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Long/short equities, the most popular and unpopular of all hedge fund strategies this year

Monday, December 03, 2018

B.G., Opalesque Geneva:

According to Singapore-based research house Eurekahedge, there has been 463 hedge fund launches this year up to the end of October, and 477 closures. The majority of funds that launched were long/short equities, followed by macro and multi-strategy funds. Most of those that closed down were long/short equities, and then CTA/managed futures and macro funds.

Long/short equities, the most popular - and unpopular - of all hedge fund strategies this year, lost an average of -3.3% YTD. Macro hedge funds are down -1.8%, multi-strategy -1.7% and CTA/managed futures funds -4%.

Source: Eurekahedge

In regional terms, most of the launches and closures were among North American and European funds. Funds in North America, the region with the highest concentration of hedge funds, have gained 0.5% YTD. Europeans lost -2%, Asians were down -7.8% and Latin Americans up 7.3%.

In 2017, 611 hedge funds launched and 771 closed down.

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