Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge funds posted a decline for the month but outperformed the broader hedge fund industry, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index gaining +1.34% through mid-September. |
• HFRU Equity Hedge Index posted a gain of +2.60% through mid-September, 2013, with positive contributions from Emerging Markets with gains concentrated in Emerging Europe, Turkey, India, Brazil and Latin America equity offset by declines in Middle East and North Africa exposure.
• HFRU Event Driven Index posted a gain of +0.96% through mid-September, with positive contributions from European Equity Special Situations and Emerging Markets Fixed Income strategies, while Global & European M&A had mixed contribution to Index performance.
• HFRU Relative Value Arbitrage Index posted a gain of +0.47% through mid-September, with gains in Emerging Markets Fixed Income, Real Estate and Japanese Convertibles exposures offset by declines in Volatility strategies.
• HFRU Macro Index posted a gain of +0.41% through mid-September, with positive contributions from Global Discretionary, Systematic and Emerging Markets strategies which were offset by declines in Commodity Metals exposure.
Global financial markets posted broad based gains through mid-September, as investor concerns regarding both US military involvement in Syria, as well as near term significant extraction of stimulus measures, subsided. Equities across the US, Europe and Asia posted strong gains through mid-month, with leadership from Technology, Financials , Oil Services and Cyclicals; gains were broad based across growth and value, as well as across large, small and mid-cap equities. Emerging market equities posted strong gains through mid-month, rebounding from August declines, with leadership from Russia, China, Thailand, India, Brazil and Argentina. European equities also posted strong gains led by Spain, Italy, Germany & France. Asian equities also gained, with leadership from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. US yields rose through mid-month across mid-to-longer dated maturities, as US yield curve steepened on expectations for moderate stimulus extraction and high yield credit tightened. European yields were mixed with increases in the UK, Germany & Switzerland offset by declines in Spain, Turkey, Russia and the Netherlands. Reversing prior month gains, the US dollar fell against most currencies, including the Euro, British Pound Sterling, as well as falling against EM currencies, including the Brazilian Real, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand. Energy & Metals commodities declined as supply concerns subsided, with Oil, Gold, Platinum and Silver leading declines. Agricultural commodities were mixed thought mid-month, with gains in Sugar & Cocoa offset by declines in Soybeans & Corn.