And Another Thing…

Back in the day there were certain “clients” who would flat-out lie to their LPs about their trade being “full amount”. Nowadays, thanks to better data and analytics this type of behaviour can be spotted fairly easily and this has meant that now clients are quite open about the “full amount” not actually being “full […]
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Is FX a Dirty Word for Allocators?

Although FX as an asset class still offers potential for returns, asset managers are increasingly reluctant to allocate funds towards trading strategies that are only focused on FX trading, said speakers at the annual Profit & Loss Forex Network New York event. On a panel session looking at allocation trends, the moderator observed that the speakers […]
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Quants the Sole Bright Spot Amongst Crypto Funds

A new report published this week shows that while the median return for crypto hedge funds was a staggering -46% last year, quant funds managed a median return of 8%. The data contained in the report, which was published by PwC and Elwood Asset Management, was collected within the first quarter of 2019 across the […]
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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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