Opalesque Industry Update – The Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Indices produced mixed results in December, another volatile month for equity prices. The monthly and quarterly redemption Composite Indices fell by 0.46% and 0.27%, respectively, for the month. |
The Managed Futures Index was the best performer, gaining 2%, followed by the Investable Arbitrage Index, which gained 0.41%. The Greenwich Long-Short Equity Investable Index also fell by 0.38% compared to a decline of 0.12% in the MSCI World Equity Index and a gain of 1.02% on the S&P 500 Total Return Index. For the year, the Long-Short Credit and Arbitrage Investable Indices produced the most favorable results, gaining 6.33% and 2.71%, respectively.
“Lack of market direction and prolonged economic uncertainty were central themes for investors in 2011. Hedge funds as a whole had a lackluster year in large part due to the risk averse nature of most managers. Market Neutral strategies were more insulated from market swings than Directional funds and as a result had better performance. Managers focused on fundamentals frequently found themselves subject to headline risk that complicated their investments. However, despite the relative weakness in 2011, hedge funds still maintain a favorable risk-return comparison to the S&P 500 over the last 4 years,” said Clint Binkley, Senior Vice President.
Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Index Performance at a Glance