Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Last updated 59 min ago
Oct 6 2011 | 1:26pm ET
If August was a bad month for hedge funds—and it was, the worst in almost three years by some measures—September was a disaster, according to one widely-followed industry benchmark.
The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index dropped 4.23% last month. The index, already nursing a 2.88% loss from August's market volatility, is now down 7.84% on the year.
Long/short equity and event-driven funds were hardest hit, dropping 6.13% (down 9.16%) and 5.71% (down 13.32%), respectively, last month. Global macro funds fell an average of 5.13% (down 10.78% YTD).
"In the event driven space, losses mainly stemmed from relatively concentrated long equity positions related to special situations, while global macro managers declined following sharp reversals in precious metals, such as gold which posted its worst monthly loss since 1983," Oliver Schupp, president of the Credit Suisse Index Co., said. "Compared to the year-to-date drop of 15.36% for the Dow Jones Global Index, hedge funds have provided some level of capital preservation to date this year, however, all strategies appear to be feeling the pain with market uncertainty at an all time high."
Emerging markets funds dropped 2.87% in September (down 2.83% YTD), convertible arbitrage funds 2.64% (down 6.15% YTD), fixed-income arbitrage funds 1.5% (down 0.17% YTD) and managed futures funds 0.14% (down 0.11% YTD).
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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