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Difficult Conditions for Hedge Funds

Based on estimates obtained for some 1,800 funds, the only strategy that is delivering this year, Managed Futures had a flat month but has outperformed other strategies by a wide margin. Risk Premia strategies, most likely driven by allocation to trend and value strategies are keeping up, with a slightly positive return year-to-date.

The largest damage, this year is for Crypto Traders, primarily for the long-only strategies that is suffering a large drawdown. But most other strategies are recording negative results, with the exceptions above.

NilssonHedge provides a set of Hedge Fund performance barometers, ranging from the traditional CTA indices to tracking novel strategies such as Crypto managers. Our indices are transparent and are formed at the beginning of each year, based on managers in the database at that particular point in time. They are not backfilled and give an indication of the returns from a broad-based basket of Hedge Funds.

Monthly Hedge Fund Index Returns
Monthly Indices (returns will continuously update as we receive additional estimates)

We are currently producing 14 monthly different indices (including subindices). Following our prior process, we also launched two new indices, one focused on Risk Premia and the other one on Risk Parity strategies. In addition, we have five daily indices. You can find more info about the indices here.

Our main CTA index generated -0.1% for May and has delivered 6.1% YTD. In terms of the man-vs-machine battle, Systematic strategies delivered -0.1% (YTD: 7.2%) while Discretionary traders returned -0.1% (YTD: 2.3%). This is based on a representative sample of CTA managers. We claim that our CTA indices are the broadest performance barometers on the markets and offer extraordinary transparency when it comes to capturing the broader returns from Managed Futures managers.

NilssonHedge CTA Index returns
NilssonHedge CTA Index

Taking the man-vs-machine battle further, Equity Market Neutral Strategies returned -0.1% for May, and have delivered 0.3% YTD. Systematic EMN strategies returned -0.1% (YTD: 0.7%) while Discretionary traders returned -0.1% (YTD: 0.0%). Given that most of these managers are UCITS managers, we are confident about the returns. EMN strategies are still striving to make a comeback from the difficult conditions in 2019/2020.

Equity Market Neutral Index Results
Equity Market Neutral Index

To view estimates of current performance, our daily indices provide unique insights ( These are set of daily hedge fund indices, covering CTAs, Market Neutral, Equity Long/Short, Event Driven and Crypto managers. We typically deliver index estimates on T-1, making them the fastest indicator of hedge fund performance available. These indices help you to form a narrative, understand exposures, benchmark existing managers, and to explain performance to clients.

Daily Returns for CTA, Market Neutral, Equity Long Short and Event Driven
Daily Hedge Fund Indices showing recent trends in performance

This text is auto-generated and may contain mistakes. Past performance is not indicative of future results. NilssonHedge is a free resource, but we would appreciate a small donation that will be used to maintain the site.

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