RenTech, Carhart Fund Among Quant Winners In July

Aug 14 2012 | 12:43pm ET

Renaissance Technologies' newest fund made its first mark in July.

The East Setauket, N.Y.-based giant's Institutional Diversified Alpha Fund, which debuted in March, jumped 4% last month, getting it solidly above par. The fund, which launched with $3.5 billion and is both RenTech's first new fund in five years and its first since founder James Simons stepped away from day-to-day management of the firm, is up 4% on the year, Institutional Investor reports.

RenTech's Institutional Futures Fund also had a good month, rising 3.5% in July. That gain erased its first-half loss, leaving the fund up by about 1% on the year.

Nor was RenTech the only quantitative shop to post gains in July. Indeed, Kepos Capital, the year-and-a-half old hedge fund launched last year by former Goldman Sachs Global Alpha co-manager Mark Carhart, added 5.2% last month to bring its year-to-date gains to 11.2%.


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