Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 2.25% in February; Central Banks Buoy Rising Equity Markets

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, March 17, 2015 — Hedge funds were up 2.25% in February, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.14% year to date. “Risk factors were largely out of the limelight in February,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

“The ECB extension of aid to Greece and its new €1.1 trillion stimulus package rallied European equity markets, while rising prices for oil and other commodities calmed deflation fears.”


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

 

TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Shed $8.9 Billion in January Following Outflow of $28.1 Billion in December

Sausalito, CA — March 10, 2015 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $8.9 billion (0.4% of assets) in January, down from December’s outflow of $28.1 billion (1.1% of assets), which was the largest since April 2009.

“The hedge fund industry has not suffered two consecutive monthly outflows since mid-2012,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “Hedge funds added $57.8 billion from February 2014 through January 2015, down 24% from $75.7 billion in the previous twelve-month span.”



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US Ethanol Stocks Climb on Record Productions while Blending Margins Fall: Where is Ethanol Production Headed Next?

The US is the top ethanol–producing country in the world. With domestic consumption of ethanol limited by the E10 blend wall and the outlook for crude oil and gasoline prices expected to remain low during the next few years, pressure will likely remain on ethanol prices, keeping production margins low. In “US Ethanol Stocks Climb on Record Productions while Blending Margins Fall: Where is Ethanol Production Headed Next?” Amanda Bittner, Commodity Analyst, Research – Informa Economics, Inc. delves into factors that will impact ethanol prices and production margins, including crude oil and gasoline prices, blend wall and US ethanol exports, and how these, as well as other factors, will ultimately have an effect on US corn futures in the months ahead.

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From the March 2015 issue of Barclay's Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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Hedge Fund Flows and Performance Streaks: How Investors Weigh Information

By Ying Li, Asst. Professor of Business, Univ. of Washington Bothell; A. Steven Holland, Professor of Business, Univ. of Washington Bothell; and Hossein B. Kazemi, Professor of Finance, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

In their paper, the authors show that time-varying performance– and flow–related conditions influence hedge funds’ risk-shifting behavior. They also demonstrate that hedge fund managers adjust their risk-taking in a way that is consistent with their fund characteristics.

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From the February 2015 issue of Barclay's Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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New Fund Launches - March 2015

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 March 2015 issue of the BarclayHedge Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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January 2015 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Overall, 10 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices were in positive territory in January. However, the average return for the 2,895 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a January return is -0.10%. The estimates for February, 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, 17 of 18 hedge fund sectors are showing positive returns for February.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for January as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged +3.10%. February’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is -0.72%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

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TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Survey of Hedge Fund Managers - February 2015 Survey

The topical study from the March 2015 issue of The Hedge Fund Flow Report. Gain insight into industry trends and hedge fund asset flows before you make your next important decision.

Hedge fund managers’ optimism on U.S. stocks faded a bit in February, breaking a four-month streak of monthly increases that culminated to a 15-month high in January. Bearish sentiment edged lower amid a rebound in neutral sentiment.

Bullishness on the U.S. dollar eased in February from January’s record high. For the 24th month in a row, a majority of survey respondents expects developed markets to outperform emerging and frontier markets over the next six months. While managers are less bullish on gold prices this month, few of them expect oil prices to fall further.

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

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the March 2015 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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Monday, February 23, 2015

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 3.41% in January; Currency Traders Up 4.11% in First Month of 2015

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 23, 2015 — Managed futures traders got off to a fast start in 2015, with a 3.41% gain in January according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

“Trends from the prior month stayed on track in January as commodity prices continued to move lower while bonds, equity markets outside the US, and the US dollar all moved higher,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.03% in January; Macro Funds Profit from Market Turmoil and Gain 1.91%

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, February 19, 2015 — Hedge funds were up 0.03% overall in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge.

“Central banks took center stage in January’s financial turmoil as the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly abandoned its currency peg to the euro and the European Central Bank surprised investors when it announced monthly QE asset purchases that exceeded expectations,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 

Despite Transition Toward Herd Growth, Larger Beef Production; Price Pessimism Likely Overdone

Following several years of herd liquidation, induced by escalating feed costs and dismal operating margins, 2015 is expected to be a transition year for the cattle industry — from herd liquidation to growth — followed by increases in beef production. In “Despite Transition Toward Herd Growth, Larger Beef Production; Price Pessimism Likely Overdone,” Mike Sands, Vice President – Informa Economics examines the fundamental underpinnings and beef merchandising challenges contributing to the cattle and beef markets this winter and into the summer months of 2015.

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From the February 2015 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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