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Mar 19 2013 | 11:31am ET
Hedge funds continue to trail the stock market, with the global diversified hedge fund index adding 0.65% to date in March compared to a 2.63% gain for the S&P 500.
According to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hedge Fund Monitor, CTAs were the best-performing strategies as of March 13, adding 1.27%. Market neutral funds were the worst performers, remaining flat for the monitored period.
BofAML analyst Mary Ann Bartels said their models show market neutral funds held market exposure steady at 9% net long during the monitored period while equity long/short sold market exposure to 28% from 35% net long, below the 35-40% benchmark.
Macro funds aggressively sold the NASDAQ 100 and commodities, sold 10-year Treasuries, slightly bought the S&P 500, partially covered their shorts in EM and EAFE, and continued to cover their shorts in the U.S. dollar. Bartels said macro funds were flat commodities for the first time since January 2013.
A look at Commodity Futures Trading Commission data shows large speculators continued to buy the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 futures, yet sold the Russell 2000.
Large agriculture specs bought soybean and corn and partially covered their shorts in wheat while metals speculators bought gold and palladium, sold silver and platinum and were flat copper.
Energy speculators sold crude and heating oil, were flat natural gas and sold gasoline out of a crowded long. Forex specs bought the US dollar, partially covered the euro and added to their shorts in yen. Interest rate specs added to their shorts in 30-year Treasuries, and sold 10- and 2-year Treasuries.
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…