Opalesque Industry Update - In November, after the spectacular rebound of October, the stock market calmed down as the S&P 500 index (-0.22%) displayed a nearly stable but slightly negative performance, associated with another reduction (-7.2%) in implicit volatility (27.8%).|
The fixed-income market was marked by a clear setback, with regular bonds (-1.20%) registering their sharpest loss of the year and convertible bonds (-2.74%) losing half of their outstanding gains of October. After two months of extreme performances, the commodities market (+1.55%) settled down and ended the month with a reasonable profit.
The credit spread (-2.23%) shrank significantly to reach its lowest level since September 2009, and the dollar (+2.62%) continued on its undecided course.
Impacted by the receding convertible bonds and shrinking credit spread, the Convertible Arbitrage strategy (-0.91%) lost ground despite the negative return of the stock market. Without clear short-term correlation with regular bonds, the CTA Global strategy (+0.13%) managed modest profitability.
Despite an unusually stronger short-term correlation with the stock market, the Equity Market Neutral strategy (+0.02%) managed stability. The Equity Market Neutral (+0.02%) and Merger Arbitrage (+0.17%) strategies turned up as the only two profitable equity-oriented strategies, both in November and over the year (resp. +0.83% and +1.66%). Conversely, the Event Driven (-0.54%) and Long/Short Equity (-1.36%) strategies could not repeat their positive performances of October, and deepened their year-to-date lag behind the S&P 500.
Overall, in November, the Fund-of-Fund strategy (-0.91%) practically gave back the ground gained in October and significantly underperformed the stock market.
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