Unwinding The Zero Hedge "Great QE Unwind Trade" At 18%+ Relative Return

Tyler Durden's picture

Back on May 17, Zero Hedge proposed a simple trade idea, something what we called the "Great QE Unwind" trade. The trade consisted of two legs: "long Utilities and Consumer Staples while shorting Industrials and Consumer Discretionary, leaving Financials alone." We unwind this trade today, one day ahead of the announcement of QE3, as it has since returned an absolute +3.7%, and a whopping return 18.7% over the broader S&P index. Obviously this is for the less than three month period the trade was held, and not annualized. We now unwind the trade. To those who piggybacked on this trade that not only protected capital, but generated absolute return, congratulations! To everyone else, better luck next time.