The benchmark Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.31% in December, down 3.85% year-to-date. Total assets under management decreased by US$23.5 billion during the month as the sector witnessed performance-based decrease of US$11.3 billion while registering net asset outflows of US$12.2 billion. The total size of the industry now stands at US$2.34 trillion.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.31% in December , outperforming the MSCI AC World Index which declined 7.61% in what turned out to be the worst month of 2018 for global equity markets. Concerns over the Fed’s stance which turned out to be less Dovish than what investors expected triggered major equity sell-offs around the globe, and sent major equity indices plummeting during the month.
The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index ended the month of December down 1.31% , dragging its year-to-date decline to 3.85% after five consecutive months of losses. Concerns over the US treasuries yield curve inversion and further Fed tightening in 2019 triggered a sell-off across the global equity markets, marking December as the worst month of 2018 for equity markets.
The Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index ended 2018 down 2.93%, recording its second consecutive year of losses after 2017, during which the index slumped 5.60%. The catastrophic losses incurred by Hurricane Florence in September and Hurricane Michael in October weighed on the ILS fund managers’ returns throughout the fourth quarter of the year.
Hedge fund managers were on track to record their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis as the combined onslaught of the global trade tension, Fed rate hikes, and various political concerns weighed on their returns. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 2.53% as of November 2018 year-to-date, slightly ahead of the underlying equity markets as represented by the MSCI AC World Index which slumped 2.72% over the same period. The industry kicked off the year with strong performance throughout January 2018, continuing the trend observed by the hedge fund industry in 2017. However, market uncertainty arose when the Trump administration imposed higher tariffs against imported Chinese goods due to their alleged unfair trade practices.
Eurekahedge’s global hedge funds infographic sums up the industry as at January 2019. Find out more about global 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.
Matthew Swann is Principal, Hiscox Re Insurance Linked Strategies, a US$1.6+ billion ILS fund manager within global specialty insurance group Hiscox Ltd (LND: HSX). Matthew joined Hiscox in 2007 as a catastrophe modeler where he developed retrocession pricing tools before moving to reinsurance underwriting in 2011. He joined Hiscox Re ILS in 2015 as Portfolio Manager and is currently responsible for advising on investment and product strategy, and business development. Matthew holds a geography degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in climate prediction from the University of East Anglia.
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