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Global financial markets post steep losses while hedge funds hold up relatively well

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The global financial markets greeted 2016 with steep losses as investor risk tolerance fell sharply through mid-January on falling energy prices, expectations for Chinese economic growth and rising geopolitical tensions.

But the hedge funds space still outperformed the benchmark with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index declining -2.54% in mid-January, compared to the S&P 500 which was down 9.03% YTD and the MSCI All-Country World Index dropping dropping 11% so far this year.

In its performance update, Hedge Fund Research said that hedge funds posted mixed performance through mid-January with the HFRX Macro Systematic Diversified CTA Index gaining +4.08%, the HFRX Macro Index gaining +1.43% and the HFRX EH: Equity Market Neutral Index gaining +0.29% through mid-month.

It added that the drop in global equity markets was led by Chinese equities and technology companies, though declines were broad based across nearly every sector and region. Energy and commodities also posted steep losses through mid-month, with oil f......................

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