Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Barclay CTA Index Down 1.27% in April; Trend Reversals and Drop in USD Trigger Decline

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, May 18, 2015 — Managed futures traders lost 1.27% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.22% year to date.

“Sharp trend reversals in commodity and bond markets, coupled with a rapid unanticipated decline in the value of the US Dollar, led the Barclay CTA Index to its worst month since May 2013, when it dropped 1.58 percent,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

 

Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.25% in April; Rising Stock Markets and Tightening Credit Spreads Boost Funds

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, May 14, 2015 — Hedge funds were up 1.25% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 3.82% year to date.

“Rising stock prices provided the tailwind for equity hedge funds in April,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge.

Read the entire Hedge Fund Press Release by clicking here.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

 

TrimTabs and BarclayHedge Report Hedge Funds Lose $850 Million in March and Redeem $34.6 Billion in Past Six Months, Biggest Consecutive Quarterly Outflow Since 2009. Industry Outperforms S&P 500 in March

Fairfield, IA — May 14, 2015 — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed $850 million (0.03% of assets) in March, a turnabout from February’s inflow of $5.4 billion (0.2% of assets).

“Redemptions from hedge funds totaled $34.6 billion over the past six months, the largest consecutive quarterly outflow since June 2009,” said Sol Waksman, president and founder of BarclayHedge. “Hedge funds redeemed $15.1 billion (0.6% of assets) in Q1 2015, a striking contrast from Q1 2014, when they hauled in $42.6 billion (1.8% of assets).”

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

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

China Stockpiling: Still Not a Long-Term Solution

Three years ago, in this column, Informa Economics looked at the issue of China stockpiling domestic cotton. The article proved prophetic in that the unintended consequences of the program that was in place from 2011-2013 are now being addressed by the Chinese government, which subsequently began selling cotton from the reserve in 2014, and then implemented a policy of direct farmer subsidy. In their follow-up study, “China Stockpiling: Still Not a Long-Term Solution,” Informa Economics reexamines the impact the past actions and more recent policies are having on Chinese farmers, domestic cotton sowings and on world cotton prices.

Read the full study here.

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

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The Economic Consequences of Investor Relations: A Global Perspective

By G. Andrew Karolyi, Professor of Finance and Economics and Alumni Professor in Asset Management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; and Rose C. Liao, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University

Their study sheds new light on the importance of IR and the specific mechanism through which value may be added.

Download the full article here.

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

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

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March 2015 Hedge Fund and CTA Performance

Overall, 15 of Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices had gains in March. The average return for the 3,018 hedge funds (ex. FoFs) that have so far reported a March return is +0.44%. The estimates for April, 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, 14 of 18 hedge fund sectors are showing positive returns for April.

Commodity Trading Advisor performance for March as measured by the Barclay CTA Index averaged +0.57%. April’s estimate based on the performance of the Barclay BTOP50 Index is -2.83%.

Hedge Fund Indices Managed Futures Indices

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

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

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

The topical study from the May 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 is at a seven-month low, according our April survey, which finds an even, three-way split of bullish, bearish, and neutral sentiment on the S&P 500 over the next 30 days.

The survey finds declining pessimism on U.S. Treasuries amid waning optimism on the U.S. Dollar Index. Sentiment favoring emerging markets hit a twelve-month high, though a narrow majority still expects developed markets to outperform. Managers grew less bearish on gold prices, but most do not expect lower oil prices six months from now.

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

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


Read the entire Managed Futures Press Release by clicking here.

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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.

Read the entire Hedge Fund Press Release by clicking here.

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