Hedge funds posted another month of positive returns for August as the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.63%1 during the month. Market sentiment was optimistic for most of the month with prospects for QE3 increasing, positive signals from the Euro zone and stronger US economic data. The MSCI World Index was up by 1.64%2in August.
Most asset classes posted excellent gains during the month amid an environment of resurgent risk appetite to the markets. The BofA-ML High Yield Index3 was up 1.21% in August while the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index4gained 6.37% during the month. The year-to-date (YTD) returns of the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index currently stand at 3.16%, while the MSCI World Index is up 7.79% YTD. While this may seem like an underperformance, hedge funds have provided these returns with less than a third of the monthly volatility witnessed in global markets.