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Gina Germano, Goldbridge Capital Partners

Gina Germano, Goldbridge Capital Partners: “Investors are looking for trusted advisers and long-term constructive relationships, not salesmen delivering pitches”

Sun, 18/11/2012 - 17:12

Gina Germano (pictured), managing partner and head of sub-investment grade at Goldbridge Capital Partners, which launched its first funds this summer, says the specialist credit manager aims to generate consistently strong total returns through a rigorous investment process and fundamental research enabling the investment team to identify value while emphasising capital preservation and hedging market risk. »

Colin McQueen, head of the European equity team at FOUR Capital Partners

Colin McQueen, FOUR Capital Partners: “Clients expect managers to deliver on their objectives and to be kept well informed”

Sun, 02/09/2012 - 11:28

Colin McQueen, head of the European equity team at FOUR Capital Partners, says the firm’s Stable Global strategy, established as a paper portfolio in March and due to be launched this month as a segregated mandate and a Ucits sub-fund, is designed to appeal to investors seeking attractive real returns combined with significantly lower volatility than the equity market as a whole.  »

Doug Bitcon, Rasmala: “Sukuk benefit from an expanding investment universe, improved secondary market liquidity and strong institutional and retail demand”

Doug Bitcon, Rasmala: “Sukuk benefit from an expanding investment universe, improved secondary market liquidity and strong institutional and retail demand”

Sun, 15/07/2012 - 17:49

Doug Bitcon, head of fixed income funds and portfolios at Dubai-based investment manager Rasmala, says the new Global Sukuk Fund he manages is benefiting from a change in attitude on the part of investors, who in the wake of the financial crisis are attracted to sukuk as generally defensive instruments that provide predictable income streams as well as potential for capital growth. »

Andrew Main, Stratton Street Capital

Andrew Main, Stratton Street Capital: “What you do not invest in defines your performance as much as what you do invest in”

Mon, 02/07/2012 - 12:19

Andrew Main (pictured), managing partner of fixed-income specialist Stratton Street Capital, whose products under management or advice include the New Capital Wealthy Nations Bond Fund and the Renminbi Bond Fund, says the firm’s combination of a value approach to individual securities with a top-down macro approach to indebtdness is unique in the business. »

David Rawson-Mackenzie, founder, Centurion Fund Managers

David Rawson-Mackenzie, Centurion Fund Managers: “Structured longevity is a viable option for investors wishing to reduce volatility, manage risk and increase diversification”

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 18:11

David Rawson-Mackenzie (pictured), founder of longevity investment product specialist Centurion Fund Managers, says the launch of the Centurion Global Population Index Structured Note was prompted by research indicating that many investors needed to generate income from their portfolios, wanted long-term investments with low market correlation, and identified preserving wealth as their main aim. »

Nicolas Clavel, chief investment officer, Scipion Capital

Nicolas Clavel, Scipion Capital: “We expect alternative sources of trade finance to expand and secure the market share vacated by European banks”

Tue, 12/06/2012 - 21:34

Nicolas Clavel (pictured), chief investment officer of Scipion Capital and manager of the Scipion African Opportunities Fund, sees increased interest in the firm’s Commodity Trade Finance sub-fund as a wider range of investors look to the strategy in search of absolute returns and a genuine source of alpha. »

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Najy Nasser, Headstart Advisers – “Despite the negatives, the financial crisis brought a number of positives for our business and the hedge fund industry in general”

Tue, 05/06/2012 - 18:17

Najy N Nasser, chief investment officer of Headstart Advisers, manager of the Headstart Fund of Funds, argues that after a difficult three years for fundraising, those funds of hedge funds that have survived and differentiated themselves with strong performance will start to raise assets as investors look to increase exposure to hedge funds, driven by the need for diversification and a more challenging market environment for traditional assets. »

Piers Denne, head of sales and marketing, Future Capital Partners

Piers Denne, Future Capital Partners: “In the current climate investors and advisers are looking for innovative investments with high returns while limiting potential risk”

