The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.42% in September, while the MSCI World Index was up 2.17% over the month. Total assets under management increased by US$10.2 billion during the month – the sector witnessed performance based increase of US$13.0 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$2.8 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.40 trillion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.42% in September1 while underlying markets as represented by the MSCI World Index2 were up 2.17% over the same period. Among regional mandates, Japanese managers posted the best gains with 1.72% during the month followed by Asia ex-Japan and Latin American hedge funds with returns of 1.25% and 1.15% respectively. Across strategies, long/short equity hedge funds led the table with gains of 1.46% followed by event driven hedge funds, up 0.80%.
Hedge funds were up 0.42% in September while underlying markets, as represented by the MSCI AC World Index (Local), gained 2.17% during the month. September was marked by strong performance in US equities on the back of Trump’s tax reform proposal with the S&P 500 ending the month up 1.93% while the DJIA gained 2.08%.
After 5 consecutive years of positive returns, hedge funds with exposure to catastrophe bonds or Cat bonds for short, are on track to post their first year of losses as the full extent of damages from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria come to light. An index of such funds tracked by Eurekahedge who explicitly allocate to insurance linked investments and have at least 70% of their portfolio invested in non-life risk – the Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Hedge Fund Index was down 0.33% in August and 5.46% in September, bringing the year-to-date return into negative territory with a loss of 3.69%. This comes after ILS hedge funds delivered compound returns of 15.60% versus 12.21% for the average hedge fund in the three year period ending December 2016.
Assets for the North American hedge fund industry grew by US$68.5 billion through 2017 September year-to-date, with the majority of the growth being contributed by a resurgence in investor inflows into the industry. Managers posted performance based gains of US$22.0 billion in 2017, while the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index was up 3.23% over the same period. Event Driven mandated hedge funds topped the performance table across strategic mandates returning 4.56% in 2017 thus far. Among geographic mandates, fund managers with exposure to Asia Pacific posted the best 2017 year-to-date performance by gaining 13.83%.
Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at October 2017. 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.
Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies (CSILS) team has one of the longest track records in the ILS space dating back to 2003 when members of our team first managed ILS funds at Bank Leu, a former Credit Suisse Group subsidiary.
HSBC Global Asset Management had approximately $10bn of Structured Credit / ABS under management. The team is one of the largest in the industry, with 14 dedicated specialists whose sole focus is structured credit research and client investment.