Thu, Dec 8, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Volatile currencies caused significant losses for larger hedge funds

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update – Since the beginning of 2011, some of the largest hedge funds on a global scale have lost money from volatile currencies.

A report by The Wall Street Journal identified the hedge funds as the $2.5bn fund managed by Geraldine Sundstrom for Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP, an $8bn fund run by hedge-fund giant Tudor Investment Corp.; Caxton Associates' $5bn Global Investment Ltd. fund; and New York-based Moore Capital Management's $7.5bn Moore Global Investors fund.

Ron DiRusso, portfolio manager at the $8bn New York based currencies hedge fund FX Concepts told The Journal, "It's been a tough environment. The market goes in one direction for about three weeks, and everyone goes after it, and then it flips around. That's hurting people."

An independent study released by hedge fund data provider Hedge Fund Research showed that macroeconomics funds, which bets on currencies and global events, posted a negative 0.8% returns as at end May 19, 2010. For May, macro funds retreated 3.18%, HFR added.

The negative performance of currencies is a result of a decline in the global financial markets. But insiders are still unsure if the current debt problem in Europe and the perceived slow down in global economies will wipe off the gain in the past two years. Many believe that the uncertainties in the global economy are pushing currencies down. Data from HSBC also showed that Brevan Howard's Emerging Market Strategies Fund Ltd. declined 4.2% as of May 6, are posting a 2.7% negative growth as of Feb. 11. The Tudor B.V.I. Global Fund Ltd., managed by Paul Tudor Jones also fell 0.3% as of May 13 after registering a 1.9% rise on March 9.

Andrew E. Law’s Caxton Global Investment Ltd. fell 3% as of May 17 after registering a 0.5% loss on March 8.

Meanwhile, Moore Capital's flagship Moore Global Investments fund, run by Louis Bacon, was down 1.4% as of May 5, according to a source familiar with the fund. The firm's $3.8 billion Macro Managers Fund had lost 0.7% and one of Moore Capital portfolio manager Greg Coffey's funds deepened its losses from 4.1% on Feb. 28 to 5.8% as of May 5. The majority of foreign-exchange traded funds have been experiencing lows for the past several months as the Euro fell 6.5% against the U.S. dollar between May 4 and May 23. The rise of the Japanese yen by 4.6% immediately after the powerful Mach 11 earthquake and tsunami also spelled bad returns for the strategy.
- Precy Dumlao

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. M&A - AllianzGI to acquire Sound Harbor Partners, SS&C completes acquisition of Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services business[more]

    AllianzGI to acquire Sound Harbor Partners Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), an active investment manager, announced that Sound Harbor Partners, a US private credit manager led by Michael Zupon and Dean Criares, have agreed to join its fast-growing Private Debt Platform. Under the te

  2. Hunt for yield pushes more investors into riskier assets[more]

    From FT.com: Pension funds and insurance companies have increasingly embraced riskier assets in their hunt for higher returns over the past five years. Alternative assets such as property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds have been bought up by institutional investors in a world where

  3. People - Nectar Financial hires senior investment team, Texas A&M replaces retiring foundation investment chief, Ex-Cadwalader partner Woolery makes another sudden exit, How to become a Python coder at a top hedge fund, by the co-CTO of Man AHL[more]

    Nectar Financial hires senior investment team Nectar Financial AG, a Swiss financial technology company for wealth and asset management, has announced that it has hired two key senior leaders to spearhead its digital asset management efforts. The company also announced that it has entere

  4. Activist News - Cognizant has introductory discussion with activist investor Elliott; to review letter, Starboard Value makes huge investment in Hewlett Packard, Hedge fund calls for removal of First NBC Bank CEO[more]

    Cognizant has introductory discussion with activist investor Elliott; to review letter From Indiatimes.com: Cognizant said it had an introductory discussion with Elliott Management after receiving the activist hedge fund's letter asking for a board shakeup, a buyback, a dividend and chan

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Ireland relaxes treatment of direct lending funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Irish Central Bank has relaxed its treatment of direct lending funds, according to a recently released