Mon, May 25, 2015
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

All Edhec hedge fund strategy indices up in October expect for CTA and short-selling

Friday, November 18, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - In October, after plummeting for five months, the equity market displayed astonishing versatility, with the S&P 500 index registering a positive double-digit return (+10.93%), its best monthly performance over the past twenty years, supported by a strong fall (-13%) in implicit volatility (30.0%). Although it has not recovered from the cumulative loss over the past five months (-16.26%), the S&P 500 index renewed with YTD profitability.

The bond market also brightened as both regular bonds (+1.07%) and convertible bonds (+5.36%) recorded their best score over the past year. On the commodities market (+9.64%), the rebound was impressive but could not make up for the losses in September (-12.40%).

Less affected by the strong rise in stocks, the Convertible Arbitrage strategy (+1.33%) took advantage of the rocketing convertible bonds to put an end to five months of losses, and achieved a breakeven YTD performance. Despite the sharp fall in the dollar (-3.15%) and in profits on the commodities market, the CTA Global strategy fell (-3.00%).

Despite its naturally limited exposure, the Equity Market Neutral strategy (+1.58%) took a nice share of the equity market profits, and compensated for its losses in September. Exhibiting higher exposures to stocks, the Event Driven (+2.97%) and Long/Short Equity (+4.30%) strategies scored better and recorded their best performance over the past two years. However, neither strategy could make up for its September setbacks and maintained largely negative YTD returns.

Overall, like most other hedge fund strategies, the Funds of Funds strategy managed profitability in October and partly recovered from the losses of September. Like most equity-oriented strategies, its 2011 YTD performance remained well below par.

(press release)

Hedge Fund Strategies

Oct 2011

YTD*

Annual Average Return since January 2001

Annual Std Dev since January 2001

Sharpe Ratio

Convertible Arbitrage

1.33%

0.0%

6.5%

7.4%

0.34

CTA Global

-3.00%

-3.7%

6.7%

8.7%

0.31

Distressed Securities

2.98%

-1.0%

10.4%

6.3%

1.00

Emerging Markets

3.91%

-6.9%

10.8%

10.7%

0.63

Equity Market Neutral

1.58%

0.8%

4.5%

3.0%

0.16

Event Driven

2.97%

-2.8%

7.8%

6.1%

0.62

Fixed Income Arbitrage

0.63%

3.8%

6.0%

4.5%

0.46

Global Macro

0.26%

-1.1%

7.0%

4.5%

0.68

Long/Short Equity

4.30%

-3.8%

5.3%

7.3%

0.17

Merger Arbitrage

1.56%

1.3%

5.3%

3.3%

0.41

Relative Value

1.67%

0.1%

6.4%

4.8%

0.50

Short Selling

-7.36%

4.7%

0.8%

14.1%

-0.23

Funds of Funds

1.22%

-4.2%

3.7%

5.1%

-0.05

* Cumulative return since January 1st of the current year

 

 

 

www.edhec-risk.com

BG

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. Comment - Top hedge fund managers talk about how easy their jobs have gotten, BlackRock to Schroders warn of Argentina’s $20bn bond glut, The 35-year “investment supercycle” is drawing to a close, says Bill Gross, Gundlach: When the Fed starts hiking rates, 'GET OUT' of this asset class[more]

    Top hedge fund managers talk about how easy their jobs have gotten From Businessinsider.com.au: Time was, before the financial crisis hit, corporate boards treated multi-billion dollar hedge fund managers like Jehovah’s Witnesses pounding on their doors and flashing bibles. But no more.

  2. T Rowe's challenge to Dell deal may fuel critics of 'appraisal'[more]

    From Reuters.com: An increasingly popular tactic used by hedge funds and others to extract more money from buyouts could soon face a major courtroom test when a big investor in Dell Inc may argue that it should be paid a higher price for the 2013 acquisition of the PC maker. The strategy, known as "

  3. News Briefs - Ergen says LightSquared plan unfairly favors hedge funds, Why hedge fund managers make good advisory clients, I learned a lot about dad-bros after spending 4 days in Vegas with 2,000 hedge funders[more]

    Ergen says LightSquared plan unfairly favors hedge funds LightSquared Inc.’s bankruptcy plan gives hedge funds that invested in the broadband company a leg up while blocking telecommunications firms from competing with it, a fund owned by Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charles Ergen said in

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: SEC approves proposed changes to Form ADV, '40 Act - comment period to follow[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds and providers of liquid alternatives will want to pay close attention to proposed reforms approved by the SEC yesterday. The changes will require more frequent reporting, as well as a closer look into social media, liquid alternative strategies, and

  5. New market regime has created more dispersion between managers[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The month of April has marked the transition toward a new market regime, Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform, commented in the May 5's Weekly Briefing. "The first quart

 

banner