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Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.13% in April (5.22% YTD)

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.13%in April, supported by the global equities which advanced on encouraging economic data and accommodative central bank policies.

According to Eurekahedge, positive earnings surprises helped renew investors' optimism in the global equity market, which rallied 3.38% during the month as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local).

Returns were positive across geographic mandates, with hedge fund managers focusing on North America leading the pack as they gained 1.37% in April. Asian hedge funds trailed behind their peers focusing on other regions, but still managed to generate positive returns.

Looking at strategic mandates, equity long-biased hedge fund managers were best positioned to benefit from the equity market performance during the month, and ended the month up 2.78%.

Roughly 72.4% of the underlying constituents of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index posted positive returns in April.

Fund managers utilising equity long-biased strategies maintained their place at the top with 11.72% gain over the first four month of the year, while on the other end of the spectrum long volatility strategic mandate was down 8.27% year-to-date (YTD) as market volatilities remained suppressed throughout the year.

Key highlights for the month of April 2019

The MSCI ACWI (Local) gained 3.38% in April and 15.60% year-to-date.

On an asset-weighted basis, hedge funds were up 1.46% in Ap......................

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