Key Trends in Global Funds of Hedge Funds

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The global funds of hedge funds industry ended annual year 2016 with dampened investor enthusiasm with redemptions totalling US$46.4 billion for the year. Multi-managers’ performance took a slight beating over the past year, with the Eurekahedge Fund of Funds Index declining 0.12%, underperforming their hedge fund and long-only counterparts which gained 4.50% and 7.65% respectively. Going into 2017, multi-managers have posted impressive gains for Q1 2017, up 2.05% while single and long-only managers gained 2.35% and 6.65% over the same period respectively.


Global Funds of Hedge Funds Infographic May 2017

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Eurekahedge’s global funds of hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at May 2017. Find out more about Global funds of hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Isaac Lieberman, CEO and Founder of Aston Capital Management

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Isaac Lieberman founded Aston Capital Management as a quantitative hedge fund in November 2013. As a veteran trader of proprietary quantitative strategies, Isaac has more than 20 years of experience trading in global FX and fixed income markets. Prior to founding ACM, Isaac was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where he was the Head of Algorithmic Trading and the Head of Electronic FX Options Trading. Before joining J.P Morgan in 2008, Isaac was Head of the FX and Fixed Income division in the Principal Strategies Group at Bear Stearns where he worked from 1996.


April 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - April 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.34% in March, while the MSCI World Index was up 0.79% over the month. Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$12.0 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based increase of US$2.7 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$9.3 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$ 2.27 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.34% in March while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 0.79% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Asia ex-Japan managers led the table, up 2.02% during the month followed by European managers who were up 0.73%. Across strategies, long/short equities hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.06% followed by event driven hedge funds which were up 0.47%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds gained 0.34% during the month of March, with their first quarter performance up 2.29%. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 0.79% in March and are up 5.06% in the first quarter of the year. March was marked by investor scepticism over the Trump administration as proposed healthcare reforms to replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act did not meet intended outcomes.


Man versus Machine: Quantitative Hedge Funds

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The rise of computer-driven strategies in the hedge fund sphere has caught considerable interest from the investment community over recent years. These quantitative hedge funds incorporate automated trading strategies, enabling them to capitalise on price discrepancies in the markets through executing trade positions within a very short span of time. While these systematic hedge funds have been employing methods of technical analysis into their trading strategies, sentiment analysis is also an up and coming feature in investment decisions. Text-mining data collected from various sources could be an indicator of ground sentiment during key market events, which can then be used as inputs in trading models or for risk control.


2016 Overview: Key Trends in Asian Hedge Funds

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The hedge fund industry in Asia witnessed a difficult 2016 with investor redemptions a main contributor to the lethargy in asset base. Investors redeemed US$3.4 billion during the course of the year, with modest performance-based gains of US$1.6 billion recorded. Indeed, hedge funds globally have had a challenging year with strong redemption pressure from investors, and Asia as a whole was not isolated from this outlook.


Asian Hedge Funds Infographic April 2017

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Eurekahedge’s Asian hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at April 2017. Find out more about global hedge funds assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, launches and closures, fund size, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Filippo Pignatti, Fund Manager at The Classic Car Fund

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The Classic Car Fund was launched in September 2012, driven both by a passion for cars and for uncorrelated alternative assets. The philosophy of The Classic Car Fund is simple; buy well-selected cars at attractive prices that have had a thorough evaluation by an independent expert, and sell them later at a profit. The fund is not focused on any specific make or production year, but emphasis is clearly on sports cars from various periods. Holding times vary vastly but the fund does not fall in love with its investments. Some cars have enabled the fund to realise a healthy double-digit profit in as little as three months, while others will remain in the fund for up to a few years. Also, and perhaps of more interest for most, against a small fee fund investors may borrow and drive some cars in the fund over a day or a weekend. If anyone asks you can truthfully say it is your car, as it is part of the fund you are an owner of.


Interview with Kevin Ellis, Managing Director at Horse Cove Partners

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Kevin Ellis brings more than 30 years of financial, administrative and operations experience to the Firm. Previously, Mr. Ellis was the COO and principal of FISCO Appreciation Management LLC. He also served as a Founding Principal, Managing Director and COO at Labyrinth Group, LLC, an investment management firm utilising structured securities. Prior to that, he was Manager of Corporate Development at Arthur Anderson, LLP, where he focused on finance, mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Business Planning at SUPERVALU, Inc. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato BA Finance and earned a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to the bar in Minnesota in 1983.


Interview with Frederick ‘Rick’ Pagnani, Chief Executive Officer, Mt. Logan Re, Ltd.

