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Fiscal cliff aversion creates final 2012 performance boost for hedge funds

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Commenting on the December 2012 performance of hedge funds, Hedge Fund Research found that the last minute recovery in US equity markets, literally on the final trading day of 2012, in anticipation of legislation to avert the US fiscal cliff, created gains which offset losses from earlier in December and pushed most US equity indices into positive territory for the month.

December gains were strong in the Financials and Technology sectors, with small cap equities also posting strong returns. Regionally, equities across Asia, Europe & Emerging Markets posted gains led by China, Japan, Russia and Argentina. In the US, yields rose across most maturities in anticipation of the fiscal cliff resolution, while high yield credit continued to tighten. Hedge Fund Research writes: "The US dollar rose sharply against the Japanese Yen following Japanese elections and in anticipation of additional BoJ stimulus, while the US dollar fell against the Euro and British Pound on favourable mid-December developments with regard to the European banking & sovereign debt crisis. Gold and most Metals declined while Oil posted gains; Wheat, Corn & Cocoa posted sharp declines for the month."

In terms of the HFRX indices, Hedge Fund Research found hedge funds posting gains for the fifth month in the last six, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gaining 0.92%, resu......................

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