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Absolute Return

Giles Worthington, RiverCrest Capital Management
Sun, 22/01/2012 - 17:53

Giles Worthington (pictured) and Tim Short, portfolio managers of the RiverCrest European Equity Alpha Fund, say their strategy – offered through a Ucits platform – should be capable of performing well in macro-dominated environments, since the investment process combines stock-picking with portfolio construction and risk management disciplines to neutralise market-associated risks and isolate alpha.

Harold Heuschmidt, Aquila Capital
Sun, 19/08/2012 - 09:32

Aquila Capital’s Harold Heuschmidt (pictured) says the Risk Parity funds of which he is head manager use a multi-asset investment strategy that allocates risk across different asset classes offering a risk premium, namely equities, bonds, commodities and interest rates, with the contribution of each asset class risk-weighted to balance risk proportionately across the portfolio.

Nadejda Rakovska, chief executive, Volvar Asset Management
Mon, 16/01/2012 - 08:22

Nadejda Rakovska, chief executive of start-up volatility specialist Volvar Asset Management, which is preparing to launch its first fund as a self-managed Luxembourg Sicav SIF, expects volatility to be recognised as a separate asset class that will attract increased allocations from multi-managers and balanced portfolios and prompt more players to launch funds.

Fri, 23/05/2008 - 06:00

Paul Sloane, who researches and recommends global insurance and diversified financials stocks as co-manager of the Martin Currie Absolute Returns Fund - Global Financials, argues that the

Thu, 03/04/2008 - 16:44

Neal Goyal, chief investment officer of Blue Horizon Asset Management, outlines his firm's strategy to capitalise on the volatile market environment and continuing fall-out from the sub-pr

Thu, 15/11/2007 - 11:06

Barings' head of alternatives Paul Graham discusses the investment strategy that underpins the Baring Emerging Market Absolute Return Fund, which was launched in September.

Mon, 20/07/2009 - 06:00

The five-year-old Julius Baer Absolute Return Bond Fund managed by London-based Augustus Asset Managers has delivered euro-denominated returns of 3.8 per cent over the past three

Fri, 25/09/2009 - 07:01

Bill Woodruff, founder, president and portfolio manager at Bandon Capital Management, says the firm’s directional interest rate strategy, offered through separately managed accoun

Alistair MacDonald, Merrion Investment Managers
Fri, 11/06/2010 - 05:00

Alistair MacDonald, co-manager of the newly-launched Merrion European Absolute Return Fund, argues that Ucits III hedge funds are benefiting from the current uncertainty over the final form and substance of the European Union’s AIFM Directive as well as concerns over the costs of implementing its requirements.

Tue, 04/05/2010 - 06:00

Merchant Capital directors Chris Day (pictured) and George Cadbury say the firm, which last year launched the first Dublin-domiciled Ucits umbrella fund created specifically for Ucits absolute return funds, is looking to launch up to 10 funds over the course of 2010 following the debut of the long/short Merchant European Equity Fund in January.

Wed, 14/10/2009 - 04:00

Frédéric Durr, a principal and fund manager with Shanghai-based Maoming Investment Management, says the firm’s Maoming Fund aims to generate returns while preserving capital through an intense focus on the companies it invests in, with liquidity the key element in risk management.

Julian Rogers-Coltman, chief executive, FF&P Capital Management
Fri, 12/11/2010 - 06:00

Julian Rogers-Coltman (pictured), chief executive of Fleming Family and Partners Capital Management, says the absolute return asset manager’s two surviving funds are well set to capitalise on the continuing market volatility, but he acknowledges that fundraising will remain difficult until fears of a double dip recession dissipate and it becomes clearer how weaker European countries can escape the sovereign debt trap.

Mark Fleming, partner, Tiburon Partners
Sun, 08/01/2012 - 19:41

Mark Martyrossian and Mark Fleming (pictured), partners in Asian equities specialist Tiburon Partners and co-managers of the Tiburon Taipan and Tiburon Taurus funds, believe that the region was unfairly punished last year, underperforming the US and performing in line with much of Europe despite its stronger macro credentials, and that many stocks are trading at dirt-cheap valuations.

Wed, 09/12/2009 - 09:33

Manager Richard Hodgetts says the newly-launched Collins Stewart Alternative Strategies Fund, a Ucits III fund of absolute return funds that draws on the firm’s extensive experience as a manager of funds of hedge funds, is set to capitalise on increasing interest in absolute return strategies as investor confidence returns.

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 06:00

Richard Sherwin, partner and head of investment research at Blacksquare Capital, says the newly-launched IFSL Blacksquare Multi-Manager Absolute Return Fund, of which he is portfolio manager, is accessible and affordable to a large majority of investors thanks to a minimum investment of GBP1,000 for its UK retail share class and the absence of a performance fee – a unique characteristic for a multi-manager absolute return fund.

Fri, 30/04/2010 - 05:00

Spike Hughes, chief executive of Insynergy Investment Management, says that building on the existing success of its initial retail fund run by Crispin Odey and new absolute return funds targeting India and China, the firm will seek out further world-class investment teams with proven strategies that can be adapted to a Ucits structure.

William Kitchin, portfolio manager of the Castillon Diversified Fund
Fri, 13/08/2010 - 05:00

Alternative Advisors’ William Kitchin (pictured), portfolio manager of the Castillon Diversified Fund, a Ucits absolute return fund of funds, says that while the fund is constrained in its selection of underlying managers by the need to match the liquidity it offers to investors, this is not a particular disadvantage in the short term given the current macro economic conditions.

Wed, 24/02/2010 - 06:00

Fred Sage, managing partner of Decision Analytics Advisory Partners, says the Next Generation Absolute Return Ucits Sicav and Ucits Fund of Funds will offer investors a unique selection of hedge fund strategies with all the protection offered by a Ucits umbrella fund structure, backed up by a broad range of internal and third-party sophisticated Ucits funds expertise.