Sun, 27/05/2012 - 19:48

Piers Denne (pictured), head of sales and marketing at UK alternative investment boutique Future Capital Partners, which specialises in renewable energy as well as in real estate, healthcare, and media and entertainment, sees public initiatives to counter climate change as an important driver of growth and investment returns in renewable energy and related sectors over the coming years. »

David Schofield, president of the international division of INTECH Investment Management

David Schofield, INTECH: “Given the underfunded status of many pension plans, an opportunity to realise alpha is critical”

Tue, 08/05/2012 - 14:08

David Schofield (pictured), president of the international division of INTECH Investment Management, says that while an increased aversion to risk has led to a shift in sentiment away from active management toward passive investing, investors are overlooking the opportunity lost by going passive, to achieve a return greater than the benchmark.  »

Sonia Schulenberg, Level E Capital

Sonia Schulenburg, Level E Capital: “In this environment any product must be extremely competitive, whether through record and return profile, or the fund’s investment premise”

Sun, 11/03/2012 - 10:31

Sonia Schulenburg, founder and chief executive of Level E Capital, says the firm, which has just launched the Maya Market Neutral Fund, draws on the use of artificial intelligence techniques to model price behaviour, find and exploit market inefficiencies, offering investors highly liquid strategies and complete transparency. »

Alex Krainer, portfolio manager, Altana Infatiion Trends Fund

Alex Krainer, Altana Wealth: “Our portfolio holds about two-thirds of risk exposure in commodity markets with tremendous upside potential in an inflationary environment”

Mon, 05/03/2012 - 07:53

Alex Krainer, portfolio manager for the newly-launched Altana Inflation Trends Fund, says the fund was created to meet the challenge of an ongoing global economic crisis and a debt overhang in most of the world’s advanced economies that will have to be resolved through either deflationary deleveraging or high inflation – each of which should lead to significant asset prices readjustments. »

Ian Langton, Zenfin Capital

Ian Langton, Xenfin Capital: “Investors expect, and deserve, a clear, coherent and honest appraisal from the people to whom they entrust their investment”

Mon, 27/02/2012 - 07:52

Ian Langton (pictured), co-manager of Xenfin Capital’s Managed Growth Program, says that while commodity, futures and currency strategies should benefit from investors’ desire for returns that are not correlated with traditional asset classes, alternative investment managers face the challenge that as more participants enter these markets, the benefit of diversification declines and correlation with traditional asset classes increases, along with volatility. »

Jing Sun, investment director and fund manager for the PSigma Global Equity Fund

– Jing Sun, PSigma Asset Management: “We focus on shareholder value creators with long track records of growing cash earnings and dividends in good times and bad”

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 23:23

Jing Sun, investment director and fund manager for the PSigma Global Equity Fund at New York-based Centre Asset Management, says the fund, launched last June, focuses on the fundamentals of wealth creation and destruction akin to the way a traditional, long-term-focused corporate financier looking at all aspects of the business, including operating condition, risk profile and valuation, would assess it. »

Jan Auspurg, fund manager, Aquila Capital

Jan Auspurg, Aquila Capital: “The fund’s approach, which combines a trend-following strategy with carry and correlation systematic strategies, is a clear differentiator”

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 07:53

Dr Jan Auspurg (pictured), a fund manager within the quant team at Hamburg-based Aquila Capital, says the AC Spectrum Fund, a Luxembourg-domiciled Ucits that generated a return of 9.98 per cent last August amid massive equity market losses, takes into account not only the strengths of trend-following strategies but their weaknesses, such as a tendency to perform less well in sideways-trading markets or in times of sudden trend reversals. »

Emanuel Arbib, Integrated Asset Management

Emanuel Arbib, Integrated Asset Management - “Decent allocations are only coming to the largest funds of funds from institutional investors”

Wed, 01/02/2012 - 19:03

Emanuel Arbib, chief executive of Integrated Asset Management, says the firm’s sale of the bulk of its institutional fund of hedge funds business to former shareholder Sal. Oppenheim at the height of the crisis proved timely, but Integrated now is looking to scale back up through acquisitions in Europe or the US.  »

