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Hedge funds achieve outstanding performance as most indices are in positive territory

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds achieved an outstanding performance during last week and were up 1.3%. More than 75% of the funds as well as most hedge funds indices are in positive territory, according to Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekly Briefing.

The report said that hedge funds have continued to deliver solid returns in 2015 with the Lyxor HFI up 3.4% year-to-date. The first quarter of 2015 is on track to be the best quarter for hedge funds since Q2-2007 when the Lyxor HFI was up 3.7%.

"CTAs and event driven managers outperformed, both last week and year to date, as a result of the peculiar market environment which continues to see equities and bonds delivering positive returns. Financial markets find themselves in a sweet spot, where economic recovery is supporting consumer confidence but not at such a point that would lead central banks to tighten their monetary policy," said Philippe Ferreira, Lyxor AM’s head of research, managed account platform.

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CTAs outperformed and were up 4% (almost 10% on a year to date basis) as they are firing on all cylinders, Lyxor said. Their positioning on all asset classes was supportive: long US fixed income, long equities, long USD against other currencies, and short commodities.

Ferreira said, "CTAs have actually been firing on all cylinders. The Fed dovish stance expressed at the latest FOMC meeting is li......................

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