2019 Key Trends in Latin American Hedge Funds

The Eurekahedge Latin American Hedge Fund Index was up 8.54% as of September 2019 year-to-date, narrowly underperforming the MSCI EM Latin America Index, which gained 10.24% over the same period. The market showed optimism following the consecutive rate cuts announced by the country’s central bank, which lifted the region’s equity markets. Investors also reacted positively to the approval of the pension reform in the lower house as the government saw the overhauling of the pension system critical in boosting the economic growth of Latin America’s biggest economy. Meanwhile, the region’s gross domestic product shrank in the first quarter this year for the first time since 2016. The delayed adoption of the pension reform was seen as a key reason for the weaker economic recovery of the country as international businesses were holding back their investment until the promulgation of the said reform. The Bovespa Index was up 19.18% as of September 2019 year-to-date.

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