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Some Strange Trends Among 2017 Hedge Fund Returns
Hedge Funds
From one perspective, there is an odd disparity in the force. Hedge fund returns in certain categories are experiencing fat tail correlation and return extremes when compared to players inside a particular category as well as compared to the category average itself. No better can this be seen than in the most formulaic of all hedge fund strategies, managed futures.
Fund Managers Get Bullish
Summary: Global equities have risen 18% so far in 2017 and yet, until this month, fund managers have held significant amounts of cash and been, at best, only modestly bullish on equities. All of this has suggested lingering risk aversion. That has now changed. Cash levels have fallen to the lowest level in 4 years. Allocations to global equities have
Americans Agree on Something: They Don’t Like Big Corporations
Lifestyle
Americans are down on corporations. Almost two-thirds (62%) distrust the Fortune 500, and nearly half (47%) say business behavior is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll. Just Capital’s latest poll, of 10,000 representative respondents, finds big majorities of Americans–including 85% of Democrats and 72% of Republicans–“believe companies share too little of their success with employees.” More than two-thirds of
AMD Has More to Lose Than Nvidia Should Bitcoin Mining Hardware Sales Decline
FinTech
The cryptocurrency craze has been a major tailwind for both Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA). However, should cryptocurrency lose favor among investors, one analyst says AMD may have much more to lose. The Analyst Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore maintains an Underweight rating and $8 price target for AMD stock and an Equal-Weight rating and $222 target for Nvidia. The Thesis AMD
Despite Restrictions, Asian Investors Are Still Flocking to ICOs
FinTech
Apparently, neither bans nor harsh restrictions can stay Asian investors from ICOs. Financial Times: …the halt on ICOs has not stopped investors from buying into the deals. In China, over-the-counter bitcoin sales rose from 5 per cent before the ban to more than 20 per cent in November. Back in September, the Chinese government banned token sales alleging, among other
Mr Xi Reveals His Blueprint for China’s ‘New Era’
Every five years, the top governing body of China’s communist party meets to endorse important decisions and announce changes to its leadership. Since the 24 October conclusion of the latest National Party Congress (NPC) in Beijing, investors have been analysing the results to determine the direction of the world’s second-largest economy. While no major surprises were announced, some investors expressed
Asia Focused Hedge Funds Dominate as 2017 Nears Close
Hedge Funds
The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark generated 1.15% in October, the benchmark’s twelfth consecutive month of positive returns. With year-to-date returns climbing to 9.30% so far, this year, the hedge fund industry remains firmly on track to generate its best performance since 2013. Asia-Pacific focused funds outperformed all other top-level regional focuses tracked by Preqin during October, recording its best
Venture Capitalist Steve Jurvetson Quits Firm and Then Defends Himself Against Sexual Harassment Allegations
The day after one of the most prominent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley quit his namesake firm, he defended himself on social media against allegations of sexual harassment. Recode first reported that Steve Jurvetson had left Draper Fisher Jurvetson "by mutual agreement," after an investigation was launched into sexual harassment claims made against him. While DFJ did not specify why Jurvetson had agreed to
Elon Musk on Tesla's Short Sellers: 'They're Jerks Who Want Us to Die'
Rolling Stone has a big brand new cover story about Elon Musk that dives into everything from his childhood, his scientific method used to start a business, his thoughts on what he sees as the threats posed by AI and climate change and, uh, his heartbreak. At one point during the interview, Musk addresses the fact that Tesla is now the most
Waymo Works to Build Trust as First Pilot-Free Vehicle Hits the Road
Last week, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG)’s Waymo became the first to test fully autonomous vehicles on public roads without a front-seat technician. The firm still faces challenges in public perception and regulation, but it’s taking strides with education partnerships, data transparency and training opportunities. The Expert Andrew Murphy researches consumer habits and product marketing as a managing partner at Loup Ventures. The venture capital firm does