S&P 500 Hedge Fund Long Positioning

S&P 500 Hedge Fund Long Positioning Speculative long positions in the S&P 500 are near levels that have marked major bottoms in the past. Picture source: Macro Ops

Hedge Fund Equity Exposure

Hedge Fund Equity Exposure Great chart showing that hedge funds’ equity exposure is near their lowest since the global financial crisis. Picture source: J.P. Morgan

Hedge Fund Gross and Net Leverage

Hedge Fund Gross and Net Leverage Despite the trade war, hedge fund leverage remains high, compared to the average level of the last five years (aggregated data from Goldman Sachs Prime Services, as of August 19, 2019; should not be relied upon as a comprehensive view of the market). Picture source: Goldman Sachs Global Investment…

Hedge Fund Portfolio Density and Turnover

Hedge Fund Portfolio Density and Turnover Hedge fund portfolio density has steadly increased, and fund turnover has declined over the past decade. High concentration risk can lead to high losses and affect the financial system. Picture source: Goldman Sachs

Survey: What Is The Most Effective Risk-Off Hedge?

Survey: What Is The Most Effective Risk-Off Hedge? In the latest BofA Merrill Lynch edition of the FX and rates sentiment survey, a majority of respondents preferred 10-year Treasuries as the most effective risk-off hedge. Only 6% of respondents chose gold and the yen. Picture source: BofA Merrill Lynch

U.S. Bond Market Hedged and Unhedged

U.S. Bond Market Hedged and Unhedged Investors are frantically searching for yield, knowing that 25% of all bonds in the world trade at negative interest rates. Our world is aging with high levels of debt and low interest rates (maybe for a long time). Picture source: Fidelity Investments

S&P 500 and Hedge Fund Exposure

S&P 500 and Hedge Fund Exposure While the S&P 500 is at all-time high, hedge funds increase their exposure to equities (last = 0.52). Picture source: Sentimentrader

Performance of Hedge Fund Index vs. S&P 500

Performance of Hedge Fund Index vs. S&P 500 Hedge fund returns have not been as good as those of the S&P 500, but volatility has been lower. Picture source: Richardson GMP

Estimated Number of Hedge Funds Launched or Closed since 2008

Estimated Number of Hedge Funds Launched or Closed since 2008 Can hedge funds deliver higher returns than passive investing? Not really. But many investors still think they can achieve higher returns with active trading than with passive investing. The chart below shows that it is really hard to outperform the market. As Warren Buffett said,…