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Mexican Peso May Lag Peers: Survey The Mexican peso is expected to underperform most of its peers in the emerging markets, according to a survey of FX corporate and sales executives, traders and strategists attending Bloomberg’s FX16 Symposium found. Out of more than 120 respondents, some 57% ...
TradAir Inks Deal with Singapore-Based Firm TradAir, a front office technology provider, has signed a contract to supply UOB Bullion and Futures (UOBBF) with its platform for trading leveraged FX, non-deliverable forwards and precious metals. UOBBF is the Singapore-based brokerage arm of United Overseas Bank Limited. “...
Non-Bank LPs Prove Their Worth During Brexit Volatility Following the results of the UK referendum decision to leave the European Union last week the common consensus amongst FX market participants has been that the biggest surprise – apart from the result itself – was how well the FX market handled ...
CTAs Continue to Struggle in June Managed futures traders lost -0.98% in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. This was the largest monthly decline so far this year as the index is down -1.65% through the first two quarters of 2017. The BTOP50 Index, which tracks the 50 largest investable CTAs, also fell, registering a loss of -2.60% in June, and is down -4.77% for the year as well. “The first half of 2017 has been difficult for the CTA industry,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “The combination of low volatility and sharp trend reversals has helped to suppress returns for managed futures.”
Spring Time for Hedge Funds? Hedge funds have been much maligned post-financial crisis due a perceived lack of performance. Is this criticism fair? And what is the prognosis for currency funds in particular? Galen Stops takes a look. Earlier this year, Cliff Asness, founder, managing principal and CIO of AQR, published an excellent piece explaining why hedge fund returns should not be compared to 100% long equities returns, as they so often are when people use the S&P 500 as a benchmark. In the article, Asness was unequivocal in his conclusion that hedge funds not keeping up with equities during a nine-year bull market was completely predictable and is certainly not a reason to worry about the performance of these firms.
Currencies Offer a Bright Spot for CTAs Currency trading was one of the few bright spots for CTA performance last year, according to new data from BarclayHedge, now a division of Backstop Solutions.While the Barclay CTA Index was down 2.85% for 2018, the Currency Traders Index was up 5.1% for the year, and the Discretionary Traders Index gained 2.01%.These, however, were the only two indices to post positive returns for the year. Indices posting losses on the year were led by the Cryptocurrency Traders Index, which was down 63.24% through December. The MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders Index was down 5.12% for the year, the Diversified Traders Index declined 4.71%, the Systematic Traders Index dropped 4.16%, the Fin./Met. Traders Index was down 3.20%, and the Agricultural Traders Index was down 0.27%.
Akant Set to Retire From BNP Paribas AM Adnan Akant has announced his retirement from BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM), where he was head of currencies, based in New York.In this role he was responsible for currency alpha and overlay portfolios, as well as the currency portion of global/international portfolios. Akant had been with the firm for 35 years, having originally been with Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW), a predecessor of BNPP AM. Prior to joining FFTW in 1984, Akant managed the World Bank’s liquidity portfolio and advised the treasurer on the bank’s multi-currency borrowing program. He holds a PhD in Systems Science, an MS in Finance, as well as BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He is also a member of the New York Academy of Science and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.