2019 Key Trends in North American Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index was up 5.71% year-to-date as of August 2019, underperforming the underlying equity market as represented by the MSCI North America IMI, which gained 16.47% over the same period. The progress of the US-China trade negotiations combined with the exhibited accommodative stance of the Fed acted as tailwinds for North American hedge fund managers, resulting in Q1 return of 5.22% - the strongest since 2006. The positive developments of the US-China trade talks prompted President Trump to delay the scheduled tariff increase in March, which further uplifted the risk sentiment among investors during the first few months of the year. However, the robust rally in the equity market ended in May, following President Trump’s decision to increase the tariffs imposed on the Chinese imported goods resulting in the breakdown of their trade negotiation. Over the same month, President Trump blacklisted Huawei due to national security concerns. The tech-heavy

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