Fri, Oct 21, 2016
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

GAM reports that March was an 'encouraging month for hedge funds'

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update - GAM's Hedge Fund Performance Update finds that several trends in risk markets continued in March with positive performance in equities, notably in the US and Japan, continued strength in the US dollar and another month of weakening in the Japanese yen.

Hedge funds enjoyed the third consecutive month of positive performance for the year, with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund index up 0.7% for March and up 3.1% for the quarter. Gains were led by equity-centric strategies, with the HFRX strategy indices for event-driven managers and equity hedge managers up 5.3% and 5.1%, respectively for the quarter. Global macro and CTA strategies continued to deliver mixed results with some negative global macro results offsetting some strongly performing CTA managers to deliver a flat net result for the quarter for the HFRX Macro/CTA index. Relative value managers started the quarter strongly, but were subsequently only marginally positive in February and March, with the HFRX Relative Value index ending the quarter up 1.7%.

Anthony Lawler, Portfolio Manager at GAM, said: “March was another encouraging month for hedge funds with broad-based positive attribution. Many trend following CTA managers had a positive month with performance coming from long positions in the US dollar, Australian dollar, US and Japanese equities, and short positions in the Japanese yen. Equity hedge and event driven managers continued to benefit from exposure to developed market equities and to certain corporate activities and balance sheet restructurings. Within relative value and credit strategies, after a strong January, we saw continued consolidation in credit with generally small but positive contribution from managers in this space.”

“The Cyprus crisis did not cause material broad-based pain for hedge funds in March. However there is concern that this crisis is yet another symptom of the unresolved issues in the European Union, and as a result managers remain generally under-exposed to Europe. More globally, hedge fund managers are aware of the seasonal weakness in equities that we often see in a second quarter, especially after a strong start to the year. That said, equity hedge managers are generally positioned for a continuation of the strength in equities in the US and Japan, while remaining underexposed to European-centric names. In other strategies, managers continue to be positive on the opportunities in currencies and credit from both the long and the short side. Overall many managers enter the second quarter with gross exposure towards the upper end of their respective typical ranges.”

Press release


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. M&A - U.S. hedge fund HarbourVest is shock winner in the £1.1bn SVG Capital takeover saga, Hedge fund Parvus shows hand, toppling William Hill merger deal[more]

    U.S. hedge fund HarbourVest is shock winner in the £1.1bn SVG Capital takeover saga From The fierce battle to buy Britain's biggest private equity group has come to an unexpected conclusion, with the original bidder walking away with the prize. SVG Capital has agreed

  2. Marc Lasry: Energy is still a phenomenal opportunity[more]

    From Distressed debt specialist Marc Lasry said energy debt is still a "phenomenal opportunity" because investors can get "massively overpaid" for the risk they take on. There are "huge opportunities" in the energy sector especially in restructurings, the Avenue Capital Group CEO said Tues

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Ex-SAC manager re-emerges with market neutral hedge fund[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A manager re-emerged from the SAC battleground last year to launch his own hedge fund under the umbrella of New York-based investment firm Endicott Group.

  4. North America - Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass says the U.S. is on track for stagflation, Billionaire hedge fund titans Dinan, Lasry on election, markets and best investment ideas[more]

    Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass says the U.S. is on track for stagflation From Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management, on Wednesday warned that the U.S. is headed toward so-called stagflation. Stagflation is typically described as persistently high inflation and hi

  5. Macro hedge funds up 3.3% in one week on Fed and Brexit pays off[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were boosted by the strong performance of global macro funds, with the Lyxor Global Macro Index gaining 3.3% as of the week ending Oct. 11 (-1.7% YTD), Lyxor Asset Management reported. Their short on the p