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Hedgewire US-only 19/01/18

Newsletter Items: Intercontinental Exchange and Blockstream launch consolidated data feed for cryptocurrencies Man AHL TargetRisk returns 33 per cent in first three yearsEze Software sees strong performance in 2017Twin Capital Management appoints co-CIO Visible Alpha Raises USD38m in new funding round led by Goldman Sachs

Hedgewire US-only 19/01/18

Newsletter Items: Intercontinental Exchange and Blockstream launch consolidated data feed for cryptocurrencies Man AHL TargetRisk returns 33 per cent in first three yearsEze Software sees strong performance in 2017Twin Capital Management appoints co-CIO Visible Alpha Raises USD38m in new funding round led by Goldman SachsBanner: 17681768Skyscraper: 1769

Hedgewire US-only 19/01/18

Newsletter Items: Intercontinental Exchange and Blockstream launch consolidated data feed for cryptocurrencies Man AHL TargetRisk returns 33 per cent in first three yearsEze Software sees strong performance in 2017Twin Capital Management appoints co-CIO Visible Alpha Raises USD38m in new funding round led by Goldman SachsMPU: 1769Skyscraper: 17681768

Hedgewire 18/01/18

Newsletter Items: Four fifths of CTAs have no plans to trade Bitcoin futures Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018, says BlackRock study EEX registers first trade in wood pellet futures Matrix Private Capital Group launches Matrix Highline ManagementAcolin and Hugo form fund distribution joint venture The Castlewood Select Opportunity Fund registers third consecutive double-digit advance Torstone connects Inferno to Norway’s VPSBanner: 650650650Skyscraper: 651

Four fifths of CTAs have no plans to trade Bitcoin futures

An international survey of CTAs – managed futures managers – has revealed limited enthusiasm for the new Bitcoin futures contracts offered, since December 2017, by CBOE and CME Group. The survey was conducted in early January by BarclayHedge, a leader in the field of alternative investment data analysis.   The survey, which involved managers from as far afield as Japan, Cyprus and Switzerland although predominantly based in the USA, indicated that some 73 per cent of those questioned, did not “consider Bitcoin futures to be a valuable/useful addition to a diversified futures portfolio” and that over 80 per cent had no plans to trade these contracts either now or within the next six months.   Among the reasons given for this negative viewpoint was the fact the contracts are too new to judge (31 per cent); the margins are too high (30 per cent) and/or that Bitcoins are too volatile (35 per cent). That said, one third of managers surveyed agreed with the strident proposition that “Cryptocurrencies are a bad idea and should not be encouraged.”   Among the 5 per cent of managers who are already trading Bitcoins, and those who also chose to answer this question, there was a marked preference for the contracts offered by CME (25 per cent) over those from CBOE (4 per cent) despite the fact that current volume figures favour CBOE. These statistics may, however, reflect the fact that CME is an active supporter of CTAs and offers a significantly larger range of contracts familiar to most US and international managers.   “Looking ahead a year, it’s clear the jury is still out,” says Sol Waksman (pictured), founder and president of BarclayHedge. “While nearly 60 per cent of respondents thought that Bitcoin futures would be inconsequential in 12 months’ time, a good...

Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018, says BlackRock study

Faced with low interest rates and relatively high valuations for risk assets, large global institutional investors are looking to protect themselves against downturn risks through maintaining their cash levels and selectively increasing allocations to active strategies. That’s according to a new survey by BlackRock which finds that while 65 per cent of clients plan to leave cash allocations unchanged for the year ahead, there is an interest in active management among institutional investors, which should play out across a diverse set of alternative asset classes, including illiquid assets and hedge funds, and also within public equities.   The survey of 224 institutional clients globally, representing USD7.4 trillion in assets, found that illiquid or real assets remain the frontrunner within the private market universe for large global institutional investors and are expected to be the largest beneficiary of asset flows. Three fifths (60 per cent) of institutional investors globally are expecting to increase their allocations to Infrastructure and Renewables.   Real Estate is similarly set to gain, with more than two fifths (42 per cent) of institutions increasing allocations to the asset class. Over two fifths of institutions (43 per cent) are looking to increase private equity allocations globally.   “Clients’ intention to reallocate to private markets and other highly active strategies is a recognition that global risks persist and of the value of portfolio managers’ skill. Despite synchronised global growth, our overall return expectations for most segments of institutional investors are well below their return targets,” says Edwin Conway, Global Head of BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business. “Maintaining current cash levels and increasing allocations to active managers may seem counterintuitive. But for many of our clients, it’s their two-pronged strategy for navigating risk and potentially volatile markets.”   Hedge funds appear to be back in favour with investors, who have...