2019 Key Trends in Long-Only Absolute Return Funds

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).

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