Commodities Trading Arbitrage

Tue, 18/08/2009 - 00:27

Ebullio Capital managing partner Lars Steffensen believes that as the world's economy tips downward again in the second leg of a W-sh

Tue, 13/04/2010 - 05:00

Florian Wagner, founder and head of Qbasis Invest, which specialises in exchange-traded managed futures, says that after achieving returns of 72 and 145 per cent respectively in 2007 and 2008, the firm also proved the effectiveness of its systems by outperforming the CTA sector the following year despite giving back 15 per cent.

Russell Newton, co-founder and head of research at Global Advisors
Mon, 05/07/2010 - 06:54

Russell Newton, co-founder and head of research at Jersey-based commodity-focused hedge fund manager Global Advisors, notes that despite the more difficult environment for commodity trading over the past year and a half, the firm’s Global Commodity Systematic programme has delivered a compound return of 14.2 per cent return since its launch in 2005.

Convertible Bond Arbitrage

Mon, 24/04/2006 - 06:59

John Tilney outlines the USD 180m Armajaro Commodities Fund, which soft-closed on 10 March 2005 and re-opened to new investors in Octobe

Tue, 04/03/2008 - 06:02

Ben Helm and Alex McKnight, managers of the JB Convertible Bond Fund at Augustus Asset Managers, say the convertible bond market is now the most accessible market for capital-raising by co

Distressed Securities

Mon, 19/01/2009 - 06:40

Andrew Rabinowitz, chief operating officer at New York-based distressed investment specialist Marathon Asset Management, LP, says that in the near

Equity Hedge

Cenk Utkan, Strateji Securities
Tue, 03/04/2012 - 19:35

Cenk Utkan (pictured), marketing director of Turkish specialist equity manager Strateji Securities, expects more individual and institutional investment to flow to the sector in the future to capitalise on the country’s vigorous economic growth, especially as falling interest rates reduce the appeal of the fixed-income funds.

Thu, 14/02/2008 - 17:52

James Hulse, fund manager of the newly-launched Cumulus Climate Fund, which seeks to profit from the financial impact of climate change, says post-Bali negotiations could dramatically spee

Tue, 23/09/2008 - 15:49

Ross Hollyman, Investment Director responsible for UK and European equity mandates at GAM, discusses the strategy that underpins the new GAM Star Absolute EuroSystematic fund.

Equity Long Short

Athanasios Ladopoulos, Swiss Investment Managers
Mon, 17/10/2011 - 07:27

Athanasios T Ladopoulos, senior partner and senior portfolio manager of Swiss Investment Managers, says the Directors Dealings Fund, which uses a proprietary investment methodology focusing on share transactions by companies’ directors and senior executives, offers sophisticated investors non-correlated returns accompanies by robust risk management techniques.

Mon, 12/01/2009 - 12:26

Philip Hardy, manager of the Polar Capital UK Absolute Return Fund, says that after a savage bear market in UK equities in 2008 the outlook remains uncertain, and he expects continued h

Fri, 28/11/2008 - 14:46

Gary West (photo) and James Inglis-Jones say the Liontrust European Long/Short Fund they manage has enjoyed solid growth this year amid the gloom f

Jonathan Gordon, MET Capital Management
Mon, 09/04/2012 - 16:36

Following two years of difficult market conditions for long/short equity manager MET Capital Management, the firm’s head Jonathan Gordon expects a return to the trending markets that enabled it to achieve extremely positive returns between 2007 and 2009, as well as a growing willingness among investors to look beyond the largest and longest-established hedge funds.

Julien Stouff, Pictet Asset Management
Tue, 22/05/2012 - 16:59

Julien Stouff (pictured), head of the team managing Pictet Asset Management’s newly-launched Kronos Fund says the global long/short equity trading strategy, previously offered as a Luxembourg-domiciled Sicav-SIF and before that as a trading book, follows an investment approach in which quantitative stock selection, convexity positions – deep out-of-the money options – and active trading are intertwined…

Killiam Kentrup, Entrepreneur Partners
Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:03

Kilian Kentrup (pictured), manager of the Trias L/S Fund at Zurich-based Entrepreneur Partners, says he uses fundamental and news flow-driven proprietary screening tools, bottom-up research, regular direct contact with management and field trips to identify long and short equity and equity-related security investments among some 400 listed companies in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Olivier Mollé, Sycomore Asset Management
Mon, 27/08/2012 - 08:36

Olivier Mollé (pictured) and Gilles Sitbon, who run the L/S Market Neutral and L/S Opportunities funds respectively at Paris-based Sycomore Asset Management, say both the long/short funds are seeing increased interest from investors seeking more uncorrelated returns for a greater portion of their assets under management, whether they are focusing on capital preservation or looking for equity market exposure with lower volatility.

Mon, 28/07/2008 - 06:00

Afsin Alp, a partner and portfolio manager with Meadowbrook Capital Management, says the Meadowbrook Beta Neutral Fund, which was officially launch

Fri, 21/11/2008 - 12:00

Ezra Sun, manager of Veritas's Real Return Asia Fund, says that while Asia is set to suffer by proxy from the global economic slowdown, experiencing a reduction in domestic consumption and export g

Tue, 18/08/2009 - 21:48

Bernard Lambilliotte, chief investment officer of specialist utilities and infrastructure investor Ecofin, says the firm's newly-launched China Pow

Tue, 04/08/2009 - 06:30

Stockholm-based Rhenman & Partners Asset Management, a niche player focused on healthcare, has just launched Rhenman Healthcare Equity L/S, a g

Paul Kennedy, managing director and chief investment officer of GWM Group
Mon, 06/09/2010 - 05:00

Paul Kennedy, managing director and chief investment officer of GWM Group, says investors are looking for funds, such as the firm’s newly-launched long/short European Ucits fund 7H Absolute, that provide low net exposure and generate alpha through a strategic long-term approach and a short-term trading overlay to maximise returns without an increased risk profile.

