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 […]
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 […]
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.
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
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.
It feels like the trend of bankers leaving the industry to start hedge funds could be accelerating with two senior figures apparently leaving to do just that. It’s an interesting time to make a change because while there are plenty of incentives for traders to leave banks, there are just as many challenges in the hedge fund world – albeit of a different nature.
The perception is that hedge funds are struggling and losing assets thanks to that under-performance and that may be the case across the industry, however I suspect it’s just a few headline big names that are creating that perception.
In addition to more volatile markets, hedge fund managers are facing the additional challenge of more active investor behaviour according to Credit Suisse’s mid-year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey. The survey, which polled over 200 global institutional investors representing almost $700 billion in hedge fund investments, found that 84% of investors redeemed from hedge funds […]