Eurekahedge, the data provider and alternative research firm have partnered with eVestment, a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics, to announce the addition of Eurekahedge fund data and indices to clients of eVestment's suite of Analytics solutions.
The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.83% in June, up 5.84% year-to-date. Total assets under management increased by US$9.1 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$15.5 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$6.4 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.29 trillion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 1.83% in June, recouping the losses it suffered back in May as the global equity markets recovered during the month. Investor optimism over the progress of US-China trade talks, coupled with growing expectations of a Fed rate cut supported equity markets around the globe, with the MSCI AC World Index rallying 5.41% in June. Roughly 78.2% of the hedge fund managers tracked by the Eurekahedge Global Hedge Fund Database were able to generate positive returns amidst the risk-on environment during the month. On a year-to-date basis, hedge fund managers have returned 5.84%, recording their strongest 1H performance since 2009.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.83% in June, recording its strongest first half return of 5.84% since 2009. Hedge fund managers benefited from strong equity market performance on the back of optimism over the progress of US-China trade talks and the growing expectation of a rate cut of the Federal Reserve over the month. The global equity market as represented by MSCI ACWI (Local) gained 5.41% during the month. The expected meeting of the US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during their G-20 summit in Osaka renewed investor optimism on the resolution of the trade conflict which has plagued the market since last year. Meanwhile, weak economic data combined with rising concerns of a global economic slowdown prompted the Federal Reserve to reassess their stance. The expectations that the Fed will soon cut rates resulted in declining bond yields throughout the month, with the US 10-year bond yield dipping to its lowest level since November 2016.
The global hedge fund industry has witnessed a trend of declining management and performance fees over the past decade, calling into question the traditional “2 and 20” fee structure the industry was famous for. Mediocre returns over recent years – as opposed to the double-digit annual returns investors had come to expect from hedge funds pre-2008, along with increasing competition within the industry and tighter regulation over alternative investment vehicles are some key factors which have contributed to this trend. Investor experience during the 2008 global financial crisis had resulted in more disintermediation within the industry, with institutional investors engaging hedge fund managers directly.
The Eurekahedge European Hedge Fund Index was up 2.96% year-to-date as of May 2019, trailing behind the region’s underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI AC Europe IMI which gained 8.92% over the same period. In 2018, European hedge fund managers posted losses under the combined onslaught of Brexit negotiation uncertainties, the Italian debt crisis and the escalation of the US-China trade war.
Eurekahedge’s European hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at July 2019. Find out more about European hedge funds assets under management (AUM), asset flows into strategic and regional mandates, strategy returns, fund size and geographic AUM, head office locations and the best and worst performances of the year.
The Eurekahedge Long-Only Absolute Return Fund Index was up 6.96% as of May 2019 year-to-date, recouping some of the losses suffered by absolute return fund managers in 2018. Over the first five months of 2019, absolute return funds have outperformed funds of hedge funds and hedge funds which returned 4.39% and 3.90% respectively, as they benefited from the equity market rally which resulted from accommodative central bank policies and robust Q1 economic data. Optimism over the progress of the US-China trade talks and dovish stance exhibited by major central banks pushed the global equity market since the beginning of the year, as seen from the 8.53% year-to-date return posted by the MSCI ACWI IMI (Local).
Dr. Peng She is the co-founder and CIO of Golden Pine Capital. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing with Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. In May 2016, he established Golden Pine Capital, the investment manager of Golden Pine Fund. In 2011, he joined Greenwoods Asset Management. He was senior analyst of cyclicals and utilities. He was also directly involved in portfolio management, able to earn rich experience in both domestic and offshore market. From 2006 to 2011, he worked for BASF and Dow Chemical Company, world's top 2 chemical companies. He was responsible for all the external innovation and technology cooperation in the Greater China District.
EMIR REFIT came into force on 17 June 2019, helping to level the playing field between the EU and the US.
• Alternative investment funds will bear the brunt of the changes as EMIR REFIT closes an exemption many have relied upon for years to avoid mandatory clearing and margining of OTC derivatives. For such entities there is no grandfathering for existing trades.
• Small financial counterparties and non-financial counterparties benefit from relief with respect to several obligations they originally faced under EMIR.
• Many of these changes bring the EU and US regulatory regimes into closer alignment.
Structured finance transactions, whether of the CLO or CDO variety, are highly regulated today, following the losses certain types of these products suffered in and around the 2008 financial crisis. Nevertheless, with the strong performance of the leveraged finance market, the market for CLOs has rebounded strongly in the intervening years. At the same time, certain other structures are still less common and might have been overlooked by investors in recent years. One of these is the collateralised fund obligation (CFO).