Tue, 30/06/2009 - 06:00

The founders of MarketPsy Capital have developed a systematic investment strategy that arbitrages sentiment-based stock mispricing by analysing the

Tue, 05/01/2010 - 06:00

Willem de Vlugt and Charles Estourgie, founding partners and fund managers at Amsterdam-based EValuation Capital Management, says the EV Smaller Companies Fund they manage is set to benefit from a favourable environment in the coming year as its core long portfolio of small and medium-sized companies emerge stronger from the crisis.

Carl Bernadotte, founder, CB Asset Management
Mon, 04/07/2011 - 05:00

Carl Bernadotte, founder of Stockholm-based CB Asset Management, says the four-year-old CB Hedge fund draws on the firm’s existing investment management work and due diligence by selecting stocks from the long-only European Quality Fund, reducing market risk by shorting the MSCI Europe index.

Carl Meurling, Emeralt Investments
Fri, 28/01/2011 - 06:00

Carl Meurling, chief executive of Russia and emerging Europe specialist Emeralt Investments, says many investors want exposure to the region with limited and controlled risk, making the firm’s funds a good alternative to long-only products that are completely exposed to market risk.

Fri, 22/01/2010 - 11:58

SAM Capital Partners is looking to expand the investor base of its SAM Capital Equity Opportunity Fund, launched in September 2007, on the back of a run of 13 successive months of positive return. Founder and chief investment officer Dietmar Schmitt says the firm’s approach is being validated by the plans of other groups to launch trading funds with short-term investment horizons.

Thu, 01/04/2010 - 07:01

Michael Kart, manager of the Spectrum funds at Marshall Spectrum, says the firm’s two equity funds are poised to benefit from expected new equity placements, restructuring of the telecoms industry and continued liberalisation of energy markets in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Mon, 05/10/2009 - 07:07

Pedro Noronha, managing partner of Noster Capital, says the firm’s proprietary indicators currently say that the green shoots crowd is too early in pricing a V-shaped recovery into the market, and that credit spreads, which have tightened to levels that are in some instances similar to the top of the market bubble, are set again to widen considerably once new problems with European bank lending start to surface.

Vernon West, chief executive, Skyline Capital
Mon, 12/09/2011 - 05:00

Vernon West (pictured), chief executive of USD47m global long/short equity specialist Skyline Capital Management, says the firm, which offers its strategy through Cayman and Ucits vehicles, seeks to tap into emerging market growth resulting from accelerating domestic consumption as productivity improvements boost income per head and increased automation as firms substitute capital for labour.

Equity Market Neutral

Mon, 23/11/2009 - 06:00

Pramit Ghose, managing partner at Dublin-based independent stockbroker Bloxham and lead manager of the Elite Bloxham Global Equity Income Fund, argues that while 2009 has been a year fo

Fund Manager Interviews

Alex Krainer, portfolio manager, Altana Infatiion Trends Fund
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.

Amit Shabi, CEOm Berheim Dreyfuss
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.

Andrew Main, Stratton Street Capital
Mon, 02/07/2012 - 11:19

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.

Chun Pu Ma and Chien Wang, Asian Century Capital
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.

Colin McQueen, head of the European equity team at FOUR Capital Partners
Sun, 02/09/2012 - 10:28

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. 

David Rawson-Mackenzie, founder, Centurion Fund Managers
Mon, 18/06/2012 - 17:11

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.

Sun, 15/07/2012 - 16:49

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.

Emanuel Arbib, Integrated Asset Management
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. 

Gina Germano, Goldbridge Capital Partners
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.

Guy Brogden, founder and executive director, Mayfair Capital
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.

Ian Langton, Zenfin Capital
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.

Jan Auspurg, fund manager, Aquila Capital
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.

Lan Cai, PineBridge Investments
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.

Lucas Turton, chief investment strategist, Windham Capital Management
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.

Thumbs up
Tue, 05/06/2012 - 17:17

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.

Nicolas Clavel, chief investment officer, Scipion Capital
Tue, 12/06/2012 - 20:34

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.

Pierre Baudard, managing director, Oddo Alternative Investment
Tue, 27/09/2011 - 11:05

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.

Piers Denne, head of sales and marketing, Future Capital Partners
Sun, 27/05/2012 - 18:48

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.

Bob Torkelund, head of business development, HFT Capital
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.

Sonia Schulenberg, Level E Capital
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.

Derren Geiger, COO, Cornerstone Asset Management
Fri, 01/10/2010 - 06:54

Derren Geiger, chief operating officer of Cornerstone Acquisition & Management and portfolio manager of the Caritas funds, which invest in portfolios of private oil and natural gas royalty interests located within the continental US, says a number of factors make this a particularly advantageous time to acquire oil and gas assets.

Fri, 19/03/2010 - 06:00

José Luis Jiménez, chief executive of March Gestión de Fondos, the investment arm of Spain’s Banca March, says that a combination of macroeconomic analysis and analysis of financial markets, together with the valuation of companies, is the most critical process for the success of the Spanish firm’s investments.

Adam Balinsky, president of Caldwell Life Strategies
Mon, 19/07/2010 - 06:51

Adam Balinsky, president of Stamford, Connecticut-based life settlement investment specialist Caldwell Life Strategies, says the key to his firm’s success in an asset class full o

Fri, 26/03/2010 - 06:00

Aleks Kins, chief executive of managed account platform provider AlphaMetrix, says the uncovering of the Bernard Madoff was a key event for the business, because the scandal pointed to the importance of independence, due diligence and checks and balances, and helped AlphaMetrix to take on some USD1bn in customer assets over the following months.

Alex Moisseev, principal and chief investment officer, Dighton Capital Management
Tue, 08/02/2011 - 06:00

Alex Moisseev (pictured), principal and chief investment officer of Dighton Capital Management, says the firm’s stable of managed futures funds are designed to perform in any market conditions, using a pattern recognition model and a strict selection process that produces a small number of high-quality trades.

Alex Orus, chief investment officer, Blue Diamond
Tue, 23/08/2011 - 05:00

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.

