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Hedge funds post mixed results through mid-November as markets recover from Trump’s surprise victory

Friday, November 18, 2016

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Hedge funds posted mixed performance through mid-November with equity-focused strategies posting gains with the HFRX Market Directional Index gaining +1.40% (+7.53% YTD) and HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.26% for the period (+1.01% YTD).

"Gobal financial markets experienced a short-lived dislocation as Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election, surprising many observers, U.S. equities gained through mid-November and rates increased sharply in anticipation of infrastructure spending stimulus efforts and less onerous government regulation. U.S. equities surged through mid-month, led by small cap, banks and biotechnology sectors; Asian and European equities also gained led by China, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland," Hedge Fund Research said in its mid-November report.

It added that U.S. yields spiked on expectations for stronger U.S. economic growth under Trump, while European and Asian yields also rose with both German and Japanese yields now in positive territory. The U.S. dollar gained against most currencies through mid-month on the US election, with sharp increases against the Mexican peso and Brazilian peal, also posting gains against the Japanese yen and euro. Commodities posted declines led by natural gas, oil, gold, platinum and silver, which were only partially offset by a sharp gain in copper.

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