Wed, Jun 19, 2019
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge funds' four month run of positive performance ends in May

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Opalesque Industry Update - Global trade disputes and oil price downturns took a toll on hedge funds in May, bringing an end to the industry's four-month run of positive returns. For the month, the hedge fund industry was down 1.47%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions.

By comparison, the S&P 500 Total Return Index was down 6.35% for the month. Year-to-date through the end of May, hedge funds returned 5.23%, while the S&P was up 10.59% on the year.

"Hopeful signs from U.S.-China trade talks vanished in the face of heightened tariffs and proved to be a drag on equity markets in May," said Sol Waksman, president of BarclayHedge. "The trade war and the accompanying decrease in oil prices further weighed down hedge fund returns."

While the overall industry was down in May, there were gainers among hedge fund sectors. Leading the way was the Option Strategies Index, up 1.93% for the month, followed by the Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index and the Emerging Markets Eastern European Equities Index, both up 1.01% in May.

"Eastern Europe remains a strong economic story," said Waksman. "Economic expansion appears to be continuing in Poland, while first quarter growth in Romania exceeded projections and Hungary's first quarter growth was the strongest in almost 20 years."

Among the other sectors posting positive numbers in May were the Emerging Markets Global Fixed Income Index, up 0.74%, and the European Equities Index, with a 0.46% return for the month.

Far more sectors were in the red for May than in the black. The Technology Index was down 4.40% for the month, the Emerging Markets Global Equities Index, down 4.28%, the Emerging Markets Asian Equities Index, down 4.18% in May, and the Equity Long Bias Index dropped 3.47%.

Strong Eastern European economic performance showed up again in year-to-date returns. Through the end of May, the Emerging Markets Eastern European Equities Index was up 12.06% while the Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index gained 11.17%. Other notable year-to-date gainers included the Healthcare & Biotechnology Index, up 11.90% on the year, the Emerging Markets Global Fixed Income Index, returning 9.95% year-to-date and the Technology Index, with an 8.15% return through the end of May.

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

 



  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. PE/VC: Pictet warns over PE boom being 'bubble waiting to burst', VC pot investments hit record highs in 2019, Private equity managers are increasingly turning to loans instead of investors, PE/VC investments halve in May as large deals dry up: EY report, Many investors in venture capital say a big return isn't enough[more]

    Pictet warns over PE boom being 'bubble waiting to burst' From City Wire: 'Dial down private equity' is the key message of Pictet's chief strategist Luca Paolini, who said investors should review their allocation to alternatives as private equity is the weakest link. Debt is its biggest

  2. New Launches: Hedge fund Cheyne raises $1.12bn for stressed loan fund, Private equity groups prepare to unleash mega funds, TCV, Warburg veterans launch new growth equity firm Farview, Carlyle closes European real estate fund at $604m, Consumer brand-focused H Ventures registering two new funds, Catalys Pacific targets $100m for first VC healthcare fund[more]

    Hedge fund Cheyne raises $1.12bn for stressed loan fund From FT: London-based hedge fund Cheyne Capital has raised €1bn ($1.12bn) for a new fund that will aim to profit from European banks selling down their loan portfolios to meet new accounting and regulatory standards. The

  3. PE/VC: The myth of private equity: Funds struggle to beat the market[more]

    From Guru Focus: Private equity is a glitzy industry, but does it actually beat the market? The data suggests it does not. In an October 2018 episode of "Talks at Google," former fund manager and academic Jeffrey Hooke explained why the sheen has come off of private equity in the last decade. A

  4. News Briefs: Fixing the Sharpe ratio: A machine learning approach, Sotheby's snapped up by French tycoon Drahi for $3.7bn, SALT announces its signature global thought leadership conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE[more]

    Fixing the Sharpe ratio: A machine learning approach From All About Alpha: The Sharpe ratio has long served as a simple but important item in the due diligence tool kit. Formulated by William F. Sharpe in 1966 and first called the "reward to variability" ratio, the number arises from a

  5. Crypto: Crypto exchanges are facing their biggest regulatory hurdle yet, Nasdaq's Quandl institutional data platform to add crypto reference prices, Coinbase launches its cryptocurrency debit card in six more countries in Europe, UK insurer Legal & General picks Amazon for first pensions blockchain deal[more]

    Crypto exchanges are facing their biggest regulatory hurdle yet From Bloomberg: The new rules will apply to businesses working with tokens and cryptocurrencies, such as exchanges and custodians and crypto hedge funds. Bitcoin and its fellow cryptocurrencies have surged in popularit