Thu, 08/04/2010 - 06:53

Anthony Eaton, manager of the six-year-old, GBP54m JM Finn Global Opportunities Fund, says the fund aims to invest in the consequences of globalisation as industrialisation and urbanisation within non-G7 countries create greater global output but also greater capacity, moving pricing power from what is made to what is required to make it.

Daniel Schweizer, CEO and chairman, Active Aplha
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 07:19

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.

David McIlroy. CIO, Alquity Investment Management
Mon, 08/11/2010 - 06:00

David Mcilroy, chief investment officer of Alquity Investment Management, says the firm’s recently-launched Alquity Africa Fund aims to invest in growing businesses that offer investors outstanding financial value, while also addressing the challenges of sustainability that can create or destroy financial value.

Eli Kent, co-founder and managing partner, Moody Aldrich Partners
Tue, 16/11/2010 - 06:00

Eli Kent and Chris Kelley, co-founders and managing partners of hedge fund seeding platform Harvest Fund, an affiliate of Moody Aldrich Partners, expect to see a surge in investment opportunities over the coming year or so as regulatory changes, increased fee compression and shrinking margins at many established investment firms prompt a flood of talent to go independent.

Ezra Sun, manager of the Veritas China Fund and head of Far East at Veritas Asset Management
Mon, 21/02/2011 - 06:00

Ezra Sun, manager of the Veritas China Fund and head of Far East at Veritas Asset Management, believes that consumption is a strong structural theme that over time will yield great returns, while capital investment also offers opportunities as infrastructure spending continues unabated amid continuing capacity expansion and upgrading. 

Faris Abdulrazzaq, Menasa Capital Management
Mon, 28/02/2011 - 06:00

Faris Abdulrazzaq (pictured), senior portfolio manager at Menasa Capital Management, which specialises in identifying investment opportunities in the rapidly-growing public markets of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, says that with a buoyant oil price driving current account surpluses, Gulf governments are poised to spend more than ever on building infrastructure and creating jobs. 

Gerry Aherne, chief executive, Javelin Capital
Tue, 07/12/2010 - 06:00

Gerry Aherne, chief executive of Javelin Capital, says the firm’s newly-launched Global Equity Strategies Fund, which employs a combination of systematic, fundamental and tactical strategies according to the specific characteristics of individual geographic regions or sectors, is set to appeal to investors that are becoming increasingly resistant to paying for beta-generated performance

Mon, 26/04/2010 - 05:00

Ian McEvatt, majority owner of Iceman Capital Advisors, says the London- and Amsterdam-listed Himalayan Fund it manages is narrowly focused on generating returns from opportunities in Indian stocks. Because of this, he says, Iceman concentrates on providing excellent communication and client servicing and a level of transparency and access that cannot be provided within any kind of institutional structure.

Thu, 11/03/2010 - 06:00

Ilya Golubovich (pictured), managing partner of specialist clean technology fund manager I2BF and Irakli Menabde, manager of the I2BF-Arbat Technology Fund, say the fund is unique in its field by employing a relative value strategy with a fully systematic investment process based on the notion of consistent outperformance.

Sun, 17/01/2010 - 23:18

Portfolio Science president Ittai Korin (pictured) says the firm’s provision of risk management services through an application programming interface is bringing risk tools to a broader range of investment industry players than ever, at a time when managers are realising that a seat-of-the pants approach to risk management and reporting is no longer adequate for their business needs or acceptable to their own clients.

Jacques Lucas, president, Exqim
Fri, 15/07/2011 - 11:37

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.

James Thornton, Fund Director, Mayfair Capital
Tue, 25/05/2010 - 23:10

James Thornton, fund director at Mayfair Capital Investment Management, says investors with the specialist property fund manager have benefited from the firm’s ability to time the UK market – for example in 2007, when they called the peak of the market and decided to wind up the MC Property Growth Fund early to protect investors’ capital and take profits.

Jamie Sutton, director, Premier Group
Tue, 30/08/2011 - 17:34

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.

 

Jeff Peskind, founder and chief executive, Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC
Tue, 26/04/2011 - 05:00

Phoenix Investment Adviser, which focuses on investing in the bonds of out-of-favour companies whose securities’ prices have declined substantially, recently opened to outside investors a fund investing in the equity of the same ‘stressed’ companies. Founder and chief investment officer Jeff Peskind says such stocks may have significant upside potential in an environment of economic recovery where companies continue to have access to capital via the high-yield market.

Jerome Booth, head of research, Ashmore Investment Management
Tue, 23/11/2010 - 06:00

Jerome Booth, head of research at Ashmore Investment Management, says the new Ashmore PTC India Energy Infrastructure Fund benefits from the UK manager’s partnership with India’s largest power trader, which brings to the venture strong relationships in the sector that will help the fund to access strong deal flow, preferential deal terms and in-depth local expertise.

Jonathan Sharpe, chief executive, Ratio Asset Management
Fri, 17/12/2010 - 06:00

Jonathan Sharpe, chief executive of Ratio Asset Management, says the long/short small and mid-cap equity Ratio European Fund benefits from the limited attention the sell-side pays to the fund’s investment universe, which increases its inefficiencies, while the sharp decline in the level of assets on the buy side from its peak has increased the available opportunities.

Justin Ferrier and Geoff Lee, Myo Capital Advisers
Tue, 21/06/2011 - 05:00

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.

Fri, 05/02/2010 - 06:00

Liz Evans, manager of the recently-launched Asia Pacific fund at investment boutique Cavendish Asset Management, says 2010 will be a generally positive year for Asian markets as they continue to recover from last year’s historic trough, with less volatile markets and more moderate returns, but uncertainty remains over prospects for inflation and interest rate rises, especially in China.

Michael Azlan, founder and executive chairman, Frontier Capital Management
Mon, 30/08/2010 - 05:00

Michael Azlen, founder and executive chairman of Frontier Capital Management, says his firm’s index-based approach to multi-asset investing is modelled on the tried and tested approach of US university endowments, aims to create a globally diversified portfolio through exposure to eight traditional and alternative asset classes or strategies to generate long-term uncorrelated real returns above inflation and cash.

