Macro


DECEMBER 2016

Global Macro Hedge Funds: Man Versus Machine

November was an unusually poor month for quantitative/systematic (computer-traded) macro strategies, with many reputable names in the space down 5 to 9%. Conversely, it was an unusually strong month for discretionary (human-traded) macro strategies, with funds in Athena’s macro portfolio up 3 to 7%. By taking a closer look at this case study, we can better understand what to expect from both strategy types.