Tue, May 22, 2018
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

EDHEC hedge fund indices end 2009 on positive note, except for CTA and Short-Selling

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - In December, the stock market ended the year with another gain (+1.93%) and implied volatility (21.68%) was at its lowest level since May 2008. With a remarkable annual return in 2009 (+26.5%), the S&P Index recovered half the losses of the disastrous previous year (-37.0%).

On the bond market, regular bonds (-1.63%) registered their first loss since February but remained at a higher level than their pre-crisis peak of February 2008. On the other hand, convertible bonds (+1.45%) recorded a full year of monthly gains, managed an unprecedented annual performance (+36.8%) and reached their level of May 2008. The commodities market achieved a fourth month of significant gains (+2.35%). However, its remarkable return since February 2009 (+56.0%) only represents one-third of its losses after June 2008. The dollar scored well (+3.0%) and made up for the three previous months. The credit spread rose again (+2.33%) for a ninth consecutive month.

The good results of risky bonds and the increasing credit spread kept Convertible Arbitrage on the rise (+2.18%). With a full year of substantial monthly profits, the strategy scored a yearly gain (+46.9%) which made up for the 2008 losses (-25.6%), and clearly outperformed the S&P. Similarly, both Distressed Securities (+3.65%) and Emerging Market (+2.32%) strategies registered a tenth consecutive month of sound profit, and clearly outperformed (respectively +30.9% and +37.9%) the stock market over the year.

After a year of wavering monthly performances, the CTA Global strategy ended on a significantly negative note (-2.75%) which turned its annual result into a loss (-2.13%). Conversely, the Equity Market Neutral strategy scored positively (+0.84%) and secured a yearly gain (+5.20%) in line with the pre-crisis performances.

The Event Driven (+2.57%) and Long/Short Equity (+1.99%) strategies benefited from the stock market performance and both registered significant gains. Over the year, reflecting their correlation with the stock market, both strategies achieved annual performances (respectively +26.0% and +20.2%) that were comparable to but slightly below the S&P.

Overall, the Funds of Funds strategy registered a modest gain (+0.70%) and exhibited a yearly performance (+10.7%) which was clearly below that of the stock market.

EDHEC-Risk Institute - Hedge Fund Strategies

December 2009

YTD

Annual Average Return since January 2001

Annual Std Dev since January 2001

Sharpe Ratio

Convertible Arbitrage

2.18%

46.9%

6.5%

7.8%

0.32

CTA Global

-2.75%

-2.1%

7.3%

8.8%

0.38

Distressed Securities

3.65%

30.9%

11.1%

6.2%

1.14

Emerging Markets

2.32%

37.9%

12.5%

10.8%

0.79

Equity Market Neutral

0.84%

5.2%

4.7%

3.1%

0.23

Event Driven

2.57%

26.0%

8.5%

6.0%

0.74

Fixed Income Arbitrage

1.30%

24.4%

5.7%

4.8%

0.37

Global Macro

-0.30%

10.3%

7.7%

4.5%

0.82

Long/Short Equity

1.99%

20.2%

5.7%

7.1%

0.24

Merger Arbitrage

1.04%

10.0%

5.6%

3.4%

0.46

Relative Value

1.65%

21.2%

6.6%

4.9%

0.53

Short Selling

-3.66%

-20.5%

2.3%

13.9%

-0.12

Funds of Funds

0.70%

10.7%

4.4%

5.2%

0.07

* Cumulative return since January 1st of the current year

 

 

 

The EDHEC-Risk Alternative Indexes use factor analysis techniques to provide the best possible one-dimensional summaries of the information conveyed by the competing hedge fund indexes that are currently available on the market. Therefore, they can be thought of as a set of hedge fund indexes providing a cross section of existing indexes for each hedge fund strategy. 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. News Briefs - Warren Buffett: Target date funds aren't the way to go, Cambridge Analytica could be reborn under a different name[more]

    Warren Buffett: Target date funds aren't the way to go Planning for retirement can be complicated and stressful. This is why target date funds - funds that are managed based on when you expect to retire - are so attractive. Over time, the balance of stocks, bonds and cash evolve automati

  2. Investing - Hedge funds hike Smurfit Kappa positions amid takeover deal hopes, Hedge fund IBV Capital digs deep to unlock long-term value in a competitive market, Eisman of 'The Big Short' fame recommends shorting Deutsche Bank[more]

    Hedge funds hike Smurfit Kappa positions amid takeover deal hopes From Irishtimes.com: Two US hedge funds, Davidson Kempner and York Capital, have accumulated a combined 4.74 per cent interest in cardboard box maker Smurfit Kappa using financial derivatives. It comes as many investors cl

  3. Foundations of hedge fund managers gave big to controversial donor-advised funds[more]

    In the world of philanthropy and tax-deductible charitable giving, the explosion of donor-advised funds has touched off intense debate. Now, there is evidence that the DAF boom is being further fuelled by hedge fund foundation money. Four of the top five foundations that gave the most to large do

  4. Study: For hedge funds, smaller is better[more]

    From Institutionalinvestor.com: The smaller the hedge fund is, the better its performance is likely to be, according to a new study. The study - "Size, Age, and the Performance Life Cycle of Hedge Funds," released April 26 - sought to determine whether a hedge fund's size and age had any effect on i

  5. Hedge fund returns rose in April for first gain since January[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Bloomberg Hedge Fund Database shows returns flat this year - Currency strategies had the biggest monthly gain at 13% Hedge fund returns increased 0.78 percent in April, reversing two consecutive monthly declines. The swing of 134 basis points was driven by gains in all seven