Michael Azlen, founder and executive chairman, Frontier Asset Management
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 05:00

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.

Michael Craig-Scheckman, chief executive, president and portfolio manager at Deer Park Road
Mon, 11/10/2010 - 05:00

Michael Craig-Scheckman, chief executive, president and portfolio manager at Deer Park Road, says the firm distinguishes itself from other managers through its focus on deeply discounted, high cash-flow, shorter-term asset-backed securities, coupled with a philosophy of not using leverage and viewing all purchases as potential hold-to-term securities.

Michael Reichstein, Reichstein Trading & Asset Management
Fri, 01/04/2011 - 05:00

Michael Reichstein, whose Maltese alternative fund business, Resco Funds Sicav, is preparing to launch the Thoroughbred Horse Fund, says that despite the risks inherent in an asset class whose performance is partly dependent upon race results, the fund aims to achieve stable and attractive performance through a strategy of diversified investments and the access to the knowledge of a broad range of industry experts.

Nicolas Clavel, Chief Investment Officer, Scipion Capital
Fri, 14/05/2010 - 06:56

Nicolas Clavel, founder and chief investment officer of Africa-focused asset manager Scipion Capital, says the firm’s flagship Commodity Trade Finance fund, which has produced positive performance every month since its launch in 2007, is now seeking out lucrative opportunities to provide short-term finance in the minerals field, such as copper in Zambia and tin in Rwanda.

Olaf van den Heuvel, European head of tactical asset allocation, Aegon Asset Management
Tue, 13/07/2010 - 05:00

Olaf van den Heuvel, European head of tactical asset allocation at Aegon Asset Management and portfolio manager of the Ucits-compliant Global Opportunities Fund launched last December, expects the fallout following the credit crunch to continue along with further ‘surprises’ like Greece or Dubai.

Paul Brosnan, marketing director, IFS Asset Managers
Thu, 24/06/2010 - 09:09

Paul Brosnan, marketing director of IFS Asset Managers and a director of the newly-launched International Forestry Fund, says rising timber prices in the jurisdictions in which the fund owns portfolios is not only good news for investors but will help raise awareness of forestry as an attractive, secure and predictable asset class for those interested in socially responsible investment.

Philip Pirecki, partner, SIlverstone Capital
Sun, 24/10/2010 - 17:25

Silverstone Capital partner Philip Pirecki says the firm’s eponymous fund, which invests across the automotive industry value chain, can provide investment institutions such as pension funds with the alpha and low correlation they seek to achieve a return profile that will meet their investment objectives.

Pius Fritschi, head of hedge fund business development and client services, LGT Capital Partners
Mon, 23/05/2011 - 05:00

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.

Mon, 15/03/2010 - 06:00

AIMhedge chief investment officer Richard Bibb says the firm’s combination of a systematic, emotion-free trading approach over a large, well-diversified basket of futures markets and an effective active risk management system is a very powerful argument for investors just starting to look for better-performing investments in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008.

Robert Press, CIO, Trafalgar Capital Advisors
Fri, 19/11/2010 - 06:00

Robert Press, chief investment officer for the TCA Global Credit Fund, argues that the Cayman-based fund is unique in offering short- to medium-term senior secured financing instruments to small and medium-sized companies in combination with hands-on merchant banking services

Ronald Neumunz, Head of Sales and Investor Relations, Alpstar Capital
Tue, 01/06/2010 - 05:00

Ronald M Neumunz, head of sales and investor relations at Geneva-based Alpstar Capital, says the firm’s concentrated focus on Europe is a key differentiator that appeals to non-European investors who want dedicated continental credit exposure, along with an investment process combining macro and micro elements with a real operating world overlay.

Mon, 08/03/2010 - 07:00

QIC Global Fixed Interest, part of the investment business originally set up by Australia’s Queensland state government to manage its long-term liabilities and pension obligations, saw its assets under management grow from around USD23bn to USD35bn between mid-2007 and the end of last year. According to managing director Susan Buckley, the key competitive advantage of the business is the strength and quality of its investment research and process.

Thanos Ballos, managing partner. Strategic Investments Group
Fri, 24/12/2010 - 06:00

Thanos Ballos, managing partner of Strategic Investments Group, says the firm’s multi-manager Active Trading Fund, launched in May this year and managed by Permal Group, offers a multi-asset strategy that seeks to generate absolute returns with controlled volatility and low correlation to the fixed-income and equity markets.

Thomas Ferris, Chief Executive, Sagres
Fri, 04/06/2010 - 05:00

Thomas Ferris, chief executive of specialist consumer debt asset manager Sagres, says the firm’s new Recovery Capital Partners fund is poised to benefit from advantageous market conditions, including a decline in competition as less capitalised firms have been forced out of the business as well as an improvement in key relationships with sellers of debt.

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 01:11

Coburn Barrett founder and senior manager Thomas Wehlen says the firm’s GLI Fund, a global quantitative macro fund, has beaten both the S&P 500 and the MSCI Global indices by more than 10 per cent over its nearly 13 years of existence, but fundraising is difficult because the fund does not fit into any standard category and not charge a performance fee.

Tue, 20/04/2010 - 06:43

Tim Gascoigne, global head of portfolio management at HSBC Alternative Investments, says that what is reckoned the third largest alternative business worldwide with more than USD30bn in assets has been built on a combination of bottom-up and top-down research, a focus on diversification and strong approach to due diligence.

Tony Parry, executive director of Premier Group (Isle of Man)
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 05:00

Tony Parry, executive director of Premier Group (Isle of Man), says the New Earth Solutions Recycling Facilities Investment Sub-Fund, launched in partnership with environmental technology specialist New Earth Solutions, has returned 25.8 per cent since July 2008 by investing directly and indirectly in the development and ownership of recycling facilities in the UK.

