The Eurekahedge Report - March 2018

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.62% in February, while the MSCI World Index was down 3.68% over the month. Total assets under management decreased by US$39.2 billion during the month as the sector witnessed a performance-based decrease of US$34.2 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$5.0 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.49 trillion.

Asset Flows Update

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index declined 1.62% in February outperforming underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index which fell 3.68% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Latin American managers led the table, up 0.66% during the month while other regional mandated funds languished into negative territory. Across strategies, distressed debt hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.32% followed by arbitrage hedge funds which were up 0.53%.

Hedge Fund Performance Commentary

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

Global markets underwent a sharp and speedy correction in February which saw equity markets post steep losses as investors prepared for a faster than expected interest rate hike in the US. The average return of the global hedge fund industry was pulled into negative territory as markets experienced sharp reversals, with trend following CTA/managed futures and long/short equities strategies lagging behind the pack. Hedge funds registered their first monthly loss of the year with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index down 1.62% in February as volatility levels spiked across the board and unravelled the volatility risk premium trade. Despite steep losses during the month, hedge funds have protected on the downside and managed to outperform underlying markets as the MSCI AC World Index (Local) declined 3.68% in February.

Billion Dollar Systematic Macro Hedge Funds Lose Close to 5% in February

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

This piece looks at the performance of CTA/managed futures hedge funds and its various sub-groups which have come under pressure during the difficult market environment of February. We conclude by looking at the returns for the industry heavy weight systematic macro hedge funds overseeing assets in excess of US$1 billion which recorded steep monthly losses in February declining 4.77%. In contrast to popular news insinuating that the recent market melt-down was the doing of a handful of AI hedge fund managers which recorded their worst monthly loss on record, it seems that the major casualties lie somewhere elsewhere.

2017 Overview: Key Trend in North American Hedge Funds

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

The North American hedge fund industry grew by US$136.4 billion over 2017, owing to the strong performance of hedge fund managers, as indicated by the 8.60% gain posted by the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index over the year, which is its strongest performance since 2013. Thanks to the strong equity market performance around the globe, hedge funds with high long exposure to equities enjoyed the benefits of the record breaking equity market rallies. Despite falling behind their peers from Latin America and Asia, North American hedge funds kicked off 2018 with a decent performance, gaining 1.54% in January. Long/short equities funds topped the chart among strategic mandates with their 2.04% gain over the first month of 2018.

North American Hedge Funds Infographic March 2018

March 2018 | Eurekahedge

Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at March 2018. Find out more about North 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.

Independent Directors on Hedge Fund and Private Equity Boards - The Cayman Trend

March 2018 | Joanne Huckle, Ogier

It has become an established industry norm to see independent directors appointed to the boards of offshore hedge funds. It is no longer a 'check box exercise' to confirm independent directors have been appointed. Institutional investors are increasingly concerned about the composition of the board, the experience and skill set of its members and the day to day relationship between both the board members themselves and the board and the investment manager.

New Guidelines on Investment by Private Equity Funds in Insurers

March 2018 | Shubhangi Pathak and Priya Misra, Tuli & Co

By way of a June 10 2016 order, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) set up a committee to evaluate the risk-based capital approach and market-consistent valuation of liabilities of Indian insurance business. The committee's report, released on July 17 2017, noted that after almost 15 years of promoter-run business (almost all existing entities are joint ventures with foreign companies), the Indian insurance industry is still dominated by government-owned public sector companies, and private insurance players in India are largely owned by well-established businesses.

Private Equity and Venture Capital in the UK

March 2018 | James Taylor and Mark Saunders, Osborne Clarke

By a number of measures, private equity transactions hit a post-financial crisis high in the UK in 2017. An abundance of dry powder and more relaxed debt terms from lenders, combined with the rates at which private equity sponsors are able to raise bonds and loans reaching all-time lows, has contributed to a busy 12 months for the market. This growth may also be in part attributable to private equity funds having become more comfortable with the new political landscape in the UK, as the dust begins to settle 18 months on from the Brexit referendum.

Protecting Minority Investments in UAE Companies

March 2018 | Gary Watts, Al Tamimi & Company

Over the past two decades, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) has acquired a richly deserved reputation as a dynamic business environment for investment, and a great place to buy, or to establish, a business.

US Tax Reform and Its Implications for Australia

March 2018 | Professor Richard Vann, Toby Eggleston and Nick Heggart, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

This tax brief discusses those aspects of the US tax reform which have most relevance to Australian corporate and international taxation, both from a tax policy perspective and for inbound and outbound investment to and from the US.