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

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AlphaQ – December 2015

AlphaQ – December 2015

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. 

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A shadow solution from Gravitas

A shadow solution from Gravitas

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. 

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Firm says Bordeaux most investable

Firm says Bordeaux most investable

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. 

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In brief

In brief

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. 

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A timely investment

A timely investment

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.

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Booming M&A

Booming M&A

James Williams examines the current boom in M&A.

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European property debt programme

European property debt programme

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.