Troy Duncan, co-portfolio manager of the London-listed J.P. Morgan Private Equity
Mon, 26/07/2010 - 05:00

Troy Duncan, co-portfolio manager of the London-listed J.P. Morgan Private Equity fund, a fund of funds that acquires fund interests from motivated or distressed sellers in the secondary market at a discount to their intrinsic value, says the investment team is currently looking at high-growth companies in Asia and other emerging regions, senior credit in the US, and special situations in Europe.

Tue, 23/03/2010 - 06:00

Rupert Foster (pictured), manager of the Matrix Asia Fund, believes that this year will see the start of global tightening, in the short term causing markets to become nervous and jittery but subsequently opening up opportunities first in interest rate-sensitive and then cyclical areas of the market.

Tom Graf, Brown Advisory
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.

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

Fund of Hedge Funds

Fri, 09/01/2009 - 06:00

Nick England, founding director of fund of hedge funds manager CIA, says the firm's Hurdle Funds has continued to deliver positive returns over the

Fri, 19/12/2008 - 07:12

Robert Milroy, chief investment officer of fund of hedge funds manager Corazon Capital, says that having cut its ties to the fallen Dawnay Day grou

Fri, 24/10/2008 - 05:59

Shaun Port, chiefinvestment officer at fund of hedge funds manager BDO Stoy Hayward
Investment Management, says the firm selects managers with a un

Fri, 15/02/2008 - 06:00

Chief executive Dr Glenn Baggley says Eddington Capital Management aims to offer investors a high-octane fund of funds portfolio through the selection of talented managers capable of achie

Thu, 13/03/2008 - 20:28

Peter Ludvigsen, head of institutional business at Nedgroup Investments, argues that mainstream hedge fund strategies have become increasingly correlated to key risk factors and that a maj

Tue, 14/04/2009 - 06:00

David Sheasby, a member of the management team for the Martin Currie Omnium Fund, believes the fund of funds, which invests in the firm's range of

Wed, 18/02/2009 - 06:43

Martin Baxter, portfolio manager of the Collins Stewart Absolute Return Plus Fund, says the hedge fund industry has suffered because managers have

Wed, 27/05/2009 - 06:00

Stephen Greene, partner and chief investment officer of the multi-manager business at ACP Partners, says that having undergone an unprecedented sho

Fri, 18/12/2009 - 01:17

Fabrizio Ladi Bucciolini, senior fund manager and head of alternative funds at Reyl Asset Management, says the Reyl Velocity fund of hedge funds, launched in September with USD15m of seed capital, is active across different asset classes and focuses on realised rather than marked-to-market profits, and hence focuses on traders with short holding periods and high portfolio turnover.

Robert Ferguson, chief executive, Benchmark Plus
Tue, 31/05/2011 - 05:00

Benchmark Plus chief executive Robert Ferguson says the USD1.7bn fund of hedge funds manager says the firm’s unique investment process analyses alpha streams rather than returns, allowing for an equal comparison of all strategies and enabling the firm to allocate to funds and managers that have demonstrated skill at exploiting specific market inefficiencies and generating returns in excess of their portfolios’ specific risk exposures.

Wed, 25/02/2009 - 19:25

Army Yan, head of research and managing director with fund of hedge funds manager K1 Group in Hong Kong, says the K1 Fund Allocation System develop

Fund Service Providers

Fri, 05/12/2008 - 06:00

Erik Jens, chief executive of Fortis Prime Fund Solutions, says the move into public ownership of its Dutch parent has reassured clients and even he

Global Macro

Mohammed Hanif, founder, chief executive and chief investment officer, Insparo Asset Management
Mon, 16/04/2012 - 07:03

Mohammed Hanif (pictured), the founder, chief executive and chief investment officer of Insparo Asset Management, says the firm’s Africa and Middle East Fund has generated returns exceeding 30 per cent since launch in June 2008 through an innovative on multistrategy approach that has protected investors’ capital in stormy markets while generating outstanding absolute returns during periods of market strength.

Mon, 11/02/2008 - 06:00

Adrian Owens and Andrew Snowball, managers of the JB Global Rates Hedge Fund at Augustus Asset Managers, say that as volatility subsides, they expect fundamental drivers to play an increas

Fri, 12/09/2008 - 06:00

Tai Tam Capital'sHui-Wen Shiau (see attached photo) and Jun-Tsiang Lam outline the
thinking that is driving the investment strategy of their new As

Tue, 01/09/2009 - 07:36

Magister Ludi Capital Management portfolio manager Anita Ramachandran and chief executive Rajinder Sabherwal (pictured) say that their Global Macro

Fri, 18/09/2009 - 07:03

Simon Luhr, chief executive of PCE Investors (pictured), and Gyldmark chief investment officer Mahmood Noorani, explain the approach of the Gyldmark global macro fund launched in July and that is currently targeting the overall level of demand and supply for risky assets.

 

Tue, 28/07/2009 - 06:00

Managed futures isone of the few alternative investment strategies that tends to
demonstrate negative correlation to traditional investments during

Luca Rubinelle, Xenfin Capital, Portfolio Manager
Mon, 23/08/2010 - 06:28

Luca Rubinelli, portfolio manager of the Global Macro Absolute Return Trading strategy at systematic trading specialist Xenfin Capital, says uncertainty over G10 government balance sheets and weake

Fri, 11/12/2009 - 07:57

SEAL Capital founders and managing partners R Michael Reveley (pictured) and Toby Chandler believe that in the wake of the Madoff, Galleon and K1 scandals, investors are demanding transparency, liquidity and a highly ethical infrastructure, which their firm delivers through the HFR managed account platform.

Fri, 30/10/2009 - 08:21

Mick Swift, director of research at Dublin-based Abbey Capital, says the firm, which runs global macro and managed futures multi-manager funds with more than USD1.7bn under management, is enjoying strong allocations from investors thanks to the high levels of liquidity offered by the funds as well as the firm’s eight-year track record.

