Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Global Macro is – arguably – the quintessence of a hedge fund strategy. Various instruments are used, trading numerous markets across the globe, using leverage at times and having the ability to go long and short. Some of the brightest brains, greatest brands, biggest egos and successful stories in asset management are found among global macro managers. It is also the space where seemingly two simple traits can make all the difference between fame and glory and utter disaster: skill and experience.
However, one must be aware this group is all but a homogeneous clique and views on the world and how to make capital on those views come in all the colors of the rainbow. Questions related to what kind of data is used, how it is processed, weighed, interpreted and evaluated, what sort of time frames, sensitivities and filters are applied is what makes global macro such an interesting, widely dispersed and competitive field.
Joining in the discussion were Anoosh Lachin (Aspect Capital), Talib Sheikh (Jupiter Asset Management), Otto van Hemert (Man AHL) and Linsay McPhater (Nordea).
We were able to cover a wide variety of topics, including the investor view on macro, the pros and cons of systematic versus discretionary management, how managers handled the volatility and partial liquidity squeeze during the Covid-crisis, how “work from home” affects managers and investors and much, much more.
You can view the recording of the session here: