Opalesque Industry Update — After a slightly positive performance in November the UCITS HFS Index continued in the same vain and reported gains of 0.48% for December 2012. |
The broad index started positive into the month with a performance of 0.25% in week one. The performance slowed down from there on with gains of 0.11% in week two and 0.08% in week three and came to a halt in week four (0.00%). The last day of December added another 0.05% of performance to see the UCITS HFS Index finish the year on a high. Of all funds tracked 72.61% reported profits in December 2012.
From a sub-strategy perspective, eleven out of the twelve sub-strategies were positive in December, the best performing being Event Driven (1.68%), Convertible (1.35%) and Global Macro (1.24%). All three strategies reported returns week after week, but while the later two made most of their profits in the third week of trading, Event Driven shined in week two in particular. Credit and Fixed Income are the only two strategies with back-to-back positive monthly results in 2012 with yearly performances of 8.59% and 5.71%.
The only strategy in the red in December was Commodity (-1.44%), thus also being the worst performing strategy in 2012 (-4.58%).
The UCITS HFS Index finishes 2012 on a high with a performance of +3.55% for the year.
The UCITS HFS Index Series is the first index family that tracks all UCITS funds using hedge fund strategies. The UCITS HFS Index Series includes all UCITS III funds that apply absolute return strategies, have more than Eur10m of assets under management, offer at least weekly liquidity and have reported numbers for more than one month. Index tracking funds, long-only and 130/30 strategies are excluded.