The incoming US administration led by Joe Biden will be a “crucial” factor looming large over the healthcare industry this year, with planned reforms heralding potentially far-reaching implications for healthcare stocks and drug prices, Rhenman & Partners Asset Management said this week.
Hedge fund managers have experienced “significant” performance dispersion over the past 12 months, with the biggest funds seeing the largest gaps between gains and losses, new industry data shows, once again underlining the importance of investor due diligence in separating winners from losers.
TIG Advisors, the New York-based alpha-focused manager which makes growth equity investments in alternative asset management firms, has bought a minority stake in Hong Kong-based credit and distressed situations specialist Arkkan Capital.
Hedge fund strategies soar: Industry enjoys biggest annual return since Global Financial Crisis, as managers weather 2020 storm with double-digit surge
Hedge funds weathered the political, social and economic shocks brought about by the global pandemic and frequent bursts of soaring volatility to score a near-12 per cent return last year – their best since 2009 – outperforming both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and FTSE 100, new data from Hedge Fund Research shows.
Founded in 2005, EJF Capital focuses on investment opportunities in financial services, targeting all levels of the capital structure on both a long-only and long/short basis. Specifically, the firm’s strategy seeks out ideas stemming from regulatory and structural changes impacting the banking sector, insurance companies and specialty finance.
All eyes will be on the European Commission’s legal proposal pertaining to the AIFM Directive, which is expected to be published sometime in the first half of 2021, and could usher in an updated version – AIFMD II – a decade after it was first adopted.
Former Grosvenor executive prepares to roll out multi-strategy digital asset fund – Dalpha Capital Management
With bitcoin hitting the headlines in recent weeks, reaching an all-time high of USD19,915 on 1 December, investors have been keen to pile in. Even the likes of Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio and Paul Tudor Jones are coming around to the fact that there could be something happening with bitcoin, having made a Lazarus-like recovery since its price tanked close to USD3,000 in December 2018.
Hedge fund returns for 2021 are forecast to be lower due to lower public market performance, but despite this improved operating conditions should be supportive for most hedge fund strategies to generate alpha.
“Digital gold”: As bitcoin soars to record highs, hedge funds are capitalising on 2020’s crypto boom
When bitcoin hit an all-time high of some USD20,000 earlier this month, it rounded off a remarkable year for the world’s leading cryptocurrency – and fully underlined the arrival of the once-niche asset class on a rapidly-growing number of hedge fund firms’ radars.
Cocktail parties, oil markets, and why China resembles Bismarck’s Germany as it continues to exert its economic influence – in conversation with Massar Capital’s Marwan Younes…
This year’s Covid-19 stock market upheaval has revealed an “Achilles’ heel” in quantitative hedge fund models that use traditional factors such as momentum and value, as machine-based strategies have struggled against “unique new drivers of stock returns that don’t fit the academic models”, says Man FRM.
“We go where the ideas are”: Emerging market hedge fund Pembroke gathers pace with fundamental focus
Since launching in early 2018, Pembroke Emerging Markets – a London-based global long/short equity hedge fund led by former Goldman Sachs trader Sanjiv Bhatia – has capitalised on demographic shifts in emerging economies with a fundamental, bottom-up stock-picking style which uses convexity plays to boost alpha generation.
Optimal opportunities: Why current volatility levels are proving a “sweet spot” for alpha-focused funds
Markets look set to remain in a “sweet spot” of heightened volatility – driven by Covid-19 uncertainty and the fallout from the US presidential election – offering a wealth of opportunities for alpha-focused strategies.
As more hedge fund firms pile into the digital asset and cryptocurrency space, analysts at the London-listed hedge fund giant Man Group say bitcoin’s recent volatility could be seen as “price discovery” in a new asset class, which will ultimately give way to greater stability in the currency, and more credibility among investors.
Hedge funds which generated striking returns in volatile energy markets last year are now preparing for a major rebound in oil in 2021, with post-vaccine travel demand, potential inflation hedges, and surging emerging markets growth all combining to push prices higher this year and beyond.
In 2016, SEI issued a paper on what it saw as five major innovations that were causing disruptions both within and outside of their respective industries. The company has revisited those themes, namely: Watsonisation, Googlisation, Amazonisation, Uberisation and Twitterisation, to provide an up-to-date picture of the innovations occurring in our industry today. Over the next few months SEI will share its findings and recent developments for each theme. Next up: Amazonisation…
Schultze Asset Management, a distressed investing specialist which targets a range of restructuring situations on a long and short basis, is forecasting a slew of investment catalysts in this area as the global economy gradually recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Hedge funds have made gains from bets against AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline in recent weeks – but bearish managers lost more than USD600 million on FTSE 100 shorts at the end of the year, with short sellers facing continuing “unpredictable swings” in 2021.
Swedish hedge fund pioneer Brummer steers through “great concern and high volatility” with double-digit annual return
Stockholm-based multi-strategy hedge fund firm Brummer & Partners’ flagship vehicle gathered further pace towards the end of the year, as strong performances in its stock-picking and trend-following funds during December powered the long-running manager into double-digit territory for the year.
By Leanne Golding and Kevin Huys (pictured) – 2020 was a year unlike any in recent memory. We experienced ongoing disruptions to daily life due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ongoing tension surrounding the US election and a number of severe weather events. In the Cayman Islands, 2020 was also a very eventful year for regulatory and legal changes in the alternative investment industry. For those of you who were understandably distracted by other things, here’s a recap of the most significant changes affecting alternative investment funds which occurred over the past year.
Don Steinbrugge (pictured), Founder and CEO of Agecroft Partners, outlines his predictions for the biggest trends in the hedge fund industry in 2021, based on contact with more than 2,000 institutional investors globally and hundreds of hedge fund organisations…
RiskMutation: How ACA Compliance Group is spearheading the operational response to evolving business risks following Covid-19
Business disruption, cybersecurity challenges and greater compliance burdens have long been acknowledged as being among the foremost operational challenges facing the hedge fund, private equity and investment management industries.