Last month, the impact of coronavirus caused stock markets to plummet. This led to a huge spike in volatility, with the VIX Index hitting a high of 82.69 on 16 March, benefiting macro strategies (according to the latest Q1 performance figures) as well as statistical arbitrage strategies like New Jersey-based Blueshift Asset Management.
Hedge funds trading emerging markets strategies face major dispersion in their assets, as the impact of Covid-19 – and the resulting government responses – diverges sharply across different regions and countries.
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Shorter-term managed futures strategies are gearing up for further episodic spikes in volatility in the coming months, leading to more opportunities to capitalise on continued market unpredictability.
Dispersion reigned among different hedge fund strategies during a turbulent March, with global macro and trend-following funds posting positive returns while equity-focused managers tumbled sharply. A deepening of Covid-19 fears across the global economy sparked unprecedented losses in markets and dramatically reversed last year’s buoyant risk-on environment.
Founders’ share classes – which offer special terms to early bird investors in hedge funds – appear to be in decline, as investors become more selective in their allocations and managers potentially opt for more bespoke offerings, a new industry study has suggested.
Argonaut Capital Partners, the London-based European equities-focused long/short manager, has hit back at recent criticism of short sellers by the new governor of the Bank of England, adding there is “no evidence” that the practice is harming the UK economy.