Commodity Hedge Funds Contract By 20%

Feb 7 2013 | 11:15am ET

Commodity hedge funds shrank by at least one-fifth last year, battered by poor performance and investors fleeing those bad returns.

The average commodity hedge fund lost about 3.7% last year, according to the Newedge index. In addition, the sector suffered its largest redemptions since the early 2000s, the Financial Times reports, with withdrawals nearing a net $5 billion.

All told, it left the commodity hedge fund world 20% smaller than it was at the beginning of last year, with a number of prominent funds, including BlueGold Capital Management, Centaurus Capital and Fortress Investment Group's commodities fund, shutting up shop altogether.

The news was not all bad, as some new and smaller hedge funds took in cash last year.

"What we are seeing is a significant reallocation of capital within the commodities space," Osvaldo Canavosio, head of commodities research at the Man Group's FRM fund of hedge funds business, told the FT. That has led to "some meaningful reductions in some funds and some significant increases in others," he said.


In Depth

Q&A: Jeff Eaton Talks Capital Raising, CalPERS And The Secondaries Market

Oct 14 2014 | 10:16am ET

Global placement agent Eaton Partners has raised close to $60 billion for some of...

Lifestyle

MacDonald-Korth Offers Insights Into Paintings Bought, Sold By Hedgies

Oct 7 2014 | 9:00am ET

Definitive and complete ratings require an in-person examination of an artwork,...

Guest Contributor

PAAMCO: European Equity Exposure - Challenging Year, But All is Not Lost

Oct 16 2014 | 4:12am ET

European equity hedge fund managers have had a tough time so far this year. The...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Must Attend Hedge Fund Charity Events For October

    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…

 

Futures Magazine

October 2014 Cover

Deeply flawed risk benchmark

Most traders agree that proper risk management is the key to successful trading. However, many traders depend on the deeply flawed measure of standard deviation as a benchmark of risk. Here we put it ...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.