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CTA Funds See Gains in April

The Barclay CTA Index reflects a positive month for funds, gaining 0.85% in April 2019. Strong performance in recent months has allowed the Barclay CTA Index to gain 2.28% year-to-date. April also saw gains for nine out of 10 of the BarclayHedge’s CTA indices, bringing all ten into positive territory for 2019. “Four consecutive months […]

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 […]

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 […]

CTAs: Feeling the Heat

2018 saw CTAs cap a generally poor decade of performance with a particularly bad year of losses. Given this, Galen Stops takes a look at whether the rationale for investors including CTA strategies in their portfolio is still valid. Post financial crisis, CTAs have struggled to produce returns, with only 2010 and 2014 standing out […]

In the FICC of it

This week’s podcast opens with Galen Stops gloating over Colin Lambert because CTAs – and in particular ones using trend following strategies – are (finally!) producing some positive returns. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, argues Lambert, but Stops is convinced that this is the beginning of an upswing for these hedge funds. This leads into a more serious discussion about some the challenges facing CTAs when their trend following models aren’t working. For example, do they alter their models to improve returns at the risk of diluting their potency as a diversifier within investors’ portfolios?

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

In the FICC of it

Following on from Profit & Loss’ recent Forex Network New York event, Galen Stops gives picks out a few key themes from each panel session for discussion with Colin Lambert.On the trading side, they talk about whether there is such thing as “the wrong kind of volatility”, Stops says that panellist responses to a Brexit question perfectly sums up the confusion around recent political events in the UK and they question whether the industry has become so good at trading FX that it’s effectively killed market.Looking at trends around credit intermedation, Stops reveals that there is an emerging debate about whether more buy side firms will gravitate towards the FXPB or centrally cleared model and the pair discuss why it might be inevitable that market participants will pay more for PB services in the future.

What Factors Will Drive Allocation Decisions This Year?

Institutional allocators, wealth managers and family offices want the best performance possible from their portfolios, but what does “best” really mean for these firms? When they allocate towards hedge funds or other alternatives, are they looking for improved returns or for portfolio diversification? And what are the trends that will drive allocation decisions in 2019?These are amongst the key questions that will be addressed by a panel of seasoned allocators at the upcoming Profit & Loss New York conference on March 27.

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.

Hedge Fund Performance Improves – But is it Enough?

Will improved performance from hedge funds in early 2019 help shift the perspectives of prospective allocators to these funds?At the end of last year investors were seemingly nervous about stock market volatility, global economic uncertainty and major commodity price downturns – with hedge fund redemptions reaching $42.3 billion in December, according to data from BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions. This was the largest monthly outflow in five years and represented the fourth straight month of net redemptions.This data comes from the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator, published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions, and shows that this was the largest monthly outflow in at least five years, and a fourth consecutive month of straight redemptions. In total, hedge fund outflows in 2018 stood at $89.2 billion, or 3.1% of total industry assets.