Articles by: Glenn Leaper

AP1 appoints Hermes in Global HY diversification

AP1 appoints Hermes in Global HY diversification

Stockholm (NordSIP) – AP1 (Första AP-Fonden), the first of the five buffer funds in the Swedish national income pension scheme, has appointed U.K. institutional asset manager Hermes Investment Management to manage a $400mn Global High Yield credit investment mandate as part of its drive to improve diversification and ESG integration into its global high yield investments, it announced in a[Read More…]

by 27/10/2017
New Report on Sustainability in Alternative Assets

New Report on Sustainability in Alternative Assets

Stockholm (NordSIP) – Sustainability in Asset Management: The Knowledge Foundation’s Assessment of Alternative Assets, a new report written by NUWA Director Dr Emma Sjöstrom, also of the Misum, Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics and Ulrika Hasselgren, Global Head of Responsible Investment Strategy & ESG Integration with ISS Institutional Shareholder Services, was launched this week[Read More…]

by 19/10/2017
Man Group Becomes PRI Signatory at Group Level

Man Group Becomes PRI Signatory at Group Level

Stockholm (NordSIP) – Man Group announced today (September 20) that it has become a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) across the group’s five investment branches, considerably stepping up its ESG commitment. Man GLG and Man Numeric have been signatories to the PRI since 2012 and 2014 respectively, and are now joined by Man AHL, Man FRM[Read More…]

by 22/09/2017
Cevian Capital: “Constructive Activism”

Cevian Capital: “Constructive Activism”

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Cevian Capital, the largest activist hedge fund in Europe with $15.4 billion is assets and which counts Carl Icahn among its investors, has a calm, behind-the-scenes approach and uses public pressure as a last resort, according to a just-published profile by The Economist. The Swedish fund, which was founded by Christer Gardell and Lars Forberg, employs a[Read More…]

by 16/06/2017
Handsome Payoff For Asgard Low Risk Approach

Handsome Payoff For Asgard Low Risk Approach

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – With +19% returns in the past year, Asgard’s Fixed Income EUR 600 million Fund must be doing something right. The key lies in the fund’s preference for the safest bonds, instead of riskier ones, with a dollop of leverage on top. The Copenhagen-based fund’s investment policy is based on a top-down approach that follows a disciplined investment[Read More…]

by 16/06/2017
Hedge Funds Hold On in May – Barely

Hedge Funds Hold On in May – Barely

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Hedge Funds returned +0.26% in May, according to the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark, marking the seventh consecutive month of positive returns. This was by comparison to a marginal -0.06% on the Nordic Hedge Index NHX Composite (85% reporting). “Hedge fund performance has continued to make ground in May, despite some concerns about slowing growth in the[Read More…]

by 16/06/2017
Mixed CTA May Performance Shows Few Points of Light

Mixed CTA May Performance Shows Few Points of Light

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – The latest performance figures for the Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices are showing a flatish performance overall for CTAs in May, punching in at -0.18% for the month and -2.76% YTD, contributing to an already dismal 2017 in which the strategy has found it hard to hold head above water globally. The overall trend suggested by the[Read More…]

by 09/06/2017
Storm Bond Fund Steady Through Cool May

Storm Bond Fund Steady Through Cool May

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) Storm Bond Fund, the Norwegian High Yield Fixed income fund managed by Storm Capital Management Ltd. with a primordial focus on Nordic bond markets, continues its strong winning streak despite a muted (by its recent standards) +0.6% return in May, turning in +10.7% returns YTD. This was by comparison with +0.59% returns in the NHX Nordic Fixed Income[Read More…]

by 09/06/2017
Net Reduction to Hedge Funds From Billion Dollar Club

Net Reduction to Hedge Funds From Billion Dollar Club

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – According to the latest research from Preqin, the “Billion Dollar Club” – investors who allocate US$ 1 billion or more to the hedge fund industry – continues to the grow, with a net eight institutions joining the club over the past 12 months, bringing its total membership to 242 members. This, however, is not to overlook that[Read More…]

by 02/06/2017
Former Danske Managers Launch Caba Capital

Former Danske Managers Launch Caba Capital

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Former head of Danske Capital Niels-Ulrik Mousten (pictured) is joining forces with Carsten Bach, a former investment manager  at Danske Bank, to launch Caba Capital, a new hedge fund expected to attract DKK 100 million in initial investments from institutional and private investors, the Danish financial daily Børsen has reported. “We expect a high return of 8% with[Read More…]

