Hedge Fund Returns for 2010

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Maverick74, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Maverick74


    2010 Hedge Fund Returns: Performance Numbers From Top Managers

    Data from Hedge Fund Research indicates that as a whole, hedge funds returned 10.5% for 2010, lagging the S&P 500 return of 15.06%. Below you'll find specific hedge fund performance from top managers for last year. We'll continually update this post as more numbers roll in.

    In general, the month of May was brutal for hedgies, but the majority managed to turn things around by the end of the year. And if you're interested in a year-over-year comparison, head to our posts on 2009 hedge fund returns as well as 2008 returns.

    Hedge Fund Returns: 2010

    Paulson & Co: +11%. That number pertains to John Paulson's Advantage Fund. The firm saw varied performance last year as its Advantage Plus Fund returned 17%, its Recovery Fund soared 24%, its Gold Fund returned 35%, and its merger arbitrage fund returned 27%.

    Also worth highlighting is the fact that the gold share classes of Paulson's funds performed markedly better. The gold share class of the Advantage Fund was up 31% in 2010 (compared to +11% for the normal class). As always, we've showcased an in-depth look at Paulson's gold fund.

    Bridgewater Associates: +38%. Ray Dalio's 'zen' approach to an investment firm paid off as they returned one of the higher totals across the hedge fund industry last year. The firm manages around $34 billion.

    Renaissance Technologies (Medallion Fund): +30%. Jim Simons' legendary hedge fund continued its epic run of performance in 2010. What's astonishing is that those numbers are net of a 5% management fee and a 44% performance fee (gross performance of the fund would have been around 60%). Back in 2008, Medallion returned an astonishing 80% while markets crumbled.

    RenTec's RIFF finished up 22.7% and its RIEF was up 16.5%. We've posted up the Medallion Fund's historical returns before for those interested.

    Millennium Management: +13.3%. Israel Englander's firm now manages around $9.1 billion.

    Greenlight Capital: +12.5%. We've of course covered David Einhorn's portfolio in-depth on the site. Last year seems to be the first that he's lagged the major market indexes as he took a cautionary stance given economic uncertainty.

    SAC Capital: +15%. Steven Cohen's firm was amongst a bevy of other hedge funds that saw returns in the mid-teens.

    Pershing Square Capital: +29.7% net. Bill Ackman's hedge fund had a stellar year as a bet on General Growth Properties' (GGP) bankruptcy turnaround paid off. Ackman discusses his portfolio here.

    Tudor Investment Corp: +7.5%. Paul Tudor Jones' flagship BVI Global fund was positive for the year but still lagged the markets in general.

    Glenview Capital: +15.3% net. Here is our coverage of Larry Robbins' portfolio activity.

    Moore Capital: +3%. Louis Bacon's flagship Moore Global was up only single digits for 2010, but its macro managers fund returned 105%.

    AQR Capital: +27.3%. Cliff Asness' firm saw solid returns last year in its macro strategy.

    Third Point: +34%. Dan Loeb's Offshore hedge fund had an impressive year and we've detailed his portfolio throughout the year. He manages around $2 billion.

    JANA Partners: +8.4%. Barry Rosenstein's activist and event-driven hedge fund has around $1.9 billion AUM.

    Clarium Capital: -23%. Peter Thiel's hedge fund continues to struggle as its long-term predictions face near-term volatility. While Clarium was down single digits in 2008 (and thus beat the market that year), the fund has lost money for three straight years. At last tally, Clarium managed $681 million, way down from its peak of over $7 billion.

    Citadel Investment Group: +10%. Ken Griffin's investment firm saw 10% returns in its main Kensington and Wellington funds.

    Passport Capital: +5% gross. John Burbank's macro style of investing has been known for its volatile near-term swings but solid long-term performance. We previously posted Passport's market commentary.

    Centaurus Energy: -3.8%. Famed energy trader John Arnold suffered his first yearly loss in 2010. Arnold makes large and concentrated bets and has been hampered by regulators imposing position limits.

    Xerion Fund (Perella Weinberg Partners): +12.66% net. Dan Arbess' fund manages $2.3 billion and we posted Xerion's 2011 investment outlook.

    BlueCrest Capital: +16%. This quant fund turned in better numbers than its multi-strategy fund, which was up 8% or so.

    T2 Partners: +10.3% net. Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue's hedge fund had a great start to the year but then bled gains as their short positions rallied against them. Here are T2's long and short positions.

    Och-Ziff: +8.44%. Performance is for their flagship Master Fund. Their Special Investments Fund was up 13.16% for 2010. The firm manages over $27 billion.

    Perry Capital: +14.6%. We talked about one of Richard Perry's latest investments here.

    Possibly the most intriguing note about hedge fund returns for 2010 is that a number of big name investors lagged market indices. This includes Ken Griffin (Citadel), Paul Tudor Jones (Tudor Corp), and one of Louis Bacon's funds (Moore Capital). Heading into 2011, we've already seen that hedge funds have reduced equity exposure so it will be interesting to see how they zig and zag through markets this year.

    Read more: http://www.marketfolly.com/2011/01/2010-hedge-fund-returns-performance.html#ixzz1BUzFtfmD
  2. Another great year for RenTec's Medallion. Impressive.
  3. Very impressive. From wikipedia:

    For over two decades, Simons' Renaissance Technologies hedge fund, which trades in markets around the world, has employed complex mathematical models to analyze and execute trades—many of them automated. Renaissance uses computer-based models to predict price changes in easily-traded financial instruments. These models are based on analyzing as much data as can be gathered, then looking for non-random movements to make predictions.[6]

    Renaissance employs many specialists with non-financial backgrounds, including mathematicians, physicists, astrophysicists and statisticians. About a third of the more than 200 employees at the East Setauket office have Ph.Ds.[6]
  4. piezoe


    A fund that does well in both up and down markets is impressive (Medallion). But it shouldn't do too well. 80% occasionally is great, 80% regularly is a red flag. In fact over 30% on average is a red flag. Too much risk is being taken on, and usually that is in the form of too much leverage. If you stick with these funds and reinvest your gains, in the long run you have a very high probability of substantial losses . Know when to fold. Take your chips and walk out. Of course if the fund is doing something illegal, trading on inside information, etc. it is possible that will appear to defy the usually risk/reward relationship, until they are caught.
  5. 1) Interesting numbers.
    2) The question on everyone's mind....who earned the most money last year?.....Simons or Paulson? :confused:
  6. Isn't it all RenTec employees' money in Medallion nowadays?
  7. Maverick74


    Yeah the fund has been closed for years.
  8. RSQ


    1. 80% return on millions


    2. 15% on billions?


    2. 300%+ on thousands-few millions (HFT)

    Everything is relative.

    If Medallion have significant AUM, at that rate it will be eating the entire other side of the trade. It would end up trading itself.

    A. take a fund with 5 billion AUM. Take a small prop book with 50mil AUM. The book internally front-runs the Mother-fund. returns are 50-200% above the board.
  9. poyayan


    You assume they take too much risk, but you don't know. The collective IQ in this fund is so high that I wouldn't assume anything.
  10. Last I heard Medallion was at arnd $5bn AUM.
    #10     Jan 19, 2011