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Are hedge funds bad? Investors are disappointed in hedge funds

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Are hedge funds bad? This year is sure to be one of the worst years in hedge fund history. In the first six months of 2022, funds posted losses of 5.6%, according to HFR. In July, though, they rebounded by 0.5%, but nevertheless, writes the Financial Times, the sector is well on its way to its second-lowest year in a third of a century, since 1990, when they started keeping records. The only time the hedge fund market was worse than this was during the financial crisis in 2008.

Are hedge funds losing money? 

Most of the problems are accounted for by so-called long-short-term funds, whose assets total about $1.2 trillion. The results of their activity depend directly on the securities market. In the first half of this year, these funds lost an average of 12%, according to HFR data. This category of funds earned only about 1% in July, according to JPMorgan’s John Schlegel calculations, well below the 7% rally in the stock market last month.

Among the hardest hit is the well-known Maverick Capital fund, which has been making double-digit returns to its investors for the past three years but lost 35% in January and June of this year. Similar losses have seen Skye Global, which has pleased investors with high returns over the past six years, but lost 10.4% in June alone. The fund was let down by a large stake in Amazon, which fell 36% in January-June 2022. However, in recent weeks, the retail giant has improved and cut its losses in half, to 19%. 

Already the first signs are starting to emerge that the losses are scaring investors. While they invested a total of $13.92 billion in hedge funds last year, only $440 million in the first quarter. There was a strong outflow of funds in March, and in June it exceeded $10.1 billion, according to Citco’s fund administrator. Redemptions are expected to be $7.8 billion in the third quarter and $6.4 billion at the end of the year.

Weak performance in the first half of 2022 and investor dissatisfaction, however, have not affected the sector’s confidence in its ability to raise funds. A survey of 100 hedge funds by technology company SigTech found that nearly one-in-four (23%) expect a sharp increase in investor activity in the next two years; 60% of respondents expect a slight increase in activity and only 4% believe investor activity will decline in 2023-24.



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Credit Suisse bank CEO says “critical moment” 

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One of the largest banks in the world, Credit Suisse bank is experiencing a “critical moment”, said the CEO of the financial institution, Ulrich Kerner, in a memo. It is reported by TheStreet.

He expressed his understanding that there is a lot of uncertainty and speculation both inside and outside the company. According to Kerner, there will be more rumors and speculations in the future.

The outlet emphasizes that Credit Suisse bank is currently struggling for survival. A year ago the market capitalization of Credit Suisse was $22.3 billion; now it is only $10.4 billion. Over the past year, the stock of the financial institution has fallen by 56.2%.

If Credit Suisse goes bankrupt, the market could be in for a shock, experts predict. Kerner argues that Credit Suisse is in restructuring for a longer-term and sustainable future.

Earlier it became known that the second largest banks in Switzerland, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, faced financial difficulties. Against this background, the share price of Credit Suisse on Monday, October 3, declined to a historical low of 3.518 francs, or about $3.55.

Earlier we reported that the European Commission is preparing for possible blackouts due to the crisis.


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China makes hundreds of millions of dollars on reselling LNG from the US to European companies

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China earns hundreds of millions of dollars on reselling LNG from the US to European companies. Local Asian companies are sending tankers carrying U.S. LNG to help the European Union prepare for the winter heating season, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

Reselling LNG from the US to European companies is observed due to the reduction in demand for gas to China. As a result, local companies profitably sell surplus feedstock abroad, primarily to Europe.

“In the first eight months of this year, only 19 LNG ships docked at Chinese ports, compared to 133 such ships in the same period last year, meaning a significant portion was diverted to buyers in Europe, as well as Japan and South Korea. US LNG exports to Europe are profitable for China and the United States,” the article says.

On October 3, analysts at the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that in February 2023 the storage of gas in the European Union will be up to 5% empty without supplies from Russia. At the same time, the situation will be affected by the reduction of LNG imports to Europe. For comparison, at the end of September 2022, gas storages in EU countries were 90% full.

Earlier we reported that Europeans derailed the EU energy saving plan due to the refusal to save gas.

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Europeans derailed plans to save energy and reduce EU energy consumption due to refusal to save gas

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Europe has failed its first winter test of EU energy consumption because of Europeans who refused to save gas. This was stated by Bloomberg analyst Javier Blas.

“If Europe had been a schoolboy, it would have passed its first energy conservation test last week. It failed. And that doesn’t bode well for the much tougher tests that lie ahead in January,” Blas said.

According to him, the demand for gas from the population of Europe is seasonal. At the same time, the EU energy commission did not know how residents would react to the call to save money. However, the first frosts have shown that people are not ready to reduce their energy consumption. During the recent autumn cold snap in Germany, for example, residents increased their gas consumption by 14.5 percent, higher than the five-year average.

He added that the high demand for gas should be a wake-up call for the EU energy commission, which should use concrete examples to show people what they need to do to save energy. At the same time, politicians should offer all possible options to save energy and distribute them before the onset of cold weather, which could occur in the coming weeks.

Earlier, we reported that businesses predicted a 500 percent increase in energy costs in the U.K.

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