Mon, 04/01/2010 - 06:00

Aros Capital Partners has just launched its first investment vehicle, the long-biased global macro Aros Paradigm Fund, with friends and family capital. Chief investment officer and founding partner Nicolai Borcher Hansen (pictured) says the fund’s investment strategy will target value-based investment in equities and corporate bonds as well as exploiting the firm’s expertise in the niche area of Danish mortgage bonds.

Nicolas Galperin, Founder, Onslow Capital Management
Fri, 18/06/2010 - 06:51

Nicolas Galperin, founder of Onslow Capital Management and principal portfolio manager of the Onslow Macro Fund, says the firm’s ‘option-like’ strategy and portfolio structure puts less emphasis on market direction and more on delivering the right risk-return relationship across a range of idiosyncratic themes.

Renee Haugerud, founder and chief investment officer, Galtere
Wed, 27/10/2010 - 22:54

Renee Haugerud (pictured), founder and chief investment officer of global macro manager Galtere, sees opportunities in the convergence of the US economy with commodity-rich economies and is backing that view through a real assets private equity strategy that invests in the production of agricultural staples in Brazil, Uruguay and Australia as well as complementary agribusiness opportunities in Brazil.

Simon Collard, founder, Collard Capital
Mon, 18/10/2010 - 05:00

Over the next 12 months Simon Collard, founder of Collard Capital and portfolio manager of the newly-launched Collard Global Macro Fund, expects to see more intervention by central banks in the currency markets, more measures by governments in Asia to target the property sector, and increasing social unrest in emerging markets related to food prices.

Index based Funds

Managed Futures Funds

Patrick Welton, Welton Investment Corporation
Sun, 04/09/2011 - 19:30

Dr Patrick Welton, chief executive of Welton Investment Corporation, says the firm’s flagship Global Directional Portfolio programme, which was launched in 2004 and now has some USD1bn in assets under management, aims to capitalise on the full range of investment opportunities available in the global futures markets, spanning multiple asset classes, strategy types, holding periods and directionality.

Mon, 26/01/2009 - 06:46

Dr Paul Netherwood, a partner with managed futures specialist Beach Horizon, says the strategy is set to increase its appeal not only because of it

Fri, 17/04/2009 - 06:00

William Wong, director of Qbasis Capital Management, argues that after a successful year in 2008 while other hedge fund strategies stumbled, the firm's systematic managed futures funds

Aref Karim, principal of Quality Capital Management
Wed, 04/08/2010 - 06:46

Aref Karim, principal of Quality Capital Management, which has just launched its 14-year-old managed futures strategy through an onshore Ucits III fund vehicle, says CTAs stand to benef

Mon, 16/03/2009 - 06:47

Robert Hounshell, head of trading at Lexington Asset Management, says the diversification offered by the firm's managed futures tradi

Multi Strategy Hedge Funds

Fri, 13/06/2008 - 05:59

Mitsubishi Corporation invested USD39m last month to acquire a 19.5 per cent stake in Aladdin Capital Holdings, an alternative investment manager specialising in fixed-income hedge funds a

Fri, 01/08/2008 - 04:00

SVM Asset Management managing director Colin McLean says the SVM Highlander Fund he manages, which has returned an annualised 15.1 per cent since i

Fri, 05/09/2008 - 06:00

Asset managers and investors are starting to awaken to the potential offered by Africa after decades of misgovernment and economic stagnation.

Fri, 20/02/2009 - 08:48

Brian Gilmore, chief executive of Palatine Asset Management, says the Capitoline Global Media Fund, which aims to exploit capital inefficiencies in the market for asset-based financing

Tue, 25/08/2009 - 06:00

Jerry Haworth, co-founder and director of 36 South Investment Managers, which moved its main base of operations from Auckland, New Zealand, to London earlier this year, says one of the

Fri, 14/08/2009 - 08:10

Head of funds Manfred Schrapler says that as one of the few banks with a dedicated hybrid structuring and trading team, Deutsche Bank is able to use unique risk management techniques to

Fri, 28/08/2009 - 05:54

Mario Gabelli, whose firm Gabelli Asset Management is sub-advisor to Skandia Investment Group's Skandia US All Cap Value Fund, says the recovery in the US economy expected next year is

Mon, 16/02/2009 - 12:33

Michael Derks, chief investment officer of Arch Financial Products, says the CF Arch cru Finance Fund launched in November to invest in short- to medium-term private finance deals enjoy

Fri, 16/10/2009 - 05:00

Andreas Koettner, managing director and head of portfolio management at Malta-based Golden Hedge Alternative Investments, says the firm’s multistrategy fund stands to benefit from its specialisation in relatively unusual niche strategies that display low correlation to typical CTA or hedge fund styles.

Jesse Redmond and Justin Pawl, Evolved Alpha
Mon, 09/08/2010 - 05:00

Jesse Redmond and Justin Pawl, founders and co-portfolio managers of multistrategy specialist Evolved Alpha, say the business is structured to provide investors with a portfolio of liquid, secure and transparent alpha-return strategies, retaining the diversification, nimbleness and sophisticated risk management of top multistrategy funds but expanding the universe of potential managers to several thousand rather than the small subset that would trade exclusively in-house for one firm.

Fri, 24/04/2009 - 08:17

Mark Baak, head of portfolio management at Finles Capital Management, says the Utrecht, Netherlands-based firm is well placed to benefit during what is likely to be a difficult period f

Property Funds

Charles Hallett, managing partner, Cignet Capital Management
Sun, 09/10/2011 - 11:05

Charles Hallett, managing partner of Cignet Capital Management, says the London Actively Managed Property Fund, which aims to achieve an annual return of more than 15 per cent from buying and selling discounted residential property, aims to make its margin at the point of purchase, creating an inherent profit without relying on capital growth.

