Markets finally took a breather after weeks of appreciation. European stocks underperformed, caught in between a sharp repricing in govies yield and a rising Euro. Japanese and EM stocks were more resilient......

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Persistent trends across asset classes continued to fuel CTA returns over the recent weeks.......

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Risk appetite faded over the recent weeks, in a context where investors appear to be securing gains achieved during a strong year for equities......

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The cautious move toward monetary normalization led by several central banks did not throw a tantrum on markets.....

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The recent correction in IT stocks led to a momentum reversal which impacted negatively L/S Equity funds, down -1.3% last week. Market Neutral L/S, which tend to be sensitive to the momentum risk factor, were not left unscathed by sector rotations......

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Risk aversion was rapidly overcome as Tech and Energy stocks rallied. HF were strongly up, driven by the performance of Special Situations, CTAs and Macro funds. Most impacted last week, they fully recovered.....

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Asset and sector rotations accelerated this week. US yields kept on adjusting to the Fed, which gives every signs it will proceed with normalization. In addition to US rate-sensitive sectors, it boosted Europe and Japan equities, but weakened EM, metals and gold. Mr. Trump also unveiled its tax blueprint....

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