Published On: Mon, Apr 8th, 2013

Macro Fund

A hedge fund that prefers to profit from expected macroeconomics, such as changes in national unemployment, national income, GDP, inflation/stagnation or price levels.

By including a vast array of financial instruments such as stocks, options, futures and forex, a macro fund casts a wider net across the markets.  Such a fund will closely observe the general business cycle, instead of the individual cycle.  Companies that naturally cyclical are more attuned to a macro environment, whereas the consumer staples businesses are less likely attuned.

In addition, the more heavily reliant a company’s performance is upon the health of the overall economy, the more the economy will influence the performance.

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About the Author

- Marcus Holland has been trading the financial markets since 2007 with a particular focus on soft commodities. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance.