Hedge funds betting on macroeconomic swings are a rare bright spot in a bleak market, reaping their highest returns in years thanks to some of the biggest interest rate and currency moves in many years. decade.
So-called macro firms like Bridgewater Associates and Brevan Howard Asset Management, which attempt to predict moves in financial markets such as the direction of interest rates, currencies, stocks and commodities, are enjoying double-digit returns. At a time both stocks and bonds swoon and gold also fell. The S&P 500 is down a total of 22.7% so far this year, including dividends, and the average hedge fund has lost about 4% in the year to September 23, according to early estimates. .