The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.99% in February 2021 and up 4.02% in 2021. Total assets under management increased by US$33.0 billion during the month – the sector witnessed performance-based gains of US23.2 billion while registering net asset inflows of US$9.8 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2,277.0 billion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.99% in February 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI which gained 2.72% over the same period. The global equity markets rallied strongly in the first two weeks of February, supported by strong corporate earnings and the increased likelihood that Biden’s new US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus package will be approved by Congress even in the absence of Republican support. In addition, the continued speedy rollout of vaccines across the United States led to optimism that a greater relaxation of virus control measures will be possible and allow the economy to return to normalcy sooner. These factors led to a sharp increase in inflation expectations and a significant rise in the yield of global longer tenor bonds.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 2.99% in February 2021, outperforming the global equity market as represented by the MSCI ACWI (Local) which gained 2.72% over the same period. Global equity markets resumed their rally in the first two weeks of February on strong earnings and economic recovery hopes as the successful implementation of Biden’s US$1.9 trillion economic stimulus package looked increasingly likely.
Multi-manager funds were down 0.19% over the first month of 2021, underperforming their single-manager counterparts who gained 0.99% over the same period. In 2020, the fund of funds industry registered a 11.90% return – recording their best annual performance since the inception of the Eurekahedge Fund of Funds Index in 2000. Global equities went on a roller coaster ride in January 2021 as their early gains were erased due to the turbulence of retail investment in the latter part of the month.
The stellar performance of technology stocks in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to outsized returns for investors who have placed bets in technology stocks. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite rose 43.64% in 2020, posting the highest return recorded by the index since 2009 and outperforming the broader S&P 500 which rose 16.26%. Technology stocks benefited from the COVID-19 induced lockdowns as people brought forward their technology purchases to enable themselves to work from home productively and stay connected to their friends and colleagues. In addition, technology stocks were also supported by the Federal Reserve’s emergency move in March 2020 to cut benchmark interest rates to zero and restart quantitative easing. As technology stocks are generally regarded as long-duration, the fall in interest rates increased the present value of their future earnings by a larger extent and supported their share prices.
Eurekahedge’s fund of hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at March 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.