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Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds ended a volatile January with a negative return: hedge fund news, week 06

Saturday, February 12, 2022

In the week ending February 11th 2022, eVestment January 2022 hedge fund performance data revealed that inflation, market volatility and geopolitical tensions in Europe appear to have taken a toll on the global hedge fund business in January, with aggregate return for the business coming in at -1.89% for the first month of the year. The hedge fund industry ended 2021 at +9.87% and January's return is the lowest start to the year since 2016, according to eVestment Global Head of Research Peter Laurelli.

In performance news, ater a long period of underperformance, $124 billion AQR Capital Management had a strong 2021 and a record-breaking start to 2022 - AQR's absolute return strategy kicked off 2022 with a net return of 10.4 percent in the first five days of January and ended the month with a year-to-date return of 15.4 percent, according to a person familiar with the firm; Losses at Robert Gibbins's hedge fund continue to mount - Autonomy Capital Research LLP's flagship global macro fund declined 6.6% in January; Versor Investments has started marketing the Versor Value Dislocation Opportunities fund more widely after it returned 13.5% last year; Macro hedge fund manager Said Haidar, who runs a high-conviction $1.3 billion trading strategy, guided his Haidar Jupiter fund to a 30.65% gain in January, and Jeffrey Talpin's Element Capital Management posted its worst-ever year in 2021 and also fell about 2.7% in January, a month when most other macro managers made money.

In new launches, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is in discussions to raise $25bn for a new flagship fund, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter; AllianceBernstein has launched a sustainable global equity OEIC, bringing its $4bn SICAV to UK investors, while Ben Durham, a former portfolio manager at Caps......................

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