Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

Barclay CTA Index Gains 1.63% in August; Positive Trends Lift All Managed Futures Strategies

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, September 18, 2014 — Managed futures gained 1.63% in August according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 2.18%.

“The trend was a friend in August,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “The S&P 500 rallied to new all-time highs, US Treasury yields declined to new lows on the year, and the US dollar continued to strengthen.”

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Gains 1.28% in August; Most Hedge Fund Strategies Are Profitable in 2014

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, September 17, 2014 — Hedge funds gained 1.28% in August, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is now up 4.44% in 2014.

“The S&P 500 gained four percent in August, propelling the index into new high ground,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “Global equity markets followed suit and rallied as well.”


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 

Does the World Want More Milk in 2015?

The continued declines in prices at the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction have pushed New Zealand dairy prices below production cost. Dairy prices in Europe and the US are falling as well, but the collapse has been faster and more dramatic in Oceania. The Russian import embargo, announced in early August, will also have a significant impact on dairy markets. Meanwhile the biggest unknown is Chinese imports due to poor quality data. In “Does the World Want More Milk in 2015?,” Nathaniel Donnay, Senior Dairy Analyst, Livestock – Informa Economics, Inc. examines what the dairy world will look like for the remainder of 2014 and through 2015.

Read the full study here.

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

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Do Alternative UCITS Deliver What They Promise?

By Michael Busack, Absolut Research GmbH; Wolfgang Drobetz, School of Business, University of Hamburg; and Jan Tille, Absolut Research GmbH

In their paper the authors study the performance of alternative UCITS funds, while accounting for potential survivorship biases, and assess the degree of the value added for an investor in terms of enhanced diversification benefits.

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

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

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July 2014 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Hedge funds plunged into negative territory in July with fifteen of Barclay's 18 hedge fund indices showing losses. The average return for the 2,910 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a July return is -0.55%. The estimates for August, 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 August.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for July as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged -0.07%. August’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is +2.65%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

From the September 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 Redeem Scant $40 Million in July and Outperform S&P 500. January-July Inflow of $80.1 Billion Highest since 2007

New York, NY — September 9, 2014 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed a scant $40 million in July, the first monthly outflow of the year, after taking in $5.1 billion (0.2% of assets) in June.

“While hedge fund flows were essentially flat in July, inflows in the first seven months of the year totaled $80.1 billion, the highest inflows from January through July since 2007,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. The industry took in $35.0 billion in the same period in 2013.


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

 

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

The topical study from the September 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.

Bullish sentiment on U.S. stocks is at a five-month high among the hedge fund managers we surveyed this month. Their conviction is not especially strong, however: 38.5% of survey respondents are bullish on the S&P 500 over the next 30 days, 28.1% are bearish, and 33.3% are neutral. Bullish sentiment this month is running well above its year-to-date average of 32.6%, while bearish sentiment is in line with its 28.0% YTD average.

Just over half of the managers are bullish on the U.S. Dollar Index for the second month in a row. A larger majority expects equities to outperform bonds and precious metals in the next six months, the first reading above 50% this year. Managers are less optimistic on gold prices and more optimistic on oil prices than they were in last month’s survey.

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

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

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