Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 0.50% in March; All CTA Indices Show Positive Returns in 2015

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, April 22, 2015 — Managed futures traders gained 0.50% in March according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 3.47% year to date.

“Equity markets were mixed, commodities gave back the prior month’s gain, and interest rates turned lower after trending higher in February. But you wouldn’t know it based on CTA returns in March,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 0.46% in March; Hedge Funds Outperform S&P in First Quarter

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, April 21, 2015 — Hedge funds were up 0.46% in March, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.57% through the end of the first quarter, versus a return of 0.95% for the S&P 500.

“Prices for risk assets declined in March as the headwinds fomented by weaker than expected consumer spending and durable goods orders, together with a strengthening US Dollar, drove equities and commodities lower,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 

Strong US Dollar Helps Brazil Farmers, Makes Soybean Price Outlook More Bearish

Although the Brazilian real is currently weak due to its poor economic performance, farmers in Brazil benefit from a weaker real relative to the US dollar because soybeans are priced in dollars on the world market. Good yields and high prices during the past several years have put Brazilian farmers in a strong financial position, and have encouraged an increase of Brazil’s soy area. Coupled with increases in US and South American soybean areas, and good yields in both regions, world soybean stocks are now at record large levels. In “Strong US Dollar Helps Brazil Farmers, Makes Soybean Price Outlook More Bearish,” Chris Eggerman, Vice President – Informa Economics, Inc. examines the impact these supplies will have on soybean planting in Brazil and elsewhere, and on world soy bean futures this year and into 2016.

Read the full study here.

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

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

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Asset Bubbles: Re–Thinking Policy for the Age of Asset Management

By Brad Jones, International Monetary Fund

In his paper, the author offers reflections on why asset bubbles continue to threaten economic stability despite financial markets becoming more informationally efficient, more complete, and more heavily influenced by sophisticated (i.e. presumably rational) institutional investors.

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

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February 2015 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Hedge funds enjoyed a strong month with 17 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices showing positive returns in February. The average return for the 2,937 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a February return is +2.23%. The estimates for March, 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 March.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for February as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged -0.12%. March’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is +1.58%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

From the April 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 Add $7.2 Billion in February, Rebounding from Outflow of $11.2 Billion in January. Industry Returns Hit Two-Year High but Lag S&P 500

Sausalito, CA — April 7, 2015 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $7.2 billion (0.3% of assets) in February, the strongest inflow in the past six months and a turnabout from January’s outflow of $11.2 billion (0.5% of assets).

“The redemptions of $4.1 billion in the first two months of this year stand in dramatic contrast to the inflow of $31.6 billion in the same period last year,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “In the past 12 months, hedge funds added $39.2 billion, down 57% from $91.4 billion in the previous twelve-month span.”

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

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

 

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

The topical study from the April 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 are most likely to be bullish on U.S. stocks, according our March survey, but sentiment has darkened over the past 30 days. Optimism on U.S. stocks edged down to a six-month low and bearishness jumped to a five-month high.

Managers grew more bearish on U.S. Treasuries this month and more bullish on the U.S. Dollar Index. Three-quarters of respondents expect developed markets to outperform emerging and frontier markets in the next six months, while a slim majority expect stocks to outperform bonds and precious metals in the same time frame. Managers grew less optimistic about gold prices for the second month in a row.

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

Accredited investors can read the entire article for free. From the April 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, 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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