Ogier Partner Peter Cockhill recently examined the direction in which the Cayman Islands regulator CIMA is headed on fund governance. He thinks the costs of the new framework, though real, will prove reasonable given the benefits.
Hedge Fund Industry Trends
October saw some outflow of money from hedge funds in North (and Latin) America, though there were net inflows in the other regions. Eurekahedge attributes the North American outflow to profit taking and portfolio shuffling, and expects that money will be back.
Guest columnist Andrew Beer looks at fee reduction as an "alpha generator."
Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at the U.S. JOBS Act for what it is...and isn't.
Cerulli reminds us that risk-on/risk-off environments now alternate with dizzying speed. Even within the course of 2013 there has been a swing from cautious optimism to just-plain cautious.
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at the asset-raising obstacles for small- to mid-sized hedge funds.
Print 'em out and head to the beach for one last hurrah of summer!
Commonfund doesn't seem to have its heart in the project of defending hedge funds specifically as winners of alpha. Rather, its new white paper offers other, non-alpha, defense of the hedge fund as an institution.
Grant Jaffarian, AlphaTerra LLC, discussed the importance of messaging
Citi Prime's report has in mind specifically the situation of hedge fund firms that are interested in expanding into the public-offerings space. They have to keep in mind that they'll have a completely different investing audience from that of the QIPs and institutions to which they are accustomed.
As Julian Young, Partner, EMEIA Asset Management, E&Y put it, some alternative investment fund managers will need to "operate across a patchwork quilt of regulatory standards [in Europe] for the next few years at least" despite the standardization goals that were part of the appeal behind AIFMD.
Guest columnist Barbara Tollis takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the JOBS Act.
The key to an equity hedge strategy in the U.S. at present is that “the basket of those stocks generating healthy profits becomes clearer to differentiate from those that are having trouble doing so” through the earnings season. PrevInvest is moderately bullish on this, but not bullish on an event-driven strategy.
Celent reports that for many wealth managers the nature of market conditions, and in particular the ever more strenuous compliance demands, have pressed them to make more effective use of the technology portion of their budget, from the front office to the back. We give some thought to the implicit imagery.
Don Steinbrugge, guest columnist, on what the US JOBS Act may mean for hedge fund marketing.
Asset managers within the Asian boutique universe keep telling GFIA that "asset raising is hard" in the present climate. It isn't going to become easy any time soon, but there is a new level of stability.
Private fund managers who want to be part of this wave, who hope to compete for the retail investment market with their absolute-return and non-correlation toolkit, shouldn’t think it is going to be easy. One of the sections of the SEI report is headed “understanding the hurdles.”
On of the key points of the new report from Barclays, Making It Big, is that there are four broad business strategies that define hedge fund managers: product specialists (PS); asset class specialists (ACS); multi-strategy managers (MSM); and diversified alternative asset managers (DAAM). This classification has implications for growth.
It was surely not irrational for Starboard Value, a year ago, to ask its fellow AOL shareholders to withhold or withdraw the sort of 'trust' that Armstrong has requested of them on the subject of the hyper-local news experiment Patch.
The arrest of Rajaratnam almost four years ago and the subsequent anti-insider enforcement activity doesn't of course come as news. But it raises fascinating questions about consequences: what have been the consequences amongst traders?
To encourage further exchange and understanding, I went back to Mr. Rice, after reading a comment from our reader, and asked him to expand on managed funds and their noncorrelation with traditional (largely equity) investment strategies. Tags, Agriculture, Commodities, Derivatives
Guest columnist Diane Harrison takes a hard look at asset raising and the people who do it.
PrevInvest begins a new report by documenting the doldrums in which long/short equity is stuck. As a first approximation because in the post-crisis world, certain traditional forms of stock-picker virtue have gone unrewarded.
Three scholars find a very real possibility that there is a cause and effect relationship between index flows in the derivatives markets, at least the agricultural index markets, on the one hand and price moves in the underlying commodity on the other.
The pattern with respect to allocations by institutional investors to hedge funds since 2009 is somewhat different from that of allocations to private equity. As Preqin’s report explains, many institutions have long been familiar with hedge funds, their learning curve has flattened out so to speak, and they have established a target allocation for hedge funds considered as an asset class.
Twelve ministries in the People's Republic of China, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, have together released guidelines for accelerating M&A activity in key industries. this is one of the "bright spots" that may lighten up the future for the M&A world, though macro-economic realities in the U.S. and Europe are holding it back.
