Florian Guldner, Opalesque Research:
Emerging manager hedge funds and managed futures funds continued their upward performance trend last month, according to a first estimation based on the data of 299 funds listed in Opalesque Solutions' Emanagers database.
The Emanagers Total Index gained 0.99% in August and is now up 4.79% for the year 2012. Estimates for July and June were corrected to +2.23% and -0.19% respectively. Since inception in January 2009, the index posted compounded returns of 64.4%.
Over the last 12 months, the Total Index gained 4.45% in 7 negative and 5 positive months, compared to 0.70% for the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index. However, the MSCI World Index performed better over the same period, with a gain of 5.62%.
August was a challenging month for CTAs but offered opportunities for most hedge funds: The Emanagers Hedge Fund Index gained 1.90% (+6.09% YTD), while the Emanagers CTA Index lost 0.22% (+1.14% YTD).
Last month was characterized by strong stock market performance (MSCI World up 2.29%), mainly based on a positive outlook for the U.S. economy and the ECB's announcement of a government bond buying program. Forex traders were the main losers of last month's events: