In aggregate, hedge funds finished the year up 11.7%, their highest annual return since 2013 (when funds were up 14.5%). Managers achieved these returns with a volatility of 11.13% to the S&P’s 25.95%, resulting in a Sharpe ratio of 1.04 to the S&P’s 0.71.
The graph above offers a sneak peek of our year-end hedge fund review. Unsurprisingly, there seems to be a relationship between performance and fund launches. Equity Sector tops both lists, accounting for 47% of the year’s total launches and returning 24.7%. The Equity Sector index also houses the year’s highest returning sub-strategy – Technology/Media/Telecom – which finished 2020 up 34.0%.
Also in this upcoming annual report, we’ll further break down the 2020 hedge fund landscape, offering additional detail about fund launches, closures/launches by strategy on a historical basis, and fund closure data with respect to AUM and track record length.
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