Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Inches Up 0.01% in July; Interest Rate Concerns Spur Sale of Risk Assets

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, August 21, 2014 — Managed futures inched up 0.01% in July according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index has gained 0.69%.

“Market concerns that the Federal Reserve may raise US interest rates sooner than anticipated drove investors to sell risk assets,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 0.44% in July; European and US Equities Burden Fund Managers

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, August 20, 2014 — Hedge funds lost 0.44% in July, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 3.26% in 2014.

“European equity prices dropped due to weakening economic data, and US equity prices dropped based on a strengthening recovery,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Hedge Fund Press Release by clicking here.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

 

TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Get $7.7 Billion in June but Underperform S&P 500. Inflow of $82.5 Billion in First Half of Year Highest since 2007

New York, NY — August 14, 2014 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $7.7 billion (0.3% of assets) in June, down from $19.1 billion (0.8% of assets) in May.

“First half inflows to hedge funds this year totaled $82.5 billion (3.8% of assets), the most since 2007,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. By comparison, the industry took in $26.8 billion (1.5% of assets) in the first half of 2013.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 

Mid-Season Production Assessment and Prospects for 2014 Corn Yield

The initial 2014 NASS estimates for corn and soybean production reflecting prospects as of August 1 will be made public at noon Eastern daylight time on Tuesday, August 12. Through the time of this writing, the 2014 US corn growing season has been broadly ‘well above average.’ In “Mid-Season Production Assessment and Prospects for 2014 Corn Yield,” Don Frahm, Sr. Vice President, Research – Informa Economics, Inc. examines these early estimates, which are made absent of knowledge of major production determining events, and how these developments over the remainder of the season can materially add to or subtract from current yield prospects.

Read the full study here.

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

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Evaluating and Predicting the Failure Probabilities of Hedge Funds

By Hee Soo Lee – School of Business, Yonsei University; and Juan Yao – The University of Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney

In their study, the authors evaluate and forecast the failure probabilities of hedge funds — particularly the failures due to financial distress — using both a hazard model and a logistic model.

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

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New Fund Launches

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 August 2014 issue of the BarclayHedge Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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June 2014 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Hedge funds enjoyed a second consecutive month of gains with sixteen of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices showing positive returns in June. The average return for the 2,884 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a June return is +1.39%. The estimates for July, 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, 12 of 18 hedge fund sectors are showing negative returns for July.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for June as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged +0.66%. July’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is -0.77%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

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

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Friday, August 8, 2014

 

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

The topical study from the August 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 remain narrowly divided on the short term prospects for U.S. stocks despite a string of new highs on the major indexes this year. In July’s survey, 37.2% of respondents are bullish on the S&P 500 over the next 30 days while 34.6% are bearish, a spread of just 2.6 percentage points. The bullbear spread has averaged 2.7 points in the first seven months of 2014, down five-fold from 14.0 points in the last seven months of 2013.

Bullishness on the U.S. Dollar Index climbed to a two-year high of 55.4% this month. Sentiment favoring precious metals has improved for four months in a row, and bullishness on gold prices is at 47.4%, a five month high. The proportion expecting oil prices to rise in six months fell sharply in July to 23.7%, the lowest in six months.

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

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the August 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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Monday, July 21, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.63% in June; CTAs Navigate Divergent Trends Across Markets

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, July 21, 2014 — Managed futures gained 0.63% in June according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 0.65% at mid-year.

“The US Federal Reserve and Bank of England announced that interest rates will be rising soon, while the European Central Bank reaffirmed its commitment to low interest rates, creating cross-currents in equity, fixed income, and currency markets,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.41% in June; Equity Market Rally Gives a Lift to Hedge Funds

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, July 17, 2014 — Hedge funds gained 1.41% in June, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 3.76% in 2014.

“As investor’s shrugged off a downward revision of first quarter GDP and focused instead on the positive economic news coming out of the US, equity markets rallied to new all-time highs in June,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Hedge Fund Press Release by clicking here.

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