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Women hedge fund managers outperformed male counterparts last year

Friday, January 11, 2013

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Women-owned or managed hedge funds continue to outperform their male counterparts and led the industry as at the end of the third quarter in 2012, said professional service provider Rothstein Kass in its latest study, "Women in Alternative Investments: Building Momentum in 2013 and Beyond."

The Rothstein Kass Women in Alternatives Hedge Index produced a year to date net return through September of 8.95%, in comparison to the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index, which has generated a 2.69% net return through September. Furthermore, over a five year period, the Rothstein Kass WAI Hedge Index outperformed both the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index and the S&P 500.

"The fact that women-owned or managed hedge funds have been able to handily outperform their male counterparts is not particularly surprising," said Meredith Jones, director at Rothstein Kass. "There have been a number of studies that show women investors to be more risk adverse, and therefore potentially better able to escape market downturns and volatility. The outperformance by women-owned or managed hedge funds should make the case that investing in these types of funds is a smart business decision, rather than one that just feels good."

The report includes a survey of 366 senior women in hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity, and venture capital, as well as service providers to and investors i......................

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