Hedge Funds Enter the Playing Field, Literally

When AC Milan hosted Atletico Madrid in late September, it wasn’t only the two teams playing against each other. It was also a matchup between Elliott Management Corp., a New York-based hedge fund and controller of AC Milan, and Ares Management Corporation, a Californian credit fund with 34% ownership of Atletico. Private equity, credit companies, …

Managers Confident of Global Growth

Hedge fund managers around the world have overwhelmingly indicated their confidence for continued growth despite the current market volatility and the ongoing Covid pandemic. A recent study by the Alternative Investment Management Association’s (AIMA) Global Hedge Fund Confidence Index, 99% of managers believe that their prospects will continue to grow and show increased second-quarter results. …

Hedge Funds are Back- Primarily in Emerging Market

Year-to-date returns for hedge funds are showing signs of recovery, particularly in emerging markets where managers are spurring the playing field and pushing gains. Both BarclayHedge and eVestment recently published data showing the extent to which emerging markets and Asia-focused hedge funds bypassed other geographical regions in August, upending the July downturn. The overriding theme …

Wall Street Braces as Trading Resumes

Investors, brokers, fund managers and other finance professionals braced Monday for trading to resume on Wall Street after one of the most tumultuous weeks in the market’s history. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), often referred to as Wall Street’s “fear index,” spiked 45.45 percent in January, closing the month at $33.09 after a week in …

Hedge Funds on Rebound

Institutional investors began funneling money back into hedge funds during the beginning of the second half of 2020. After two years of the industry contracting, hedge funds are beginning to grow again. According to a Bloomberg Mandates survey, half of the 50 respondents either increased their investments in hedge funds at the beginning of the …

Women Still Don’t Have a Place at the Hedge Fund Table

Great strides have been made by women in the financial services industry, but one place that is still mostly closed to them is the hedge fund sector, where they work pretty much everywhere, accept where the money is. Out of the 50 largest US hedge funds only two have women in the role of top …

Some ETFs that are Performing Like Hedge Funds, Just Cheaper

Hedge funds have been investment vehicles traditionally accessible only to the most net-worth individuals, or institutional investors. As the name implies, they are designed not just to maximize returns, but to minimize the volatility of the market, or hedge against downturns that are inevitable in all economies and marketplaces. This type of money management comes …

Human Nature Dictates How We Invest, Not Logic: New Study Shows

Despite the mounting empirical evidence that passively investing in exchange-traded funds and other index type funds, money continues to flow into managed hedge funds with active fund managers. A research paper published in June concludes that the idea of realizing higher returns by doing less seems too good to be true to investors, and they …

Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds Growing Exponentially

According to a tweet by economist Tuur Demeester, “Hedge funds with crypto exposure exploding.” The article Demeester refers to says that there are more than 70 funds with such bets now coming up in the hedge fund pipeline. The article also has a statement by Arthur Bell manager Corey McLaughlin: “I’ve been in the hedge …

ETFs Growing in Popularity, Surpassing Hedge Funds

Lower fees and better performance have helped exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to become more popular, dollar for dollar, than hedge funds. The ETF industry now has over $3.2 trillion in assets, leaving behind the hedge fund industry which manages about $2.87 trillion. Investors are switching their bets to ETFs to save on management fees, and cash …