Hedge fund bosses tip global macro, market neutral

Reuters UK – Global macro and market neutral strategies look set to be top performers over the next 12-18 months, but it is still too early for a pick-up in distressed debt investing, top hedge fund executives said on Tuesday. Speakers at the Global Alternative Investment Management meeting in Monaco said current volatile market conditions and the prospect of the credit crisis continuing or getting worse made market neutral funds, which aim to make money in both rising and falling markets, and macro funds attractive.

"With high levels of volatility they (market neutral) should be able to get good returns for less leverage. If you’re concerned about the level of markets and the continuation of this credit crisis, equity market neutral may be a good strategy," said Peter Rigg, global head of the alternative investment bank at HSBC Private Bank (Suisse).

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