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AlphaQ - December 2015

Fri, 11/12/2015 - 16:05

An interview with Luke Ellis, Man Group President reveals that Man is all about diversification these days, while the issue looks at the importance of a low carbon strategy and interviews Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity head, Johnny El Hachem, on his

The 'AlphaQ - December 2015' special report comprises 20 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
Beverly Chandler, etfexpress

AlphaQ – December 2015

Fri, 11/12/2015 - 16:10

Difficult, challenging and jittery are the adjectives some of our contributors used to describe the volatile markets and corresponding returns over 2015. In the main, it was the hedge fund sector that struggled the most, with HFR’s Ken Heinz reporting that the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a gain of +0.03 per cent through October end. Low by historical hedge funds standards, yes, but exceeding the return or yield of almost anything they could invest in, including many equity market indices, commodities and newly issued, short dated bills of the US, Germany and most financially solvent countries.  »

Paul Yook

Interesting year for new biotech ETFs

Fri, 11/12/2015 - 16:15

With 20 years of experience in biotech, Paul Yook, Co-Founder of LifeSci Index Partners and the Portfolio Manager of the BioShares ETFs, (pictured) has had an interesting year in his first year of managing ETFs in the sector. »

Jayesh Punater

A shadow solution from Gravitas

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:07

Post 2008 hedge funds have increasingly outsourced their back offices to fund administrators. However, with a need to maintain control, these hedge funds are now turning to a middle office shadowing solution to be performed as the next area for outsourcing.  »

red wine

Firm says Bordeaux most investable

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:10

Bordeaux is the wine most suitable for investment, according to The Wine Investment Fund (TWIF). The firm writes that investment managers need to look at the potential returns associated with each wine they invest in, but also at the risk associated with these investments. “When looked at in this way, the issue with wines from regions other than Bordeaux is not their quality (which may certainly be high), but their suitability for investment,” the firm says.  »

Beverly Chandler, AlphaQ

In brief

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:16

Smaller UK firms with big ambitions    The third Albion Growth Report finds evidence of an export-led recovery. The survey reports that one-in-three (34 per cent) UK SMEs are looking to break into new markets overseas of which 19 per cent are casting outside the EU and 15 per cent within the single market.  »

Frederis Samama

A timely investment

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:39

Frederic Samama (pictured), Deputy Global Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients at Amundi Asset Management, writes on the benefits of a low carbon investment strategy. »

Luke Ellis. Man Group

Man Group enjoys new diversification

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:42

Beverly Chandler interviews Luke Ellis, Man Group President, on the changes within the firm. »

Johnny El Hachem

Ambitious private equity growth path

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:48

James Williams interviews Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity head, Johnny El Hachem (pictured). »

Tyler Kim

2015 review: How was it for you?

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 16:54

Never fearful of asking the awkward question, AlphaQ questions its contributors and contacts from 2015 on their experiences over this quite challenging investment year. »

Ali Al Nasser

Themes help MENA fund perform

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 17:00

Beverly Chandler interviews Ali Al Nasser of Duet Asset Management's MENA Horizon fund. »

Nadia Papagiannis

The power of alternatives

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 17:05

James Williams talks to Nadia Papagiannis (pictured) of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. »

Omar Sayed

Booming M&A

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 17:12

James Williams examines the current boom in M&A. »

Nassar Hussain

European property debt programme

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 17:18

European Real Estate Capital, the newly formed European commercial real estate debt programme set-up by Brookland Partners and backed by Omni Partners, has made its debut in the European CRE lending market. Beverly Chandler talks with the principals. »

Andrew Stephens

The power of real

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:24

BlackRock's institutional team gets real with James Williams. »

Dan Larkin

Hotel rooms for sale

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:27

Beverly Chandler talks to Dan Larkin (pictured) on the return of the condo hotel.  »

Patrick Ghali

Japan funds provide alpha

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:30

James Williams looks at the fundamentals behind investing in Japan. »

Wai Mei Leong

China remains a complex story

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:34

Wai Mei Leong, High Yield fund manager for Eastspring Investments, comments on the markets in China and says property remains strong. »

Randeep Grewal

The network effect

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:37

Randeep Grewal (pictured), our regular columnist, ends the year commenting on the power of networks. »

Marianne Scordel

Faith and investment

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:41

Marianne Scordel (pictured) of Bougeville Consulting investigates how religious communities and their members manage their assets. »

Emerging real estate managers

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 18:48

Preqin reports that the private real estate fundraising environment for emerging managers (defined by Preqin as first- or second-time fund managers) seems especially daunting as of late. »

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