Composite down as market slide kicks in

The HedgeNews Africa South African Single-Manager Composite declined a median -2.49% in February to sit 1.78% in red for the year, while the broader HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite, which includes Africa- and global-focused portfolios, fell by a median 3% to sit 2.29% lower year to date.

Indices tumbled across the globe, with the FTSE/JSE All Share Index declining 8.99% in February (down 10.53% year to date), the MSCI World Index falling 8.59% (down 9.22% year to date) and the MSCI Frontier Markets Africa Index losing 6.89% (down 5.47% year to date). The South African All Bond Index dipped 0.07% for the month (up 1.12% year to date) and STeFI added 0.52% (up 1.1% year to date).

Fixed income funds were mostly positive for the month, with the category adding a median 0.44% to sit 1.83% higher year to date.

Market-neutral and quantitative funds limited their losses for the month, dipping a median -1.2% to sit 0.77% lower for the year.

Long/short equity funds found the month particularly tough, declining a median -5.54% to sit 4.59% lower year to date.

Multi-strategy funds also had a difficult month, declining a median 3.61% to sit 2.97% lower for the year.

Amongst Africa funds, the HedgeNews Africa Pan-Africa/AME Index fell a median -5.86% in February, to sit -5.25% lower on the year. Copyright. HedgeNews Africa – March 2020

Median Mean 
South African MediansFeb-20YTDFeb-20YTD
Long/Short Equity-5.54%-4.59%-5.20%-4.50%
Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies-1.20%-0.77%-1.11%-0.76%
Single Manager Multi-Strategy-3.61%-2.97%-3.94%-3.53%
Fixed Income0.44%1.83%0.37%2.13%
Event Driven (credit)0.81%1.58%0.81%1.58%
African Medians
Pan-Africa / AME-5.86%-5.25%-5.10%-4.01%
SA Single-Manager Composite-2.49%-1.78%-3.08%-2.46%
HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite-3.00%-2.29%-3.31%-2.58%