Divergence between discretionary and quant or model-driven macro programs
Trend following strategies had a correction month
Most Agricultural commodities specialists followed seemed to have a positive month
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Sneak peek at September hedge fund and managed futures returns from Kettera Hydra Platform Investor Letter.
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Breakdown of September Hedge Fund Returns
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#1 In global macro, with some notable exceptions, we noted once again a divergence between discretionary and quant or model-driven macro programs. Most discretionary macro strategies appeared to have a good month, particularly those with short North American fixed income positions. Macro programs with commodities exposure also seemed to fare better than others.
#2 While quant macro strategies generally seemed to perform less well, models with purely fundamental inputs seemed to navigate the markets the best. Those with any systematic trend elements encountered more problems – especially with the retreat in bonds in the month’s first half.
#3 Trend following strategies had a correction month, with several programs surrendering a good portion of their YTD returns. The leading source of losses was fixed income, where many models found themselves on the wrong side of the bond retreat. Positives included shorting non-US equities indices and some FX positions, but these were typically not enough to stem the tide.
#4 Short-term and higher-frequency programs, which had enjoyed a solid 2019 so far, also saw a giveback month. The losing sectors were largely the same as those for trend programs above (fixed income being the most challenging).
#5 Most agricultural commodities specialists we follow seemed to have a positive month. Many traders capitalized on long positions in soybeans and livestock.
#6 Currency specialists put in a generally uneventful month, as most exchange rates were choppy and sideways in September and carry programs did not have much to offer.
#7 The performance of the various equities-based strategies we’ve been focusing on – both L/S equities programs and market neutral strategies – appeared to differ so greatly it is difficult to generalize on a theme. Overall, we did not witness too many substantially negative numbers, as most were flat to positive.
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3-The Societe General Short-term Traders Index: (same link as above)
4-The EurekaHedge AI Hedge Fund Index
5-The BarclayHedge Currency Traders Index and BTOP FX Traders Index can be found at: http://www.barclayhedge.com/
8-The Eurekahedge-Mizuho Multi-Strategy Index: (See above)
9-The Eurekahedge Long Short Equities Hedge Fund Index: (See above)
11- The Eurekahedge Market Neutral Hedge Fund Index: (See above)