Wed, Oct 18, 2017
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Asia Pacific Intelligence

Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index reports gains of 0.22% in February, 2.33% year to date

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

(This piece originally appeared in Opalesque's AMB)

The March issue of the Eurekahedge Report reveals that the hedge fund sector has more than $1.8tln under management and enjoyed positive returns across all regions in 2012 - with Asia ex-Japan as the best performing with 12.14% of gains.

Other key highlights from the Eurekahedge monthly report include:

  • The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.22% in February and is up 2.33% year to date
  • 23% of early reporting funds attracted assets in February
  • The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index crossed the 200-point mark for the first time to reach its highest level on record
  • Japanese hedge funds witnessed the strongest three month return on record, up by 11.27%
  • Nearly 250 hedge funds are up more than 10% so far this year
  • Updated figures for January show that the industry grew by $30bn during the month, bringing the industry back above the $1.8tln mark
  • European hedge funds outperformed underlying markets by 3.42% in February
  • Event driven hedge funds witnessed the ninth consecutive month of positive returns - up nearly 10% since June last year
  • The first two months of 2013 have seen nearly 50 funds launching globally
  • Assets in Latin American hedge funds have increased by 5% in the first two months of 2013
  • AUM of North American hedge funds currently at $1.24tln, expected to cross the historical high of $1.25tln in March

The performance update for February hedge funds finds that after a strong showing in January on the back of resurgent risk appetite and rallying markets, hedge funds delivered a more muted performance in February as risk aversion increased during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.22% during the month, outperforming the underlying markets which finished in negative territory. The MSCI World Index was down 0.07% in February.

The firm writes that February witnessed diverging trends among global markets with US and European indices finishing with contrasting results. Risk aversion increased during mid-month and the S&P dropped below the 1500 mark in the third week of February as developments from Europe effected confidence globally. Economic contraction in Europe along with political uncertainty in Spain and Italy dampened some of the bullishness across the board. Although North American bourses rebounded at month-end to finish in the black, European indices finished with losses.

Managers across all major hedge fund regions posted profits during the month, according to Eurekahedge. Asian hedge funds provided the strongest returns in February - Japanese managers were up 2.51% as the underlying markets continued to rally, although most of the gain was made on the last day of the month. The promise of Prime Minister Abe's policies have delivered strong gains to the Japanese market and the momentum looks set to continue for a while, certainly Abe seems convinced of this as he reflected at the CSIS forum that "Japan is back" and the market is following suit. The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index has climbed to its historical high, crossing the 200 point marking and gained 10.50% over the last three months, making it the strongest three months on record for the index.

Asia ex-Japan managers also closed the month with gains of 0.57% while the underlying equity markets finished the month with gains of 0.73%. The region's long/short equity funds delivered the strongest returns during the month, up by 0.80%. European hedge funds also posted positive returns of 0.68% for the month, outperforming the underlying markets by almost 3.42%. European markets declined as the debt issues once again came to the fore - driven primarily by the results of Italian elections. Long/short equity and European macro managers reported gains for the months. North American managers continued to make hay as the markets shrugged off European concerns amid a slew of positive economic data.

 
This article was published in Opalesque's Asia Pacific Intelligence our monthly research update on alternative investments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
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. Regulatory - David Stockman: Trump tax reform overhaul is a pipe dream, stocks are heading for 40-70% plunge, Carried interest tax: How much does it matter?, Odey sees 'terrifying' mix in MiFID, tapering, asset values, Hedge funds come together to share cost of MiFID and research, SEC turns up the heat on U.S. investment advisers, India's Sebi asks hedge funds to report investments in commodity derivatives[more]

    David Stockman: Trump tax reform overhaul is a pipe dream, stocks are heading for 40-70% plunge From CNBC.com: David Stockman is warning about the Trump administration's tax overhaul plan, Federal Reserve policy, saying they could play into a severe stock market sell-off. Stockman, the R

  2. North America - Puerto Rico rejects loan offers, accusing hedge funds of trying to profit off hurricanes[more]

    From TheIintercept.com: Puerto Rico has rejected a bondholder group's offer to issue the territory additional debt as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Officials with Puerto Rico's Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority said the offer was "not viable" and would harm the islan

  3. Investing - WPP targeted by short-selling American hedge fund, Sun co-founder sells secretive hedge fund on big chip trade[more]

    WPP targeted by short-selling American hedge fund From Cityam.com: An American hedge fund has mounted a bet against WPP, the world's largest advertising group, with a trade worth almost £90m. Lone Pine Capital has built a short position worth 0.51 per cent of the FTSE 100 company,

  4. Hedge funds up as industry adjusts to rising rates[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reshuffled their portfolio after nearly four weeks of rising rates as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.2% from 19 September to 26 (+1.1% YTD), fuelled by strong results of global macro funds, Lyxor Ass

  5. Manager Profile - How the world's hedge fund king used 'idea meritocracy' to become a billionaire[more]

    From Forbes.com: In 1982, Ray Dalio made what he calls the biggest mistake of his life. He made a bet that there would be an economic collapse stemming from a debt crisis. And he was wrong. He lost money. He lost his client's money. He had to let people go from his firm and borrow money from his dad