Alternative Markets Update June 2019
June started in a more dynamic fashion for hedges funds are already recouped May’s losses. The anticipation of an interest rate cut this year as a result of Fed’s announcements resulted to a strong bounce back for equity markets. Equity hedge strategies profited the most during the first weeks of June, a month that so far is characterised by the trade war discussions and further tariff plans from US. Macro and CTA strategies had their bets right so far this month and they are waiting to capitalise on future volatility events. Bitcoin’s momentum slowed down in June and its price has receded from $8,740 to $7,900, reaching a market cap of $140bn. Ethereum had also a
slightly negative month so far and is keep following the same pattern as bitcoin.
Macro and Political Outlook June 2019 MacroEagle
Our in-house strategies followed a same pattern during the first quarter of the year, with three out of our top five managers being US Equity focused funds. The manager that invests in high conviction ideas of carefully selected hedge fund managers is enjoying a very strong quarter followed by a US equity strategy focussed on TMT, helthcare and consumer sectors with specific interest in innovation and disruptive technologies. The recent rally in cryptocurrencies led our active altcoin manager to strong performance during February and March, bringing the strategy in our top five table for the first time since 2017. Our activist strategy suffered in March, despite a really strong performance on its underlying portfolio during January and February. Finally, our discretionary global macro strategy had one of its best months ever since inception posting an astonishing +15.27%, mainly from running long duration positions in the US, Australia and New Zealand and mixed duration positioning in Europe, complemented by bond auction trading gains.
Macro and Political Outlook April 2019 MacroEagle
STONE MOUNTAIN CAPITAL RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE VOL.94
Lending has always been the core banking business over centuries until the great financial crisis hit in 2008, which gave birth to a new asset class: private debt. For years, private markets were dominated by funds focusing on equity and banks on debt. The regulations that came into force in the aftermath of 2008 financial crisis created a funding gap for a specific market segment. Large corporates can finance themselves via debt and equity public issuance or bank lending, but funding middle market and SME corporates remains a challenge. The rise of debt funds together with fintech firms’ efforts to revolutionise alternative credit are shaping the current private debt environment, which is still enjoying a strong fundraising momentum. The 2023 forecast shows an increase for private debt AuM to $1.4 trillion, while assets have doubled since 2008.
STONE MOUNTAIN CAPITAL RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE VOL.88
Our in-house strategies in credit, equity and fund of funds, as measured by our indices, have performed better in the first half of the year than their traditional and alternative peers. Tactical trading is still lagging due to the struggling performance of the actively managed altcoin strategy this year mainly driven by falling bitcoin prices. Equities are the top performing and the bucket that has the most representatives in the top-5 performing table, followed by credit/fixed income strategies.