Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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Jul 2 2012 | 11:40am ET
Hedge funds were down 1.38% in the second quarter of 2012 according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch investable hedge fund composite index.
Hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500, which was down 5.44% quarter to date.
According to the latest BofAML Hedge Fund Monitor, CTA Advisors (up 0.99% QTD) and macro strategies (up 0.46% QTD) were the best performers in the second quarter and the only strategies to end in the black.
Market neutral (down 3.45%) and equity long/short (down 3.27%) turned in the worst performances of the quarter.
BofAML analyst Mary Ann Bartels says market neutral funds cut market exposure to 1% net short from 1% net long in Q2, while equity long/short sold market exposure further—from 26% to 23% net long. Macros added to their shorts in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100, partially covered commodities and10-year Treasuries, bought EM and EAFE to net longs, and maintained their long positions in the dollar. In addition, macros also reduced their small-cap tilt.
An examination of Commodity Futures Trading Commission data reveals that large equities speculators bought the NASDAQ 100, partially covered the S&P 500 and added to their shorts in the Russell 2000.
Agricultural speculators bought soybean, corn and wheat, leaving soybean in a crowded net long, and wheat approaching a crowded long. Metals speculators sold gold, silver, platinum and palladium, while adding to their shorts in copper. Large energy speculators sold crude oil, heating oil and gasoline, and added to their shorts in natural gas. Heating oil is approaching a crowded short.
Foreign exchange speculators sold the dollar and the yen while continuing to short the euro. Interest rate speculators sold 30- and 2-year Treasures while adding to their shorts in 10-year Treasuries.
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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