Hedge funds delivered another month of strong returns aided by favourable market conditions in April 2011 and rallies in underlying markets. The composite Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index, which tracks the performance of nearly 2800 hedge funds, advanced 1.58%1 in April, bringing its 2011 year to date (YTD) return to 2.84%. Global equities, as represented by the MSCI World AC Index2, gained 1.84% in the same month in the face of reduced risk aversion and improved earnings fundamentals.
Almost all regional mandates delivered net gains in April, with the exception of Japanese hedge funds. The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index was down 0.59% however outperforming the Topix which was down by 2.02% last month. Asia ex-Japan managers led the way with returns of 2.22%, outperforming underlying markets by 0.77%. Major market indices such as the SSE Composite, ASX and the Sensex finished the month in negative territory; -0.57%, -0.30% and -1.59% respectively. Gains were posted through SEA exposure and strong corporate activity in the region — the MSCI South East Asia Index was up 4.27% in April.
North American and European hedge funds also witnessed healthy returns, gaining …
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2 The MSCI World AC Index All Core – Local Currency