The 2H of 2012 opens with a positive performance of the Hedge Fund Industry, which closes July with a +0.7% in line with market expectations. Although the positive sign, the S&P 500 has this time better performed the industry scoring a +1.4%. July has been characterised by negative news especially with regards to US unemployment data and the continuously aggravating EU debt crisis.
The first month of 2H has been dominated by managed future strategies, which were well positioned to exploit the drought induced spike in grain prices. Additionally, credit based strategies have outperformed equity based strategies by a 2x factor, closing, along with macro strategies, the month with net inflows. Directional equities and long bias strategies as struggled throughout most of the month showing negative contributions.
Finally, a report by Evestment|HFN shows a sharp fall in hedge fund assets, which have declined for four consecutive months to $ 2.5 Trillions. The reports also indicates that net outflows have occurred for a 66.6% of the past 12 months, amounting the total net withdraws from the industry at $ 28 Billions.