Natixis Global Asset Management Partners with AlphaSimplex on New Managed Futures Fund

Oct 20 2016 | 7:35pm ET

Natixis Global Asset Management has launched a new managed futures fund in partnership with longstanding alternative asset management affiliate AlphaSimplex. 

The new fund, named the AlphaSimplex Managed Futures Fund, expands Natixis’s European SICAV family. The fund will invest in futures and forward contracts across a broad range of markets including equities, fixed income, and currencies.

As with most managed futures vehicles, the fund aims to profit from long/short positions in assets in either rising or falling trends, respectively, and utilizes a quantitative approach, Natixis said in a statement. AlphaSimplex has a six-year track record in the U.S., the company added, managing over $3.5 billion in its managed futures strategy. 

Boston-based AlphaSimplex was founded by MIT professor Andrew Low in 1999 and specializes in researching and analyzing market behaviors and risk in order to develop liquid alternative strategies and portfolio solutions.

The company is an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management and manages more than $7 billion in institutional and mutual fund assets deployed into a broad range of strategies including volatility, alternatives, managed futures and global macro.

“In a world that has become more and more interconnected, correlation has increased, and we believe this product can be implemented as a strong diversifier in an equity-dominated portfolio,” said Duncan Wilson, CEO of AlphaSimplex. 

Natixis Global Asset Management is a unit of Natixis, the international corporate, investment, insurance and financial services arm of France’s Groupe BPCE.  It is ranked among the world’s largest asset management firms, uniting over 20 specialized investment managers globally with more than $874 billion in assets under management. 

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