Fri, Aug 28, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Other Voices: Convertible bond arbitrage, 2009 and beyond

Monday, June 01, 2009

This article was written by Bryan Goh, First Avenue Partners LLP, London: Convertible arbitrage has been one of the best performing hedge fund strategies year to date in 2009, up 17.9% while the HFRI general index has gained 4%.

Recall, however, that convertible bond arbitrage was one of the worst performing strategies in 2008 losing 33% while the HFRI general index lost 19%. The losses came from a confluence of general risk aversion, deleveraging by banks and institutions, hedge fund redemptions and failures from over-levered portfolios, and a collapse in the funding mechanism. So acute was the risk aversion that convertibles were sold down regardless of issuer fundamentals or credit quality. Such sell-offs naturally create opportunities for the astute investor as idiosyncratic risk is mispriced by a market on the one hand, and systemic risk is overpriced by the market on the other, in the midst of market panic.

It is natural therefore that once the acute and broad based risk aversion had reached its zenith, convertible bonds would represent exceptional value and rebound. The last 4 months have seen this occur in a reversion of the systemic risk trade. Convertible bonds have rallied across the board with demand coming from fundamental credit investors, hedge funds, corporates and issuers buying back their own bonds. Notably absent or at best......................

To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Investing - Hedge funds suddenly find real money is back in Argentina's debt, Elon Musk buys more SolarCity stock following hedge fund manager short, BlackRock plans to get into rental-home financing[more]

    Hedge funds suddenly find real money is back in Argentina's debt From Bloomberg.com: The real money is back in Argentina. Before the country’s default in July 2014 (its second in 13 years), most long-term investors abandoned its bond market. As they rushed out, Argentina became a favorit

  2. Activist News - Carl Icahn has snapped up a huge stake in Freeport-McMoRan, and the stock is ripping, Meet Europe's best activist investor[more]

    Carl Icahn has snapped up a huge stake in Freeport-McMoRan, and the stock is ripping From Businessinsider.com: Carl Icahn has picked his next target: Freeport-McMoRan. Icahn and a group of other investors have snapped up an 8.46% stake in mining company Freeport-McMoRan, according to a j

  3. North America - Hedge fund manager Ray Dalio’s challenge to the Fed[more]

    From Newyorker.com: For some reason, Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, decided to skip this year’s annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, where monetary policymakers from the United States and abroad get together with some prominent academics to discuss the big issues of the moment. Th

  4. Performance - Hedge funds set to bank millions by short selling during London share slump, The China market chaos has made this hedge fund its most money in 2 years, Odey hedge fund said to surge 9% betting against China, Hedge funds with long-held bearish views on China rack up profits, Hedge funds in U.S. seen curbing damage from August turbulence, Hedge funds collect on their predictions of a fall, How did managed futures do while the Dow was down 1000[more]

    Hedge funds set to bank millions by short selling during London share slump From TheGuardian.com: Hedge funds are set to bank tens of millions of pounds from the slump in share prices in London, having bet almost £18bn that the FTSE 100 would fall. The funds making the bets include Lansd

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: John C Head IV leaves alternative investment firm Gallery Capital, David Harrison joins as co-CIO[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: John C Head IV, former president and co-founder of Gallery Capital Management, an alternative inv

 

banner