Greenwich Alternative Investments February 8, 2012
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Stamford, CT, USA, February 8, 2012 – Hedge funds as measured by the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index (“GGHFI”) posted strong results in January, led by Long-Short Equity funds.  The GGHFI gained 2.31% compared to global equity returns in the S&P 500 Total Return (+4.48%), MSCI World Equity (+4.93%), and FTSE 100 (+1.96%) equity indices.  77% of constituent funds in the GGHFI ended the month with gains.

 “US equities rallied significantly to begin 2012 and Long-Short managers are the best performers thus far.  Hedge funds focused on Market Neutral strategies were also surprisingly strong as both Arbitrage and Event-Driven managers posted their best results in months.  Despite investors being drawn into risk-on sectors of the market, most funds remain cautious with the economic situation in Europe still unresolved,” notes Clint Binkley, Senior Vice President. 

 Hedge Fund Strategy Highlights

  • Long-Short Equity funds lead all other strategies, gaining 3.91%, led by Growth funds
  • Event-Driven funds also up sharply, advancing 2.71% on strength in Distressed funds
  • Futures and Macro funds lag other strategies, gaining 0.32% and 0.50%, respectively
  • Emerging Market funds outperform Developed Market funds by a wide margin; Latin America/Brazil funds are the best performers in January

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Greenwich Hedge Fund Index Performance at a Glance
  Total Return 3 Yr Annualized 5 Yr Annualized
  Jan12 Dec11 YTD 3Mo 1Year CAR S.Dev CAR S.Dev
 
Greenwich Strategy Group Indices
Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index 2.3% -0.5% 2.3% 0.6% -2.7% 8.8% 6.5% 3.5% 7.4%
Market Neutral Group 1.9% 0.0% 1.9% 1.5% -0.7% 8.5% 4.4% 3.8% 5.5%
Equity Market Neutral 1.1% -0.1% 1.1% 0.8% -2.3% 1.0% 2.9% 1.2% 3.5%
Event-Driven 2.7% -0.2% 2.7% 1.9% -1.1% 12.1% 6.5% 4.9% 7.4%
Distressed Securities 3.1% 0.2% 3.1% 2.4% -1.0% 12.1% 6.3% 3.0% 7.9%
Merger Arbitrage 2.5% 0.2% 2.5% 3.0% 3.8% 6.9% 3.0% 4.7% 4.1%
Special Situations 2.6% -0.7% 2.6% 1.2% -2.7% 13.1% 8.1% 6.0% 8.5%
Arbitrage 1.6% 0.4% 1.6% 1.7% 0.7% 10.4% 3.8% 4.6% 5.8%
Convertible Arbitrage 2.2% 0.4% 2.2% 2.3% 0.4% 17.7% 7.1% 2.0% 13.1%
Fixed Income Arbitrage 1.7% 0.5% 1.7% 1.7% 3.8% 12.1% 3.5% 6.0% 5.6%
Other Arbitrage 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% -2.7% 4.7% 4.1% 3.2% 4.6%
Long/Short Equity Group 3.9% -1.2% 3.9% 0.4% -5.7% 9.3% 9.8% 2.3% 10.2%
Growth 5.4% -1.8% 5.4% 0.6% -6.6% 11.9% 12.2% 2.1% 13.0%
Opportunistic 3.6% -2.0% 3.6% -0.5% -6.1% 5.7% 8.2% 2.6% 8.8%
Short-Biased -6.9% -0.5% -6.9% -5.0% -6.1% -11.2% 11.6% 0.5% 12.7%
Value 3.6% -0.5% 3.6% 0.9% -4.9% 9.9% 9.7% 11.1% 12.3%
Directional Trading Group 0.4% 0.0% 0.4% 0.2% -1.0% 3.5% 5.6% 5.9% 6.1%
Futures 0.3% 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% -1.8% 2.2% 7.1% 6.7% 8.1%
Macro 0.5% 0.0% 0.5% 0.2% 0.2% 5.6% 3.7% 4.6% 4.7%
Specialty Strategies Group 2.3% 0.1% 2.3% 1.7% 1.1% 13.6% 6.5% 4.6% 9.4%
Long/Short Credit 1.6% 0.4% 1.6% 1.8% 4.5% 13.3% 3.9% 5.7% 5.3%
Multi-Strategy 2.7% -0.1% 2.7% 1.6% -1.1% 7.3% 4.8% 4.1% 6.2%
 
Greenwich Regional Indices
Developed Markets Composite Index 1.6% -0.1% 1.6% 0.8% -1.9% 7.4% 5.6%  
Global 0.6% -0.3% 0.6% -0.2% -2.9% 5.3% 5.0% Historical Data Not Yet Available
Asia 3.5% -0.3% 3.5% 0.7% -4.1% 6.7% 7.4%
Europe 2.0% 0.4% 2.0% 1.3% -3.1% 5.5% 5.1%
Americas 2.5% 0.1% 2.5% 2.2% 0.3% 10.7% 6.9%
Emerging Markets Composite Index 6.2% -2.5% 6.2% -0.8% -9.1% 13.7% 13.4%  
Global 2.7% -1.5% 2.7% -1.2% 0.8% 10.8% 9.0% Historical Data Not Yet Available
Asia 5.8% -1.5% 5.8% -1.3% -11.0% 10.5% 14.1%
Europe 8.5% -6.4% 8.5% -2.3% -19.4% 16.9% 18.9%
Americas 8.9% -1.4% 8.9% 1.7% -0.9% 11.3% 12.1%
 
Comparative Benchmarks
Barclays Aggregate Bond Index 0.9% 1.1% 0.9% 1.9% 8.7% 7.4% 2.7% 6.7% 3.6%
S&P 500 4.5% 1.0% 4.5% 5.3% 4.2% 19.2% 18.2% 0.3% 19.0%
MSCI World Equity Index 4.9% -0.2% 4.9% 1.9% -5.1% 13.9% 19.7% -3.7% 20.5%
FTSE 100 2.0% 1.2% 2.0% 2.5% -3.1% 11.0% 16.0% -1.7% 16.9%
* The table contains estimates. The GGHFI current month return is an estimate which will be finalized on the sixth business day of March.
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