Cape Town - In 2016 markets were taken by surprise by a number of big-ticket events such as the Brexit and Donald Trump becoming the new US president-elect.
A steep learning curve for market participants has been the unpredictability of the outcome of national polls – as most placed their bets on the losing side of both the latter events.
Against this background Nosibusiso Ngqondoyi, head of research at Novare Investments, provides an overview of the hedge fund industry in 2016.
Global equity markets recorded the worst start to a year in history as investors panicked over the uncontrollable drop in oil prices, concerns over China’s economic growth and expectations of sluggish global growth. This increased the demand for the safety of high-quality bonds which subsequently led to prices skyrocketing and causing trillions of dollars’ worth of bonds to yield negative returns.