Amit Shabi, CEOm Berheim Dreyfuss

Amit Shabi, Bernheim Dreyfus: “The failure of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal has led to a repricing of antitrust risk that we believe is exaggerated”

Mon, 30/01/2012 - 20:13

Amit Shabi (pictured), chief executive of Paris-based event-driven and merger arbitrage specialist Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co, says the firm’s Diva Synergy fund and its recently-launched Ucits version is poised to capitalise on an expected pick-up in European M&A volumes, which should create more lucrative investment opportunities and better performance. »

Guy Brogden, founder and executive director, Mayfair Capital

Guy Brogden, Mayfair Capital - “We are providing products that investors are looking for, so we continue to raise new money”

Sun, 11/12/2011 - 18:11

Mayfair Capital founder and executive director Guy Brogden (pictured) says the property fund manager has been able to take advantage of the difficult economic climate by reducing overall portfolio gearing through making unleveraged property acquisitions with freshly-raised capital, which continues to flow in from investors including charities, institutions, pension funds, companies, high net worth private clients and family offices. »

Bob Torkelund, head of business development, HFT Capital

Romy Jardine and Bob Torkelund, HFT Capital – “Because of our high-frequency trading strategy, we are not so worried about the direction of the market”

Mon, 05/12/2011 - 16:14

HFT Capital founder chief investment officer and head trader Romy Jardine and head of business development Bob Torkelund (pictured) say that in a difficult market environment where investors are extremely cautious and nervous, highly-performing niche strategies that “dare to be different” are still capable of attracting money from investors seeking non-correlated returns. »

Tom Graf, Brown Advisory

Thomas Graff, Brown Advisory - “We expect movement away from narrow bucketing of asset classes and more interest in strategies less dependent on any one market data point”

Mon, 28/11/2011 - 08:03

Thomas Graff (pictured), a partner and member of the fixed-income team at USD25bn investment manager Brown Advisory and portfolio manager for the Tactical Bond Fund launched in September, says the fund stands out from the competition through the way the firm uses quantitative models and the holistic way it approaches its portfolios. »

Chun Pu Ma and Chien Wang, Asian Century Capital

Chin Pu Ma and Chien Wang, Asian Century Capital – “Volatile and tough markets over the coming period will separate the men from the boys”

Sun, 13/11/2011 - 19:03

Chin Pu Ma and Chien Wang (pictured), partners and chief investment officer and chief operating officer respectively of Amsterdam-based Asian Century Capital, are looking to attract investors with an eight-year track record of successful investment in Asia on behalf of Dutch banks and an investment style that combines macro themes, a disciplined value-orientated approach, in-house research and the flexibility to go either long or short. »

Lucas Turton, chief investment strategist, Windham Capital Management

Lucas Turton, Windham Capital Management – “Our strategy employs insights that help us participate in the upside faster and provide better returns over the long term

Sun, 06/11/2011 - 19:29

Lucas Turton, chief investment strategist of Windham Capital Management, which offers a range of active strategies to institutional and wealth management investors through separately-managed accounts, says the firm’s rigorous risk management process has enabled it to flourish despite global economic challenges and sustained financial market volatility, quadrupling assets under management to some USD700m this year. »

Lan Cai, PineBridge Investments

Lan Cai, PineBridge Investments – “The environment is conducive for both strategic acquisitions and leveraged buyouts”

Sun, 30/10/2011 - 19:32

Lan Cai (pictured), head portfolio manager at PineBridge Investments, the former AIG fund management business that is now majority-owned by the Pacific Century Group, says the firm’s nearly 10-year-old merger arbitrage strategy, which is now being offered through a Ucits fund, has a track record of positive returns every year and exhibits low correlation with the firm’s peers. »

Pierre Baudard, managing director, Oddo Alternative Investment

Pierre Baudard, Oddo Alternative Investment: “If deal flow diminishes, we would return money to investors rather than explore unknown strategies"

