Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook Q4 2020


Given elements of uncertainty tied to COVID-19, geopolitics and policy decisions to come in the United States and across the globe, we believe it is prudent to remain conservative in our positioning, but maintain a positive outlook for alternative investments that exhibit a low correlation to the general direction of broader risk assets. We believe the theme of lingering uncertainty around the health crisis and policy responses may favor nimble, shorter-term strategies.

Strategy Highlights

Discretionary Global Macro

The opportunity set remains attractive with major elections, geopolitical negotiations, and policy decisions likely to play an important role in absolute and relative market moves over the medium term.

Long/Short Equity Generalist

Dispersion and volatility created by COVID-19 disruptions and US election uncertainty should be advantageous to long/short equity managers who have the ability to capitalize on both improving and weakening trends.

Long/Short Credit

Managers often target a change in credit rating as a catalyst to realize an investment thesis. While the high absolute number of changes this year is a positive in general, the spike in downgrades favors managers that can generate alpha on the short side in particular.




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