Florian Guldner, Opalesque Reserach:
Emerging manager hedge funds and managed futures funds saw slight gains last month, according to a first estimation based on the data of 307 funds listed in Opalesque Solutions' Emanagers database.
The Emanagers Total Index advanced 0.1% in September, resulting in a 2012 performance of +4.33%. Estimates for August and July were corrected to +0.67% and +2.0%, respectively. Since inception in January 2009, the index posted compounded returns of 63.6%.
Over the last 12 months, emerging managers gained 6.73% in 6 negative and 6 positive months, compared to 4.93% for the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index. Global stocks, tracked by the MSCI World Index, gained almost 19% in the same period.
Last month was particularly challenging for managed futures strategies, while hedge funds were able to deliver strong returns once more: The Emanagers Hedge Fund Index gained 1.32% (+6.64% YTD), while the Emanagers CTA Index lost 1.46% (-0.58% YTD).
August's stock market rally continued last month as central banks took further steps towards monetary easing. As a result, directional and event-driven hedge fund strategies were September's winners: