Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted strong gains in January to start 2013, as the resolution of the US fiscal cliff negotiations, optimism over the European sovereign debt crisis and a dynamic M&A environment provided catalysts for strong equity market gains globally. Regional gains were broad based across both developed and emerging markets, with European leadership from Switzerland, UK, Italy and Russia, while strong gains in Asia continued in China, Japan and Australia. Currency trading volumes soared on dramatic moves including strong gains in the Euro against both the US dollar and Swiss Franc, while the US dollar posted strong gains against both the British Pound Sterling and the Japanese Yen, the later in response to aggressive economic stimulus measures and inflation targeting by the Bank of Japan. |
Government bond yields rose sharply across UK Gilts, German Bunds & US Treasury bonds, while yields declined in Italy and Spain on improved outlook; while commodity gains were led by Platinum, Oil, Cotton & Corn. UCITS compliant hedge funds posted the seventh gain in last eight months, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +0.83% in January.
HFR in pleased to announce the launch of the HFRU family of indices, which join industry-standard HFRX and HFRI Indices. The HFRU Indices are published on a daily basis and comprise the most comprehensive benchmarks of UCITS hedge fund performance available. HFRU Indices are representative of the complete universe of hedge funds compliant with UCITS guidelines, and include four strategy indices (Equity Hedge, Event Driven, Macro and Relative Value Arbitrage) and an aggregate HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index...Full performance table: Source