Opalesque Industry Update - In March, after the previous month’s rebound, stock market investors expressed clearly positive views as the S&P 500 index registered a remarkable performance (+6.03%) in a context of decreasing implied volatility (17.59%), which reached its lowest level since June 2007. |
Similarly, the commodities market confirmed February’s good results and managed a substantial return (+2.45%). On the fixed-income market, performance was mixed as convertible bonds also managed a remarkable gain (+3.27%) while regular bonds failed to reach positive territory (-0.43%). The credit spread rose again (+1.07%) and reached its highest level since the inception of the indices. The dollar rose slightly (+0.11%).
With yet another significant gain in March (+2.33%), the Convertible Arbitrage strategy is resolutely a post-crash winner. Since October 2008, it has registered sixteen consecutive months of gains and a cumulative profit of 50%. The CTA Global strategy (+2.50%) outperformed its good score of February to reach its level of March 2009.
The equity-oriented strategies all benefited from the very good performance of the stock market. The Long/Short Equity strategy recorded a significant profit (+2.94%) and came very close to its highest level of October 2007. Similarly, the Event Driven strategy scored well (+2.92%) with a thirteenth consecutive month of gains, which keeps the strategy at its highest level ever. The Equity Market Neutral strategy naturally registered a more usual return (+0.95%).
With a comfortable gain in March (+1.73%), the Fund of Funds strategy took another step on the road to recovery and made up for half the losses from the 2008 crash. Corporate website: www.edhec-risk.com