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Mt. Logan Re, Ltd. is the securitisation vehicle for Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE: RE), one of the largest professional (re)insurers in the world. Mt. Logan Re, domiciled in Bermuda, is registered as a Class 3 insurer and a Bermuda segregated accounts company and has been in operation for nearly four years in the insurance-linked security market.


Interview with Sladja Carton, Global Head of Strategic Development at Mizuho Alternative Investments, LLC

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Mizuho Alternative Investments (MAI) is an investment advisor dedicated to developing and managing quantitative investment strategies. MAI was established in April 2007 as a subsidiary of the Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest full service financial institutions in the world with total assets of approximately US$1.7 trillion (as of 12/31/2016) and a global footprint. MAI is located in New York and manages or advises on approximately US$3.7 billion in assets, primarily for institutional clients (as of 3/31/2017). Investment products managed by MAI include CTA and quantitative global macro strategies and risk premia solutions.


Market Commentary by Aroya Capital

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The explosion in trading of equity volatility derivatives since the 2008 financial crisis has spawned an extraordinarily wide variety of approaches, postures, objectives and strategies pertaining to equity volatility. These varied objectives include risk mitigation, directional trading, market timing, volatility risk premium capture and relative value trading. These strategies might include approaches that could be described as systematic, discretionary, quantitative or opportunistic.


March 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - March 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.97% in February, while the MSCI World Index was up 2.72% over the month. Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$26.1 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based increase of US$14.1 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$11.9 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$ 2.26 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.97% in February while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 2.72% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 2.75% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers with 1.43%. Across strategies, distressed debt hedge funds were in the lead with 1.34% gains followed by event driven hedge funds with 1.26%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds gained 0.97% during the month of February. Meanwhile underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 2.72% over the same period. February was marked by strong performance in US equities on the back of Trump’s fiscal and monetary policy announcements with the S&P 500 ending the month up 3.78%. Economic data out of the US also shed a positive light on the region with a pick-up in inflation bolstered by retail activity.


2016 Roundup - Activist Hedge Funds

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Activist hedge funds, a sub-strategy of event driven hedge funds, deploy shareholder activism as a key cornerstone of their investment strategy and have closer interactions with management of the companies which they invest into. Cultural differences also play a part in the adopted style of activism with Western activist hedge funds pursuing a dynamic approach, while their Asian counterparts adopt a more engagement-styled activism. This special feature takes a quick look at activist hedge funds, which have markedly outperformed their global hedge fund peers in 2016.


2016 Overview: Key Trends in North American Hedge Funds

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Assets for the North American hedge fund industry grew by US$19.1 billion for annual year 2016, with strength led by manager performance as opposed to investor interest. Managers posted performance-based gains of US$34.0 billion in 2016, with the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index was up 7.77% over the same period, outperforming regional peers. Event driven mandated hedge funds led performance across strategic mandates, up 18.19% in 2016 followed by distressed debt and multi-strategy hedge funds which gained 12.86% and 11.17% respectively.


North American Hedge Funds Infographic March 2017

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Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at March 2017. Find out more about North American hedge funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Wang Qiang, CIO at Pinpoint Asset Management Limited

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Founded in 1999, Pinpoint is an Asia-based investment management firm that serves institutional investors, pension funds, private banks, fund of funds, family offices and high net worth individuals. Pinpoint Asset Management Limited was incorporated in Hong Kong on 4 Jun 2010 and regulated by the Hong Kong Securities Futures Commission for Type 9 (asset management) activities.


February 2017

The Eurekahedge Report - February 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.87% in January, while the MSCI World Index was up 1.49% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$2.49 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based increase of US$1.29 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$1.19 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$ 2.23 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.87% in January while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 1.49% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 3.73% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who increased by 1.93%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds led the table with gains of 2.02% followed by long/short equities hedge funds which increased by 1.65%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds started the year on a positive note, up 0.87% during the month of January. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 1.49% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American hedge fund managers topped the tables, gaining 3.73% while event driven managers posted the best returns, up 2.02% among strategic mandates.


2016 Roundup - Equity Focused Hedge Fund Strategies

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Equity focused hedge fund strategies have seen their assets under management (AUM) grow from US$460.2 billion since end-2009 to US$778.0 billion as of January 2017 through a combination of performance-based gains and investor allocations over the years. Having recorded six consecutive years of asset growth between 2010 to 2015, long/short equity hedge fund AUM contracted for the first time in 2016, declining by 2.56% on the back of steep investor redemptions totalling US$29.1 billion. Performance-based gains were the lowest on record in the last five years following losses in 2011. While 2017 has started on a positive note, with assets for long/short equity hedge funds approaching the US$800 billion mark, the year holds much uncertainty in store.


