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CTAs recovering in February – gain on year following uninspiring 2016

CTAs recovering in February – gain on year following uninspiring 2016

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Systematic futures trading strategies, widely referred to as CTAs, have rebounded strongly in February following a period of lacklustre performance, early estimates suggest. The SG CTA index, which is the primary industry benchmark composed by Societe Generale Prime Services, had made gains of 2,48% as of February 20, more than compensating for a 1.13% loss from the[Read More…]

by 22/02/2017
Nordic hedge funds little changed in January, CTAs lagging

Nordic hedge funds little changed in January, CTAs lagging

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nordic hedge funds, as expressed by the Nordic Hedge Index NHX, were little changed in January gaining 0.1%. In terms of strategy attribution, profits in fixed income (+1.3%) and equity strategies (+0.5%) were offset by losses in CTA/Managed Futures strategies (-2.2%). Elsewhere, multi-strategy and fund of funds showed small changes. CTAs, being the big laggard, suffered from[Read More…]

by 22/02/2017
Bullish Hedge Funds Bet Big on Crude Price Rises

Bullish Hedge Funds Bet Big on Crude Price Rises

  Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Hedge Funds are making a massive collective bet on rising oil prices, according to the most recent data from regulators and exchanges. Having added an extra 41 million barrels to net long positions in the seven days ending in January 31, hedge funds now have long positions equivalent to almost 1 billion barrels across contracts with[Read More…]

by 09/02/2017
Columbia Threadneedle Appoints New Nordics Chief

Columbia Threadneedle Appoints New Nordics Chief

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Columbia Threadneedle Investments has appointed Ulrik Holm Oxfeldt, CFA, as its new Head of Nordics. Oxfeldt will lead the manager’s sales and client relationships, particularly in the institutional segment, throughout the Nordics, and will be based in Copenhagen. Oxfeldt possesses over 15 years of business development experience in the asset management industry, having worked at (Danish pension fund)[Read More…]

by 08/02/2017
U.S. Hedge Fund Perspectives Shift on Europe

U.S. Hedge Fund Perspectives Shift on Europe

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Perspectives are changing on Europe among U.S. hedge funds, the Financial Times reports. It follows that valuations are looking increasingly attractive to investors compared with the U.S., and a small but growing number of hedge funds are taking the lead in increasing their exposure. Continental Europe is currently held to be one of the least fashionable markets[Read More…]

by 07/02/2017
HedgeNordic CTA Roundtable 2016

HedgeNordic CTA Roundtable 2016

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – For CTAs and quant macro strategies, 2016 was another challenging year. Generally, the strategy group benefited from external market shocks such as worries over China in the beginning of the year and from the fallout of the UK referendum translating into a “Brexit” vote in June. However, rising bond yields in the second half of the year weighed on[Read More…]

by 31/01/2017
Accendo: “2016 was a good year for us”

Accendo: “2016 was a good year for us”

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Activist hedge fund Accendo had another stellar year in 2016 posting net gains of over 30 percent, which adds to an even better 2015 when the fund added 49 percent. In a comment to HedgeNordic, lead portfolio manager Henri Österlund (pictured) explains the underlying drivers for performance in 2016. HedgeNordic: What transactions were the most profitable during[Read More…]

by 12/01/2017
Gramont Capital grows team

Gramont Capital grows team

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Finnish alternative investment fund manager Gramont Capital Ltd., announced that Sami Sormunen (pictured) has joined the firm as a Sales Director on December 27th 2016. In this role, Mr. Sormunen will be providing alternative investment solutions to institutional investors with a focus on pension funds, insurance companies and family offices. “We see Sami joining the firm as[Read More…]

by 10/01/2017
Seven Habits of Highly Successful  Portfolio Managers

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Portfolio Managers

In today’s hyper-competitive business world, there’s a never-ending deluge of self-help lists, man- agement consultants, and executive mentorship training. You can read Medium or HBR, you can watch TED talks, and you can attend a Coursera webinar. While most management observers point to improved baselines across corporations, the zeitgeist of media attention gravitated toward the Silicon Valley startup space and[Read More…]

by 03/01/2017
Lyxor Weekly Brief

Lyxor Weekly Brief

It would be an understatement to say that active investing has been challenged in 2016. Political risks loomed large and the switch from deflation fears to reflation hopes in H2 led to sizeable trend reversals across the board. This took most investors by surprise. Hedge funds underperformed global equity and bond indices in 2016, while active mutual funds failed to[Read More…]

