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Volatile currencies leave big hedge funds licking wounds

Posted on 26 May 2011

For some of the world’s biggest hedge funds, gyrating currencies have so far made 2011 a frustrating year. So-called macroeconomics funds, which make wagers on currencies and global economic events, were down 0.8% on average in the year to May 19, according to hedge-fund research firm HFR, with a 3.1% loss this month.
And “systematic” macro funds that use computer programs to jump on market trends have given up 4.5% since Dec. 31. By contrast, hedge funds in general have returned 1.7%. Investors who bought U.S. blue-chip stocks instead of hedge funds have gained about 7%……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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