Sat, Apr 19, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

All EDHEC hedge fund indices down in August except for Short Selling and Global CTA

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - In August, the deterioration in the stock markets continued and accelerated. The S&P 500 index (-5.43%) suffered its most severe losses since May 2010, bringing its YTD performance (-1.77%) well below par. The increasing nervousness of investors resulted in another surge (+6.3%) in implicit volatility (31.6%), which reached its highest level since June 2010.

The situation on the fixed-income market did not improve. Like the stock markets, convertible bonds (-4.49%) dropped sharply, with a fourth consecutive month of losses sweeping its YTD profits away. In the US, regular bonds (-0.06%) struggled for stability whereas, worldwide, the Lehman Global Bond Index (+2.78%) performed remarkably well. The credit spread (-3.16%) registered its most acute shrinkage since the crisis of 2008. The commodities market (-1.66%) continued its ebb and flow.

Most hedge fund strategies were impacted by the reverses in the stock markets.

Besides Short Selling, the only profitable strategy in August was CTA Global (+0.27%), which, like the commodities market, managed its smallest change over the past fourteen months. The plummeting convertible bonds and shrinking credit spread heavily penalised the Convertible Arbitrage strategy (-2.09%), which recorded a fourth consecutive month of losses and its worst since May 2010. Despite its limited exposure to the stock market, the Equity Market Neutral strategy (-1.64%) took an unusually heavy blow.

Although they outperformed the stock markets this month, the more exposed Event Driven (-3.78%), Long/Short Equity (-4.07%), Distressed Securities (-4.08%) and Emerging Markets (-3.90%) strategies all saw their YTD performances drop into negative territory, and along with the Merger Arbitrage (-1.20%) and Relative Value (-1.86%) strategies, recorded their worst monthly performance since the subprime-induced financial crisis. Conversely, the Fixed-Income Arbitrage strategy (-0.68%) became the best-performing YTD strategy behind Short Selling.

Hedge Fund Strategies Aug 2011 YTD* Annual Average Return since January 2001 Annual Std Dev since January 2001 Sharpe Ratio
Convertible Arbitrage -2.09% 0.4% 6.6% 7.4% 0.36
CTA Global 0.27% 0.0% 7.2% 8.7% 0.36
Distressed Securities -4.08% -0.3% 10.6% 6.2% 1.07
Emerging Markets -3.90% -3.7% 11.3% 10.4% 0.70
Equity Market Neutral -1.64% 0.8% 4.5% 3.0% 0.18
Event Driven -3.78% -2.0% 8.0% 6.0% 0.67
Fixed Income Arbitrage -0.68% 3.8% 6.1% 4.5% 0.48
Global Macro -0.34% 0.3% 7.3% 4.4% 0.74
Long/Short Equity -4.07% -3.2% 5.4% 7.1% 0.20
Merger Arbitrage -1.20% 0.8% 5.4% 3.3% 0.42
Relative Value -1.86% 0.6% 6.6% 4.7% 0.54
Short Selling 6.97% 5.2% 0.8% 13.8% -0.23
Funds of Funds -2.57% -2.9% 3.9% 5.1% -0.02
* Cumulative return since January 1st of the current year




Corporate website: Source

- FG

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Banner
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. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund replicators evolve[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an

  5. SEC allows investment funds to use social media[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released new guidance letting investment funds and advisors use social media to promote client reviews. The guidance seeks to assist investment managers in developing compliance policies and procedures reasonably