Global Macro – Sector in Brief

September 2022

Global macro hedge funds have produced outstanding returns through recent turmoil in equity and bond markets. An educational briefing covers strategy types, asset allocation approaches, performance and manager selection.

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Global Macro – Sector in Brief

What’s new? Global macro managers have been enjoying a revival of investor sentiment since March 2020. Today’s global macro strategies look quite different from their predecessors as the sector has evolved to appeal to an institutional audience: they are less likely to ‘shoot the lights out’ but offer more transparency, liquidity and consistency.

Strategy types: Few areas of the asset management universe are as hard to define as global macro. Two distinct categories of global macro have evolved: ‘discretionary’ and ‘systematic’.

Manager selection: Global macro returns are lumpy, contributing to high dispersion in manager returns. Selectors should be able to differentiate between the relevant drivers of return and identify managers’ true areas of expertise (as well as the conditions to which their strategies are better-suited).


Global Macro – Sector in Brief

Global macro managers have reasserted their strength amid volatile, difficult-to-predict markets, in contrast with the mediocre average returns delivered by some other hedge fund strategies in the first half of 2022. More broadly, they have been enjoying a revival of investor sentiment since March 2020: the Covid-19 pandemic put an end to many things, not least a period of benign conditions—global growth, exceptionally cheap financing, low market volatility—that had been unfavourable for macro strategies.

This concise report provides an introductory overview to global macro strategies, reviews their results and considers key issues to address during manager selection.


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This commentary is for institutional investors classified as Professional Clients as per FCA handbook rules COBS 3.5R. It does not constitute investment research, a financial promotion or a recommendation of any instrument, strategy or provider. The accuracy of information obtained from third parties has not been independently verified. Opinions not guarantees: the findings and opinions expressed herein are the intellectual property of bfinance and are subject to change; they are not intended to convey any guarantees as to the future performance of the investment products, asset classes, or capital markets discussed. The value of investments can go down as well as up.

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