by 01/06/2017
IPM Systematic Approach Pays Off Amid Trump Deflation

IPM Systematic Approach Pays Off Amid Trump Deflation

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Deflating hopes about U.S. President Donald Trump’s reflation effect have proved highly beneficial to Swedish investment manager Informed Portfolio Management (IPM), with its Systematic Macro Fund outperforming benchmarks such as the HFRX Macro Systematic Diversified CTA Index and the NHX Nordic Hedge Fund Index amid growing doubts about U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to achieve key aspects[Read More…]

by 30/05/2017
HCP Distinguished As Certified B Corporation

HCP Distinguished As Certified B Corporation

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Helsinki Capital Partners (HCP), the Finnish global asset management firm, has become the first Finnish company to be distinguished by the B Corp Certification, a measure awarded to enterprises meeting the most rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. HCP manages three funds – HCP Black, a multi-strategy fund, HCP Focus, a concentrated global long-only equity fund,[Read More…]

by 28/05/2017
Nykredit MIRA Hedges Danish Callable Bonds Market

Nykredit MIRA Hedges Danish Callable Bonds Market

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nykredit MIRA, the $250 million hedge fund of Nykredit Realkredit A/S, Denmark’s biggest mortgage lender, is a relative value fund investing in fixed income with a focus on Danish mortgage bonds. The objective of the fund is to generate high absolute return using trading strategies that include leverage, short selling and derivatives. According to a profile by Bloomberg,[Read More…]

by 19/05/2017
Granit In Imminent ESG-Themed Hedge Fund Launch

Granit In Imminent ESG-Themed Hedge Fund Launch

Stockholm (NordSIP) – Granit Fonder, the Swedish fund management company, has recruited Ulf Erlandsson from the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) to set up a new hedge fund later this year, according to a press release on Granit’s website. The fund will focus on climate change and green bonds, with Dr Erlandsson starting his new position as Head of[Read More…]

by 16/05/2017
Equity Strategies Emerge As April Winners

Equity Strategies Emerge As April Winners

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – According to the April report from eVestment, hedge funds have returned an average of +0.66% for the month of April 2017 (+3.04% YTD), continuing a winning streak since the outset of the year. The proportion of managers with positive returns returned to around the 70% during the month, while volatility was extremely low, with the month registering[Read More…]

by 16/05/2017
PRI Launches Hedge Fund ESG Due-Diligence Questionnaire

PRI Launches Hedge Fund ESG Due-Diligence Questionnaire

Stockholm (NordSIP / HedgeNordic) The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the global body with the mandate to promote global responsible investment, has launched the “first industry-standard responsible DDQ (due-diligence questionnaire) to hedge funds” in the attempt to ascertain their sustainability credentials and clarify to investors how they approach ESG issues when allocating capital. The DDQ was launched at an event[Read More…]

by 12/05/2017
Solidar Solidifies Winning Trend in April

Solidar Solidifies Winning Trend in April

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – The Solidar Smartbeta Trend fund, the Swedish systematic equity fund run by Solidar AB, enjoyed another successful month in April following a good run since September last year, returning +3.32% and bringing it up to +9.79% YTD. This is by comparison to +0.60% on the NHX for April as of May 10 (+2.23 YTD). The result is[Read More…]

by 10/05/2017
April Turnaround For Alchemy

April Turnaround For Alchemy

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Alchemy Trading, the Norwegian Nordic Long/Short Equity Fund with a Scandinavian listed equities mandate, enjoyed returns of 3.4% in committed capital for the month of April, up from a -2.30% deficit in March and marking the reversal of a difficult start to 2017, leaving it -2.10% YTD. This is by comparison to a 0.57% rise for April so[Read More…]

by 09/05/2017
Varma Continues Hedge Fund Allocations Unabated

Varma Continues Hedge Fund Allocations Unabated

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – An in-depth feature in the May issue of the Investment & Pensions Europe magazine highlights Varma, the largest private pension insurance company in Finland with €43 billion in AUM, and its continuing dedication to being a hedge fund allocator, despite the widening gulf between pension funds and hedge funds elsewhere in the Nordics in recent years. According[Read More…]

by 05/05/2017
Hedge Funds Recover As France Prospects Improve

Hedge Funds Recover As France Prospects Improve

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – All hedge fund strategies were up the past week, according to Lyxor Asset Management’s research team, due to the upside captured as a function of protective layers implemented by European funds in anticipation of a potentially disastrous presidential election in France, a concern that has partially abated following its first round. Special situations (perhaps expectedly) outperformed, with[Read More…]

by 04/05/2017