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However, the diversification benefits of long-only investing are unequivocally reduced in times of financial stress (correlations with equities and bonds rise), while long-short commodity portfolios are found to provide a partial hedge against extreme risks in equity markets (correlations fall when the volatility of equities rises) and to better withstand turbulence in fixed income markets.
Several types of investment vehicles deliver hedging strategies: Long-short funds: Out of some $33 billion invested in "alternative mutual funds," long-short funds have almost $28 billion.
As a total strategy, equity long-short has failed miserably this year because, frankly, many of them weren't equity long-short - they were equity long," says Godden.
Over that period, says Morningstar, bear market and long-short mutual funds, designed to profit if stocks fall, got a record $10 billion from retail investors.
Equity long-short has failed miserably this year because, frankly, many of them weren't equity long-short.
Therefore, you'll see large variations among long-short funds.
Japan Asia Focus Sparx Long-Short Fund Limited Asia Focus Tiedemann/Ayer Asian Growth Ltd.
Baggini was the lead portfolio manager of the Aberdeen Equity Long-Short Fund, which won the Lipper Fund Award for the best long/short stock fund among 28 competing funds for the five-year period ended December 31, 2009.