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UCITS HFS Index’s down -0.04% in October 2012, up 2.73% year to date

Thursday, November 08, 2012
Opalesque Industry Update - After three consecutive positive monthly performances the UCITS HFS Index reported a loss of -0.04% for October 2012. The broad index started positively into the month with first week gains of +0.17%, followed by a minimal loss of -0.04% in week two. While the third week of October contributed gains of +0.12% to the monthly performance, the last days of trading showed mixed results: while week four brought the biggest movement in form of a loss of -0.32%, the last three days of the month were slightly positive again with a marginal gain of +0.03%. From all funds tracked 56.22% reported profits from a monthly perspective.

From a sub-strategy perspective five out of the twelve sub-strategies were positive in October, the best performing being Credit (+0.71%), L/S Equity (+0.53%) and Global Macro (+0.47%). While Credit reported gains week after week, L/S Equity had to give up some of its monthly gains in the last week of trading. Global Macro on the other hand profited from strong performances in week one and three that outweighed the losses in the other two weeks of October. Credit and Fixed Income remain the only two strategies with back-to-back positive monthly results in 2012 with yearly performances of +7.55% and +4.97%. The three worst performing strategies were CTA (-2.79%), Commodity (-1.75%) and Event Driven (-1.31%), the latter turning negative from a year to date perspective. CTA and Commodity are also the two worst performing strategies this year, being down -4.82% and –2.53% respectively. From a year to date perspective the broad UCITS HFS Index now stands at +2.73% in 2012.

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