Funds mixed in tough May

South African hedge funds returned a median 0.96% in May, according the HedgeNews Africa South African Single-Manager Composite.

This compares with a 0.31% gain from the Johannesburg All Share Index (total return) and 7.06% from South Africa’s All Bond Index. 

As a group, South African hedge funds are now a median -1.08% lower for the first five months of the year, limiting losses compared with -10.12% from the ALSI yet slightly behind a +1.53% return from the ALBI. 

South African fixed income was the best performing category in May, gaining a median 2.01% to sit 4.5% higher for the year so far. 

Market neutral and quantitative mandates gained a median 1.77%, reflecting a 4.67% gain for the year so far. 

Long/short equity funds rose 0.17% in May (to sit -7.54% lower on the year), while multi-strategy mandates added 1.4% (-6.31% year to date).

Pan African mandates had a strong month, with the HedgeNews Africa pan Africa AME Index gaining 3.82%. Copyright. HedgeNews Africa – June 2020.

Median Mean 
South African MediansMay-20YTDMay-20YTD
Long/Short Equity0.17%-7.45%0.13%-6.26%
Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies1.77%4.67%1.83%2.82%
Single Manager Multi-Strategy1.40%-6.31%0.66%-6.38%
Fixed Income2.01%4.50%1.12%4.35%
Event Driven (credit)0.64%2.85%0.64%2.85%
African Medians
Pan-Africa / AME3.82%-19.38%3.58%-15.30%
SA Single-Manager Composite0.96%-1.08%0.69%-3.26%
HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite1.73%-4.81%1.47%-4.29%