Guest columnist Donald Steinbrugge, CFA, looks at the bad rap hedge funds have gotten and talks about why it's not deserved.
Hedge Fund Industry Trends
The international push to mandate central clearing has expanded the clearinghouses "well beyond levels the market has ever seen," Greenwich Associates reminds us in a new report. This is an experiment, and there remains some grounds for uncertainty about the outcome.
Surveys suggest that certain conspicuous ongoing trends will continue. For example, the classic 20 + 2 fee structure will continue to crumble, replaced by "customized" structures. A full 91% of the small hedge fund managers who filled out a survey agreed with this. A mere 76% of large hedge fund managers did likewise.
Funds of funds are quite different entities from single-manager funds from the point of view of the number of women in senior C-suite roles. Different in what direction? That depends upon the country under consideration.
Guest columnist Diane Harrison finds five trends in hedge funds that are worth watching.
Andrew Beer looks at what happens when talented hedge fund managers try and perform within the constraints of the mutual fund structure.
Eurekahedge tells us that hedge funds were in the black 4.57% in 2014. That's hardly cause for celebration, since the MSCI World Index returned 6.79% over the same year. But all eyes now turn to the still-sliding price of oil.
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge, CFA, surveys institutional investors and hedge funds to find out what the top trends may be for 2015.
A proposed new set of principles, designed to encourage investors in the alt-investment industry in their discussions with their managements, encourages skepticism both about side-pocketed assets and about other investors' sweetheart deals (i.e. "side letters.")
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge examines what might happen to hedge funds if there's a 2008 "Groundhog Day" in the markets.
Big Data makes possible new ranges of inferences, and gives value to new skill sets. There will continue to be plenty of roles for human beings in recognizing the shadows cast by the intense light emitted by new technologies.
Guest columnist Andrew Beer looks at the changes in institutional investing.
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge, CFA, looks at some of the potential reactions to CalPERS' leaving hedge funds.
Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at what advisors think of hedge funds.
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at why the same hedge fund firms consistently bring in the assets.
Why it is possible that the recent uptick in animal spirits in Japan comes largely from a sense that Abenomics as originally conceived has run its course, and that Abe and the rest of the gang there will have to move on shortly.
One takeaway, from the point of view of the managers, is that a close engagement with institutional investors requires a lot of time and effort, and those commodities have to be budgeted. How to handle the circumstances of industry maturity is an individualized call.
Guest columnist Rick Ehrhart looks at hedge fund incentive compensation.
Some Japan-focused long/short equity funds did produce positive returns in April, swimming against the stream in a month when Topix, Nikkei, and TSE Mothers all fell.
Andrew Beer, guest columnist, takes another look at the never-ending debate about hedge fund fees. Do they or don't they justify themselves?
Jeff Malec, CAIA, looks at why large hedge funds have all the fun and get all the money.
Guest columnists Andrew Beer and Michael Weinberg look at the opportunities that lie in the largely untapped alternative mutual fund markets.
As the TABB Group and SEI remind us in a new report, "Reinventing Buy-side Infrastructure," the legacy systems widely in use on the Buy side are inadequate to post-legacy challenges, both for traditional and for alternatives managers. There's got to be a better way.
We'll suppose you're an investor with a dream. You want to get in on the ground floor of something that will be really big. You can't be risk averse then, can you?
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at how hedge funds can and do use social media
Japan-focused funds had three consecutive months of negative returns this quarter. These numbers look particularly jarring in contrast to the 2013 returns, from back in the days when Abenomics was being hailed as a success.
By Jeff Malec, CAIA CEO, Founding Partner Attain Capital Management, LLC The Twittersphere couldn’t get enough of the news last week that hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones was shutting down one of his eponymous funds, the Tudor Tensor Fund (try saying Tudor Tensor 10 times fast). And critics of hedge funds will jump to the […]
Have the emerging market assets and the funds focused thereon warranted this return of confidence by their recent returns? The answer to this question can't be any more emphatic than, "yes, somewhat."
Few choose to act on the U.S. JOBS Act 'benefits.'
The story told here of Bruce Kovner and a botched soybeans trade conveys a lesson about the value of persistence, and a lesson about risk management.
Why convert a hedge fund to a mutual fund instead of establishing a stand-alone vehicle available to retail investors that could invest alongside the existing hedge fund?
AIFMD brings many changes to the table. Grant Thornton Ireland has issued a new paper looking at the ramifications.
Cutting latency in any one layer is a task distinct from that of cutting it in any of the others. For the physical or interface layer (the ground floor of our ziggurat), optimization involves fiber optics and efficient queue management.
Global macro was the strategy of choice for many of the big managers early in their careers. Big-name brands including Soros, Tudor and Moore saw the value of the strategy in the 1990s. This oft-misunderstood strategy is returning to the forefront. Diane Harrison looks at why.
Deloitte's pie graphs emphasize the degree to which both hedge funds and PE vehicles have become dependent upon institutions in general, and detached from the retail market. But Deloitte says that 2014 "will likely see additional efforts by alternative fund managers to engage the retail investor base by taking their alternative investment strategies mainstream."
Managed futures are performing quite poorly. They also have a higher standard deviation than the HF industry aggregate, so it seems that if you're invested there your losses are at least buying you greater risk. [Wait. That can't be right.]
A new white paper from Debtwire and Bingham McCutchen finds some reason to be bullish about the distressed debt market in 2014. The long-awaited tapering of the Federal Reserve's easy-money policy may set off a wave of defaults, creating opportunities for the wary.
The latest in a series of annual reports from Rothstein Kass on women in the alternatives world adopts a somewhat less cheery tone than did that of last year. No longer is the dominant metaphor a "tipping point." Now it's a marathon.
Rene Levesque, guest author, looks at the differences between absolute return and alpha and answers the question: can you absolutely return alpha?
Guest columnist Diane Harrison considers performance. What's the alternative?
Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge provides his thoughts on what the coming year will bring for hedge funds.
Guest columnist Diane Harrison on taming the taper tiger.
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.
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.