“The same old industry”? Hedge funds and crisis alpha in the coronavirus era

Man in a bubble

When hedge fund indices tumbled in tandem with equities during this year’s historic Q1 sell-off – before sharply rebounding in April with their biggest monthly gain since the 2008 financial crisis – it reignited the debate over alternatives’ role in investment portfolios, and particularly the hedge fund industry’s core objective of outsized gains uncorrelated to broader marker performance.

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