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Hedge funds saw overall negative returns for the second month in a row in September and ended the quarter slightly negative, underperforming both the S&P 500 and a fund tracking 50% stocks and 50% bonds from around the globe, per eVestment data released Wednesday.

The big picture: Diversity within hedge funds continued to be a major theme, as fixed income and credit funds delivered positive gains last month, but broad financial derivatives funds returned losses of nearly 4%, dragging down the overall industry figures.

  • Size was a major diversifier again, with the 10 largest hedge funds generating solidly positive returns, and the 10 largest long/short funds turning in the best overall performance by size during the month.

Of note: Russia and China-focused funds have been the best performing funds of all types tracked by eVestment so far this year, delivering returns of nearly 16% and 15%, respectively.

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Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

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Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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Mergers and acquisitions make a comeback

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A slew of high-profile headlines led by Microsoft's expected acquisition of social media video app TikTok helped bring the Nasdaq to another record high on Monday.

Why it matters: The mergers-and-acquisitions market looks like it's bouncing back, joining the revived credit and equity markets as well as the market for new public companies through IPOs and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).