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Prediction: Top 7 Hedge Fund Trends for the Rest of 2013

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A new report from SEB Group demonstrates that hedge fund performance in 2013’s Q1 alone was nearly in-line with the entire year’s performance in 2012. With hedge funds trending toward a top performing strategy in 2013, knowing the underlying trends for hedge funds could be a major advantage for investors. Hedge fund trends for 2013 include: Debt trading. Though big banks are no longer taking risks with debt trading, hedge funds are using this strategy to expand at neck-breaking paces. These funds are booming so quickly that BlueCrest Capital Management LLP had to double its staff in New York City to accommodate the increased demands. Furthermore, an additional $108 billion in credit funds has been dispersed since 2009. Long/short equity funds. The majority of hedge fund investors are using long/short equity funds. In fact, 58% of all hedge fund launches in the first quarter of 2013 were long/short equity funds, ... Read More »

Hedge Fund Sours on Data Center REITs – COR, DLR, DFT

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Although the entire real estate investment trust (REIT) sector has come under pressure recently, data center REITs have the added negative of a hedge fund manager questioning the industry’s outlook. That may present a buying opportunity for a sector that has years of growth ahead. Hedgies Barron’s recently reported that hedge fund manager Jonathon Jacobson of Highfields Capital Management is not only questioning the accounting of data center REIT giant Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), but is also suggesting that the entire sub-sector is facing strong headwinds. The accounting concerns are a specific negative for Digital Realty, which has fallen from the high seventies to the low sixties over the last few months. The broader fear, however, may be overblown. The Cloud The data center REIT model is based on the trend toward increased use of the Internet. Since computers can be accessed over vast distances, there’s little need for every company to have their ... Read More »

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