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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds 2021 momentum halts, slides in September: hedge fund news, week 41

Monday, October 18, 2021

In the week ending October 15th 2021, eVestment released their September 2021 hedge fund performance figures. Aggregate performance for the global hedge fund business dipped into negative territory in September, at -0.55%. This is only the second month this year the industry posted negative aggregate returns and just under 40% of funds eVestment tracks posted positive returns last month, the lowest level since September of last year. Year to date (YTD) hedge fund industry performance stands at +8.85%.

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was also down 0.33% in September 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which returned -3.55% over the same period. Concerns over rising inflation continue to weigh on markets with the Federal Reserve raising its inflation forecast for the year to 4.2%, up from the previous estimate of 3.4%, driven by supply chain bottlenecks and the developing energy crisis in Europe and China which has pushed energy prices up by 11.60% in September.

In new launches, Quant hedge fund firm Aspect Capital is raising money for a strategy that offers foreign clients access to Chinese markets at a time many of its peers are backing away from the country; Binance Smart Chain, a......................

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