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Hedge funds start 2022 with worst January performance since 2016

Monday, February 28, 2022
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge fund managers ended the month of January down 1.55% on an equal-weighted basis, and down 1.10% on an asset-weighted basis, according to Eurekahedge data from With Intelligence. Global equity markets tanked after market risk sentiment was dampened due to geopolitical concerns over the Russia-Ukraine crisis and the increasingly hawkish policy stance of the Federal Reserve to quell rising inflation, negatively impacting the performance of hedge funds.

Nevertheless, global hedge funds outperformed the MSCI ACWI by 3.69% in January 2022, marking the first time hedge funds have beaten the index since 2018.

Returns were mostly negative across geographic mandates in January, with Latin American hedge funds the only exception with a return of 1.90% while Asian hedge funds trailed behind their regional peers with a return of -3.11%.

Across strategies, CTA/Managed futures hedge funds outperformed their strategic peers with a return of 0.74% in January while long/short equities hedge funds were the worst performer with a return of -2.95%.

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