by 03/01/2017
CTAs end 2016 on a positive note

CTAs end 2016 on a positive note

CTAs continued to head north during the last two weeks of December adding to an already positive month. The currency bucket was the leading contributor. Systems benefited from their long USD positioning as global currencies continued to fall versus the greenback. Equities also led to profits with major contributions from the Japanese and European markets especially during the 3rd week[Read More…]

by 03/01/2017
Nordic hedge funds in positive territory in November

Nordic hedge funds in positive territory in November

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nordic hedge funds, as expressed by the Nordic Hedge Index NHX, gained an estimated 0.17% in November, bringing year-to-date performance to +2.34%. In terms of strategy attribution, gains were made in Equity hedge strategies, Fixed Income and CTAs, whereas Fund of Funds and Multi-Strategy posted losses. For the year, Fixed Income strategies outpace other strategy groups by a[Read More…]

by 23/12/2016
Robeco Launches Fund Geared To Sustainability

Robeco Launches Fund Geared To Sustainability

Stockholm (NordSIP) – A new fund focused on sustainability has been launched by investment engineers Robeco. The Robeco QI Global Sustainable Conservative Equities fund has as its objective to provide equity returns at lower risk by exploiting low-risk anomaly while offering a considerably better sustainability profile than the index provided by MSCI World All Country. The fund is based on Robeco’s previously[Read More…]

by 21/12/2016
Saudi Arabia – new cornerstone to emerging markets

Saudi Arabia – new cornerstone to emerging markets

Saudi Arabia is the biggest and most in uen al member of the six-member Gulf Coopera on Council (GCC) that was created back in 1981 and whose member states’ currencies are pegged to USD. In total roughly 50 mln people live in the GCC, around 700 companies are listed on the local stock exchanges and aggregate market caps stack up to[Read More…]

by 15/12/2016
Special Report: Emerging & Frontier Markets

Special Report: Emerging & Frontier Markets

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – In its  special industry report on Emerging Markets & Frontier Markets, HedgeNordic looks at the broad currents enveloping the asset class and takes a deep dive into many of the respective markets through wide-ranging interviews with industry professionals. Following a year of considerable gain, the asset class has been rocked by the election of Donald Trump, but perspectives[Read More…]

by 15/12/2016
AP2 Enhances ESG Integration in Asset Management 

AP2 Enhances ESG Integration in Asset Management 

Stockholm (NordSIP) -AP2, the second Swedish national pensions buffer fund (Andra AP-fonden), has divested 10 more of the stocks it holds on grounds of financial climate risk, marking the further integration of ESG (Economic, Corporate and Social Governance) as part of its asset management strategy. This brings SEK 90 billion of the Fund’s SEK 300 billion in AUM in line[Read More…]

by 07/12/2016
10 Years with SEB Asset Selection

10 Years with SEB Asset Selection

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – On 3 October 2016,  SEB Asset Selection celebrated its 10th anniversary since inception. The funds portfolio manager, Hans-Olov Bornemann (pictured) and SEBs Global Quant team took this as an opportunity to do a long term performance evaluation of the fund. In the white paper 10 Years with SEB Asset Selection – A Comprehensive Performance Evaluation, the fund’s performance is reviewed from[Read More…]

by 02/12/2016
RPM awarded best European Multi-Manager CTA

RPM awarded best European Multi-Manager CTA

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – RPM Evolving CTA Fund, the multi-manager CTA fund managed by Swedish RPM Risk & Portfolio Management, was awarded “Best Multi-Manager CTA Fund” at the CTA Intelligence European Awards on Wednesday, November 30. The award was a result of strong performance during the period July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, which formed the basis for evaluation. During[Read More…]

by 01/12/2016
Nordic hedge funds little changed in October – CTAs continue downward spiral

Nordic hedge funds little changed in October – CTAs continue downward spiral

Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Nordic hedge funds, as expressed by the Nordic Hedge Index NHX, were largely unchanged during the month of October, posting a net loss of 0.02%. Year-to-date, the NHX Composite index has gained 2.19%. In terms of strategy attribution, the month saw a continued downbeat mood within the CTA universe with the NHX CTA dropping another 2.54%, wiping out gains[Read More…]

by 22/11/2016
Man AHL launches second annual coding competition for students

Man AHL launches second annual coding competition for students

Man AHL, Man Group’s diversified quantitative investment manager, today announces that applications are now open for the second annual Man AHL Coder Prize, a coding competition for students with a top prize of £5,000. The Man AHL Coder Prize, which launched last year for students in the UK and Ireland, is now also open to entrants based in the EU1[Read More…]

by 16/11/2016