The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.95% in March 2021 and up 4.79% in 2021. In terms of performance per geographic mandate, Japanese hedge funds recorded the strongest return of 2.81% in March, but North American hedge funds lead the pack in terms of year-to-date performance with their 6.77% return. On the other hand, event-driven and long/short equities outperformed their peers as they returned 1.59% and 1.26% in March respectively.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.95% in March 2021, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% over the same period. The Federal Reserve reaffirmed their commitment to keep monetary policy accommodative for at least another two years and allow inflation to rise above 2% before considering any rate hikes. This led to increased inflation expectations among investors and continued selling pressure on long-dated US treasures. The yield of the 10-year treasury note rose by 34bp to end the month at 1.744%, more than doubling the 0.842% yield at the end of November 2020. The equity market in the United States continued to record strong returns in March 2021, with the DJIA gaining 6.62% and the S&P 500 gaining 4.24%. Equities were supported by the US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus package rolled out by the Biden administration as well as the continued speedy rollout of vaccinations.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.95% in March 2021, supported by the robust performance of the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 3.24% over the same period. Long-dated US treasuries continued to sell off, resulting in the yield of the 10-year treasury note rising by 34bp to end the month at 1.744%. The Federal Reserve committed to keep monetary policy accommodative for at least another two years and allow inflation to rise above 2% before considering any policy change. This led to growing concerns among investors that the huge economic and monetary stimulus rolled out thus far would lead to rising inflation.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 3.83% year-to-date as of February 2021, outperforming the underlying global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI IMI, which was up 2.73% over the same period. 2020 was a very challenging year for global hedge funds as economic and market conditions were particularly dire. Global equities took a huge beating, particularly in March 2020 when the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The MSCI ACWI IMI declined a staggering 13.99% in March 2020, negatively impacting the performance of global hedge funds as they lost 6.35% during the month.
Since the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at zero to keep borrowing costs low and spur economic growth. This policy had persisted until December 2015 when the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen started the Fed back on a rate-hiking path in a bid to bring interest rates back to normal levels and reduce the size of the Fed’s balance sheet. The target funds rate was increased by 25 basis points from 0.25 to 0.5 percent, marking the first increase in interest rates since the key rate was increased to 5.25 percent on June 29, 2006.
Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at April 2021. Find out more about fund of 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.