The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.62% in July and up 6.48% year-to-date. Total assets under management increased by US$6.0 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$18.1 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$12.1 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2,292.4 billion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.62% in July, with positive returns across geographic mandates. Investor optimism towards the resumption of the US-China trade talks combined with the Fed’s anticipated rate cut boosted the US equity market to a new all-time high. Meanwhile in Asia, Asia ex-Japan hedge funds managed to record positive returns of 0.73% over the month. Despite the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and the trade dispute between Japan and South Korea, Asia ex-Japan hedge funds outperformed their North American peers who gained 0.32% over the same period. Roughly 33.7% of the hedge fund managers tracked by the Eurekahedge Global Hedge Fund Database were able to generate positive returns during the month.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.62% in July, supported by gains in developed market equities and bonds over the month. The MSCI ACWI (Local) ended the month up 0.83% with US equities outperforming other markets. The anticipated rate cut from the Federal Reserve combined with the resumption of the US-China trade talks after the breakdown in May boosted the US equity markets and pushed Wall Street’s three major stock indices to new all-time highs during the month. On the other hand, the trade dispute between Japan and South Korea, together with lacklustre economic data in India pushed Asian equities lower. Returns were positive across geographic mandates in July, with North American fund managers gaining 0.32% and Asia ex-Japan fund managers up 0.73%. Fund managers utilising equity long-bias strategies gained 0.62% throughout the month, pushing their year-to-date return to 11.65%.
Trade finance hedge funds have gained traction over recent years, driven by investor demand for alternative asset classes with low volatility and consistent return, as well as low correlation against the broader financial market. The sector began its rapid growth following the global financial crisis in 2008, when banks started reducing their trade finance exposure to meet Basel III capital requirements. To address the lack of a standard benchmark for this niche hedge fund strategy, Eurekahedge launched the industry’s first trade finance hedge fund index in 2018, providing institutional investors with a benchmark index representing the performance of trade finance hedge fund managers.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 5.80% year-to-date, trailing the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI which was up 14.44% over the same period. The trade optimism resulting from the trade truce between the US and China, combined with the complete shift of the Federal Reserve’s stance on rates supported global equities over the first four months of the year. However, the trade negotiation between the world’s two largest economies collapsed in May, and the Trump administration increased tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese imported goods, prompting the Chinese government to do the same.
Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at August 2019. Find out more about global hedge funds assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.
Dr. Peng She is the co-founder and CIO of Golden Pine Capital. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing with Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. In June 2016, he established Golden Pine Capital, the investment manager of Golden Pine Fund. In 2011, he joined Greenwoods Asset Management. He was senior analyst of cyclicals and utilities. He was also directly involved in portfolio management, able to earn rich experience in both domestic and offshore market. From 2006 to 2011, he worked for BASF and Dow Chemical Company, world's top two chemical companies. He was responsible for all the external innovation and technology cooperation in the Greater China District.
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