Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 7.71% in 2014; Largest Traders Return 12.31% for the Year

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, January 21, 2015 — The Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge gained 7.71% in 2014. The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, was up 12.31% in 2014.

“The BTOP50 had a strong finish, ending the year with five consecutive profitable months and putting in its best performance since the financial meltdown in 2008 when it gained 13.58 percent,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Down 0.18% in December; Hedge Funds Gain 3.16% in 2014

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, January 20, 2015 — Hedge funds lost 0.18% in December, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge The Index was up 3.16% in 2014.

“Renewed concerns of a Greek exit from the European Union, plummeting oil prices, and swooning Russian financial markets took a toll on global equity and commodity markets as risk assets staged a broad decline,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

 

What Would Russian Export Restrictions Mean for Wheat in 2015/16?

Wire reports first surfaced in late November that Russian lobbyists had met with officials to discuss possible restrictions aimed at slowing the shipment of Russian grain in hopes of helping to bolster domestic supplies. In “What Would Russian Export Restrictions Mean for Wheat in 2015/16?” Rob Hatchett, Commodity Analyst – Informa Economics, delves into what policy changes, if any, would occur and what that would mean for world wheat prices if Russian export curbs extend into the 2015/16 marketing year.

Read the full study here.

From the January 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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Business Risk: An Often Neglected but Significant Source of Risk

“Never underestimate business risk,” is the lead-up cautionary advice of SwissAnalytic’s latest white paper. In “Business Risk: An Often Neglected but Significant Source of Risk,” the authors reflect on some recent news about an embezzlement case and provide other historical examples, which espouse the importance of examining business risk when researching potential alternative investments. The paper highlights areas of importance such as looking into the financial viability of the firm, staffing and compensation, the compliance function, the firm’s and its employees’ backgrounds, and asset transfer controls…to name a few.

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.

To download a sample "Silver" Due Diligence Report, simply fill out this short request form.

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Best Ideas of Hedge Funds

By Sergey Maslennikovy, Ph.D. student and Parker Hund, undergraduate student, both at Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

In their paper the authors evaluate the investment skill of hedge fund managers and focus on the performance of large holdings in hedge fund portfolios. Their research is differentiated from others in that the hedge funds examined are identified among all 13F filers in 1980-2013, which is one of the longest samples used in hedge fund literature, and is free of the survivorship and self-reporting biases.

Download the full article here.

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

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New Fund Launches - January 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 January 2015 issue of the BarclayHedge Insider Report. Accredited investors can subscribe to the full newsletter for free.

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November 2014 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Overall, 15 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had gains in November. The average return for the 3,010 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a November return is +0.65%. The estimates for December, 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 December.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for November as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged +2.81%. December’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is +1.06%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

From the January 2015 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 $10.2 Billion in November but Underperform S&P 500. January-November Inflows Largest since 2007

Sausalito, CA — January 13, 2015 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that inflows to the hedge fund industry rebounded to $10.2 billion (0.4% of assets) in November from $1.1 billion (0.05% of assets) in October.

“Hedge funds took in $107.6 billion in the first 11 months of 2014, the largest January-November inflow since 2007,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “That’s a 61% jump from $66.9 billion in the same period a year ago.”


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Friday, January 9, 2015

 

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

The topical study from the January 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.

Bullish sentiment on U.S. stocks among hedge fund managers climbed to a fresh year-to-date high in December; the third consecutive monthly increase. Bearish sentiment, however, also rose slightly this month.

Bullishness on the U.S. Dollar Index is at an all-time high in the four-year history of our survey. Similarly, a record high percentage of managers expects developed market equities to outperform emerging and frontier market equities in the next six months. Optimism on gold prices is at a five-month high, while bullishness on oil prices is at a six-month high.

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

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the January 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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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."

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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