AllianceBernstein to Adopt OpenFin Operating System

AllianceBernstein is working with OpenFin, which provides an operating system (OS) to financial services firms, in a bid to help accelerate its digital transformation strategy. In a release issued today, OpenFin says that this collaboration will enable AllianceBernstein to modernise its desktop technology infrastructure, allowing integration and interoperability with legacy and third-party applications without the […]
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CTAs Continue Positive Performance

Following on from an improvement in February and a strong March, April has been another positive month for CTAs, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was up 2.76% in April, bringing it firmly into positive territory for 2019 year–to–date, to up 4.74%. The strong performance has […]
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And Another Thing…

Following last week’s column I am obviously in the bad books of a small number of buy side firms and as such I intend, in true fashion, to dig myself in a little deeper today. There is a trend in the buy side, indeed business generally, that makes peer-to-peer matching on any reasonable scale even […]
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Moore Set to Launch Buy Side Matching Platform

Jay Moore has officially announced his plans to launch a new buy side-to-buy side matching platform for passive FX hedging programs. The new platform, where Moore will serve as CEO, is called FX HedgePool and is designed to allow institutional investors to trade directly with one another. “For 20 years I’ve been developing products built […]
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And Another Thing…

I noticed that an old favourite turned up in the news cycle last week – indeed I suspect it is moving into the market’s general psyche given more people are talking to me about it – and that is peer-to-peer matching, more specifically asset managers seeking to by-pass the banks because the latter are able […]
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Mesirow Adds to Currency Management Team

Mesirow Financial has added two to its staff roster in its currency management unit with the hires of Aaron Wham and Mike Emambakhsh As a senior vice president, senior portfolio manager, Wham will help launch Mesirow’s new Seattle office where he will focus on implementing the team’s investment strategy and portfolio management functions. He joins […]
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CTA Performance Improves as Trends Return to Markets

All of the Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices posted positive performance in March, with trend followers in particular performing well.The SG CTA Index returned 3.4% last month, which means that it’s now up 1.88% for the year, while the SG Trend Index posted returns of 5.46% in March, and so ends the first quarter of 2019 up 2.89%.Attribution data from the SG Trend Indicator suggests that the upward trend in bond markets was the main driver of positive performance in March, contributing 5.95% at the portfolio level. The renewed upward trend in equity indices was another positive contributor, as well as declines in the euro and Canadian dollar compar
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NAB Launches 2019 Superannuation FX Hedging Survey

National Australia Bank (NAB) has launched its biennial 2019 Superannuation FX hedging survey, the ninth such survey that seeks to provide detailed analysis of how Australian super funds manage their currency exposures. Australia has the fourth biggest superannuation pool in the world, as at December 2018 assets stood at AUD 2.7 trillion, of which around AUD 1.8 trillion is institutional money, with the balance being in private self-managed funds. The bank says this is the only survey of its kind in Australia thanks to the level of detail it goes into around how asset owners are managing their currency risk.
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Elwood Offers a New Way to Invest in Digital Assets

Galen Stops takes a look at the new launch from Elwood Asset Management that is targeting institutional investors wanting exposure to digital assets – without holding cryptocurrencies.London-based Elwood Asset Management, which is backed by Brevan Howard co-founder, Alan Howard, has partnered with Invesco to launch its first product aimed at investors looking for exposure to digital assets, the Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain UCITS ETF.The central problem identified by staff at Elwood prior to this launch is that currently there is a distinct lack of ways for institutional investors to gain exposure to digital assets. Right now, these firms can either buy cryptocurrencies – such as bitcoin – or invest in a venture capital fund, both of which can be problematic for institutional investors given the liquidity and regulatory issues surrounding cryptocurrencies and the limitations dictated by firms’ investment mandates
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BarclayHedge Confirms Positive February for CTAs

Data from BarclayHedge confirms previous Profit & Loss reporting that CTAs saw overall positive results in February, with the BarclayHedge CTA Index showing a 0.32% return last month.Five of eight of the CTA sectors tracked in the Barclay CTA indices were in positive territory for February, though the agriculture and currency sectors were a drag on performance.“CTA funds got in step with equity markets in February, and those able to sit out a week-long energy reversal at the beginning of the month were rewarded by month-end,” says Sol Waksman, president of BarclayHedge.
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