Numbers mixed in tough month

South African multi-strategy funds led the way in September, gaining a median 1.12% in a negative month for both domestic equities and bonds.

The HedgeNews Africa South Africa Single-Manager Composite gained 0.79% while the FTSE  JSE All Share Index (TRI) retraced by 3.14% and the All Bond Index fell by 2.12%.

In global markets, the MSCI World Index and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index both declined by more than 4% while MSCI Frontiers Markets Africa Index added 1.58%.

Market neutral and quantitative funds put forward the next best showing, with a median gain of 1.07%, while long/short equity funds were flat for the month, delivering a median return of 0.17%, yet now sitting 13.9% higher for the year so far versus a 12.25% gain for the JSE All Share Index.

South African fixed income funds returned a median 0.32% for the month, delivering a wide range of returns as the ALBI lost ground. Copyright. HedgeNews Africa- October 2021.

Median Mean 
South African MediansSEPT-21 YTDSEPT-21YTD
Long/Short Equity0.17%13.90%-0.28%13.54%
Market Neutral & Quantitative Strategies1.07%6.72%1.30%7.48%
Single Manager Multi-Strategy1.12%10.82%1.41%16.00%
Fixed Income0.32%6.13%-0.24%6.14%
Event Driven (credit)0.82%5.76%0.82%5.76%

African Medians
Pan-Africa / AME-1.45%5.61%-1.07%11.38%

SA Single-Manager Composite0.79%10.08%0.40%12.13%
HedgeNews Africa Single-Manager Composite0.18%8.96%-0.34%12.42%