Opalesque Industry Update - In September, stocks maintained their uptrend (S&P 500: 2.58%), with implied volatility near historical lows (VIX: 15.7%). High-grade bonds fell slightly (Lehman Global: -0.31%, Lehman US: -0.18%), while riskier fixed-income instruments strengthened significantly (Convertibles: 1.81%, Credit-Spread Index: 1.00%). Commodities retreated after two strongly positive months (-1.38%), and the dollar downtrend persisted (-1.17%).|
The performance of hedge fund strategies exposed to the equity risk factor was mostly comparable to that of last month (Equity Market Neutral: 0.42%, Event-Driven: 1.29%, Long/Short Equity: 1.63%). The directional segment however managed to be stronger still, thanks to the largest alpha, when measured through the dynamic exposure.
Convertible Arbitrage (0.57%) posted a fourth consecutive positive month, although with a lower magnitude due to a decreased exposure to stocks. CTA Global (-1.05%) suffered from exposures to negatively impacted risk factors (commodities, the dollar, and bonds). Funds of Funds, finally, have continued to improve, thanks to a 0.74% gain, and reached their high for the year.
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