Tue, May 31, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge fund managers increase risk exposures during September after giving back July gains in August - Man hedge fund report

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers increased their appetite for risk in September following signals that the Federal Reserve will vote to take additional quantitative easing measures when they meet in November, according to Man, one of the world's largest listed hedge fund providers. The move into risky assets such as emerging market equities, FX and commodities led to a positive month’s performance for most hedge funds.

Managers’ moves to increase risk in September were typical of a volatile 2010. After giving back much of July’s gains in August, equity markets rallied again in September as bearish economic indicators gave way to renewed optimism that looser monetary policy will drive prices higher. It was far from a smooth ride though – with significant intra-month reversals creating challenging trading conditions.

Michelle McCloskey, Head of Research at Man’s multi manager business, said: “Risk appetite returned to the markets with a vengeance this month. Hedge funds, on the whole, put up strong numbers and we continue to believe that hedge funds will deliver a consistent long-run return pattern.”

Global macro and managed futures funds performed well, benefiting from strong moves in FX, gold, industrial metals and emerging markets equity ex-Japan. Managers profited in particular from short dollar and long commodity-linked currency positions. Event driven and relative value made flatter contributions this month. Long/short equity strategies contributed strongly to performance but did not fully participate in the market’s rally.

Other key conclusions from Man’s monthly research include:

Long/ short equity returns were marked by significant dispersion with the strongest moves to the upside generated in the Emerging Markets/Asia. Managers focused in Japan saw subdued trading following intervention in the currency markets from the Bank of Japan. Man continues to believe that the markets favor more tactical traders who can quickly adjust net and gross exposures as conditions require;

Managed futures performed well given the significant momentum across most futures markets particularly in FX and industrial metals. September was marked by sharp reversals which led to more mixed returns from short-term traders.

Ms McCloskey added: “September was the second consecutive month of solid returns from managed futures managers as momentum strategies exploited trending across futures markets. Macro managers also performed well. We continue to look to the FOMC meeting on November 3 for further quantitative easing from the Fed. Government intervention can significantly distort prices and lead to trading opportunities as well as risks. In this environment we continue to favor a balanced approach to hedge fund strategies with a focus on nimble, tactical traders.”

(Man Investments’ monthly report on the hedge fund industry)


www.maninvestments.com

kb

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
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. Investing - Scientist turned hedge fund founder cuts profitable Aussie short, Pelargos joins hedge funds’ bet on turnaround at Honda, Managers set to cash in on infrastructure debt upswing[more]

    Scientist turned hedge fund founder cuts profitable Aussie short From Bloomberg.com: AE Capital, a hedge fund run by a former atmospheric scientist, trimmed bets against the Australian dollar as it gauges shifts in the world’s two biggest economies. The Australian, Canadian and New Zeala

  2. He's lost £200m in a year - so has Britain's star hedge fund boss Crispin Odey lost his golden touch?[more]

    From Thisismoney.co.uk: ...Odey’s laid-back attitude gave no indication of the turmoil his flagship fund had put investors through. It had tumbled 20 per cent in May – a terrible performance given most of his rivals were in positive territory for the year. Odey’s fund had got into trouble after taki

  3. Comment - If you’re such a great investor, where’s your alpha?[more]

    From Mineweb.com: … They are few and far between. You likely know their names. There is a short list of those who have 1) outperformed; 2) over long periods of time, and; 3) manage substantial sums of money. It’s impressive if you are on that list, but discouraging if you seek to invest institutiona

  4. European fund managers 'dressing up’ track record to gloss on performance[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by global analytics firm Cerulli Associates has found that the problem of 'dressing up' track records by fund managers is getting worse. In its latest issue of The Cerulli Edge - Europe Edition,

  5. Why the equity short bias hedge fund underperformed in April[more]

    From Marketrealist.com: The Barclay Equity Short Bias Hedge Fund returned -0.83% in April 2016. However, on a year-to-date basis, the fund provided a return of 3.4% through April 30, 2016. The equity short bias strategy works best when the Market is in a downturn. From January 2016 to mid-Febr