HFR BSRP Indices Commentary June 2022

07/05/2022 Performance Notes

In June, global financial markets posted steep declines marking the worst 1st half of a year in the last 50 years as inflation accelerated and the US Federal Reserve increased interest rates to curb said inflation. Equity markets posted steep, broad-based declines across all sectors led by Cyclicals, Technology, and Energy; regional equity market losses were led by Korea, Italy, and Germany. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates 75 basis points and indicated the likelihood of additional increases in the coming month to curb inflation. The US Dollar gained against most currencies including the Euro, British Pound, and Japanese Yen. Commodities fell in June led by the steep decline in Natural Gas. Oil, Copper, Cotton, and Wheat also posted sharp declines.
June 2022 was a mixed month for HFR Bank Systematic Risk Premia Indices. As stock indices resumed their decline and rates in the US continued to rise, momentum strategies continued to perform. Rates Momentum gained +5.62% MTD (+44.80% YTD), and Currency Momentum gained +4.45% (+13.91% YTD) as US rates rose relative to other countries. Commodity Momentum gained +1.79% (+35.54% YTD) as energy prices continued to rise. Commodity Carry declined -1.72% MTD (+8.02% YTD) as forward curves shifted a bit back towards contango. Equity Momentum declined -1.78% MTD (-9.32% YTD) as stock indices resumed their decline. Finally, Rates Value declined -2.01% MTD (+0.93% YTD).