2019 Key Trends in Latin American Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge Latin American Hedge Fund Index was up 3.82% as of March 2019 year-to-date, in contrast to the 6.74% gain posted by the MSCI EM Latin America IMI over the same period. The region’s equity markets proved rather resilient throughout the fourth quarter of 2018, which saw the global equity market slumping in the face of the US-China trade war and concerns over economic slowdown. Brazil’s equity market reacted positively to the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, which improved the country’s economic outlook following the dip in mid-2018. Political uncertainties and social unrest continued to plague the region, and together with Argentina’s currency crisis and Venezuela’s economic collapse pushed Latin America’s risk outlook downward. A number of Latin American currencies also depreciated against the US dollar, and in some cases the depreciation led to rising inflation levels.

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