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Emerging markets hedge funds rally strongest gain since May 2009

Friday, April 08, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Emerging markets hedge funds posted strong gains in March, their strongest since May 2009, leading industry-wide gains as equity and commodity markets reversed early quarter declines to conclude the first quarter, according to data released by Hedge Fund Research.

The HFRI Emerging Markets Index advanced +6.9% for the month, offsetting steep losses from January and bringing YTD performance to +0.8%. March represents the strongest month of performance for emerging markets since the index gained +9.6% in May 2009. Hedge funds posted strong gains across Equity, event driven and relative value strategies, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index advancing +1.8% last month (-0.83% YTD), the strongest gain for the FWC since February 2015. "Equity and emerging market hedge funds led strong gains in March to conclude a volatile first quarter with two clear and distinct market cycles including a six-week equity, commodity and EM selloff to begin 2016, and an ongoing recovery from that selloff. Conservative positioning and trend-following exposures served to insulate portfolios from declines intra-quarter, while resurgent equity and emerging markets posted strong gains to conclude the quarter," stated Kenneth Heinz, president of HFR.

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