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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds record strongest relative outperformance February since 2009: hedge fund news, week 11

Monday, March 16, 2020

In the week ending March 13th 2020, Eurekahedge said that hedge funds had the strongest outperformance compared with broad financial markets since 2009 last month as the coronavirus outbreak began to infect markets.

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.63% in February, outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local), which lost 7.82% over the same period. More than 90% of the hedge-fund managers were able to outperform the global equity market during the month, exemplifying the downside protection afforded by hedged strategies as opposed to long-only portfolios.

Accordging to BarclayHedge data, hedge fund losses picked up in February 2020 with the industry down 2.81% for the month. By comparison, the S&P Total Return Index was down 8.2% for the month, while the gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for February 2020 measured -0.42%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index advanced 0.70% in March.

Meanwhile, investors allocated an estimated $10.38 billion to hedge funds to begin 2020......................

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