Poll: Hedgies Bullish on Global Macro Strategies

Aug 29 2011 | 1:02pm ET

Hedge fund managers polled by event producer GAIM are betting on global macro strategies to deliver the best returns in 2012 and believe Brazil, China and India will offer the biggest rewards.

The 185 hedge fund industry members surveyed also expressed concerns that a Eurozone crisis, global monetary policy uncertainty or the U.S. deficit could derail the fragile global recovery.

“The results reflect the array of macro-headwinds driving markets right now,” said Amanda Rodrigues-Cheung, GAIM event director.

Of the 55 hedge fund managers who responded to the 2011 GAIM GMA Hedge Fund Sentiment Survey, 22% were most bullish on global macro, 11% chose event-driven while 9% opted for commodities-based strategies and U.S. long/short equity. As for investors in hedge funds, 23% also picked global macro as the strategy most likely to outperform.
The hedge fund managers in the GAIM survey currently manage assets up to $5 billion. GAIM conducted the survey in mid-August as financial markets fluctuated in response to growing investor fears of a second recession and mounting economic woes in Europe.

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