Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.84 per cent in November

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.84 per cent in November, supported by the strong performance of the global equity market as represented by the 2.76 per cent gain recorded by the MSCI ACWI (Local).

Market optimism towards the progress of the US-China trade talks, combined with strong corporate earnings season pushed US equities to new highs during the month. European equities also posted gains throughout the month as Germany narrowly avoided recession and pushed the DAX 2.87 per cent higher over the month.

Over in Asia, the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act toward the end of the month was seen as a potential headwind for the ongoing trade negotiations. Returns were mostly positive across geographic mandates in November, with fund managers focusing on North America up 1.15 per cent, outperforming their European and Asia ex-Japan peers who were up 0.84 per cent and 0.61 per cent, respectively. Japanese hedge funds returned 1.00 per cent over the month of November, thanks to the announced fiscal stimulus, which resulted in strong equity market performance. Across strategies, long/short equities, event driven and multi-strategy fund managers were up 1.39 per cent, 1.04 per cent and 1.02 per cent respectively throughout the month.

Roughly 67.9 per cent of the underlying constituents of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index posted positive returns in November, and 31.5 per cent of the hedge fund managers in the database were able to maintain double-digit returns over the first 11 months of 2019.

On an asset-weighted basis, hedge funds were up 0.73 per cent in November, as captured by the Mizuho Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index (USD). The index was up 5.89 per cent over the first 11 months of the year.

The Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index edged 1.15 per cent higher during the month, as positive risk sentiment and robust corporate earnings boosted US equity markets.

The Eurekahedge Greater China Hedge Fund Index was up 0.77 per cent in November, up 12.45 per cent year-to-date despite weak equity market performance across the region. Disagreements surrounding tariff rollback and US agricultural purchases, combined with the ongoing political uncertainties in Hong Kong continued to weigh on the region's risk outlook.

Hedge fund managers utilising fixed income strategies were up 0.22 per cent in November despite weakness in the global government bond market throughout the month. The ECB and the Fed have signalled that they are done with stimulus for the time being, resulting in higher yields. The Eurekahedge Fixed Income Index was up 6.76 per cent year-to-date.

Fund managers utilising AI/machine learning strategies returned 3.43 per cent in November. On a year-to-date basis, the Eurekahedge AI Hedge Fund Index was up 6.34 per cent.

The Eurekahedge Crypto-Currency Hedge Fund Index was down 8.33 per cent in November, outperforming Bitcoin which ended the month down 16.21 per cent. Fund managers focusing on crypto-currencies are up 21.02 per cent over the first 11 months of 2019.