By Don Steinbrugge
Guest columnist Andrew Beer re-visits two significant studies on hedge fund replication.
One take-away from David Stockman's new best selling book is that the phrase "hedge fund" may well be on its way beyond descriptive significance. In the public realm, a "hedge fund" is now as much a metaphor as is a "Trojan horse." It is becoming a metaphor for any institution's failure to hedge.
Part II of a new SEI report on hedge funds and adapting to survival.
All three classes of hedge fund outperformed the relevant index, Topix 1000, in the period since January 2004. Also, both broad based indexes and two of the HF indexes show a sharp uptick on the right hand edge of the graph, reflecting the ascension of Prime Minister Abe and the aggressive policies of the Bank of Japan.
“Few managers would be surprised,” SEI says, “that nearly one-third of the institutions queried in SEI’s 2012 survey reported making their due diligence processes more robust over the last two years.” The new robustness in the search for the nature and sustainability of the funds’ edge involves a new granularity, the questioning of specific investment decisions in the context of portfolio construction models.
"America’s top 25 hedge fund managers make more than all the CEOs of the S&P 500 combined.”????--The Economist, October 2012 Hedge Funds have had an incredible run over the last 2 decades. The annual salaries and bonuses of the most successful managers have been amongst the highest paid to anyone, anywhere, ever. Astronomical wealth has kept everything from top end international property to luxury goods to private yachts afloat for many years. ?This is starting to change. Multiple headwinds of lackluster performance, increasing competition and invasive regulation are starting to bite.
Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at the future of hedge fund fees.
Beachhead Capital looks at performance in the long/short equity sector and finds that small funds outperform the large.
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at hedge fund fees.
Forty-three percent of managers see Dodd-Frank as having a negative impact; 35 percent see it as having no impact at all; only 22 percent see it as a positive. The positive they see in it may simply be the presumed improved access to institutions that are “keen to invest in vehicles with some degree of regulated oversight,” in the words of Preqin's Amy Bensted.
A FinCad white paper looks at the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of outsourcing risk analysis.
Rene Levesque looks at risk management and absolute return from an industry practitioner's point of view.
Diane Harrison looks at marketing opportunities for hedge funds in 2013.
If you are managing the portfolio of an institution that invests in hedge funds, you might want to ensure that some sizable portion of the HF-allocated assets go to funds managed by women-led firms. In this, you will have company.
Veteran hedge fund marketer and institutional investor Don Steinbrugge looks at some of the hedge fund trends for 2013.
Shane Brett looks at distribution and the pros and cons of managed account platforms.
Hedge fund partners and traders in a given city socialize together, they talk shop, and they may have histories together in other local institutions before opening their respective hedge fund firms. They naturally develop locally distinctive ideas and practices, such as the value emphasis in Boston, or the relatively lower fees distinctive to Dallas.
The smallest of the four groups of hedge fund firms, those with AUM under $250 million, control only 6.3 percent of the industry's assets, yet pay roughly 19 percent of the aggregate business expenses. It's tough to be small, better to be medium sized, still better to be large, though it isn't necessarily best to be extra large.
The lead-up to the late October Bank of Japan announcement constituted a moment of truth for opportunistic hunters of alpha. Start 22 Fund took profits in the mid-October rally and ended the month up 2 percent, despite generally weak equity markets. Carnico Japan was "less nimble," in the words of GFIA.
Away from the bleak headlines, the funds of hedge funds industry is quietly reinventing itself.
In Jack Schwager's view, the hedge fund industry as a whole is not a "mirage" at all. But relying on the past track record of specific funds or strategies: that is a dangerous reliance upon a mirage. Perhaps suggest that Grandma should put her nest egg in a diversified fund of funds.
Only a sliver of investors (2 percent) believe that regulation is effective in preventing the next crisis. Indeed, even the number of those who are neutral on that point is smallish, because a full 85 percent see regulations as ineffective for this purpose, though skepticism is not quite so intense on the matter of the value of regulations in protecting investor interests.
Ineichen, the author of AIMA's updated roadmap to hedge funds, addresses some of the hot-button issues of investor/management interaction, including fees, leverage, and style drift. Although investors are naturally inclined to see style drift as a bad thing, they should be cautious about demanding that managers stay within a tightly-defined core area of expertise.