Hedge Funds Review editorial
An analysis of commodity indexes shows third-generation indexes accurately take into account the fundamentals of commodity futures markets by going long backwardated assets and short contangoed ones.
European sovereign debt, the Chinese slowdown and US fiscal cliff will contribute to a global recessionary outlook as smart money moves into MBS and high-yield/stressed US corporate credit in Q4.
Global macro funds are adapting to the reality of political uncertainty and market volatility driven by politicians, with a danger of compound short-term losses undermining medium or long-term gains.
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Most hedge fund strategies had gains in August as markets were aided by announcements from the ECB and US Federal Reserve. CTAs/managed futures was the only strategy to record losses for the month.
Costs and regulatory and investor pressure mean outsourcing non-core operational factors has become common. Concerns over security remain one of the biggest hurdles for hedge funds and cloud vendors.
Small to mid-sized hedge funds and funds of hedge funds in general continue to face obstacles to raising capital. Increased interest by institutional investors focuses mainly on larger fund managers.
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Balancing performance against what are the two hardest components within a hedge fund to define and judge – volatility and risk – is not an easy task. Assessment needs to include a variety of metrics.
Investors are attracted to the strong returns and relatively low volatility of multi-strategy hedge funds. However, the complexity of the multi-strategy model means manager selection is a challenge.
Increased regulation, particularly in Europe, is likely to force more managers to consider onshore, regulated hedge fund structures but the Cayman products remain the most popular with investors.
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