Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook Q1 2022

Preview

As we commence 2022, the prospect of a reduction of global liquidity provided by major central banks has increased volatility in the traditional equity and fixed income markets. To complicate matters, inflationary pressures have been building and may not prove to be as “transitory” as once thought. Investors are looking to hedge funds to reduce volatility and increase flexibility in their overall portfolio, giving them optionality as markets transition to a new regime.

Strategy Highlights

Relative value

Observed continuing increase in dispersion within and across asset classes indicative of a potential increase in fundamental and macro risks and is favorable for less directional relative value strategies.

Global macro

A shift in policy regime may create market opportunities for managers focused on macro factors. Managers with a tactical trading approach may benefit from higher realized volatility across asset classes.

Commodities

The major unknown is the Omicron variant and the subsequent impact on demand going forward, particularly in the energy sector. This should provide a rich opportunity set on both the long and short sides for active commodity traders.

 

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