Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Gaines 2.62% in November; Long-Term Traders Profit from Current Trends

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 17, 2014 — Managed futures gained 2.62% in November according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 6.63% for the year.

“November was an excellent month for trend-followers,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “Equity markets, bonds, and the US Dollar all continued to strengthen, while commodity prices continued to decline."

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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 0.79% in November; Global Macro Up 2.34% as Crude Oil Prices Fall

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, December 16, 2014 — Hedge funds gained 0.79% in November, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 3.47% in 2014.

“A continuing recovery in the US, along with increased monetary stimulus in Japan and possibly Europe, served to drive global equity prices higher in November,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

 

Tightness in U.S. Soybean Meal Supplies Persists Despite Record Soybean Crop

Because of the various factors involved, it is difficult to predict how long it may take to resolve the tightness in U.S. soybean meal supplies and when soybean and meal prices will go back to reflecting the bearish U.S. and global soybean fundamentals rather than the current domestic soybean meal situation. In “Tightness in U.S. Soybean Meal Supplies Persists Despite Record Soybean Crop,” Chris Eggerman, Vice President - Informa Economics delves into global soybean fundamentals and its impact on soybean meal futures.

Read the full study here.

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

Analysis of Commodity Market Fundamentals

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Chasing Winners: The Appeal and the Risk

By Kristofer Kwait, Managing Director, Head of Hedge Fund Research and John Delano, Director at Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group

For the large majority of hedge fund investors, frequent and repeated manager turnover is neither a practical nor desirable approach to managing a hedge fund portfolio. However, experiments simulating such an approach can be useful in that they can illustrate potential long-term consequences of different selection strategies. In their paper, the authors present results of one such experiment that offer a strong caution against the practice of chasing winners, or hiring managers that have had the highest returns.

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

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New Fund Launches - December 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 December 2014 issue of the BarclayHedge Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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October 2014 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Hedge fund performance slipped in October; with 13 of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices showing losses. The average return for the 2,998 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported an October return is -0.30%. The estimates for November, 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, 15 of 18 hedge fund sectors are showing positive returns for November. Commodity Trading Advisor performance for October as measured by the

Barclay CTA Index averaged -0.53%. November’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is +5.19%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

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

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TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Get $250 Million in October and Underperform S&P 500. Inflows Slow Dramatically in Second Half of 2014

New York, NY — December 9, 2014 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $250 million (0.01% of assets) in October, recovering from outflows of $6.8 billion (0.2% of assets) in September.

“Hedge fund inflows have slowed dramatically in the second half of this year,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “Inflows since July have averaged $2.9 billion monthly, down from $13.8 billion monthly in the first half of 2014.”


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Monday, December 8, 2014

 

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

The topical study from the December 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.

November’s survey of hedge fund managers finds their optimism on U.S. stocks is at a year to date high, while bearish sentiment is at a seven-month low. Our monthly survey of managers’ 30-day outlook on the S&P 500 found bullish sentiment up only slightly from a month ago despite the sharp recovery from September’s sell-off.

A notable jump in optimism on the U.S. Dollar index pushed bearish sentiment to a 19-month low in November, but sentiment on 10-year U.S. Treasuries remains mostly neutral. For the fourth month in a row, a majority of managers expects stocks to outperform bonds and precious metals. Bearishness on gold climbed to an 18-month high this month, while bullishness on oil sank to a 10-month low.

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

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the December 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, November 20, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Down 0.49% in October; Market Volatility Challenges Active Traders

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, November 20, 2014 – Managed futures lost 0.49% in October according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 3.88% for the year.

“A spike in intra-month volatility coupled with sharp mid-month price reversals in financial markets made for a difficult trading environment in October,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Slips 0.11% in October; Intra-Month Volatility Extracts Its Toll

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, November 19, 2014 — Hedge funds lost 0.11% in October, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. After ten months in 2014 the Index is up 2.87%.

“Continued easing by the ECB and the BOJ as the Federal Reserve wound down its bond purchases, the unraveling of crowded trades in Abbvie/Shire and Fannie/Freddie and S&P 500 earnings exceeding expectations propelled risk asset prices sharply lower in the first half of the month, only to recoup those losses by month’s end," says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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