In a year marked by high volatility in the financial markets, the 10 strategies tracked by the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index outperformed major global equity indexes and experienced lower volatility than the overall markets.
According to research released by Credit Suisse, the CS/Tremont Hedge Fund Index returned 12.1% with volatility of 1.5% for the year-to-date through November 30. The MSCI World index gained 8.6% with volatility of 2.7%, the S&P 500 stock index gained 6.2% with volatility of 2.9%, and the Tokyo Stock Price Index lost 2.1% with volatility of 2.1%.
In the report, Credit Suisse cited four major events throughout 2007, each of which affected financial markets and tested the stability of hedge funds. While no single hedge fund strategy in the broad index sustained a position in the top performance quartile for the whole year, some capitalized on the turmoil to deliver positive returns in tumultuous markets and keep the overall index afloat.
In late February, concerns about Chinese authorities taking action to curb financial speculation triggered an almost 9% plunge in Chinese equities in a single day. Although fears of an Asia crisis reminiscent of 1997 followed, the first quarter of 2007 was profitable for nine out of the 10 hedge fund strategies tracked by the broad CS/T Index.