Special Situations, Equity Long/Short Drive Down Returns

Feb 14 2008 | 1:10am ET

Hedge funds fell by almost 2% last month, dragged down by poor performances from mergers and special situations funds and equity long/short offerings, according to estimated figures from RBC Capital Markets.

Overall, the investable RBC Hedge 250 Index fell by 1.82% in January after a 0.45% rise in December. Investors in mergers and special situations and equity long/short funds in particular suffered, dropping 3.95% and 3.44%, respectively. Equity-market neutral funds also had a bad month, losing 3.06%.

Other losers included multi-strategy funds, which declined by 1.55%, and event-driven credit funds, which fell 1.17%. Fixed-income arbitrage hedge funds also found themselves in the red, but just barely, dropping 0.1%.

The news wasn’t bad for everyone. Managed futures funds returned 3.1% last month, while macro funds added 2.72%. Convertible arbitrage funds also finished January in the black, at 1.5%.


In Depth

High Time For A Cannabis Hedge Fund?

Sep 30 2014 | 7:07am ET

Launching a hedge fund is always a gamble, but Leslie Bocskor's decision to launch...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this fight. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Appraisal Ratio Key To Evaluating Hedge Funds And Other New Investments

Sep 29 2014 | 3:07pm ET

As a former finance professor Peter Hecht experiences heartburn every time he hears...

 

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…