Eurekahedge, a market leading alternative fund data provider and research house is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Hedge Fund Awards - the first of its kind industry wide initiative to recognise and award hedge fund managers across the globe. Our elite panel of judges hailing from a mix of public and private pension funds as well as premier funds of hedge funds will pick winners across Americas, Europe & Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific.
The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.89% in February and 3.26% year-to-date. Total assets under management decreased by US$1.6 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based increase of US$6.7 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$8.3 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.32 trillion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.89% in February, supported by the continued recovery of the global equity market which pushed the MSCI AC World Index 3.03% higher. The majority of hedge fund managers tracked by Eurekahedge recorded positive returns in February, with those utilising long/short equities and event driven strategies outperforming other mandates. The patient wait-and-see approach to raising rates from the US Federal Reserve and optimistic anticipation over the potential resolution of the US-China trade war helped sustain the global equity market performance throughout the month. Apart from that, slowing economic growth across the globe has prompted central banks to raise concerns over lower inflation and cut their short-term growth forecasts, resulting in lower yields in the bond markets.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 0.89% in February , bringing its year-to-date return to 3.26%. The risk-on sentiment among investors driven by the Fed’s patient stance and optimism over the potential resolution of the US-China trade tension persisted through the month, sending global equity markets on a rally through February. The MSCI AC World Index (Local) gained 3.03% during the month, resulting in 10.61% year-to-date return over the first two months of 2019. On the other hand, growth forecast cuts from developed economies’ central banks raised concerns over lower inflation, sending bond yields lower throughout the month.
Greater China equity hedge funds ended 2018 down 14.78% after posting negative monthly returns over the better part of the year as fund managers struggled to generate profits amidst the volatile market. The escalation of the US-China tariff spat, combined with the US Federal Reserve’s aggressive rate hikes throughout the year severely weighed on the equity markets across the emerging markets, and especially China. Difficult trading situation arising from the return of market volatility and equity market sell-offs resulted in substantial performance-driven losses for the managers comprising the region’s US$28.7 billion hedge fund industry.
The Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index was up 3.66% in January 2019, underperforming the region’s equity markets as represented by the MSCI North America IMI which gained 8.51% over the month. North American hedge fund managers ended 2018 down 2.97% as concerns over the US-China trade tension and fed rate hikes weighed on their returns. Going into 2019, fund managers kicked off the year by recording strong gains in January, thanks to the improving optimism over the US-China trade talks. On the other hand, the US Federal Reserve has adopted a patient, wait-and-see stance for their future rate decisions as a response to the muted inflation caused by the sharp decline of oil prices and the risk of global economic slowdown. The dovish tone exhibited by the Fed acted as a tailwind to the US equity markets and pushed the S&P 500 and DJIA by 7.69% and 7.17% higher respectively in January, recovering a sizeable portion of the steep losses they suffered in December last year.
Eurekahedge’s North American hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at March 2019. 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.
FK Capital Management Ltd. delivers a distinct value-oriented long/short equity strategy centred on achieving long-term capital growth and avoiding large drawdowns. Based in the Bahamas, the Firm combines an independent view of value investing, a commitment to following game-changing trends and forward-thinking brands poised to capture next-generation consumption patterns driven by Millennials and Gen Z. FK Capital integrates growth into its value investment strategy, with each holding supported by a catalyst that will accelerate long-term earnings. As a long-biased fund that’s poised to capitalise on key demographic and cultural shifts, the fund has significant exposure to global Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary opportunities – where disruption is occurring.
The Cayman Islands is one of the most utilised international finance centres (IFC) in the Asian finance industry. The largest and most populous continent, Asia covers a diverse cultural landscape, with highly differing economies, laws and regulations and it is against this backdrop that the use of Cayman structures has been established as a legitimate and important channel for capital inflows and outflows between Asia countries and around the globe. In particular, they have been highly utilised across Asia in capital markets, structured finance, M&A, and in the funds industry, most notably in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Japan.
Disclosure of charges is regulated and standardised for retail investors, but is currently less so for institutional investors. Consequently, institutional investors are finding it difficult to obtain and analyse cost data from asset managers or accurately compare costs across the market.
This was one of the findings of the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study in 2017, which prompted the creation of the Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDWG). Off the back of the IDWG’s recommendations, the ‘Cost Transparency Initiative’ (CTI), a partnership initiative between the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the Investment Association (IA), and the Local government Pension Scheme Advisory Board (LGPS), was launched in November 2018.
Recent changes to the way the United States regulates foreign investment in its technology assets have highlighted an interesting contrast to Australia’s approach.
Late last year, President Trump signed into law the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernisation Act (FIRRMA). FIRRMA significantly expands the type of transactions that are subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), to include ‘other investments’ involving critical infrastructure, critical technologies or personal data.
The flexible and pragmatic approach adopted by the GFSC in relation to investment funds aimed at the institutional or high net worth investor market has helped the significant growth of this sector in Guernsey.
Nowadays, most funds formed in Guernsey tend to be for the institutional or high net worth individual markets, with hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, private equity and property funds being especially popular.
Guernsey is particularly keen to attract high quality hedge fund business. Following consultation with the industry, the GFSC released a guidance note in November 2003 setting out a more relaxed framework for the operation of hedge funds, which included waivers of the various fund rules in four key areas.
An increasingly sophisticated and active OCIE division, innovative market disruptors, a maturing credit cycle, and a philosophical change in how the private fund industry views and utilizes litigation are likely to lead to increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation risk for advisers (and their funds) in 2019. With that backdrop, we are pleased to present our Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2019.
The UK's new regime introducing a charge to UK tax on non-UK residents' investment gains from UK commercial real estate is unfortunately complex, making it difficult for investors to understand the practical impact on any particular existing or proposed holding structure. However, although the regime is not yet even in force and its impact on the market still in process, it is possible to suggest some basic rules of thumb which may be helpful in starting an analysis.