Justin O’Connor, chief executive and chief investment officer, Cordea Savills
Sun, 23/10/2011 - 17:27

Justin O’Connor (pictured), chief executive and chief investment officer of property fund manager Cordea Savills, says that new opportunities with the potential to deliver outperformance over the longer term exist in the Nordic region, where secure property market fundamentals have prompted the reopening of the Nordic Retail Fund, and London residential development, where a new fund aims to benefit from the current shortage in capital funding by negotiating favourable terms with developers.

Fri, 31/10/2008 - 06:01

Stavros Loizou, chief executive of Lewis Charles Securities, says the Lewis Charles Abu Dhabi Property Fund, to be launched early next month, aims t

Wed, 03/06/2009 - 06:00

Randy Black, a principal with LandBaron Investments, says the firm's newly-launched Western States Distressed Land Fund aims to capitalise on an un

Tue, 11/08/2009 - 07:52

Direct investment in farmland has outperformed stock and bond returns over various timescales with substantially lower volatility than the US equit

Mon, 16/11/2009 - 06:00

Andrew St. Pierre, president of multistrategy real estate investor Merestone Partners (pictured), argues that the huge overhang of US commercial real estate debt coming due over the next two to three years will place enormous pressures on banks –especially the regional banking system.

Wed, 25/11/2009 - 19:23

Marc Thiel, chief executive of real estate investor and manager Euro Ejendomme, says the firm’s new hotel fund, which is aiming to close with EUR500m in capital by next June, aims to capitalise upon the relative lack in Germany of the middle-range business hotels common in the UK and France.

Mon, 07/09/2009 - 06:00

Jakes Ferguson, a partner and head of real estate at Sarasin & Partners, believes that the Sarasin Sustainable Equity - Real Estate Global EUR

Tue, 29/07/2008 - 07:19

David Michelson, an advisor with Three Arch Investors, says the California Distressed Land Fund, which is being launched by sponsors and managers w

Relative Value Arbitrage

Fri, 31/10/2008 - 05:59

Simon Glossop,partner and chief investment officer at CF Partners, a London-based
environmental finance firm specialising in carbon advisory and tr

Single Manager Hedge Funds

Tue, 23/12/2008 - 06:00

Charlie Metcalfe, chief executive of First State Investments, says the First State Media Fund has embarked on a fresh round of fundraising after investing virtually all its initial commitments on a diverse range of musical copyrights, and argues that media and entertainment assets tend to be more resilient than other sectors in times of recession.

Fri, 18/07/2008 - 06:00

Manuel Alejandro Dopazo, managing director of London-based investment manager and corporate advisor Fincere, says that despite the recent impact on emerging markets of global financial turbulence, the world's developing economies are well placed to continue to build on their growth of the past few years.

Mon, 20/10/2008 - 06:00

Jerry Haworth examines the factors and investment thinking that have driven the significant performance of New Zealand-based 36 South's strategies

Fri, 08/02/2008 - 06:00

Peter Halloran, founder and chief executive of specialist Russia and CIS manager Pharos Financial Group, says the firm's presence in Russia and its network of local contacts are the key to

Fri, 22/02/2008 - 06:00

Shahid Ikram, head of sovereign and G7 at Morley and manager on the G7 Fixed Income Fund, argues that there is a significant risk of equity and credit markets both underperforming this yea

Fri, 19/09/2008 - 06:00

Todd Voigt, manager of Cohen & Steers' Global Real Estate Long-Short strategy, which differentiates itself through bottom-up fundamental resear

Fri, 07/08/2009 - 06:00

New Zealand-based quant manager Pure Capital is about to launch its first pooled fund, the Guernsey-based Pure Protection Fund, alongside its range

Fri, 08/05/2009 - 06:00

Carlo Scevola, president of Carlo Scevola & Partners, which is portfolio manager to the Leader Fund, says his firm's model-driven process for i

Wed, 13/05/2009 - 06:00

Giovanni Pennetta, chief executive of Goldwinds Asset Management, investment adviser to the KPR Diamond Fund, says that in times of market turbulen

Wed, 15/07/2009 - 06:00

Julie Bouhuys, founder and chief executive of Concerto Asset Management, says that although the Concerto Credit Opportunity Offshore Fund I benefit

Tue, 09/06/2009 - 06:00

Katherine Buck, a managing director and portfolio manager for small-cap core equity strategies at Chicago-based Wayne Hummer Asset Management, beli

Tue, 15/09/2009 - 06:00

Majedie Asset Management'sTortoise Fund returned 12.1 per cent in 2008 and was up more than 25 per cent in the first half of this year despite a co

Thu, 25/06/2009 - 06:00

Miriam Mascherin, managing partner of Luxembourg-based Elite Advisers, says the firm's combination of investment management expertise and deep know

Thu, 21/05/2009 - 08:00

President Stephen Siderow says credit investment specialist BlueMountain Capital Management is planning to launch a series of funds this year to ex

WestSpring Advisors' Ralph Nacey
Mon, 02/11/2009 - 21:17

WestSpring Advisors principals Ralph Nacey (pictured) and Eric Phillipps, who launched the FRM-backed firm’s first family of fixed-income funds last month, believe that the curren

Thu, 22/10/2009 - 21:22

Sergey Grechishkin, a principal with Alcantara Asset Management, says the firm’s newly-launched Alcantara Russia and CIS Fixed Income Opportunities Fund, which follows a mix of active long-only and relative value strategies, draws heavily on its founders close understanding and experience of fixed-income issuers in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Thu, 19/11/2009 - 00:01

Sheriden Hure, a senior portfolio manager at Sydney-based market neutral multistrategy manager Fortitude Capital, says the firm is currently seeing great opportunities in the pricing of

Tue, 15/12/2009 - 06:00

Steven Gerbel, founder and president of merger arbitrage specialist Chicago Capital Management, expects a historic number of mergers within the US banking industry over the coming years as a result of the crisis highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of institutions, and believes this will present the sector with some of the largest merger arbitrage spreads and profit margins ever seen.

Mon, 09/02/2009 - 08:50

Andy Sowerby, managing director of marketing, product development and distribution at Martin Currie, says the firm and its hedge fund strategies ha

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