Tue, 27/09/2011 - 12:05

Pierre Baudard, managing director of Oddo Alternative Investment, says the group’s new merger arbitrage fund benefits from the management team’s strong knowledge of the mid- and small-cap equity universe, which represents a significant part of the fund’s portfolio and makes possible a more diversified spectrum of between 60 and 120 positions. »

Jamie Sutton, director, Premier Group

The Interview – Jamie Sutton, Premier Group: “The fundamentals of the recycling business remain unaffected by the financial crisis”

Tue, 30/08/2011 - 18:34

Jamie Sutton (pictured), a director of the Isle of Man-based Premier Group, says the New Earth Solutions Recycling Facilities Investment Sub-Fund, whose sterling version has returned some 40 per cent in the three years since launch in July 2008, is seeing a steady inflow of new investment and that assets could grow faster if the economic recovery gains traction.   »

Alex Orus, chief investment officer, Blue Diamond

The Interview – Alex Orus, Blue Diamond Asset Management: “The self-serving nature of much of the asset management industry is illustrated by the current asymmetry of fee structures”

Tue, 23/08/2011 - 06:00

Alex Orus, chief investment officer at Blue Diamond Asset Management, says the Blue Diamond Real Return Strategy is designed to address investors’ twin concerns of inflation and market bubbles and crashes by seeking to maximise real returns and outperform inflation by an average of 5 per cent over a full market cycle in the investor’s designated currency. »

Jacques Lucas, president, Exqim

The Interview – Jacques Lucas, Exqim: “The crisis redefined asset management and created new needs and demands for investors”

Fri, 15/07/2011 - 12:37

Jacques Lucas, president of Paris-based manager Exqim, says the firm stands out from other hedge fund managers through its development of fully quantitative management focused on high-level internal research with minimal human intervention, characterised by systematic and fully automated processes for the strict management of risk limits and the exclusively electronic trading of liquid assets. »

Justin Ferrier and Geoff Lee, Myo Capital Advisers

The Interview – Justin Ferrier, Myo Capital Advisers: “There is currently an enormous supply/demand imbalance for special situations in Asia”

Tue, 21/06/2011 - 06:00

Justin Ferrier, chief executive of Hong Kong-based Myo Capital Advisers, pictured (above) with fellow managing director Geoff Lee, believes the Myo Capital Special Situations Fund I will benefit from factors such as the repatriation of international capital from Asia, the unwinding of special situations teams in the region and the pullback of investment banks’ prop desks under regulatory pressure, resulting in less competition and better quality deals. »

Michael Azlen, founder and executive chairman, Frontier Asset Management

The Interview – Michael Azlen, Frontier Investment Management: “We expect more multi-asset offerings launched and a drive to lower costs”

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 06:00

Michael Azlen, founder and executive chairman of Frontier Investment Management, says the investment proposition behind the firm’s passive multi-asset funds, encompassing eight asset classes, is based in part on the diversification benefits of combining traditional and alternative asset classes, a philosophy similar to that of US university endowment funds. »

Pius Fritschi, head of hedge fund business development and client services, LGT Capital Partners

The Interview – Pius Fritschi, LGT Capital Partners: “Clients and investment managers provide the best sounding board for ideas to meet the changing needs of the marketplace”

Mon, 23/05/2011 - 06:00

Pius Fritschi (pictured), head of hedge fund business development and client services at LGT Capital Partners, says the firm’s Crown Managed Futures fund of hedge funds programme, which generated annualised returns of nearly 9.6 per cent over its first decade, continues to attract investors with its lack of correlation with traditional asset classes and especially its impressive performance in returning 21.7 per cent between November 2007 and February 2009. »

Daniel Schweizer, CEO and chairman, Active Aplha

The Interview – Daniel Schweizer, Active Alpha: “We could even liquidate the fund’s portfolio within a day”

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 08:19

Daniel Schweizer, chief executive and chairman of Horizon21 spin-off Active Alpha, says the firm is particularly nimble in executing its long/short equity trading strategy through very liquid large-cap equities and options, enabling the AA Equity Fund to end 2008 in positive territory and helping Active Alpha to differentiate itself from other managers by providing investors with genuinely uncorrelated performance during difficult times. »



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