Hedge funds resilient in December

South African hedge funds turned in a median gain of 6.19% in 2020, after adding 1.3% in December, according to the HedgeNews Africa South Africa Single Manager Composite.

The broader HedgeNews Africa Single Manager Composite, which includes pan Africa and global strategies, closed the year with a median 3.94% gain, after adding 1.84% in December.

This compares with a return of 7% from the FTSE/JSE All Share Index (TRI) in a volatile year, while South Africa’s All Bond Index rose 8.63% over 12 months. The MSCI World Index closed the year 14.06% higher and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index added 15.84%. 

Single-manager multi-strategy funds were the strongest category for the month, adding 2.5% (+2.96% year to date), followed by long/short equity funds, which moved into the black for the year with a median 2.24% gain, while the JSE All Share rose 4.24% in December.

For the year South African fixed income was the strongest category, gaining 10.07% after adding 0.49% in December.

Market neutral & quantitative funds also had a good year, gaining a median 9.19% (+0.81% in December).

Pan African mandates moved 3.59% higher in December but remained 9.98% lower on the year. CopyrightHedgeNews Africa – January 2021.

Median Mean 
South African MediansDec-20YTDDec-20YTD
Long/Short Equity2.24%1.68%2.64%7.31%
Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies0.81%9.19%1.02%9.56%
Single Manager Multi-Strategy2.50%2.96%2.62%4.75%
Fixed Income0.49%10.07%0.63%11.04%
Event Driven (credit)0.73%7.65%0.73%7.66%

African Medians
Pan-Africa / AME3.59%-9.98%4.63%-4.12%

SA Single-Manager Composite1.30%6.19%2.09%7.38%
HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite1.84%3.94%2.87%7.87%