2016 Overview: Key Trends in Long-Only Absolute Return Funds

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Absolute return funds have had an impressive year in 2016, gaining 7.61%, well ahead of underlying markets and hedge fund peers which were up 7.33% and 4.46% over the same period respectively. Major global equity markets have ended the year in positive territory, supporting the performance of absolute return managers. Among regional mandates, North American absolute return managers topped the table in 2016, gaining 13.70% followed by their emerging markets mandated absolute return peers which gained 9.41% over the same period.


Long-Only Absolute Return Funds Infographic February 2017

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Eurekahedge’s long-only absolute return funds infographic sums up the industry as at February 2017. Find out more about long-only absolute return funds' assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


2016 Overview: Key Trends in Islamic Funds

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The Islamic finance industry is a niche market predominantly serving the needs of the world’s Muslim population. Products marketed under the umbrella of Islamic finance comply with a different investment philosophy as opposed to traditional investment philosophy which the rest of the world are familiar with. Under a Shariah-compliant framework, transactions which are considered to be unethical under Islamic law are prohibited and instead, fund managers invest in products which are compliant with Islamic guidelines. Islamic financial products are accessible to all investors, some of whom choose to allocate into Islamic funds for purposes of portfolio diversification or their preference in investing in products which deemed as socially responsible. In recent years, Islamic finance has been catching on with traditional finance institutions as international banks have expanded into providing Islamic finance services. As the use of derivatives, options and futures are deemed to be speculati


Interview with Maciej Wisniewski, Founder and Portfolio Manager at Macromoney

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Maciej Wisniewski is the Founder and Fund Manager of Macromoney and has full oversight of all company operations. Maciej has 20 years of experience in investments management and in successfully setting up investment funds.


January 2017

Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards 2017

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250 attendees turned up at the latest Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards ceremony on 26 May 2017 to celebrate 64 of the best performing Asian hedge funds of 2016. Serica Credit Balanced Fund won the coveted Best Asian Hedge Fund award, along with the Best Asian Fixed Income Fund award – both categories in which they were nominated.


The Eurekahedge Report - January 2017

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.03% in December, while the MSCI World Index was up 2.38% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$4.62 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based gains of US$12.24 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$7.62 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.23 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index grew 1.03% in December while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index were up 2.38% over the same period. Among regional mandates, North American managers led the table, up 1.22% during the month followed by European managers with 1.07%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds were in the lead with 1.65% gains followed by macro hedge funds with 1.32%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Hedge funds gained 1.03% during the month of December, with 2016 returns coming in at 4.48%. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 2.38% in December with its 2016 returns coming in at 7.37%. North American equity markets traded higher in December as the Trump-driven reflation theme buoyed markets in a somewhat ‘honeymoon’ period post-election. The S&P 500 Index gained 1.82% during the month, with the DJIA also up 3.34%.


Artificial Intelligence: The new frontier for hedge funds

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Quantitative hedge fund strategies have received considerable interest from investors over the last decade. The application of growing computing power and the availability of big data has enabled these systematic trading models to capitalise on market inefficiencies that were otherwise difficult to identify or harvest given the implied trading costs. However, this growth has met with some headwinds on two key accounts; firstly, trading models built using back-tests on historical data have often failed to deliver good returns in real time (as previously identified trends have broken down), and secondly, the diffusion of similar quant models which has led to crowding in the space and consequently depressed the returns from such strategies.


2016 Overview: Key Trends in Global Hedge Funds

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2016 has been quite a nerve-wrecking year as the global hedge fund industry anticipated and responded to a string of unexpected events. As such, market jitters were very much present for investors as the results of two major events which had happened - Brexit and the US Presidential Elections, had caught the world by surprise. The global hedge fund industry faced steep redemption pressure from investors this year, with total net outflows coming in at US$28.2 billion. On the other hand, managers posted good performance-based gains, up US$17.8 billion over the same period.


Global Hedge Funds Infographic & Top Hedge Fund Strategies January 2017

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Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at January 2017. Find out more about global hedge funds assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, launches and closures, fund size, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.


Interview with Chris McKeown, CEO at New Ocean Capital Management Limited

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New Ocean Capital Management Limited is a Bermuda-based asset manager with expertise investing in reinsurance risk products. New Ocean is focused on providing investors with risk-adjusted returns in the insurance and reinsurance convergence market. Chris McKeown has 30 years of experience in the reinsurance industry, including six years managing a traditional reinsurance portfolio (ACE Tempest Re), five years actively managing capital invested in alternative reinsurance risk structures (CIG Re/New Castle Re). Mr. McKeown also spent 15 years in the insurance brokerage business, in both business production and senior management roles (Guy Carpenter).