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Dismal U.S. Stocks Warning Puts Bitcoin Hedge Funds in Spotlight

Bitcoin 2020/05/21 13:00 by Yashu Gola
Hedge funds with exposure in the Bitcoin market have returned better year-to-date yields than their traditional peers, according to researchers at HFR. A rally in April 2020 lifted crypto hedge fund YTD profits to 13.4 percent, while a wider hedge fund industry suffered losses. Meanwhile, the Embark Group’s Peter Toogood warned that many fund managers are not bullish on the U.S. stocks. Some of the world’s leading hedge funds are losing the profit-making race to smaller rivals with high exposure in the Bitcoin market. Hedge fund research group HFR found that bitcoin-focused investment partnerships earned 13.4 percent yields this year, which came to be better than the average 6.7 percent YTD loss across the non-crypto hedge fund industry. The crypto industry flourished despite losing 26.62 of its capitalization on average in March 2020. Pantera Capital, for instance, bore a 33.6 percent loss via its Digital Assets Fund in March. But its recovery in April took its YTD profits to 32.5 percent. Bitcoin’s Wall Street Exposure One big reason for hedge funds’ impressive performance was Bitcoin’s third halving. The May 11 event saw the cryptocurrency’s daily supply rate going down from $1,800 BTC to 900 BTC against its 21 million BTC supply cap. The lower supply against a potentially increasing demand led analysts to predict Bitcoin at higher rates, which boosted its spot recovery from March lows – from $3,800 to near $10,000. Bitcoin halving history The halving also took place in a period when the U.S. Federal Reserve is injecting trillions of dollars of stimulus money to protect their suffering economy from the coronavirus crisis. Many believe that investors used part of the new cash liquidity to increase their bets in the cryptocurrency market – as a hedge against potential fiat-induced inflation. The inflation-vs-deflation narrative favored Bitcoin’s bullish case as the next-best safe-haven asset. It also prompted a billionaire hedge fund veteran, Paul Tudor Jones, to gain 1-2 percent exposure in the Bitcoin futures market. At the same time, Renaissance Technologies’ flagship Medallion fund confirmed that it is looking into Bitcoin for further investments. Stock Market Warning The crypto hedge funds recovered alongside a broader market pullback led by the Fed and the U.S. government $6 trillion-stimulus. All the leading Wall Street indices surged alongside the bitcoin market, improving the second-quarter outlook for the U.S. stock market. But Peter Toogood of the Embark Group doubted whether the U.S. equities could make more gains in 2020. The chief investment officer told CNBC that many fund managers are bearish on stocks despite their recovery from March lows, giving a set of reasons to explain their downside sentiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Gq5KltyR4 First, the finance veteran said that there is a big difference between a company’s earnings and its stock price, adding that some giants, including Apple and Pepsi, have even withdrawn their earning guidance amid the coronavirus crisis. Second, fears that reopening economies would lead to the second wave of infections are also doubling down on the stock market outlook. “You have to ask yourself the question about why buying U.S. forward here is the right thing to do when the price-to-earnings ratio has reached its highest-ever levels,” Mr. Toogood told CNBC. A dismal stock market outlook could also send investors looking for a haven in bitcoin and bitcoin-enabled hedge funds.

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