The 'AlphaQ February 2017' special report comprises 16 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.

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AlphaQ February 2017

AlphaQ February 2017

Welcome to the first issue of AlphaQ for 2017 and what a start to the year we have seen, with macro events dominating and the markets apparently lapping it up.

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Investigating the Woozle effect

Investigating the Woozle effect

Woozle may not be an academic term with which you are familiar, but watch this space, literally. Nearly a year ago, Mark Pacitti, and Charlie Ellis founded Woozle Research, a solution to the Woozle effect theory of evidence by citation, whereby a finding gets repeatedly quoted until taken as the truth.

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Beating the banks off the beaten path

Beating the banks off the beaten path

Formed in February 2016, Bedford Row Capital Advisers, one of the leading non-bank arrangers of listed debt securities, started out with modest aims of achieving two or three listings in its first year, but ended up doing 11 and issuing GBP440 million in senior secured, asset backed bonds with yields of between 5 and 8.5 per cent.

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Whither biotech in 2017?

Whither biotech in 2017?

Dr Daniel Koller (pictured), lead manager of BB Biotech, writes that Biotech was one of the most widely reported sectors in 2016. Not only did the US election bring turbulence to biotech stocks but 2016 also reminded us of the importance and impact of social media, he says.

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Managing the main event

Managing the main event

John Melsom is CIO of the Omni Event Fund, an actively managed global event-driven strategy with a focus on equity and equity-related securities of companies undergoing significant corporate actions and other hard catalyst events.

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The 871(m) rule

The 871(m) rule

Jonathan P Brose (pictured), Brett R Cotler, and Craig T Hickernell ​of Seward & Kissel LLP​ write on the US's Section 871(m) rules which are being phased in at the moment and the likely impact for non-US investors.

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Flying high

Flying high

As alternative and traditional fund managers look to enhance their trading strategies and move away from crowded trades, James Williams discovers that Eagle Alpha is leveraging the explosion in `big data' to offer buy-side firms alternative data sets to harness alpha.

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Sticking to the middle ground

Sticking to the middle ground

James Williams finds that, although cautious overall in its outlook for global real estate in 2017, Hamilton Lane, an alternative fund manager with USD40 billion in discretionary AUM, does see some strong fundamentals throughout a good portion of the market.

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Asia credit – a separate allocation

Asia credit – a separate allocation

Yu-Ming Wang (pictured), Global Head of Investment and Chief Investment Officer, International, and Bertram Sarmago, Investment Director, Asian Fixed Income, at Nikko Asset Management have written a paper expounding their theory that Asia credit should stand alone from global emerging market (EM) debt.

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Rating US hydropower risk

Rating US hydropower risk

Michael Ferguson (pictured), director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, writes that despite fears that Donald Trump's ascent to The White House could be a major blow to renewable energy, the US is currently experiencing a financing renaissance in one particular source: hydropower.