Hedge funds gain ground in August as stock markets edge upward

Hedge funds gain ground in August as stock markets edge upward

After flying high in July as global markets traded in a consolidation mode, the Credit Suisse/Tremont Broad Hedge Fund Index eased in August—returning a positive 1.53 per cent—for a sixth consecutive month of positive returns, according to Lipper Tass.

Over August all hedge fund strategies except dedicated short bias posted positive performance.

Consolidating the positive trend since the beginning of the year, the best performing hedge fund strategy for the third month in a row was convertible arbitrage, returning a solid 3.39 per cent, while the worst performing strategy was dedicated short bias at minus 1.69 per cent.

Monthly performance dispersion among Credit Suisse/Tremont hedge fund strategy indices in August more than halved July’s reading, ending at 507 basis points. This compared to the 888-bp monthly average since 1994 and was two bps below July’s average since 1994.

Over August the average performance for the 7,000 hedge funds tracked by Lipper was a positive 1.24 per cent—29 bps lower than the Credit Suisse/Tremont Broad Hedge Fund Index.

Increasing from July’s reading—after June reversed the pattern to rising, which peaked with May’s record at 143.81 percentage points—a 114.95-percentage-point monthly performance difference in August divided the top and bottom performers of the 7,000 actively reporting hedge funds tracked by Lipper.

Lipper says US-dollar Libor-OIS widening trade strategies might offer profit opportunities in the short run. Two of the quantitative easing measures—namely the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program and the Treasury and Mortgage Asset Purchase Program—will expire in October.

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