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March 2018

The Eurekahedge Report - March 2018

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.62% in February, while the MSCI World Index was down 3.68% over the month. Total assets under management decreased by US$39.2 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based decrease of US$34.2 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$5.0 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.49 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined 1.62% in February outperforming underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index which fell 3.68% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 0.66% during the month while other regional mandated funds languished into negative territory. Across strategies, distressed debt hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.32% followed by arbitrage hedge funds which were up 0.53%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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Global markets underwent a sharp and speedy correction in February which saw equity markets post steep losses as investors prepared for a faster than expected interest rate hike in the US. The average return of the global hedge fund industry was pulled into negative territory as markets experienced sharp reversals, with trend following CTA/managed futures and long/short equities strategies lagging behind the pack. Hedge funds registered their first monthly loss of the year with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 1.62% in February as volatility levels spiked across the board and unravelled the volatility risk premium trade. Despite steep losses during the month, hedge funds have protected on the downside and managed to outperform underlying markets as the MSCI AC World Index (Local) declined 3.68% in February.


Billion Dollar Systematic Macro Hedge Funds Lose Close to 5% in February

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This piece looks at the performance of CTA/managed futures hedge funds and its various sub-groups which have come under pressure during the difficult market environment of February. We conclude by looking at the returns for the industry heavy weight systematic macro hedge funds overseeing assets in excess of US$1 billion which recorded steep monthly losses in February declining 4.77%. In contrast to popular news insinuating that the recent market melt-down was the doing of a handful of AI hedge fund managers which recorded their worst monthly loss on record, it seems that the major casualties lie somewhere elsewhere.


2017 Overview: Key Trend in North American Hedge Funds

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The North American hedge fund industry grew by US$136.4 billion over 2017, owing to the strong performance of hedge fund managers, as indicated by the 8.60% gain posted by the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index over the year, which is its strongest performance since 2013. Thanks to the strong equity market performance around the globe, hedge funds with high long exposure to equities enjoyed the benefits of the record breaking equity market rallies. Despite falling behind their peers from Latin America and Asia, North American hedge funds kicked off 2018 with a decent performance, gaining 1.54% in January. Long/short equities funds topped the chart among strategic mandates with their 2.04% gain over the first month of 2018.


North American Hedge Funds Infographic March 2018

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Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at March 2018. 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.


Independent Directors on Hedge Fund and Private Equity Boards - The Cayman Trend

Joanne Huckle, Ogier

It has become an established industry norm to see independent directors appointed to the boards of offshore hedge funds. It is no longer a 'check box exercise' to confirm independent directors have been appointed. Institutional investors are increasingly concerned about the composition of the board, the experience and skill set of its members and the day to day relationship between both the board members themselves and the board and the investment manager.


New Guidelines on Investment by Private Equity Funds in Insurers

Shubhangi Pathak and Priya Misra, Tuli & Co

By way of a June 10 2016 order, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) set up a committee to evaluate the risk-based capital approach and market-consistent valuation of liabilities of Indian insurance business. The committee's report, released on July 17 2017, noted that after almost 15 years of promoter-run business (almost all existing entities are joint ventures with foreign companies), the Indian insurance industry is still dominated by government-owned public sector companies, and private insurance players in India are largely owned by well-established businesses.


Private Equity and Venture Capital in the UK

James Taylor and Mark Saunders, Osborne Clarke

By a number of measures, private equity transactions hit a post-financial crisis high in the UK in 2017. An abundance of dry powder and more relaxed debt terms from lenders, combined with the rates at which private equity sponsors are able to raise bonds and loans reaching all-time lows, has contributed to a busy 12 months for the market. This growth may also be in part attributable to private equity funds having become more comfortable with the new political landscape in the UK, as the dust begins to settle 18 months on from the Brexit referendum.


Protecting Minority Investments in UAE Companies

Gary Watts, Al Tamimi & Company

Over the past two decades, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has acquired a richly deserved reputation as a dynamic business environment for investment, and a great place to buy, or to establish, a business.


US Tax Reform and Its Implications for Australia

Professor Richard Vann, Toby Eggleston and Nick Heggart, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

This tax brief discusses those aspects of the US tax reform which have most relevance to Australian corporate and international taxation, both from a tax policy perspective and for inbound and outbound investment to and from the US.


February 2018

The Eurekahedge Report - February 2018

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.20% in January, while the MSCI World Index was up 3.78% over the month. Total assets under management (AUM) increased by US$42.0 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based increase of US$20.3 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$21.7 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.49 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

Eurekahedge

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.20% in January while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index gained 3.78% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 4.47% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who were up 3.72%. Across strategies, CTA/managed futures hedge funds led the table with gains of 3.54% followed by long/short equities hedge funds which were up 2.37%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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January was a happy start to the year for hedge funds, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 2.20% in January. Meanwhile, underlying markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 3.78% over the same period. As the global risk on mode continues into January, trend following managers were positioned in good stead with holdings into equities and oil among performance contributors.


