Preqin: Hedge Funds Disappoint In June

Jul 19 2013 | 7:49am ET

Hedge funds suffered disappointing returns in June, with all strategies posting negative returns for the first time in over 12 months, according to data released today by research firm Preqin.

Long/short equity funds endured the biggest loss in June at -1.66%, followed by macro strategies at -1.51%. Overall returns for the whole of the quarter were poor, with single-manager hedge funds posting returns of just 0.14%, compared to 3.29% in Q1 2013. Funds of hedge funds were down -0.61% and UCITS hedge funds dropped -0.68%.

CTAs posted the biggest loss in Q2, at -2.30%, counteracting the positive returns of 1.24% in Q1.

Event driven strategies continue to lead the pack in regards to performance in 2013, posting returns of 2.30% in Q2, followed by relative value (+0.82% in Q2) and long/short funds (+0.32% in Q2).

North American (+1.48%) and European hedge funds (+1.37%) both outperformed Asia-Pacific hedge funds in Q2 2013 (+1.01%), although strong Q1 performance of Asia-Pacific funds means it is still the top performing region in 2013 YTD.

“The third quarter of this year could prove to be a decisive one for the industry; investors are still hungry for strong performance following weak returns in 2011 and the flat to negative performance in Q2 has dampened the year to date success of hedge funds,” said Amy Bensted, head of hedge funds product at Preqin. “Investors and fund managers alike will be waiting to see improvement in July’s figures in the hope that the industry can recover from the disappointment in June.”

Fund Launches Accelerate In Europe

Fund managers are now seeing more opportunities in Europe. Following a slow start to 2013, Europe-focused hedge funds represented 16% of funds launched in Q2, compared to 2% in Q1. Overall, 300 hedge funds have launched this year, according to Preqin data.

Fund launches in the event-driven sector continue to grow, with the strategy accounting for 19% of launches in Q2 2013, compared to 12% in Q1 2013 and 9% in Q4 2012.

The pace of long/short launches has remained relatively consistent over past three quarters and represents 48% of launches in Q2.

Macro launches are again down in Q2, falling to 17% of all fund launches in the quarter, down from 21% in Q1 and 24% in Q4 2012.

Despite poor performance in June, investors continue to have a strong appetite for long/short equity; 47% of all fund searches include a long/short equity component in Q2 2012.

Just 29% of investor searches initiated in Q2 2013 contained a fund of hedge funds element, which, coupled with the disappointing returns of -0.61% over the quarter, shows that some of the optimism for a recovery displayed at the start of the year following strong performance in Q1 may have been dented.


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