Tue, Mar 31, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Hedge funds' net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, more than last quarter’s record of 52%

Friday, May 24, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to Goldman, Sachs & Co.’ latest monthly Hedge Fund Trend Monitor, hedge fund net long exposure reached a new high of 53%, and the most popular (+17%) and the most concentrated (+23%) long positions outperformed the S&P500 (up 15% YTD then). However, the average hedge fund returned 5%, as shorts did not do as well, and 13% of them experienced absolute losses.

The Monitor, which analyses 705 hedge funds with $1.5tln of gross equity positions, is based on 13-F filings as of May 15th, 2013. It made eight general observations:

1. Hedge funds’ YTD average of 5% is a continuation of a multi-year trend of lacklustre relative performance.

2. Goldman Sachs’s basket of the 20 most concentrated hedge fund stocks outperformed S&P500 and has done so 69% of the time since 2001 by an average of 267bp per quarter.

3. Goldman estimates that hedge funds operate 53% net long, more that last quarter’s record of 52%. "Risk appetite had matched previous highs from 1Q 2007 last quarter," the report says.

4. The Monitor says that in Q2, "we analyzed $133 billion of gross notional single stock options held by hedge funds composed of $68 billion of calls and $65 billion of puts. In general, the sector tilts and ETF positioning in the option holdings were similar to the underlying stock holdings. Funds held more calls than puts in sectors that funds are overweight versus the Russell 3000. ETF options favor puts, ......................

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. Other Voices: Does the hedge fund industry benefit society?[more]

    This article was authored by Don Steinbrugge, Chairman of Agecroft Partners, a US-based global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds. It is no secret that the hedge fund industry is viewed negatively by a la

  2. Private credit comes into focus for investors[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As investors look for a way out of the low yield/no yield environment, private credit is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class, according to a white paper from Bayshore Capital Advisors. Private credit has grown steadily since the financial crisis as

  3. Other Voices: The role of diversification in CTA portfolios[more]

    2014 brought a resurgence of managed futures strategies, or CTAs, which performed very well as a whole, outperforming all other hedge fund strategies. However, a closer look reveals that there was a wide range of performance, or return dispersion, across managers. The bottom line? Not all CTAs

  4. Neuberger Berman unit buys 20% stake in activist hedge fund Jana Partners for $2bn[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Neuberger Berman’s unit Dyal Capital Partners bought a 20% stake in activist hedge fund firm Jana Partners worth $2bn, WSJ.com reports. The deal comes as activi

  5. Hedge fund launches fall again, $1bn funds found to outperform even smaller hedge funds[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The number of new hedge fund launches fell again in 2014, the third consecutive year of decline, while fund liquidations saw their first drop since 2010, according to the latest HFR Market Microstructure Industry Report released by industry data provider HFR. Acc

 

banner