Artificial Intelligence: The New Frontier for Hedge Funds (2/2)

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This piece revisits the performance of hedge funds that utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning theory in their trading process, focusing on the overall risk-return profile of artificial intelligence (AI) hedge funds as captured by the Eurekahedge AI Hedge Fund Index in comparison to traditional quants, equity-hedge strategies and the average global hedge fund.


2017 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.


2018 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 as liquidity of the underlying assets and leverage caps to provide added transparency to investors.


UCITS Hedge Funds Infographic February 2018

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Eurekahedge’s UCITS hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at February 2018. Find out more about UCITS 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.


Australian Islamic Finance Opportunities for 2018

Christopher Aylward, Islamic Finance News

As with a number of other developed economies which are ‘developing nations’ in the world of Islamic finance, Australia is all about opportunities and what could be. The difficulty is determining whether these opportunities will be seized and what will be.


Canadian Taxation of Cryptocurrency … So Far

Mariam Al-Shikarchy, Steven Baum and Laura Gheorghiu, Gowling WLG

Cryptocurrency is digital "money" that utilises encryption techniques to regulate the issuance of units and verify their transfer. Cryptocurrency operates without the participation of a central bank or other government agency.


US Tax Reform - Provisions Impacting Private Equity

Patricia W. McDonald, Baker McKenzie

On December 15, 2017, a Conference Committee established by the House of Representatives and the Senate released a unified agreement on the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Conference Agreement”) in the wake of the passages of the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 16, 2017, and the Senate version on December 2, 2017.


January 2018

Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards 2018

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The Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards ceremony will be returning to Capella Singapore on 25 May 2018 to celebrate the best performing Asian hedge funds of 2017. Stay tuned to this page for regular updates on the event.


The Eurekahedge Report - January 2018

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The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.86% in December, while the MSCI World Index up 1.19% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$21.9 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based increase of US$9.4 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$12.5 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.44 trillion.


Asset Flows Update

Eurekahedge

Hedge funds edged higher in the final month of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gaining 0.86% in December while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index was up 1.19% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 2.50% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan managers who were up 1.41%. Across strategies, event driven hedge funds led the table in December with gains of 1.57% followed by multi-strategy hedge funds which were up 1.31%.


Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

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2017 ended positively with much pomp and was a strong year for global markets. Hedge funds closed the final month of the year in positive territory with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.86% in December while the MSCI World Index finished the month up 1.19%. For 2017 as a whole, hedge funds were up 8.25%, while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index returned 17.55% over the same period.


Eurekahedge European Investor Perspectives – Series 1 of 2

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Altinvestor Europe 2017 took off with a powerful opening presentation from a highly experienced pension executive presenting on how pension funds could secure long term success through collaboration with peers and asset managers and taking a more active and innovative approach to pension fund investment management.


2017 Overview: Key Trends in Global Hedge Funds

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The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 7.32% as of November 2017 year-to-date, and is on track to post 12 consecutive months of positive gains in an annual year for the first time since 1999. Total assets managed by the global hedge fund industry currently stands at US$2413.0 billion, up US$188.2 billion over the year, which is the highest annual growth recorded since the end of 2013.


Global Hedge Funds Infographic January 2018

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Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at January 2018. 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.


Is a Digital AUD the Way of the Future?

Hillary Ray, Cowell Clarke

As the payments system continues to evolve, the RBA’s Governor considers the pros and cons of a digital dollar.


Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Have Significant Impact on Structuring of US and Foreign Investments

Gerald Rokoff, Stacy M. Paz, Bruce J. Wein, Frank Ikonero Mugabi, Drew M. Young, DLA Piper LLP

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the New Tax Law), signed into law in late December by President Donald Trump, makes major permanent and temporary changes to the US federal tax system. The changes will have a significant impact on the structuring of US and foreign investments.


Turkey Would Be the Global Hub for Islamic Banking and Finance

Zubair Mughal, Center of Islamic Banking and Economics

Touching the borders of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a splendid country full of God’s blessings that include its amazing geographical location. Its shoreline is a bridge between Europe, Asia & Africa, considering multiple factors including its important role within the region and its geographical conditions, it’s not wrong to say that the prospects of Turkey to become Islamic banking and finance hub is very high, due to different financial, economic and other regional issues in emerging Islamic finance centers.


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