The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.55% in April while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index was up 1.18% over the same period. Among regional mandates, European managers posted the best gains, up 0.78% during the month followed by North American hedge funds which saw gains of 0.27%. Across strategies, distressed debt hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.12% followed by macro hedge funds with 0.84%.
Hedge funds successfully traded their way around an overwhelming month in April and were up 0.55% while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index (Local) gained 1.18% during the month. Investors' risk appetite improved in April amid waning concerns over trade war, bolstered by the ‘soft’ tone of Xi Jinping in response to US trade sanctions. Developed markets outperformed their emerging market counterparts during the month, as the latter still remained rather volatile with the region’s equity markets posting a slightly negative return during the month on the back of a strengthening US dollar and concerns over US-China trade spat. Equity markets rebounded in April with strength led by European and North American markets with mixed to flat performance across Asian equity markets. Economic data for Q1 2018 was largely encouraging albeit recovery was at a slower pace with indicators pointing towards global economic expansion. Meanwhile, 58% of the underlying constituent fund
Greater China equity hedge funds ended 2017 with their best annual performance on record since 2009, supported by the remarkable rally of the Chinese equity markets throughout the year. The Eurekahedge Greater China Long Short Equities Hedge Fund Index which tracks 59 Greater China focused hedge funds utilising equity strategies posted a 31.87% gain in 2017, outperforming equity hedge fund managers from the broader region, as represented by the 19.73% return generated by the Eurekahedge Asia Long Short Equities Hedge Fund Index over the same period.
The Eurekahedge Latin American Hedge Fund Index was up 5.06% as of March 2018 year-to-date, narrowly outperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI EM Latin America IMI Index which gained 4.76% over the same period. Latin American hedge fund managers continued to ride on their momentum from last year’s rally despite the difficult trading situations in the first quarter of 2018 which led to the poor performance of the global hedge fund managers who lost 0.30% on average in the quarter. Robust labour market and strengthening private consumption, combined with healthy commodity exports are expected to provide support for the region’s economies, while on the other hand protectionist policies in the United States and political uncertainties induced by the upcoming elections in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela are among the major downside risks for investors looking into Latin America.
Eurekahedge’s Latin American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at May 2018. Find out more about Latin American 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.
The latest proposals are designed to "ensure fund managers compete on the value they deliver" and act in the interests of investors (see our thought leadership piece).
As offshore funds counsel in the Cayman Islands, it may come as no surprise that, for me, 2017 has seen a distinct rise in requests to establish bespoke private equity and real estate funds for US managers and sponsors who have been successful in attracting investments from large Japanese institutional investors.
The Bank of Uganda recently released the Financial Institutions (Islamic Banking) Regulations (the “Regulations”), which were gazetted on 2 February 2018. The Regulations seek to operationalise Islamic banking in the country, which was introduced by The Financial Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2016 as part of its wider efforts to boost financial inclusion. With this development, Uganda joins several African countries that have sought to develop the sector to expand financial access and inclusion among rural communities.
Ten years ago, private equity funds and hedge funds were practically nonexistent in Puerto Rico. This has changed dramatically as the result of two main developments: the enactment of Act 185-2014, known as the Private Equity Funds Act and (ii) the influx of financial industry professionals moving to the island to take advantage of the tax benefits available under Acts 20 and 22 (for a more detailed discussion of those benefits, please see Puerto Rico's Act 20 and Act 22 – key tax benefits).
With 2017 (“The Year of Crypto”) in the rearview, business owners, financial advisors, estate planners, legislators, and any individual in regular contact with a millennial is likely asking this progression of questions: “What is Bitcoin? Is it a fraud? How can I invest in cryptocurrencies? How can I invest other people’s money in cryptocurrencies?” This article will largely focus on the final question, paying particular attention to unique risk factors that should be included in a cryptofund’s Private Placement Memorandum.