Fixed income leads in tough month for equities

The HedgeNews Africa South Africa Single-Manager Composite edged 0.11% higher in June as the South African equity market fell, and now sits a median 7.42% higher for the first six months.

The broader HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite, which includes pan African and global mandates, dipped by 0.06% to 6.94% higher on the year.

By comparison, the FTSE/JSE All Share Index (TRI) declined by 2.43% for the month, while the MSCI World Index added 1.4% and the MSCI Frontiers Markets Africa Index gained 1.63%.

Fixed income funds were the top performing category in June, adding a median 0.74% as South Africa’s All Bond Index rose 1.09%.

Long/short equity funds limited market losses in June, dipping by a median 0.47% to sit 11.28% higher on the year, keeping pace with a 13.2% rise from the JSE All Share.

The market neutral & quantitative category added a median 0.29% in June to sit 3.99% higher on the year, while multi-strategy funds were flat for the month, with a median return of 0.19% to sit 7.3% ahead on the year.

Pan African equity mandates struggled to post positive numbers in June, while Africa fixed income funds continued to make progress, with the Pan-Africa/AME Median flat for the month to post first-half gains of a median 4.23%. Copyright. HedgeNews Africa- July 2021.

Median Mean 
South African Medians June-21 YTDJune-21YTD
Long/Short Equity-0.47%11.28%-0.54%11.17%
Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies0.29%3.99%0.21%4.05%
Single Manager Multi-Strategy0.19%7.30%0.99%10.97%
Fixed Income0.74%4.65%0.95%5.62%
Event Driven (credit)0.58%3.63%0.58%3.63%

African Medians
Pan-Africa / AME-0.31%4.23%-0.54%9.15%

SA Single-Manager Composite0.11%7.42%0.13%9.24%
HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite0.06%6.94%-0.12%9.99%