Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 2.14% in September; 75% of CTAs Show Positive Returns After Three Quarters

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, October 21, 2014 — Managed futures gained 2.14% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. After three quarters, the Index is up 4.45%.

“Although the year-to-date return is modest, more than 75 percent of the CTAs that have reported data through September are having a profitable run,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 1.18% in September; Prices Decline and Volatility Increases in Equity and Credit Markets

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, October 20, 2014 — Hedge funds lost 1.18% in September, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. At the end of three quarters in 2014 the Index remains up 3.10%.

“Anticipation of Fed tightening and ECB loosening poured cold water on equity markets and drove US interest rates higher on the month,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


Read the entire Hedge Fund Press Release by clicking here.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

 

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report Bearish but Strong Cash Market Supports Market

TThe USDA released their quarterly Hogs and Pigs report on Friday September 26, providing survey estimates as of September 1, 2014. Overall, the report was considered bearish by the trade, and could result in additional price weakness across the forward curve. Despite the relatively bearish Hogs and Pigs report the futures market has reacted by trading higher following a sharp drop immediately following the report’s release. In “Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report Bearish but Strong Cash Market Supports Market,” Alden Tore, Senior Consultant – Informa Economics examines what the driving force is behind the counter-intuitive market reaction, the impact of PEDv in the coming months, and how the timing of these various fundamental factors does provide some opportunities for this futures market.

Read the full study here.

From the October 2014 issue of Barclay's Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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The New World of Operational Due Diligence

The current regulatory environment makes operational due diligence mandatory. Still, regulated fund structures are plagued with operational risks. Moreover, institutionalization of processes puts the onus on on–site verification rather than check–the–box. 

In “The New World of Operational Due Diligence,” Swiss Analytics outlines how you can enhance your operational due diligence approach, and in turn create ‘operational alpha.’

Read the full study here.

Hedge Fund Due Diligence Reports

BarclayHedge and SwissAnalytics have teamed up to offer hedge fund and CTA due diligence. As a BarclayHedge member, you receive an ongoing $500 discount on "Silver" Due Diligence reports and an exclusive 10% discount on your first "Gold" or "Ops" Due Diligence Report from SwissAnalytics.

SwissAnalytics conducts due diligence on the entire range of alternative investment strategies and managers located anywhere in the world in a timely and cost-effective manner. Services are currently offered along three core lines: "Silver"-, "Gold"-, and "Ops"-Due Diligence.

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Why Complementarity Matters for Stability — Hong Kong SAR and Singapore as Asian Financial Centers

By Minsuk Kim, Vanessa Le Leslé, Franziska Ohnsorge, and Srikant Seshadri – at International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Rather than ask what each financial center needs to do to make itself stronger or ‘dominant,’ the authors ask if the patterns of coexistence of financial centers in Asia have a bearing on regional or global financial stability. In order to answer this question, their paper explores different scenarios with a global shock propagation model using well-known network analysis methods.

Download the full article here.

From the October 2014 issue of Barclay's Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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New Fund Launches - October 2014

To see a complete list of the latest hedge funds, fund of funds and CTAs that have launched recently or will be launching soon click here. Fund Managers who would like to see their new fund listed on Barclay’s website and featured in the next Insider Report can submit new fund launch press releases directly to rmiller@barclayhedge.com. Below is a list of recent fund launches:
From the October 2014 issue of the BarclayHedge Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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August 2014 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Hedge funds rebounded into positive territory in August with sixteen of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices having gains. The average return for the 2,930 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported an August return is +1.20%. The estimates for September, along with the number of funds reporting for each of our 18 sectors can be found at the link below. These indices are being continually updated as current returns for the underlying hedge funds are recorded into our system. As of this writing, 9 of 18 hedge fund sectors are showing positive returns for September.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for August as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged +1.67%. September’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is +1.88%.
Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

From the October 2014 issue of Barclay's Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 

TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Add $18.4 Billion in August but Underperform S&P 500. January-August Inflow of $99.0 Billion Highest since 2007

New York, NY — October 7, 2014 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $18.4 billion (0.8% of assets) in August, the highest inflow in three months and a strong rebound from redemptions of $750 million (0.03% of assets) in July.

“Hedge fund inflows this year are the strongest we’ve seen since the financial crisis,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “The industry took in $99.0 billion in the first eight months of 2014, more than double the inflow of $47.5 billion in the same period last year.”


Read the entire TrimTabs Asset Flows into Hedge Funds Press Release by clicking here.

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TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers - September 2014 Survey

The topical study from the October 2014 issue of The Hedge Fund Flow Report. Gain insight into industry trends and hedge fund asset flows before you make your next important decision.

The hedge fund managers we surveyed are showing little consensus on U.S. stocks this month: 37.4% of respondents are neutral on the S&P 500 over the next 30 days, 32.3% are bullish, and 30.3% are bearish. Sentiment in the survey has been much the same since January, averaging 38.3% neutral, 32.6% bullish, and 29.1% bearish.

Managers’ optimism on the U.S. Dollar Index jumped to an all-time high this month, but their pessimism on 10-year U.S. Treasuries nearly doubled. More than half of survey respondents expect equities to outperform bonds and precious metals in the next six months, and more than two-thirds think developed markets will outperform emerging markets. Managers are more bearish on oil and gold prices compared with last month’s survey.

Complete results of the TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Sentiment Survey for September:. . .

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the October 2014 issue of The Hedge Fund Flow Report.

The Hedge Fund Flow Report combines the accuracy of the BarclayHedge database with the analytical insight of TrimTabs Investment Research. The report is generated by TrimTabs Investment Research using the most current data on thousands of hedge funds. An annual subscription includes 12 monthly updates as well as a spreadsheet containing historical flow aggregates by category. To download a free sample of the entire TrimTabs Hedge Fund Flow Report, simply fill out this short request form.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 1.63% in August; Positive Trends Lift All Managed Futures Strategies

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, September 18, 2014 — Managed futures gained 1.63% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 2.18%.

“The trend was a friend in August,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “The S&P 500 rallied to new all-time highs, US Treasury yields declined to new lows on the year, and the US dollar continued to strengthen.”

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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